Round 2 and MPC feature Drag Racing legends Snake and Mongoose Dragsters
Few drag racing matchups can compare to the Hot Wheels Snake and Mongoose Team, featurng Tom McEwen and Don Prudhomme. While they were actually on the same "Team", the Snake and Mongoose nicknames, and the on track "battle" between the two, made them household names. As competitors, there was no pulling punches at the drag strip: both men were out to win and grab the Championship for the season. But they were also more than friends, they were family off the track. It wasn't a perfect relationship, but in real life, what is? They had struggles,good times and bad times, but the magic they created has kept them popular, even nearly 40 years after their debut.
Round2 is going to release two separate MPC kits for the Snake and Mongoose and drag racing fans. While they're both MPC models, they're not the exactly same kit. Indeed, both kits have been modified to reflect the real cars accurately, making them the best examples of these specific dragsters ever released. The Mongoose kit itself features newly tooled rear wing struts, a more accurate injector scoop, as well as Round2's famous pad-printed rear drag slicks. To take it even further, there's a booklet with photos by Steve Reyes and some from Tom McEwen, so you get great reference right in the box. Want more? Cardboard backdrops depicting famous dragstrips for displaying the models are in both kits: one is Orange County and the other is Lions Speedway. (the Snake car gets upgrades to the tooling, such as new "bicycle" wheel halves for the front wheels).
While I've built a few dragsters in my time, it's been a few years since I've done one. But now I see two that I want to build. I think I'll make a dragstrip track section, probably from wood, to mount these two cars side by side, ready to race. If you're a Snake and Mongoose fan, or a Hot Wheels fan, check out the movie - Snake & Mongoose. It's more about how they came to be as a team, and features the funny cars they started with. But it's a well done movie, and really shows how much hard work it was back in the 1970's to compete in drag racing.
Once again, Round2 has found a way to bring us two classic model kits, but have made them better than ever for the modelers of today. Those Kats don't mess around !