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A Visit to the International Model Car Builder's Museum

There's only one place like it in the entire world. The International Model Car Builder's Museum is located in Sandy, Utah (a suburb of Salt Lake City), and features a spectacular collection of the best historic model cars created by such world famous builders as Augie Hiscano, Dave Shuklis, Jim Keeler, Don Emmons, Phil Jensen, and many, many others. Special attention has been paid to collecting the winners from the national model car contests of the 1960's. More recently, winners from the Greater Salt Lake Model Car Contest, considered today to be the world's most difficult and presitigious model car competiion, are also displayed.

In addition, there is a priceless collection of artifacts from the world of model cars, including one-off manufacturer castings of tool masters for kits that were never produced. Finally, the Museum houses the 1/25th scale Oakland Roadster Show diorama, the most ambitious group modeling project ever undertaken my members of our hobby, which replicates in precise detail the Oakland, California Roadster Show circa 1963, including replicas of the cars in the show. Even replicas of the T-shirt booths and signs hanging from the rafters of the old Oakland Coliseum building can be seen in the diorama.

Quite a few of these pictures were taken looking through the glass of the display cases, so sometimes the focus and depth of field is compromised. But for sake of completeness, I've posted all the photos from my visit.

In all, I can't recommend highly enough that all model car builders make the pilgrimmage to Sandy, Utah, at least once during their model building career. For more details on the International Model Car Builder's Museum, see http://www.themodelcarmuseum.org/

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