Another sneak to whet the appetite for 2021.
Hot Wheels Designer Mark Jones, who does most of the castings in Car Culture and other premium lines, sent over these fantastic pics of the upcoming Ford Racing set for Team Transport:
Wowzers, right? Team Transport got hitched in 2021. Vintage Rally Racing is clearly the theme here with the classic Ford RS200 sitting on two new Hot Wheels castings.
Where to start? Let’s start with that fantastic van. Mark wanted to a 60’s/70’s era van he could see towing rally cars around Europe, and the result is the “Rally Van”, an unlicensed homage to the golden age of vans. Look close and you can see a little of everything, maybe the back of a Chevy van mixed with a stretched Ford. Of course with that Ford deco you can’t help but think of one of my favorite Mark Jones castings, the Ford Transit Supervan:
The Ford cues are there for sure, but by going unlicensed with this van, what is towing a Ford today could be towing a Lancia or Dodge tomorrow. Meaning we will see it again, many times over.
Now for that trailer. This is obviously a new direction for Team Transport. We have seen plenty of open trailers from other brands – Matchbox being the Hitch N Haul king for decades – but now it is Hot Wheels turn.
It is a logical next step. The trailer is diecast, and fits MOST Hot Wheels castings, which opens up a ton of possibilities. The list of what you can put on the trailer is obviously endless, but what about what can be hitched to the trailer? It’s the Rally Van today, but does this mean we could see more premium vehicles with hitches in the future? Start thinking about it and you might come up with a few super cool ideas. All I will say is the Hot Wheels Team is a few steps ahead.
New castings aside, a Ford Rally theme designed by Steve Vandervate is a fantastic addition to the Team Transport lineup. We already have a couple of more muscle-themed Ford Racing sets in TT, and this Rally sets fits perfectly. And it isn’t the last Ford Rally themed product we will see this year.
Look for this a little later this year. And thanks Mark for the pics.
More to come.