|This website, and 66 MotorSport Miniatures is
the result of 7 years of collecting 1:43rd and more recently 1:18th scale
replicas. From the late 60's up to 1975 I was a huge fan of Pedro Rodriguez,
Mark Donohue, Swede Savage and Bruce McLaren. Then, in one 5 year period, all my
favorite drivers (those above plus Siffert, Rindt, Courage, Cevert and Giunti)
died racing or in practice. By the end of 1975, I was 17 and all my heroes were
gone. My brother Anthony had just begun what would be several years of racing
Formula Fords. Our family shifted their combined focus from the worldwide racing
scene to our more local interest, Tony.|
It was not until 1995, when I
met Stuart Showalter of
F1 Replicas, did
my passion for racing return. I saw his ad in a magazine and went to see him.
He had hundreds and hundreds of 1:43rd diecast cars all neatly displayed in
cases, I was beside myself. I saw miniatures of cars I had seen race at Indy,
Elkhart Lake and other famous tracks and cars that had been driven by my idols.
I was hooked. I started buying with the "shotgun" approach; everything
I liked was added to my collection. Hundreds of different cars, series and time
periods were evident if one inventoried my collection.
Now, seven years
later having spent thousands of dollars on cars, I have finally defined my
collection and mission. My passion is CanAm and endurance Sportscar racing. I
think the Porsche 917 and the McLaren M8B were the greatest racecars ever made.
I believe anything touched by John Wyer, Bruce McLaren, Jim Hall or Mark Donohue
is a masterpiece. If they hit both categories, I have it, or am seriously
Until last year, the only way to get my CanAm fix was to buy
the beautiful (but expensive) handmade Marsh Models. Stuart introduced me to
John Hicks of
Ghost Models and he always helps me
acquire missing items from my collection, Marsh Models and others brands. Then
came GMP and the Chaparral 2 of Exoto. Once defined I began buying from other
highly regarded sources such as Greg White at
Designs in Motion, Bob Lorton at
AMS Gearheads (here in Indianapolis)
and Paul Zimmermann at The
Motorsport Collector. Paul's racing art business is the best I have ever
seen. Virtually every art piece on my Gallery page was acquired from Paul at
TMC. I have bought some unique handbuilt pieces from Bob DeVault at
Automodelli. They are terrific
builders and have done several custom projects for me.
where these rambling all lead is back to 66 MotorSport Miniatures. Having spent
hours at the
Diecast Zone, communicating with their
dedicated crew and some phone time with Tom Long of
I rolled out this site. It is intended to help collectors like myself, and to
honor great Drivers from the 1966 to 1974 period.
Special thanks to my
wife Beth and our kids Jordan and Betsy for their acceptance of my obsession and
patience with the countless boxes that mysteriously arrive at our home. To my
extremely talented sister-in-law, Heidi
Burton of Primrose Lane Design, for the 66 Motorsport Miniatures logo and
identity; it all came together once she did her magic.
The logo for 66
MotorSport Miniatures symbolizes my love of racing starting with the 1966 1-2-3
sweep at LeMans by the Ford Gt40s and covering Jim Hall (66), Mark Donohue (66),
McLaren orange and Gulf Oil blue.