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Art & Inspiration Happy 50th Birthday, Hot Wheels!

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  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,526


    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    Happy 50th Birthday, Hot Wheels!


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  2. raven
    Joined: Aug 19, 2002
    Posts: 4,660


    I still own some of my original collection I got when I was a kid, the year they first came out. Does that make me old?

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  3. razoo lew
    Joined: Apr 11, 2017
    Posts: 509

    razoo lew
    from Calgary

    It’s relative, man.
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  4. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,477


    Influence? Without Hotwheels I wouldn't be on this site. I would probably be a fireman or working construction. Thank God for Hotwheels!

  5. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 2,914


    I still have mine from the first year also. As a kid it was the first exposure to stuff like the Beatnik Bandit, Debora and other iconic cars.

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  6. Vics stuff
    Joined: May 24, 2014
    Posts: 389

    Vics stuff

    I am in there with you guys also. Have some of the first release cars.
  7. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,229

    from California

    I was 8 in 1968. for whatever reason when we moved when I was 12 my Hot Wheels were about the only toys that survived the move. still have a bunch of them but sold a few on ebay a few years back. I would say HotWheels definitely had an effect on me becoming a car guy. a subscription to Street Rodder when I was 12 sealed the deal.
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  8. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 8,726

    Bandit Billy

    I still own two cars with red line tires. I blame hot wheels. :cool:
  9. silent rick
    Joined: Nov 7, 2002
    Posts: 4,586

    silent rick

    i was born in 60 and was happy playing with my match box cars. then in 68-69 a new kid moved in on the block.

    me: son of a bitch. what you got there kid?

    kid: it's a hot wheel

    me: let me see it. wow, wide wheels that actually roll.

    i was hooked. i know i have the cougar and fleetside. i think i also had the eldo, python and beatnik bandit from the first year. they were played with so they'd be pretty scratched up. i might still have them.

    hot wheels, the neighbors tuning their mustangs and cudas before heading to 30 and american grafitti. the rest is history.
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  10. abe lugo
    Joined: Nov 8, 2002
    Posts: 2,583

    abe lugo

    wait that was last year! Matchbox Superfast is 50 in 2019!
    Yeah I am biased on this one! Matchbox basics turned 65 in 2018 also.
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  11. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,864


    I had the blue Camaro, green Cougar, and brown T-bird as soon as they came out. All long gone.
  12. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
    Posts: 4,269


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  13. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 2,005

    from kansas

    Damn!! I'm older than hot wheels ? Gotta keep that tidbit of information from my kids and family.
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  14. Murphy32
    Joined: Oct 17, 2007
    Posts: 747

    from Minnesota

    I was about 13 years old when Hot Wheels made their first appearance; in between toy cars and girls. For about 3-4 years I stayed in the closet, then I embraced my inner Hot Wheels fanatic. Never looked back-



  15. Normant93
    Joined: Apr 23, 2009
    Posts: 150


    I still have most of mine. Like silent rick, I moved from matchbox cars to Hot Wheels in '68.
    My track and cars, combined with my friends across the street, the Clay brothers, could cover half a house and down the stairs with track, banked corners and loops, it was freakin awesome!
    When my son was about 5, I spent a couple months buying a bunch of original hot wheels track, accessories and original cars on Ebay, then gave the whole kit to my son for Christmas..... so once again, combined with mine, we could cover the house and stairs with track...…. doing that with my kids, was just as much fun as I remember it being when I was a kid!
    like they say, 'it's never too late to have a happy childhood'
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2019
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  16. I have only one redline from when I was kid still... gave most of my hot wheels and cases away when I was in Jr High & High School to neighborhood kids...
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  17. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,800

    Atwater Mike

    My friend Larry Moretti owned 'Early Auto' next door to Sid Chavers' shop.
    Larry had a nice '32 five window he had built, highboy style, Gennie '32 rails, SBC, 400 T.H., steel wheels.
    A gent walked up to him at a Lodi run, said he had something for him. It was a HOT WHEELS '32 five window hiboy, black primered, spittin' image!
    Larry was surprised, even moreso when the donor introduced himself: Larry Wood, owner/propreiter of HOT WHEELS! Liked Larry's deuce so much he made a special one-off.
  18. Way back when time capsules were very popular a buddy & I packaged up what was left of our Hot Wheels & other dinky toys in a plastic cash drawer kind of thing & buried it in my parents back yard.
    The house has since been torn down & the yard re-landscaped.
    So much for the time capsule thing.
    We thought it was a good idea at the time.
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  19. don daddyo
    Joined: Feb 20, 2011
    Posts: 231

    don daddyo

    When we were young me and my brothers had to share Hot Wheels , we didn't get what we want , with a family of eleven children's ,but I do remember the first one we had , was a 55 Chevy Station Wagon, it was I think purple or green, I do think I still have this one some where .And I do still own a lot of those Hot Wheels of all kinds ...
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  20. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 8,423


    My first one...musta been about the time they came out...a buck a piece, was the '67 T-Bird, blue with the black roof...scratched all the black off with my have all mine, still have a lot of track too, have the thing that spins some rubber wheels to scoot the along somewhere. Also have the plastic casting thing with the molds to make your own. Have the fold out garage thing somewhere too.

    Gotta find all that stuff.
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  21. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    One dollar apiece at The Specialty Shop on S. Court St. in Athens, Ohio, right in the basement of Full's Walgreen Drugstore. The track made a terrifying disciplinary tool.
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  22. I remember the store in town didn't have Hot Wheels, but they had Match box. I bought Orange Peel and back then they came in a box (more exciting then Hot Wheels you have to admit). I did get into Hot Wheels in the 90's, sets, collector cars and others. I don't remember when I was a kid in the mid 70's but I do have some older cars, so I must have had them given to me at some point.
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  23. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,712


    I had a collection in about 71ish, About 5-6 yrs. Ol , My dad took me to a junkyard somewhere around Pasadena area that crushed cars.... I thought that was the Koolest thing Ever..... Then I found a hammer... I didn't get anymore hot wheels... h-hee
  24. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 6,049


    Sorry guys, Hot Wheels are post 1965, which makes them off-topic on the H.A.M.B. This thread will probably get deleted.:rolleyes:
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  25. spurgeonforge
    Joined: Oct 18, 2013
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  26. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 23,075

    Staff Member

    Man, I had all the cool ones when they came out. Don’t have a single one left. The kids in the neighborhood used to put our tracks together and make a giant downhill drag strip.... I do have the full size cheeta/python hot wheel car though. [​IMG][​IMG]

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  27. Normant93
    Joined: Apr 23, 2009
    Posts: 150


    Moriarity, once again with the coolest stuff, for the win!
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  28. bowlingball
    Joined: Oct 24, 2008
    Posts: 133

    from Australia

    They were 60c each at the checkout when I was a kid in the early 70s,,, dad was a flight engineer for qantas back then,,,, he bought me corgis and match box back from the UK,,,, mom bought me hotwheels at the checkout,,,, I traded all my matchbox to my cousins, but kept all my hotwheels,, they just spoke to me......

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  29. bowlingball
    Joined: Oct 24, 2008
    Posts: 133

    from Australia

    There's always a nay sayer,,,,,,,, it's kids toys dude relax largely based on hotrods and hot wheels are largely Responsable for making kids think outta the box

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  30. Blade58
    Joined: Mar 5, 2012
    Posts: 352

    from apopka ,Fl

    Kindigit Designs owner has a degree from Hot Wheels and Lego

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