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Pikes Peak Celica

With the exception of some tampo variations (which I don't particularly count) and one unconfirmed Pavement Pounder, this is a complete loose collection as of May 2018.

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PictureYearSeries/SetComments
1998First Edition 
1998First EditionThis one is probably the rarer variation, as I've seen way more of the first type both for sale and available online.
1999Sugar Rush 
1999KMart Exclusive Coca Cola Race TeamWhat's interesting about this set is that the box says For adult collectors, ages over 14 years which seems kind of odd
2000Treasure HuntReal Rider Tyres and everything. Doesn't roll very well though.
2000 This is the car that started the whole HotWheels journey for me. Collecting the rest of this model just seemed like a good way to continue. (>>More on this car)
2000 This car was shipped as collector number 2000-205, but was also a member of a 5 car Gift Pack (the Shark Pack, if my sources are correct). I also seem to recall a car very similar to this (white body with the light blue spoiler) being in a HotWheels City playset (one of those small buildings which come with ramps and a single car) but it might not have the Slingshot Racing decoration on it. Despite all the ways it was sold, it is somewhat rarer than the car above, which I see offered for sale much more frequently. This car is also the only one with a story -- it was offered for sale on eBay as part of a two car set. I sent a couple of emails to the seller (as I had learned the hard way to confirm that sellers would do business with Canadian buyers before bidding), and the seller didn't get back to me in time. No one bid on the auction, and a few days later the seller emailed me and said that he'd be willing to do a single transaction if I would send him my address. I did, and a week or so later the car just showed up in my mail box. This was before I'd paid him for it. Since then I've made efforts to contact him so I can pay him, but his email has been cancelled and his eBay account has not been updated. I've sent a letter to his postal address (the return address on the shipped car) but thus far there has been no response. I feel bad that I've not paid for this car. (Update: I've since confirmed using ebay that this car was part of the Super Launcher gift pack, including the Slingshot Racing decoration.)
2002 This was part of the un-series Race Team series, which featured ten or twelve different models sharing the same paint scheme. This one is number five.
2002 Darker variation. I had to get this through eBay, as it did not appear to make it to Canada.
(Unconfirmed) Pavement PounderSee next entry
2003Pavement PounderThis car was an "exclusively decorated car" which came with a Pavement Pounder truck. The toy (and others like it) claim to have been specially imported from somewhere, possibly Europe. I do know that when I put the part number into the HotWheels Collector's website, it didn't show up, so it is obviously an out-of-the-US part. The back of my particular box showed this car as a silver or grey car, not the yellow one that I actually have. Further research has led to more boxes (with yellow cars inside them) showing the yellow car as the one supplied with the truck. Since then I have learned that the first year this set was offered it came with the silver or grey car, and then later the yellow car. I have also seen this car as part of a McDonald's playset.
2004Roll PatrolThis one has an unusual flat, non-gloss finish. It feels rather different to the touch, almost like a blackboard does to your fingernails (obviously, I'm not a fan of it). I wonder how durable such a finish is when compared to more traditional glossy paint finishes.
eBay claimed variation: semigloss blue instead of the flat, non-gloss finish (single observation only).
2004Nitro Hill Race 
2005Hot Wheels RacingeBay observed variation: orange tampo on side is a different color and extends further back the flank of the rear fender behind the rear wheel (multiple examples).
? Described on eBay as:
HOT WHEELS RARE 1997 M. I. MALAYSIA PIKES PEAK CELICA WITH ORANGE INTERIOR. THIS HOT WHEELS IS DIRECT FROM FACTORY IN UNUSED AND MINT CONDITION ( THESE ARE REJECTED LOT FROM THE FACTORY ). REJECTED BUT IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. BLACK BODY WITH ORANGE BLUE WHITE DESIGN, ORANGE INTERIOR , SILVER RIMS
Now that I have it, I see a chrome base (poor chroming), poor assembly (the orange interior is visibly deformed) and what appears to be a less-than-perfect paint job. Still, a pretty cool find and a welcome addition to the collection (plus, mailed from Malaysia, the furthest-away I've had a car delivered from!)
2006  
2006 Note the number 38 on the side -- the reject above has the number 8.
2007Clover CarsI think there's something ironic about making a "lucky clover car" with the number 13.
2008Web Trading Cars 
2008Web Trading Cars 
2011Team Commemorative 20-Pack 
2012Racing 2012 Offroad>>More on this car

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