US Editor for Model Auto Review to join Selection Committee

Karl is the US Editor for Model Auto Review (a DHOF Community Supporter), a frequent contributor on many diecast forums and also a Curator and Champion on hobbyDB.  Over the years, Karl has written articles on European diecast such as Märklin, Tekno, and Vilmer for Model Auto Review and Model Collector (also a DHOF Community Supporter). He has been collecting models in 1/43 scale since he was a boy and now concentrates on Alfa Romeo models and some obsolete European brands. Karl commented “I am excited that the Hall has become much more international and is now truly representing all scales”.

2017 Nominees are on the starting blocks

We want to give a huge thank you to everyone who made a nomination this year! We received more than 250 nominations from more than five different countries (this included some that are already inducted). Although the winners will not be announced until the event in November, we wanted to share the awesome list of nominees that our selection committee will be reviewing over the next few months. Congratulations to all the Diecast Hall of Fame nominees!

 

The Selection Committee met for the first time yesterday and made the decision to split the Customizer and Designer categories into two separate categories, as you will notice in the list below.

To learn more about each nominee, you can click on their link and visit their hobbyDB page. We are still doing research on some nominees – if you see information that is missing on any of the pages, please add it or let us know!

 

Lifetime Awards –

Automotive Legends  

Diecast Customizer

Diecast Designer  

Diecast Entrepreneurs  

Diecast Historians

 

Yearly Awards

The Collector of the Year award was added this year as a yearly award and is meant to pay tribute to the folks who embody the spirit of the hobby; a dedicated collector who gives back to the community, helps strengthen and grow the hobby and is an all-round diecast star.

Collector of the Year Nominees  

  • Mark Barber
  • Jim Bur
  • Martin Cels (Australia)
  • Paul David
  • Jason Del Bel
  • James Elliott
  • Brian Fenech
  • Gabriel Gomez
  • Susan Harwick
  • Woody Itson
  • Timothy Jack
  • Chad Kirby
  • Christopher Kratochvil
  • Leo Machlowski
  • Shawn McClintic
  • Dean Moser
  • Jacob Reefe
  • Michael Sheedy (New Zealand)
  • Michael Stemmler
  • Willie Washington
  • Tiny Wozniak
  • Floyd Wright
  • Michael Zoback

 

There will be only one induction for each category.  Please note that the voting for the brands and model categories will begin later this month or early June. The selection committee will provide a list of at least five nominees per category, and then you’ll be able to vote on your favorites! More updates to follow!

Welcome Diecast Designer and Brand Manager Mac Ragan to the Selection Committee!

We want to say a big welcome to Mac Ragan, our newest addition to the Diecast Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Ragan designed Playing Mantis Johnny Lightning models for four years, was a brand manager at RC2 and Greenlight Toys and then moved to Round2 where he was responsible for Auto World, Johnny Lightning and Racing Champions.  He is also an esteemed book author who specializes in writing 1/64 Scale focused books such as Tomart’s Price Guide to Johnny Lightning Vehicles and Matchbox Cars: The First 50 Years. Ragan was inducted into the Diecast Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2010. Welcome Mac!

Last Call for Nominations for the 2017 Diecast Hall of Fame!

Don’t miss out on your chance to nominate you favorite diecast legends, models, and brands for the 2017 Diecast Hall of Fame! Nominations will close at 11:59PM Mountain Time tonight!

As a reminder, you can nominate anyone who you think should be recognized for their outstanding contributions to our community. We’re looking for nominations for the following categories –

People –

  • Automotive Legend – Those within the industry who have set the bar so high and achieved such success and accolades as to be considered premier automotive legends through design or deed
  • Collector of the Year – Those who embody the spirit of the hobby; a dedicated collector who gives back to the community, helps strengthen and grow the hobby and is an all-round diecast star.
  • Customizer or Designer – Those who have taken the art of diecast collecting to a new level in their design efforts
  • Diecast Entrepreneur – Those who have made a successful living while improving the Industry for the collector
  • Diecast Historian – Those who have continued to share their knowledge of the hobby and industry whether in print or on the web digitally with audio, video or static representation

Models issued in the last 12 months –

  • Small Scale (up to 1/64 Scale)
  • 1/43 Scale
  • 1/24th Scale
  • Large Scale (1/18th Scale and Larger)

Brands –

  • Novice Model Brand of the Year
  • Automotive Brand of the Year
  • Diecast Dealer of the Year

You may be wondering what happens after the nominations close – 

On Monday, May 22, the Selection Committee will review all submissions. The “People” category winners will be decided by the committee and will be announced at the event in November. Past inductees proposed this method as they felt it would level the playing field.

