The buzz last week surrounding the Craigslist Aerotech got me thinking about the Matchbox Oldsmobile Aerotech that I loved as a kid. I loved the real Aerotech as a kid (and as a greying adult), and at the NY Autoshow the year it appeared, I stared at it as long as my parents would let me (much in the same way I ogled the Mazda Furai for a good half hour at the NYAS when that was there). I of course had the silver Matchbox version as a kid, and recently acquired a collection of variations of the casting from ePay (and there are a surprising amount of subtle variations of the other color versions).
But it always bugged me as a kid that as good as the MBX casting was, the wheels threw it off. The disc wheels featured on the real one were somewhat emulated by the ever present 80s 8 Hole MBX wheels, but they were concave and not close enough for me. So when the news of the Aerotech for sale hit recently, after digging under my car seat and couch cushions and failing to find 3.5 million smackeroos, I decided to make my own version. I didn’t want to mess up my good condition original childhood Aerotech, so I got a carded one off the bays, waited for it to arrive, cracked it open, sacrificed a surplus Trucks Series Datsun, and here we are.
It’s definitely one of my favorite wheelswaps that I’ve done. So simple, but I love it. And if anyone wants to send me a 1:1 Aerotech (or even the burned hulk of what remains of the Furai) I’ll certainly be receptive.
Wait, Furai…maybe that needs a swap too…..
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