1971 Hot Wheels Great Getaway Set

The 1971 Great Getaway Set was only released in Canada.  It comes with 2 cars: a Paddy Wagon and a Demon.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

The idea behind this set is to have the Paddy Wagon police car hide behind a billboard. When the offending car speeds through the stop sign, the Paddy Wagon is released down a ramp in “hot pursuit”.  Now it’s a “lap after lap” chase, powered by a dual-lane Rod Runner. Swift justice is brought to bear when the Paddy Wagon catches up to the speeding car in the Danger-Changer criss cross  and produces a track clearing crash.  On the other hand, if the Demon out maneuvers the Paddy Wagon and no collision occurs, then the Demon makes a clean getaway.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Track components include 21 feet of orange track, 5 joiners, two 180 degree dual-lane curves,1 dual-lane Rod Runner, 1 Danger-Changer and 1 billboard with ramp and stop sign.

The Paddy Wagon has a special roof design so it doesn’t get hung up in the Rod Runner.

Paddy Wagon from the Great Getaway Set. Courtesy eBay.

Paddy Wagon from the Great Getaway Set. Courtesy eBay.

Original 1970 Paddy Wagon with high roofline that gets caught in a Rod Runner. Courtesy www.toycarcollector.com

Original 1970 Paddy Wagon with high roofline that gets caught in a Rod Runner. Courtesy http://www.toycarcollector.com

The 1970 Demon. Courtesy www.toycarcollector.com

The 1970 Demon. Courtesy http://www.toycarcollector.com

For my demonstration I am making this as easy as possible.  A working “billboard and police ramp with stop sign” is impossibly hard to find.  So I am going to skip it and put the law breaking car on the track first, set it off and then add in the police car on the subsequent lap.

Here’s my track set up.

Oval layout with the Danger-Changer on the back stretch.

Oval layout with the Danger-Changer on the back stretch.

My breaking-the-speed-limit car is a white 1968 Shelby GT500 and the chase car is a black 2010 Ford Mustang GT sheriff’s vehicle.

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The 2010 Mustang gets 20 laps to dispense justice by hitting the 1968 Shelby.  If there is no contact, then the Shelby makes a Great Getaway

Here’s a track lap.

Fired out of the dual-lane Rod Runner: the chase is on.

Fired out of the dual-lane Rod Runner: the chase is on.

Hard tilt into the first curve.

Hard tilt into the first curve.

Into the Danger-Changer.

Into the Danger-Changer.

This'll be close!

This’ll be close!

The chase goes on.

The chase goes on.

Banking into the second curve.

Banking into the second curve.

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Cornering hard.

Into the Rod Runner for another lap.

Into the Rod Runner for another lap.

Here’s how the chase plays out on my YouTube channel.

So there you have it.  The 1971 Hot Wheels Great Getaway Set.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - sides. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – sides. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - end. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – end. Courtesy eBay.

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One thought on “1971 Hot Wheels Great Getaway Set

  1. this is a very cool track set. very fun to play with too! i am one of the very few priveleged collectors who own one of these. at age 17, likely the youngest too. i scored mine on kijiji for $80. missing a few pieces but the box and ramp are very nice!
    would you happen to have a scan of the billboard? mines missing

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