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2019 Automotive Artist: Marcello Gandini

Born in Turin, Marcello Gandini began designing for now-legendary marque Lamborghini early in their history as head of Bertone, the automotive design company made famous first by his peer Giorgetto Giugiaro and later Gandini himself. Gandini designed easily the most recognizable Lamborghini’s in the first half of the company’s history, the swoopy Miura and the […]

Automotive Brand of the Year: McLaren

Racing has always been the crucible on which greatness is forged in the automotive world. In the case of this year’s Automotive Brand of the Year, it built an entire company. McLaren began with its namesake, Bruce McLaren, a New Zealander who grew up in the shadow of his father’s automotive racing hobby. In 1952 […]

Model Car Brand of the Year: Tamiya

Model companies, like the machines they recreate, have grown in size, diversity and complexity. From handmade recreations to digitally rendered and mass produced, Tamiya is one of those companies that has continued to lead in the hobby and grow along with it. With its beginnings in 1948 making model ships, Tamiya has grown to offer […]

Model Car Dealer of the Year: Collectible Diecast

We all get our diecast from somewhere, and sometimes the seller truly stands out. Collectible Diecast was started by a true enthusiast and collector back in the eBay era. Eli Strickland, supporting his growing family, sold diecast on eBay through the late 90’s into the 2000’s. After deciding to create his own site to avoid […]

Novice Model Brand of the Year: Almost Real

There’s a wide spread of diecast models out there, sometimes it’s nice to find one that slides right in the middle. Almost Real is a newer brand with a particular focus, offering a selective menu of interesting models for a mid-range price point created by SUMS MODEL TOYS CO. Almost Real’s models come from a […]

Supplier Brand of the Year: Moon Eyes

Moon Eyes is a brand that’s instantly recognizable to hot rodders, for good reason. In the 40’s, founder Dean Moon and his father were deeply involved in the southern California car scene, including running a go kart track and racing at lakebeds like El Mirage. By 1950, Dean was ready to take his expertise into […]