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.