Volume VI, Number 12

O F F - T H E - S H E L F

The following editorial reflects the personal thoughts of Doug Breithaupt relating to our common hobby of miniature cars. It is intended to generate discussion
relating to 'Tales of Toy Cars'. Your letters are welcome and may be submitted via e-mail.

The Best Toy Cars and Toy Car Maker of 2003

Here is your chance to make a statement about the best toy cars and toy car manufacturer of 2003. The following is a list of 28 manufacturers who offered new models in 2003. Members of the 1:64 Scale Diecast Community Forum were asked to nominate their favorite new 'regular line' and 'collector line' models for each manufacturer. Thank you to everyone who provided images missing from my collection. We defined 'regular line' as models produced primarily for children and 'collector line' models as those produced primarily for adults.

Please vote for one 'regular line' model and one 'collector line' model and one manufacturer. Ballots with more than three votes total will be considered void. Perhaps the best way to vote is to ask yourself if you could only have one regular and one collector line model, which would they be? For the manufacturer, who has contributed the most to the toy car hobby for 2003? This is intended to solicit a personal, subjective decision on your part. Simply check three boxes and hit the 'submit' button at the bottom of this page.

The winners will be announced in the January 2004 issue. In addition, manufacturers (many who already follow this Webzine) will be notified and presented with a suitable award, perhaps at the 2004 New York Toy Show. If we tell them what we like, we may continue to get just that. May the best toy cars win.

Hot Wheels
Regular Line - Bugatti Veyron
Collector Line - Bugatti Type 57C

Regular Line - Pontiac Vibe
Collector Line - Shelby Cobra 427

Regular Line - Nissan Micra

Regular Line - 2003 Citroën Xsara WRC

Collector Line - 2003 Sauber F1
Regular Line - Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG

Regular Line - Alfa Romeo 156 Carabinieri

Tiger Wheels
Collector Line - 1970 Ford Maverick

Regular Line - 2002 Peugeot 206 WRC

Regular Line - MGB (open top)

Yat Ming
Regular Line - Alfa Romeo 147 GTA

Racing Champions/Ertl
Collector Line - Tomb Raiders Land Rover

Muscle Machines
Collector Line - Nissan Bluebird SSS 510

Collector Line - Mitsubishi Eclipse

Collector Line - Cadillac CTS

Collector Line -1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Johnny Lightning
Collector Line - Tucker Torpedo

Regular Line - Ford Street Ka

Real Toy
Regular Line - Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Regular Line - Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Motor Max
Regular Line - Ford Ranger pick-up

Mega Speed
Regular Line - 1970 Ford Mustang

Regular Line - 2004 Porsche Carrera GT

Collector Line - Mazda Savanna RX-7

Regular Line - Mazda RX-8
Collector Line - Subaru R2

Collector Line - Lamborghini Murcilago

Collector Line - Holden Monaro HT GTS 350

Collector Line - Corvette C5R