July 2016 Meeting: Indy Road Trip!

For July’s event in place of a meeting, we’ll be heading to Indianapolis on Saturday July 16th for Indy Hot Wheels Club’s annual July Celebration event (held at Pike High School, 5401 W 71st St., Indianapolis, IN 46268).
This is a great time with a nice sized swap meet, lunch, downhill races, sizzlers, raffle drawings, etc.  We’ve gone the last few years and the Indy club are always great hosts.   This year I believe a few GCHWC members will have tables for the swap meet.
We’ve carpooled the last few times and I’d like to ask who’s interested in carpooling for the drive up again this year.   We normally meet off of 275 near Forest Park (Meijer’s) early on Saturday in order to have plenty of time for the drive.
A few people have already said they’re interested and we’ve got 1-2 drivers already.  If you’re interested in joining us, please respond ASAP and let us know.

April 2016: GCHWC Movie night

April GCHWC Meeting: This month, we’ll meet at 6pm on Saturday, April 16th at Zion Church for movie night!

We’ll have snacks on hand and watch a special movie (car themed, of course…title will be released soon).

The church has quite an audio video setup that we used last year for the “Snake and Mongoose” movie viewing party, so join us for this event !

Feb 2016: GCHWC meeting – Hot Wheels BINGO!

For February, the GCHWC will hold Hot Wheels themed Bingo with chances to win prizes (more info soon).  We did this for the first time last year and it was great fun.

For those of you that couldn’t make it last year, this is similar to a normal bingo game that uses Hot Wheels related images (castings, designers,etc) on the boards instead of numbers and letters. We will play for fun and prizes…

Here are some shots from this year’s bingo game:

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Now Available: GCHWC’s 2015 Holiday Custom ’62 Chevy truck

Designed by GCHWC’s own Corey Z of Rip City Customz, these Custom ’62 Chevy Trucks are decked out in a two-tone holiday paint scheme and feature real riders, metal base and even a scale Christmas tree in the bed.

These are a limited run available to club members and friends, so get yours today!  We’ll have them available at meetings or send us an email / Facebook message to reserve your own.

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Nov 2015: 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off and “Night at the Races”

Nov 2015:  The GCHWC was thrilled to present our third annual “Chili Cook Off” with a new twist.  The first hour was our (now famous) chili dinner where members are encouraged to bring their best chili recipe and share with everyone and compete for “top chef” honors with votes from the crowd.


After that, Larry F brought his track at the meeting for a special “Night at the Races” (downhill Hot Wheels racing).   We had five special categories picked out for the night.

1.  Grab Bag race:   Always a favorite!  Buy a chance to select a carded HW randomly from a bag. Fastest car wins a cash prize!
2.  Real Riders Showdown:  Open to all unmodified Hot Wheels that feature real rider (rubber tires).
3.  Piggy Back Race:  Entry must include TWO cars, one of which should be a Hot Wheels roll-back truck (like the “Back Slider” or “Cab’n Fever”) or a Hot Wheels flatbed truck plus a car loaded on it.  Pick whatever hauler you’d like (stock, unmodified casting / wheels), but it must be HW and  the second car must be “attached”  securely by hot glue or rubber bands, etc*.  The piggy-backed cars must cross the finish line together.
4.  Featured model:  This time we highlighted the Chevy Corvette.  Entries were made up of any Hot Wheels Corvette casting (stock, unmodified).
5. Backwards race:  Open to all stock, unmodified HW except drag buses and funny cars, Entries must be run backwards down the track.  Fastest wins.
This is always a fun event and has grown every year and this year was no exception.  This year we had 9 different chili entries and tons of great racing.  More results and photos soon!

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August Event: 2015 Summer Daze Cookout / Races!

Our much-anticipated annual “Summer Daze” cookout / downhill race event took place on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 at Larry house in Norwood. Members enjoyed a pot-luck meal featuring grilled items, an custom show and of course… the downhill races!   Here’s a list of those events.

2015 Summer Daze Downhill Events

This is one of the most entertaining events of the year. The potluck is always top notch with grilled food and goodies brought by all the members.

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After the meal, the race action kicked off with a crowd favorite…the Grab Bag race!

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Paul picks his entry at random…

Over 40 entries ran the course and at the end, Mary’s grab bag took the checker as winner!  Anyone remember the name of that casting?

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The second event was our first attempt at the “Slow Poke” race.  In this one, only the SLOWEST car that crosses the line wins.  We thought this would spark from interest and we weren’t disappointed!   When the dust settled, Dave won with the ironically Hot Wheels casting named “Quick Delivery” (featuring real riders).

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Next up was the “Superhero Showdown” featuring any entries depicting a likeness of a superhero.  We seemed to have a ton of Batmobiles with a peppering of Superman / Spiderman cars.  After the finals race, it was Pam’s Batmobile that took high honors!

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The fourth event of the night was the “Orange Race” that limited entries to orange vehicles.  We had quite a collection and the racing was fast and furious. In the end, Elliott’s entry (Way2Fast) proved fasted in the group.

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The fifth event had a special “Model Year” theme.  This year we limited entries to 1968 to honor Hot Wheels’ first year in production.  This category saw lots of Mustangs, Camaro’s and other Detroit muscle.  In the end, Elliott’s yellow ’68 Mustang ran away with the trophy.

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For the final event of the night, the club cleared the lanes for the hotly contested “Open Class” race.  For this race, we allowed any unmodified Hot Wheels entries (except Drag Buses) to square up against each other.

This one was a real slugging match with over 40 entries including previous years’ winners.  Could anyone beat returning champ Ben F’s Ferrari F40?  Perhaps a Trix funny car or another F40?    Ben’s red F40 answered that question with a resounding “No” and walked away with the trophy for fastest open car for the night.


While the racing action took place, the club also staged an impromptu “Customs” show.  Members were encouraged to bring customs (either bought or made) to display.  There was a ton of creativity and variety among the entries.

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At the end of the night, the club voted on their favorite custom. Larry’s flamed Dairy garnered top votes.

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Special thanks goes out to Larry and his family for hosting the event.   Summer Daze is always a great event filled with food, fun and friends.  Hope to see you all back at the next one in the summer of 2016!

July 2015: GCHWC road trip to Indy!

For July, the GCHWC went on the road to Indianapolis on Saturday, July 18th for the Indy Hot Wheels Club’s Summer celebration event.   This is our second year attending and we all had a great time selling / trading, meeting with the Indy folks and stopping by Tim and Fran’s on the way home.

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More photos to come!


2015 Club Custom Beetles

Just a quick preview of the 2015 club beetles in the early stages of customization (before paint stripping).  We’ll miss you Herbie,  but you’ll live on with a brand new look!   The finished product should be ready soon.