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.


7 thoughts on “1970 Hot Wheels Hi-Performance Set

  1. Hi, do you have a copy of the instruction sheet for the High Performance set you could post, or a breakdown of what sizes the 15 1/2 feet of track came in. Also, do you know of where I can get replacement stickers for the tune-up tower? Thanks

    • Alan, You will need 1-Tune up tower, 1 2-way Super-Charger, 8 90 degree curves, 6 1-foot track sections, 3 2-foot track sections, 7 6-inch track sections, 2 bridges, 3 white trestles, 2 red trestles.according to the instruction sheet.

  2. Hi,

    I have a question about the Hi-Performance Set with Tune-Up Tower + 2 way Super-Charger. First I would like to thank you for all your video help on restoring a Tune-Up Tower to working condition. I had to purchase a couple of them to get one working with all the parts – but it was well worth it! I put it together for my kids and they love! The question I have pertains to the sections of orange Hot Wheels tracks used to make the set. I saw the picture of your original instruction sheet so I got the lengths and the correct spots for each section of track. The problem I’m having is the cars keep jumping the track – mainly in the section (square) that is after the 2 Way Super-Charger that does NOT have the Tune-up Tower in the square. The other track problem I’m having is when the cars come out of the 2 way Super-Charger towards the Tune-Up Tower – 8 out of 10 times the car hits the near red column or the Tower right after the 90 degree turn. I’ve adjusted the power on the Super-Charger and don’t think that is the problem. I think both problems have to do with the Orange Hot Wheels track in terms of how it bends in directions you don’t want it to. I try removing the track and bending it in the opposite direction – sometimes this works for a car to get around the track once but then the track adjusts back to it original shape and the cars don’t make it on the second go around. Do you have a method for how you get your tracking to work well with your cars? I love your video’s and my kids watch them all the time – we are really excited to try to get this track to work.



    • Hi Jack, A couple of hints. 1. 1968 and 1969 orange Hot Wheels track have low side walls making it easier for cars to jump the track. In 1970 the track wall height was increased to accommodate the power of the Rod Runner and the speed of Sizzlers. I use the high wall track. 2. Sometimes I cut track into shorter pieces just to get precise 90 degree angles in the layout. 3. The easiest way to deform orange track and keep it deformed is to flare it over a kettle of steaming water. I use oven mitts and needle nose pliers to make the needed flare (and not burn myself) for track that connects to the half curve. Once I have the flare, I put it in cold water to make the pliable track rigid again in the new shape. 4. Low profile cars with metal bases hug the track better. When I ran the 1968 Grand Prix Race Set only a handful of my cars could perform lap after lap action on the figure 8 course. 5. If you look closely, you’ll notice a silver metal piece wedged between the track and the Tune-Up Tower diverter to keep the diverter from opening up and blocking the passing car. That was my biggest problem with lap after lap runs once I had the cars and track sorted. Good luck! John

      • Hey John,

        Thanks for the information. I did notice – since I first wrote you that if I used modern (extremely) high wall track I could get lap after lap action for at least 4 to 5 laps per car. My kids have a lot of the Neo-classic Club redline remake cars which have torsion bars but aren’t as springy as the originals. As you said – mainly lower profile cars do function better. For the gate – I removed it and used some teflon tape around the pin to make it tighter and hold position better. I made a repair to the tune up tower elevator that you might like – the original belt was broken and I used 35mm camera film. I had to cut it down to half inch size and use the friction tape on the wheel – but it looks very similar to the original belt once you remove the emulsion from the film by soaking it in bleach and some elbow grease scrubbing to remove the excess emulsion. It’s also very strong and you can get 2 belts from a 24 exposure role of film. I also put together a Sizzlers Super Circuit Speed way for my kids after watching your video. I ran into 2 problems: First the lap counters I purchased had the problem of the spring inside being over stretched. Finally, I was able to get a lap counter that was sealed in the box never used. When I opened it, I noticed that the lap counter was at the “Checkered Flags” from the factory – and the springs work amazing. The second problem I have is with the Sizzlers “Scamble-Start”. I have 2 vintage cars that work great on it but I noticed that the 2006 cars will not work on it very well. I’m trying to get a 2007 “Extended Eight” set that has a modern version – I think they changed the littler nibbles that hit the starting slides to work better on the modern cars. Do you know anything about this modern version of the starter?



      • Hi John, Thanks for post info about the 1968-69 track having low wall track and 1970 having higher walls. I have about 300 vintage orange tracks in assortments of various shades of orange and different wall heights and wondered about that. Some track is very hard and brittle probably due to age. I wonder if vintage tracks can be conditioned by soaking in DW40 or somethiing like that so they become more pliable.

        You are a great resource for this vintage hot wheels. I was born in the early 1960’s and remember this stuff well! Wish I never sold my cars and tracks in the 1980’s, but at least now I can afford the sets that I couldn’t in the 1970’s!.

  3. Did Mattel ever offer the Tune up tower in all white? Some of the towers in my collection have white merge bars. I’ve never seen an all white tower like the ones in the ads.

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