Meet the 2017 Diecast Hall of Fame Selection Committee!
Andreas Berse has been the Chief Editor for Modellfahrzeug, the largest German language publication on model cars of all scales for the last 22 years. He also wrote model car and automotive books and is a volunteer for the Nuremberg Toy Museum.
Matt Boyd is the cofounder and editor of DieCast X Magazine, which he helped found in 2005, and where he served as its editor until 2009. In 2014, he returned to DCX as Executive Editor. Matt has written extensively on collectible scale modeling, design and industry trends, and reviewed hundreds of models for every major brand in the diecast industry. In addition, he has published a number of articles on full-scale motorsports, automotive history and a handful of other non-automotive genres.
Matthias Braun led the E-Business division at Audi and later was made responsible for operations of Audi of America by the Ingolstadt Car manufacturer. He held this position until 2008. Since then he has been the General Secretary of the AvD, the most traditional automobile club in Germany. He is also on the board of the German American Automobile Club. He has a significant model car collection and wrote a number of books on cars and model cars.
Carson Lev is car designer who worked for Mattel for a decade, eventually becoming Director of Hot Wheels Licensing. Lev left Mattel for a pit stop at Equity Management before starting his own licensing company, Redphin Productions, LLC. Lev frequently works closely with Chip Foose, host of Overhaulin' on Velocity. Lev was part of the Diecast Hall of Fame Class of 2009 for his lifelong contributions to the diecast and automotive culture.
Chris Walker "Night Stalker" burst onto the die-cast car scene customizing cars for competition. After winning multiple awards, he focused his attention towards high-end custom pieces for celebrities and famous designers with his work appearing in the hot Wheels exhibit in the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA. It was then that he got noticed by a few of the larger companies and started doing freelance work in packaging, graphics, and event cars for U.S. and Internationals conventions. He was inducted into the Diecast Hall of Fame in 2009.
Michael (or Mike) Zarnock has written a number of books on Hot Wheels. Mike has also opened his very own Hot Wheels museum that showcases his record-setting collection from 1968 to the present. Zarnock's collection has held two Guinness World Records and earned him an induction into the Diecast Hall of Fame in 2009.