The NHRA (National Hod Rod Association) is the primary organizational body that oversees drag racing. The NHRA Nationals are the premiere events in drag racing that showcase the best cars and drivers; producing the quickest times and fastest speeds.
The Gatornationals, in Gainesville, Florida, is the traditional East Coast opener for the NHRA season. It was first held in 1970.
It’s logo shows an alligator racing on wheels while holding a steering wheel.
In keeping with this theme, I am running a drag race featuring Hot Wheels’ animal cars.
l to r: blue Hammer Down, chrome/green Croc Rod, red Scorpedo, and orange Sharkcruiser.
The track is the alternate version of the 1968 Hot Curves Race Action Set. This layout is prominently displayed in the 1969 Hot Wheels Collectors’ Catalogue.
Here’s a run down the track.
Croc Rod & Hammer Down staged and ready to go.
The track ahead.
Charging down the track.
Croc Rod takes the high road and Hammer Down takes the low.
Into the first curves.
Out of the half curves.
Down the straightaway.
Hitting the dual full curves.
Round the bend.
Dropping down on the final straight.
Neck and neck!
Here comes the finish.
And this is a video of the Junglenationals.
So there you have it. The NHRA style Junglenationals run on the alternate version of the 1968 Hot Wheels Hot Curves Race Action Set.
It’s still fast. Still fun.