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Celebrate 40 years of Hot Wheels

Famous Hot Wheels designer Larry Wood dropped me a note regarding an upcoming 40th anniversary event to celebrate four decades of Hot Wheels. Here’s the skinny from the www.hotwheelscollectors.com web site:

UPDATE: Hot Wheels® 40th Anniversary Road Trip

Tour Stops Set To Celebrate Milestone Year

by HWC Gary

We’re gearing up for the Hot Wheels® 40th Anniversary Road Trip — and we’ve got some special plans to help us celebrate the milestone!

Collectors will not want to miss out on what might be referred to in
some ways as one of the newest — and yet one of the oldest — casting
designs: the Custom Otto™! The historic release will be issued
at each of the stops below with a different deco and package (while
supplies last). This car is based on the blue vehicle which appeared on
the original Hot Wheels® packaging as rendered by the sensational
artist Otto Kuhni.

At each stop, you can expect to find Hot Wheels® designers on hand for autographs, life-size Hot Wheels® cars, Hot Wheels® “driver’s license” kiosks, Hot Wheels® downhill racing, a display showcasing the history of the brand, and product demonstrations. And don’t miss your chance to see the one-of-a-kind jeweled Hot Wheels® car created for the anniversary and the production of the four-billionth car!

Tuesday, 8/19, 1:30 PM – El Segundo, CA.

  • We’ll
    be hittin’ the road from here! No event, but if you want to join the
    convoy, be at Mattel for the planned departure time. (Location is set
    for the meeting place! It is as follows: Mattel Design Center parking
    lot, 2031 E. Mariposa, El Segundo, CA. 90245)
  • Thursday, 8/21, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Wendover, UT. (Bonneville Salt Flats)

  • Sponsor of “Speed Week”
  • Sunday, 8/24, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Speed, KS. (Downtown, off Route 9)

  • Local vendor participation/booths
  • Car show
  • More information: http://www.phillipsburgks.us/speed/hotwheels.htm

    Saturday, 8/30, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Indianapolis, IN.
    (Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Hall of Fame Museum at 4790 West 16th
    St., Indianapolis, IN 46222)

  • Hall of Fame Museum – admission is $3
  • More information on the Hall of Fame Museum: http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/

    Monday, 9/01, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Detroit, MI. (Automotive Hall of Fame at 21400 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124)

  • Automotive Hall of Fame Museum – admission is free
  • More information: http://www.automotivehalloffame.org/

    Friday, 9/05, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM – Watkins Glen, NY. (Along Franklin Street) The Hot Wheels® booth will be opening at 12:00 pm

  • Historical race participation (Hot Wheels® car to lead first lap)
  • More information: http://www.grandprixfestival.com/


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