1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Daredevil Duel Set

In the quest for safety on the roads, researchers have taken to crashes off the roads.

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The crash test dummy is one of today’s quintessential icons for saving lives.  In the 1980s the U.S. Department of Transportation launched a road safety campaign featuring two talking crash test dummies: Vince and Larry.

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In late 1970 Mattel put kids in charge of their own crash testing research by releasing a high speed race track designed for collisions…the Sizzlers Daredevil Duel Set.  I say late because this set contains two 1971 Danger-Changer criss cross pieces.  And several sources list this set as relatively rare, presumably from a limited production run before Mattel switched over to 1971 Sizzlers Fat Track sets.

What’s a good description of this set?

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Track components include 28 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 dual-lane Speed Brake, 1 dual-lane esses, 2 dual-lane curves, 2 dual-lane trestles, 2 Danger-Changer track pieces and 1 Juice Machine.

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The track can be configured for either figure 8 or oval racing.

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Here’s a lap around the oval circuit.

On the starting grid.

On the starting grid.

Accelerating through the esses.

Accelerating through the esses.

Hold your breath! Into the first Danger-Changer.

Hold your breath! Into the first Danger-Changer.

That's close!

That’s close.

Lanes crossed. Out of the Danger-Changer.

Lanes crossed. Out of the Danger-Changer.

Steep bank into the first turn.

Steep bank into the first turn.

Onto the back stretch.

Onto the back stretch.

Into the second Danger-Changer.

Into the second Danger-Changer.

Crossing past the Juice Machine.

Crossing past the Juice Machine.

Flying into the second curve.

Flying into the second curve.

Second curve tilt.

Second curve tilt.

Crossing the start/finish line.

Crossing the start/finish line.

This is my YouTube video of the Daredevil Duel Set in action.

So there you have it.  The 1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Daredevil Duel Set.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Courtesy The Sizzlerking.

Box art – side. Courtesy The Sizzlerking.

Box art - back. Courtesy The Sizzlerking.

Box art – back. Courtesy The Sizzlerking.

Instructions - front page. Courtesy eBay.

Instructions – front page. Courtesy eBay.

1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers National Champ Race Set

At the dawn of the pony car era, the Sports Car Club of America created the Trans-Am Series.  This automobile racing series is best known for its American manufacturers championship that featured:

Ford Mustangs

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Chevrolet Camaros

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Plymouth Barracudas

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Dodge Challengers

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AMC Javelins

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and Pontiac Firebird Trans-Ams.

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The golden era of Trans-Am racing is considered to be 1968 to 1972.  The pinnacle year may well have been 1970.  In that year Parnelli Jones, driving a Boss 302 Mustang, won the Trans-Am title by a single point over Mark Donahue in an AMC Javelin.

Mattel’s biggest set for 1970 is the Hot Wheels Sizzlers National Champ Race Set.  It features a Boss 302 Mustang and a Firebird Trans-Am on the front box art.

National Champ box art - front.

National Champ box art – front.

Track components include 39 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 dual-lane Speed Brake, 1 dual-lane esses, 1 dual-lane lap counter, 1 dual-lane speedometer, 2 dual-lane trestles, 2 dual-lane curves, 2 full curves, 4 half curves and 1 Power Pit.

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Here’s the instructions.

Instructions - step 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - step 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - step 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - step 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - step 5. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 5. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - step 6. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 6. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - add accessories. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – add accessories. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - last page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – last page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

This is the assembled National Champ course layout.

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It’s a long way to go.  Time to charge up.  I’m substituting the U.K. Power Pak for the original plug-in Power Pit.

L to R: A copper 1970 Firebird Trans-Am and a yellow 1970 Boss 302 Mustang.

L to R: A copper 1970 Firebird Trans-Am and a yellow 1970 Boss 302 Mustang.

Here’s a lap around the circuit.

Drivers. Start your engines.

Drivers. Start your engines.

Charging into the esses.

Charging into the esses.

Splitting up at the first set of half curves.

Splitting up at the first set of half curves.

Mustang out on the far left full turn.

Mustang out on the far left full turn.

Firebird husseling into the right side full curve.

Firebird husseling into the right-side full turn.

Back together after the second half curve set.

Back together after the second set of half curves.

Passing the dual-lane speedometer.

Passing the dual-lane speedometer.

Full banked tilt into the first dual-lane curve.

Full banked tilt into the first dual-lane curve.

Rushing into the dual-lane speedometer.

Rushing into the dual-lane speedometer.

Clocking this lap's speeds.

Clocking this lap’s speeds.

On the overpass.

On the overpass.

Racing past the Power Pak.

Speeding past the Power Pak.

Full speed into the second dual-lane curve.

Full speed into the second dual-lane curve.

Racing into the dual-lane lap counter.

Racing into the dual-lane lap counter.

Clicking through another lap.

Clicking through another lap.

Crossing the start/finish line.

Crossing the start/finish line.

After the double DNF (did not finish) on the California/8 Race Set video, here’s the Firebird/Mustang rematch on the National Champ Race Set.

So there you have it.  The 1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers National Champ Race Set.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

1970 Hot Wheels Racing Magazine.  Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1970 Hot Wheels Racing Magazine. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1970 Hot Wheels Racing Magazine. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1970 Hot Wheels Racing Magazine. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1970 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1970 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

French and English text from the Canadian 1970 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

French and English text from the Canadian 1970 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art - front. Close up.

Box art – front. Close up.

Box art - front. Close up.

Box art – front. Close up.

Box art - front. Close up.

Box art – front. Close up.

Box art - front. Close up.

Box art – front. Close up.

Box art - front. Close up.

Box art – front. Close up.

Box art - front. Close up.

Box art – front. Close up.

Box art - side. In color.

Box art – side. In color.

Box art - side. Close up.

Box art – side. Close up.

Box art - side. Close up.

Box art – side. Close up.

Box art. Other side.

Box art. Other side.

Box art - end.

Box art – end.

Box art - back.

Box art – back.

Box art - back. Contents list close up.

Box art – back. Contents list close up.

1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Pacific/8 Race Set

The original Can-Am race series began in 1966 and ran through 1974.  This was a special class of automotive racing because its philosophy was “anything goes”.  Engine sizes were unlimited, turbocharging and supercharging were common, and aerodynamics were unrestricted.  Some of the most memorable race cars ever built came from this series.

Can-Am racing in 1968.

Can-Am racing in 1968.

Mattel also took note and produced many of the cars that raced in Can-Am.  Hot Wheels examples include the 1969 Lola GT70, the 1969 McLaren M6A, the 1969 Chaparral 2G and the 1970 Porsche 917.  When it came to Sizzlers, Mattel made two “Can-Am style” cars in 1970: the Ford Mark IV and the Angeleno M70.  In the real world, the Mark IV (part of the Ford GT40 line) was mainly used in endurance races like the 24 hours of LeMans.  And the M70 never ran in the real world.  It was a conceptual car from the designers at Mattel.

The Pacific/8 Race Set captures the Ford Mark IV and the Angeleno M70 racing on 1970 era psychedelic track.

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Track components include 28 1/2 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 dual-lane Speed Brake, 1 dual-lane esses, 1 dual-lane lap counter, 2 dual-lane curves, 2 dual-lane trestles and 1 Power Pit.

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Here’s the Pacific/8 layout.

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And here’s the cars for today’s run sitting at the Power Pak charger.  I’m substituting the U.K. battery operated Power Pak for the original plug-in Power Pit.

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L to R: Lime green 1970 Angeleno M70 and a purple 1970 Ford Mk IV.

Now, for a lap around the circuit.

At the start.

At the start.

Through the esses.

Through the esses.

Leaving the underpass.

Leaving the underpass.

Hard into turn one.

Hard into turn one.

Climbing the overpass.

Climbing the overpass.

Passing the Power Pak and entering the dual-lane lap counter.

Passing the Power Pak and entering the dual-lane lap counter.

Tilting into the second curve.

Tilting into the second curve.

Heading for the Speed Brake.

Heading for the Speed Brake.

Here’s my YouTube video of a 20 lap Pacific/8 race.

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

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

Pacific/8 Race Set in 1970 Hot Wheels Racing World  Magazine. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Pacific/8 Race Set in 1970 Hot Wheels Racing World Magazine. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1970 Collectors Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1970 Collectors Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Front page of Pacific/8 instruction sheet. Courtesy eBay.

Front page of Pacific/8 instruction sheet. Courtesy eBay.

Pacific/8 layout instructions. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Pacific/8 layout instructions. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Pacific/8 Race Set box art - front.

Pacific/8 Race Set box art – front.

Power Pit - close-up of box art.

Power Pit – close-up of box art.

Two Sizzlers cars - close-up of box art.

Two Sizzlers cars – close-up of box art.

Dual-lane Speed Brake with esses and dual-lane lap counter - close-up of box art.

Dual-lane Speed Brake with esses and dual-lane lap counter – close-up of box art.

Box art in color - side.

Box art in color – side.

Box art other side.

Box art – other side.

Box art - back.

Box art – back.

Box art - end.

Box art – end.

Sizzlers ad from France showing a Pacific/8 Race Set with a Power Pak.

Sizzlers ad from France showing a Pacific/8 Race Set with a Power Pak.