I'm sure a nice one drives really well. My memories of those things are from the High School parking lot, and when I was in college. I graduated in 1983, so the Matadors in our parking lot were pushing ten years old. In Northern Michigan, that's an old car. We weren't getting the cherries that had been garaged and maintained either. The rich kids could buy the $1,000 rides, but most of us mere mortals were happy to get something for $300. The two Matadors I remember from school were pretty fried out by the time they got down to my friends. They were still better than my Beetle that had the fenders laced to the body with bailing wire! Even a rusted out Volare station wagon that we had to "Dukes" in and out of was a pretty neat thing to have in high school. (I couldn't open the doors on the Volare because it took a floor jack to get them to close again, but that didn't stop us from road trips!) We took care of things on our cars in the following order. #1 Sound system. #2. Stickers #3. Engine (Louder = better) #4 Tires with big letters on them #5. Seat covers....... .......... #478. Shocks I never let my kids drive anything half as nasty as I used to drive. The "Father" gene kicked in, and when the oldest walked in her freshman year of college and proudly proclaimed, I have a car, now. I just bought it with my own money!" I took one look at it and towed it to the scrapyard myself. I ,at least knew how to keep things safe on an old junker... Brakes, throttle, steering, fuel system and structural suspension parts were checked occasionally. I also knew enough to heed warning signs of impeding doom. She didn't, so if something went wrong, she wouldn't notice it until she wrecked. It sounds like there would be enough sales just to people named Dave to float the Matador!
Having the Matador back in mostly stock trim would separate me from a lot of my money! I would buy two or three of them. They were big, ugly, bloated, slow ill handling goofy looking cars, but nothing screamed "Malaise era" quite as much as the big AMCs. Several people had those when I was in high school, and they had all seen better days, but they ran. In our day, any car that ran made you cooler than not having a car! I rode in a few Matadors in my day, and almost had one. (Ended up buying a Maverick instead) All of the cars from that era seem to bring back memories now. I was sure the Matador tooling was toasted to make the custom, but if most of the stock parts are there, then it needs to come back. On the same subject... Is that Capri on the poster above still intact? How possible would it be to release it in close to stock form? I would grab a few of those. I'm a sucker for anything '60s or '70s, as those are the cars I grew up with. Lots of race car potential for that Capri also. As for the others, I will grab a puller or two and the squad rod. Hopefully, the puller will do well enough to convince them to bring back the Orange Blossom Special, even if they have to change the name for licensing purposes. That kit had some great parts in it too.
I would be all over the dodge versions too! If you really wanted to pry the rest of my money from me, just make that Barracuda! You could do drag versions, Street machines, and stock versions. First generation Barracudas are about as cool as it gets.
I built one of those '53 Panels back in the '70s. I am still not sure how I got that thing together. The hardtop is just as nasty. I also built the "Moving Violation" Willys Pickup. Looking back, I must have had a bit more patience and perseverance than I give myself credit for. I remember needing stitches while doing the Gasser and putting a temporary end to my model building career, as I got back from the E.R. to find all of my models gone and I didn't get to hold an X-acto for many Months after that.
I grew up listening to AC/DC, but I really liked Midnight Oil and INXS too. Men at work were pretty cool too. There were a lot of great Australian bands out there. There were also the Skyhooks. They were an interesting band to say the least. I had a couple of their albums back in the '70s, but they never got much radio play in the U.S. I actually had a hard time finding a song from them that I could post here, as most of their stuff is pretty raunchy. Part comedy, part social commentary, part serious and a heck of a party band. Not my favorite band, but a good bit of fun. I posted "Ego Is Not A Dirty Word" because all of their other classics have a bad word, or a normally good word used in a bad, bad way... They were much better than this at times.
I liked these guys back in the day. They were a little wild for my tastes, but they rocked. The guitar player was bluesy and used a slide as well as anybody. The lead singer had pipes! We went on to cover this song and a couple of others by them. Great fun to play, if you have a singer who can hit the notes really hard.
