Snake vs. Mongoose
Today Hot Wheels is a household name, but the toy's embodiment of high-speed thrills was jump-started in the 1970s by the racing careers of Don the Snake Prudhomme and Tom the Mongoose McEwen. In Snake vs. Mongoose, published by Motorbooks, author Tom Madigan rediscovers the drivers who engineered drag racing's first ever, non-automotive, corporate sponsorship deal. While these competitors reminisce, often still taunting one another, Madigan delights the reader with photos of the extraordinary races, cars, and dangers that once defined the sport. He also includes outrageous cartoons of the duo's alter egos, the characters that made Hot Wheels famous with Mattel's wild replicas epitomizing the legendary rivalry. A rivalry vividly captured in this colorful collection of racing stories.