The 1970 Hot Wheels Mongoose & Snake Drag Race Set with gravity powered start gate, double loops, finish gate and drag ‘chutes was a huge success in North America. For 1971 this funny car set was updated in the U.K. And this time it looked like an authentic drag strip.
UK box art – front. Plus contents. Courtesy eBay.
UK box art – sides and back. Courtesy eBay.
Track components include 1 Big Belter, 1 Matchmaker, 32 feet of orange track, 12 joiners, 1 finish gate, 2 ‘chute traps and 2 drag ‘chutes.
I’ll be racing four 1994 reissues of the Mongoose and Snake funny cars.
l to r: green Snake Barracuda, yellow Snake Barracuda, red Mongoose Duster and blue Mongoose Duster.
Close-up of the Mongoose cars.
Close-up of the Snake cars.
Here’s a race down the track.
Ready on the launch pad.
Blasting down the track!
Stretching to the finish.
Snake wins! Into the ‘chute traps.
Popin’ the ‘chutes. Cutting the engines.
Coming to a stop.
Here’s how the 4 cars made out on this 1971 track.
So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels Mongoose & Snake Drag Set from the U.K.
It’s still fast. Still fun.
1971 U.K. Dealer’s catalogue. From GranToros.com website.
The men themselves. Don Prudhomme (left) and Tom McEwan (right).
40th anniversary poster.
Peterson Automotive Museum poster.
Yet another reissue of the famous Mongoose & Snake Drag Race Set.
‘Chute Pak from the UK. Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.
‘Chute Pak from UK. Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.
UK ‘Chute Pak contents. Courtesy eBay.