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I realize that the Golden Wheel copy of the mid-1990's 1/24 RC Monte Carlo casting isn't most collector's cup-of-tea. They copied the body contours so well, then blew the appearance with laughably large bumps for the hood and trunk latches. However, I have an eye for the odd-balls and off-beat models of which these are well qualified. I now have 5 of these models.

From what I have been able to piece together, these models were originally created for the toy isles of places like Wal-Mart and Target. The graphics are almost always laughable in some way or other, since the designer's were trying to skirt trademark issues. Later they were offered as corporate trade show and convention premiums marketed to companies and organizations. Some were issued as banks with a coin slot under the spoiler and a locking door on the baseplate. Others don't have that feature. I have shown the blank white model I purchased previously in an earlier thread. Below are the new additions. (Note that the Pepsi models were a 2-for-1.)

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The Pepsi models are both banks with the coin slot. "EDDIE WINNER" was intended to be a made-up driver's name. However, it turns out that there is a real Eddie Winner who is a collegiate track-and-field athlite.

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The Automotive Recyclers Association model was a trade show model, and is covered with the names of all of the yards in Arizona. Personally I find the concept hilarious, but then a lot of race cars end up there...

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Wheel Vehicle Car Tire Automotive design


The Lennox Live model is another trade show model for Lennox affiliates in 2005. This casting carried on long after the model became outdated. Again I find it hilarious that the number on the roof is upside-down.

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The Golden Wheel models beside the RC casting of the same vintage.

So, if anyone has any other Golden Wheel promo or trade show models they want to tempt me with... I'm listening.

Bill
 

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I realize that the Golden Wheel copy of the mid-1990's 1/24 RC Monte Carlo casting isn't most collector's cup-of-tea. They copied the body contours so well, then blew the appearance with laughably large bumps for the hood and trunk latches. However, I have an eye for the odd-balls and off-beat models of which these are well qualified. I now have 5 of these models.

From what I have been able to piece together, these models were originally created for the toy isles of places like Wal-Mart and Target. The graphics are almost always laughable in some way or other, since the designer's were trying to skirt trademark issues. Later they were offered as corporate trade show and convention premiums marketed to companies and organizations. Some were issued as banks with a coin slot under the spoiler and a locking door on the baseplate. Others don't have that feature. I have shown the blank white model I purchased previously in an earlier thread. Below are the new additions. (Note that the Pepsi models were a 2-for-1.)

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The Pepsi models are both banks with the coin slot. "EDDIE WINNER" was intended to be a made-up driver's name. However, it turns out that there is a real Eddie Winner who is a collegiate track-and-field athlite.

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The Automotive Recyclers Association model was a trade show model, and is covered with the names of all of the yards in Arizona. Personally I find the concept hilarious, but then a lot of race cars end up there...

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The Lennox Live model is another trade show model for Lennox affiliates in 2005. This casting carried on long after the model became outdated. Again I find it hilarious that the number on the roof is upside-down.

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The Golden Wheel models beside the RC casting of the same vintage.

So, if anyone has any other Golden Wheel promo or trade show models they want to tempt me with... I'm listening.

Bill
Never knew they existed but I think they don't look too bad. Will be on the lookout in my travels.
 

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One more Golden Wheel Monte Carlo promo arrived today. This one is for Trimble and only has company logos on it without any racing markings. Trimble makes GPS guidance systems for agricultural, construction and military vehicles. I don't have information as to when it was made nor how it was distributed. Makes me wonder what else is out there though.

Again there is something laughable on this one, that is if you don't choke on your coffee first. This Monte Carlo is doing its best to masquerade as a Ford!

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Two more Golden Wheel 1/24 Monte Carlo banks arrived These are two Kellogg's sponsored Supermarket promos from 1997 and 1998. They may actually be the among the first releases of this casting since the 1996 Racing Champions model designs are used. (Unsure if they bought the obsolete dies/molds or just copied them.) Each of these cars only have the Kellogg's and Goodyear graphics. The 1997 model does not have the Chevy bow tie logo, while the 1998 version does. The packaging of the 1998 model has a hastily applied "Authorized by Chevrolet" sticker on the outside of the clear packaging at the rear window, likely indicating late approval. There are no minor sponsors on the cars.

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They went up on the wall to display. I have rearranged things slightly to put all of the Golden Wheel castings together separated from the others.
 

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Attempting to keep all of the Golden Wheel posts in one thread.

Another 1/24 Golden Wheel Monte Carlo promo arrived today. This one is for the Canadian chain store "Giant Tiger". It is actually decorated to look like the real car pictured on the bottom of the box, so this one isn't just something made up. Some nice painted details include the window webbing and silver lug nuts. It's a bank much like the Kellogg's and Pepsi cars, but you don't notice unless you look for the slot.

I wonder how many other Golden Wheel promos are out there waiting to be found.

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