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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Classic Hot Wheels Art - Sweet Sixteen

 
In 1968 sixteen new vehicles were introduced. They have now become known as the "Sweet Sixteen" or as "The Original 16". This was the first year for Hot Wheels.
 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Classic Hot Wheels Art - Hot Wheels Grand Prix


To all you Dads out there.  This would be time well spent with your son.  Racing Hot Wheels is one of me and my boy's favorite pastimes!

Monday, November 4, 2013

DIY Hot Wheels Start Gate

Here's a picture of a pretty simple DIY Hot Wheels start gate. Love the plastic piece on the front so you can see the cars at the start.  You can pick up a small sheet of plastic like this at places like Home Depot and Lowes.
 

 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Hot Wheels Display - Chevy Grill

Check out this cool way to display your Hot Wheels cars using the grill from a Chevy.
 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hot Wheels Halloween Showdown - Final Race

Welcome to the Finals!   As before, all the videos are in slow motion (1/8 speed) so you can see all the action! I would also actually suggest watching the videos on youtube so you can see them full screen.  You'll be able to see the cars better.
  
 

(1) Dodge Concept Car

 
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(1) Monte Carlo Concept Car

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hot Wheels Halloween Showdown - Semi Finals

The Semi Final races are finished. Check it out.   As before, all the videos are in slow motion (1/8 speed) so you can see all the action! I would also actually suggest watching the videos on youtube so you can see them full screen.  You'll be able to see the cars better.
  
 

(1) Dodge Concept Car

 
VS.


 
(1) Corvette Grand Sport

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(1) Shoebox Ghost Rider
 
VS.



(1) Monte Carlo Concept Car

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Hot Wheels Halloween Showdown - Quarter Finals - Region 2 & 4

Quarter Final matchups got underway today with races from regions 1 and 3.  So far all the number one seeds are still alive. As before, all the videos are in slow motion (1/8 speed) so you can see all the action! I would also actually suggest watching the videos on youtube so you can see them full screen.  You'll be able to see the cars better.
 
Region 2 Matchups

(1) Shoebox Ghost Rider
 VS.

(7) F Racer
  
  

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Region 4 Matchups 
 

(1) Dodge Concept Car

 VS.

(2) 2001 Mini Cooper

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Hot Wheels Halloween Showdown - Quarter Finals - Region 1 & 3

Quarter Final matchups got underway today with races from regions 1 and 3.  So far all the number one seeds are still alive. As before, all the videos are in slow motion (1/8 speed) so you can see all the action! I would also actually suggest watching the videos on youtube so you can see them full screen.  You'll be able to see the cars better.
Region 1 Matchups
 
(1) Corvette Grand Sport

 VS.
 

(3) Nissan Custom
 

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 Region 3 Matchups
 
(1) Monte Carlo Concept Car
VS.

(2) Lightning Fast Fat Fendered Ford
 
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Hot Wheels Halloween Showdown - Sweet 16 - Region 2 & 4

The Sweet Sixteen matchups continued today with races from regions 2 and 4. As before, all the videos are in slow motion (1/8 speed) so you can see all the action! I would also actually suggest watching the videos on youtube so you can see them full screen. You'll be able to see the cars better.
 
Region 2 Matchups

(1) Shoebox Ghost Rider
 VS.
 
(5) Jaguar D-Type
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(11) Lamborghini Countach

 VS.
 

(7) F Racer
  
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Region 4 Matchups 
 

(1) Dodge Concept Car

 VS.


(4) Turbolence
 
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(2) 2001 Mini Cooper
 VS. 
 
(6) Retro-Active



Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hot Wheels Halloween Showdown - Sweet 16 - Region 1 & 3


The Sweet Sixteen matchups got underway today with races from regions 1 and 3.  As before, all the videos are in slow motion (1/8 speed) so you can see all the action! I would also actually suggest watching the videos on youtube so you can see them full screen.  You'll be able to see the cars better.
Region 1 Matchups
 
(1) Corvette Grand Sport

 VS.
 

(4) '63 T-Bird

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(3) Nissan Custom
VS.
 
(7) Ferrari F50
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 Region 3 Matchups
 
(1) Monte Carlo Concept Car
VS.
 
(4) Weise Brothers Fat Fendered Ford
 
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(2) Lightning Fast Fat Fendered Ford
 
 VS.
 
