The Mongoose Rail Dragster (sometimes called the Mongoose Fuel Dragster or Mongoose Front Engine Dragster) is a Hot Wheels casting which debuted in the 1971 Hot Wheels range of vehicles. It could only be found in a special 'Mongoose & Snake Dragster Pak' or the Mongoose & Snake Wild Wheelie Set, paired with the Snake Rail Dragster. It is based on the real life car driven by Tom 'The Mongoose' McEwen, a car sponsored by Hot Wheels in conjunction with his rival Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme.
It features a heavy metal wheelie bar which can be moved to make the car sit normally or in a wheelstand position, this would occur while the car is moving on the Wild Wheelie Set. The wheelie bar has small clear wheels which are often missing. It has a long plastic front 'rail' and a black plastic base making the car very light at the front and able to wheelstand.
The Mongoose Rail Dragster was painted in Spectraflame Blue. The paint is prone to fading and can be found in various shades of blue. It could be found with clear or black front wheels. The car does not have an interior, but instead had a white peg with a helmet on top making it look like Tom is actually driving the car. It came packaged with a sticker sheet with one large sticker for the front and a small sticker for the body of the car. It was also packaged with an additional sticker sheet of sponsors logos.
The Mongoose Rail Dragster and Snake Rail Dragster were the only cars from 1968 until 1975 to not have Redline wheels, they had the same 'Capped' wheel style but without the red stripe.
It has not been seen since 1971.
|Year||Series||Color||Tampo||Base Color / Type||Window Color||Interior Color||Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes||Photo|
|1971||1971 Hot Wheels||Spectraflame Blue||Red Hot Wheels Logo and 'Tom McEwen Mongoose I'||Black / Plastic||N/A||White||Blackwall Capped RL, Clear Front||5952||USA|
|1971||1971 Hot Wheels||Spectraflame Blue||Red Hot Wheels Logo and 'Tom McEwen Mongoose I'||Black / Plastic||N/A||White||Blackwall Capped RL, Black Front||5952||USA|