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My collection is based on Roger Gilham`s advice of only collecting what I like, although I am guilty of straying once or twice with an impulse purchase. My collection is over 900 cars now and the reason I asked is it getting out of control is because i`m interested in what members do with their collections? I`m thinking of storing the bulk in my loft but am worried that there condition may be effected so what to do?
 

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A collection should be enjoyed. Its no good putting them up in the loft! I have boxes of models in storage (due to lack of space) and its the saddest thing. Models need to be used or displayed. I think you have done the right thing by buying what you like though - I'm the same with my slot cars.

Sorry if this answer is irrelevant - I hope its on topic!
 

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My wife would argue that my collection is out of control (around 30 cars!). However, I collect my cars to use them. Granted, some of them may see a lot more track time than others, but I haven't got one car which hasn't been out of its box.
I have a penchant for muscle cars and so have a few Carrera models
. I will also be collecting the Team Slot Stratos's erm Stratii ?
Occasional cars have been sourced for specific race series etc.
If I like the vehicle, then I'll buy it. Whether it's competitive is another story!
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I have a very humble collection of 6 cars so far


2 Scaley Scoobs STi04 WRCs
2 Fly Lancia Beta's
a Fly 917/10
A Fly Chevron

The fly cars were bought at the local market for £15 each. I love arches and wings so the Lancia's appeal to me and the other 2 had to be bought at that price and are quite good together.

I've just bought an Audi R8C and a GTone. Yes its the Proslot version and I know most people have said its a bag of nails but I love the look of the car and the R8C seems its best partner.

Can't see myself with a massive collection but as new cars appear that I really like I'll get them. Quite into rally cars new and old so am looking at the Intergrale's by Team Slot and the new Scaley Skoda.

Also, as a sort of scratch build attempt I want to get hold of the 4 door Impreza made by SCX and make a copy of my 1:1 car.
 

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My collection is stricly limited to what I think will go fast on a track for it's class. I say strictly, but occasionally I buy stuff that I like the look of... but it's usually sold within a couple of weeks.

When cars cease to be functional to me, they are usually stripped of all useful parts to make the next cars... however, every now and then a car is retired gracefully, but unfortunatly, I don't have a decent display case yet... they just go into a different shoebox to the others...

McLaren

PS. Am I a collector, if I race the cars that I collect... I have more cars than quite a few collectors...
 

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Occasionally when I feel my collection is starting to reach epic proportions, I am very good at being cruel to myself and selling on the cars that aren't being used anymore. This is helped by the fact that the storage shelf has reached maximum capacity so I have to clear space for new arrivals!

All my cars get raced, some more than others, once I stop using them they get a new owner via ebay. This way my collection evolves rather than just grows! I find it hard to see why I would keep cars and put them in the loft. I'd rather sell them and buy something NEW!

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I've been selling off my collection - still a couple of Spanish Scalextric classics (Porsche 911 Rally and Renault Alpine Turbo), awaiting their place on the auction site.

The primary reason was to collect Scalextric NASCARs, modifying them as required to different liveries or models (Dodge uses the Ford Taurus template for its Intrepid, the Pontiac Grand Prix and Chevrolet Monte Carlo are a hair's breadth apart).

Since becoming a regular on this site, though, I've had to sell off some of the NASCARs to investigate the joys of building my own cars. As a result I now have 14 NASCARs, a 4-lane tri-oval, a half-built 1938 Volkswagen, a VW camper kit and one of Mac Pinches fantastic 1938 Mercedes GP cars.

Mac's cars could well prove addictive, and I'm getting tempted to a Scalextric Maserati 250F for conversion to the Scuderia Centro Sud colours of Jo Bonnier...



If that happens then I could be heading for a domestic!
 

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I have all sorts of cars in my collection, but quite a lot were just brought on the spare of the moment because they were cheap (some I don't even like the look of!!)

I have every single Sport GT40 bar one...


I am also collecting Scoobs, I have about 10 of them from all different manufacturers
 

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I will be collecting Beardog Racing cars (in RTR fashion by Chris).
First I got a McLaren to die for!!!
And American vintage 1960's "Thingies" to add to my Cox Cucarachas.
(I will publish some pics in 2 weeks)
Ebay addict for the past month!
But also Milan Tomasek splendid cars, DPslot's (when can I get them).
I race them all (gently).
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Hi John

Interesting question!

I primarily collect Scalextric cars, accessories, etc, etc. and have over 1500 cars. As a guide I would say 85% Scalextric, 10% SCX, the rest non specific unusual or racers. I have a specific set of race cars and the shelf queens don't go on the track.

I have reached the point were I am clearly buying all the new cars just because I think I have to and this has made me re-think my collection.

With so many new, re-released models I think that I will have to specialise.

The main problem is the ease of purchase, given enough money I could buy everything I wanted and it would not take that long! Part of the collecting habit (for me) is the chase, the unlucky chance of finding that particular car your after rather than 3 clicks on ebay or on a slot web site.

