With the proliferation of social media, diecast collecting has become incredibly multifaceted. Whenever I have the time, I check out many of the fantastic diecast-centered YouTube channels, blogs and Instagram accounts. One of my favorites is RaceGrooves YouTube channel. Something he often says in videos is 'It's your hobby, so enjoy your hobby and collect what you like.' It seems pretty straightforward, but there is are uglier sides to the hobby that prevent us from enjoying it.
Just like with anything else in life, in the diecast hobby we're all prone to getting caught up in the gotta-keep-up-with-the-Joneses attitude, needless arguments, anxiety about getting the latest-greatest piece, overspending and spats with fellow collectors. Have I done many of these things? You betcha. It's life, we make mistakes and move on. But why dwell on it? This is a great hobby that we all enjoy for different reasons!
The more I think about it, the more I realize how many 'aspects' there are to collecting diecast: There's the thrill of the hunt, the satisfaction of completing a set or obtaining a sought after piece, there's the auto history and car culture aspects, the bonds and friendships developed with fellow collectors, the opportunities to share the hobby with younger generations and give cars to charity. There's customizing and modifying, there are dozens of excellent YouTube channels out there, scores of photographers who take better pictures than I dream of taking, bloggers like Lamley and lots more. There is Instagram and the Redline Club. Downhill racing, track sets and Monster Jam. The list goes on and on and on.
The point I am making is that there are so many ways to enjoy the hobby. If I remember that this is a hobby and not a career, a religion or an identity, then it becomes fun again. There is so much joy to be had in this hobby if we keep it fun!
So, why do I have a bunch of pictures of the '55 Chevy Panel in this post? Because I had an absolute blast photographing it. I don't collect the casting, I don't play Atari, and there is no bike in the back. No one has paid this car any attention in probably 3 years. But it's fun, and I like it...and that's what it's all about!