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20 August 2009: 1:1 Hot Wheels Cars!--- My name is Samuel (HalfAssKustoms). I use that name halfasskustoms for almost everything that has to do with CARS...I'm a car guy. I have had 8 old so far and I have a '62 Caddy now. I like everything old and cars!

This column is going to be about HOT WHEELS 1:1 cars. And this is coming right from HWC.com!!! We'll check out all of the HW 1:1car's that were ever made. I'm a car guy so I'm going to talk about "cars" that were made into Hot Wheels! Now, I can't give you the history of why they were made, but I can give all the pics of them we want. So here we go!!!!!
The Twin Mill® was the first life-size car created based on a Hot Wheels® design. Conceived in 1968 by Ira Gilford, the twin supercharged big-block engines became the vehicle’s most recognizable feature and contribute to its high performance appearance.

A full-sized Twin Mill® was commissioned for the Hot Wheels® 30th anniversary in 1998, and unveiled in 2001 at SEMA. The twin Chevrolet® motors, supplied by General Motors Performance Products are not just for show, this fully operational racer produces upwards of 1400 horsepower. The Twin Mill® was repainted for the 2007 SEMA show in PPG’s Hot Wheels® Spectraflame® Anti-freeze #6 paint. The Twin Mill® also received a new set of Hot Wheels™ KMC Sixty-Eights along with four new Toyo Tires.




Iconic drag racing legend Don “the Snake” Prudhomme’s Hot Wheels® Funny Cars were arguably his most well known and remembered. “Fans of all ages still come up to me at the race track and talk about the Snake and Mongoose and Hot Wheels®,” Prudhomme says. “The excitement is as strong today as it was 35 years ago.” As part of the 35th Hot Wheels® anniversary celebration, Petersen Museum visitors have the exclusive opportunity to see the Snake Funny Car next to its original rival, the Mongoose. It’s the first time in over thirty years the two celebrated vehicles have been seen together.



In 2005, drag racing legend Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen restored his original 1971 blue Mongoose Plymouth Duster Funny Car to its former glory as a part of the 35th Hot Wheels® anniversary. Petersen Automotive Museum visitors have the exclusive opportunity to see the Mongoose Funny Car next to its original rival; the Snake’s famed white Hot Wheels® Barracuda. It’s the first time in over thirty years the two celebrated vehicles have been seen together.



Nathan Proch, Hot Wheels® Director of Design, created this vehicle in the year 2000 as a tribute to the original Deora® designed by Harry Bentley Bradley. With an extreme cab-forward design and a transverse, rear-mounted V8 Northstar engine, 24” Slides on KMC Wheels®, Toyo Tires™, 2 carbon fiber surfboards and a gull-wing style front entry door, Nathan’s concept represents a futuristic look at a California-style purpose-built vehicle. Led by noted automotive designer/fabricator Chip Foose with the support of Mothers® Polish, Inc. on the design of vehicle, it was constructed by Troy Sumitomo and his staff at 5 Axis Prototypes in Lake Forest, CA.



In 2001, stock car racing Richard “The King” Petty recruited international driving star Carlos Contreras to drive the #43 Hot Wheels® Dodge Ram truck. Contreras finished the year ranked 14th in the Craftsman Truck Series, with two top-ten finishes. The Hot Wheels® Dodge Ram truck features a 700-horspower, 5.9 liter Magnum V8 engine capable of generating RPM of over 8500.



Ford and Mattel co-developed this Hot Wheels® Focus, which debuted in 2002 at SEMA. Mattel provided the graphic design, plus a matching die-cast Hot Wheels® model in 2002. This Ford Focus ZX3 is equipped with a 180-horsepower supercharged 2 liter engine, 18” O.Z. racing wheels and special edition leather seats. The Hot Wheels® Ford Focus car is on loan from Ford Motor Company, SVT division.



