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.
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.
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.
Here’s the Pacific/8 layout.
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.
Now, for a lap around the circuit.
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.