1/32 Scale Pro Racing Dragstrip Coming Soon?

I stumbled across an article from an issue of Drag Racing Action Magazine, I do not know how recent but I imagine it isn’t that old. The article is titled A True Toy Story and is about the new owner of Round 2, Tom Lowe. It is an interesting read and provides a good history lesson on how Round 2 came to be and the Auto World slot car brand as well.

The most interesting part comes at the end though. Lowe mentions that his next idea is building the Pro Racing Dragstrip for the larger 1/32 Scale! I know my basement barely has room for a 1/64th scale 1000′ track let alone a 1/32 scale track!

Check out the full article below.

ROUND 2 – News Article

Ultimate Auto World NHRA 4 Gear HO Slot Collection

Interested in purchasing the current complete collection of Auto World NHRA Slot Cars? Check out Frank’s eBay listing for 115 Auto World 4Gear NHRA Drag Racing Slot Cars. All of the Funny Cars, Pro Stocks and Top Fuel Dragsters that have ever been released. I have actually emailed back and forth with Frank a few times and he was kind enough to provide some additional information for me to post here on HO Slot Car Drag Racing. I was actually missing a set on my release list.

Frank is currently asking $6,500 or best offer! If you are interested in purchasing this massive slot car collection send him an email (frankwolfram AT hotmail DOT com), serious inquiries only please. Be sure to tell him you saw his collection here at HO Slot Car Drag Racing!

This is a very impressive collection and would take quite a bit of time to replicate. From my experience over the last several months you could easily find about 70% of these cars on eBay for sale in new or used condition. However there are several of the Pro Racing Dragstrip sets that are very hard to find. The two different Summit Racing Pro Stock sets and the two different Matco Top Fuel Drag Sets specifically I think. I do not see them often or at all, and when you do they fetch several hundred dollars easily. My pick for the 3rd most difficult set to find would be the MAC Tools 5 Car set. I have only seen this set come up for sale twice in the last several months.

The auction listing will eventually end so here are the auction details and photos.

Up for Buy It Now is my complete collection of Auto World 4 Gear NHRA Drag Cars in brand new or new, sealed condition.

This is it!…Every Auto World NHRA drag car made to date since they started in 2010…every NHRA dragstrip set car, every NHRA regular release, every Legends of the Quarter Mile NHRA 4 Gear release. A total of 112 individual vehicles including 41 regular releases, 16 Legends of the Quarter Mile, 2 Auto World exclusives, 46 dragstrip set cars, 5 car Mac Tools set and 2 vehicles in the Napa Transporter/Car set. I’ve got a pre-order on the 3 car rail dragster release coming at the end of the month and can include those 3 as well when I receive them or will update the listing then.

 

It took me over two years of nationwide internet and hobby shop searching to assemble the collection. None of the sealed cars were opened and the set cars that were originally packed only in bubble wrap from the factory have never touched a track. I collected two full sets of everything, one new but opened and one new sealed, I’m keeping the opened set as I plan to display mine open once my dragstrip is put back in operation (remodeling). I stopped counting after spending over $5000.00 for each collection in original retail price or more, not even counting tax, shipping, time and mileage. Prices have increased steadily since and with limited availability I would not want to start again now. I’m selling the collection to fund some more remodeling and car projects and figured, why keep them boxed up stored away?

 

The listing is limited to 12 pictures, the first 2 are the entire collection, the other 10 are detail. If you need any more views please contact me, I’d be glad to provide. If you haven’t researched or viewed the cars personally, set cars that also had regular release same driver/cars are different, usually in subtle decal numbers or graphics differences.

 

Important: I did not collect the iWheels versions of the Legends cars, I believe they made 8 over the last two releases. I thought they were dumb and missed the point of replicating real NHRA drag cars. Also, the 3 car Thunderjet Legends of the Quarter Mile release is not included, that set is still readily available for $80.00 shipped. I have them if it is a deal breaker, I just kept them out because the scale doesn’t match the 4 Gear cars. The Summit release 9 car does not have the outer hanger box as pictured, the cube is sealed, I bought it that way, I can’t figure out why or where those are being hoarded. The collection is listed elsewhere and I reserve the right to end listing early.

 

Plan to display open and rather have opened regular releases still with original packaging? Contact me to discuss. Also, I’m not very interested in breaking up the collection but could consider selling either the regular releases or set cars as separate lots, make an offer. Already started your collection and want to buy this? I’ll buy your new, sealed, unused cars.

 

Shipping, overly careful packing and full insurance is free in the continental US and to the eBay International Shipping center, others please inquire. Local pickup and viewing is welcomed.

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 Exclusive Slot Car – Top Fuel Dragster

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.

Auto World Exclusive Slot Car Auto World Chrome Edition Slot Car
MAV TV - Brandon Bernstein - Chrome Edition MAV TV - Brandon Bernstein Slot Car

Auto World Slot Cars 4Gear Release 13

Auto World’s Release 13 features six new NHRA Licensed slot cars. Four Funny Cars and two Pro Stock. All of them are on the extended wheelbase 4Gear chassis. This release was scheduled for release October 2013. Check out the photos below.

4Gear Slot Cars Release 13 Sell Sheet

4Gear Slot Cars Release 13 Sell Sheet

Auto World NHRA Slot Cars Release 13

Auto World NHRA Slot Cars Release 13

Tim Wilkerson - LRS Funny Car

Tim Wilkerson – LRS Funny Car

John Force - Castrol GTX Funny Car

John Force – Castrol GTX Funny Car

Jack Beckman - Wounded Warriors Funny Car

Jack Beckman – Wounded Warriors Funny Car

Courtney Force - Traxxas Funny Car

Courtney Force – Traxxas Funny Car

Jason Line - Summit Pro Stock

Jason Line – Summit Pro Stock

Greg Anderson - Summit Pro Stock

Greg Anderson – Summit Pro Stock

Auto World 4Gear Release 12 Legends of the Quarter Mile

The Legends of the Quarter Mile series brought us the first 4Gear slot car release of vintage NHRA funny cars. This series celebrates the drag racers of the late ’60s through mid ’70s. This first release was scheduled for June of 2012, the sell sheet I found was dated January 31st, 2013. The Auto World Release 12 has four 4Gear slot cars in it. Check out the details and photos below.

Auto World Legends of the Quarter Mile Release 12

Auto World Legends of the Quarter Mile Release 12

1971 Blue Max Mustang

1971 Blue Max Mustang

1971 Hawaiian Dodge

1971 Hawaiian Dodge

1971 Jungle Jim Camaro

1971 Jungle Jim Camaro

1971 LA Hooker Mustang

1971 LA Hooker Mustang