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

NC4

Chevrolet Camaros

NC6

Plymouth Barracudas

NC2

Dodge Challengers

NC1

AMC Javelins

NC3

and Pontiac Firebird Trans-Ams.

NC5

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.

NCcomponents

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.

NClayout

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.

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