Passion for classics

WEST MILTON — Milton-Union Public Library is off to the racetrack…through its display case. Kyle Vickrey is sharing a portion of his classic die-cut cars with the library all this month.

Vickrey started officially collecting in 2001. The multiple vehicles come from friends, online stores, flea markets and Trader’s World.

They include a replica of Dale Earnhardt’s #96 Ford Turino, Richard Petty’s 1968 Plymouth Road Runner, a Jesse James Chevrolet Nomad, and even die-casts of classic cars off the Barnett-Jackson auction block. You can look at the original Batmobile, Muscle Machines, Little Red Wagon trucks and two versions of the Dazed and Confused Pontiac GTO (guess the difference between them and you might win a prize!).

Vickrey has always had a passion for cars from being around his father, who was a mechanic. His own drag racing days were short lived when at 16-years-old he demolished a Monte Carlo by hitting a wet spot and careening off the road… although he admits he still has a thing for speed.

His favorite vehicle of all time — and favorite die-cast — is the 1969 Dodge Daytona. Built with a 426 Hemi and wingback, it is his “ultimate dream car.” The vehicle was able to hit 200 miles per hour, and according to Vickrey, is still outlawed by NASCAR because the other car companies couldn’t build something that would compete with it.

View Vickrey’s collection and enter the trivia contest at the Milton-Union Public Library, located at 560 S. Main St. in West Milton. The library is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.