Welcome to HTBomb's Magical Hot Wheels. I played with Mattel Hot Wheels when I was a kid and began collecting them as an adult in 1996 shortly after leaving a 79 cent limited edition Treasure Hunt Passion on the pegs at KMart. That car is now worth $100! Several months later I found and bought three Treasure Hunts at Target. I was hooked.

I am interested in buying childhood collections of toy cars: Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Corgi, Husky, Dinky and Topper Johnny Lightning; Slot cars from Cox, Aurora and Tyco AF/X; Plastic model kits from AMT, Monogram, MPC. Please contact me via my website link below.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Snake vs. Mongoose and The Rapid Transit System

This snapshot was taken in 1971 at a Plymouth Dealership in South Florida.  It is a replica of Don "The Snake" Prudhomme's Funny Car that toured as part of the Rapid Transit System (RTS).  RTS featured custom performance versions of the Road Runner, 'Cuda GTX, Duster 340 and Sport Fury GT.  The Snake remains one of my favorite Hot Wheels, produced by Mattel in 1970, along with its racing rival Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen's red Duster.  The Snake vs. Mongoose rivalry is one of drag racing's greatest.

Note that there are spoilers on the roofs of the toy cars.  Apparently, this was not good for the real cars' aerodynamics so they were moved to the trunk.

For a really awesome accounting of the fabulous Snake vs. Mongoose match races this is THE book to own (just click on the pic to link to Amazon).  It is simply a gorgeous book.

Snake vs. Mongoose: How a Rivalry Changed Drag Racing Forever

If you're "just" into toys then this Hot Wheels set is the way to go.

Hotwheels 35th Anniversary Set H8594: Snake and Mongoose Match Races 1:64

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