COMPLETE!! In 1995, Dale Earnhardt and his team kicked off a trend that really has revolutionized the entire NASCAR world, in just ten short years. At Phoenix, in 1994, Fred Wagenhols came to Dale Earnhardt and Richard Childress with an idea that was solely to help him sell more die-casts. Wagonhals is the founder of Racing Champions AND Action. The idea was to turn the Man in Black to the Man in Silver. Eventually, Dale agreed, and the silver marvel, known to many as the Silver Select car, was run at the Winston. Unfortunately, Dale crashed out, but that really doesn't matter. The diecast sold out almost immediately, within hours, and suddenly teams realized they could make more revenue if they sold more diecasts, and easiest way was to run multiple schemes. Now, instead of an occasional rarity, it is the norm. Some teams run so many schemes it is hard to remember what the basic scheme is! After Dale's tragic death in 2001, Revell made three kits in it's Dale Earnhardt Collection. (and I suppose it could be argued the currently available 90 Lumina is part as well) You had the rarest of the three, the 1987 Wrangler Monte Carlo (of which the Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet sponsored car is built from), the second hardest to find (the Silver car) and the run-of the mill Daytona 500 winner kit. The 87 car got hard to find really quickly. It was issued in 2002, and I started building in 2004, and it's already near-impossible to find, and it cannot be found locally, it must be mail ordered. Anyway, for years, I have been a NASCAR fan, but not a builder. I did not want to make them look crappy by brush painting them. But once I learned to spray paint, I started building NASCARs (completely coincidentally on Dale's birthday) with this kit. I for some reason decided to open the trunk. I had never successfully done that before, and have only done it one more time since. But it worked. And the model came out great. And I have not looked back since! My mom ordered me one of every decal Slixx had left, and I have been buying as many as I can that I don't already have, and it's all thanks to this car. It's funny. The car was built a little more then a year ago. But when I look at it now, it was down right crude compared to what I build now, and this has only been in a year's time. Perhaps someday I will even build cars good enough that they are held in regard like Bill Coulter's, Clay Kemp's, Michael Madlinger's and other... I have a long, long LONG way to go first. Also of note, is that this was the first build ever to get it's own folder in the Individual models section. I created this section when I realized I had more pictures of this one car in the main album then all the others combined (back in August 04 when I joined Fotki). Much of the information was pulled from an article in Beckett Racing Monthly and my own knowledge, and memory of the car.
The car Dale Earnhardt drove at The Winston in 1995. Largly (but incorrectly) sited as the first ever special paint scheme.