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Based in Hong Kong, Track Burners made 1:64 scale plastic bodied vehicles with metal base plates. Some models came with chrome finishes. On the base plates were the year make and model of the casting and "Made in Hong Kong". Most of these came with silver hub 'Speed' type wheels.

The issued casting examples of American and European cars were thought to be patterned after larger scale plastic model kits. A Lincoln Continental Mark III is one known casting.

They are noted to have also been available from Barton Toys, Giant Value, Larami , Popy and World Toy House with each these group of castings noted to have been from an unknown manufacturer source.

In the Barton Toys encyclopedia entry they are noted to be similar to the castings offered -

By Giant Value as "Mitey Mite Zip Car". Giant Value also notes an included F1 casting thought to be similar to a previous Zee Toys casting.

By Larami as "Flywheels (Go Faster)".

By the Popy entry from the same source as their 2nd issued series of know castings - as being the same castings included in all the other brand references noted here. It also identified the Barton Toys series as having been called "Super Speed". And it also notes an earlier relationship with Zylmex as well, but not the F1 casting.

And again by World Toy House as "Track Burners".



Sourced references -

Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
 

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I had flagged Track Burners as a history that still needed to have its brand associations linked back to the other diecast history threads here at HobbyTalk.

As I was doing that today, I noticed that a single source from the listed references was used for each of 'The Diecast Encyclopedia's entries on "Track Burners" and their use or resemblance as Barton Toys, Giant Value, Larami, Popy and World Toy House castings. That referenced source is a book titled Detroit in Miniature by James Wieland & Dr Ed Force, 1983.

Does anyone have that book and know the reference? If you do, can you share it with us?

Or if you have any of these castings can you share them with us here - especially carded examples that will help better follow the maker - distributor - marketer relationships!

TIA - MFR, Admin/SM 🤙



 
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