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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old May 18th, 18, 2:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hot Wheels, turns 50 today.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the release of Hot Wheels. I was six and probably destroyed a fortune worth of very early cars with a hammer and other tools of destruction. I recently found a few in the bottom of a box in my the closet of my old bedroom, they didn’t fare well, but I had a fairly large stash of buttons/badges, that did.

I was never into collecting them, though I have some friends that do. They were smart, they built their collections of early cars while they were cheap and readily available at garage sales and flea markets, rather than buying the current releases which were being marketed as “collector” worthy.

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I must admit I still have a few left over from childhood (not in the best of shape) along with some great memories of "racing cars down the hallway" with my daughter when she was little. I also collect them, I have a bin full..still in the packaging.
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As a kid, I had a killer collection of those and the tracks. I later turned them over to my nephew, who proceeded to turn them into shrapnel. I had a bunch of English Lesney Matchboxes too. Still have the cases and some skeletons...
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When I was growing up, all the boys had them. We loved them! I remember nearly all of them as between my friends and I we had most of them and I still have a few (just a few). Like musclecars, they "jumped the shark" around 1971.

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As a kid, I had a killer collection of those and the tracks. I later turned them over to my nephew, who proceeded to turn them into shrapnel. I had a bunch of English Lesney Matchboxes too. Still have the cases and some skeletons...
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Never ending entertainment between the hotwheels, model cars and the stingray bike.
We were pretty creative with the cars and used the track sections to torment our 2 sisters.
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Those cases do bring back memories. And yes, those orange track sections made great whips!

How about the Sizzlers with the high bank oval track?

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I remember the double race loop track when I was a kid, my loop/track took up a good length of the living room, bought a bunch of the newer Hot Wheels for my G-son, guy I know has a large collection of Matchbox cars from his childhood, I just beat on mine lol, also had my share of Stingray bikes, extended the forks on most of those from adding front tubes from junk bikes
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old May 19th, 18, 12:32 AM
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I had a few of them growing up, but I was more into collecting Star Wars figures. I was 6 in 1977 when the movie was released, so I was hooked instantly.

I didn't really get into cars until I was in high school.
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Those cases do bring back memories. And yes, those orange track sections made great whips!

How about the Sizzlers with the high bank oval track?

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I had a Sizzlers setup with rechargable car. Plus I have 2 of the "Superchargers" look like a car wash that shoots the car out. In a tub up in the attic, probably turned to mush.
I watch a guy on youtube that "restores" and modifies old diecast cars. I think it is "BareMetalHW" those guys are goofy, but interesting process on some things.

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I had a Sizzlers setup with rechargable car. Plus I have 2 of the "Superchargers" look like a car wash that shoots the car out. In a tub up in the attic, probably turned to mush.
I had a supercharger also and one called a Ramcharger or Ramrod. I learned the supercharger did not play well with open wheel indy cars,it liked to eat them and if you could get your car back out it would be in need of MAJOR suspension work. If I recall the Ramrod thing was like a gearshift and was elastic powered and would slap the backside of the cars going through.
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I had a supercharger also and one called a Ramcharger or Ramrod. I learned the supercharger did not play well with open wheel indy cars,it liked to eat them and if you could get your car back out it would be in need of MAJOR suspension work. If I recall the Ramrod thing was like a gearshift and was elastic powered and would slap the backside of the cars going through.
Also why they made the VW surf bus looks odd. I need to dig out my old cars and see what is left. I know I have a (Corgi?) Man from U.N.C.L.E. car with firing missile under the hood down in my basement desk.

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Those cases do bring back memories. And yes, those orange track sections made great whips!

How about the Sizzlers with the high bank oval track?

Fun memories -

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So true about being great whips. They became my mothers go to. My younger brother and I decided to get rid of all of our tracks and just play with the cars by themselves. Mom went back to her fly swatter. The tracks were some of my not so fun memories. The cars were great!

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I smashed all of mine. I liked pitching them across the driveway too.. I was a stupid little kid...

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