Musings by Joschik
Christian obsesses over collectibles, antiques and toys more than the average person, but (he believes) in a productive way. Documenting collectibles has been a passion since working on a book about his favorite childhood toys from Timpo 38 years ago.
Here at the hobbyDB team we like toys and have good memories of having run Hot Wheels tracks as children. And who want to have the longest track? Here is the author at his first attempt 50 years ago (with what looks like some Tootsie Toys… not really suitable for a long track – still had a lot to learn!).
Many tried, like this valiant attempt at the 2009 Wild-Weekend of Hot Wheels –
Hot Wheels even tried itself sometimes in the early 1970s as Larry Wood told on one of our Fire Side Chats (the attempt failed as they tried the track in the hot Californian sun with the track buckling). There were some official records and then in the 3 years the pace increased.
On 25 August 2018, the local division of Mattel tried again and set the record in Zaryadye Park in Moscow with a track that stretches 1,838 feet 3.05 inches (560.30 meters) –
Then a year on 21 November 2019 Joey Logani (the 2018 NASCAR Cup champion) broke it with 1941 feet (592 meters) –
Plus two records in 2020! First the Alfred Benesch & Company in Foster Township, Pennsylvania with 2,176 feet and 2 inches long (663.23 meters) –
And then, on 4 August 2020, the Australians got into the act – their Fitzy & Wippa Show track in Sydney was 2,464 feet and 4 inches long (751.13 meters) –
We think that is all lame. We also do not like the use of Boosters –
Who had those as a child? It is all about natural gravity… And as we are headquartered just outside the Mile High City –
We plan to do a 1 mile track with no Boosters… and not a single lane, but two lanes (it is a race after all!). And then race it in style, maybe with these –
So if Mattel will give us the track (or somebody has $30,000 that they like to invest in something fun) then we will build it here –
The path from Nederlands to Boulder
Or here –
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as
The Race to the Clouds has the coolest track in the world
And we already have a logo….
And then there is the Loop-de-Loop record, also from 2020! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J98AGoaA-c
Oh man, if I had $30k sitting around I would be so down for this.
This would be awesome! I would come to Denver for this.
How Wheels, bring this on!
You could use the Zoom In and create an NFT art piece!
This is a great idea! Having a drone for the track would be amazing. Let’s get it done!
Could I come and have one of my HWs raced as well?
You could do here in the Bavarian Alps as well! We would love to host this!
Ha ha, we could do in the French Alps as well!
We have wekly races here in Manila and would love to be involved in somewhat so cool, count on us!
This would be fantastic for Colorado. You should reach out to the state government and ask for help.
I make customs and could make you lots of Dairy Deliveries (they are just the fastest). WOuld love to get involved. This is so cool.
I’d definitely drive to Colorado to be part of this!
This would be an EPIC road trip! Pun intended!
This is the best idea I’ve heard in awhile – would be so fun, not to mention helpful in taking our minds off of this Pandemic for a bit! I would love to be a part of this!
This must happen! It will undo some of the horrible 2020!
i think the grand canyon would make a great site for it!!!!
I also would like to see it with out superchargers… Just gravity!!!
This is super exciting!
Outstanding idea. Perhaps have a vintage car race against a modern one… 1968 vs. 2021. As an advertising guy, I believe that 30k would be a tiny fraction of what a big promotion like this would garner in free and earned media. Heck, might even be a Sports Center Play of the Day !
I would totally donate some track for this. Way cool!
Thanks, we are considering on how to get everybody involved (once we got a main sponsor).
You guys should talk to BMW and Porsche (lots of HWs of those now). Or Ford? Would be nicer if this was an All American Affair.
This would bring back the cool factor to Hot Wheels!
Would love for this to be in the UK. We have Ben Nevis 😉
Mile High City and the Mile Long Hot Wheels Track! Yes Yes Yes I will be there and make sure you got Go Pro Camera’s onboard I am sure they will donate some in trade for some promotional footage. Also a TV Episode is a must to generate the excitement, after all when you see a Hot Wheels car going down that Orange Track is just brings out that kid inside of everyone! I am one big kid who refuses to grow up and I have track ready to use just for this event. Let’s do this!
I would donate some track pieces to the effort. Where do I send them?
Yup! 100% behind you guys, and the Go-Pro cams out now will take it to the next level like Jon above said. Fingers crossed it you guys will “Git er done!!!”
This is the coolest thing ever! It could be an annual thing – different location every year, maybe in different countries?! Great opportunity for someone to get some awesome publicity for sure too!
I have track for the cause
Sounds like a great idea……would also love to be part of this …..let us know….a GREAT first !
Ha ha, this is great (and why did nobody think about this before?). It is all about gravity!
Just bought this set (why did I not keep mine?). If you do it I will try to come.
Sounds like a party! Would love to have my Hot Wheels run the course – think about it!
Sounds Like a Great idea!! One would sure think Mattel would be on board with the track!!
When is this happening?
I’d bet you could get all that track donated by collectors. Let guys send signed track that would be used for the record, then donate it all to a diecast/auto museum, or children’s hospitals…
Pretty sure I had the longest track ever in my basement when I was a kid… It was like a million billion kerjillion feet long. Okay, more like 20 feet, but it seemed like it went on for miles back then.
This is a project that the Rocky Mountain Die-Cast Club would love to get behind!
I am the marketing manager for a local dealership- I’m going to present this idea to our GM on 3/24, at our next meeting. I’ll keep you posted. Are there any details I can share with the team?
Very cool (and who does not look RAM). I will email you.
I will come along and will try to run one of my best cars on it… Seriously, you should allow that!
It looks like we’re not the only ones thinking about record-breaking Hot Wheels tracks! What do you think of the HW loop record?
Very cool. You should try just to add 100 loops within the track and get both records!
Ha ha, count me in if you need help putting this together!
Please do when all this COVID stuff is done as I would love to come and see it (and help if you need that, I am quite good at building HW track…).
This is an awesome idea, just brilliant
I will gladly donate a lot of track to this if it helps. Just contact me.
Here is what I want to race 😉
Sorry, is there a date scheduled for this? Did not want to miss it and could not find it.
Sorry, no. This would first need a major sponsor to come on board.
Talk to Chevrolet and Ford and have them sponsor it! Corvette vs. Mustang… This is a great idea, please do not let it die.
The Shelby American Museum in Boulder might be interested in being involved. The HW GT40 came out in 1999. Not sure how it does on HW Track sets, but I’m sure SA Museum would love the publicity?
Thye are! Just need a main sponsor now.
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