1969 Hot Wheels Competition Pak

Back in 1969, if you had a bunch of orange track and you wanted to go drag racing, the easiest way to do it was to get the Competition Pak.

Box art - front.

Box art – front.

Box art - back.

Box art – back.

The Competition Pak comes with universal clamp, start gate, finish gate and elimination merger.

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With this drag set up I’m running 4 world cars.

l to r: orange '73 Ford Falcon XB, silver 1963 Aston Martin DB5, yellow '74 Brazilian Dodge Charger and black Toyota 2000 GT.

l to r: orange ’73 Ford Falcon XB, silver 1963 Aston Martin DB5, yellow ’74 Brazilian Dodge Charger and black Toyota 2000 GT.

These 4 cars are from South America, Australia, Europe and Asia.

The 1974 Brazilian Dodge Charger was actually a Dodge Dart with a modified Charger front clip and swept back roof pillars. But it came with a 318 cubic inch V8 and was considered “the fastest car in Brazil”.

The Ford Falcon XB, built from 1973 to 1976, was a performance car made by Ford Australia. Under the hood was a 351 cubic inch V8.  A modified version of the 1973 car was driven by Mel Gibson in the 1976 movie “Mad Max”.

The Aston Martin DB5 was released in England during 1963. It came with a magnesium alloy body and an all aluminium engine. This car is famously featured in the 1964 James Bond movie “Goldfinger”.

351 Toyota 2000GT’s were built between 1967 and 1970.  It was Japan’s first supercar and a convertible version was used in the 1967 James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice”.

Enough about the cars…time to go racing.

So there you have it. The Hot Wheels 1969 Competition Pak.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - side.

Box art – side.

Box art - end.

Box art – end.

1969 Hot Wheels Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Hot Wheels Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Hot Wheels Collectors' Catalogue. Close-up of Competition Pak. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Hot Wheels Collectors’ Catalogue. Close-up of Competition Pak. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

 

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1968 Hot Wheels Hot Curves Race Action Set: Junglenationals

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.

NHRA logo.

NHRA logo.

The Gatornationals, in Gainesville, Florida, is the traditional East Coast opener for the NHRA season. It was first held in 1970.

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It’s logo shows an alligator racing on wheels while holding a steering wheel.

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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.

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.

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Croc Rod & Hammer Down staged and ready to go.

Croc Rod & Hammer Down staged and ready to go.

The track ahead.

The track ahead.

Charging down the track.

Charging down the track.

Croc Rod takes the high road and Hammer Down takes the low.

Croc Rod takes the high road and Hammer Down takes the low.

Into the first curves.

Into the first curves.

Out of the half curves.

Out of the half curves.

Down the straightaway.

Down the straightaway.

Hitting the dual full curves.

Hitting the dual full curves.

Round the bend.

Round the bend.

Dropping down on the final straight.

Dropping down on the final straight.

Neck and neck!

Neck and neck!

Here comes the finish.

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.