Every summer we invite a group of youngsters over to run their cars on vintage 1968 to 1971 Hot Wheels tracks. For the summer of 2015 we had 6 enthusiasts (all boys) and 1 novice (a girl) come to our home.
Annie had never played with Hot Wheels but had heard from her older brother that Hot Wheels Day was incredible fun. Indeed, the boys brought about 150 cars with them. Since Annie had no cars of her own, we supplied these 3 vehicles for her.
l to r: Annie’s 3 new cars. The Rrroadster, Clear Speeder and Nerve Hammer.
We ran 3 events for the afternoon and Annie, basically, mopped the floor with the boys.
The first event involved two 1969 Hot Wheels Super-Charger Race Sets with 20 lap dual-lane lap counters instead of the original 100 lap automatic lap counters. Everyone tested their cars for half an hour to find their one best car for this track.
Then we got together and ran 8 cars (I put in one vehicle) in pairs. By the 7th race we were down to 2 cars; my green 24 Ours against Annie’s teal/orange Clear Speeder. I had been running strong on the previous races but a couple of crashes put me 5 laps down when all was said and done. Annie was delighted with her victory.
The second event involved disassembly of the Super-Charger Race Sets and construction of a long distance track using all 4 Super-Chargers. Hunter took the initiative to build the track while the rest of the gang were more than eager to test the new track.
We ran all 150ish cars. Annie’s Clear Speeder held the top spot right up to the end but was bumped into second place when Ethan’s Triumph Faster Than Ever car took first place.
After snack we set up a 1971 Matchmaker/Big Belter Drag Set.
This event took a lot of concentration at the starting line.
Jimmie and Alfred ready to go.
And the winner is…….
It took a lot of races to get down to the finals.
Jimmie gathering up the returning cars into the winner’s pile for the next set of races.
Bud and Annie building the loosing car pile on the other side of the drag strip.
It all came down to Annie’s Clear Speeder against Ethan’s Mazda Furai Faster Than Ever car. It was close but the Furai won.
When all the racing, laughing and fun was done these were the final results:
Super-Charger Race Set: 1st – Clear Speeder (Annie) 2nd – 24 Ours (John) 3rd – Sling Shot (Alfred)
Long Distance Set: 1st – Triumph FTE (Ethan), 2nd – Clear Speeder (Annie), 3rd – Maverick Grabber (Jimmie).
Matchmaker/Big Belter Drag Race: 1st – Mazda Furai FTE (Ethan), 2nd – Clear Speeder (Annie), 3rd – Technitium (Alfred)
Here’s a video of the prior year’s Hot Wheels Day – Summer 2014.
Hot Wheels Day. It’s still fast. Still fun.