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Snake vs Mongoose.... Who was your fave? #4646615
01/26/18 05:53 AM
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Loved the rivalry and of course I was into Hot Wheels. I was a Snake fan.


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Re: Snake vs Mongoose.... Who was your fave? [Re: ZZman] #4646618
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Re: Snake vs Mongoose.... Who was your fave? [Re: ZZman] #4646624
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Back in the 60's and 70's when I was a young lad, my brother and I got this Hot wheel toy for Christmas. We used it a lot I think my Mom finally sold it at a garage sale back in late 80's. Wish we would have kept it, they go for about $300 on EBay now.https://www.ebay.com/i/200370609695?chn=ps We had maybe a dozen hot wheel cars as well, later my brother got a few Johhny lightning cars and we used to race them all the time.. even got in a few fist fights over which was better, Hot Wheel or Johhny lightning cars. LOL!! That post makes me want to bid on some vintage 60's Hot wheel cars on E bay.


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Re: Snake vs Mongoose.... Who was your fave? [Re: ZZman] #4646625
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https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dvd-snake-mongoo-e-jesse-williams/26473765?ean=0013132618524&st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Core+Catch-All,+Low_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP79700&gclid=Cj0KCQiAwKvTBRC2ARIsAL0Dgk1ty8ilI3dV2P3yjh9n4yUt4-TZq0-YjvESkCMoAzwq1tRvWWZK3ZkaAvSREALw_wcB

They made a low budget movie about both of them. It actually was pretty good. Both Prudhomme and McEwen had cameos in the movie. It told the whole story of how they came together as a "team". Instead of just weekend match racers. McEwen was the better businessman in the beginning, having been the one who secured the now famous "Hot Wheels" sponsorship, which made them household names. And then later after they split up, Prudhomme became quite the businessman himself. Instead of just a car painter and body man who liked to race.

It also showed what happened with McEwen's son, and the events surrounding his death. And his divorce from his wife who wasn't into racing like he was. If you haven't seen it, by all means do so. You'll like it. The actors who played them I thought did a really good job. I was always a Prudhomme fan as well. He brought a lot to the sport. And he helped bring in the big money sponsorships like U.S. Smokeless and Revell models, it took to keep the sport, and the NHRA alive at the national level. Without guys like him, the sport never would have evolved into what it's become today. (Sorry about the long link).

Re: Snake vs Mongoose.... Who was your fave? [Re: ZZman] #4646649
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I thought it was going to be a thread about this:


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Re: Snake vs Mongoose.... Who was your fave? [Re: aquariuscsm] #4646655
01/26/18 07:06 AM
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I love the "original story".

Ford had their very successful Cobra. Chevy needed to compete and set out to build a car. Chevy's research people discovered that in nature the mongoose beats the Cobra, so they suggested the name.

Chevy brass said, "We ARE NOT naming a car 'Mongoose'".

Re: Snake vs Mongoose.... Who was your fave? [Re: billt460] #4646714
01/26/18 08:30 AM
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Originally Posted By: billt460


They made a low budget movie about both of them. It actually was pretty good. Both Prudhomme and McEwen had cameos in the movie. It told the whole story of how they came together as a "team". Instead of just weekend match racers. McEwen was the better businessman in the beginning, having been the one who secured the now famous "Hot Wheels" sponsorship, which made them household names. And then later after they split up, Prudhomme became quite the businessman himself. Instead of just a car painter and body man who liked to race.

It also showed what happened with McEwen's son, and the events surrounding his death. And his divorce from his wife who wasn't into racing like he was. If you haven't seen it, by all means do so. You'll like it. The actors who played them I thought did a really good job. I was always a Prudhomme fan as well. He brought a lot to the sport. And he helped bring in the big money sponsorships like U.S. Smokeless and Revell models, it took to keep the sport, and the NHRA alive at the national level. Without guys like him, the sport never would have evolved into what it's become today. (Sorry about the long link).


I have owned the movie since the day it came out and I'm pretty sure it still has the plastic on it. Just haven't gotten around to watching it. I need to convince my wife to give it a try.


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Re: Snake vs Mongoose.... Who was your fave? [Re: ZZman] #4646727
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I thought this referring to a Rudyard Kipling short story.

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Re: Snake vs Mongoose.... Who was your fave? [Re: ZZman] #4646834
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Now this is a freaking awesome Snake model/toy!


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Re: Snake vs Mongoose.... Who was your fave? [Re: ZZman] #4646956
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Jungle Jim and Jungle Pam laugh


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Re: Snake vs Mongoose.... Who was your fave? [Re: BrocLuno] #4647085
01/26/18 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted By: BrocLuno
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Re: Snake vs Mongoose.... Who was your fave? [Re: ZZman] #4649842
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a year or so ago HOT ROD mag did a story on Snake Don and he went into detail on the hotwheels deal.
i've met him and shook his hand, very class act guy.
actually i like talking to them all in the pits...of course my fave is JF. love watching him run his
mouth almost as fast as he can drive! lol

i had 1 of the flopper hotwheels cars, no idea which one it was. i had lots of them.
mom once used a piece of the orange track to paddle my brother...OHHH that was not good for him


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Re: Snake vs Mongoose.... Who was your fave? [Re: sunruh] #4650613
01/29/18 08:15 PM
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I was a Don Prudhomme fan before the Snake vs. Mongoose stuff started.
I remember watching this with my dad, when I was 9 years old. I was crushed, when Don said he quit.
I think Don thought Jim Nicholl was dead.



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Re: Snake vs Mongoose.... Who was your fave? [Re: JetStar] #4651178
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Originally Posted By: JetStar
I was a Don Prudhomme fan before the Snake vs. Mongoose stuff started.
I remember watching this with my dad, when I was 9 years old. I was crushed, when Don said he quit.
I think Don thought Jim Nicholl was dead.


Wow, that is an intense video.
I was into drag racing as a fan for a while when I was a kid and never liked Prudhomme...thought that I read a story about him punching Garlits after a race, but I can't find any evidence of that online.

Definitely have a more sympathetic view of him after watching that video, Don clearly was very concerned about the well-being of his competitor to the point of being distraught.


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Re: Snake vs Mongoose.... Who was your fave? [Re: ZZman] #4652008
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Who was my favorite in a flopper? I'd say Pat Minick. RIP.

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