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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MMe

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.

 

1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Dizzy-Dare Set

The 1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Dizzy-Dare Set features a RRRumblers motorcycle going up against a Hot Wheels car on a single-lane loop track with drag ‘chute finish.

Box art - front. Canadian version.

Box art – front. Canadian version.

The set comes with 14 feet of orange track, 6 joiners, 1 universal clamp, 1 stunt loop, 1 ‘chute trap and 2 drag ‘chutes.

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The stunt loop can be configured into a standard 360 degree circle (The Swooper Loop) with the vehicles traveling in a straight line or it can be twisted into an oblong circle (The Big-Twist Loop) with the vehicles exiting at a 90 degree angle from their entrance.

Box art - back. Showing the 2 loop configurations.

Box art – back. Showing the 2 loop configurations.

Here are the instructions:

Instructions - front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - steps 1 & 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – steps 1 & 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - step 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - step 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - step 5. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 5. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - layouts. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – layouts. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions for Sizzlers tracks. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions for Sizzlers tracks. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - track tips & contents list. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – track tips & contents list. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

For track time I’m going to use an orange 1971 RRRumblers Road Hog and a silver Camaro Concept Convertible.

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Here’s a run down the two layouts.

Camaro at the start.

Camaro at the start.

Heading down the track.

Heading down the track.

Into the Swooper Loop.

Into the Swooper Loop.

Now a switch to the Big-Twist loop with the Road Hog motorcycle in hot pursuit.

Camaro into the loop. Road Hog coming fast.

Camaro into the loop. Road Hog coming fast.

At the crossroads.

At the crossroads.

No hit. Camaro heads for the 'chute trap.

No hit. Camaro heads for the ‘chute trap.

Road Hog climbs the loop.

Road Hog climbs the loop.

Speeding into the 'chute trap.

Speeding into the ‘chute trap.

Camaro pops the 'chute!

Camaro pops the ‘chute!

Road Hog pulls in behind.

Road Hog pulls in behind.

Out of room & out of track.

Out of room & out of track.

Take a look at my YouTube video to see these two vehicles tackle the Dizzy-Dare Set.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Dizzy-Dare Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - front. Close-up of a Road Hog in the Big-Twist Loop.

Box art – front. Close-up of a Road Hog in the Big-Twist Loop.

Box art - front. Close-up of Hot Wheels Six Shooter pippin' the drag 'chute.

Box art – front. Close-up of Hot Wheels Six Shooter poppin’ the drag ‘chute.

Box art - side.

Box art – side.

Box art - back. Close-up.

Box art – back. Close-up.

Box art - back. Close-up.

Box art – back. Close-up.

Box art- back. Close-up of picture.

Box art- back. Close-up of picture.

A United Kingdom version of the same set. No view window to see the included vehicles and the RRRumblers logo is deemphasized.

A United Kingdom version of the same set. No view window to see the included vehicles and the RRRumblers logo is deemphasized.

A European version of the Stunt Loop Pak. Courtesy eBay.

A German version of the Stunt Loop Pak. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Daring Duo Set

Double-loop drag race sets are a staple of the early Hot Wheels years. In 1969 we have the Double-Dare Race Action Set.  For 1970 there is the Mongoose & Snake Drag Set plus the Twin ‘Chute Action Set (UK).  And 1971 brings us the RRRumblers Daring Duo Set (UK) and the RRRumblers Rip Roarin’ Set (Australia).

The Daring Duo Set. From www.GranToros.com.

The Daring Duo Set. From http://www.GranToros.com.

The Rip Roarin' Set. Courtesy eBay.

The Rip Roarin’ Set. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin' Set box art - side and back. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’ Set box art – side and back. Courtesy eBay.

The difference between the Daring Duo and Rip Roarin’ Sets is the finish gate. The Daring Duo Set uses the automatic finish gate…

Autofinish

and the Rip Roarin’ Set uses a standard finish gate with the contact arms cut off to allow the taller RRRumblers motorcycles to pass through.

