Its labor day weekend and people everywhere are traveling across this great nation of ours. If you’re one of those people, great! Get out and enjoy your vacation. If you’re stuck at home this weekend like I am here’s an interesting read for you.
I bring to you the GMC Motorhome from the 2009 Treasure Hunt Series. Yes, I know its just the regular version but we aren’t here to talk about $upers or Trea$ure Hunts. We are here to look at a tiny (hidden, if not overlooked) graphic on this beauty. On the drivers side (side that normally faces the blister card) is a map of the continental United States. This white map is highlighted with six states in orange—California, Utah, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan & New York. These were the six stops that the 2008 Hot Wheels 40th Anniversary Road Trip went through.
If you were fortunate, you were able to meet up with the Hot Wheels gang at one of these stops and receive an exclusive Hot Wheels Custom Otto for each city. A chrome Custom Otto on Super Chromes card was given out (I believe only to Mattel employees) at the start of the road trip in El Segundo, California, home of Hot Wheels. The 2nd stop was in Wendover, Utah, home of the Bonneville Salt Flats. At this stop a dark red Custom Otto on a Since ’68 card was given out. Then it was onto the tiny town of Speed, Kansas where the mayor declared the town an official Hot Wheels town (I think there may even be a Hot Wheels logo on the watertower!). Attendees were given a Spectraflame Brown Custom Otto on a Classics card. The 4th stop was at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Event goers here received a blue Custom Otto on a Treasure Hunt card. The last two stops on the road trip were the Automobile Hall of Fame in Detroit Michigan and Watkins Glen International Speedway in Watkins Glen, New York respectively. A spectraflame black Custom Otto on Modern Classics card was given out in Detroit and a white Custom Otto on special Watkins Glen card was given out at “The Glen”.
Whew! That was a lot of details. If you’re still with me, the motorhome featured below represents the motorhome the Hot Wheels gang drove across country. It was confirmed that the gang was trying to enjoy a bevy of beverages one night across state lines in the back of the motorhome when it was discovered that the motorhome did not have a bottle opener in it. The Hot Wheels gang, quick on their feet, realized that the recently released Hot Wheels Carbonator was in a box of Hot Wheels they were giving to children at the stops. They used this to open their beverages and it was rumored that the gang happily made it across the nation the rest of the way!
RELEASE DETAILS: Metalflake Silver Body (metal). Light Blue Tinted Windows. White Interior. Orange-Chrome-Rim, Black Open Hole 5-Spoke (OH5) Wheels. Chrome Base (plastic). Made in Malaysia. Toy# P2361. Released in 2009 as part of the Treasure Hunts Series–this is the more common “regular” version.