The Precision 100(TM) '64-1/2 Ford Mustang Convertible from Ford Motor Company(R) And Racing Champions Ertl(R) Takes Grand Champion Honors in the 2001 Zonee Awards

Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Racing Champions Ertl

    GLEN ELLYN, Ill., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- It faithfully replicates the
 legendary car that was an American classic from the moment it was introduced
 nearly 40 years ago. It has won rave reviews from collectors and critics for
 its extraordinary attention to detail. And now the Precision 100 '64-1/2 Ford
 Mustang Convertible from Ford Motor Company and Racing Champions Ertl
 (Nasdaq: RACN) cements its position as one of the best die-cast models of all
 time with a Grand Champion win in $49-$100 retail price category of the 2001
 Zonee Awards competition.
     A panel of recognized authorities on precision car models juried the
 competition, which is sponsored by the Diecast Car Collectors Zone and the
 Diecast Car Collectors Club. Each judge followed the same formal criteria:
 Uniqueness of subject, finish, detail, fit, and value. Only cars issued for
 the first time during 2000 were considered.
     According to Michael Knab, co-founder of the Diecast Zone, competition
 this year was especially close. "That makes our win all the sweeter," said
 Pete Henseler, president of Racing Champions Ertl. "But we're committed to
 being the best, and we're deeply appreciative that our efforts have been
 recognized by Zonee. That beautiful blown glass Zonee trophy is going to be a
 constant reminder that we have to stay on top of our game to stay ahead of the
 game."
     The '64-1/2 Ford Mustang Convertible launched the Ford Precision 100(TM)
 line of 1:18-scale die-cast classic Ford replicas. The collection celebrates
 Ford's 100th anniversary in 2003 and pays tribute to Ford's greatest
 achievements in automotive design, engineering, and innovation over the last
 century. Jointly developed by Racing Champions Ertl and Ford from original
 Ford blueprints and actual antique vehicles, the collection consists of the
 most detailed 1:18-scale die-cast vehicles on the market. The recently
 introduced second issue, the 1913 Model T Speedster -- a classic car by
 anybody's definition -- continues the collection.
      Founded in 1989, Racing Champions ( www.rcertl.com ) is a leading
 producer and marketer of innovative collectibles and toys sold in multiple
 channels of distribution and available at more than 20,000 retail outlets. The
 company sells American Muscle(TM) collectible die-cast vehicle replicas,
 NASCAR and NHRA die-cast racing replicas, officially licensed die-cast and
 preschool products of automobiles, trucks, agricultural, heavy equipment and
 powered-recreational and sport vehicles, AMT(TM) model kits, Press Pass(R)
 trading cards and NASCAR souvenirs and apparel. High-profile licensing
 partners include NASCAR(R), NHRA(R), John Deere(R), Case(R), Polaris(R),
 Honda(R), Caterpillar(R), Ford(R), GM(R), Chrysler(R), Texaco(R), and Warner
 Brothers(R).
 
 

SOURCE Racing Champions Ertl
    GLEN ELLYN, Ill., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- It faithfully replicates the
 legendary car that was an American classic from the moment it was introduced
 nearly 40 years ago. It has won rave reviews from collectors and critics for
 its extraordinary attention to detail. And now the Precision 100 '64-1/2 Ford
 Mustang Convertible from Ford Motor Company and Racing Champions Ertl
 (Nasdaq: RACN) cements its position as one of the best die-cast models of all
 time with a Grand Champion win in $49-$100 retail price category of the 2001
 Zonee Awards competition.
     A panel of recognized authorities on precision car models juried the
 competition, which is sponsored by the Diecast Car Collectors Zone and the
 Diecast Car Collectors Club. Each judge followed the same formal criteria:
 Uniqueness of subject, finish, detail, fit, and value. Only cars issued for
 the first time during 2000 were considered.
     According to Michael Knab, co-founder of the Diecast Zone, competition
 this year was especially close. "That makes our win all the sweeter," said
 Pete Henseler, president of Racing Champions Ertl. "But we're committed to
 being the best, and we're deeply appreciative that our efforts have been
 recognized by Zonee. That beautiful blown glass Zonee trophy is going to be a
 constant reminder that we have to stay on top of our game to stay ahead of the
 game."
     The '64-1/2 Ford Mustang Convertible launched the Ford Precision 100(TM)
 line of 1:18-scale die-cast classic Ford replicas. The collection celebrates
 Ford's 100th anniversary in 2003 and pays tribute to Ford's greatest
 achievements in automotive design, engineering, and innovation over the last
 century. Jointly developed by Racing Champions Ertl and Ford from original
 Ford blueprints and actual antique vehicles, the collection consists of the
 most detailed 1:18-scale die-cast vehicles on the market. The recently
 introduced second issue, the 1913 Model T Speedster -- a classic car by
 anybody's definition -- continues the collection.
      Founded in 1989, Racing Champions ( www.rcertl.com ) is a leading
 producer and marketer of innovative collectibles and toys sold in multiple
 channels of distribution and available at more than 20,000 retail outlets. The
 company sells American Muscle(TM) collectible die-cast vehicle replicas,
 NASCAR and NHRA die-cast racing replicas, officially licensed die-cast and
 preschool products of automobiles, trucks, agricultural, heavy equipment and
 powered-recreational and sport vehicles, AMT(TM) model kits, Press Pass(R)
 trading cards and NASCAR souvenirs and apparel. High-profile licensing
 partners include NASCAR(R), NHRA(R), John Deere(R), Case(R), Polaris(R),
 Honda(R), Caterpillar(R), Ford(R), GM(R), Chrysler(R), Texaco(R), and Warner
 Brothers(R).
 
 SOURCE  Racing Champions Ertl