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You guys are missing my point... I do like the paint and the look of the car, but it is supposed to be on THIS casting... I'm almost 100% sure that is what Mattel designed this casting for... it's a 70 Camaro Road Racer... the 70 Chapparal Camaro was an ICONIC 70's SCCA racer... why would they use the stupid drag casting??


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I love vintage road race cars...that being said I bet the reason they did this was because the drag version has a metal base. With all the flack over the surfin school bus in the nostalgia series they were gun shy about using the correct (and more accurate to subject matter) casting. A lot of people seem to forget not every vintage redline had metal on metal construction, and some have held their value quite well.
 

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They should have used the casting used on the blue one and the champion spark plugs model as it is a road race car. Jim Hall built 3 70 Camaros for trans am with the 69 302 engines and one remains that is raced today in the historics and it won the 1970 Watkins Glen trans am race.
 

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In all honesty, the blue casting was actually the one I instinctively expected when I first opened this thread. But I'm not American so I thought it was my mistake because I don't know all the ins and outs of vintage racing.
 

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I agree with Tamiyatim, the drag casting is completely wrong for a road racer.


I love vintage road race cars...that being said I bet the reason they did this was because the drag version has a metal base.
That wouldn't be the reason, because Mattel can easily put a metal base on anything they want to. They do it frequently for previously plastic base only cars when they're put into a premium line.
 

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I have been SOOO excited for the Hot Wheels Racing release of the 1970/71 Chapparal Camaro, and they used this stupid drag casting?? that is AWFUL???

Why did they bother coming out with the SCCA race version of the Camaro if they were gonna use this awful thing?? SERIOUSLY???

http://www.hotwheelscollectors.com/Showroom/productline/2012/Racing/
Totally in agreement with you on this! I'd started work on converting a '70 Road Race Camaro to Chaparral livery . . . I think I'll take my version over Mattel's. The drag race casting just doesn't work for me . . . the Dave Strickler Pro Stock looks like it's been squashed. The proportions on the road racer look much more accurate to my eye.

Thanks,
Rick V.
 
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