Round 2 August Product Spotlight

This months Round 2 Product Spotlight video features the new John Force Racing Dragset and three new 4Gear NHRA Funny Cars. Check out the video and photos below.

John Force Racing Dragstrip featuring a John Force Peak sponsored car and Courtney Force Advance Auto sponsored car.

#1 Matt Hagan – Pennzoil Sponsor

#2 Ron Capps – NAPA Sponsor

#3 Tommy Johnson – Make A Wish Sponsor

Legends of the Quarter Mile (Super Stock) ThunderJet Release 19

Round 2 posted their February Product Spotlight video about a couple days ago. Check it out to see the new Legends of the Quarter Mile (Super Stock) ThunderJet Release 19. Auto World’s Legends of the Quarter Mile™ has expanded to include some of the most popular Super Stocks of the 60s and 70s drag racing era! These beasts thundered down dragstrips across the country entertaining sold-out crowds week after week. These cars may look stock on the surface, but they’re highly modified to extract every last second of time off the quarter mile! Check out the Spotlight video below and scroll down for images of the 3 slot cars as well as the sell sheet.

This 3 Car release includes the following slot cars:

Georgia Shaker 1964 Ford Thunderbolt Super Stock

Georgia Shaker 1964 Ford Thunderbolt Super Stock

Dick Landy 1969 Dodge Charger R/T Super Stock

Dick Landy 1969 Dodge Charger R/T Super Stock

Grumpy’s Toy 1966 Chevy® Nova™ Super Stock

Grumpy’s Toy 1966 Chevy® Nova™ Super Stock

ThunderJets Release 19 Sell Sheet

Top Fuel Dragsters Slot Car Release 7 Completed!

I completed my Release 7 collection of Auto World’s NHRA Top Fuel Dragsters this past week. I purchased the final Al-Anabi Racing slot car directly from Larry Dixon Racing (via eBay) and Larry even signed it! If you need this Top Fuel Dragster slot car for your collection this is a great deal at just $15 + shipping.

They have 2 more available as of 1/9/17. Here is a direct link. They even included a personalized, signed handout/postcard as well.

Top Fuel Dragster Slot Car Larry Dixon Signed Postcard

Auto World Racing Rig Twin Pack – Release 7

I found an older Racing Rigs two-pack featuring a 4Gear NHRA Funny Car of Ron Capps and a matching Semi Hauler for the NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car Team on eBay last month. I finally have some time to take a few photos and share. I have yet to open it but will do so eventually and do some test runs down my 1000′ scale track.

This is from the Racing Rigs release #7, the other twin pack in this release is a Richard Petty stock car and semi hauler.

Auto World Racing Rigs Ron Capps Funny Car
Racing Rigs Ron Capps NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car

Auto World 4Gear Release 18 Top Fuel Dragsters

Round 2 has posted their December Product Spotlight which gives us the first look at the new Top Fuel Dragster slot cars in Release 18. This release will have 3 new slot cars, 2 of the cars are repeat sponsors and drivers. We have seen previous versions of Matco Tools – Antron Brown and US Army – Tony Schumacher cars before. The third dragster will be SealMaster – J.R. Todd.

As you can see in the photos below pulled from the video, the packaging for the top fuel dragsters has been updated. Plastic blister packs will replace the previous boxes. Hopefully they have an easy open ability that might allow them to be reused. If not I am going to miss the boxes for the purpose of storage, display, and re-packing for trade or sale on Ebay.

12/26/16 Update – I have posted official photos from the Auto World website for these three Top Fuel Dragster slot cars.

Matco Tools - Antron Brown

Matco Tools – Antron Brown

SC322 - Matco Tools - Antron Brown

US Army - Tony Schumacher

US Army – Tony Schumacher

SC322 - US Army - Tony Schumacher

SealMaster - J.R. Todd

SealMaster – J.R. Todd

SC322 - SealMaster - J.R. Todd

As far as other new releases in the slot car area, the first new NASCAR Racing Rigs is being released. Featuring the 2016 Champion Jimmie Johnson. You will get a Jimmie’s 2016 Chevy SS Lowes/Kobalt sponsored car which is a Super III Chassis and an Xtraction Peterbilt racing rig hauler. Be sure to check out their product spotlight video below.

Auto World ThunderJet Ultra G Release 16

The Auto World ThunderJet Release 16 features 3 different Legends of the Quarter Mile Super Stock HO slot cars.  The ThunderJet Ultra-G chassis is Auto World’s improved version of the classic pancake design, which was originally developed by Aurora in the early days of electric slot racing.

This release includes both the original slot car and an iWheels edition of each: 1969 AMC AMX-1, TASCA Ford 1964 Thunderbolt and COLOR ME GONE 1969 Dodge 330.

