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I think it's about time I made a proper introduction, since I've been encouraging each of you to write a few things about yourselves.
My name is Mark Crowel. I was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1952, and I still live in southwestern Michigan. From late 1974 to late 1975, I lived and worked in the Detroit area. From 1975 to 1977, I lived and worked in Evansville, Indiana. Back to the Detroit area again from 1977 to 1982, then finally back to the Kalamazoo area. My wife and I have no children, but we have two cats and a dog.
I have been fascinated by cars, real and miniature, as far back as I can remember. I have collected kits, die cast, and promos since Christmas, 1962. Almost all of the collection was sold in 1982, due to hard times. I should have kept the promos I had. Quite a few beautiful Johan X-EL reissues of '50s Chrysler products, an AMT mint boxed 58 Edsel hardtop, a '58 Johan DeSoto, a "60 JoHan Dodge, 70s MPC promos of Chrysler, AMC, and Chevrolet cars.
I've been slowly rebuilding the collection, much more selectively now, due to a lack of money. I've been concentrating on '50s promos, when I can afford them. Also have a few nice Japanese tinplate cars, a few old wooden kits from the late '40s-early '50s, modern die cast models of old American cars, and several Russian die cast models of Russian cars.
I started this forum for people like us, who love promotional model cars and never get tired of looking at them, so we can have a web site where we can do just that. Also, we can inform each other about our hobby, reminisce about the models we had, and converse about our hobby to our hearts' content.
Thank you to all who have joined us here on Promotional Model Cars Forum.