If you're here reading this, chances are pretty good that you own a book or two on Redlines. There are some great ones out there, and they've done a fantastic job of chronicling the history of Hot Wheels. So, why is this section here? What magical, mysterious facts do I have to reveal that you haven't read already? The fact that Elliot Handler wanted to compete with Matchbox? The fact that the Custom Camaro is reputed to be the first car ever off the line (but has never actually been substantiated by anyone)? Or, maybe the fact that Larry Wood, the King of Hot Wheels Design, procured his position at Mattel by a pure-chance meeting? Nah. None of that. You likely already know all of those tidbits.
I know, I know...that's not why you clicked on this History Section in the first place. But, since you did, I'll at least present something that'll hold you over until you can hit that book again: I'll present the highlights of each year in timeline form, so you can get a quick glance at what was going on during each year of the Redline era, from 1966 to 1977. It's a quick glance at all of the notable events, without having to read a bunch of history. I've presented this info as best I could.* If there are any errors, please feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com. Enjoy. *(Bibliography credit to Tomart's Guide for some facts garnered here)