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In 1989, Racing Champions was begun by a group of former Matchbox (USA) sales persons. They were Bob Dods, Boyd Meyer (Racing Champions Inc, Glen Ellyn, IL) and Peter Chung (Racing Champions LTD, HK).

Their first series of castings released were possibly made by Welly, but have a different appearance than known Wellys from that era. The (3) main differences noted are - 1) new wheel designs, 2) new body paint colors and 3) the Racing Champions name being included on the base plates . Around this same time a "Light and Sound" emergency vehicle set was also being produced.

In turn, Racing Champions then provided the first few castings distributed by Racing Collectibles. Who also started in business around this same time frame.

In 1991-92, Racing Champions obtained their own NASCAR license and entered the NASCAR diecast market just as the movie "Days of Thunder" was being released by Paramount Pictures. Their Chevy Lumina model was also used as a promotional tie in at Exxon Service Stations. The blister cards for these promo castings includes the tag line "Promotional Concept by Action Products, Inc". An interesting side note is that Matchbox, who was also involved in the movie promotion, had to use the Racing Champions made Chevy Lumina - in their own Matchbox offered packages - due to a production short fall on their end of the promotion. They subsequently made some of the exclusive NASCAR vehicles available in the exclusive NASCAR club "Start Your Engines" offerings.

By the mid 1990s, diecast were being made in 1:18, 1:24 and 1:64 scales. Aa better quality series of castings were being offered with less details as the "Street Wheels" and "Custom Cruisers" series. These were slightly smaller in size than their previous castings.

In 1995, Racing Champions made (4) NASCAR diecast models that featured a Kellogg's cereal based character logo. These were distributed in a (2) pack blister card offering exclusively at Albertson's grocery stores.

From 1996 to 1998, they released their "Mint Editions" series of non-racing vehicles. The Racing Champions Corporation was formed. Many new castings were introduced in this series with many also repeating in the line up with different logos and paint schemes being used on them. At the same time, their NASCAR series was updated with better casting details.

In 1997, Racing Champions completes its initial public stock offering as RACN on the NASDAQ.

In 1999-2000, Racing Champions acquired Ertl/AMT and they then became known as RCErtl. Both Racing Champion and ERTL castings were being issued. A new premium 1:64 diecast series called Ertl American Muscle is introduced.

In 2002, a series of fantasy models were issued in the "Stackers" series. The primary feature of this series was as an interlocking display case that also worked with other brands systems.

In 2003, RCErtl acquired Chicago-based Learning Curve International, Inc.

In 2004 and now known as the RC2 Corporation, they acquire Playing Mantis, which included the revived Johnny Lightning diecast brand. And they also acquire First Years with this acquistion. And in June of 2004 (?), they also acquired Learning Curve.

In 2006, Kmart offered the RCErtl made "Route 66, Get Your Kicks" series. During this same time frame the company division that was originally just the Racing Champions brand absorbed the ERTL division and changed its name to RC2 brands.

In 2011, the Japanese toy company TOMY acquired all of RC2's holdings and control of the Ertl, Johnny Lightning and Racing Champions tooling

In 2015, Round 2 LLC obtained the rights to use (make) and market Racing Champions from Tomy and reintroduced the toolings formerly used under Racing Champions Mint as well as Ertl American Muscle.[11]

(?) In early 2016, Round 2 LLC, a new toy company started by Thomas Lowe (who had previously owned Playing Mantis), licensed the Johnny Lightning name and vehicle line from Tomy and was again making Johnny Lightning once more - along with their sister brands of Auto World and Racing Champions.


Known Racing Champion Series

2000 Die Cast Collection - a 1:64 race car models series from Racing Champions and Amoco.
50 Years Of NASCAR
America's Finest - 2017;
Black Box - 1994 Premier Edition
Boxotica
Concept and Muscle
High Octane
Hot Country Steel Diecast - a Signature Superstars series created and designed by country music stars. They would pick a model car or truck to feature their graphics/logos.
Each model from this series was a limited edition, with 25,000 items released.
John Force Signature Series
MAD Dyno-Mite Diecast - a series of diecast model cars from MAD Magazine
Mini Stock Cars Series
NASCAR Classics
Nascar Legends 50th Anniversary
Petty Racing 50th Anniversary
Premier Series
Press Pass Series
Racing Champions 5 Pack Series
Racing Champions Cat Racing
Racing Champions Chase Car Series
Racing Champions Collectors Series
Racing Champions Dragster Series
Racing Champions Fire & Rescue USA
Racing Champions Funny Car Series
Racing Champions Hot Rod Collectibles
Racing Champions Hot Rod Magazine Series
Racing Champions Indy Series
Racing Champions Lowridin' Dreams
Racing Champions Micro Haulers
Racing Champions Mint Series
Racing Champions Monster Machines
Racing Champions Muscle Series
Racing Champions NASCAR Haulers
Racing Champions NASCAR Series
Racing Champions NASCAR Super Truck Series by Craftsman
Racing Champions NHRA Championship Drag Racing Series
Racing Champions Police USA
Racing Champions Pro Stock Series
Racing Champions Prototypes
Racing Champions Rat Fink Series
Racing Champions Roaring Racers
Racing Champions Series 1 Flat Bottoms
Racing Champions Signature Series
Racing Champions Street Wheels
Racing Champions Super Sports
Racing Champions Target Exclusive
Racing Champions The Originals
Racing Superstars
Signature Superstars
Stock Rods
The Originals 3-D
Yenko Series


