Nascar Diecast Collectibles

Written by Henry Baum
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There's a reason that NASCAR is so popular. What other sport can boast having the kind of power of a race car? Those people who go to a race often become converts for life, and attendance is clearly on the rise. I don't want to suggest that people wish for a collision, but the possibility of a collision does contribute to the drama. Most of all, NASCAR is an extension of America's love affair with the car.

NASCAR started in 1947, soon after World War II. They talk about the baby boom of this period, but just as important was the car boom. Many soldiers coming back from the war found work in the auto industry. Additionally, many designers of military weaponry switched to the car industry, leading to the design of fast, aerodynamic cars.

The Invention of NASCAR

NASCAR was an inevitable result of this post-war climate. There had always been car racing, but not on an organized national scale. On December 14, 1947, a man named Bill France proposed a new national sport. On February 21, 1948 NASCAR--the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing--was born. The sport has grown every since.

People who are not NASCAR converts cannot understand wanting to see cars go around in circles. There's a whole lot more to the race than driving in circles. It's actually an enormously subtle sport--one slight move can mean the difference between victory or a crash. Drivers are battling wind resistance and wind speed as much as they are battling other drivers and their own cars. There are often new changes made to cars that have an effect on how the cars react to air pressure.

Diecast reproductions of NASCAR vehicles are an interesting way to trace these changes, as well a fun way for grown adults and kids to indulge in the thrill of racing. Cars are available that are exact replicas, down to the last sticker, of cars that were actually raced. For example, you can purchase a diecast model of the car Jeff Gordon drove to win his third Pepsi 400; this car also marks Gordon's 50th career pole at Daytona. It is important to note, though, that diecasts are likely to appreciate in value (if well-taken care of), while toy models are typically not.

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