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.
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
US Army – Tony Schumacher
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.
I know of two different Auto World exclusive, special edition slot cars that were sold by themselves (not in sets). The first one is a NHRA Top Fuel Dragster, MAV TV sponsored Brandon Bernstein. It is a chrome edition slot car and they only made 996 of them. The box states it is Release 11 despite the special yellow Auto World Exclusive sticker. This exclusive slot car shares the exact same sponsors as the regular Brandon Bernstein dragster from release 11, it just has a chrome finish to it instead of black. Check out the photos below.
More Top Fuel Dragster Slot Cars! Auto World releases yet another set of NHRA licensed Top Fuel Dragsters with 4Gear Release 11. This time just three slot cars in the set. A sell sheet dated October 1st, 2012 advertised a November 2012 release date. The drivers and sponsors are: David Grubnic/Optima Batteries, Brandon Bernstein/MAV TV and Terry McMillen/Amalie Oil.
Auto World released a second set of NHRA Top Fuel Dragster slot cars with the 4Gear Release 10. Consisting of four licensed Top Fuel Dragsters: Aarons/Antron Brown, Geico/Morgan Lucas, Mac Tools/Doug Kalitta and Parts Plus/Clay Millican.
The sell sheet (dated April 19th 2012) shows a July 2012 release date which is surprising considering that the 4Gear Release 9 was scheduled to release in October 2012. This means release 10 was supposedly available before release 9. Check out the sell sheet and photos below.
The first release of Auto World Top Fuel Dragster slot cars! 4Gear Release 7 consists of four NHRA licensed Top Fuel Dragsters. There are approximately 6.25″ long and have two neodymium traction magnets for super grip. The drivers and primary sponsors are: Larry Dixon/Al-Anabi, Brandon Bernstein/Copart, Spencer Massey/FRAM and Tony Schumacher/U.S. Army. The sell sheet for this release is dated January 3rd, 2011. Check out the images below.
4Gear Release 7 Sell Sheet
Auto World Top Fuel Dragsters Slot Cars – 4Gear Release 7
Al-Anabi – Larry Dixon – NHRA Top Fuel Dragster Slot Car
FRAM – Spencer Massey – NHRA Top Fuel Dragster Slot Car
Copart – Brandon Bernstein – NHRA Top Fuel Dragster Slot Car
U.S. Army – Tony Schumacher – NHRA Top Fuel Dragster Slot Car