1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Pursuit Set

A second orange track layout was available for Sizzlers in 1971. It comes from the U.K. It’s the Pursuit Set.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

This set comes with 14 feet of orange track, 4 joiners, 2 single-lane trestles, one 200 degree dual-lane curve, two 180 degree single-lane turns and 1 Juice Machine.

Track contents. Courtesy eBay.

Track contents. Courtesy eBay.

Two cars that come with the set. Courtesy eBay.

Two cars that come with the set. Courtesy eBay.

Paper contents. Courtesy eBay.

Paper contents. Courtesy eBay.

I think this is a 1971 set. In the above picture you can see the Collector’s Catalogue is 1970 and the Pursuit Set instructions have a 1969 date in the bottom left corner (this means the instructions were copyrighted in 1969 and ready for publication in 1970).  But, as you can see in the following box pictures, the lower left copyright date is 1970 (indicating production would happen in 1971) and the side of the box shows not only the 6 cars from 1970 but 6 more from the 1971 year (Spoil Sport, Camaro Trans-Am, Anteater, ‘Cuda Trans-Am, Side Burn, and Backfire).

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. The artist has drawn in a 1971 Side Burn chasing a 1971 Anteater. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. In color. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

The idea of this set is to start 2 cars off in the dual-lane section of the track. One car will quickly come back on the short section and the other will head out on the long section. At some point, as the laps mount, the faster car will gain on the other car.  When the faster car bumps into the slower one, the pursuit is complete.

The assembled layout.

The assembled layout.

Here’s how it works with a 1970 Mustang Boss 302 and a 2006 reissue of the Live Wire.

1970 yellow Boss 302 Mustang on the left and 2006 reassure of a red Live Wire.

1970 yellow Boss 302 Mustang on the left and 2006 reassure of a red Live Wire on the right.

Charging the cars.

Charging the cars.

Setting the Mustang off on the inside lane.

Setting the Mustang off on the inside lane.

Adding the Live Wire to the outside lane.

Adding the Live Wire to the outside lane. The pursuit begins.

Live Wire on the short circuit with the Mustang coming back in.

Live Wire on the short circuit with the Mustang coming back in.

Into the dual-lane section.

Into the dual-lane section.

Past the Juice Machine.

Past the Juice Machine.

Deep tilt into the dual-lane curve.

Deep tilt into the dual-lane curve.

Side by side.

Side by side.

Mustang heading up and over.

Mustang heading up and over.

Live Wire racing through the long section.

Live Wire racing through the long section.

Live Wire coming off the long section. Mustang heading out on it.

Live Wire coming off the long section. Mustang heading out into it.

Live Wire back into the dual-lane curve. The Mustang is way out of sight on the far 180 degree curve.

Live Wire back into the dual-lane curve. The Mustang is way out of sight on the far 180 degree curve.

Lap after lap, the chase continues.

Lap after lap, the chase continues.

See how the chase plays out on my YouTube video.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Pursuit Set from the United Kingdom.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers High-Winder Set

For 1971, Sizzlers had one orange track layout for sale in North America. It’s the High-Winder Set.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

This set includes 9 feet of orange track, 6 joiners, 4 High-Winder sections, 1 deflector sign, 4 columns, 2 single-lane trestles, 2 U-Turn sections and 1 Juice Machine.

Several layouts are possible as shown on the back of the box. Tracks with U-Turns go back and forth while non U-Turn set-ups run lap after lap.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

The High-WInder section was also sold separately.

High-Winder Pak. Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

High-Winder Pak. Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

High-Winder Pak. Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

High-Winder Pak. Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Here’s a picture of the assembled triple-decker twister.

Courtesy eBay.

Courtesy eBay.

Courtesy eBay.

Courtesy eBay.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers High-Winder Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

The High-WInder Set from the 1971 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The High-WInder Set from the 1971 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Accessories for the 1971 Sizzlers single-lane tracks from the 1971 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Accessories for the 1971 Sizzlers single-lane tracks from the 1971 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The U-Turns also came as a separate Pak.

U-Turn Pak. Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

U-Turn Pak. Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

U-Turn Pak. Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

U-Turn Pak. Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers

The free-wheelin’ Sizzlers introduced in 1970 came with 7 sets that let you run the cars hard on orange track.  But as good as it was, you always felt like you were trying to hold the cars back, especially with the Speed Brake, and keep them on the track.

For 1971, Mattel made sets for Sizzlers to wind up and go flat out.  This was accomplished with Fat Track.

Sizzlers Fat Track comic book ad. The 'Cuda Trans Am is mislabeled as the Firebird Trans-Am. Courtesy eBay.

Sizzlers Fat Track comic book ad. The ‘Cuda Trans Am is mislabeled as the Firebird Trans-Am. Courtesy eBay.

This black plastic track lets cars run 3 abreast down the straightaway and jostle for position all the way along the course.  You never quite know what is going to happen.  So you have to be vigilant for spins outs and cars getting turned around and going the wrong way.

A typical Fat Track race is 100 laps long. At this distance, invariably, pit stops become a factor in the race.  Cars have to make 1 or 2 stops to charge up. (As you may recall, the 1970 tracks use a dual-lane 20 lap counter so pits stops never come up.) The length of the final pit stop plays a significant roll in who wins a race. You need just enough power to finish the race. If there is only 10 laps left, you have to guess how long a charge is needed to run that far.  Of course your competition, who is still out on the track, may be gaining fast and can push you to shorten your charge time so that you get back out quickly to stay ahead. Then again, you may let him go by to make sure you have enough power to finish and hope the other guy runs out of juice before the 100th lap.

