When NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) was founded back in 1947-48, who could have foreseen the growth and popularity of the sport. Not only does NASCAR now sanction three (3) of the largest racing series around:
Camping World Truck
…. but they also over see local races that includes over 1,500 sanctioned races at over 100 tracks in 39 states and Canada. They are headquartered in Daytona, Florida with many more regional and international offices. NASCAR is second only to football in terms of television viewing and holds 17 of the top 20 attendance records for a single-day sports event in the world. Not hard to understand how these 75 million plus fans can account for the purchase of over $3 BILLION annually in licensed NASCAR products.
Their product line covers just about anything you could think of. But, if you are a NASCAR fan and looking for a ‘diecast car’ collectible, you will find you can fill the bill with licensed ‘chase cars’. They are not too pricey to collect even if you want to collect all of them, you’ll not break the bank and they’re easy to display or store. The chase car pictures here was manufactured by Racing Champions and came in two (2) sizes: 1:64 and 1:24.
From the photo, you can see, the models produced by Racing Champions were very detailed. So much so, they reflect the original chase car’s logo, paint color, car number, driver’s signature, and more.
This 1997 edition of the John Deere, Pontiac Grand Prix, #97 was driven by Chad Little. This car is part of the #12 series that had 12 cars; and is #0433 of a production limited to only 1,997 cars manufactured for collectors that year. (Number manufactured same as the year, interesting!) This particular package comes with a collector’s card, display stand and Racing Champion diecast car. All sealed up in a blister pack.
Much like Hot Wheels collectibles, you want to take care of your NASCAR items – keep them out of heat and sunshine, do not remove them from the package and when stored – lay flat.