I’ve been on the road for most of the past 2 weeks, visiting a friend in Chicago and taking a road trip in the region. Along the way I have visited a few automotive museums, and encountered some diecast. I thought some may like to see what is out there, so I’ll share a little.

These pics are in no particular order, other than by location.

First was a diecast seller at an antique mall attached to the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, IL. This seller had a large volume of mostly modern material, with just a little vintage here and there. Nothing I needed, prices seemed OK, but I am sure some would have a field day here:

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The pic above was a random spot in the antique mall as I was leaving, looks like unfinished custom/diorama material.

Volo itself is a fun experience, with many movie cars, and many oddballs. They are a well-known car dealer along with running the museum, so much of what is on display can be purchased. Maybe I will post some pics of the 1:1s at a later date.

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Now, on to the National Automotive and Truck Museum in Auburn, IN, adjacent to the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum. A-C-D is an amazing facility, the smaller NATMUS is less formal, but still with some interesting material, especially in the basement if one is into trucks. They also have a display of diecast. Most of it is modern, and much of it I didn’t photograph, but there was also some vintage material (including a nice assortment of promos and locally-produced rubber toys) and a few random items that I liked. To the pics:

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Siku set appears to be from a transitional wheel period, having both old and new wheels

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I almost asked if they’d sell me this Majorette transporter

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Random batch of older Siku, I’d take these too
I know someone here likes these Barclays

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Fun transporter display

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They had a small amount for sale in the gift area too, some of it going back to the 90s, not bargain priced, and nothing I wanted.

I’ve also done a bit of movie filming location visits, had some wild rental car experiences, and have driven a ton. More on that later. I still have about 5 days left til I go home, time to rest up a bit before another busy day.

That is all.