When I am out and about, I like to have a model car with me to photograph in outside settings, combining my two hobbies of collecting model cars and photography. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, “outside” is quite limited. There is a small area of wasteland near our block, I had my daily exercise and took some photos of this Hot Wheels truck.
The Mazda Repu (1974-1977) was the world’s first and only rotary-engined pick-up truck. This model is with the Magnus Walker Urban Outlaw deco. The “52” on the roof is celebrating 52 years of Hot Wheels production.
When I am out and about, I like to have a model car with me to photograph in outside settings, combining my two hobbies of collecting model cars and photography. With the current pandemic, “outside” is quite limited. There is a small area of wasteland near our block, I had my daily exercise and took some photos of this Matchbox car.
The MatchboxGHE-O Predator is based on an actual car. The GHE-O Motors Predator is an agile extreme utility vehicle, produced in Romania, capable of going virtually anywhere. The Matchbox version is a recent casting, introduced in 2017 and made in Thailand.
When I go on an excursion or trip, I like to take a model car with me, as there may be some interesting photo opportunities. On Sunday, I went on an excursion to Dashbashi Canyon, in my pocket I took this MatchboxVW Beetle 4 x 4. The off road vehicles look best when visiting nature.
Strangely, the first time I visited Dashbashi Canyon, I also took a model of a MatchboxVW Beetle 4 x 4 and posted about it in a previous blog: VW Beetle 4 x 4 in Dashbashi Canyon
In a previous post, I showed images of some of my models in the snow: Snow Fun
I maybe in my fifties now, but I am not too old to play with Matchbox cars!
Here in Tbilisi, we don’t get a lot of snow, but venture a couple of hours from the capital and there is plenty of snow to provide a simple natural backdrop for our Matchbox cars. To meet the New Year we ventured to Tsagveri, a small village between the spa town of Borjomi and the ski resort of Bakuriani.
There was plenty of snow to amuse us, I’d taken some Matchbox vehicles suitable for snowy conditions: the Highway Maintenance Truck, a VW Beetle 4 x 4 (with Dora the Explorer tampo), Wing Chiller and Snow Groomer. Here are some of the shots.
Highway Maintenance Truck
VW Beetle 4 x 4
In early 2018, I had also taken Snow Groomer out with the BMC 1800 Pininfarina to Bakuriani for some shots.
Wishing all my readers a Happy New Year 2019… have fun with your collections!
Heading out to Cyprus last week for a welcome break, I included in my hand luggage a couple of Hot Wheels models: the Meyers Manx and the Custom ’62 Chevy Pick Up with surfboard, both seemed ideal for taking to the beach. As a child in the early seventies on beach holidays around UK, I would take one or two Matchbox vehicles to play in the sand, usually diggers and dump trucks to “help” build sandcastles. Now past 50 years old, I’m playing less and photographing more.
I took the photo of the Chevy at the salt lake in Larnaca, the dried salt almost looks like surf.
Matchbox made three beach buggies in the seventies, all three were fantasy models: #30 Beach Buggy (released 1970, withdrawn 1977) in a metallic deep pink with random yellow splatter, #13 Baja Buggy (released 1970, withdrawn 1977) with an unrealistic high mounted exposed V8 engine and #47 Beach Hopper, a Rola-Matic model (released 1974, withdrawn 1979). The driver figure is flicked up by a spur on the inside of the driver’s side front wheel as the car rolls along. This is the only one I have now, a previous owner gave the car it’s current paint job.
Usually, I prefer Matchbox to Hot Wheels but with the beach buggies, I like the classic iconic look of the Meyers Manx, a car first produced in the year of my birth (1964). A fibreglass body was attached to a shortened VW chassis.
The Hot WheelsMeyers Manx was introduced in 2003, perfect for taking to the beach whether you are five or fifty-five!
…collecting diecast cars, like the 3" Matchbox cars I had as a kid