1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers U.S./8 Race Set

If you have “The Fastest Electric Cars in the World” and lots of orange track…there’s only one thing to do…Race ‘Em.

The basic Sizzlers dual-lane set for 1970 is the U.S./8 Race Set.  Track components include 28 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 dual-lane Speed Brake, 1 dual-lane esses, 2 dual-lane trestles, two 200 degree dual-lane curves and 1 Juice Machine.

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Here’s the layout.

U.S./8 Race Set.

U.S./8 Race Set.

It all comes down to speed brake control.  Too much brake and the other guy catches up to your car.  Too little brake and you wipe out in the esses letting the other car pull away.

Dual-lane Speed Brake and esses instructions. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Dual-lane Speed Brake and esses instructions. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

How to race on the U.S./8 track. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

How to race on the U.S./8 track. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Here’s a lap around the U.S./8 Race Set course.

At the start. Motors running. Ready to go!

At the start. Motors running. Ready to go!

Into the esses and under the overpass.

Into the esses and under the overpass.

Hard tilt into the first curve.

Hard tilt into the first curve.

Flying over the top.

Flying over the top.

Screaming out of the second curve.

Screaming out of the second curve.

Racing back to the Speed Brake and going for another lap.

Racing back to the Speed Brake and going for another lap.

So there you have it.  The 1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers U.S./8 Race Set.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

Here’s my YouTube video of a 2 car U.S./8 race.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

U.S./ 8 Race Set paper work. Courtesy eBay.

U.S./ 8 Race Set paper work. Courtesy eBay.

U.S./8 Race Set too complicated?  You can go one step simpler with the Italian “Circuito Sebring”.  It ditches the dual-lane Speed Brake and esses.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Sebring Circuit 1

Circuito Sebring set. Courtesy eBay.

Sebring Circuit 2

Circuito Sebring box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Italian Hot Wheels logo. Courtesy eBay.

Italian Hot Wheels logo. Courtesy eBay.

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