Hot Wheels

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This memory was added on: January 8, 2010

My brother and I spent countless hours playing with our Hot Wheels. One of our favorites was the head-to-head race, with the starting block that would release both cars at once for a downhill race.... remember that? And of course, you HAD to have the finish flag gate that told you instantly who had won!

We had the Jackrabbit Special Hot Wheels cars, made popular by the cartoon show. I am proud to say that that one car, our beloved Jackrabbit, was never ONCE defeated! It retired with a perfect, unblemished record, even beating the supposedly faster, heavier cars, such as the "Heavy Chevy".

Ah, youth!

Patrick Koenigstein
1959


This memory was added on: January 8, 2010

Can you say BEST TOY EVER, man these were my favorite toy.I turned 16 when they came out and I had a newspaper route that paid me $8.75 a week, most of that went for Hot Wheels and track.If I only had now what I had then.There was a sporting goods store about five blocks from our house and they sold Hot Wheels, the 60's Monogram, Revell, MPC, and AMT models also Aurora and AFX slot cars; man was that a GREAT store.My brothers and I became WELL known figures in that store.We had the Python before it was called the Python, at the time we purchased it it was called the Cheetah.Yeah CHEETAH we only bought it because we liked the name, after it got the new name we didn't buy that model anymore.We also had the Beach Bomb with the surfboards out the back........, excuse me I think I'm going to cry thinking about how we destroyed them running them into each other at high speeds thru a Super Charger. Damn Idiot Kids, but we did have FUN.

Larry L
1952


This memory was added on: August 18, 2009

Growing up as a kid in the 60's was AWE-SOME, the days when kids actually played and used their imagination instead of having a machine do it for them. At one point the only cool toy cars were the Matchbox-Lesney ones but then around 1967 came one of the neatest inventions ever- HOT WHEELS! Growing up in Northern Ohio with fall being such a fun time, must have been all that orange stuff in those Hot Wheels packages reminding us of the Browns, pumpkins and piles of leaves.

My cousins, who are now all grown and polished in the U.S. Military, kind of got serious in adult life [they like real guns] but I still like to get out my Boss Hoss Mustang and revel at how fast it rolls. Matchbox cars were great but all of them rolled like 2-ton trucks [if the wheels stayed on]. Thanks to Ebay us Boomers can round up all the neat Hot Wheels sets and tracks we wanted as a kid but were too poor to own [even had to make our own baseballs in those days, a rock-filled plastic ball we cut open and filled then taped up with our Dad's electrical tape]. Long live the 60's, Hot Wheels, JFK, the Apollo program and Boomer Power!!!!!!

Gary Melari
1957


This memory was added on: October 26, 2008

Nothing more fun than having friends, even older brothers, come over and race thier fastest aganst my fastest. We tried to keep everything as accurate as we could just like real drag racing events.

I kept my huge collection, till my Nephew was old enough to appreciate it, and I passed them all to him. Red Baron, the motorcycles, Sizzlers....and didn't Hot Wheels make a Train? He still has them 25 years later, most are like new.

SamO
1960


This memory was added on: June 20, 2008

These memories were also felt here in Kingston, Jamaica when I was a youngster in the early seventies. I think the fat track was 10 feet long and there was the lap counter and a 4 car starter modules fitted off to the side. The cars would have a little flange to fit to the back end of the cars with 4 slots. Each car would be assigned a pole to fit in a different slot to count laps each time the car passed through the the lap counter. That was very cool. The only problem was the batteries in the goose pump would finish when the the fun was just starting. We used to play for long hours, morning to evening. Hot Sizzlers were real fun!

Christopher


This memory was added on: May 20, 2007

Nothing even compared to the fun of having a hot wheel track spread out over the entire living room floor and playing with the tune up tower. Those days of the early 70's are treasured memories, they were part of America in simpler times.

Michael C.
1962


This memory was added on: May 13, 2007

My two boys grew up playing with my old Hot Wheels cars. They've still got the plastic wheel carrying case I must have got in 65-66. Remember that? My friends would bring all their cars over and we'd have races all afternoon. We had the booster thing - don't remember what it was called. First it was the one with the rubber band that you had to reset every time a car went through, and then they came out with the battery model. It was sad to see how over the years they moved from the metal to plastic for the cars. My favorites were the purple El Camino and the silver Mustang. Fast cars!!

Jeff
1958


This memory was added on: May 8, 2007

We hid presents in the basement and i couldn't resist peeking..i let the cat outta the bag by pointing out a hot wheel set from a comic and saying how cool it would be to get one..they were my babysitter all day..just set 'em on the window sill and i was good for hours.

Bert
1963


This memory was added on: March 23, 2007

I remember the cartoon "Hotwheels" & the "JACKRABBIT SPECIAL" along with he the Ford woody & the Dexter's Demon" The Only Character I can remember in the cartoon was "Tank" and of course I was a collector of the original hotwheels, sizzlers & Chopcycles"?

Robert
1962


This memory was added on: March 20, 2007

The note below by BJF 1959 helped me remember a Matchbox slot car set that I played with as a young boy. The track had this moving circular spring inside the slot of the track. There were 2 lanes on the track. You stuck a special plastic pin to the bottom of any car. You placed the car on the track and the pin would fit into the spring. The spring moved when you would press down on the handheld control. I will be opening this same boxed set this weekend and (hopefully) be playing with my racetrack for the first time in about 35 years. My dad saved the set and the box. How awesome is that? Does anyone else remember this unique kind of track? I cannot find such a thing on the internet.

Bob Horan
1965


This memory was added on: March 16, 2007

I still have the Red Baron and Paddy Wagon cars shown on the first page. I also still have my 1969 vinyl pop up garage where the orange track can either go underneath the covered section between the gas pumps and the building or on the side of the building. I have not seen any other of these garages ever on e-bay. The cardboard and plastic sets I bought for my kids 10 yrs ago all have broken, my 1969 vinyl garage looks almost the same as the day my dad bought it.

Bruce
1961


This memory was added on: February 28, 2007

I am so trying to find one of those matchbox plastic garage things. My brother used to have one and I do remember the cheap plastic. I think it was like blue and red on the outside or something but yeah every car had their own spot and you put them into those blue plastic things that slid into the case. I'm trying to find one for my son. I thought it was AWESOME!

Tara


This memory was added on: February 23, 2007

I was a Hot Wheels boy. I would buy one once a month at least. I don't have any of my old ones and taht is too bad, but I think the Hot Wheels from the 1970s were better made then then ones today. They just felt more solid back then.

Lincoln
1969


This memory was added on: February 8, 2007

Wow, I had a similar X-mas experience. A friend of mine gave me a carrying case full of Hot Wheels. It was around mid-70's. I thought it was the coolest thing. The one care I remember the most was the funky "paddy" wagon. That was my favorite car. The case was made out of some cheap glossy plastic with a white or light blue liner inside. The cars all had their own space to be put into. I can't remember how many it came with, but it was just the best thing ever!!

Rockwell St.
1968


This memory was added on: January 28, 2007

My older brother love these things and had an extensive collection and still does. He was very protective of his hot wheels. My friend got a sizzler the original and a Hot Wheel track. I got one of the later Sizzlers that virtually blew his car off the track. Btw, we had the fat track as well, remember the fat track?

Tony
1964