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America’s Racing Heartland Hosts a Hot Wheels Extravaganza Indianapolis is synonymous with the automotive world in more ways than one. It not only is the home of the Indy 500 but also has played host for the past couple of years to the annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals put together by Collectors Events Unlimited. From …
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Caterpillar dominates the heavy industrial vehicles market like few other companies dominate any industry, and it has done it through a mix of quality, innovation, and an inherent understanding of what crews need on a job site to get their tasks done efficiently, safely, and with maximum effectiveness. The big yellow machines with their “CAT” …
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Another exquisite video featurette from the Petrolicious crew. This time, the original 1960 Porsche 718 Targa Florio winner comes alive, complete with gorgeous visuals and a spine-tingling rasp from its 1600cc flat-4. Racing legend Derek Bell narrates and drives the classic that inspired Porsche’s newest Boxster variant on the original Targa Florio course.
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We are right in the final scramble to finish up and ship out the latest issue of Die Cast X, we decided to take a quick break and vent some stress by watching the latest Ken Block Gymkhana 8 video. It turned out to be the perfect choice, as this issue features a big story …
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by Ron Ruelle As diecast collectors, we seldom consider the amount of effort that goes into creating a miniature version of a real car, especially one with working features. Rolling wheels are a bare minimum, but when a vehicle also features opening doors and hood, working steering and even suspension, it’s really a miniature marvel …
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Loftiest of the High Rollers Author: Matt Boyd 1:18 | $279 Last year I reviewed Kyosho’s Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé, and just last issue I examined their Bentley Mulsanne Speed—exquisite 1:18 models of two of the most extravagant, exclusive conveyances known to man (or at least a very few, very rich men—and women—for whom these scions …
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By Ron Ruelle When BMW took over the Mini brand of automobiles, enthusiasts held their breath waiting to see what sort of shepherd they would be for the iconic marque. The good news is they kept the factory in Oxford, and they designed a car that echoed the proportions along with some of the quirky …
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Many gearheads know that manufacturers often use scale replicas during the design process to refine the look and features of upcoming models. Various ‘design studies’ and styling prototypes are made–often by hand–to help designers and decision-making execs evaluate and refine their product line plans, as well as help with engineering aspects such as wind tunnel …
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We unboxed this mystery machine at the office today. Can you tell the make/model/year from just this glimpse? (Click to enlarge)
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Sublime Sedanette from Caddy’s Silver Age Author: Matt Boyd 1:18 | $212 As American manufacturing migrated back from wartime production to focusing on consumer goods, the race was on to design the vehicles that would define the postwar automotive boom that every manufacturer knew was coming. Of course, even the most aggressive vehicle development schedule …
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Johnny Lightning (JL) is a brand name with which all fans of 1:64 diecast will be instantly familiar. Introduced originally by Topper Toys in 1969, quick on the heels of Hot Wheels’ launch, JL focused from the outset on speed above all. To raise brand awareness and further emphasize its association with speed, JL sponsored …
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Long before the controversial Escalade EXT showed its…”distinctive”…face, Cadillac had another hybrid pickup. The guys over at Hemmings dug up this one: the Cadillac Caribou — a coachbuilt adaptation of a Coupe de Ville into a sort of upscale El Camino (how they passed up the ‘El Caminorado’ moniker in favor of ‘Caribou’ we can’t …
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Die Cast X  brings together award-winning journalists, renowned photographers and industry pros to capture the spirit of diecast like never before. It takes an insider's look at the history behind popular diecast cars and trucks as well as how each model has helped shape the automotive industry and motorsports.