In the quest for safety on the roads, researchers have taken to crashes off the roads.
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.
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?
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.
The track can be configured for either figure 8 or oval racing.
Here’s a lap around the oval circuit.
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.