Off the TrackMatchbox Superfast

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Im starting a hw racing cell here in Canberra, Oz, and want to incorporate vintage diecast. I have many 70's era Matchbox Superfast cars, and want to know how competitive they are.

Has anyone raced them recently ? How do they perform ? Any superfast car better than another ?

the boys in RI. said that there is a matchbox datsun with disc wheels that was the track record holder for quite a while...

I thought I read once that the Matchbox cars were so pathetic it led the guy to invent Hot Wheels to make cars go fast. I'm guessing that is Matchbox cars from the 60's so they may have improved later.

Some of the Super Fast cars were pretty respectable, but there's nothing that stands out as a dead ringer. If you are just racing the Super fast cars, then it really doesn't matter all that much since they will be on an even playing field. The later Matchbox cars were called Laser Wheels and were early 80's releases.

I'd love to hear more about the race series once you get it up and running.

I remember when Matchbox debuted the 'Super Fast' cars in the `70s. IIRC, they also began producing more 'fantasy' vehicles around the same time to keep up with Mattel. Yea, some of them were pretty fast. I don't remember the "Cosmic Blues"...it's an acquired taste, I guess

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Matchbox introduced the superfast line in response to hot wheels. I have track and accessories almost identical to hot wheels track etc except its yellow! Corgi also had a track set as well - ive never seen it though (in Oz).

Before Matchbox started making cars specifically to be superfast, they just updated old castings with the new wheels on them. These are called 'transitionals'.

I have a few superfasts, i'll race them and report back.

...it's an acquired taste, I guess

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

That my friend is an MB 26 'Big banger' very cool - ive never seen that colouring. The red is more common, followed by brown.

I still race a few Matchbox cars on my track and they keep up with the hotwheels boys pretty well. These are the 3 fastest:

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

How timely, I have a stritcly matchbox race that the boys and I have in a couple of weeks. We have a few that are pretty good on our track and can hang with my best HWs. But they have never perofrmed well on the 50 foot league track against the HWs, so im not sure how they will do against other Matchbox cars.

Worpex-/-what cars are those (model name)? Do they have the smooth wheels or the current wheels with the ridge of tread on them? Any metal/metal there as well?

The story of the Datsun laser wheel was fun to watch. Does anyone know what car eventually beat it?

From top to Bottom:

FERRARI F50
AUDI TT
71 CAMARO Z-28

Honorable Mentions...

DODGE VIPER
JAGUAR XK-8
CORVETTE STING RAY
CHEVROLET SSR
LAMBORGHINI DIABLO


Those 8 are in the top 40 of my rankings, even though they're Matchbox cars. They all have the same wheel for the most part. It's smooth and looks like the matchbox equivalent of the PR5. No ridges. Almost all of them are Metal body with a plastic base.

I have few superfasts and I race them on my own track.
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I thought I read once that the Matchbox cars were so pathetic it led the guy to invent Hot Wheels to make cars go fast. I'm guessing that is Matchbox cars from the 60's so they may have improved later.


At that time, Matchbox had rubber tires.

Welcome johnn34...I like that old MB w/the radial engine sticking out of the hood!

I recently found the only MB car in my collection, a 1984 Dodge Daytona Turbo-Z(similar to this:)

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

I purchased it for my Dad(in 1984) after he bought one of these...

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

The MB car sat on his office desk for many years and he kept it long after the full-sized version was gone.

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