November 30, 2009

Ride N Drive Notebook from May 2001

Picked up a Ride N Drive Notebook that I've never seen before.  It came out for the 2001 Journalist Ride n Drive in May of that year. Printed by FMC.   Rumor has it that 100 cars were used or maybe it was 100 journalists.  I don't know.  It took place along the coast of California and this notebook has the route directions for the event, all neatly printed with space for notes along the way.  Think it might be a good road trip for some group in Calif. to follow.  It appears to be similar to the Mystery Drives that owners were able to take later that summer in several locations around the US.  We went on one held in the Dallas area but our directions were on a couple of sheets of copy paper.  Nothing fancy like this notebook which also has several different standard graphics of the retro in white, red, and blue.

October 18, 2006

Retrobird diecasts for 2006

There hasn't been much out for a couple of years for the retrobird collector.  Maisto is still carrying 3 color combinations in their 1:18th scale and a few vendors do keep them in stock.

Meanwhile, High Speed has produced one in 1/87th scale.  It's been marketed under several brands, most recently by Malibu International who has given Walmart stores exclusive marketing for the model.  It's labeled a 2003 and can be found in colors of black, red, bright turquoise (if you're a 1956 model fan, you'd call it Peacock Blue), silver, and now a dark blue.

I just visited Minichamps website and found that they'll be releasing a new color for their retrobird model (1/43 scale) sometime in December.  Their website did not mention the color though.