100th Post: Hot Wheels Track

Hot Wheels cars weren’t designed to sit on a shelf and gather dust, they were made to race.

Hot Wheels Jet Race

Hot Wheels Jet Race

As a child I had some yellow Matchbox Superfast track, my friend John, who lived in the same street,  had some orange Hot Wheels track, we spent a lot of time racing cars. Recently I bought a Hot Wheels track set “Jet Race” for 62 lari…blowing my diecast budget for the month.

Jet Race

Jet Race

The set comprises five lengths of track, a jet launch pad triggered by a car racing through the gate and a finish gate which in theory indicates the winner…car or plane. The pink and purple tiger isn’t part of the set, just an innocent bystander.

Trying to get some good photos wasn’t easy, moving cars are much more difficult to photograph than stationary cars on the shelf.

the jet an easy winner here...

the jet an easy winner here…

The plane invariably wins, though some of the Hot Wheels cars do come close.

cars lining up ready to race

cars lining up ready to race

a close finish the jet narrowly beats "Pharadox"

a close finish the jet narrowly beats “Pharodox”

Pharadox

Pharodox

Pharodox is the strange looking car that came with the set and is one of the fastest cars, a plastic body on a Zamac base, but even so no match for the jet plane. Pharodox is a car designed to look Ancient Egyptian. It has a very smooth hood, and a triangular grille. It has a headlight on either side of the grille. Pharodox has a cockpit shaped like an Ancient Egyptian beard. On the base of the Pharodox, there is a movable piece that will spin over to reveal a hieroglyphic of the Hot Wheels logo.

some of the contenders...mostly Hot Wheels but also a matchbox Pontiac and a Chinese made Audi of unknown brand.

some of the contenders…mostly Hot Wheels but also a Matchbox Pontiac and a Chinese made Audi R8 of unknown brand.

Here we have the Audi R8 approaching the gate, about to trigger the mechanism to send the jet into flight.

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Audi approaching the gate, about to trigger the mechanism to send the jet into flight.

Jet launched.

Jet Race

Jet Race

The Chinese made Audi is no match for the jet and hits the finish long after the jet has “landed”.

Audi reaches finish...long after the Jet

Audi reaches finish…long after the Jet

Looking from a different angle we see Phantasm coming down the track about to trigger the mechanism to launch the plane.

Phantasm descends

Phantasm descends

This is my 100th post for this diecast blog. Thank you for following, reading , commenting…hope you are enjoying the ride…

…not content with one track I got a loop set, too.

Scoopa di Fuego defying gravity

Scoopa di Fuego defying gravity

Phastasm shooting off into space

Phastasm shooting off into space

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