Tell us what this hobby means to you? 14 questions answered by you, Antoni Clair from Lyon, France.
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1) What first got you collecting diecast? How long have you been collecting? What is your total model count as of today?
I’ve always been in the car world. My dad used to have sport cars, the Renault 5 Turbo 2 or the Ford Capri RS. I started playing with little cars when I was a baby. Then, I saw my first 1:18 in a local shop almost 8 years ago and decided to buy it. I totally fell in love with this scale and decided to make my own collection. After having sold almost all my collection to start it over, I now have 27 1:18 on display, plus some other disassembled for projects.
2) What was your first diecast or memory?
My first 1:18 car was a Hotwheels Ferrari F430 Challenge.
3) What is your favourite scale, and why?
My favourite scale is the 1:18 one. I think it’s big enough to have a lot of details on the cars, but not too big to display in terms of storage surface.
4) What are some of your favourite models to date? Did you share any photos with us?
I like a lot of my models, but I particularly like my MR Aventador SVJ Roadster and my BBR 488 Pista (as much for the car itself as for the spec). I didn’t share specific photos here even if I made proper photoshoots.
5) Is there a model that has eluded you, a holy grail of sorts?
I used to have an AUTOart Pagani Zonda Revolucion, in Blue Carbon fibre. This was for me the best 1:18 I’ve ever had. Now I would love to own an AUTOart Bugatti Atlantic or a CMC Ferrari 250 GTO, which are, for me, the most beautiful cars ever made.
6) What is your favourite brand/manufacturer, and why?
My favourite car brand is Lamborghini, because of their designs and their iconic sounds.
In terms of 1:18 manufacturers, I really like MR and BBR, for their quality of details and all the specifications options that are available for each release. I also really like AUTOart. Isn’t it better when you can open parts of the cars to make more realistic photos?
7) Describe your current theme and what your overall goal is?
I don’t have any theme for my collection. I just buy cars I like. I don’t also have a goal, except reaching 100+ models at the moment.
8) Do you display your collection? If yes, how?
Yes, I have one display cabinet (I’m buying another one soon), and I put the other cars on the beams of the wall. I’m also getting a very nice diorama where I will display some models in. I just need to wait a few weeks before it’s done.
9) Do you have any other hobbies, passions or addictions?
I have one other hobby, which is playing drums, since childhood.
10) What do you think about the diecast hobby as it stands today?
The diecast hobby hasn’t been as popular as today. I started when the hobby was not really popular for 1:18 (at least it was not shown on the internet as it is today). And I can affirm that now, more and more people get into this, and there is more and more kind of cars/models available, and more and more manufacturers to make them. Which I think is very nice.
11) If you could change one thing about the diecast hobby what would that be?
The price. Having well-detailed models today is harder than before. Not that they’re rarer, they’re just more expensive with each passing year…
12) Do you modify cars? If yes, what are some examples?
I used to try, but I quickly stopped due to my non-skills. I have a fully customized Aventador SV, though, to replicate a 1:1 One-off specced car. But I sent it to a professional and so he did it very well!
13) What does your spouse, partner or significant other think of your hobby and your collection?
No one really understands the point of having small cars. They think it’s useless, it takes up space (and money) for “nothing”.
14) What is your daily driver?
I have a 2008 Ford Fiesta and a 2010 Ford Mondeo as daily drivers.