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June 17, 2015

Congratulations to Porsche and Corvette Racing for their excellent performances in last weekend's 24 Hours of LeMans. Also great to see Townsend Bell and Patrick Dempsey on the podium in their respective classes. The streaming video and data available on the WEC website was a bargain at $11 for the whole week, putting US network coverage to shame. 

Customers report that the Spark booth at the  Circuit de la Sarthe was rich with new product, including the 2014 Le Mans entries that we're still waiting for here in the Colonies. Hope they make their way to our shores soon.

We'll have Spark Model's 2015 LM lineup for you as soon as it is officially presented but we couldn't help but notice the Spark logo on the dorsal fin of the LMP2 Class winning #47 Oreca Nissan, in my opinion the most beautiful car in the race. Can't wait to add one to my collection!

While we're on the subject of Spark Model, our pre-order deadline for more than 40 forthcoming 1/43 scale models is the close of business tomorrow, June 18

Reserving your preferences in advance is becoming more and more important these days. As those of you who have visited TMC lately already know, our aisles are crowded with great new and vintage models, books and artwork. With two more (excellent) estate collections due to arrive later this month, we will have more inventory than ever, forcing us to order fewer and fewer 'extra' models from these giant lists from Spark and others. 

You can review the June 18 Spark list HERE.

One last reminder on the CMC Ferrari situation. CMC's license to sell their current lineup of Ferrari models expires on June 20. We are offering all remaining CMC Ferraris at 20% off list price until the close of business Friday, June 19 or while supplies last. As I stated in our last Update, this could be the end of an era where highly detailed, diecast Ferrari models are available to collectors. You can view the remaining items HERE .

New from Minichamps, the 1/18 scale McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 diecasts of both Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen, which we are offering at the 'pre-order' price of $145.00 instead of the 'release date' price of $159.00 while current supplies last.

Spark's 1/18 scale resin replica of Nico Rosberg's 2014 Monaco GP winning Mercedes has just arrived. Stunning. Other 1/18 scale 2014 Spark F1 in stock, the Williams of Felipe Massa and the Red Bull RB10s of   Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.

A great selection of 1/43 scale Spark and TSM models have arrived in the past couple of weeks, including the #3 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro from LeMans 2014, seen above. 

You can review the new arrivals HERE and HERE.

We're hearing excellent reviews from customers who have taken delivery of the 1/12 scale 1964 Porsche 911 from TSM Model. We have the resin 911 in both Red and Ivory in stock. $350.00 plus shipping. 

We expect delivery of Acme's 1/18 scale Charlie Kemp Shelby GT350 ($134.95) in a few days. Also inbound is the "Ayrton Senna: Racing is in my Blood" DVD from Duke Video and a few other surprises.

You may have noticed a new 'Auctions' section at the top of the Categories menu on our Online Shopping website. We expect to launch our first series of online auctions on July 1. Details next week.

Want to give your Dad something more than a tie this year? We have hundreds of great items in stock ready to ship today. If you're in the Chicago area, we will be open 10am to 6pm the rest of the week and 10am to 3pm on Saturday. You can also surprise Dad with a TMC  Gift Certificate for any amount or any 'future release' item.  Give us a call!

  One last thing:


 - Paul




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