I will reduce my new purchases to one of every new body mould and only add to this for cars that I really like or wish to race as well (bear in mind I normally get virtually every colour/decal variation).

What I have found over the last month or so is the enjoyment of looking for 1/32 kits for conversion. There are just not as many kits around and my knowledge of them is limited so I find it more interesting. It also expands my interest because I try to construct them. Each will be unique because I have built them.

My interest in modern cars has also wavered again probably due to the sheer number of releases but more likely because they are all so similar! I very much doubt I will buy another modern F1 car! (unless MG enter F1). I also find the focus on American racers puts me off.

I used to find the new catalogues really exciting and could not wait for the new cars to be released. These days the main manufacturers all produce the same cars! or very similar. Varity is the spice of life. 6 companies making Subaru's just does not do it for me.

Recent releases that I have found interesting: Historic F1's, Resin Historic rally cars. My concern for these is that loads of obscure liveries will be released.

I know choice is a good thing and we should not complain about having too much choice, but too many products will put off collectors - see dicast, see Vanquish MG! (when these came out we were told that numbers would be low, liveries limited I now have more Mc Laren's than I care to think about, even if they are all very slightly different!).

Each to their own!

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Ill collect anything from Le Mans. Just the greatest sportscar race ever. I'll buy the odd other car, but if its got the amrk of the ACO, its mine (eventually
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QUOTE I have every single Sport GT40 bar one...

I am also collecting Scoobs, I have about 10 of them from all different manufacturers


Exactly the same cars that I collect (except I only collect Petter Solberg Subarus)!
Recently got the Scalextric Goodwood set to complete the GT40 collection.
Missing a couple of Solberg Subarus, new releases from Carrera and AutoArt, but hopefully I'll get them soon...

André
 

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Having seen the glory of Beejay's Alfa, and just taken delivery of my own first Mac Pinches car, I believe that my personal finances are about to enter a new world of pain... and delight!

Now I want to get:

Mercedes W25, Caracciola, 1935 Belgian GP
Mercedes W25, Fagioli, 1935 Belgian GP
(After several laps of blatantly trying to shove each other off they stopped at La Source to scream at each other then set off again still much miffed).

Auto Union C-Type, Varzi, 1936 Tripoli GP
(Varzi won the race on team orders, was made a fool of by the race supremo Marshal Balbo, and got a morphine habit that night).

Auto Union C-Type, Rosemeyer, 1937 Donington GP
(Rosemeyer's last victory, the first time that the Silver Arrows graced British soil).

Alfa Romeo P3, Chiron, 1934 German GP
(When the Silver Arrows made their international debut at the French GP they were humbled by Chiron's grace and pace. He almost did it again on home soil).

Alfa Romeo 8C-35, Nuvolari, 1936 Masaryk GP
(In response to the low-slung German cars, Alfa decided to build a very upright one. Not a success but, in Nuvolari's hands, spectacular).

Mercedes W125, Caracciola, 1937 Monaco GP
Mercedes W125, Brauchitsch, 1937 Monaco GP
(Two cars side by side virtually throughout the Monaco GP, with an irate team attempting to impose order and Brauchitsch blowing raspberries as he passed the pits).

Mercedes W154, Brauchitsch, 1938 German GP
(Sister car to the Seaman model I have just bought - would have won had it not burst into flames during the final pit stop).

Auto Union D-Type, Stuck, 1938 German GP
(The original team leader was ousted after the Nazis decided he was an unfit representative - his wife had a Jewish grandfather. Came back in style in '38).

Auto Union D-Type, Nuvolari, 1939 Yugoslav GP
(A final Grand Prix victory for the pre-war Silver Arrows, fittingly by the best driver of the age, the day after Poland was invaded).

Alfa Romeo 146, Varzi, 1946 European GP
(A decade after his fall from grace, the old star of the 1920s and '30s came back with a vengeance).

Alfa Romeo 146, Fagioli, 1950 British GP
(The only one of the pre-war heroes to truly challenge for a Formula One title, Fagioli, it's a reminder of what Silverstone should mean).

Oh dear. That's about £600!!!
 

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I love seeing that there are peeps out there that have as little idea about buying things for collecting as myself and the two tiddly-peeps. I have a few cars that haven't been raced - but's that's only 'cause the track is packed away at the moment - rental accommodation and no garage sucks - although I've talked the wife into the fact we REQUIRE a 2 car garage when we move.


She's drawing the line at me wanting a saltwater swimming pool in the back so I can keep sharks as yet. I'm trying to convince her I need one for door to door salesmen, mormons, bob-a-jobbers etc etc that knock on the door - oh and a white furry cat - a to start a world domination league - but she'll come around...

I'm totally amused with teh collection as we all seem to have totally different taste.