1989 Edition
1991.5 Edition
1991 Edition
1992 Edition
1992 Premier Edition
1993 Edition
1993 Premier Edition
1994 Edition
1994 Premier Edition
1994 Short Track Champions
1995 Edition
1996 Edition
1996 Premier Edition
1996 Preview Edition
1997 Edition
1997 Preview Edition
1998 Commerative Series
1998 NASCAR 50th Anniversary Series
1999 Racing Champions 10th Anniversary Series
2000 Preview
Ford Thunderbird Casting Identification Guide
Goody's Fender Group
Mini Stock Cars Series
NASCAR 2000
Racing Champions 1990 Edition
Racing Champions 1998 Anniversary Edition
Racing Champions 50th Anniversary Edition
Racing Champions Chase Car Series
Racing Champions ERRORS (?)



Sourced references -

Racing Champions | hobbyDB
RC2 | hobbyDB
Round 2 LLC | hobbyDB
Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
 

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I finished up including the brand association information to Racing Champions this afternoon. :cheers2:
 

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Last Friday I started working on linking the history of Racing Champions with their other brand associations from the Diecast Encyclopedia. It turned out to be quite an adventure that touches AMT, Hasbro, Matchbox, ERTL, Johnny Lightning, Revell, Tomy and Round 2 LLC as one main branch. Britains farm models in another. And NASCAR diecasts via the brand history associations they had with Racing Collectibles to Action Perfomance's list of acquistions in roughly the same 30 year span.
 

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In 1989, Racing Champions was begun by a group of former Matchbox (USA) sales persons. They were Bob Dods, Boyd Meyer (Racing Champions Inc, Glen Ellyn, IL) and Peter Chung (Racing Champions LTD, HK).

Their first series of castings released were possibly made by Welly, but have a different appearance than known Wellys from that era. The (3) main differences noted are - 1) new wheel designs, 2) new body paint colors and 3) the Racing Champions name being included on the base plates . Around this same time a "Light and Sound" emergency vehicle set was also being produced.

In turn, Racing Champions then provided the first few castings distributed by Racing Collectibles. Who also started in business around this same time frame.

In 1991-92, Racing Champions obtained their own NASCAR license and entered the NASCAR diecast market just as the movie "Days of Thunder" was being released by Paramount Pictures. Their Chevy Lumina model was also used as a promotional tie in at Exxon Service Stations. The blister cards for these promo castings includes the tag line "Promotional Concept by Action Products, Inc". An interesting side note is that Matchbox, who was also involved in the movie promotion, had to use the Racing Champions made Chevy Lumina - in their own Matchbox offered packages - due to a production short fall on their end of the promotion. They subsequently made some of the exclusive NASCAR vehicles available in the exclusive NASCAR club "Start Your Engines" offerings.

By the mid 1990s, diecast were being made in 1:18, 1:24 and 1:64 scales. Aa better quality series of castings were being offered with less details as the "Street Wheels" and "Custom Cruisers" series. These were slightly smaller in size than their previous castings.

In 1995, Racing Champions made (4) NASCAR diecast models that featured a Kellogg's cereal based character logo. These were distributed in a (2) pack blister card offering exclusively at Albertson's grocery stores.

From 1996 to 1998, they released their "Mint Editions" series of non-racing vehicles. The Racing Champions Corporation was formed. Many new castings were introduced in this series with many also repeating in the line up with different logos and paint schemes being used on them. At the same time, their NASCAR series was updated with better casting details.

In 1997, Racing Champions completes its initial public stock offering as RACN on the NASDAQ.