(3) Classic Cobra
 

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Hot Wheels Halloween Showdown - Round 2 - Regions 2 & 4

Round 2 action continued today with races from regions 2 and 4.  As before, all the videos are in slow motion (1/8 speed) so you can see all the action! I would also actually suggest watching the videos on youtube so you can see them full screen.  You'll be able to see the cars better.

Region 2 races included:
  • (1) Shoebox Ghost Rider vs. (8) Neat Streeter
  • (5) Jaguar D-Type vs. (4) '10 Camaro SS
  • (11) Lamborghini Countach vs. (3) Dieselboy
  • (7) F Racer vs. (2) Shoebox

(Click here to view on youtube)



Region 4 races included:
  • (1) Dodge Concept Car vs. (9) Porsche Carrera
  • (5) '70 Dodge Charger vs. (4) Turbolence
  • (6) Retro-Active vs. (3) '86 Monte Carlo SS
  • (7) Audacious vs. (2) 2001 Mini Cooper

(Click here to view on youtube)




Saturday, October 19, 2013

Hot Wheels Halloween Showdown - Round 2 - Regions 1 & 3

Round 2 action started today with races from regions 1 and 3.  As before, all the videos are in slow motion (1/8 speed) so you can see all the action! I would also actually suggest watching the videos on youtube so you can see them full screen.  You'll be able to see the cars better.

Region 1 races included:
  • (1) Corvette Grand Sport vs. (9) Porsche 959
  • (5) Purple Passion vs. (4) '63 T-Bird
  • (6) VW Golf vs. (3) Nissan Custom
  • (7) Ferrari F50 vs. (2) '57 Chevy

(Click here to view on youtube)





Region 3 races included:
  • (1) Monte Carlo Concept Car vs. (9) Screamin' Hauler
  • (12) Mustang Funny Car vs. (4) Weise Brothers Fat Fendered Ford
  • (6) Surf Crate vs. (3) Classic Cobra
  • (7) El Rey Special vs. (2) Lightning Fast Fat Fendered Ford

(Click here to view on youtube)





Friday, October 18, 2013

Hot Wheels Halloween Showdown - Round 1 - Regions 2 & 4

Day two of the Hot Wheels Halloween Showdown  brought us some great races and a few upsets!  All the videos are in slow motion (1/8 speed) so you can see all the action! I would also actually suggest watching the videos on youtube so you can see them full screen.  You'll be able to see the cars better.

Region 2 races included:
  • (1) Shoebox (Ghost Rider) vs. (16) VW Boulevard Bug
  • (8) Neat Streeter vs. (9) '65 Mustang Fastback
  • (5) Jaguar D-Type vs. (12) RD-02
  • (4) '10 Camaro SS vs. (13) '34 Ford
  • (6) Track T vs. (11) Lamborghini Countach
  • (3) Dieselboy vs. (14) Anglia Panel Truck
  • (7) F Racer vs. (10) Baja Bug
  • (2) Shoebox vs. (15) Pharodox
(Click here to view on youtube)



Region 4 races included:
  • (1) Dodge Concept Car vs. (16) '71 Mustang
  • (8) MX48 Turbo vs. (9) Porsche Carrera
  • (5) '70 Dodge Charger vs. (12) Morris Mini
  • (4) Turbolence vs. (13) Sooo Fast
  • (6) Retro-Active vs. (11) Deuce Roadster
  • (3) '86 Monte Carlo SS vs. (14) '47 Chevy Fleetline
  • (7) Audacious vs. (10) '69 Yellow Chevelle
  • (2) 2001 Mini Cooper vs. (15) Elvis Fat Fendered Ford

  • (Click here to view on youtube)




    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Hot Wheels Halloween Showdown - Round 1 - Regions 1 & 3

    The Hot Wheels Halloween Showdown has begun!  These cars were flying! All the videos are in slow motion (1/8 speed) so you can see all the action! I would also actually suggest watching the videos on Youtube so you can see them full screen.  You'll be able to see the cars better.

    Our first races were from Region 1 and included:
    • (1) Corvette Grand Sport vs. (16) Custom '34 Chrysler Airflow
    • (8) Porsche 959 vs.(9) '69 Blue Chevelle
    • (5) Purple Passion vs. (12) Scorcher
    • (4) '63 T-Bird vs. (13) '40 Ford Convertible
    • (6) VW Golf vs. (11) Midnight Otto
    • (3) Nissan Custom vs. (14) Burl-Esque
    • (7) Ferrari F50 vs. (10) Chaparral 2
    • (2) '57 Chevy vs. (15) The Demon
    (Click here for the youtube link)


    Region 3 also raced today. 

