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Announcing the Collector of the Year Award!

There are only two weeks left to nominate your favorite automotive legends, brands, and models for the Diecast Hall of Fame Class of 2017! If you haven’t done so yet, you can nominate here.

We also have some exciting news to share – thanks to your awesome feedback, we’ve added one more award for this year’s Diecast Hall of Fame. The new “Collector of the Year” award will go to a collector who embodies the spirit of the hobby; a dedicated collector who gives back to the community, helps strengthen and grow the hobby and is an all-round diecast star.



Nominate Your Favorite Diecast Legends for the 2017 Diecast Hall of Fame!

We’re excited to announce that the Diecast Hall of Fame celebration will take place during SEMA on November 2nd in Las Vegas at the House of Blues inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Join us for a nightcap at 9:00pm to toast the new inductees. You can buy your tickets here.

Of course that means that nomination season is starting NOW!

We’re switching things up a bit at the Diecast Hall of Fame! To begin the selection process, we’re asking you to nominate your favorite diecast legends. Anyone who you think should be recognized for their outstanding contributions to our community. We’re looking for nominations for the following categories –

People –

  • Automotive Legend – Those within the industry who have set the bar so high and achieved such success and accolades as to be considered premier automotive legends through design or deed
  • Customizer or Designer – Those who have taken the art of diecast collecting to a new level in their design efforts
  • Diecast Historian – Those who have continued to share their knowledge of the hobby and industry whether in print or on the web digitally with audio, video or static representation
  • Diecast Entrepreneur – Those who have made a successful living while improving the Industry for the collector

Models issued in the last 12 months –

  • Small Scale (up to 1/64 Scale)
  • 1/43 Scale
  • 1/24th Scale
  • Large Scale (1/18th Scale and Larger)

Brands –

  • Novice Model Brand of the Year
  • Automotive Brand of the Year
  • Diecast Dealer of the Year

Feel free to make multiple nominations, but please only submit one vote per person, model, or brand.

Once May rolls around, we’ll close the nomination process, so our newly appointed Selection Committee can review all submissions. The selection committee consists of some of the most experienced automotive minds in the industry. Andreas Berse has been the Chief Editor for Modellfahrzeug, the largest German publication on model cars of all scales for the last 22 years. Matt Boyd is the Co-Founder and Editor of DieCast X Magazine. Matthias Braun is the General Secretary of the AvD, most traditional automobile club in Germany. Carson Lev was a designer for Mattel and past Director of Hot Wheels Licensing. Chis Walker is a high-end customizer and was inducted into the Diecast Hall of Fame in 2009. And Mike Zarnock has written a number of books on Hot Wheels.

The Committee will select the top five nominations per category, and then, the voting will begin! You’ll be able to vote on your favorite people, brands and models later on this Spring!

To read more about the Selection Committee, click here.

You’ll have until the end of May to vote for your favorites in the 2017 class of Diecast Hall of Fame Inductees. The winners will not be revealed until the night of the event, so be sure to get your tickets here!

Don’t forget that you can check out all the past inductees detailed profiles in the Diecast Hall of Fame Official Archive.

Exciting Changes are in Store for the Diecast Hall of Fame

The Diecast Hall of Fame (DHOF) is roaring into action! A staple of the diecast world, the DHOF is best known for honoring pioneers of the model vehicle industry for their efforts to promote and enhance the hobby. From designers to entrepreneurs, there is no shortage of talented folks on the inductee list.

Since its foundation in 2009, the DHOF has grown into one of the diecast community’s best-known and favorite events.

Since the beginning, we’ve enjoyed incredible support from the diecast community. With more than 170 inductees, including Jay Leno, Carroll Shelby, and Larry Wood, we’ve achieved some amazing things together.

Jay Leno Billy Gibbons Bruce Meyer
Diecast Hall of Fame Inductees Jay Leno (2012), Billy Gibbons (2016), Bruce Meyer (2015)

Now collectors across the entire diecast community are coming together to bring new life into the annual event. Folks from all walks of life throughout the diecast community are ready to take on this new adventure. New event collaborators include DieCast X, hobbyDB, the Lamley Group, Model Auto Review and more. These partners will work together to take the DHOF to the next level, introducing new Models of the Year awards, and a new spin on customizing competitions. hobbyDB is also creating extensive profiles for all inductees in their Diecast Hall of Fame Official Archive.

Editor of the largest German model car publication, Modellfahrzeug, and organizer for 27 years of a similar event for Germany, Andreas Berse, will be a special advisor to help make sure the event is a success. “We want to get back to also honoring the models that are made as well as the people,” said Berse.

Diecast Hall of Fame Inductees
The First Diecast Hall of Fame Class of 2009 – Kneeling, Left to Right: Dave Chang (Diecast Designer), Mike Zarnock (Diecast Historian), Bruce Pascal (Diecast Historian), Jimmy Chavez (Diecast Designer), George Barris (Automotive Legends), Standing, second row Left to Right: Jerry Yates (RAOK Award), Tom Zahorsky (Diecast Designer), Sheri Abbey (Diecast Customizer), Japan George (Intriguing Collector), Tom Daniel (Automotive Legends), Joe Kelly Jr. (Diecast Historian), Bob Parker (Diecast Historian), Luis Tanahara (Diecast Designer), Ray Nakamura (Intriguing Collector) Back Row, Left to Right: Shane Whittenbarger (Intriguing Collector), Larry Wood (Diecast Designer), Carson Lev (Diecast Designer), Vince Mosley (Diecast Customizer), “Big Daddy” Eli Roth (Automotive Legend), Chris Walker (Diecast Customizer)

Please join us on November 2nd at the Las Vegas House of Blues to celebrate this year’s class of nominees. During the live event, we’ll be announcing the 2017 inductees as well as toasting the night away with awesome customizers, designers and executives from brands such as BMW, Chrysler, Johnny Lightning, M2 Machines, Minichamps, OttOmobile and more! Have you gotten your Diecast Hall of Fame tickets yet? If not, here are the details you need –


We hope to see you there!