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.
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.
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.