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    Next up in the Spotlight is our super town builder....GotFrank...!!!

    2. Where are you from / where do you live now?
    Quad Cities, IL (approx 400,000 people). Grew up in the rural surrounding area.

    3. When did you start collecting Cars?
    Just after the Wal-Mart 8 were released. Summer 2007 I think.

    4. Why did you start collecting Cars?
    For my oldest son Harrison as rewards. He has a high-functioning form of Autism. So he's into having the Cars displayed in order. And keeping track of all the names. But He grew out of Cars a while ago. His younger brother seems to be picking up the torch though.

    5. How many cars (roughly) do have currently have?
    Around 550 - 600 99% of Cars (1) loose, 30% carded. And 85% Cars 2 loose, 3% carded. (Mattel only except DS Frank & Paddy)

    6. Which diecast car is your favourite (only one allowed)?
    SDCC Rescue Squad Mater Amazing paint & detail!

    7. Which car (from the movie) is your favourite, and why?
    [I]Frank, I live in the home of combine manufacturing (both John Deere, Case IH). And the excitement he adds to the film is pivotal in my opinion.{/I]

    8. What has been your best ever find?
    Team Bumper $ave (H,R,P), Shifty Drug Hauler, Johnnie, Jamie & Cone McQ @ Target comes to mind. I did get the Storytellers Showstoppers, Cousins, & Bubba all on clearance too. Tie..?

    9. What car(s) do you currently own?
    Mine - (Fully restored ie: I had to replace the engine. errr) 1998 Buick Le Saber (Links Edition), The Wife's - 2005 Chrysler Town & Country (Touring)

    10. What is your dream car?
    1967-69 Camaro SS something like this

    11. What do you do for a day job?
    Full-time dad (2 sons), my wife is Human Resorces for a company that converts paper documents into digital files.

    12. Other than Cars Collecting, do you have any hobbies?
    Movies, some TV (Sci-Fi, comedy, documentaries). I also draw.

    13. What is your greatest ever achievement?
    Raising a child with Autism.

    14. What is your favourite ever TV show and favourite ever movie?
    Red Dwarf, I watch these over & over and they never get old, Dune, I could rant for a while. But just great on all points IMO.

    15. If you won "Who want's to be a millionnaire", what would you do with the money?
    Australian opal mine dooms-day bunker, maybe... But certainly a world tour with my evil twin brother. Host a freakin' awesome meet & greet for all the Cars folks. Have a good time.

    Watch out for future articles showing the details of GotFrank's self built Radiator Springs...
    Last edited by MrBrownstone; 10-08-2012, 12:37 PM. Reason: Removed Age Question

  • #2
    Nice to learn more about you gotfrank

    look forward to the article about the radiator springs town.


    • #3
      So this is the GotFrank character that I've heard so much about... Seriously, it's great to have you here on the site... Josh and I have been helping each other out for several years... We both got through a bad case of Desert Back Fever... his self built Radiator Springs is awesome and has been a great inspiration and I hope to add more of the buildings...

      We are godparents to an autistic 17 year old... you definitely have a great achievement raising Harrison... and we're glad to know that Owen likes Cars and allowing you to carry on with collecting (not that you need an excuse).

      If I ever get my dream 65 - 68 Mustang and you get your Camaro, we'll have to go cruising down Route 66!

      Looking forward to your Radiator Springs articles.

      I am cac1959... I am a Cars-a-holic... and a proud supporter of Nathan's Playroom


      • #4
        those plastic wheely bins must be taking over the world, I can count 2 plus 1 junior type!


        • #5
          We have a big blue one for recycling.


          • #6
            I either don't get your answer to Q5.... Either I'm missing something or you need to resit your maths exams - perhaps go to school with Owen???!!!

            Great to learn a little more about you mate (although I already knew most of it...)


            • #7
              Five, ah yes percentages & Cars collectors... Went wrong on CTT too. Of the non-lenticular 1:55 Mattel produced items from Cars(1) diecast line I have 99%-ish of it in loose form. And around 30% of everything released (NL 1:55 M DL) carded.

              The same logic applies to the Cars 2 numbers.


              • #8
                Now as a graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Math from Butler University (Go Bulldogs!), I understand the math you used...

                550 to 600 Cars total... 99% of the Cars 1 items are loose... 30% are carded - that tells me you have duplicates - some items you have both loose and carded (I do too).

                Of the Cars 2 items you have, 85% of them are loose,and 3% are carded - that must mean 12% of the items are in transit... or have been announced or featured on Cars forums but not in yet.

                At least you came up with numbers... I don't know what all I have... sounds like a project for a 3 day weekend.

                I am cac1959... I am a Cars-a-holic... and a proud supporter of Nathan's Playroom


                • #9
                  Wow, a stay-at-home dad- I did not know that about you. It makes me want to give you a gigantic hug. Love it.


                  • #10
                    Glad to get to know you Got Frank !!!

                    Wooohahahahaha ..... ;-)


                    • #11
                      LOL @ soda. It wasn't really by choice. In 2001 I had a back injury that I had surgery on. And I never really fully recovered. So unable to return to my job as a Flooring Sales Specialist at Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse. And having dropped out of "Art College". My future employment perspectives were limited. So I decide to offset daycare costs and stay home with our son. It's had it's pluses & minuses... But the time I've had with my boys is invaluable!


                      • #12
                        Yeah maybe we can talk sometime Peter! lol


                        • #13
                          You were nearly right Chris. The 3% in Cars 2 are carded duplicates. and 15% of released Cars 2 items I have yet to obtain. Granted many of those have not appeared in US stores yet... "Duh," says Finn, Mater & McQueen.


                          • #14
                            Nice to know more about the man whos collection brought me to CTT and eventually to here. Sign me up for the freakin' awesome Cars collector meet & greet!


                            • #15
                              Nice to know a little more Mohammet, hopefully catch up soon my friend!