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Michael Zarnock (born Michael S. Zarnoch 1958-Present) American Author, Columnist, Publisher, Diecast Hall of Fame Historian, World Record Holder, Actor, Musician, Race Car Driver, Builder & Fabricator.
Best known as Mike Zarnock, Mike is an American author and columnist, who writes collector guides and articles about Hot Wheels Toy Cars and Accessories and currently producer/editor and host of "Hot Wheels TV" on YouTube.
Mike's knowledge and his massive Hot Wheels collection (approximately 30K vehicles) has earned him notoriety around the world. Whether it's because of the 14 books, numerous chapters in other books and hundreds of magazine articles that he's written about Hot Wheels Toy Cars and Accessories or just the sheer magnitude and diversity of his twice held Guinness World Record Hot Wheels Collection, he has earned the most distinguished label:
Mike's massive collection, world notoriety and World Records have also raised him to an elite new level of collecting as only a handful of collectors around the world have been classified as a "Super Collector!"
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Mike is currently producer/editor and host of "Hot Wheels TV" on YouTube, an Internet based program where he takes his audience deep within the Subculture of Hot Wheels Collecting via Conventions, Car Shows and other events around the world. The program also features unboxing of the latest Hot Wheels product as soon as it's released!
He is also Senior Contributing Editor at Die Cast X Magazine where he has written two Hot Wheels feature columns since 2011
Mike also provides Hot Wheels Collection Appraisal services for Insurance Riders, Insurance Claims, Ebay Fraud Claims, US Postal Damage Claims and Court Cases including Estate and Divorce Settlements, including services to authenticate or disprove fraudulent Hot Wheels product including issuing Certificates of Authenticity when needed.
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Michael was born April 21, 1958 in Utica, New York into a working class family. As with most young men of that era, he grew up with aspirations of getting married and working with his dad in their family Body Shop repairing cars. But, as we all know, things change. His parents divorced in 1974 and his dad moved to Florida. Michael stayed in Utica with his mom and attended local schools while working as an Auto Mechanic at "Nichols Department Store".
Though he was able to graduate high school after the 10th grade, he continued to attend with two classes his 11th year and one in his 12th year allowing him the opportunity to work full time while still attending High School. "My classmates thought it was pretty weird that I would come to school every day wearing a blue work shirt that had "Mike" on it. They didn't understand that I worked 45 hours a week. While they were all playing sports and hanging out, I was turning wrenches and fixing their parent's cars."
He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, Utica, New York in 1976.
Some of Michael's other accomplishments over the years include racing Moto Cross as a teenager to building and driving many show and drag cars as an adult. Some of those drag cars ended up being street racers for other people. Mike has many stories about those street racing days including the time that he got kidnapped. This story has made it all the way across the country to Hollywood where he was asked to write a screenplay about it for Actor/Producer Christopher Titus. He has also rewritten that script to be published as a novel titled "Once Upon A Street Race".
For full biography go to Mike Zarnock Biography
Filmography:Self (3 Credits)
2018 featured in the History Channel's TV Documentary - "Hot Wheels: 50th Anniversary Special"
2017 featured in the film- Redlines to Treasure Hunts: The Cars, The Collectors, The Community.
2015 featured in - Passion or Obsession: Inside the World of Extreme Collecting.
Actor (3 Credits)
2006 "Anchor Eddy's"
"Chester Greenfield II," the wealthy father of the main character in the film"Anchor Eddy's"
2004 "The Death of Daniel Whately"
"Freddy Grecko, talk show host extraordinaire", In "The Death of Daniel Whately".
"Artie, the sleazy comic book publisher", In "DETOUR".
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Magazine Publications:2011-Present - Senior Contributing Editor - "Die Cast X Magazine" (Hot Wheels Highway & Flashback)
2009-2010 - Associate Editor - "The Car Room Magazine" (Monthly Hot Wheels Column)
2008-2009 - Contributing Editor - "Die Cast X Magazine" (Monthly Hot Wheels Column)
2002 to 2008 - Contributing Editor - "Toy Cars & Models Magazine" (Hot Wheels Column and Price Guide)
Book Publications - Author:2002 - "The Ultimate Guide to Hot Wheels Variations"
2002 - "The Standard Catalog of Die-Cast Vehicles II" (Hot Wheels Collector Number chapters)
2003 - "Warman's Hot Wheels . Field Guide"
2004 - "Hot Wheels Variations, The Ultimate Guide, 2nd Edition"
2004 - "Toys & Prices - 11th Edition". (Hot Wheels Collector Number chapters)
2005 - "Hot Wheels Accessories, The Ultimate Guide"
2005 - "Toys & Prices - 12th Edition". (Hot Wheels Collector Number chapters)
2005 - "The Standard Catalog of Die-Cast Vehicles III", (Hot Wheels Collector Number chapters)
2006 - "Hot Wheels: A Warman's Companion Guide"
2006 - "Toys & Prices - 13th Edition". (Hot Wheels Collector Number Chapters)
2007 - "Hot Wheels Variations, The Ultimate Guide 3rd Edition"
2007 - "Toys & Prices - 14th Edition". (Hot Wheels Collector Number chapters)
2007 - "Warman's Hot Wheels Field Guide 2nd Edition"
2008 - "Toys & Prices - 15th Edition". (Hot Wheels Collector Number chapters)
2009 - "Toys & Prices - 16th Edition". (Hot Wheels Collector Number chapters)
2009 - "Hot Wheels: A Warman's Companion Guide 2nd Edition"
2009 - "Once Upon A Street Race" (Based on the time Mike got kidnapped at a street race!)
2010 - "Hot Wheels Variations, The Ultimate Guide 4th. Edition"
2010 - "Warman's Hot Wheels Field Guide 3rd Edition"
2011 - "Hot Wheels Prototypes" (Bruce Pascal & Michael Zarnock)
2012 - "Warman's Hot Wheels Field Guide 4th Edition"
2014 - "Hot Wheels Variations 2000-2013 Identification & Price Guide"
2015 - "Picker's Pocket Guide - Hot Wheels"