1968 Hot Wheels Split Curve Drag Set

The arrival of Hot Wheels in late 1967 meant that we now had cars that could “GO”.  And putting all that “GO” to work meant the cars needed some place to run.  Thankfully, Mattel gave us track at the same time.  It came in sets and it was also offered as “Add-On Accessories”.

The "Add-On Accessories" page of the 1968 Hot Wheels Collectors' Catalogue.

The “Add-On Accessories” page of the 1968 Collectors’ Catalogue.

With this page…

Add-On Accessories from the 1968 Collectors' Catalogue.

Add-On Accessories from the 1968 Collectors’ Catalogue.

…I’m going to build a custom track.

The 1968 Hot Wheels Split Curve Drag Set.

Starting Gate.

Starting Gate.

The Split part.

The Split part.

And the Finish Gate.

And the Finish Gate.

Here’s what a race down this track looks like.

A yellow Corvette C6 and a green Corvette ZR1 at the start.

A yellow Corvette C6 and a green Corvette ZR1 at the start.

Full charge out of the gate.

Full charge out of the gate.

Blasting into the first set of half curves.

Blasting into the first set of half curves.

Way out there. Coming off the full curve.

Way out there. Coming off the full curve.

Racing back together on the second set of half curves.

Racing back together on the second set of half curves.

Who's ahead?

Who’s ahead?

Across the finish line. This race is done.

Across the finish line. This race is done.

For my YouTube video of this track, I’m going to run 4 late model Corvettes.

l to r: red 2009 Corvette Stingray Concept, green 2009 Corvette ZR1, blue 2011 Corvette Grand Sport and a yellow Corvette C6.

l to r: red 2009 Corvette Stingray Concept, green 2009 Corvette ZR1, blue 2011 Corvette Grand Sport and a yellow Corvette C6.

See which ‘Vette comes out on top in my YouTube video.

So there you have it. A custom track. The 1968 Hot Wheels Split Curve Drag Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

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1968 Hot Wheels Full Curve Drag Set

The 180 degree full curve was sold as an accessory beginning in 1968.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

1968 box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

1968 box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

1969 box art- back. Courtesy eBay.

1969 box art- back. Courtesy eBay.

Today I am building a custom track using 4 full curves.

Here’s the start:

Full Curve 15

The middle section of the track:

Full Curve 16

And the finish:

Full Curve 17

Now for a run through the track.

Rivited and Maximum Leeway at the start.

Rivited and Maximum Leeway at the start.

They're OFF!

They’re OFF!

Racing across the upper deck of the double decker track.

Racing across the upper deck of the double decker track.

Into the first set of full curves.

Into the first set of full curves.

Charging down the elevated track.

Charging down the elevated track.

Rounding the second set of full curves.

Rounding the second set of full curves.

On the lower deck.

On the lower deck.

Heading for the flag!

Heading for the flag!

Across the finish. A close race!

Across the finish. A close race!

Using these 4 cars…

l to r: blue Maximum Leeway, red Impavido 1, chrome Rivited and plum Teegray.

l to r: blue Maximum Leeway, red Impavido 1, chrome Rivited and plum Teegray.

…here’s my video of this track in action.

So there you have it.  A custom track. The 1968 Hot Wheels Full Curve Drag Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Original European full curve with Dutch language on one side. Courtesy eBay.

Original European full curve with Dutch language on one side. Courtesy eBay.

Close-up of Dutch language. Courtesy eBay.

Close-up of Dutch language. Courtesy eBay.

Original European full curve with Danish language on the other side. Courtesy eBay.

Original European full curve in Danish language. Courtesy eBay.

Close-up of Danish language side. Courtesy eBay.

Close-up of Danish language side. Courtesy eBay.

Close-up of European full curve artwork. Courtesy eBay.

Close-up of European full curve artwork. Courtesy eBay.