The Committee will pre-select the top five nominations per brand and model category. You’ll then be able to vote on your favorite brands and models later on this Spring!

To read more about the Selection Committee, click here.

Don’t forget that all net proceeds from the Diecast Hall of Fame will be going to a charity that is near and dear to our hearts called There With Care, so be sure to get your tickets today! Read the full announcement here.

 

Diecast Hall of Fame to Donate all Net Proceeds to Children’s Charity

Here at the Diecast Hall of Fame, we know it’s the community which makes this hobby special. The amazing contributions of past and future inductees and the community as a whole are what continue to propel the diecast industry forward and make a positive difference in the world.

When hobbyDB and  a coalition of diecast collectors and enthusiasts started to manage the Diecast Hall of Fame, we were thrilled to be able to honor the people and model vehicles which make collecting such a special hobby. But we were also excited by the opportunity to give back and make a positive impact and – since we all fell in love with collecting when we were in single digits – we thought the best way to do that would be by finding a children’s charity to donate to!

As such, we have decided to donate all of the net proceeds from this year’s Diecast Hall of Fame event in November to There With Care.

Like hobbyDB, There With Care is Boulder based and an organization which is near and dear to our hearts. Its mission is to provide a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. They serve families referred by medical agencies, by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations with compassion and care.

 

 

Executive Director of There With Care Paula DuPre’ Pesmen was very excited to partner with the Diecast Hall of Fame – “There With Care is honored and grateful to be the recipient of the Diecast Hall of Fame event in Las Vegas on November 2, 2017.  There With Care provides day-to-day support to children and families facing critical illness and the team behind the Diecast Hall of Fame understands the needs of the families we serve. Through their generous support and partnership in care, we will be able to ease the stresses for families when they need it most and give them more time to be with their children during a fragile time in their lives.”

The meaningful support There With Care provides is unique to each family and includes transportation services, meal and grocery services, home maintenance and more.

Diecast Hall of Fame Chairman, Christian Braun stated “it’s absolutely fantastic that we found a way to make a local impact in the lives of children. As a father myself, I understand the importance of having extra support when help is needed. We are very proud to support There With Care and hope our donation can help their team continue to make a wonderful difference in the lives of the families that they care for.”

You can find out more about There With Care by visiting their website – therewithcare.org/

Join us in supporting this awesome cause by purchasing your Diecast Hall of Fame Ticket here.

As a reminder, the event is taking place on Thursday, November 2nd in Las Vegas to celebrate the 2017 Diecast Hall of Fame Inductees. Each ticket will include one M2 Machines Factory Issued Promotional event car. You’ll also enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary drink ticket (21 and over only). Limited Space Available – Buy your tickets today and give back to the community!

Announcing the Collector of the Year Award!

There are only two weeks left to nominate your favorite automotive legends, brands, and models for the Diecast Hall of Fame Class of 2017! If you haven’t done so yet, you can nominate here.

We also have some exciting news to share – thanks to your awesome feedback, we’ve added one more award for this year’s Diecast Hall of Fame. The new “Collector of the Year” award will go to a collector who embodies the spirit of the hobby; a dedicated collector who gives back to the community, helps strengthen and grow the hobby and is an all-round diecast star.

 

 

Nominate Your Favorite Diecast Legends for the 2017 Diecast Hall of Fame!

We’re excited to announce that the Diecast Hall of Fame celebration will take place during SEMA on November 2nd in Las Vegas at the House of Blues inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Join us for a nightcap at 9:00pm to toast the new inductees. You can buy your tickets here.

Of course that means that nomination season is starting NOW!

We’re switching things up a bit at the Diecast Hall of Fame! To begin the selection process, we’re asking you to nominate your favorite diecast legends. Anyone who you think should be recognized for their outstanding contributions to our community. We’re looking for nominations for the following categories –

People –

  • Automotive Legend – Those within the industry who have set the bar so high and achieved such success and accolades as to be considered premier automotive legends through design or deed
  • Customizer or Designer – Those who have taken the art of diecast collecting to a new level in their design efforts
  • Diecast Historian – Those who have continued to share their knowledge of the hobby and industry whether in print or on the web digitally with audio, video or static representation
  • Diecast Entrepreneur – Those who have made a successful living while improving the Industry for the collector

Models issued in the last 12 months –

  • Small Scale (up to 1/64 Scale)
  • 1/43 Scale
  • 1/24th Scale
  • Large Scale (1/18th Scale and Larger)

Brands –

  • Novice Model Brand of the Year
  • Automotive Brand of the Year
  • Diecast Dealer of the Year

Feel free to make multiple nominations, but please only submit one vote per person, model, or brand.

