Speedworks began as a collector's obsession.
Lance developed a passion for automobile racing and collecting diecast cars from his Father, who began bringing him to SCCA Trans-Am and Can-Am races when he was only 3 years old. He was even featured on a local television special on car racing where he was shown clinging to the top of a fence in my rain slicker watching the action at Donnybrooke in 1969. Following in his Father's footsteps, he collected diecast race cars throughout the years but really became an avid collector in the mid 1990's. As his collection grew, his bank account began to shrink and his purchasing came to a screeching halt. Without the resources to pursue his passion for collecting, he needed a plan. Thus, on April 7, 1999, Speedworks was registered with the State of Minnesota and as a typical small business...began operation in the basement of his family home.
His business plan at the time was to buy and sell a few diecast cars to help pay for his collection. He began attending a few of the larger toy and collectible shows in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area and quickly developed a talent for buying and selling diecast cars. As sales began to increase, his business plan began to change. By expanding, he believed that he could pay the costs of attending a car race or two every year so he began traveling to several out of state toy shows to grow the business. Now, with "out of state" customers, the mail order side of Speedworks was created. Catalogs were developed but the cost of printing and mailing soon exceeded his little advertising budget and the return on investment was minimal. He needed a more profitable avenue of advertising.
With inventory boxes filling his basement, laundry folding tables converted into shipment packaging tables, delivery trucks jockeying for position in our driveway, incoming and outgoing packages filling the kitchen on a daily basis, it is needless to say that his wife Kim had seen enough. Her exact words were, "You're getting a web site right now and I want all this stuff out of my house!"
On June 16, 2002, appropriately on Father’s Day, Speedworksdiecast.com was launched. On July 22, 2002, he received his first online order; a 2002 Rusty Wallace Miller Lite/Harley Davidson 1:24 diecast car.
On October 3, 2005, Speedworks was approved as an Authorized Motorsports Authentics Dealer and on December 13, 2007, Speedworks was approved as a NASCAR Preferred Dealer. Since its inception, Speedworks' objective has been to provide our customers with unparalleled customer service, competitive pricing and to be your Ultimate Source for officially licensed NASCAR diecast collectible cars from the motorsports industries leading manufacturers.
In October of 2011, he partnered with a fulfillment center in North Carolina in an effort to better serve his customers. This partnership will allow us ship items to our customers in a more efficient time frame and allow us to grow and expand our website into selling other NASCAR related merchandise.
We offer a complete line of 1:24 scale NASCAR Sprint Cup Series diecast cars, NASCAR Xfinity Series diecast cars, and NASCAR Camping World Truck series diecast trucks. On occasion we carry NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Dragster & Funny Car diecast cars, Verizon IndyCar Series diecast cars and World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series & World of Outlaws Late Model Dirt Series diecast collectible cars. The companies that produce these cars are Lionel Racing Collectibles, Checkered Flag Sports (CFS), R&R Enterprises (R&R), American Diecast Company (ADC), Auto World, RC2, and the University of Racing Legends.
Speedworks features 1:24 scale NASCAR diecast collectible cars for AJ Allmendinger, Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Brian Vickers, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Danica Patrick, David Ragan, Denny Hamlin, Elliott Sadler, Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Sam Hornish Jr, Tony Stewart and many other NASCAR drivers.