Racing Champions Late 1990s Stock Rods

On my recent visit to the Paramount Antique Mall, 2.50 was the number of the day. I found the Peterbilt Tanker, the Site Dumper and each of these Racing Champions Stock Rods for $2.50 each. With the 10% sale discount, my haul cost me under $12.

The question posed by the Stock Rods series of the late 1990s, as it explains on the back of the package, is “What if your favorite drivers traded in their stock cars to race in a classic hot rod from the past?” It’s a fun idea, and in addition to opening hoods and nice detailing, each car comes packaged with a display stand and collector card.

There was an entire display of these, but I resisted all but the Impalas in the bunch. The first one that caught my eye was this Ken Schrader ’60 Impala. I love the giant tires on the back, but I think I would install a roll cage before I got behind the wheel of this beast.

Racing Champions | 1998 Stock Rods #67 | ’60 Chevy Impala | green with black top and hood, Schrader APR 33 trim, opening hood | display base and collector’s card

My son really liked this Terry Labonte gold-chrome ’58 Impala Custom convertible trimmed with Fruit Loops and Starburst graphics.

Racing Champions | 1998 Stock Rods #143 | ’58 Impala Custom convertible | gold with Terry Labonte Fruit Loops 5 trim, opening hood | display base and collector’s card

If gold-chrome isn’t your thing, maybe you prefer the somewhat more understated Ricky Craven red ’58 Impala with extra-wide white wall tires.

Racing Champions | 1997 Stock Rods #8 | 1958 Chevy Impala | red with Ricky 25 trim, opening hood | display base and collector’s card

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Hot Wheels 2018 Sno Caps ’64 Nova Delivery

When I grabbed the two Spy vs. Spy Hot Wheels recently at Target, this Pop Culture Nestle Sno Caps ’64 Nova Delivery was hanging right behind them. This is the second time the Nova Delivery has been used for a Nestle-branded car, having appeared in the 2016 Pop Culture series wearing 100 Grand livery.

Hot Wheels | FKY23 | 2018 Pop Culture Nestle | ’64 Chevy Nova Delivery | brown and white with Nestle Sno Caps trim | WWRRmag

Two of my other Nova Delivery models are the 2015 Spider-Man car and the version from the 2017 Surf’s Up 5-Pack.

Hot Wheels 2017 Multipack Exclusive Chevrolet SS

When I found this 9-Pack at a Target in San Antonio during our Christmas trip there, I thought they must be sneaking cars from the Red Edition series into these multipacks. Since then, I’ve been assured by those who know better that this is not a Red Edition car and it is also not exclusive to Target. Well, I like to think this exclusive red on white decoration is at least inspired by the Red Edition series. (Compare it to the Red Edition ’68 Nova.)

Hot Wheels | X6999 | 2017 Multipack Exclusive | Chevrolet SS (Opala) | white with red trim | red rim 5SP

This is the fourth Multipack Exclusive Chevrolet SS since 2016, and I’ve been fortunate to find all of them.

Hot Wheels 2017 Surf’s Up 5-Pack

I picked up the Hot Wheels 2017 Surf’s Up 5-Pack mainly for the Beach Patrol version of the ’64 Chevy Nova Station Wagon. However, with the solid selection of models in this multipack, I decided to keep this one intact. The Nova looks great in this Hot Wheels Beach Patrol Rescue 24 livery. You’d arrive at the beach in style in this wagon, with plenty of room to haul all of your rescue gear. I’d suggest, though, that you switch to one of the other vehicles before you take off over the sand.

Hot Wheels | DVG00 | 2017 Surf’s Up 5-pack | ’64 Chevy Nova Station Wagon | white with blue and red Rescue 24 Beach Patrol | chrome red and black OH5SP

I’ve been enjoying collecting variations of the ’64 Nova wagon, like the version from the 2015 Redline series. There is also a delivery version (no back windows), which allows for some fun possibilities in decoration, such as the 2016 Nestle 100 Grand release.

