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.