Whatever Brexit turns out to be, I hope that our hobby continues to thrive and give pleasure to the thousands of us that enjoy it. 2018 was not a stand out year for the industry but the releases kept coming and new names kept appearing, so with lots of new models promised for 2019 the signs are hopeful. Hornby gave us a few worries and contributed very little to wet our appetites but even there the signs are more promising. Another positive sign is that three of our popular toy & model wholesalers, A.B.Gee, Amerang, and John Ayrey are still servicing the model trade.
If I had awards to give out then my man of the year would have to be Lyndon Davies ( Taff) for accepting the daunting task of saving Hornby and therefore Corgi from going the way of many other big names during 2018, particularly as many people considered the job to be something of a poison challis. My award for the best brands are spread over three manufacturers and represent the companies who are enabling the average person the opportunity to buy new models that are within their budget and don't break the bank. They are our friends at Oxford Diecast, Bburago and for the younger ones, Siku. All those companies give us value for money models. In the worst model suggestion category I would nominate a model of the Vote Leave campaign coach, thank goodness it was never made as most of us I imagine have had enough of Brexit and are unlikely to want a reminder of when it all seemed so straight forward. Hey Ho!
Of course new models are only part of the collecting scene and the pre-owned sector has been ticking away with plenty of toy fairs around the country and online and auction sites still doing the business. If you need to see what is happening on the pre owned front then visit Vectis Auctions to see what models are as cheap as chips and those that far exceed their estimates.
Our club started the year on a sombre note with the news that Denis, one of our most popular members had passed away.We were only coming to terms with the death of another club stalwart Gordon some weeks before. I am pleased to say that there were positives as well. Our two Collectors Toy Fairs were a success and very pleasing also was that the club welcomed five new members bringing our total membership to 21.
Plans are underway to add a Craft Fair to our Collectors Fair in March. We have noticed more families attending our recent shows and we wanted to make the event more for all the family .We are very excited about this and will keep everyone updated as more details emerge.
Having gone into administration in October of last year the Bloodhound Super Sonic Land Speed record project seemed doomed but a new backer has come forward in the shape of Yorkshire based business man, Ian Warhurst. We can now look forward to following their progress in their attempt to reach 1000 mph.