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Am I a Collector?

I guess we mostly all are. I have been through several collections in the last 20 years, that I have sold for one reason or another. Now my collection is 99% my builds. Have very few off the shelf purchases. In last few years have really concentrated on USSRC and Can Am.

A few of mine:


Now....lets see yours  Cool
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I doubt that I could be described as a collector!

I have three Cox Chaparrals that will remain unmolested and the Allard in the pic will stay too as I like it so much. Apart from that, all my cars have to race so the chassis get recycled into new/different bodies according to the needs of the race. The bodies in front - all my balsa creations - used to be mobile but are now derelict, maybe to be resurrected at a future need.

If I wanted cars just to look at, I would get plastic kits or diecasts although I appreciate that there is probably a greater range available in slot cars these days.

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This type of discussion always amuses me. Love it when the "M.I.B. collectors are barmy, every one of my 200 cars is raced" brigade start up. It never seems to occur to them that they are also collectors .........of used slot cars!

Gordon, it would appear that you are also a collector...............of handmade balsa bodies. Rofl
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Does having six bodies spare count as a 'collection'? My entire slot car 'collection' with running chassis is around twenty five split roughly equally between 24th and 32nd scale. If I want a new car, an old one gets dismantled. This years first choice car for Bordo has the chassis from last year's car in it. So another redundant body.

Five RTRs are kept just for guests so they don't destroy my wooden cars!

The idea of 200 cars appals me. Waste of space that can hardly ever be looked at unless you are scrooge who loves to sit for hours counting cars. 

You laugh at the likes of me so I laugh right back Bigsmile
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I had to look up what MIB meant!! I don't have any boxes either Cool

(9th-Apr-19, 06:21 PM)CMOTD Wrote:  This type of discussion always amuses me. Love it when the "M.I.B. collectors are barmy, every one of my 200 cars is raced" brigade start up. It never seems to occur to them that they are also collectors .........of used slot cars!

In, in the modern idiom the "nay-sayers" are termed "haters".   
I think I'm firmly in the collectors category but I don't see the need to criticise people who race competitively.


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In my experience there are broadly 2 types of collectors. One is the enthusiast that never parts with anything and so builds up a "collection" of whatever their interest is - this includes all of the above posts, cars raced, cars built, particular scales, genres of cars (F1, Le Mans, etc), one or more brands, time periods, and many more themes.

There is also the obsessive collector - one who decides to search out and obtain cars of their interest. Hence we have people with complete sets of a brand - you will see obsessive collectors proud to say they have every car by Cox, Revell, Scalextric, Ninco, whatever.........(inserts your favourite here). Their cars are typically stashed away, kept in as mint condition as possible, and they have often driven up perceived prices when they search out the more elusive models.

So who is the real collector ? Having cars you really like for whatever reason is great, you can use them or display them, and the variety can be immensely interesting. Having every Monogram or Fly car (often in multiples) hidden away gives personal pleasure.

The downsides ? No real disadvantage for the collector of cars whose stash has grown through enthusiasm and personal interest, enjoy your cars and the fun you get from them. But, the obsessive collector has been shown to be misguided at times. Many accumulate cars with the assumption they will be a financial asset, and in many cases this is true. But witness the huge variation in values as economies fluctuate - for example the buyers of expensive Fly cars some years ago (and there are many of them) now find it hard to even give some models away, let alone achieve the prices they paid for them.
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If you don't consider your self a collector but you have a bunch of cars that you race - what you call that bunch of cars. Wouldn't it be a 'my collection of race cars' wouldn't any other word you use be a synonym for collection anyway.

I have cars I race - cars I drive but don't race and a few cars that I haven't done either with. I would consider I have several different collections of slot cars. I also have a collection of model trains and some coins I collected from around the world. If you have an interest in something and you gather a group of these 'somethings'  together what other word would you use than collector / collection. We all collect for different reasons. What you do with those somethings is up to you = use them, put them away, display them, buy and sell them etc etc etc........ 

Why do people worry about whether they are perceived as collectors or not? Its a bit like being worried about people thinking you play with toy cars. Who cares if they do - if  they won't socialise with you because of it they aren't worth socialising with

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There is no doubt that I am a collector. Since March of 1998, when I rediscovered 1/32 slot cars, I have amassed a collection of 981 slot cars. In my early days, I was still in the service and I did not have the space for a track. I was relocating often and I was unaware of tracks or racers in the places where I lived. Instead, I enjoyed the hobby vicariously by watching online what others were doing. It was the modeling aspects of the hobby that appealed to me most and I admired those who were building and landscaping home circuits, scratch-building chassis', and decorating bodies. So, I simply collected cars, hoping one day I would have the space to build my own home circuit. That day came in 2003 when I bought my first home; the place in North Carolina where I now live.

I bought my first 1/32 scale slot car just months after Fly released their first models, and back then I was, as Gary said above, an obsessed collector, collecting everything that Fly produced. In fact, at one point I did have every model that Fly had manufactured (with the exception of the E2 Viper pace car), but by about 2005 or so, when Fly were directing their efforts to a slew of "Limited Edition" fantasy liveried cars and Slot.It came on scene with their first RTR cars, I lost interest in collecting everything Fly made and turned my attention to Slot.It slot cars instead. All along the way, I had been accumulating certain models by Ninco, Scalextric, SCX, Carrera, Revell, Monogram, Team Slot, Pink Car, Fleischmann, AutoArt, Racer, Vanquish MG, Cartrix, and sometime later Pioneer, Sideways, BRM, NSR, Thunderslot, and Policar.

But for the past 15 years I have also been a racer. I have run or raced about 10% of my collection and I regularly compete with my local group. I also participate in proxy racing not only as a racer, but also as a frequent track host.

I don't judge anyone for the way in which they wish to enjoy this hobby. There are many ways to do so. Whether you're building a circuit, acquiring a collection, scratch-building a chassis, painting a body, casting parts, tuning a ready-to-run car, improving your racing skills, or just socializing with good friends, this hobby provides many enjoyable ways to pass the time.

So... Enjoy!

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Well said, Steve.  Thumbup

We can all be considered collectors the moment we bought or made a second car. It should not be an offensive statement in any way.

Happy New Year!!!  Drinkingcheers

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