Modified finish gate of the Rip Roarin' Set. Courtesy eBay.

Modified finish gate of the Rip Roarin’ Set. Courtesy eBay.

The Daring Duo Set includes 28 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 universal clamp, 1 start gate, 1 automatic finish gate and 2 daredevil loops.

Here’s a run down the Daring Duo track.

At the start: green Straight Away in lane 2 and yellow Choppin' Chariot in lane 1.

At the start: green Straight Away in lane 2 and yellow Choppin’ Chariot in lane 1.

And...they're off!

And…they’re off!

Climbing the loop.

Climbing the loops.

Round and down the loops.

Round and down the loops.

Out of the loops and onto the straightaway.

Out of the loops and onto the straightaway.

Flat out!

Flat out!

Just about there....

Just about there….

Great finish!

Great finish!

Drag racing...RRRumblers' style.

Drag racing…RRRumblers’ style.

Here’s a video of the Daring Duo Set in action.

So there you have it. The 1971 RRRumblers Daring Duo Set from the U.K.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Daring Duo Set on the bottom. Courtesy www.GranToros.com.

Daring Duo Set on the bottom (German version). Courtesy http://www.GranToros.com.

Rip Roarin' Set made in Australia. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’ Set made in Australia. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin' Set box art - end. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’ Set box art – end. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin'Set contents. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’Set contents. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin' Set contents: close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’ Set contents: close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin' Set contents: Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’ Set contents: Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Stunt Rider Set

To demonstrate that RRRumblers motorcycles are as versatile as Hot Wheels cars, Mattel introduced the 1971 Stunt Rider Set.

1971 Stunt Rider Set - 01

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Stunt Rider Set - 02

Box art – front, side and end. Courtesy eBay.

On this track RRRumblers tackle a daredevil loop, jump a ramp and ride through 16 feet of track.

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The layout. From 1971 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The layout. From 1971 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Here are the Stunt Rider Set instructions. Click on any image to enlarge.

Instructions - front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – front page: close-up. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - front page track layout. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – front page track layout. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - steps 1, 2 & 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – steps 1, 2 & 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - step 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - track tips. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – track tips. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - more tips and contents. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – more tips and contents. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

For today’s demonstration I’m running two vintage RRRumblers.

l to r: yellow/blue Rip Snorter and orange Road Hog.

l to r: yellow/blue 1971 Rip Snorter and orange 1971 Road Hog.

Here’s a run through the track.

At the start.

At the start.

Away we go!

Away we go!

Into the daredevil loop.

Into the daredevil loop.

Roarin' down the straightaway.

Roarin’ down the straightaway.

Hitting the jump.

Hitting the jump.

Running the length of the track.

Running the length of the track.

See how the Rip Snorter and Road Hog perform on the Stunt Rider Set in my YouTube video.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Stunt Action Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - front. High-Tailer motorcycle in the window. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. High-Tailer motorcycle in the window. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Stunt Rider Set. Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

An even more basic RRRumblers track was made in Germany; the Strip Action Set.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side and end. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side and end. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Instructions and motorcycle. Courtesy eBay.

Instructions and motorcycle. Courtesy eBay.

Hot Wheels RRRumblers

One of the big things that Mattel promised for 1971 was the RRRumbers line up. Motorcycles that actually ran on Hot Wheels track.

Dealer's catalogue promoting the new RRRumblers. Courtesy GranToros.com

Dealer’s catalogue promoting the new RRRumblers. Courtesy http://www.GranToros.com.

A U.K. ad for RRRumblers. Courtesy eBay.

A U.K. ad for RRRumblers. Courtesy eBay.

Part of the initial promotional build up involved sending in a set of collector’s buttons from the Hot Wheels car line and receiving a new RRRumblers motorcycle from Mattel.

RRR2

RRR3

Six models came out in 1971. Four are two-wheelers and two are three-wheeled “trikes”.

