As it turns out, Santa was good to the TopSpeed.com team this year, with each and every one of them received a rather cool car-themed gift. Sidd, for instance, got a pair of old truck scale models that made everyone a little jealous. Kirby, got his hands on a premium 1989 Batmobile LEGO set that proves without a doubt that he was a very good boy this year. But, what did the rest of the team get? Well, check it out in our article below.

Sidd

Here's What the Top Speed Team Got For Christmas 2019!
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To paraphrase Joey Tribbiani, “Christmas is a festival based on giving and receiving as well as having and sharing. And through this having and giving and sharing and receiving, we too can share and love and have and receive.” Well, sometimes this love can get overwhelming and ends your year on a good note. My love for pickup trucks and SUVs is not unknown, and me talking my sister’s ear off about them the whole year has paid off.

Here's What the Top Speed Team Got For Christmas 2019!
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So, this year for Christmas, I received a classic 1965 Ford Custom Cab Styleside 1:25 Scale model! I’m a sucker for anything vintage and this truck fits the bill in all senses. Painted in turquoise hue, I’m still not over the fact that I own this classic model. But, it didn’t end there. A couple of days later, I received another package with a 1980 Dodge Ramcharger scale model. This two-door 1:24 model is designed with such intricate details and I can’t seem to get my hands off it. With these two gifts to end the year, I think I’ll push the idea of gifting myself a 1967 Ford Mustang GTA Fastback model for a few months :wink: Merry Christmas, y’all!

Kirby

Here's What the Top Speed Team Got For Christmas 2019!
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As a child who grew up in the ’80s, my obsession with all things Batman essentially started when I watched 1989’s Batman, the movie starring Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Danny DeVito. I loved that movie. I still do. A big part of that was the Batmobile, which, in my mind at least, still stands as the best version of the Batmobile compared to all other versions that have appeared in TV and movies before and after the movie. So, imagine my surprise when I got the 1989 Batmobile LEGO kit for Christmas. I can’t remember the last time I got choked up over a Christmas gift, let alone a LEGO kit, but I came pretty darn close when I saw the all-too-famous machine gun on the box of the LEGO kit. I immediately ripped off the rest of the wrapping paper, and there it was, staring at me in all its glory. I still haven’t shaken off the excitement of receiving the Batmobile LEGO kit, and it’ll probably take a few days before the giddiness wears off. Until then, I’ll keep staring at the box for as long as I can until I decide to build the kit sometime in the new year.

Mihai

Here's What the Top Speed Team Got For Christmas 2019!
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Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Everybody gathers together in a joyous atmosphere to celebrate in the holiday spirit of giving and receiving. If you’re like me, however, and by that I mean, if you’re crazy about model cars, you know that the whole giving and receiving part sometimes happens in the smallest of circles: between you and yourself. It’s not that your friends or family members don’t know you’re into scaled-down cars – you’ve plastered all your walls with shelves to showcase them – but it’s always easier to get what you want yourself than go on an endless streak of cheeky suggestions aimed at your significant other or best friend in the hope that they get it and acquire *the right* model for you.

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To avoid any and all confusion, I’ve been acting as my own part-time Santa for a few years already. It may go against the spirit of Christmas celebrations but you shouldn’t beat yourself over it if you too do something like this. After all, what matters is to have a good time throughout the festive season. This year, I had to come to terms with the fact that my Christmas present won’t arrive on time. That’s because I decided to go for a 1/43 scale model of the Porsche 911 GT3.R that Pfaff Motorsport entered in this year’s Petit Le Mans, the 10-hour grand finale of the IMSA Weathertech Sports Car Championship. If you know me, you know I love sports car endurance racing and the plaid Pfaff Porsche is absolutely irresistible. Model-making extraordinaires Spark Models is making it in very limited numbers – as is the case with many Spark Models collectibles – but you can still add one to your collection if you act quickly.

A few are available on eBay where you’ll also find the model of the Castrol-sponsored red Pfaff Porsche that the team entered in the final few GTD Sprint Championship rounds this year. The shop that sells them is in Germany but oversees shipping is possible.

Blue Pfaff Porsche

Red Plaff Porsche

Tudor

Here's What the Top Speed Team Got For Christmas 2019!
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Name any Lego Speed Champions set you can think of and I’ll tell you that I have it. I’ve been a huge fan of the series since back in 2015 when Lego first introduced it and that virus isn’t going away too soon. But this year I wanted others to catch the car virus too, albeit in plastic brick form. So, while my friends were collecting their jaws from the pavement at the news that I donated part of my Lego Speed Champions collection to kids that wouldn’t normally afford such a car set, I set out to write my own letter to Santa.

Of course, I knew exactly what I wanted: the white 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 that would sit nicely on my desk. The set, believe it or not, is a peculiar one. Initially, the exact same car was available as a two-vehicle set, together with a brick interpretation of the 911 RSR. But for some reason, Lego and Porsche had another stab at the 911 Turbo 3.0 and decided to offer the car as a standalone set. The only difference was the color, which changed from green to white. I was still impressed with how Lego’s designers managed to recreate so many details by only using 180 plastic bits and bobs. Plus, the set comes with just three stickers (the Porsche logo on the hood, the front bumpers, and the rear windscreen) so you’ll be able to focus on the building part, just as it’s supposed to be. In case you’re feeling like walking in Santa’s boots this Christmas, know that the set can be ordered off Amazon for $15. You can also use our affiliate link below to get straight to the set’s page on Amazon. Merry Christmas!

Ciprian

Here's What the Top Speed Team Got For Christmas 2019!
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When Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck this December, I immediately wrote Santa a letter asking for a miniature or a lego version of the truck. Since they aren’t available yet, I got something else, but Santa made a really cool choice. He probably knew I’m a sucker for the Cybetruck’s design and brought me a scale model of a car that might have inspired the all-electric truck: the Lancia Stratos. And not just any Stratos. It’s the rally version that iconic racing driver Sandro Munari drove for four WRC seasons. Not only that, but it’s the Alitalia version that sports the cool white, green, and red livery. What’s more, it’s a weathered version with mud splashed on the body and the wheels. Just how a car like this would look after a grueling rally round on gravel. This particular car was driven in the Rally Sanremo, an Italian round with stages on both tarmac and gravel. Back in the day, Sanremo was a staple of the World Rally Championship.

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This particular miniature is made by Sunstar in 1:18th scale. At 8.1 inches long, it’s big enough to include impressive details. It features detailed lights front and rear, big floodlights on the nose, an accurate livery, and a cool interior with a detailed dashboard, racing seats, and a realistic steering wheel. The doors open, so you can check it out with or without a magnifying glass. You can also pop-up the rear hood to check out a fairly detailed replica of the iconic 2.4-liter Dino V-6 engine. With 18 wins in the World Rally Championship from 1974 to 1981, the Lancia Stratos is one cool diecast model to have. Given the muddy exterior, I’ll probably build a nice rally diorama for it. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be spending the holidays cutting up cardboard to create a tiny section of a Sanremo stage. Merry Christmas!

Robert Moore
Editor-in-Chief and Automotive Expert - robert@topsped.com
Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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