Tell us what this hobby means to you? 14 questions answered by you, Kristoffer Stryhn from Aarhus, Denmark.
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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?
My dad bought me my first car at around the age of 6. A Bburago Bugatti EB110. I took it to school, and while playing, I crashed it and it got damaged. I was crushed. My dad took me to a store so I could pick a replacement, and I kind of wanted all of them. So from then on every birthday and Christmas added a new car to the collection. I have been collecting for 25 years, and have had around 400 cars in my collection. Many are sold again so now I have around 160 cars.
2) What was your first diecast or memory?
Bugatti EB110 in blue from Bburago.
3) What is your favourite scale, and why?
1:18 – it is just the sweet spot for great details, and not taking up too much space.
4) What are some of your favourite models to date? Did you share any photos with us?
I think my favourite one is a blue Lamborghini Aventador SVJ from MR Collection. Yes, a picture should be in the collection below. Other favourites include Nissan R390 GT1 from AUTOart, Porsche 911 RSR GTE Pro 2016 from Spark, Chevrolet Crovettet C7R from BBR, Ferrari FXX-K Evo in Matt Black from BBR and Williams Renault FW14-B from Exoto.
5) Is there a model that has eluded you, a holy grail of sorts?
Not any longer, but it was the Nissan R390 GT1 in 1998 Le Man’s livery. Ever since I played Gran Turismo 3 on Playstation 2, there were 3 cars I was obsessed with. The Mazda 787b, Toyota GT020 and the Nissan R390 GT1. The Mazda and Toyota I got pretty easy, and then AUTOart announced the Nissan R390 GT1. I was so excited, and I waited, and I waited, and I waited. I have no idea how long it took for AUTOart to produce the car, but it has to have been at least 10 years since they announced it. But on the 13th of September 2019, I received my model, and it was everything I hoped for.
6) What is your favourite brand/manufacturer, and why?
MR Collection or BBR. I love high-quality models and limited series, and they do a pretty good job.
7) Describe your current theme and what your overall goal is?
I don’t have an overall theme or goal any longer. I love race cars, so Le Mans GT cars, Japanese Super GT and DTM cars are some of my favourites. But I also have hypercars, WRC cars and some F1 cars.
8) Do you display your collection? If yes, how?
Yes, I have around 15 cars on display at a time, and about every 3 months I change them out. I have two small glass shelves and all the cars are on their own stand and covered with a plexiglass cover.
9) Do you have any other hobbies, passions or addictions?
I play a lot of tennis, and I am pretty decent at it.
10) What do you think about the diecast hobby as it stands today?
I think it is really good! I think there are a lot of opportunities and choices, and I love that there is a range in price and quality. I can buy a Ferrari Laferrari in very high quality from BBR or MR Collection, whilst others who might not have the same funds can still get a decent option from Bburago on the same scale.
11) If you could change one thing about the diecast hobby what would that be?
The production time!
12) Do you modify cars? If yes, what are some examples?
No, I am not handy at all, and would probably just destroy them.
13) What does your spouse, partner or significant other think of your hobby and your collection?
I am single, so that is a future problem.
14) What is your daily driver?
I have actually never owned a real car. I have a Specialized Tarmac race bike, but that is the only mode of transportation I own.