Ferrari 365 Daytona (great mirrors)
1970 Chevrolet Camaro
BMW 1500 - Rasant
Mercedes-Benz 220SE - Rasant
Ford Taunus - Rasant
Opel Diplomat - Rasant
Collecting is not rational. Collecting is a passion and as much as we might
try, being calm and cool about collecting, we can't. At the same time, even
passion need limits, right?
Well, I've tried to set limits. First, I try to collect car models. I focus
on 1:64 and 1:18. Of course, if I find a nice 1:24, 1:43 or 1:32 scale model,
and I have money in my pocket, my heart seems to always over-rule my brain.
I do not collect trucks. Well, OK, I do not collect trucks very often. Sometimes
I can't resist a truck or two, but I HAVE IT UNDER CONTROL! The same thing
goes for commercial vehicles, motorcycles, trains, planes, boats and yes,
even a snow-mobile (Majorette made such a nice one). But, I HAVE IT UNDER
Race cars pose a problem. I don't attempt to collect even a small percentage
of all the many NASCAR models, who could? I do buy them if they represent
a car not already in my collection. Of course, F1, sport/GT, rally, touring
car and too many others are fair game. That's where the latest trouble started.
Jaguar models have long been a favorite of mine. Any Jaguar
in any scale is welcome to my collection. I've also owned three of the full-sized
variety over the years. About 10 years back, I was in the U.K. and found
a wonderful hobby store. After filling my cart with a variety of diecast,
I came across a Jaguar XJR12 in Daytona 24 Hour colors. The scale was 1:64,
the tires were rubber, the head and tail lights worked and the price was
reasonable. One small matter, it was a slot car. I do not collect slot cars
but this was a really nice model. Of course it came home with me.
What's the use of having a slot car if you don't have a track on which it
can race? It was an easy step. You see, I found this slot car set with another
Jaguar, an XJR9, and a Porsche 956. For ten years now, I've continued to
find "just one more" slot car here and there. Recently, a local
junk/antique store had a box of mix and match slot cars for $15. Included
was a Ferrari 365 Daytona in racing form. A Porsche 917, 1970 Camaro and
plenty of spare parts made it a great deal. Of course, passion won again.
They're not real fast but these vintage slot cars are sure fun to hear and
see. But, I HAVE IT UNDER CONTROL!
My six year-old son is a big F1 fan and I bought him a slot-car set for
Christmas. It has Schumacher's Ferrari pitted against a McLaren (I never
get to drive the Ferrari but then it was not my present either). Now I found
a vintage Ferrari F1 slot car (about 1978). Like Jaguar, any Ferrari I can
afford is fair game. It's a good thing I'm too cheap to start buying Ferrari
in 1:43 scale. But, I HAVE IT UNDER CONTROL!
They say the first step to recovery is to admit that you are an addict and
that you do not have it under control. Since I could stop at any time and
I DO HAVE IT UNDER CONTROL, I see no need to take that step. You see, I
know what the real problem is. I HAVE MONEY IN MY POCKET!
A loyal reader from France recently sent me several images of interesting
European slot cars. He wrote:
Paris is a splendid town, with a lot of things to do and to see and to
buy! The problem is that, when it comes to the subject of models, salesmen
think first with the cash register, and try very hard to convert me to the
expensive joys of 1 :43e or 1 :18e. Concerning the ancient cars market,
Paris can almost be resumed by two words : Dinky Toys. With that situation,
the bad thing is that I don,t find too much cars (well, come to think of
it, it,s not such bad for my wallet !). The good, very good thing is that
when I find something, the price is lower than it would be in England or
USA. My collection has so increased with classical Matchbox-Lesney ( ,58
T-Bird, Jaguar E-Type, ,68 Beetle &laqno; Monte Carlo ») and my first
Impys (the Peugeot 404 is a real killer !) and Pennys. Or is it Impies and
Pennies ? Alas, no sign of old Majorettes Did the Dutchmen raided them all?
But let,s come back to the old cars. I went in a little toy store specialized
in cars and train, only oldies. In it are remarkable lines of Lionels and
Märklin, Dinkies and Solidos, in superb condition, frequently with
boxes, and always with an oversized price tag ! Among all those HO and 1
:43e marvels, I stepped upon my little Christmas gift. But it,s a brand
I knew nothing about, and so I ask for your knowledge :
The name of the brand is Rasant. These are German cars from the beginning
of the sixties, the size of Schuccos, circa 1:66 scale. They are not just
models but built to be used with a circuit. They are finely molded, and
their condition is mint, every one of them brand new in a hard crystal-plastic
box. There is a BMW 1500, a Ford Taunus Coupé, a Opel Diplomat and
two Mercedes 220 SE. Do you or another reader of TotC know something about
the brand and possible other models?
Until this, merry Christmas, and a lot of cars (whatever the size) in
Frédéric's Rasant images are to the left. If you can help
Frédéric, let me know (guest book),
and I will forward your message. You see, both Frédéric and
I HAVE IT UNDER CONTROL!
Last month I busted Johnny Lightning's chops for the pathetic Custom 'L'
model. Another reader informed me that my editorial had generated a lot
of talk on a JL bulletin board. For the complete story on the Custom 'L',
visit the Letters page for this month.