1971 Sizzlers poster. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Sizzlers poster. Courtesy eBay.

There are 2 orange track sets for 1971 as well. One from North America and one from the U.K. We’ll look at these first in the next 2 blogs.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

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The 1971 Sizzlers from the 1971 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

 

1971 Hot Wheels Track Sets Summary

1971 marked an ambitious 4th year for Hot Wheels.  Mattel introduced the Big Belter/Matchmaker, RRRumblers motorcycles and Sizzlers Fat Track.  The big promotions involved more Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwan drag racing plus Ontario Motor Speedway.

For the Hot Wheels mainline there is:

1. The Flyin’ Circus Set.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

2. The Great Getaway.  A limited production chase set sold only in Canada.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

3. The Ontario Trio with oval layout, drag strip and figure – 8 course.

Ontario Trio box art - front.

Ontario Trio box art – front.

4. The Danger-Changer 2-Pak deserves special mention because it did not show up on any sets in 1971 (with the sole exception of a single Danger-Changer in the Great Getaway set).

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With Danger-Changers sitting in the track, the potential for a collision will always grab a kid’s attention.

5. The Mongoose & Snake Drag Set from the United Kingdom (Funny Cars).

UK box and contents. Courtesy eBay.

UK box and contents. Courtesy eBay.

6. The Mongoose & Snake Wild Wheelie Set (Rail Dragsters).

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

7. The Big Belter/Matchmaker & Victory Pak accessory paks let you make the same track as The Wild Wheelie Set.

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Victory Pak.

Victory Pak.

Here’s a video summary of the 1971 Hot Wheels mainline track sets.

The brand new RRRumblers motorcycles run on 5 tracks.

1. The Big Belter/Matchmaker & Victory Pak combo.

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2. The Stunt Rider Set

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3. The Daring Due Set from the United Kingdom.

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4. The Dizzy-Dare Set.

Box art - front. Canadian version.

Box art – front. Canadian version.

5. The Mean Mountain.

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Here’s another video summary.  This time for the RRRumblers motorcycles.

And finally we have the Sizzlers Fat Track Sets. Racing doesn’t get much wilder than this. Ontario Motor Speedway (OMS) played a prominent part in the first year of Fat Track. Sets include:

1. The Big “O” Race Set. A nickname for OMS.

2. The California 500. The main open wheel event at OMS.

3. The Super Circuit.

This is a summary video of the 1971 Sizzlers Fat Tracks.

Video Pending.

So there you have it. A summary of the 1971 Hot Wheels track sets.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

 

1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Mean Mountain – Part 3

Part 3 of the 1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Mean Mountain.  Time to go racing!

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This set comes with 24 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 Big Belter, 1 Matchmaker and 1 Mean Mountain.

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Here’s a run through the mountain course.

On the Big Belter start.

On the Big Belter start.

Charging out of the Big Belter and down the track.

Charging out of the Big Belter and down the track.

Starting the mountain climb.

Starting the mountain climb.

Looking over the top.

Looking over the top.

Here's the merger squeeze!

Here’s the merger squeeze!

Rubbin' tires.

Rubbin’ tires.

Round the corner. The yellow 1972 Roamin' Candle has this race!

Round the corner. The yellow 1972 Roamin’ Candle has this race!

Heading out of the Mean Mountain.

Heading out of the Mean Mountain.

Full power descent!

Full power descent!

Cruisin' back.

Cruisin’ back.

End of the line. Back to the starting area.

End of the line. Back to the starting area.

Take a look at the video of a 4 bike set racing the Mean Mountain.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Mean Mountain.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Mean Mountain – Part 2: Instructions

The Mean Mountain is easy to assemble.  Here are the instructions that come with the Canadian version of this set (french and english wording). Click on any image to see a larger version.

Instructions - front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The complete setup. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The complete setup. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Safe driving rules & Step 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Steps 3 & 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Steps 3 & 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Steps 5 & 6. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Steps 5 & 6. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

 

Step 7. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 7. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 8 and set contents. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 8 and set contents. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

So there you have it. The how-to part of the 1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Mean Mountain.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Mean Mountain – Part 1

The big RRRumblers set for 1971 is the Mean Mountain.  The picture on the box is a classic image of motorcycle hill climbing in Southern California during the early ’70s.

US set with box window revealing the 2 contained motorcycles. Courtesy eBay.

US set with box window revealing the 2 contained motorcycles. Courtesy eBay.

Canadian set has no vehicle window.

Canadian set has no vehicle window.

This set includes 24 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 Big Belter & Matchmaker, and 1 Mean Mountain.  The box art on the back shows that you can make the hill climb as high as you want depending on the table you are using.

Box art - back. US version.

Box art – back. US version. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Canadian version.

Box art – back. Canadian version.

Contents list on back of box.

Contents list on back of box.

Box art - end.

Box art – end.

Box art - other end. Canadian version in French.

Box art – side. Canadian version in French.

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Box art – side in color.

Box art - side. Close-up.

Box art – side. Close-up.

Box art - side. Close-up.

Box art – side. Close-up.

Box art - side. Close-up.

Box art – side. Close-up.

Box art - side. Close-up.

Box art – side. Close-up.

Box art - side. Close-up.

Box art – side. Close-up.

Box art - side. Motorcycle list.

Box art – side. Motorcycle list.

Box art - side. Motorcycle list.

Box art – side. Motorcycle list.

Out of the box, this is the Mean Mountain.

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View from the top.

View from the top.

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And here’s an introduction video about the Mean Mountain.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Mean Mountain. Part 1 – an introduction.

It’s still fast. Still fun.