It seems like every time I turn around there’s another automotive record being broken. The current trend seems to be finding new and exciting ways to drive cars upside down. Last week, at a Top Gear Live performance in South Africa, a driver (should have been the Stig) managed to do two consecutive loops in a row while driving a custom made car in front of an audience of 15,000. Next week, Team Hot Wheels will have a pair of drivers simultaneously racing into a 60 foot tall loop that has a single exit. I am amused that one of the drivers next week will be Tanner Foust, my favorite of the hosts from Top Gear USA.
The Team Hot Wheels challenge is a real world recreation of the Double Dare Snare action set currently on sale. For roughly 40 dollars, kids of all ages can challenge friends to see who will be first through the loop over and over again. Collectors are probably more interested in the original Double Dare Race Action Set that was released in 1969 with a Redline Custom Bug and Redline Cougar. These sets are hard to find in good condition and will easily sell for over $300.
The Double Dare sets aren’t the only ones sought by collectors. The 2005 Hot Wheels Acceledrome provides lots of exciting looping action and can usually be found for around $150. The set that I’d really like to get my hands on is the 1970 Hot Wheels Twin ‘Chute Action Set. This set was a giant collection of the 1968 Drag Race Action Set, 1968 Hot Curves Race Action Set, 1969 Double-Dare Race Action Set, and 1970 Mongoose and Snake Drag Race Set all in one giant box. I haven’t found any for sale to report a price but I’m willing to bet it’s well outside of my budget at the moment.