    • (1) Monte Carlo Concept Car vs. (16) F1 Racer
    • (8) Muscle Tone vs. (9) Screamin' Hauler
    • (5) Chevroletor vs. (12) Mustang Funny Car
    • (4) Weise Brothers Fat Fendered Ford vs. (13) VW Purple Bug
    • (6) Surf Crate vs. (11) Fiat 500C
    • (3) Classic Cobra vs. (14) Alien
    • (7) El Rey Special vs. (10) Arrow Dynamic
    • (2) Lightning Fast Fat Fendered Ford vs. (15) Horseplay
    (Click here for the youtube link)




    The Bracket
     

    Saturday, October 5, 2013

    Hot Wheels Halloween Showdown

    Hey everyone, get ready for the "Hot Wheels Halloween Showdown".  It will be a 64 car March Madness like tournament where you can fill out your bracket, predict a winner, and win a "Hot Wheels Racing Club" T-shirt.

    First round races will be posted on October 17th and 18th.  Second round races will be posted on October 19th and 20th.  The Sweet Sixteen will begin on the 24th and continue on the 25th. The Elite Eight will be posted on the 26th and 27th. The Final Four will be posted on October 30th and the Championship race will be posted on October 31st, Halloween!

    For this tournament we will be using the site Bracket-Maker. In order to fill out a bracket, you will have to register on the site.  This can be done by entering your email address.  I'll walk you through the steps. It will be super easy.

    Before you fill out your bracket, you can do a little research on the cars if you want. We will be using 64 cars from our Hot Wheels collection.  As Calin and I have been racing our cars, we've been keeping track off our results.  You can check it out at http://hwracing.leaguerepublic.com/l/fg/1_445689531.html

    Click on the "Standings" tab to see how the cars have done.  Click on the name of the car to see which cars it has raced and whether it won or lost.  I always recorded the winning car as the home team to make it a little easier to read. Also, each car's page has been linked from the bracket, so while looking at the bracket you can just click on a car to see it's record.


    Most of these races have been on a practice track in our living room anywhere from 8 to 12 feet long and a drop of 1 to 2 feet.  This is not the track the cars will be racing on for the "Hot Wheels Halloween Showdown", but will still give you some idea of how fast each car is.  Here is a picture of the track they will be racing on:

     
     
    As mentioned before we will be using Bracket Maker for the bracket.  Here are some steps to register and start making predictions on your bracket.

    First Go to this link
    http://www.bracketmaker.com/

    Step 1: To Create an account, click on the "Login/Register" link at the top right.

     
    Step 2: Next click on the "Register Here" link.
     
    



    Step 3:  You will now need to put in your name and email.  There are some other fields for information, but those are not required.


    Step 4: Once you have put in your name and Email address, you will see a message that says to check your email for a conformation email.  Check your email and find the one just sent from Bracket Maker.  If you don't see it, check your junk folder.  There is a good chance it will be sent there.  The email will have a link.  Click the link.  Also note the password that is included in the email.  There will be a chance to change this later. 
     
     

    Step 5: You are now registered and logged in.  At this point you have a few options, one of which is to change your password if you want.


     
     
     Step 6: To get to the Hot Wheels Halloween Showdown Bracket, copy and paste the following URL into your browser or click on the link.
    http://www.bracketmaker.com/tlist.cfm?tid=448655

    Step 7: You should now be on a screen that looks like the following picture.  Click on the "Championship Bracket" link to see the bracket.

     
     Step 8: Click on the "Predict It" link to start filling out your bracket.



    Step 9:  After you make your 1st Round picks make sure you go down to the bottom left of the page and hit "ENTER" You will need to finish your entire bracket this way. This is an upfront Bracket.  That means you need to have all your picks up to the Championship before the deadline is over.

    October 16 is the deadline.

    Scoring: Each predictor's score is determined by adding 1 point for each correctly predicted first round game, then doubling for each additional round, e.g. 2 points for 2nd round games, 4 points for 3rd round, and so on. Byes are not included in the scoring. Tie breakers are usually based on date/time completed, awarded to the earliest prediction
     

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