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Action Performance Companies Inc was founded by Fred Wagenhals in 1992. They were located in Phoenix, Arizona, with an operations office in Charlotte, North Carolina. The had their own promotional division called Action Products Inc but, were not related to Action Products International, which produced novelty diecasts of railroad, military and space vehicles with pencil sharpeners built in.

In addition to diecast scale models, Action also designed and produced not only NASCAR themed apparel and other memorabilia. But, for other motor sports, including the NHRA, F-1, IRL, IROC, and the World of Outlaws as well.

Action purchased RCI and RCCA in 1994 from the Gill Brothers. In the late 1990s, they also purchased the Revell racing diecast manufacturering division and Revell Collections Division. Essentially, cornering the market in NASCAR diecast collectibles.

Action themselves sourced their NASCAR models from Deles and Early Light in China. Their "Platinum" series were available to non club members and the "Open Hood" models were made exclusively for RCCA club members.

Action also purchased the "Winners Circle" band from Hasbro with which they had already held a joint licensing agreement with - to NASCAR.

They also aquired Racing Collectables Inc and their "Collector's Series" and "Legend Series" in the early 2000s.

In 2003, they purchased Funline and their "Muscle Machines" brand of diecast.

In 2005, Action was purchased by the NASCAR conglomerat Motorsport Authentics from nearby Tempe, Arizona. Motorsports Authentics, is operated by a joint venture between International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and Speedway Motorsports Incorporated (SMI) and form Motorspots Authentics from the combined assets of Action Performance Companies Inc and Team Caliber.


(place holder for Minichamps reference?)


See Deles, Equity Marketing, Hasbro, Kenner, Muscle Machines, Racing Collectibles and Winners Circle



Sourced references -
https://www.hobbydb.com/subjects/motorsports-authentics-brand
https://www.hobbydb.com/subjects/action-performance-companies-inc-company
https://www.hobbydb.com/subjects/fred-wagenhals-founder
https://www.hobbydb.com/subjects/action-performance-brand
The Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers by Sahakangas, Weber and Foster (2006)
https://www.encyclopedia.com/books/politics-and-business-magazines/action-performance-companies-inc
 
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