Friday, May 2, 2014

The Lamley Group Blog is 2-years-old today! Let's celebrate by looking at a Hot Wheels Porsche 993...

The Lamley Group Blog is 2-years-old today.  That is really not a lot of time, but since that first post things have continued and will continue to evolve.  We had no idea where it would go, but no one would have predicted it would be how Lamley is currently constituted.

Ultimately, it would be nothing without our readers.  You guys are loyal, honest, enthusiastic, opinionated, and, thrillingly, from all over the world.  That is what keeps us putting these posts together.  (Well, your enthusiasm coupled with your incessant bitching when we don't have a post up on time.  I kid.)

Here is another reason why we really like out readers:

You love cars.  You love collecting mini cars, but it is rooted in your love for real cars.  Sure, everyone wants to know what is coming, and whether they can find Snoopy in the stores, but you are not here if you don't love cars.

And that is why we wanted to show the latest color of the Hot Wheels Porsche 993 GT2 today.  It is a model we love, because it is a mini version of a car we love.  And going back to our original point, if we didn't have the blog, and you readers weren't paying attention and commenting, we wouldn't know all we now know about it.

When we first revealed the white Porsche 993, we presented our view that Hot Wheels was basing the casting and current deco on the creations of Nakai-san and Rauh Welt.  The casting has all the signs of an RWB beauty - low stance, wide fenders, and in this specific case, white paint, black trim, and gold rims.  We were convinced.

That is until reader and frequent contributor Black Wind commented and pointed out that this was clearly the 993 GT2 Evo.  And gosh-darn it, he is right:

And it makes sense.  The Evo is a factory-built racer, created for the GT1-series, and it makes sense for Hot Wheels to go that route.  We can let Speedhunters tell you about it.  The details are there, not only in the casting, but in the deco.

So is it a salute to the genius that is RWB?  Of course, indirectly in the same way that RWB's are a salute not only to the 911 itself, but to the design queues of the 993 GT2.  The perfect car should never be changed, only enhanced.

This model is brilliant.  The first thing you notice is the quality of the paint.  White on a Hot Wheels car can sometimes be a poor proposition, but this smooth matte paint look amazing.  Trust us, you will be impressed.

So to celebrate the 2-year anniversary of our real-car-homage-paying-through-mini-car-collecting blog, we will show a model of a car that we know a lot more about because of the contributions of our readers.  We love love LOVE that.

Here's to another two years.  Thanks everyone for all the support...

Hot Wheels Porsche 993 GT2 (2014 Mainline recolor):

The family:


With some of the good and not-so-good Porsche castings in white:


  1. So it's an anniversary of this blog since you started the first post of this blog to introduce yourself this day John? Well happy anniversary Lamley Group! And this recolor of the Porsche 993 is a very nice pick to celebrate for this moment.

    Anyways, the Porsche looks stunning, it went really thirsty with white, and looking at those gold (not real gold) J5's, they capture the car perfectly, and the blue tinted windows is just a pick for a recolor! Oh I'm just so liking this car a lot!

    The best comparison for me is the 993 GT2 with the white Porsche 911 GT2 because they fit together. Well, exactly ALMOST.

    And there isn't any problems with it! That's all I have to say for now.

    See you John, and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY LAMLEY GROUP!!! : ) : ) : )

  2. Mi777ke777 - 420CustomsMay 2, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Happy anniversary fellas. Best 1/64 blog on the net! Perfect cast choice here. The GT3 gets funky wheel colors for some reason and the white gt2 used to be my favorite till the 993. lol. I'm hoping HW's will do the Ruf CTR Yellow bird or just redo the '87 911's. Awesome pics as always. Have a great weekend!

  3. Happy anniversary, I enjoy looking at your page daily. As for the white GT3? not bad, but I like the Red version better.


  4. They should've released the white 993 wearing the WSp rim, to make it look way much better.

  5. Great 2nd anniversary. Keep going on. I am your daily reader.

  6. Happy Anniversary. I look at this Blog every day :)

  7. First of all, Happy 2nd Anniversary to the blog! Time really does fly quickly! Secondly, what an amazing model this is! The color, wheels, windows, trim all match up! The casting itself is lovely! I said this before and I'm saying it again: I'm sold on this! A really great choice to celebrate the birthday! And thirdly, thank you so much for mentioning me and my research. Gives me yet another reason to stick around, reading your posts and also to continue giving any useful information I may have related to your subject. And I would encourage others to do the same as well! It just makes us all like a big family and helps in keeping the posts as up-to-date and perfect as possible! Anyway, well done John! Keep up the good work and looking forward to your future posts!

    - Black Wind

  8. John, this amazing blog is what helped me strengthen my lust for diecasts. I remember the first time seeing this operation and was so intrigued, but in a funny way, was intimidated because of the way it was(and is!) professionally executed.
    I remember being off at home around the time after your start-up, because of an out-of-work injury, and would look for your latest 'work' every morning. Hence, it fueled my desire to research 1/64 diecasts of my liking and go on the hunt for new additions for my ever increasing collection, that my wife sort of despises!
    So congratulations, and thank you for helping me become even more addicted to the hobby.
    Keep up the awesome work!

    1. I almost forgot.. the 993, I agree that it should be equipped with the WSP wheel - gold in color, but would accept the standard chrome appearance. Nice white 'coating'!