The Auto Guy: Starting Small, Thinking Big

By: The Auto Guy Email
By: The Auto Guy Email

Model cars have been around for a long time. You might even have a completed car in your home right now. If you do, you might want to enter it at the Mid America Nationals on October 5th.

This show is for all kinds of different models and there will be lots of winners. The most common category is for box stock vehicles, which are the kits that you buy in a store. You can’t add any other parts or accessories to these models, but you can make it cool with some decals or custom paint.

The street rod class is for model vehicles from 1948 and earlier that have a stock body with a modified engine and interior.

The competition straight line class is for cars that compete in straight line racing. Too bad they are all show and no go because they look fast.

Motorcycle class is for two and three-wheeled vehicles. If you want to be a biker but don’t want to spend a lot on a real bike, build a model. You can still go out and buy all the biker clothes, we won’t tell.

The import model class is for vehicles produced outside of the United States. I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping there is at least one Daewoo in the group.

The diorama class has models representing a specific moment in time. This class takes a lot more work to compete in, but the end result is a real blast from the past.

There are numerous other classes to compete in, so get your model registered ASAP. If you don’t have a model already made, it’s not too late. There are plenty of hobby stores that sell model cars locally or you can buy them at swap meets or online. Check out

The possibilities are endless. Stock models of vehicles are available all the way up to crazy retro models that were around when I was younger. Yes, there were model cars way back then.

Painting the model cars can be a little tricky, but that's what’s fun about model building. You can work your way up to using an air brush to paint with in the future and you can become an expert over time. If you liked doing model cars when you were younger, you still can do it today. People of all ages enjoy it, so give it a shot. It’s a great hobby and with the new glue applicators you won’t even glue your fingers together anymore.

The Mid America Nationals will be held at the Bellevue Junior Sports Association Building at 1001 High School Drive in Bellevue. Call 402-980-4831 for more information.

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