Legends of the Quarter Mile – Super Stock – Thunderjets Release 16

Legends of the Quarter Mile – Super Stock – Thunderjets Release 16

1969 AMC AMX-1

1969 AMC AMX-1

1969 AMC AMX-1 - iWheels Edition

1969 AMC AMX-1 – iWheels Edition

TASCA Ford 1964 Thunderbolt

TASCA Ford 1964 Thunderbolt

TASCA Ford 1964 Thunderbolt - iWheels Edition

TASCA Ford 1964 Thunderbolt – iWheels Edition

COLOR ME GONE 1969 Dodge 330

COLOR ME GONE 1969 Dodge 330

COLOR ME GONE 1969 Dodge 330 - iWheels Edition

COLOR ME GONE 1969 Dodge 330 – iWheels Edition

Auto World 4Gear Slot Cars Release 17

Auto World’s 4Gear Release 17 is another set of vintage funny car slot cars. This release features iWheels editions of each car similar to release 16 so there are 8 new cars but only 4 unique. I personally don’t care for the iWheels. I enjoy collecting all the NHRA drag racing slot cars because they resemble the real thing. Changing the paint scheme to all white with a white chassis and white wheels doesn’t make the car any more appealing to me. I’d rather see one more unique slot car versus 4 iWheels.

The vintage funny cars featured in this 4Gear Slot Car release are Brand X, Jungle Jim, Don Schumacher and Damn Yankee. The Jungle Jim car is red in this release and has some different sponsors in comparison to the blue Jungle Jim funny car from Release 12.

The Don Schumacher and Damn Yankee iWheels white body gimmick doesn’t execute very well when the original cars were mostly white to begin with. You’ll see below, the only thing different about the iWheels edition are the white chassis and tires. To me, it is a duplicate slot car with silly white tires.

Auto World 4Gear Slot Cars Release 17

Auto World 4Gear Slot Cars Release 17

Ron O'Donnell - Damn Yankee

Ron O’Donnell – Damn Yankee

Ron O'Donnell - Damn Yankee - iWheels Edition

Ron O’Donnell – Damn Yankee – iWheels Edition

Don Schumacher

Don Schumacher

Don Schumacher - iWheels Edition

Don Schumacher – iWheels Edition

Sien & Lankford Brand X

Sien & Lankford Brand X

Sien & Lankford Brand X - iWheels Edition

Sien & Lankford Brand X – iWheels Edition

Jungle Jim

Jungle Jim

Jungle Jim - iWheels Edition

Jungle Jim – iWheels Edition

Auto World Special Edition – Service Central – Johnny Gray

Another Auto World exclusive slot car, or special edition as they label this one, is the Service Central sponsored NHRA Funny Car of Johnny Gray. The printed insert in the case shows Special Edition where the release number would usually be and there is nothing printed in the white funny car area which is usually where the release number is.

This car was supposedly made exclusively for Service Central,Tire Kingdom (NTB) and only sold through their retail locations and never released by Auto World. The name above the drivers door shows Johnny Gray 201c. The paint scheme appears similar to the Shane Gray Pro Stock slot car in Release 6.

Check out the photos below.

Service Central Exclusive Slot Car Johnny Gray Service Central 4Gear Slot Car
Service Central Johnny Gray NHRA Funny Car Auto World Exclusive Funny Car
Auto World NHRA Slot Car Johnny Gray 201c

Auto World Slot Cars 4Gear Release 16

Auto World’s 4Gear Release 16 brings us four more vintage funny car slot cars. These slot cars were scheduled for a March 2015 release based off the sell sheet I found. This is the first time that Auto World’s iWheels would be produced for the Legends of the Quarter Mile series. So there are really 8 new cars but only 4 unique.

The iWheels cars are duplicates of the regular model except the primary color or at least some color of the car has been replaced with white, they have white wheels and the chassis is white as well. I have photos for both the regular slot cars and the iWheels side by side below for comparison.

ROUND2 SC303 4Gear Release 16 Legends Funny Cars

ROUND2 SC303 4Gear Release 16 Legends Funny Cars

Trojan Horse Slot Car

Trojan Horse – 1972 Ford Mustang Funny Car

Trojan Horse iWheels Slot Car

Trojan Horse iWheels

JEG Coughlin Slot Car

Jeg Coughlin – 1970’s Camaro Funny Car

JEG Coughlin iWheels Slot Car

JEG Coughlin iWheels

Fighting Irish Slot Car

Fighting Irish – 1971 Camaro Funny Car

Fighting Irish iWheels Slot Car

Fighting Irish iWheels

White Bear Slot Car

White Bear – 1971 Dodge Charger Funny Car

White Bear iWheels Slot Car

White Bear iWheels