Summer Daze “Kool Kombi” Custom Competition

For the first time, as part of the GCHWC’s annual “Summer Daze” cookout / race event, the club held a special custom contest centered around Mattel’s newest hot casting, the Kool Kombi. This casting, based on a shortened 60’s VW bus, has attracted the eye of many collectors and was released in green, orange and white.

For this contest, members submitted their own customs based on the Kool Kombi in two categories… Mild (paint, wheel swaps, stickers, etc) and Wild (chop, add parts, switch components). There were 8 entries overall and our panel of non-biased judges (ok…well, at least they didn’t have entries in the contest) had a tough time picking a winner.

Judges checking out the entries…

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Deb’s dye’d Pink Panther Kombi
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Larry’s two-toned entry:
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Tom’s gold entry in the foreground and Tim’s “tire-hauler” white entry in the back…
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Dave’s Batman (go figure!) flavored Kombi:

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The top three entrants (belonging to Tom, Deb and Dave) were then asked to persuade the membership why their entry should win with a brief presentation…

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In the end, after the votes had been tallied, Tom’s gold Kombi with tricked out interior and detailed chassis won out over the competition. Nice work, Tom!

As an added bonus after the competition, all the entrants went home with a custom… but not their own. All the names went into a hat and each person drew a name at random and took that entry home as a souvenir.

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August 2013: GCHWC’s Annual Summer Daze Event!

For this year’s Summer Daze cookout / downhill race event, the GCHWC gathered at Bob’s cabin near Farmersville, Ohio. Members met for a great potluck dinner, a custom contest and downhill races on Larry’s custom track. It was a great turnout and the food and fun went on well into the night. We’ll post a full write-up soon, but here’s a few photos from the event.

The crowd gathering just before dinner on the deck overlooking the lake:
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Kool Kombi” Custom contest: Tom R’s winning custom. Gold with detailed interior and graphics.
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For the first time, the track was set up indoors in Bob’s garage. Perfect for running on into the night!
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Larry releasing two cars down the track…
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Bubble Gunner vs Bone Shaker as part of the “Pinks” race.
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Kaleb P wins the “Mystery Car” race with his Infiniti.
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