The very first possessions I remember having as a kid were Matchbox cars, and I collected them feverishly. All my friends growing up were into Pokemon, video games and such, but all I cared about were my toy cars. And I guess I never grew out of them!!!
About 10 years ago now, my uncle gave me his car collection from when he was a kid. And wow what a collection it is!! Nearly 100 Dinky Toys and Lesney Matchbox all in perfect condition, and in their boxes... I was so taken with them and thought they were cooler than any of the modern diecast I had been collecting. So that's what stared me on the journey of being a Lesney collector. I haven't yet gotten into adding more Dinkys to the collection, simply because of the prices they fetch. But it is possible to have a very nice Lesney collection without spending a ton of money. In fact, most of the pieces in my collection were purchased for less than $5 each.
That budget sort of brought about a new form of the hobby, restorations!! Beater Lesneys can certainly be purchased cheaply, and I think it is so much fun to bring them back to life. I have found myself being a bit of a completist when it comes to the 1-75 range, which can be difficult as some variations can bring thousands of dollars! So it's fun to make my own copies of those rare cars, and proudly display them. Of course I would never try to pass those off as the real thing, I very rarely sell my cars, they're for my enjoyment. So I started this blog to share them with everybody else! I hope you enjoy your time here and please don't hesitate to leave a comment!
Also, I have a 1:1 scale car in which I am rather fond of... It is a 2002 Volvo C70 Coupe, one of around 5,000 or so that were brought to the US. Mine is one of the last ones produced, and I will own it for the rest of my life. It was my first car, bought with the funds from many years of mowing lawns. I keep another blog for my adventures with that car, as I set about keeping it on the road and upgrading it. I have many plans for it in the coming years! So, if you're into big cars as well as little ones, check out my Volvo blog here: