1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers California/8 Race Set

“This is racing…California style.”  So begins Mattel’s 1970 TV ad for the Sizzlers California/8 Race Set.  The ad shows a Mustang Boss 302 and a Firebird Trans Am racing on a southern California track.

“The Sizzlers California/8 Race Set cuts it down to size.”  Track components include 28 feet of orange track, two 3-inch pieces of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 dual-lane Speed Brake, 1 dual-lane esses, 2 dual-lane trestles, 2 dual-lane curves, 1 dual-lane lap counter and 1 Juice Machine.

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“The California/8 delivers true wheel to wheel competition…with esses and brakes that put control in your hand.”

The California/8 Race Set layout.

The California/8 Race Set layout.

To run a track lap we’ll use, what else?, a Mustang Boss 302 and a Firebird Trans Am.

Vintage 1970 Sizzlers: a yellow Mustang Boss 302 and a copper Firebird Trans Am.

Vintage 1970 Sizzlers: a yellow Mustang Boss 302 and a copper Firebird Trans Am.

Lined up at the start.

Lined up at the start.

Into the esses.

Racing into the esses.

Out of the esses and accelerating to the first curve.

Out of the esses and accelerating to the first curve.

Hard into the first curve.

Hard into curve one.

Up and over the esses.

Up and over the esses.

Racing past the Juice Machine.

Racing past the Juice Machine.

Flat out through turn two.

Flat out through turn two.

Clicking through the dual-lane lap counter.

About to hit the dual-lane lap counter.

Crossing the finish line for another lap.

Crossing the finish line for another lap.

“Now you’re not just watching it.  You’re doing it. You’re racing…California style.”  Here’s Mattel’s original ad for the California/8 Race set.

And here’s a 20 lap California/8 race on my YouTube channel.

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

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

California/8 from 1970 Hot Wheels Racing World magazine. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

California/8 from 1970 Hot Wheels Racing World magazine. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

California/8 from 1970 Hot Wheels Racing World magazine. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

California/8 from 1970 Hot Wheels Racing World magazine. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

California/8 Race Set from 1970 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

California/8 Race Set from 1970 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side in color. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Box insert with contents. Courtesy eBay.

Box insert with contents. Courtesy eBay.

Box contents opened. Courtesy eBay.

Box contents opened. Courtesy eBay.

Front page of the California/8 Race Set instructions. Courtesy eBay.

Front page of the California/8 Race Set instructions. Courtesy eBay.

Juice Machine instructions - back page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

California/8 layout on the back page of the Juice Machine instructions. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Sunday newspaper Comics section.  Mattel's ad for the Sizzlers California/8 Race Set.  August 16, 1970. Courtesy eBay.

Sunday newspaper Comics section. Mattel’s ad for the Sizzlers California/8 Race Set. August 16, 1970. Courtesy eBay.

Japanese California/8. Courtesy eBay.

Japanese California/8 box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Japanese California/8 box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Japanese California/8 box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Japanese California/8 contents. Courtesy eBay.

Japanese California/8 contents. Courtesy eBay.

 

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