Sept 2021: Annual Summer Daze Picnic / Downhill Race

It’s everyone favorite time of year… summer hasn’t quite given up, but we’re thinking about hoodie weather. Time for our annual cookout and downhill race event.

Join us this month on Saturday Sept 25th for “Summer Daze”. Starting at 3pm with a cookout at Bechtold Park in Sycamore, we’ll continue the night afterwards with exciting downhill racing.

We’ll be cooking / serving hot dogs, brats, hamburgers and chips for everyone, however please plan to bring your own sides / drinks.

We’ll be outdoors, however if you are not vaccinated and/or you feel that you may not be able to respect social distance guidelines, please plan to bring a mask for you or your young guests. Please do NOT plan on sharing food or drinks between parties that you didn’t arrive with. 

THE FUN PART: Race your diecast:

Click here for Race rules and categories


Bechtold Park in Sycamore Township
4312 Sycamore Road
Cincinnati, OH   45236

We’re back: GCHWC’s Fall 2021 Diecast Show and Swap


We’re thrilled to announce that our show is back! Join us for GCHWC’s Fall 2021 Diecast show to be held on October 16th, 2021 at Lakota.East High School.

Date: Saturday October 16, 2021. Doors open 9:00am – 2:00pm

Location:  Lakota East High School / Facility Layout

Address:  6840 Lakota Ln, Liberty Township, OH 45044

Admission:  $5 regular entry / youth under 10 years old FREE

Vendor setup (not open to public): Saturday morning (day of show) 7:00-9:00am

Parking:  Free, free, free and plenty of it!

Features: Diecast vendors offer new / used cars and memorabilia of all brands, raffles, giveaways, door prizes, special guests, Fall Custom Car Showcase, kid’s coloring contest, concessions and more!

VENDOR TABLES AVAILABLE NOW: We have both 6 foot tables (limited amount at $15 each) and standard 8 foot tables ($20 each). Table sales end and payments are due by October 1st, 2021. Reserve now by emailing Paul at We expect to sell out, so get yours today!

7th Annual Chili Cookoff – Sat, Nov 23rd

Just a reminder that this weekend we’ll be holding our 7th annual Chili Cookoff this Saturday, November 23rd at Zion church starting at 6pm.  Very little to do with diecast (except for us fans), but great fun nonetheless!

This is always a highlight of the year so look forward to the evening with a chili dinner supplied by our members competing for “best chili” honors as voted on by you… the
lucky folks who get to sample them all.

Have a great recipe to share?  Bring a crockpot and wow the crowd!  This year we’re continuing the corn bread category for even more great samples.    
We’ll supply bowls, utensils, crackers/cheese and ice for the drinks, but if you’re planning on bringing a chili entry (please do!) you might consider bringing:
– a serving spoon
– any special sides / garnish you’d serve with it
– drinks
– a big appetite!

Last year’s CHAMP!

GCHWC Summer Daze 2019 Cookout and Downhill Racing!

Our annual “Summer Daze” cookout / downhill event was held at Larry F’s house in Norwood on Saturday Sept 28th, 2019 starting with dinner and followed by racing!

The club grilled out (hamburgers, hot dogs. brats) and there was a great assortment of homemade potluck items brought by club members.

After dinner, Larry had his track up and running and the club staged a number of downhill races:

Race 1:  “Grab Bag / Case Race”  For this event, members bought their race entries at random from a brand new case of Hot Wheels (no peeking!), opened them and competed for top honors!.  Fastest car won a case of unopened cars and ALL the bragging rights.

Deb was the big winner of the Grab Bag race with her super quick “Slide Kick” that she drew at random from the case. No one could beat it!

Race 2:  “You Animal!”  (cars named after animals) This race was open to unmodified Hot Wheels that are named after animals (not fantasy castings that represent animals).  Examples include Jaguar, Mustang, Cougar, etc. 

A Mustang entry fit the rules and ended up scoring the win!

Race 3:  Paint Your Own race:  This event was open to all unmodified Hot Wheels that members had painted themselves.  Here’s the catch… entries could not be drilled / taken apart. The had to be more than 50% painted to qualify (judges decide).  We saw creative use of markers, poster paint, nail polish, nail-art decals, etc.

Some of the entries in the “Paint your own” race. Tom won the “most awesome entry” (as voted by everyone there) with his Bengals themed Porsche, while Elliott won the downhill portion with his “Way 2 Fast” entry customized with sweet looking nail polish polka dots!
Tom’s striped Bengals Porsche. “Most Awesome”
Winning downhill entry…custom nail polish.

Race 4:  Tow Truck / Tow Bait race.    This is a bit of a strange one, but it turned out to be a real riot… Entries for this race had to consist of a tow truck/vehicle that’s towing another vehicle. This means that at least two wheels of the towed car (the tow bait) had to be touching the track and entries had to stay on the track in their own lane AND remain together for the length of the race / until they crossed the finish line.  Members got creative fastening the tow bait to the tow vehicle (string, rubber band, glue, tape ) 

Most made it all the way down the track… the stopping at the end was the hard part!
Chris took the win with his janky…er…tape-engineered tow rig setup.

Race 5:  “Mamma Mia, that’s Italian!” race:  This race was open to any unmodified  Hot Wheels vehicle that represented a model from an Italian car manufacturer…Ferrari, Lamborghini, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, etc.  EXCEPT the Ferrari F40 casting in any form.    Sorry gang, that one had to be excluded for obvious reasons. 

Peter wins with…what else…a FERRARI!

Great time again this year. Special thanks to Larry and his family for hosting and putting on a great spread.

This is NOT Larry’s yelling voice…