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They came with their own blister cards.

1971 RRRumblers blister card - front. Courtesy www.rrrumblers-redline.com.

1971 3-Squealer RRRumblers blister card – front. Courtesy http://www.rrrumblers-redline.com.

1971 RRRumblers blister card - back. Courtesy www.rrrumblers-redline.com.

1971 RRRumblers blister card – back. Courtesy http://www.rrrumblers-redline.com.

Paper insert that comes with the bikes - front.

Paper insert that comes with the two-wheeler bikes – front.

Paper insert that comes with the bike - back.

Paper insert that comes with the two-wheeler bikes – back.

For display purposes, the two-wheelers use a built in center stand to stand up on their own.

RRR26

The three-wheelers are naturally stable.

RRR27

But the magic wasn’t in the cool designs or the accompanying plastic riders.  What makes these bikes special is the track-racks that attach to the undercarriages of the motorcycles. Once installed, these bikes become track worthy.

Like their car predecessors, RRRumblers motorcycles are up for anything. For 1971 there are 5 track sets that run RRRumblers.

1. The Big Belter & Matchmaker Victory Pak drag set. (see prior post/video)

The Big Belter & Matchmaker.

The Big Belter & Matchmaker.

2. The Stunt Rider Set / Strip Action Set (Europe)

3. The Daring Duo Set (UK) / Rip Roarin’ Set (Australia).

4. The Dizzy Dare Set.

5. The Mean Mountain Set.

1971 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1971 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1972 saw six more new models. (Devil’s Deuce, Straight Away, Choppin’ Chariot, Revolution, Roamin’ Candle and Bold Eagle).

1972 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1972 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

And 1973 produced the final four new bikes for the RRRumblers line up. (Centurion, Preying Menace, Bone Shaker and Rip Code)

So there you have it.  RRRumblers. The fastest metal motorcycles in the world.

They’re still fast. Still fun.

1972 RRRumblers ad. Courtesy eBay.

1972 RRRumblers ad. Courtesy eBay.

1994 Hot Wheels Newsletter cover featuring RRRumblers. Courtesy Hot Wheels Newsletter.

1994 Hot Wheels Newsletter cover featuring RRRumblers. Courtesy Hot Wheels Newsletter.

1972 Bold Eagle blister card. Courtesy www.rrrumblers-redline.com.

1972 Bold Eagle blister card. Courtesy http://www.rrrumblers-redline.com.

1972 Roamin' Candle in RRRumblers blister card. Courtesy eBay.

1972 Roamin’ Candle blister card. Courtesy eBay.

RRRumblers gift set from the U.K. Courtesy eBay.

RRRumblers gift set from the U.K. Courtesy eBay.

A second RRRumblers gift set from the U.K.  Courtesy eBay.

A second RRRumblers gift set from the U.K. Courtesy eBay.

Back of RRRumblers gift set from the U.K. Courtesy eBay.

Back of RRRumblers gift set from the U.K. Courtesy eBay.

1972 RRRumblers track sets from 1972 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1972 RRRumblers track sets from 1972 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1971 Hot Wheels Big Belter and Matchmaker Victory Pak Drag Set

By mixing the Big Belter & Matchmaker

The Big Belter & Matchmaker.

The Big Belter & Matchmaker box art – side.

with the Victory Pak

Victory Pak.

Victory Pak box art – front.

you can make one of the coolest drag sets for 1971.  It’s basically the Wild Wheelie Set for your regular cars and Rrrumblers.

track

This set includes 32 feet of orange track, 12 joiners, 1 Big Belter, 1 Matchmaker, 1 automatic-reset finish gate, 2 ‘chute traps and 4 drag ‘chutes.

Components

Here’s a run down the drag strip.

Ready...Set...

Ready…Set…

GOOOooooo!

GOOOooooo!

Charging down the track.

Charging down the track.

Tucked in tight.

Tucked in tight.