All of the models in the Surf’s Up 5-Pack are new variations of existing castings. The most unusual of the group is the Mad Splash. This racing boat has been around since 2012, with its translucent plastic base cleverly molded to look like splashing water.

Hot Wheels | DVG00 | 2017 Surf’s Up 5-pack | Mad Splash | silver with translucent blue plastic base and dark blue, white and orange HW Coast Guard trim | chrome blue and transparent blue 5SP

The Jeep CJ-7 is the oldest casting and the only one of which I have another version (a white one from 1986 that I have yet to photograph). This popular casting has been around since 1982 and has been produced in at least 18 different variations.

Hot Wheels | DVG00 | 2017 Surf’s Up 5-pack | Jeep CJ-7 | red with yellow, white and black Lifeguard trim | grey OR5SP

Another popular casting, the Custom Volkswagen Beetle, has seen at least 26 variations since its first release in 2007. Here it’s coated in a beautiful metalflake dark blue paint.

Hot Wheels | DVG00 | 2017 Surf’s Up 5-pack | Custom Volkswagen Beetle | metalflake dark blue with red, silver and white Shark Spotter trim | 5SP

The Volkswagen Caddy (or VW Rabbit pick-up, as we know it in North America) is a fairly recent casting, first produced in 2015.

Hot Wheels | DVG00 | 2017 Surf’s Up 5-pack | Volkswagen Caddy | yellow with red white and black Surf Rescue trim | chrome red and black PR5

2017 Johnny Lightning Muscle Cars USA 1968 Chevy Impala Convertible

I found this beautiful Butternut Yellow version of the 2017 Johnny Lightning Muscle Cars USA 1968 Chevy Impala recently at Toys R Us. I already have the Grotto Blue variation. Of the two, I’m having a hard time deciding which I prefer. How about you? The other two color versions in this series that I have yet to find are Seafrost Green and Rally Red.

Johnny Lightning | JLMC003 | 2017 Muscle Cars USA R1, Version D | 1968 Chevy Impala Convertible | Butternut Yellow

2016 Racing Champions Mint 1966 Nova and 1964 Impala

With the recent announcement that Toys R Us will be closing its last Wichita store, it’s safe to say that the Round 2 products (Johnny Lightning, Auto World and Racing Champions) will be harder to find locally. WalMart – which doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon – is where I found these two models from the 2016 Racing Champions Mint series. By adding this pale yellow 1966 Chevy Nova to my collection, I’ve actually completed the set of four versions.

2016 | Racing Champions Mint R2 | 1966 Chevy Nova (Version A) | pale yellow

This dark green 1964 Chevy Impala is the second of four versions that I’ve found – I also have the silver variation.

2016 | Racing Champions Mint R2 | 1964 Chevy Impala (Version A) | dark green

2017 Johnny Lightning 1969 Chevy Impala Project in Progress and Friends

I’ve always enjoyed the Johnny Lightning Project In Progress series because they remind me of some of the cars from my childhood. My Dad usually bought his cars new (or at least in good shape), but my older brothers were a different story. It was fairly common to see cars with missing trim, primered fenders, and mismatched wheels and tires parked in our driveway or in the street next to our yard.

In fact, the 1969 Impala I drove in high school might have been a good parts car for this 2017 Project in Progress 1969 Impala Convertible.

Johnny Lightning | JLSF005 | 2017 Street Freaks R3, Project in Progress Set A | 1969 Chevy Impala Convertible | Garnet Red, Glacier Blue and primer gray with white top and collector’s card

These next two date back to the mid-2000s RC2 era of Johnny Lightning. As you can see, JL has kept the look of the packaging from that time period.

Johnny Lightning | 2006 Street Freaks Project in Progress #14 | 1967 Chevy Nova | black with primer, collector’s card

Johnny Lightning | 2005 Street Freaks Project in Progress #10 | 1969 Chevy Nova SS | primer with black hood, collector’s card