May 29, 2016 marks the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Adding to this tradition is Hot Wheels. Back in 1970, Mattel issued the Indy Team pak.
It featured a 4 car box set of Hot Wheels’ open wheel cars.
Three of these cars ran at Indianapolis including the red Lotus Turbine which almost won the 1968 race (fuel shaft broke on lap 191 while in the lead), an aqua Shelby Turbine which almost won the 1967 race (transmission bearing broke on lap 196 while in the lead) and a light green Indy Eagle. Although Brabham Repcos competed at Indianapolis, the blue F1 model shown here ran in Formula One.
Today I’m going racing, Indy style, with a dual-lane Rod Runner oval track. This layout has 32 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 dual-lane Rod Runner, two 180 degree dual-lane curves, 2 white trestles and a dual-lane lap counter.
With the dual-lane lap counter we can run 20 lap races.
For this open wheel race I am running two Winning Formula cars.
Here’s what happened with this Indy race.
So there you have it. A custom track. The 1970 Hot Wheels Indy Race Set.
It’s still fast. Still fun.