Furai leading.

Furai leading.

Through the automatic-reset finish gate. The Furai wins!

Through the automatic-reset finish gate. The Furai wins!

Poppin' the 'chutes and coming to a stop.

Poppin’ the ‘chutes and coming to a stop.

See how two cars do against two 1971 Rrrumblers motorcycles in my YouTube video.

So there you have it. The 1971 Big Belter & Matchmaker Victory Pak Drag Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Instructions for this layout in the Big Belter & Matchmaker sheet. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions for this layout in the Big Belter & Matchmaker sheet. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Close-up of Big Belter & Matchmaker box art - side.

Close-up of Big Belter & Matchmaker box art – side.

Close-up of Big Belter & Matchmaker box art - back.

Close-up of Big Belter & Matchmaker box art – back.

Victory Pak box art - back.

Victory Pak box art – back.

Victory Pak box art - side.

Victory Pak box art – side.

Victory Pak instructions - page 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions – page 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions - page 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions – page 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions - page 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions – page 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions - Step 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions – Step 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions - Step 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions – Step 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions - Step 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions – Step 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1971 accessories including the Big Belter and Victory Pak from the 1971 Collector's Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1971 accessories including the Big Belter and Victory Pak from the 1971 Collector’s Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1971 Hot Wheels Mongoose and Snake Wild Wheelie Set

Hot Wheels fans were introduced to Don Prudhomme, the Snake, and Tom McEwen, the Mongoose, through funny cars.  But these two also drove dragsters.

The Snake rail dragster.

The Snake rail dragster.

The Mongoose rail dragster.

The Mongoose rail dragster.

For 1971 Mattel put their rail dragsters on the Mongoose & Snake Wild Wheelie Set.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

The novelty feature of this set is the cars ability to wheelie out of the start gate and down the track.  The cars have a metal weight in the back that can be locked to the cockpit causing the dragster to wheelie.

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Metal in the back. Plastic in the front. Courtesy eBay.

Metal in the back. Light weight in the front. Courtesy eBay.

Dragster Pak instructions - back of card. Courtesy eBay.

Dragster Pak instructions – back of card. Courtesy eBay.

A pair of trailing wheels on the back give the dragsters stability as they maintain the wheelie down the track at high speed.

wheelie_bar

To tip the front ends back down before crossing the finish line, the cars cross a balancer track piece.

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This unlocks the weights and drops the cars out of wheelie position.

The finish gate is automated.

WW20

The winning car pushes a checkered flag up into the air.  The flag then resets to the resting position a few seconds later.

Lane 1 swing arm extended with resulting flag deployment.

Lane 1 swing arm extended with resulting flag deployment.

Finally, the cars cross the ‘chute traps and deploy two drag ‘chutes bringing the race to an end.

It’s a lot of action in one race.

So there you have it.  The 1971 Hot Wheels Mongoose & Snake Wild Wheelie Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

1971 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1971 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1972 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1972 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions. Front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions. Front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art - side. Color. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Color. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Black, red and white. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Black, red and white. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - end. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – end. Courtesy eBay.

Set contents. Courtesy eBay.

Set contents. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Caption. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Caption. Courtesy eBay.

Wild Wheelie Drag Set contents. Courtesy eBay.

Wild Wheelie Drag Set contents. Courtesy eBay.

You can also buy the Mongoose & Snake rail dragsters in a blister pak.

Dragster Pak - front. Courtesy eBay.

Dragster Pak – front. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1971 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Close-up of Mongoose & Snake dragsters and funny cars in the 1971 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Close-up of Mongoose & Snake dragsters and funny cars in the 1971 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Mongoose & Snake dragsters poster. 40th anniversary. Courtesy eBay.

Mongoose & Snake dragsters poster – 40th anniversary. Courtesy eBay.

Tom McEwen dragster poster. Courtesy eBay.

Tom McEwen dragster poster. Courtesy eBay.