1970 Hot Wheels Dual-Lane Rod Runner Race Set: Figure 8 Layout

Side by side circuit racing became possible for Hot Wheels in 1970 with the advent of the dual-lane rod runner and dual-lane curves.  The genius in the curves is a little 20 degree centre piece.  When inserted into the curve structure you get 200 total degrees for figure-8 course designs and when left out you get 180 degrees for oval configurations.

The Dual-Lane Rod Runner Race Set comes with 32 feet of orange track, 14 joiners, 2 white dual-lane trestles, 2 dual-lane curves,1 dual-lane rod runner and 1 “fair start” T-bar.

This is the instruction sheet.

Instruction sheet: page 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instruction sheet: page 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instruction sheet: page 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Here’s the figure-8 layout.

To make this track work properly I had to flare 2 pairs of orange track ends with steam from a boiling kettle.  I find the wider flare is needed for the track to accommodate the “widish” exit lanes of the dual lane curves.

Wide flares on the orange track as it is being slid onto the dual-lane curves.

And here’s a lap around the track.

Ready to go with the “fair start” T-bar.

Blasting out of the rod runner.

Under the over-pass.

Into the first 200 degree curve.

Up and over the dual-lane trestle.

Round the second 200 degree curve.

And back to the rod runner.

Here’s my YouTube video of a 60 lap race between a Camaro Convertible Concept  and an Infinity G37.

So there you have it.  The 1970 Dual-Lane Rod Runner Race Set. Figure-8 Layout.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

1970 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – front.

Box art – back.

Box art – side.

Box art – side

An example of an unopened Rod Runner Race Set box. Includes a red Ford Mark IV and an aqua Torero. Courtesy eBay.

An example of an unopened Rod Runner Race Set box. Includes a red Ford Mark IV and an aqua Torero. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – end.

Comic book ad for the Dual-Lane Rod Runner Race Set. Courtesy eBay.


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1970 Hot Wheels Hi-Performance Set

The second Tune-Up Tower set for 1970 comes with a two-way Super-Charger.  It is the Hi-Performance Set.

Box art - front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

This set includes 15 1/2 feet of orange track, 3 joiners, 8 half curves, 2 arch bridges, 3 white trestles 2 red trestles, 1 lane merger, 1 Tune-Up Tower with 1 wheel wrench and 1 two-way Super-Charger.

Set contents. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Close up of contents list. Courtesy eBay.

Close up of contents list. Courtesy eBay.

Mattel envisioned the Hi-Performance Set layout as a freeway system.  And in keeping with all this track, the set comes with 4 new cars too.

1970 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1970 Collectors’ Catalogue. Full page of Tune-Up Tower Sets. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

So there you have it.  The 1970 Hot Wheels Hi-Performance Set.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

As a kid, I always worked my Hot Wheels cars pretty hard.  They ran fast, they ran often and they got lots of wear.

Two of my childhood cars: a red Torero and a blue Twin Mill. They’ve seen lots of track time.

A Tune-Up Tower sure would have come in handy to help my cars maintain the pace I was setting for them. Here’s some pictures of the Tune-Up Tower box by itself.

Box art for Tune-Up Tower – front and side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art for Tune-Up Tower - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Tune-Up Tower contents stacked in box. Courtesy eBay.

Front page of Tune-Up Tower instructions. Courtesy eBay.

Front page of Tune-Up Tower instructions. Courtesy eBay.

An inside page of the instruction book. Courtesy eBay.

An inside page of the instruction book. Courtesy eBay.

This is a comic book ad for the Tune-Up Tower.

Tune-Up Tower ad. Courtesy eBay.

Tune-Up Tower page in 1970 Hot Wheels Racing World Magazine. Courtesy http://www.toycarcollector.com.

1970 Hot Wheels Road Trials Set

The 1970 Hot Wheels Rod Runner Speedway Set lets you run “lap after lap” action on an oval using a single-lane rod runner.  To take things one step further, Mattel added a Tune-Up Tower and produced the Hot Wheels Road Trials Set.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

This set includes 12 1/2 feet of orange track, 8 joiners, 2 full curves, 1 lane merger, 1 single-lane rod runner and 1 tune-up tower with 1 wheel wrench.

The Tune-Up Tower is a 3 level structure with parking on the first 2 levels and a Dyno-Meter on the top floor.  This rolling treadmill is activated by a white switch on the tower roof.  The Dyno-Meter measures spinning wheel resistence and wheel alignment.  If a wheel is bent to the left then the car drifts to the left.  It makes sense that a car pushing into the sidewall of the track will encounter greater friction and run slower.

A wheel wrench is provided that allows you to bend the axle so that tire alignment is more true.

The result should be a faster car.  Mattel lets you “Road Trial” your mechanical fix by supplying an orange ramp off the top level for access to the track oval below which is powered by a single-lane rod runner.

Top floor on ramp. Connect to track and GO! Courtesty eBay.

Track layout. Courtesy eBay.

If the car’s performance is still off you can bring it back in for another “tune-up”.  If it runs fast and straight you can come in and park or stay out and “race ’em nonstop!”.

The Tune-Up Tower also has an elevator operated by a second white switch that will take your car to any of the 3 levels.

Here’s a 1970 TV ad from Mattel demonstrating the Road Trials Set.  Courtesy Mark Roach.

So there you have it.  The 1970 Hot Wheels Road Trials Set with Tune-Up Tower and single-lane Rod Runner.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

1970 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Road Trials Set: Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Road Trials Set: Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

 

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art -back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – end. Courtesy eBay.

More box contents. Courtesy eBay.

More box contents. Courtesy eBay.

Stickers and papers. Courtesy eBay.

More stickers. Courtesy eBay.

Page from Road Trials instruction sheet. Courtesy eBay.

Page from Road Trials instruction sheet. Courtesy eBay.

Back page of instruction sheet. Courtesy eBay.

Back page of instruction sheet. Courtesy eBay.

Content pieces. Courtesy eBay.

Sunday Newspaper Comics Section from August 23, 1970. This ad is for Mattel's Road Trials Set featuring racing legend Dan Gurney.

Sunday Newspaper Comics Section from August 23, 1970. This ad is for Mattel’s Road Trials Set featuring racing legend Dan Gurney. Courtesy eBay.