In 1964, Chrysler commissioned Mike and Larry Alexander to customize their new economy pickup, the A-100. Based on automotive designer Harry Bentley Bradley’s illustration, the Alexander brothers created a low cab-forward design with a front-opening cab. After a naming contest it was called the Deora®. The winning entry was from a 13 year-old boy, and is a technically incorrect version of the Spanish word for “golden”. The Hot Wheels® Deora® became a huge hit and an automotive legend.



This low and sleek 1966 Pontiac® GTO® was built for the 2006 SEMA event in Las Vegas . Powered by a 421 Pontiac® V8 with ram 400 heads, topped with an Edelbrock® carburetor and intake manifold, Hedman Hedders® into to Flowmasters™ pipes and mufflers, MSD Ignition and ARP Fasteners and a March Serpentine pulley system finish off the engine compartment. The Hot Wheels® 1966 Pontiac® GTO® hits the road with 20” Hot Wheels™ KMC 68 Custom Rims wrapped in Nitto Tires, Wildwood Custom disc brakes with Air Ride Custom Airbags in all four corners. Inside is a Year One interior that replicates the original, gauges by Redline Gauge Works & Plant Audio supplied the sound system.

Built by Steve Strope, Pure Vision Design. Paint by PPG - Light Watermelon Red with Sparkling Graphite. Exterior paint and body work were done by Kelley and Sons, Sata Spray Equipment, Quickcut Sanders, and G's Autobody.



And there's more good news about these cars! Check it out:

In celebration of its 35th anniversary, Mattel, Inc. (NYSE: MAT) unveiled the first-ever museum exhibit dedicated to the people, cars and moments in automotive history that embody the spirit of the landmark Hot Wheels® line.

The Hot Wheels® Hall of Fame, which opened to the public on April 23rd, of 2003 offers an entertaining tribute to automotive culture from a Hot Wheels® point of view. With interactive displays, an exhibit of six full-size cars and a collection of significant Hot Wheels® from the past 35 years, the museum showcases the coolest cars in the world and automotive milestones through history. From the original models and drawings of 1967-68 to life-size, fully operational versions of some of the most famous Hot Wheels® cars ever produced, the Hall of Fame museum exhibit also provides a look inside the prolific Hot Wheels® design studio. The centerpiece of the exhibit, the Hall of Fame, honors the people, legendary vehicles and spectacular moments that reflect the power, speed and performance for which Hot Wheels® cars are known.

Visitors will enjoy reviewing authentic 1:64-scale replications of the world’s most popular automobile brands; its colorful commercial vehicles, trucks and other motor craft; and such popular original Hot Wheels® designs as the Deora® II and the Twin Mill®. Parents are certain to recall the favorite Hot Wheels® cars of their own childhoods, while youngsters will have the opportunity to relive the history of the modern automobile… in miniature. The exhibit also provides a historical retrospective of the trends and fads in car culture.

But it’s the 1:1-scale beauties that truly make the Hot Wheels® Hall of Fame a must-see destination. These vehicles inspired by or recreated in the Hot Wheels® line include some of the most memorable showcars of the past 35 years. The Hall of Fame honorees are also certain to bring smiles of recognition to any automotive buff. The selected inductees include Legends, the personalities of racing, industry and innovation; the vehicles chosen as the Greatest Rides; and Milestone Moments of distinction, such as the setting of speed records or memorable televised feats.

In 2005, Hot Wheels® celebrated its 35-year relationship with iconic drag racing legends Don “the Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen. The Hall of Fame exhibit currently features the Snake Hot Wheels® Barracuda and Mongoose Funny Cars. Tom McEwen restored his original 1971 blue Plymouth® Duster Mongoose to its former glory as part of this 35th Anniversary. It marks the first time in more than 30 years that the two celebrated vehicles have been seen together.

About the Petersen Automotive Museum :The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax ) in Los Angeles . Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students with ID, and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Museum members and children under five are admitted free. Covered parking is available for $6.00 per car. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For general Museum information, call 323/930-CARS or visit the Museum's Web site address at www.petersen.org.

See you next month!
~Sam