When Men Were Still... Bobbleheads?

The Hot Wheels Headstarter combines two great things: classic Formula 1 and an easy to customize diecast model.

I love this car penned by Hot Wheels designer Ryu Asada. It's fun, whimsical, incorporates classic motorsports, and is super easy and quick to customize.

I've done six of them so far, but the goal is to slowly assemble a whole grid of them. It's definitely also a casting that I'd like to collect all versions of, but I think I'm missing the two latest ones, the black 9 pack exclusive, and the yellow regular treasure hunt (so if anyone has a lead on either of them, I'd love to trade for them!).

Let's meet the entrants we have so far, shall we?

First up is English gentleman Percival Shiftright, Esquire. He caught the need for speed when his nanny accidentally let go of his pram at the top of the highest hill on his fathers Leicestershire estate and it careened down to the bottom, with young master Percy widely grinning all the way.

Italian playboy Nicotini Marlboro spends most of the time that he is not in the car out on the town in Monaco, partying the night away. It's amazing that he is even able to make it onto the grid, really.

Donald Wishbone started life as an actor on the silver screen, headlining such films as A Streetcar Named Desiré and Conformist Without a Cause. But make no mistake, he is a no-nonsense racer, wholly dedicated to his craft.

Jean-Claude Pneumatix went from rubber engineer into racing, where, unsurprisingly, his tire pressures are always excellent.

Brack Jabham is the only one on the grid racing in a car he built himself, and though he can design the hell out of an engine, his livery design leaves something to be desired...

Jonkheer Gerardus Johannes Willem Gilles-Frans van Gaspedals is of Dutch nobility. He's somewhat reckless on track, but brings a lot of cash to the table, which makes his presence somewhat more tolerable.

If you have any fun ideas for more liveries and corresponding driver backstories, let me know in the comments, as I'll be steadily filling out the grid in the coming months.

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Comments (8)

  • I want to be Philip when I grow up. Man!! These are nice. 🔥🔥🔥

      8 months ago
  • I'm a huge fan of Johannes Willem Jillem Brahms von Zip Trip da Vinci van Gaspedals.

      8 months ago
  • Potential drivers: David Coldheart, Min Crasheshappen, Pasta McDonaldo

    Liveries: Yellow Teapot Inc., Wild Seven, VodkaPhone McLaughin etc. haha.

    Jonkheer Gerardus Johannes Willem Gilles-Frans van Gaspedals gave me all the internet I needed for the weekend. Pneumatix has a great choice with wheels too!

      8 months ago
  • Haha these are great!! Wild Seven is fantastic! Lol

      8 months ago