Along with setting up and establishing the Long Island Hot Wheels Club, there are a couple of other projects that I have been hard at work on. Mainly a 95 Chevrolet Impala and an 87 Nissan 300zx.
The Nissan is a car that I just decided one day to do as a lark. My friend Jeff bought his dream classic a couple of months back and I wanted to build him a miniature of it. I figured that not only would it make an excellent gift to give a good friend, but that I would gain lots of needed experience doing so.
The Impala is actually much more interesting. It’s a basic 95 Impala SS, but what makes it interesting is that it has several very cool mods that I need to reproduce.
The guy that I am building it for was recommended to me by a guy that I met on Instagram.
Today is March 1rst and I just realized that I haven’t posted in over 3 weeks. Well, in one way it’s kind of understandable because I am a car guy who lives in New York.
It’s cold, dreary and I haven’t even washed my Camaro in, let’s just say a while – a long while. Actually, except for the occasional outing my Camaro spends it’s day’s under a cover in my driveway. I have written before that since being back in the automotive world this is my first offseason and it’s not much fun. There is nothing to do except wait for the better weather.
Or is there? As I am sure you have seen, I have become more and more into my Hot Wheels. It’s started last summer with a couple of cool Camaros that I bought on eBay and moved quickly to full-blown customizations.
As difficult as it is to believe it’s fast coming up on the anniversary of my getting Bowtie. I am realizing this because this Sunday is the Superbowl and it feels like just yesterday, when during the last Superbowl that I asked my friend Jeff his opinion of the car.
Of course, at that time Bowtie wasn’t mine. He was just a listing on Carguru that I very much liked and was considering buying. It had only been a couple of days that I had been thinking Camaro, but by this point, my choice was narrowed down.
It was just a matter of which Camaro to get. Remember I knew nothing about the Camaro since I hadn’t owned one in almost 25 years and it was still a very strange concept, the idea of me owning another Camaro. It didn’t seem real, but I was enjoying the experience.
So Monday morning, the day after the Superbowl, I remember calling the dealership and beginning the paperwork. And it was Thursday of that week that my friend Bob and I took a trip to King of Prussia to pick up the car.
Now that it has been a year, as difficult as that is to believe, what has even been harder to believe is the way that this car has changed my life. Since that time everything has been all about the Camaro. From the clubs that I have joined, to the friends that I have made, to my Hot Wheels collection it has all been about the Camaro.
Found my first TH today! Yes, it finally happened. While hunting in two Target stores here on Long Island today, I spotted the 69 Chevelle from the 2019 “C” case. I couldn’t believe what I was looking at, but there it was right in front of my eyes. I didn’t even have to dig, the car was hanging right on the end of the peg in full view.
At first, I thought, no, I must be wrong, but upon further inspection, I could see the TH symbol signifying Treasure Hunt and the Hot Wheels logo right on the side of the car.
The interesting thing is that I have only been collecting for a couple of months. And during that time I have heard people say that they have been collecting for years and never found a Treasure Hunt.
The car is #60 in the 2019 mainline set and #9 of 10 in the X-Raycersseries. It is based upon the actual car but is translucent and somewhat cartoonish.
If you have read any of the posts on this site, you undoubtedly know that I am an avid collector and customizer of diecasts, Hot Wheels in particular.
When I got my Camaro I never realized the new journeys and experiences that it would lead to. The biggest two of those being my Camaro groups and my Hot Wheels collection. Meeting other people with the same interests as me has made this car even more fun – I have made so many friends. The other thing that I never dreamed that I would get into, but has been a lot of fun has been my Hot Wheels collecting and customizing.
And now I want to take it one step further by creating a group of diecast collectors and customizers. Although I have established a Facebook group, the real plan is to move to having in-person meetings here on Long Island. Of course, anyone is welcome, no matter where you are located in the Facebook group which is located at
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This past Monday I took a trip down to Astoria to visit my friend Joey T. Joey is a friend of mine from the NY 5Th Gen whom I met even before I joined their club.
In fact, he was one of the guys who turned me on to it in the first place even before I knew that the club existed. And it was only later on after meeting Joey that I realized that he was a Hot Wheels collector too.
It seems that he has been collecting Hot Wheels for over 10 years and had a lot of everything. A lot of everything Camaro that is and besides being one of the nicest people that you could meet, Joey is also one of the most generous.
When Joey heard the story of how I got so into the car that I even got into Hot Wheels and practically everything else that connected with the car he wanted to help me out. And did he ever!
Realizing how many Hot Wheels cars there are to collect and how long it took him to find many of the variations along with knowing that he had many of the same kind multiple times over Joey wanted to help me catch up.
So last Monday he invited me to his garage in Astoria NY to not only see his collection but to give my collection a jump start.
Here is what Joey insisted on giving me. Now that is what I call a friend!!!
Last Friday night the LICC had their annual holiday party. Although most holiday parties are held during the holidays this one was held last week, after the holidays
Lynda Abusio, our club president, feels that the holidays are too hectic for another party or at least another thing on the schedule and since there really isn’t much going on in January, I kind of agree.
Fortunately, even the weather cooperated and many members came out. As with all of our meets, the party was just a fun gathering of people doing nothing more than hanging out as seen by the pictures.