In 1999-2000, Racing Champions acquired Ertl/AMT and they then became known as RCErtl. Both Racing Champion and ERTL castings were being issued. A new premium 1:64 diecast series called Ertl American Muscle is introduced.

In 2002, a series of fantasy models were issued in the "Stackers" series. The primary feature of this series was as an interlocking display case that also worked with other brands systems.

In 2003, RCErtl acquired Chicago-based Learning Curve International, Inc.

In 2004 and now known as the RC2 Corporation, they acquire Playing Mantis, which included the revived Johnny Lightning diecast brand. And they also acquire First Years with this acquistion. And in June of 2004 (?), they also acquired Learning Curve.

In 2006, Kmart offered the RCErtl made "Route 66, Get Your Kicks" series. During this same time frame the company division that was originally just the Racing Champions brand absorbed the ERTL division and changed its name to RC2 brands.

In 2011, the Japanese toy company TOMY acquired all of RC2's holdings and control of the Ertl, Johnny Lightning and Racing Champions tooling

In 2015, Round 2 LLC obtained the rights to use (make) and market Racing Champions from Tomy and reintroduced the toolings formerly used under Racing Champions Mint as well as Ertl American Muscle.[11]

(?) In early 2016, Round 2 LLC, a new toy company started by Thomas Lowe (who had previously owned Playing Mantis), licensed the Johnny Lightning name and vehicle line from Tomy and was again making Johnny Lightning once more - along with their sister brands of Auto World and Racing Champions.


Known Racing Champion Series

2000 Die Cast Collection - a 1:64 race car models series from Racing Champions and Amoco.
50 Years Of NASCAR
America's Finest - 2017;
Black Box - 1994 Premier Edition
Boxotica
Concept and Muscle
High Octane
Hot Country Steel Diecast - a Signature Superstars series created and designed by country music stars. They would pick a model car or truck to feature their graphics/logos.
Each model from this series was a limited edition, with 25,000 items released.
John Force Signature Series
MAD Dyno-Mite Diecast - a series of diecast model cars from MAD Magazine
Mini Stock Cars Series
NASCAR Classics
Nascar Legends 50th Anniversary
Petty Racing 50th Anniversary
Premier Series
Press Pass Series
Racing Champions 5 Pack Series
Racing Champions Cat Racing
Racing Champions Chase Car Series
Racing Champions Collectors Series
Racing Champions Dragster Series
Racing Champions Fire & Rescue USA
Racing Champions Funny Car Series
Racing Champions Hot Rod Collectibles
Racing Champions Hot Rod Magazine Series
Racing Champions Indy Series
Racing Champions Lowridin' Dreams
Racing Champions Micro Haulers
Racing Champions Mint Series
Racing Champions Monster Machines
Racing Champions Muscle Series
Racing Champions NASCAR Haulers
Racing Champions NASCAR Series
Racing Champions NASCAR Super Truck Series by Craftsman
Racing Champions NHRA Championship Drag Racing Series
Racing Champions Police USA
Racing Champions Pro Stock Series
Racing Champions Prototypes
Racing Champions Rat Fink Series
Racing Champions Roaring Racers
Racing Champions Series 1 Flat Bottoms
Racing Champions Signature Series
Racing Champions Street Wheels
Racing Champions Super Sports
Racing Champions Target Exclusive
Racing Champions The Originals
Racing Superstars
Signature Superstars
Stock Rods
The Originals 3-D
Yenko Series


1989 Edition
1991.5 Edition
1991 Edition
1992 Edition
1992 Premier Edition
1993 Edition
1993 Premier Edition
1994 Edition
1994 Premier Edition
1994 Short Track Champions
1995 Edition
1996 Edition
1996 Premier Edition
1996 Preview Edition
1997 Edition
1997 Preview Edition
1998 Commerative Series
1998 NASCAR 50th Anniversary Series
1999 Racing Champions 10th Anniversary Series
2000 Preview
Ford Thunderbird Casting Identification Guide
Goody's Fender Group
Mini Stock Cars Series
NASCAR 2000
Racing Champions 1990 Edition
Racing Champions 1998 Anniversary Edition
Racing Champions 50th Anniversary Edition
Racing Champions Chase Car Series
Racing Champions ERRORS (?)



Sourced references -

Racing Champions | hobbyDB
RC2 | hobbyDB
Round 2 LLC | hobbyDB
Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
 

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I have not even found a partial listing anywhere so far.
 

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If you want to share your list with us for the Police USA series feel free to share it. I will link back to the table above and add your name to the member input listings.

Do you have a partial list for the Fire & Rescue already started?
 
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