1971 Hot Wheels Dual-Lane Rod Runner Danger-Changer Drag Set

The 1971 Danger-Changer 2-Pak allowed kids to build all sorts of great tracks.  One of the tracks pictured on the back of the box (the center one) shows a Dual-Lane Rod Runner powering a drag strip with 2 Danger-Changers in the set.

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To build this track I am using 32 feet of orange track, 10 jointers, 1 dual-lane Rod Runner with fair start T-bar, 2 Danger-Changers and 1 finish gate.

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For today’s drag racing here are the cars that I’ll run.  “On Fire” is the theme.

L to R: '11 Corvette Grand Sport (Fire Dept.), '11 Dodge Charger R/T (Fire Dept.), 1973 Firebird Trans-Am and 1971 Plymouth Road Runner.

L to R: ’11 Corvette Grand Sport (Fire Dept.), ’11 Dodge Charger R/T (Fire Dept.), 1973 Firebird Trans-Am( with blue and white flames) and 1971 Plymouth Road Runner (Heat Fleet).

Let’s take in a race.

At the start.

At the start.

Flying out of the Rod Runner.

Flying out of the Rod Runner.

Racing down the straightaway.

Racing down the straightaway.

Into the first Danger-Changer.

Into the first Danger-Changer.

Zipping into the second Danger-Changer.

Zipping through the second Danger-Changer.

Stretching to the finish.

Stretching to the finish.

Race Rules: In the event of a crash, the winning car is the one that lies closest to the finish gate.

See who wins the 4 car competition at my YouTube site: Smackeral Cafe.

So there you have it.  Take a dual-lane Rod Runner, add a Danger-Changer 2-Pak and build the 1971 Hot Wheels Dual-Lane Rod Runner Danger-Changer Drag Set.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

1971 Hot Wheels “Gone In 8 Seconds” Set

In 1974, H.B. Halicki produced a car movie called “Gone In 60 Seconds”.  It’s become a cult classic.  The film centers on a group of guys stealing 48 high-end automobiles for a $400,000 fee.  Each car has to be entered, fired up, put into gear and stolen within 60 seconds. The featured car of the movie is a 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 code named Eleanor.

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DVD release image for the 1974 movie “Gone in 60 seconds”.

The year 2000 brought a remake of this movie starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie. Same set up as before.  This time Cage is trying to steal 50 cars in 72 hours in order to set his younger brother free from the mob.  The star car (Eleanor) in this movie is a customized 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback.

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From the 2000 movie “Gone in 60 seconds”.

Both movies climax with a high adrenaline police chase of the Mustangs.  In keeping with this theme, I am setting up a special police chase track called “Gone in 8 Seconds”.  Track components include 28 feet of orange track, 8 joiners, two 180 degree dual-lane curves, 1 dual-lane Rod Runner and 2 Danger-Changers.  Here’s the oval layout.

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Why “Gone In 8 Seconds”?  That how long it takes to grab a car, put it on the track, set the Rod Runner and launch the vehicle for a full lap on this course.

This is very much a high speed track.  So I am running a teal 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake and a blue C6 Corvette police car.

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This track is like the Hot Wheels Great Getaway Set of 1971 but using a second Danger-Changer keeps the cars in their own lanes when they hit the dual-lane Rod Runner.  That way, when you crank up the dial for one car, only that car gets that power boost lap after lap.  The trouble with the Great Getaway Set and it’s single Danger-Changer is the cars keep crossing lanes through the Rod Runner.  Managing power settings for a given car is difficult.

Once the cars are rolling, if the police car can hit the speeding Shelby in a Danger-Changer section then justice is served.  But if the Shelby can avoid the police for 20 laps then the Shelby makes a clean getaway and is long gone.

Here’s what a lap looks like.

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Firing out of the Rod Runner. The chase is on.

Screaming around the first curve.

Screaming around the first curve.

Into the first Danger-Changer.

Into the first Danger-Changer.

Crossing through the second Danger-Changer.

Crossing through the second Danger-Changer.

Hot pursuit to the second curve.

Hot pursuit to the second curve.

Rushing through the second curve.

Rushing through the second curve.

Closer, closer.

Closer, closer.

Justice delivered on the next lap?

Justice delivered on the next lap?

See what happens.  Here’s my YouTube video of this police chase.

So there you have it.  Take a Dual-Lane Rod Runner Race Set, add a Danger-Changer 2-Pak and make your own 1971 “Gone in 8 Seconds” track special.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

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From the 2000 movie “Gone In 60 seconds”.

From the 2000 movie "Gone In 60 Seconds".

From the 2000 movie “Gone In 60 Seconds”.

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From the 2000 movie “Gone In 60 seconds”.

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From the 2000 movie “Gone In 60 seconds”.