1968 Hot Wheels Drag Race Action Set

The Muscle Car era had been building rapidly in the sixties.  So when it came time to design a race track for the new Hot Wheels cars, a drag race set was an obvious inclusion.

Close up of 1968 Drag Race Set box art.

The 1968 Hot Wheels Drag Race Action Set track components include 30 feet of orange track, 14 joiners, one universal clamp, one starting gate, one finish gate, and one elimination lane merger.

Here’s the instructions:

It is easy to set up and I can remember spending entire afternoons racing cars with friends.

Ready, set….

Go!!!

Stretch it, stretch it….

The winner!!!

On other occasions, tight races always turned into crash events at the elimination lane merger.

So there you have it.  The 1968 Hot Wheels Drag Race Action Set.

It’s still fast! Still fun!

Here is a video link to my YouTube Channel:

“From 1968 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.”

Box art – front.

Box art - front. This is an early run 1968 box where Mattel used stickers for the cars contained inside. In this case an orange "Custom Chevrolet Fleetside" and a lime "Custom Mercury Cougar".

Box art – front. This is an early run 1968 box where Mattel used stickers for the cars contained inside. In this case an orange “Custom Chevrolet Fleetside” and a lime “Custom Mercury Cougar”.

Another early run box with a Custom Camaro and a Custom Mustang. Courtesy eBay.

Another early run box with a Custom Camaro and a Custom Mustang. Courtesy eBay.

Box art -side.

Box art – side.

Box art – back.

Box art – end.

“Picture of a Drag Race Set on the back of a 1969 Competition Pak.”

The Italian version. Front box art. Courtesy eBay.

The Italian version. Back box art. Courtesy eBay.

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