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!
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.
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.
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.
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 )
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.
Great time again this year. Special thanks to Larry and his family for hosting and putting on a great spread.
Following the success of our last few shows, we’re excited to announce that the date has been set for our Fall 2019 show.
Join us at Lakota East High School on October 12th, 2019 from 9:00am to 2:00pm for our Fall Diecast Show & Swap. An army of your favorite dicast vendors will be there along with door prizes, case raffles, concessions, giveaways, special guests and a custom car exhibition (see below). FIRST 100 guests receive a special custom collector’s favor!
Admission to the public is just $5 for adults and free for kids under age 10 with an adult admission (save $2 with flyer below). Doors open at 9:00am. Plenty of free parking available.
VENDORS: We’re offering 6 foot tables (limited quantities) for $15 each and 8 foot tables for $20 each. Reserve tables by emailing Paul at email@example.com.
Tables must be reserved and paid in advance of the show (by Oct 5th). Don’t miss this great event!!
Date: Saturday Oct. 12th, 2019. Doors open 9:00am – 2:00pm Location: Lakota East High School Address: 6840 Lakota Ln, Liberty Township, OH 45044 Admission: $5 regular entry or $3 with the show flyer. Youth under 10 are free with paid adult entry. Vendor setup (not open to public): Saturday morning (day of show) 7:00-9:00am, Parking: Free, free, free and plenty of it!
We’ve brought back the popular Custom Car Expo for our fall show to give all diecast fans a chance to display their own unique diecast creations and compete for the public’s votes (contest will take place 9:00am – 12:00 noon).
How it works: We know that a lot of diecast fans customize their own cars by painting, modding or even just swapping wheels to put on the special touches that the manufacturer missed. Well, now’s your chance to show off your work!
Bring in the cars you’ve made, stop by the club HQ table in the middle of the show and enter them for free (limit of 3 per person with paid show entry, please). The public (showgoers) will then vote on their favorite by 12:00 noon and soon after, we’ll announce the “People’s choice” trophies for two classes: Kids class (12 and under) and Adults. Show guests should vote once per person.
Some shots of last year’s expo… some surprising stuff from diecast folks right here in our home town!