Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Cool is Cool is Cool: Hot Wheels Vintage Racing Parnelli Jones & George Follmer '70 Mustang Boss 302's...
Can it get any cooler than the Trans Am Racing season of 1970?
If you are not qualified to answer that, google the names Parnelli Jones, George Follmer, Marc Donohue, Sam Posey, and Dan Gurney. Or "1970 Trans Am". Then prepare to go deep into the google-sphere. Photos, stories, videos, it is a bit addictive. And the cars. Oh the cars. Trans Am fans know what I mean.
I am not the racing nut that some are, but the Trans Am series is so intertwined with the pony car era that it is impossible to not become familiar with it if are even a casual fan of these cars. Not to mention the sub-2.0 liters category, with its Porsches and Alfas and Audis and eventually Datsuns, the Trans Am series of the early '70s is a goldmine of gearhead porn.
After your little google voyage, we then dare you to try and avoid hitting ebay and gobbling up the Trans Am models from the Vintage Racing series in 2011. It is near impossible to not want them, it just might be the aftermarket pricing that will keep you from jumping all in.
There are a lot of great models in the Vintage Racing series, and of course we have spent more than enough time on the BRE Datsun. But in all honesty, for me the gems are the Trans Am cars from 1969 and 1970. And over the next few months we will try and get through all of them.
So it is probably appropriate to start with the two cars that won the series for Ford in 1970: Parnelli Jones' #15 and George Follmer's #16 1970 Mustang Boss 302's. There is not one without the other, so it makes perfect sense that Hot Wheels did both, even though they look so much alike.
And both are amazing models. The '70 Boss 302 casting made its debut in this series, and to us there is no doubt this is the best Mustang casting Hot Wheels has ever done. It may also be one of the most realistic models Hot Wheels has ever done as well. The details are so spot on, the stance screams Trans Am, and while it seems trivial, look how perfectly the wheels fit in the wheel wells. Considering other castings have been botched, this is at least evidence that they can do it right when needed.
As much as I am sad that this type of series hasn't continued, we can at least be happy that the 2011 Vintage Racing Series was completed, and we have some amazing models. It was the Racing Series of 2012 that didn't make it, cutting short the Japanese Racing batch. Now excuse me while I go cry...
(Find the 2011 Hot Wheels Vintage Racing on ebay...)
Hot Wheels Parnelli Jones '70 Mustang Boss 302 & George Follmer '70 Mustang Boss 302 (2011 Vintage Racing):