Sunday, July 21, 2013
The Motorsport Collector
Here's the web address:
If you are into model racing cars, motorsports books, posters, etc., this is a good resource. Hotshoe and I took a break from dealership showrooms to visit it before our Monthly Pasta Blowout. I chatted with the owner a bit. Very knowledgable: "No, Pilote, there is no 1/12 or 1/18 scale model of the Porsche 917K that's better on detail than Autoart's. If you want to spend over $4000, there's a good 1/8 scale one..."
TMC is "all model race cars, all the time," (and books and memorabilia) with an emphasis on road racing. The upside of this is a good inventory. The downside, for some, is that it's just that: no trains,
planes, or slot cars. I've visited hobby shops in Cleveland and Minneapolis that were pretty good on collectible model race cars, and usually stroll "vendors' row" when I go to a pro race. TMC is better. But no "toys." (Of course TMC lacks the range of some internet vendors. But if you need a live human, or are on a scavenger hunt, TMC can help.)
We walked out empty-handed. I have too many books and model cars already, and need to downsize further. But we agreed we'd go back. TMC had four scrumptious models: a CMC Ferrari 250 TR, a ditto Maserati 300 S, a Lola T-330 Formula 5000 car (Vern Schuppan "colors"), and Bobby Unser's Indy 500-winning Gurney Eagle. Oh.... and Jim Clark's Nurburgring-winning Lotus 33. All had excellent proportion and detail. TMC has a good supply of 1/43 models for those feeling less spendy.