They're remnants of the original custom and Styline parts. The two on the top row attach to the custom front end; the middle ones are the front roll pan and a piece that mounted on the tailgate. The piece on the bottom may be either the push bar for the service version or what was referred to as "extra plastic stock" in the Styline instructions. More info here: http://public.fotki.com/bigfordpilot/my_built_model_cars/box-art-decals--ins/amt-61-ford-falcon-/?view=roll#24 http://public.fotki.com/drasticplasticsmcc/mkiba-build-under-c/amt-instructions/automotive-cars--pi/ford/1961-1970/amt-1961-ford-ranchero/?view=roll#8 (I could use that roll pan if you don't need it - looking for anything to trade?)
Or go to licenseplates.tv, type up your own, do a screenshot and reduce it to match. Best part is the fonts are a much closer match than Acme; only problem is you can no longer make California, Texas or Florida plates on the site. I saved files of all the CA black plate letters and a blank plate master before they disappeared. A few examples:
They still pop up from time to time in Russian dashcam videos, clobbering or getting clobbered by newer cars and trucks. (The videos are also a great way to learn the correct pronunciation of Russian profanity.)
I've seen a lot of these on eBay, with the boxes - did MPC make a large production run of them because of the contest? And has anyone spotted one with a different license number that may have been one of the prize winners?
Agreed on both. Is this an American actor trying to sort of sound Australian, or vice versa? From mumbrella.com: "When quizzed on the decision to create an American character as opposed to an Australian character, Kerr said the idea of a stuntman felt 'quintessentially' American. 'When the daredevil character came up as the lead element immediately it felt it was quintessentially American as a character, a genre,' he said. 'We also love the optimism of Americans in the way they think they can always make it bigger, more stupendous. When he talks, the way he talks, he always sounds American and we felt it was far more believable. 'It researched very strongly that people associated and understood the character immediately with the American accent,' he added."
^^^ What's that tiny red coupe - a very modified Crosley? Back on topic - the trad cars are sweet, although the radial tires do break the spell. Then again, I'd never begrudge the improvement in handling and ride to the guys who drive those cars on grooved roads and around sharp corners.
29 Palms - the gateway to Yucca Valley! (Very old Jack Benny line.) At least YV has a hobby store, even if mostly R/C stuff. I love that area and used to live in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley. Did you or your uncle know the old drag racer Charlie Hutson who lived up there?