What’s racing faster: the cars on the screen, or your pulse? For 14 years and seven films, the Fast & Furious franchise has used one to drive the other. And these are some of the cars they’ve put into action to do it!

 

1987 Buick Grand National (Fast & Furious)

A second generation Buick Regal, the Buick Grand National debuted in 1982 as a way to capitalize on winning the Manufacturers Cup the two previous years. It was named for the NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Series.


Buick Grand National

 

1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro SYC (2 Fast 2 Furious)

Created in 1967 to compete with the Ford Mustang, the Camaro proved a suitable rival for the top of the pony car category. Continuing its years of success, Chevy debuted the sixth generation in May of 2015.

Chevrolet Camaro

 

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS (The Fast & The Furious, Fast & Furious)

One of the most popular midsize muscle cars of the era, the Chevelle was produced by Chevrolet from 1964 to 1977. There were three generations: 1964 – 1967, 1968 – 1972, and 1973 – 1977. Top production was 86,307 in 1969.

Chevrolet Chevelle

 

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Grand Sport (Fast Five)

The first Corvettes were sold way back in 1953! Currently in its seventh generation, the iconic American sports car has served more than 10 times as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500.

Chevrolet Corvette

 

1970 Dodge Challenger (2 Fast 2 Furious)

Based on the Plymouth Barracuda platform, the Challenger debuted in 1970, and was only originally produced through 1974. A second generation bearing the Challenger name showed up as an import in 1978 and finished in 1983. The third generation finally emerged in 2008.

Dodge Challenger

 

1970 Dodge Charger R/T (The Fast & The Furious, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7)

The Dodge Charger has seen several size iterations since its concept debut in 1964. The R/T (Road/Track) editions began to appear in 1967 with more powerful engines and other performance upgrades. Despite a 19-year absence from 1987 to 2006, the Charger is in its seventh generation.

Dodge Charger

 

1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport (Fast & Furious)

Named after the Italian city, the Ford Torino debuted in 1968 as a higher model of the Ford Fairlane. The Gran Torino, an even higher performance model, debuted in 1972 and is known for the oval-shaped front grille — which many have compared to the face of a big fish.

Ford Gran Torino Sport

 

Ford GT40 (Fast Five)

Originally produced to beat Ferrari in long-distance races, the iconic racing car managed to win at Le Mans four times from 1966 – 1969. Success!

Ford GT40

 


 

2006 Nissan 350Z (The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift)

The fifth generation of Nissan’s Z-car line, the 350Z was produced from 2002 to 2009. In 2009, it was replaced by the 370Z.

Nissan 350Z

Wish you could fill your own garage with cars like these? Check out our Hot Wheels Fast & Furious series to start some serious 1:64 scale action.

Date posted: May 26, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Collecting Entertainment/Pop Culture

When summer starts to fade, you’ll want to head west for that last bit of pre-winter sunshine – and the most Hot Wheels action anywhere! The 29th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention tickets are now available.

What: 29th Annual Hot Wheels® Collectors Convention

When: Wednesday, September 30 – Sunday, October 4, 2015

Where: Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel – Los Angeles, CA

Info: Click here to purchase tickets or for more information.

29th Annual HotWheels Collectors Convention

 

Collectors say that the Convention is filled with fun events, but it’s the warmth of the people that brings ’em back. Included with your ticket are autograph sessions with Hot Wheels designers and other guests, room-to-room trading, and more. Enjoy it all with friends old and new!

Special Events

Here’s how to make your Convention memories shine: get in on these optional special events. Please note that you need to buy additional specific tickets in advance.

  • “Evening with Rob Matthes” Dinner – Thursday, Oct. 1: Help Rob celebrate 15 years with the brand! The Hot Wheels designer is known for castings such as the ’64 GMC Panel and the Custom ’62 Chevy. Dinner guests will receive a souvenir dinner car (produced by Mattel, limited to no more than 1,500 pieces), t-shirt, pin, and more. Seats are limited and usually sell out quickly, so get yours early!
  • HWC Vending Machine: The HWC VM is packed full of super Hot Wheels items! There will be five sessions during the show, and pulls are limited. See the Convention website for full details.

Charity Events

Game with an aim! Your play in these games supports a good cause. Just like the special events above, you’ll need to get your tickets for these optional events in advance. And when you do, you help benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Full details are on the Convention website.

  • Button Bingo
  • No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament
  • Hot Wheels Convention Mania Game

Make sure you pick up some extra special Hot Wheels items at the Charity auctions during the show (no advance tickets required):

  • Charity Auction
  • Silent Auction

Ticketing

Tickets are $70 each ($75 if purchased online) and good for all five days. Ticket sales will end September 11 (and September 18 for special events) or when the last ticket is sold, whichever occurs first. Get your tickets by mail or online – click here for all the details.

 

This event is produced by Collectors Events Unlimited, LLC under license from Mattel.

