1969 Hot Wheels Double-Dare Race Action Set

For Hot Wheels’ second year of production, one new gravity race set was added.  By taking the Drag Race Action Set and adding loops from the Stunt Action Set, Mattel came up with the 1969 Double-Dare Race Action Set.

The track components for the Double-Dare Race Set include: 28 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 universal clamp, 1 start gate, 1 finish gate and 2 dare-devil loop bases.

Front page of instruction sheet. Copyright Mattel,Inc.

Back page of instruction sheet. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

It makes sense to secure the loops to the floor with books or tape in order to improve performance.  Without anchoring, the entire base shifts forwards, upwards and then backwards as the car goes around.  Plus, the orange track part of the loop flexes as the car moves through.  This uses up some of the kinetic energy that cars bring into the loops.  And the result is somewhat slower moving cars once out of the loops.

My solution for stabilizing the two daredevil loops is to make a dual lane loop holder out of wood.  Now the Hot Wheels cars come in fast and go out fast.

Custom made dual lane loop holder.

At the start…

And…they’re off!

Into the loops…

Apexing the loops…

Out of the loops…

Out on the straightaway…

Flat out to the finish…

The 1969 Hot Wheels Double-Dare Race Action Set.

It’s still fast!  Still fun!

Here’s a link to my YouTube Channel.

From 1969 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

A complete Double-Dare Race Action Set. Courtesy eBay.

Box art. Courtesy eBay.

More box art. Courtesy eBay.

Beatnik Bandit and Custom Eldorado included. Courtesy eBay.

Back of the box art work. Courtesy eBay.

The red, white and black "Sears" version of the set. Courtesty eBay.

An early version of the set in red, white and black. Courtesty eBay.

Close up of available cars in the red, white and black set. Courtesy eBay.

Close up of available cars in the red, white and black set. Courtesy eBay.

Back of the box art for the red, white and black set. Courtesy eBay.

Back of the box art for the red, white and black set. Courtesy eBay.

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5 thoughts on “1969 Hot Wheels Double-Dare Race Action Set

  1. Hello,

    I had this set, but it may be a variation that you might not have heard of possibly? It had all the components listed, but the packaging wasn’t the colorful glossy box like pictured above, but rather it was similar to the plain colored cardboard style like in this pictuce https://hotwheelsracetracks.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/super-charger-sprint-set-8.jpg Also, it didn’t have the window built into the box to show the cars, it was just 6 sides of cardboard. Additionally, it had the Custom Camaro and the Custon Mustang in it, so I always thought it was one of the original 1968 sets, but I gess that isn’t possible, or is it?

    Great site, thanks for providing all of this information as a resource for us.

    Bruce

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