Way back in 1968, Mattel introduced us to tiny little 1:64 scale cars called Hot Wheels, and it was a good year for little kids everywhere. Of the first 16 cars released, a couple favorites were the Deora – based on a real Dodge ‘surf’ truck designed by Harry Bentley Bradley, and who can forget the Beatnik Bandit, based on the 1961 custom car built by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth? Yes, Hot Wheels are a huge part of just about everyone’s childhood.
Along with the cars came the Hot Strip Track Pack, ten pieces of flexible orange track that connected together. Kids used to lay the tracks all over the house, bending them around curves, up and over tables, starting the free roll from the highest point in the house they could get to. Then it hit us: the Stunt Set complete with the loopty-loop and the jump.
Again, we sought the highest spot in the house to start the free roll, and down the the track the cars went, defying gravity as they looped upside-down and then off to the jump that we continued to spread further and further apart to see how far the cars would fly. It was the epitome of all great gifts that kids got that year, and was good for hours of fun. What could top the loopty-loop, we thought?
Fast forward to 2012, Los Angeles, Ca., where the X-Games were held. Pro drivers Tanner Foust and Greg Tracy rekindled the memories of all those little kids and their Hot Wheels when they re-enacted the famed Hot Wheels Stunt Track. In real life. In real cars.
The two skilled professionals set a Guinness World Record when they conquered the “Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare”, a pair of six-story vertical loops. To top it off, they also landed the stunt jump at the end. Check out the video to bring back memories; and this weekend take your kid to the toy store and share your childhood. We’ll never grow up now, will we?