1968 Hot Wheels Hot Curves Race Action Set

The big track set for 1968 is the Hot Curves Race Action Set.  Each car has to deal with 16 feet of orange track, a 90 degree half curve and a 180 degree full curve.  I find the most interesting feature of this set involves splitting up the cars through the mid portion of the track.  This adds an element of suspense as each car speeds along on its own.  “Who is ahead?” Then, just before the finish gate, both cars are brought back together for a head to head finale.

Hot Curves Race Action set box art – side: close up.

The set includes 32 feet of orange track, 12 joiners, one universal clamp, one start gate, one finish gate, 6 trestles,  two 90 degree half curves, and two 180 degree full curves.

The set up is a little more involved, so it helps to pay attention to the instructions.

Front Page on instruction sheet. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Back Page of instruction sheet. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Ready to go…

They’re off…

Splitting up at the 90s…

Racing into the 180s…

Coming back together…

Flat out to the finish!

There you have it.  Drag racing with a twist (so to speak).

The 1968 Hot Wheels Hot Curves Race Action Set.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

Here is a link to my YouTube channel: 

From the 1968 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Here’s another way to set up the track.

From the 1969 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – front.

Box art – back.

Box art – side. Same for both US and Canadian boxes.

Box art – side. US boxes have clear windows that let you see which cars are included with the set. So, you get this great art on the box side.

Box art – side. Canadian boxes with no clear window to show which cars come with the set. Instead, the included cars are marked on the side.

Box art – end.

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5 thoughts on “1968 Hot Wheels Hot Curves Race Action Set

  1. I found a 3rd layout for the Hot Curves set. It’s in the Official 1970 Catalog. Check it out.
    The picture is similar to the back of the Hot Curves box. But the layout is quite different. Trestles are in different places and the crossovers are reversed.

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