GCHWC’s Spring 2024 Diecast Show and Swap

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We’re thrilled to announce our Spring 2024 show!

Join us for GCHWC’s Spring 2024 Diecast show to be held on Saturday March 16th, 2024 at Lakota.East High School.

Date: Saturday March 16th, 2024. 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. The first 100 guests in the door will receive a SPECIAL collectors gift from the club!

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

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

Vendors: Diecast vendors offer new / used cars and memorabilia of all brands. We plan to have approximately 140 tables available!

Downhill Racing “Case Race” on our custom club track

GCHWC’s Special Guest: To be announced!

Raffles: buy a chance to win a case of unopened Hot Wheels or a vintage carded REDLINE.

Door prizes, Split the Pot (50/50 drawing)

Concessions and more!

VENDOR TABLES:

TABLE RESERVATIONS ARE NOW OPEN. Click here to reserve your table online.

Table sales end and all fees are due by March 4, 2044. Need more info about vendor table sales or having issues with the online reservation page? Email our table coordinator Steve.

Dec 2023: GCHWC Holiday Party

Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s time to celebrate the holiday in diecast style!

Join us on Dec 9th, 2023 at the Courtyard Marriott in Blue Ash Ohio for a holiday buffet lunch, prizes, games and the silliest of all “Steal the Santa” gift exchanges. Please RSVP online by Dec 1st!

Watch your email for details!

Nov 2023: 9th Annual Chili Cookoff

Mark your calendars, we’ll hold our annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday
November 18th starting at 6pm at Springhill Suites in Blue Ash.

During this event, we challenge our members to bring their best crock
pot of chili and see how it stands up to other entries.  The best
part?  You get to try them all and vote!

More details will be released soon!

Aug 2023 meeting: Hot Wheels Scavenger Hunt!

Join us this month for a special themed meeting.  Larry Fanning has organized a Hot Wheels themed road rally / scavenger hunt that will start in Norwood at 5:30pm on Saturday, August 19th (exact start location will be revealed soon…most likely a park).   

As everyone arrives, participants will be divided up in teams to go on a driving course searching for diecast related artifacts within the Norwood area.   A

fter the activity, we’ll all meet at the finish for ice cream and to tally the points / declare a winner.   This is an exciting first for this type of activity for the club and we thank Larry for doing the leg work to make this possible. More info soon!

Sept 2023 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

Location:

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

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…