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!
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.
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.