Pictures - Other NASCAR Diecast
1999 #10 Tide Taurus
Team Caliber (1/24 scale), as driven by Ricky Rudd
Back in the heyday of NASCAR diecast, Action was setting the bar for
high-quality NASCAR diecast. Team Caliber was a challnger to the thrown, and
indeed, created a better diecast than Action. As we all know, the entry of
Team Caliber into the field prompted Action to step up and compete, which
made all of the diecast available at the time much better in terms of detail
and quality. Around 2001 or 2002, Rousch Racing bought Team Caliber, and that
became pretty much the only place you could get Rousch cars in diecast form.
This is a really nice model, and I really didn't buy it for any reason
other than it was one of the first cars Team Caliber released. At the time,
I was more interested in 1/64 cars, so I didn't pursue more of the larger
#44 Hotwheels Pontiac
Hotwheels (1/64 scale), as driven by Kyle Petty
This car was released in 1998 or 1999 (I don't remember), and it was the
first 1/64 car available with a removable body. It was considered so special
that Mattel even released it in this special display case.
This was so unique that I decided to keep the display case (the ONLY car
in my collection that I've done this with). While I applaud Mattel's effort
to provide more detail at this scale, I also find it pointless at this
scale - kind of like opening hoods/doors on anything smaller than 1/24 cars.
Petty Anniversay Set
Hotwheels (1/64 scale)
This is a set of cars/trucks that have never been seen on the track. Again,
this is not something I usually collect, but I thought the cars were cool
looking, and I'm sure this wasn't as popular a set as Mattel had hoped.
Racing Legends Set
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This is a set of plastic "diecast" that represent the 12 cars driven by men
deemed by the manufacturer to be "racing legends". Indeed, they are to the
extent that the manufacturer could get a license to reproduce a given car/paint
scheme or use the driver's name. It's really too bad these are plastic. Notably
absent are Richard Pety and Dale Earnhardt. In any case, these cars were sold
separately and were seruialized. The cars you see here all have the same serial
number, so I guess that makes the set even more unique.
Some of you may have noticed the roof number on the last car - Bill Elliott's
Thunderbird. The reason is because the guy who prepped the body put the mask on
backwards before the number was painted on. It wasn't done on purpose, and the
car was actually run that way during the race. (He wrecked the car and did not
finish that particular race, but later went on to become "Million Dollar Bill" -
winner of a one million dollar bonus during the season.