M2 Machines Chevy 60 Years of Turbo-Fire V8

Chevrolet introduced its innovative Turbo-Fire V8 engine in 1955. 60 years later, the small-block Chevy V-8 has found its way into just about every kind of vehicle – from race cars to off-road trucks to boats – and has become one of the most common and longest-produced domestic engines.

This fun, Walmart exclusive series from M2 Machines celebrates this amazing engine with 6 different models, including a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 265, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, a 1958 Chevrolet Apache Cameo, a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 327, a 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS 283 and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS. As much as I like them all, I limited my purchase to the 1967 Nova SS 283.

IMG_66312015 WMTS01 | 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS 283 | bright gold with Turbo-Fire V8 60 year graphics

A companion series of Auto-Haulers – also Walmart exclusive – includes variations of the 1958 Chevrolet LCF hauling a 1966 Corvette, 1969 Camaro Z/28 and this 1958 Chevrolet Impala.

IMG_6871 IMG_6872 IMG_6873 IMG_68742015 Auto-Haulers S15 | 1959 Chevrolet LCF & 1958 Chevrolet Impala | bright gold with Turbo-Fire V8 60 year graphics

I also have a different variation of the Nova SS 283 in my collection and a similar Auto-Hauler combo from the previous 100 Years of Chevrolet series.


Hot Wheels Speedometry Classroom Kit

I’m not sure how many collectors are aware of the Hot Wheels Speedometry Classroom Kit, so I thought it would be fun to highlight what I think is a pretty cool program. I became aware of the program because my wife works in an elementary school. This also gave me access to the kit so I could take some photos for this post.


The following description is taken directly from a FAQ on the Hot Wheels website:

Speedometry is a free-to-use curriculum, designed for fourth grade students, that utilizes Hot Wheels toys to teach the FUNdamentals of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Speedometry is the result of collaboration between the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education and the Mattel Children’s Foundation.

The curriculum is comprised of 2 units, intended to provide over 10 hours of instruction to students. Unit 1: Speed Ramps explores potential and kinetic energy and Unit 2: Mini Collision Course explores the relationship between energy and force. Fourteen professional development videos are available on the Speedometry website to assist you with teaching both units to your students.

classroom_kit_instructions_frontclassroom_kit_instructions_backThe kit includes 40 cars and enough track parts to set up 16 separate 7′ courses, each with its own desk clamp and a single loop. The Speedometry page of the Hot Wheels website offers downloadable Grade 4-level lesson plans and supporting videos, as well as suggested learning activities for families to use the kit at home.

Unfortunately as of this writing, a note on the site says that – due to very high demand – the kit is temporarily unavailable.

In the kit that I looked at, I found it interesting that most of the cars included were 2014 HW Mystery Models. There are 5 different models, with 8-car bundles of each model. Each car is individually sealed in clear plastic.

IMG_6888 IMG_6889X6999 | 2015 HW Various Multipacks | La Fasta | metalflake black with white, red & black trim | PR5

IMG_6886 IMG_6887BDL15 | 2014 HW Mystery Models #05/12 | Bedlam | blue with white, yellow & lt. green trim | chrome orange PR5

IMG_6882 IMG_6883BDL15 | 2014 HW Mystery Models #09/12 | CCM Country Club Muscle | green with white, blue & black trim | 10SP

IMG_6890 IMG_6891BDL15 | 2014 HW Mystery Models #10/12 | Ultra Rage | bright red with yellow & white trim | white OH5SP

IMG_6884 IMG_6885BDL15 | 2014 HW Mystery Models #12/12 | Power Pro | yellow with white, red, black & silver trim | PR5

M2 Machines 1967 Novas

M2 Machines continues to crank out variations of their 1967 Chevrolet Nova casting. I found these two at Walmart.

The Nova in the Auto-Drivers release 32 is an SS 283, which was the smaller of two small-block V-8 engines – along with the 327 – available for the ’67 model year. I don’t have any of my M2s out of the packages, so it’s hard for me to compare the engines. But, judging from the level of detail on these models, it’s safe to guess that what’s under the opening hood actually looks like a 283.

IMG_6649 IMG_66322015 Auto-Drivers R32 | 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS 283 15-10 | metallic red with black top

More of my M2 Machines 1967 Novas can be seen here, here and here.

The Foose series features cars designed by the Calfornia automotive designer, Chip Foose, and featured on his TV show “Overhaulin’”. I’m not crazy about the paint job on this version. I prefer the earlier Foose ’67 Novas, which can be seen here and here.

IMG_66302014 Foose SCF06 | 1967 Chevrolet Nova “Cherry Nova” | white with red & blue stripes