Been playing with toy cars for over 50 years (like many, I started in the mid 60's Matchbox era) and would consider myself a collector for at least 35 years. I have bought and sold all the brands with Hot Wheels being the biggest part of that collection at my peak in the late 90's and early 2000. After selling a large part of the Hot Wheels (around 15,000 in that transaction and taking the family to Disney for a week) I decided to fall back and concentrate on what I really enjoyed and pair back a bit.
SO I focused on what I still maintain to this day... racing replicas only. I display around 350 cars in my den and garage with the majority of them being grouped into sub themes and mostly based on sports car endurance and road racing (Sebring, Daytona 24 Hours, 24 Hours of Le Mans, Trans AM Series, Can Am Series etc) in both 1:64 and 1:43 scales.
I also started customize 1:64 cars years ago to recreate racing replicas and I still continue that to this day. For me it is my version of miniature modeling and I still find it very relaxing. I'm just glad to see that I'm not the only one that still likes to play with toy cars!
An example of the restoration's I enjoy doing... A set of old 1969 Hot Wheel McLaren MA Can AM cars before and after....
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And I enjoy doing small dioramas for 1:64 as well...
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