Collector’s Corner for June 2016: Conor Pohlman

Every month, we provide the collector who will be featured a questionnaire about their NASCAR fandom and, of course, his/her die-cast collection. In addition, we invite the collector to share photos of his/her collection for the entire world to see.

The second collector in this series is Conor Pohlman from North Carolina. Conor has been a NASCAR fan since he was four. His first race was the 1992 Winston “One Hot Night.” He has been to a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway every year since that first race. He has been an avid AJ Allmendinger fan since he started racing.

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  1. When did you become a NASCAR fan? 1990
  2. Which drivers/teams/car manufacturers do you pull for? A.J. Allmendinger
  3. What tracks/races have you been to? Which drivers have you met? I’ve been to Daytona, Martinsville, Richmond, Darlington, Bristol and Charlotte. I have met numerous drivers from A.J. Allmendinger, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Richard Petty, Kyle Petty, Cale Yarborough and Bobby Allison to many others,
  4. What is on your NASCAR bucket list? I’d really like to go to Talladega, Sonoma or Watkins Glen.
  5. How many die-cast are in your collection? I’d have to say close to 1,000. 1:64s? I have about 100 or so. I used to collect them when I was younger. I would look to see what special schemes were being ran during the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 and would go look for those schemes. I have a few haulers as well. 1:24s? The rest of my collection is all 1:24s. I mainly collect these now. 1:18s? I have one — a Dale Jr. Budweiser.
  6. What year did you start collecting die-cast? What year did you become a RCCA Member? I started collecting back in 1997 with 1:64s. I became an RCCA member in 2008 or so.
  7. What was your first die-cast? Most recent? I honestly can’t remember my first die-cast. My first 1:24 was the 2000 Jeff Gordon Peanuts 50 Years.
  8. What is your favorite die-cast and why? That’s a hard one. Each one has its own story and place in the collection. But, if I would have to choose just one, it would probably be A.J. Allmendinger’s dirt car that he drove in the Prelude to the Dream. It’s my favorite because of who gave it to me and the story behind it.
  9. What die-cast would you love to add to your collection and why? Another A.J. race win. The team has turned it around tremendously over the past couple years. The first one was huge and the second win would be just as big if not bigger.
  10. What die-cast would you love to see produced and why? I’d like to see more of the old-school die-cast produced from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, because that’s where the sport grew and not a lot of the cars were produced and they looked awesome.
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