I usually don't buy the Tom Daniel kits, but I would grab a "California Street 'Vette" if they reissued that one. I goobered one up in Middle School with Lime green and orange candystripes. I'd love to have another chance at doing that kit some justice. I remember it being a pretty nice kit, in the style of Monogram's 1/24 kits of the time. A few bits and pieces live on, waiting to be transplanted under a 1939 Chevy street rod I started building in 1984. I swear, I'm going to finish it one day!
Are the molds for the Nomad, the '66 Nova, the Cameo and the '70 Camaro still intact? I know the Willys was reissued as the Maalco car recently and the stock '66 Nova was done as Grumpy's Toy. Were the other tools ruined. Is the old tool '57 Chevy still alive? the Cameo, Camaro and Nomad are staples for us older builders, and the Nova is essential if you are wanting to make a pro street out of anything.
Okay... Just to stir things up. I remember this was the big song for about a week when I was in eighth grade. Not exactly my favorite band, but he made Geddy Lee sound like an opera singer!
He was also a founder of this Vancouver based band
He left Sweeney Todd to go solo and was replaced by Bryan Adams. (I just switched this video from the album version to the single, as the cover art features some risque silhouettes. I remember hearing this at Skateland and the Family Roller Rink up here. (Family Roller Rink was a budget operation, and wouldn't have picked up the album until it hit the cutout bin...) They also did this song on an album with Bryan Adams, but that cover art was nude. If I can find the Bryan Adams version without the cover art, I will try to tack it on. They sped up his voice to make it a bit higher so it would match Gilder's.
In reality, my favorites have already been mentioned; Rush, Gordon Lightfoot, Guess Who, Neil Young. Buffalo Springfield, (Half Canadian) and Joni Mitchell.
I noticed that the trim on my '48 was in danger of being lost when I looked at it under the first coat of primer. I did a little scribing along the edges of the trim before I finished painting it, and it gave me enough of a demarcation line to run my X-acto along when I trimmed my foil. I do that when I see trim that is going to be tough to foil, especially around windows. It helps a lot.
I'm waiting to see who tries to combine this with a '41 Woodie from AMT. It would take a lot of body surgery and some scratchbuilt trim to make a '41 coupe, but it sure would be cool to see one done up right! I saw a '41 Convertible at a contest a while back. We didn't manage to find the builder, but we speculated he used the front end, frame, fenders, running boards and running gear from the AMT kit, adjusted the wheelbase and the like to fit, and grafted in the rest of the convertible body. It also looked like he had heavily reworked the 1941 interior to fit. It sure looked sharp! If Revell or AMT would make a 1941 coupe, they would have a winner on their hands. Both of the base kits are pretty nice.
Glad to hear she is recovering. My Mother spent some time in rehab a couple of years ago after her earlier stroke. She came through that one pretty well. The people in the rehab were great. Even if she is in a nursing home setting for part of the rehab, that is OK. It just gives them more time per day to work with her. Exercise is very important, but so is rest. My Mother did about 4 weeks in the nursing home based rehab, then came home to about 3 more Months of therapy. We'll keep her in our prayers.
This kit should be a blast to bash up NASCAR cars with. I wonder how much of the running gear would mate up to '61 and '62 Chevies, and the '62 Pontiacs. I am really looking forward to seeing what drag versions of the Pontiacs they produce. There were a lot of Venturas and Catalinas running NHRA too. The Moebius Pontiac may be the Swiss army knife of model kit tools. Those cars did everything. They raced oval and drag. They were nice grocery getters, and they made sweet customs and street machines as the '60s went on. Hopefully we get a few more versions.
Here are a couple more shots from my short search. There are some neat ideas for somebody with the capabilities to make decals.
Here's the car from the first post with a different driver. NASCAR never changes in that respect do they? (Some NASCAR cars need to be fitted with a revolving door)
There! That should make it hard to wait for "summerish" to get here! Happy Pontiac dreaming!