Outcast Plastic Modelers’ “Mile High Open” Brings the Party to Denver’s Model Car Shows


The Mile High Open isn’t just a modeler’s paradise…it’s a downright great time.

“We wanted to put on a show that felt more like a party than just people standing around,” said Outcast Plastic Modelers founding member Chris Bell. “We wanted to truly celebrate the talent and passion of the local modeling community.”

Outcast Plastic Modelers played host to the Mile High Open on Oct. 21 at The Table Public House in Denver.


And celebrate they did while setting a new standard for model car shows in the area with a robust lineup of activities and a commitment to giving back to the community.

Among hundreds of fans, the show attracted 80 entries from 21 builders arriving from as far away as Southern California. All looking to come away with at least one of the 26 awards handed out –

  • 15 Class Awards
  • 3 Eras Awards celebrating the best builds from Pre-1950, 1950-1979, and 1980-Present
  • 8 Master’s Awards, including the Donn Yost Memorial Best Paint Award, The John Gasper Memorial Best Hot Rod Award, and the Willy Reusser Excellence in Engineering Award.

Daniel Himmel emerged as the day’s big winner. Himmel won several awards, with his scratch-built dragster earning him the prestigious Best in Show award.

Showgoers enjoyed new and vintage model kits in the vendor area, as well as 3D printed parts, Hot Wheels and plenty of opportunities to score that unique find.

All of which was set to the dynamic sound of live music.

The eclectic display of automotive excellence spilled to the outside with seminars led by experienced modelers, along with raffles, kids activities and lots more.

Proceeds from the day went to support the non-profit organizations The Table Farm and C.H.E.F. to contribute to causes that make a positive impact in the local area.

This is just the start for Outcast Plastic Modelers.

“Our goal is to put Denver on the map for model car shows and build a nationally attended show,” said Bell, adding that discussions are already underway to collaborate with the founders of Colorado’s largest model car swap meets.

Stay tuned for more as OPM seeks to build Denver into a premier model car show destination.

Check out some more images from the Mile High Open! All photos courtesy of Outcast Plastic Modelers.

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7 months ago

I had a blast and liked that there were also some lovely 1:1 Models parked outside! Looking forward to the next one.

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