Date posted: May 22, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Collecting Conventions/Events

Having a Firebird enthusiast on the Hot Wheels design staff has led to some great things. But Brendon Vetuskey is more than a devoted fan – he’s an owner. Let’s peek in his garage at his latest personal 1:1 project.

First, a little bit about Brendon himself. Born and raised in upstate New York, he worked at another toy company for a number of years prior to joining Mattel. “I was there for almost 8 years,” he recalls. “I worked on their die-cast line, so we had some 1:43 and 1:64 cars that I worked on as well as some other lines there, so I did have some experience to draw on.”

At Mattel, Brendon was hired for the Track and Playsets design team. “But I would go (to car design) and share anything that I could and express interest in helping out,” he says. “After a couple of years, I must have worn them down enough to allow me to work on a car. I was thrown a bone – I got to work on the ’67 Firebird. I also worked on the ’67 Chevelle that year.”

He currently manages all the track and playsets for licensed product: Monster Jam, Marvel, Star Wars, and more. He still likes to design castings when the opportunity comes up, and his designs have been big hits with collectors. “I strive to get as much detail as I can and be as accurate as I can. I’m sure I drive the guys overseas batty with all my revisions and changes.”

Real Cars

Brendon says he’s always been a Firebird fan and has owned quite a few. “At the moment, I own one. Total, I have owned three ’84 Trans Ams, one ’95, and I’ve had one ’67, a ’69 and three ’68 Firebirds.” He notes that he hasn’t actually had all of these cars as drivers, however. “A lot of them were parts cars or I had them for a short time, but that is technically the amount I’ve owned.”

He had one ’84 Trans Am for 19 years… and a few states. “I had that car in New York, and then I brought it down to New Jersey when I was living there,” he remembers. “Ironically, the car was originally sold in New Jersey. I ended up living like 5 or 10 miles from where it was originally sold. I basically brought it home.” He says he brought the car with him to when he later moved to California and eventually sold it to a guy in Seattle. That one has really gotten around!

Current Project

In Brendon’s garage at the moment is a ’67 Pontiac Firebird in progress. He acquired it in 2009 and started tearing it apart in January of 2010, and has been working on it for the last five years.

“I expect to drive it this year,” he estimates. “It only needs a handful of parts until it’s running and driving, It needs wheels and tires, it needs a driveshaft, it needs a battery… I need windshield glass… ”

We can’t wait to see the finished product! In the meantime, here are some shots of the project. (If you want to see more details, or follow more of Brendon’s Firebird or other projects, check out his website.)

Firebird as bought

“This is what the car looked like when I bought it. The pic is from summer of 2009. (Note the Belvedere in the background.) I drove it like this for half a year.”

Firebird Tear

“This pic is of me tearing the car apart during the beginning of the build, circa early 2010.”

Cutting

“Cutting the rusty sheet metal away. In this case, from the rear panel and trunk floor. Note the bracing added to support the quarter panels to keep them in place.”

Rear Axle

“With a cherry picker, I’m installing the rear axle and brackets that I welded to the chassis. Working like this allowed me to check for alignment without crawling on my back.”

Mounts

“Cutting out the floor to add a brace to tie together the two upper four-link mounts. Will also serve as a driveshaft safety loop mount.”

Trimming

“Trimming away metal for my replacement quarter panels.”

DriverSide

“Welding up my driver side quarter panel. Note the additional width/gap from the tail panel. This is how much I widened the back of the car (it now fits a ’69 Trans Am spoiler). I also recessed the tail panel.”

Completed

“Completed rear.”

Bumper

“Showing the fit of the front bumper. Note no gaps from the sheet metal (compare to a stock car — they use a thick rubber gasket to hide the gap from the bumper/sheet metal).”

Vents

“Creating my quarter panel vents. This will be to capture air for rear brake cooling.”

Progress

“Overall progress shot.”

Engine

“Engine as rebuilt by superior performance. I painted the block ‘Pontiac blue’ to give it a Pontiac feel.”

Firebird Tear

“Overall update pic 1. The rims aren’t sitting right yet. I had yet to have the axle trimmed for the wheels.”

Progress

“Overall update pic 2.”

Collage

Some of Brendon’s past rides.

Date posted: May 12, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Red Line Club RLC Hottest News

It’s the movie event of the season! We’re sure you won’t miss Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and you sure don’t want to miss this set of eight special Hot Wheels editions with epic Avengers deco.

16 Angels (Black Widow)

Buzz Bomb (Thor)

Growler (Hawkeye)

16 Angels (Black Widow) Buzz Bomb (Thor) Growler (Hawkeye)
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Muscle Tone (Vision)

Power Rage (Captain America)

Rockster (Hulk)

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Sting Rod (Hulkbuster-Iron Man)

Ultra Rage (Nick Fury)

Sting Rod (Hulkbuster-Iron Man) Ultra Rage (Nick Fury)
Sting Rod (Hulkbuster-Iron Man) Ultra Rage (Nick Fury)

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Date posted: May 4, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

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