We have already made it known that the Matchbox BMW 1M is one of our most anticipated new models of 2013, from any brand. We have already previewed it, and I have already made my thoughts known.
But as much as this diecast nerd has been looking forward to this, there is a group who have been more eager than anyone, and we asked one of them to tell us why. Those folks? The group of BMW 1M owners who were able to get their paws on one of the 740 made available in the US. Ever since the 1M was announced and previewed, we have gotten our fair share of emails asking when the 1M would arrive. Think “Are we there yet”, only instead of your 7-year-old in the back of the car, it is a hipster or mid-life-crisis-enduring BMW owner who loves taking his tiny German sedan out on the town. (And, might I add, people I am supremely jealous of.)
So instead of hearing me rave on and on about the 1M, real and mini, how about we hear from an owner himself? We asked Paul Park out of Portland to do just that, and he obliged.
And this is what we love. Instead of the equivalent of Beanie Babie collectors looking for the latest Treasure Hunt, no matter what the car it represents, these are real car folks. So like the JDM geeks tearing down Walmart’s door to get the new HW Datsun 620, we are STOKED to see the BMW guys getting ready to do the same thing. We know there is something cool to this toy car collecting thing, and thankfully Paul and his comrades keep reminding us of that.
Paul’s words, Lamley’s pics. Enjoy…
and Thanks Paul.
(And if you don’t want to deal with the 1M owners at the pegs, you can get the 1M here…)
With the preproduction test model donated by Mattel to the Matchbox Gathering auction last summer:
It has been a great couple of years for BMW fans in the minicar world. The 1M together with some of our favorite new BMW castings from Mattel: