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Harry Bradley's Hot Wheels....

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    .................. and to think so many of them meet a horrible death at my hands as a kid! OH, the shame.

    Doc.
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    I remember my first Hot Wheel set in Christmas '68....the Hot Heap and the Cheetah...
    I remember that funky car carrier case too... the wheel.....

    So many to be swallowed up in Sandboxes everywhere.
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    There was an interesting article on Harry Bradley as the GM designer of the '67-'72 Chevrolet trucks and how GM brass were disappointed in the new "car like" appearance of the new trucks and that was one of the reasons he left GM to pursue other intrest such as Hot Wheels. The GM trucks were heavily changed in the '69 model year with hood and grille change to give it a "tuff truck" look. In '67 you could get a CST model with bucket seats, console, tilt steering, tach, gauges and more. I have a friend who has one, 283 powerglide, awesome truck. I have always like the '67s as they are smooth lines and I am a big fan of the one year only small back window, kind of a coupe effect.
    The Hot Wheels were always number one in my books but I did have a few Matchboxes. And yes, I enjoyed and destroyed mine as well!! :D
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    AWESOME Rik!
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    larry wood ain't to bad either. I like the snake & mongoose.
    i've got a mass collection of old stuff. If anybody looking just yell.
    kool thread.
    thanx
    YOU KNOW THERE IS THE HOT WHEEL GET TOGETHER EVERY YEAR IN SPEED , KANSAS ....HUGE.

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    He's a super talented designer. I don't know if prismacolor pencils have ever been put to better use than by him. Here's his hot wheels style daily driver that I remember seeing around the campus (photo by Xyling):

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    Still love mine. And I sometime weep at the thought of how many great ones had "accidents with bricks" or got to be "stunt" cars that caught on fire.
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    Had the Vicky in gold, two Custom Fleetsides in purple and green, and a sihlouette in red! Still have the vichy and the CFs!

    Man, the memories...........
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    the cheetah sure looks alot like the car craft dream rod
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    I still have 9 of the original 16 !! When those cars hit the stores I just had to have them. But living in a small town we were limited on what we could get. I did collect more of these and still have them today >>>>.
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    Larry Wood is a very nice fella!
    and talented x100
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    My first three were the Camaro, the Cougar, and the T-Bird. Wore them out and then gave them to a younger cousin. Loved my Chaparral. Good memories. Still have most of the metal buttons.
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    I saved two cases of hotwheels mixed with matchbox cars, passed them on to my boys. The older boys passed them on to my youngest son Dean ! Funny he is playing with them right now . Best toy ever produced IMO
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    Some restored versions of the "original 16"

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    Because there are people out there who restore these and try to pass them off as originals (for big $$) I always reassemble mine with screws instead of emulating the original spun posts. That way, nobody would ever mistake one for an original.

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    i have most of those in the basement in the original wheel shaped carrying case.
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    still have most of mine along with my matchbox cars.

    here's a tale any Hot Wheels collector could only dream of. my buddy who would be 50 now passed in 1993. about 4 years ago I saw that his mom was selling the house and stopped by. she was having a garage sale the next day, and brought out his Hot Wheels collection that she was going to sell. there was like 40 of them and they were all near perfect in a perfect case. she was going to sell them for $1.00 each.:eek:

    I suggested that I sell them for her on ebay. I got her over $1700.00 for them.
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    We used to bend the rear wheels down so they looked more jacked up in the rear.
    I was 7 years old when they came out.
    There was a gas station (I think a Mobil) that gave them out free with every fill.
    I remember for a time insisting I go with Dad when he gassed up the cars.

    I also remember we all thought Johnny Lightning cars sucked!
    Bad detail, and they didn't roll as far, or as straight as a Hot Wheels car would.
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    I think I got my first in '69 and I still dig them up in my parents pack yard. lol :rolleyes:
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    I have 8 of those original Hot Wheels, got them when they came out. The Custom Fleetside and Custom Mustang where my first two, they were well used. Have the Boss Hoss silver special and the Hot Wheels club certificate too. Even at 48, when I pass the Hot Wheels dispaly in Target, its hard not to check out the latest ones.
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    That photo of Harry's El Camino with his comments about the wheels and tires blew me away! I didn't know it was the inspiration for the Hot Wheels wheels- too cool.

    I checked out the last version of the ElCo called "Blind Faith" in Harry's garage back in, uh, '91 maybe? along with my Dad, Tom Vogle and Pat Ganahl. It was a memorable experience getting a tour and explanation of all the modifications by the Harry himself.

    Wonder where his five spokes and redlines are now, seeing as they are "the" Hot Wheels!
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    O my god I killed so many of those things as a kid,wish I still had some of the originals.I just cant pass them up in any store.Still buy them for myself even at the age of 43.
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    See what you started.......
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    I still have one of those , metalic rootbeer color. The wheels are all bent to shit.
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    LOL-- I used to crush a few in my dads vice-the ugly ones that is. Needed a few for my junkyard. It wasn`t bolted down- landed on my big TOE. It put an end to my crushing days. Still to this day, my own vice isn`t bolted down. ---Still amazes me how little his Chevy(La Jolla) went for. still go to the toy isle everytime I go shopping. Harry Bently Bradley- Probly the reason Hot wheels are better than the rest to this day...
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    As a little kid my big brothers had an Aurora Thunder Jet race track. When Hot Wheels came out, I couldn't believe how cheap they were. Got a paper route to earn the money to buy the Stunt set. I was disapointed when I took the car out of the box and saw it had no motor. Set the track up and sent the Silhouette down... My life changed that day...
    A few years ago, while strolling through a swap meet, I spied a first gen. carrying case. I picked it up and it was HEAVY. when I opened it, it was CHOKED full of first year Red Lines. Practically the whole set, even the Python
    (originally the Cheetah before they were forced to change the name) The guy selling them told me "$50.oo" When I picked my jaw up off the ground, he said, "yeah, I know, I just want to get rid of them", you never saw $50.oo fly out of a pocket so fast. I sold a few, mostly between $50.oo to $200.00 (the Python) but kept @ a dozen.
    Here's a great tip...Home Depot sells clear plastic tubes to go over 6' florescent lights for protection, and they come with caps on the ends. I took 4 pieces of Orange track, taped my collection to it under the cars so you can't see the tape, slid them in the tubes, and capped it. then mounted the whole thing in my shop. now dusting them is as easy as running a rag down the length of the tube.
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    I was expecting to read that you snagged them all from an unsuspecting old lady. cheating her out of the true value. What a great guy you are for helping her get top dollar.
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    Harry Bentley Bradley is a genius, his sketching ability always blows my mind. He will draw up a custom, and list off all the parts needed to make it and you'll scratch your head and say "how the hell would that be possible?" then you'll see the next page with the explosion drawing and it all makes sense. Thats what sets him apart from the rest, he could draw something up while figuring out exactly how it could be made...a true designer
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    So cool, thanks for the history lesson.

    Hell, I'm still racing them today!

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