Lovers of cars both great and small. Sometimes really, really small. About us…


“Cars are the monocle through which I have always viewed the world.” – Automotive author Jim Williams

The Desktop Concours is the official blog of Carriage House Models, a boutique online retailer of precision diecast model cars. Here, we offer a connoisseur’s perspective on the model car collecting hobby, including information about upcoming releases that will appeal to car enthusiasts who appreciate the finest in detail and authenticity. We’ll also delve into the history of model car collecting, as well as profiling some of our friends and colleagues in the hobby who share our passion for these tiny four-wheeled works of art. Finally, we’ll share our experiences in the world of full-sized automobiles, with photos and stories from Southern California’s active car culture scene, as well as delightfully biased commentary on the motorsport events of the day.

profileheadshotCarriage House Models is the culmination of my lifelong dream of creating a space for passionate automotive enthusiasts like me to find the finest scale-model replicas of their dream cars. I discovered premium diecast model cars at the tender age of five, when I fell in love with a candy-apple red, 1:36-scale Jaguar XJ-S from Corgi. That little beauty was soon joined by a small fleet of other Corgi models, and later, by a shelf full of big, beautiful 1:18-scale Ferraris and Mercedes Gullwings. Finding these high-quality scale models in the relative isolation of my hometown in west Texas was a challenge, one so frustrating that by the age of ten I decided that I would someday have a model car shop of my own, offering only the very best scale models available. It only took a few decades, some questionable career diversions, and the advent of online retailing, but now in 2014 my dream has become a reality! It is my fervent hope that I can share a little piece of it with you.

Please take a moment to visit, and see if there’s something there that ignites your passion. If you’re looking for something in particular and you don’t see it on the website, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail ( and I’ll see if it’s something I can get for you.

All the best,

Patrick Strong
Founder, Carriage House Models
Head of Blogging Adventures, The Desktop Concours


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