I seem to be buying a lot of le mans cars - from GT40s through to about 1970 thus far. (Four GT's, the white #59 GT40 from '66 & the Goodwood set, Fly ferrari 512, porsche 917, 908? I think? T70 Lola.) I'm looking to "Older" F1 & sportscars next.

The 8 yo son (Chris) has bought the delightfully awful SCX vintage Mustang & Corvette. Needed a rally hit & got a WReX & a mitsubishi something. Needed a purple & orange TVR T400R (which I was stoked about 'cause I was going to buy it) He's recently decided on the #48 L-88 Corvette to race against it. (even claimed to have checked the "format" as being similar to the TVR but I suspect that was more a happy accident.) He's now becoming entranced with "Older" (60's 70's american steel) and needs the daytona coupe etc next he claims.

The 2 YO (Too bright for his own good Luke) for some reason got entranced by the Fly PANOZ LMP1 (which I didn't really want). He wanted a red one so I bought a black one to race against it. Of course the red was sold out (I was picking them up for $39 Aus) and the black turned up. Despite it turning up at the same time as my Ferrari he immediately declared it was his (I thought he'd just picked a red car) When I saw it up close and I realised it was from Adelaide in '99 and got the SCX Audi R8 "Crocodile" livery from the same race which Luke has also claimed. He asked for the lolas and MG stuff last so the ultra modern LMP seems to be his bag.

We all decided to buy a pink 50's T-Bird for the missus the other day. SHe found out & was mortified "I'm going to pick my OWN cars thank you very much" so it'll be fun to see what she ends up with.

Nice thread by the way - it's as much fun as the "jobs" thread - what a diverse bunch of fellow fellows!!
 

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I have a collection of about a thousand cars or so, most have never been out of their boxes as I buy what I like the look of................mostly Fly stuff at this very moment in time. And if anyone has a Steve McQueen SM1 forsale please PM me!!!
 

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I blame JEXY1 for my collection! No not really, it had started just before I knew about him but he has provided encouragement even if he didn't know he had.

Cars have not played much of a part in my families history although they been of interest very few have been owned. However throughout our past generations the MG has always been THE car to aspire to but only a MG 1300 and Spridget have ever been found in our driveways. Even I prefer the look of pre-war MGs to today's character less boxes on wheels.

I was given an old MG Metro set as a first Scalextric. It didn't really interest me but being a bit of a model maker a loft find of some original Airfix MG K3, MGB and Matchbox MGTC kits started me on scratch building slot cars. This coincided with me discovering the internet and so I began my web site.

The internet lead to me finding out that there was a model of the MG Maestro and various helpful contacts. Also people found my site, including Gareth who sent me photos of some of his rare MG slot cars, and another who sent me a copy of Gareth's NSCC article on MG slots.
(my claim to fame over Gareth is that I discovered the Traffic version of the MG1100 first)

My main collection is 25 completed MG models with 10 or so waiting suitable chassis, wheels etc.. I've a short history of the Beetle that I started during a lull in finding parts for MGs. (bought a cheap Pink Kar version to check out its wheels, had an Airfix Beetle kit, saw the potential and things just grew.) There are a few other makes in the collection because I like the cars.

The cars on my site are just for show, the Lolas have never been on the track but due to my detailing wouldn't be classed as mint. The early scratch builds, the K and T types are on well used car boot chassis and will just about run on a good day.

I buy other cheap cars, new or old, mainly to see if they are of any use for making MGs and these may be played with on a track until a better future is found for them. My GT40 has wheels like those used on the racing MGCs so it lives for now.
 

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The collecting bug only recently caught me but now I have three specifics that have drawn me on to this slippery slope:
- Fly Lola mkIII B (no LE) - still tring to find what I consider a reasonably priced c31!
- Ninco Jaguar XK120
- Scalextric TVR 400R

All my other cars (84 according to my d'base) are out of boxes (or will be) and raced. Will keep the collecting bits very specific otherwise i will get out of hand very quickly. Quite fancy collecting the Oz v8 Falcons and Commodores.

Matt
 

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I am fortunate that I'm not a collector so I don't suffer from that condition known as Completeism. All sufferers will recognise the symptoms, the racing heart beat the sweaty palms, the anxiety of whether the dealer have sold out before you get there and will know the cost to their bank balance.

I consider myself someone who likes model-making and who enjoys driving slot cars. In recent years I've drifted away from static kits and am only happy if my little creations run under their own steam.

Because model-making is my first love I prefer scratchbuilt cars and so I have accumulated a number of slot cars of classic cars and usually build in themes such as classic F1, Lotus cars and cars driven by Jim Clark this narrows the range a bit and because of the time taken in the construction it naturally keeps things a bit under control.

This accumulation of slot cars isn't a collection in my eyes and has a reasonably finite number of subjects rather than a collection of current RTR's leaving me at the mercy of the slot car manufacturers release programme.

David
 
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