Once May rolls around, we’ll close the nomination process, so our newly appointed Selection Committee can review all submissions. The selection committee consists of some of the most experienced automotive minds in the industry. Andreas Berse has been the Chief Editor for Modellfahrzeug, the largest German publication on model cars of all scales for the last 22 years. Matt Boyd is the Co-Founder and Editor of DieCast X Magazine. Matthias Braun is the General Secretary of the AvD, most traditional automobile club in Germany. Carson Lev was a designer for Mattel and past Director of Hot Wheels Licensing. Chis Walker is a high-end customizer and was inducted into the Diecast Hall of Fame in 2009. And Mike Zarnock has written a number of books on Hot Wheels.

The Committee will select the top five nominations per category, and then, the voting will begin! You’ll be able to vote on your favorite brands and models later on this Spring!

To read more about the Selection Committee, click here.

You’ll have until the end of May to vote for your favorites in the 2017 class of Diecast Hall of Fame Inductees. The winners will not be revealed until the night of the event, so be sure to get your tickets here!

Don’t forget that you can check out all the past inductees detailed profiles in the Diecast Hall of Fame Official Archive.

Exciting Changes are in Store for the Diecast Hall of Fame

The Diecast Hall of Fame (DHOF) is roaring into action! A staple of the diecast world, the DHOF is best known for honoring pioneers of the model vehicle industry for their efforts to promote and enhance the hobby. From designers to entrepreneurs, there is no shortage of talented folks on the inductee list.

Since its foundation in 2009 by CJ Cramer and Jeff Glasson, the DHOF has grown into one of the diecast community’s best-known and favorite events.

“Since the beginning, we’ve enjoyed incredible support from the diecast community” said CJ Cramer. “With more than 170 inductees, including Jay Leno, Carroll Shelby, and Larry Wood, we’ve achieved some amazing things together.”

Jay Leno Billy Gibbons Bruce Meyer
Diecast Hall of Fame Inductees Jay Leno (2012), Billy Gibbons (2016), Bruce Meyer (2015)

Now collectors across the entire diecast community are coming together to bring new life into the annual event. Folks from all walks of life throughout the diecast community are ready to take on this new adventure. New event collaborators include DieCast X, hobbyDB, the Lamley Group, Model Auto Review and more. These partners will work together to take the DHOF to the next level, introducing new Models of the Year awards, and a new spin on customizing competitions. hobbyDB is also creating extensive profiles for all inductees in their Diecast Hall of Fame Official Archive.

Editor of the largest German model car publication, Modellfahrzeug, and organizer for 27 years of a similar event for Germany, Andreas Berse, will be a special advisor to help make sure the event is a success. “We want to get back to also honoring the models that are made as well as the people,” said Berse.

Diecast Hall of Fame Inductees
The First Diecast Hall of Fame Class of 2009 – Kneeling, Left to Right: Dave Chang (Diecast Designer), Mike Zarnock (Diecast Historian), Bruce Pascal (Diecast Historian), Jimmy Chavez (Diecast Designer), George Barris (Automotive Legends), Standing, second row Left to Right: Jerry Yates (RAOK Award), Tom Zahorsky (Diecast Designer), Sheri Abbey (Diecast Customizer), Japan George (Intriguing Collector), Tom Daniel (Automotive Legends), Joe Kelly Jr. (Diecast Historian), Bob Parker (Diecast Historian), Luis Tanahara (Diecast Designer), Ray Nakamura (Intriguing Collector) Back Row, Left to Right: Shane Whittenbarger (Intriguing Collector), Larry Wood (Diecast Designer), Carson Lev (Diecast Designer), Vince Mosley (Diecast Customizer), “Big Daddy” Eli Roth (Automotive Legend), Chris Walker (Diecast Customizer)

We hope you’ll join us on this new adventure in diecast and look forward to welcoming you along for the ride! Be on the lookout for future announcements regarding event timing, themes, and more!