Two of the more criminally under-represented categories in small-scale diecast have been vintage Trans-Am (which have only lately been tackled to any serious degree; the old Hot Wheels 100 percent Pony Power castings were nice, but didnâ€™t have authentic liveries) and vintage Pro Stock. So werenâ€™t we pleased to hear about Hot Wheelsâ€™ upcoming 2011 Vintage Racing line, which will feature cars from both of these series, along with NASCAR.
The models appear to be basic-line castings, so roll cages likely wonâ€™t appear inside, and the chassis may be a little more street-stock than is strictly correct, but all will feature metal bodies and bases, plus authentic liveries and Real Rider-type soft tires. A total of 30 cars will make up the line. Pro Stockers will include the Hemi Darts of Dick Landy and Shirley Shahan, Dick Landyâ€™s â€™70 Challenger, Dave Stricklerâ€™s â€™70 Camaro RS, a â€™73 Sox & Martin Duster, and more; the Trans-Am brigade will include Dan Gurneyâ€™s â€™68 Cougar, AJ Foytâ€™s â€™65 Mustang, George Follmerâ€™s #16 â€™70 Boss 302, an AAR Cuda, and other liveries to be named later. (Weâ€™d be shocked â€“ SHOCKED â€“ if the BRE Datsun 510 and Z-car didnâ€™t turn up in this line.) Weâ€™re told that most of the other machines that fill out the 30 will be vintage NASCAR pieces, like Richard Pettyâ€™s record-setting â€™67 Plymouth seen here. (Drag Strip Demons is being put to rest, and there will be no floppers scheduled for this new series.)
And just like that, Pro Stock and Trans-Am models are no longer untended categories in an enthusiastâ€™s collection.
Words by Jeff Koch for HEMMINGS