So this all started back in the early 60's when my aunt let me pick out a Matchbox car at a toy store. I just stood there looking at all the cool cars and picked a red Jaguar XKE and my love of cars was born. Over my early years and into my teens I bought and built model cars and raced slot cars. Heck I even added baseball cards to my bike wheels so it would make a cool noise like a motorcycle.
Then in the early 70's I got my drivers license and it all became more fun. Sadly my first car was a 1974 Plymouth Cricket. Yep a 90HP, 4 door nothing mobile but mom was happy. That car was wrecked (not by me) and the onslaught of cars started including my first muscle car, a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner as shown in the picture that is not used with permission but stolen from the interest. Shoot me !
Some of the other cool cars I had were a 1970 Mercury Marauder, 1967 GTO convertible, 1970 Road Runner 383/4 , 1970 Boss 302 Mustang, 1970 Road Runner 440/6pack and most recently 1970 Dodge Charger R/T 440/6.
But lets get to how this started. Back in the late 90's I was working at a body shop and collecting diecast cars . One I collected was a 1969 Road Runner but the company only made it in yellow and blue and well my car was red so I figured if its metal why not repaint it like a real car and so I set about stripping, priming and repainting with automotive paint the diecast car to create my first replica.
Fast forward a couple years and I owned a retail diecast store in the suburbs of Chicago with replicas of the real cars I owned on display. Customers would marvel at how cool they were and even had me create a replica of their real car in diecast. Then one day while delivering a custom model to a customer at a car show the then editor of Hot Rod magazine, Ed Zinke, approached me to make a copy of there then new Crusher Camaro magazine project car. The car had never been done in diecast so I said sure. That model and the publicity I got in Hot Rod is what launched my first diecast modding business, Custom Diecast Replicas in 2000.
In 2012 I sold CDR to an employee and its still in operation as I decided to play with big cars again. This however was short lived and in 2015 I decided to get back in the industry this time as Your Car In Diecast. Over these 18 years I have completed over 1500 projects for customers all over the world.