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The following are e-mail responses to 'Tales of Toy Cars' and The Breithaupt Miniature Motorcar Museum. Your letters are welcome and may be submitted via the 'Guest Book'.

"Thanks for the nice article on SUVs in the Sept. 1999 Toy Cars & Vehicles. In addition to those mentioned, Maisto makes a 3" Mercedes-Benz ML 320 and will have a 3" 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee available in October."

Charles Hepperle, Maisto International, Inc., Fontana, CA

Editor's response: Some of you may have seen that i have been writing for Toy Cars and Vehicles. It's nice to know that the manufacturers are listening to collectors. Watch for more about Maisto in future issues.

"This is all wonderful... I have collected in this scale since before I could walk or talk... and I have waited a long time for a medium like this. I was wondering...how do I become a contributor to this site? I already contribute columns to a site that has been running for some time. Please let me know... Thanx!"

George Sakalo, Plainsboro, NJ

Editor's response: George is sending an article on Matchbox for possible inclusion in a future issue. If you would like to contribute, let me know.

"I buy, collect, document and sell toys based on the Pontiac Fiero. I see that you have a few in your collection. I have about 200-250 in my collection. I would be please to share that documentation which I have completed with you if you'd like. For instance, There are 28 different Hot Wheel Fiero 2M4's. Also, the HW Sting Road is based on the Fiero."

Ray Paulk, Hopedale, MA

Editor's response: Ray and I have done some trading and he has sent me his list of Fiero variations.

"I just had a chance to read your June editorial regarding Johnny Lightning die-cast cars. As the Johnny Lightning Brand Director here at Playing Mantis, I wanted to drop you a note to say thanks for the recognition you gave our company. We work very hard to offer detailed replicas of all kinds of cars at an affordable price for collectors. It certainly is nice to know that your work is appreciated. THANKS! Great news on the interview, (with Tom Lowe) I look forward to reading it myself!"

Eileen Maloney-Crouse, Brand Director - Johnny Lightning, South Bend, IN

Editor's response: THANK YOU!

"Hi, what a wonderful side! Maybe I some some cars we could exchange or maybe you want to buy them. I have to make time for some searchin'. Because I'm livin' in The Netherlands some Dutch brands and Siku - Tornado - I have. I'm always lookin' for VW Beetle models and toys, brochures etc. made before 1970. Please let me know if you're interested. I also collect other miniature cars."

Hans Kropff, The Netherlands

Editor's response: The Netherlands are home to many diecast collectors and I keep hearing from them. Perhaps TofTC should have a Dutch version.