The biggest smile in the garage

John Andretti was a very versatile driver. Racing in Sprint cars, Indy Car, NHRA, IMSA, and NASCAR. The very first driver to attempt the Indy 500 and Coca Cola 600 double. John wasn't afraid to get behind the wheel of anything. He was even bummed that he wasn't able to hit the 300mph barrier in a top fuel car. John had to be one of the most genuine guys to get behind the wheel. He was the textbook definition of humble. Seeing that man's smile let all of that that shine through. He was one of the few you never saw miserable. Even on a bad day, he never showed his rear to anybody. John's win at Martinsville was in my opinion, one of the most impressive stock car performances of all time. From getting spun, to going three laps down. He was there up front in the end. Nothing could hold him back. Every shot made him stronger that day. He beat a stong Jeff Burton who had an incredible car that day. And he did it on only two fresh tires on the final stop. John was a wheel man. And I will always see him as the underdog king. John's fight with colon cancer was just one more example of how much of a warrior John was. Almost every picture and video of him during his battle, he was still smiling. Even through the pain, John was still that positive force that he always was. I was lucky to grow up with John on my tv every Sunday afternoon. He was a positive and humble influnce on me. And I would like to think drivers like John helped mold me into the person I am today. I can never thank that man enough. Words can't describe how powerful it was to see him do one last lap around Indianapolis motor speedway in a hearse. I don't know if ive ever seen a send off for a driver quite like that. I don't know why we have to lose the good ones. But for some reason we do. John spent his final years working to donate to childrens charities. And running his campaign #CHECKIT4ANDRETTI. Urging people of thier mid 40s and above to get a colonoscopy. In all of this, it really shows us why we should enjoy all the time we do here with family and friends. And to let your love and passion shine through always. Rest In Peace Mr Andretti. Nobody will ever forget your impact on the motorsport community.

The Hot wheels crews choice collection was a short lived and quirky diecast line that lasted two years. With a removable body. It let you see what was underneath all of that beautiful sheet metal.

The Hot wheels crews choice collection was a short lived and quirky diecast line that lasted two years. With a removable body. It let you see what was underneath all of that beautiful sheet metal.

The two examples I have are a pair of John's 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix that he drove for Petty Enterprises.

The two examples I have are a pair of John's 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix that he drove for Petty Enterprises.

John ran the Cheerios car in the second half of the 2000 season. Sharing sponsorship duties with longtime sponsor STP.

John ran the Cheerios car in the second half of the 2000 season. Sharing sponsorship duties with longtime sponsor STP.

John Started the 2000 cup season with STP on the hood for one last season as a primary sponsor after decades of Petty Enterprises sponsorship.

John Started the 2000 cup season with STP on the hood for one last season as a primary sponsor after decades of Petty Enterprises sponsorship.

Nothing quite like that generation's Grand Prix nose

Nothing quite like that generation's Grand Prix nose

The end of an era meets new horizons

The end of an era meets new horizons

The Hot Wheels crews choice line was a short lived line that lasted from 1999-2000. But it was Hot Wheels shot at a premium NASCAR Diecast line. With the removable body, it really gave something different to what was being produced at the time. Although they weren't the most detailed. They were far from bottom barrel, and were a really cool concept. I'm sad it didn't last longer. They produced these cars in both 1/64 and 1/18 scale. If you ever come across any, they're worth the buy. They provide a really cool conversation peice for your collection.

Thank you all for the read. And thank you for letting me become a part of the LALD community again. On the old Kinja site, I went by 90sCasualty. Some of you may have seen me around. I'm looking forward to talking with all of you again. After loosing my account to Kinja twice, I gave up. But I'm happy to be apart of the Drive Tribe family. Happy collecting!

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