Hot Wheels Spin and Win

During track testing of one of my 1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers sets, a Ford Mark IV lost control in the dual-lane Esses. The result was a full 360 degree spin. But at the end of the spin the car was pointing the right way, in the correct lane and still racing.

This reminded me of one of the great “saves” in automotive racing.

The year was 1985,┬áthe place was Indianapolis, the race was the Indy 500…

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…the drivers were Mario Andretti and Danny Sullivan. Here’s what happened on lap 120.

So there you have it. 1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers and the 1985 Indianapolis 500; two examples of “Spin and Win”. And they’re still fast. Still. fun

Sullivan passing Andretti on the front straightaway.

Sullivan passing Andretti on the front straightaway.

The Spin.

The Win.

The Win.

Front cover of the 1985 Indy 500 Yearbook.

Front cover of the 1985 Indy 500 Yearbook.

1969 Hot Wheels Quad Jump Drag Set

As a kid, the very first Hot Wheels accessory that I received was the Jump Ramp Pak.

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Box art – front. Copyright Mattel Inc.

And I loved it! To see Hot Wheels catch big air, make a perfect landing and power down the rest of the track was too cool.

Today I am making a custom track by putting 4 jump ramps together in one drag strip.

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Of the current crop of cars, I find that ’67 Camaros work very well on jumps. They roll quickly and their metal bodies on metal bases provide enough weight for the cars to sit down and stay on the track after taking a jump.

Here are the 4 ’67 Camaros that I will be racing.

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from l to r: orange ’67 Camaro, green ’67 Camaro from the Mod Bod series, black ’67 Camaro and a yellow ’67 Camaro.

And here’s the video of what happened on the track.

So there you have it. A custom track; The 1969 Hot Wheels Quad Jump Drag Strip.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

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Close up of box art – front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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Box art – back. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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Box art – side: Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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Box art – end. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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Box art – other end. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Jump Ramp 4

Contents. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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Italian version – front. Courtesy eBay.

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Italian version – back. Courtesy eBay.