1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio – Drag Set

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Drag racing in southern California reached a new pinnacle on November 21-22, 1970 at Ontario Motor Speedway with the first Supernationals.  The lead sponsor for this event was Mattel’s Hot Wheels.

Official sheet for the first Supernationals.

Official magazine for the first Supernationals.

The event was chock full of great cars and dedicated racers.  Here’s a few pictures at the Starting Tower area of funny cars and pro stockers in action.

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Courtesy Mopar Muscle Magazine.

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Courtesy Quarter Milestones Photography.

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Courtesy Quarter Milestones Photography.

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Courtesy Mopar Muscle Magazine.

The 1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio set has a drag strip setup.  This is the longest drag race track that Mattel every made for the Hot Wheels line up.  Both lanes measure 20 feet long (including the 2 foot long crossover pieces).

Track components include: 32 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 dual-lane Rod Runner with fair start T-bar, 2 crossovers and 1 finish gate.

This is my 4 car race set:

l to r: 1970 AAR 'Cuda, 1970 Buick GSX, 1971 Olds 442 and 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport.

l to r: 1970 AAR ‘Cuda, 1970 Buick GSX, 1971 Olds 442 and 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport.

Here’s a race down the strip.

Gran Torino and 'Cuda at the start.

Gran Torino and ‘Cuda at the start.

Wheelies out of the Rod Runner.

Wheelies out of the Rod Runner.

Blasting down the straightaway.

Blasting down the straightaway.

Into the first crossover.

Into the first crossover.

Shooting out of the first crossover.

Shooting out of the first crossover.

Hitting the second crossover.

Hitting the second crossover.

Stretching to the finish.

Stretching to the finish.

Almooost thereee!

Almooost thereee!

Here’s my video of a day at the Ontario Trio drag strip.

 

 

So there you have it.

The 1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio drag strip.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - side. The drag strip.

Box art – side. The drag strip.

Box art - back. Drag strip layout.

Box art – back. Drag strip layout.

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1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio – Oval

Ontario Motor Speedway ran the inaugural, open wheel California 500 race on September 6, 1970.

Cal500 poster

A huge crowd of 180,000 saw Jim McElrearth take home the victory with the #14 Coyote.

Jim McElreath and his #14 car in the winner circle at Ontario Motor Speedway.

Jim McElreath and his #14 car in the winner circle at Ontario Motor Speedway.

The 1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio set pays homage to this track.  The oval layout consists of 32 feet of orange track, 8 joiners, 1 dual-lane Rod Runner with fair start T-bar, two 180 degree dual-lane curves and 2 crossovers.

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Today’s race features a purple 2011 Indy car against a teal F1 Racer.

left to right: 2011 Indy Car vs teal F1 Racer.

left to right: 2011 Indy Car vs teal F1 Racer.

Here’s a lap around the oval.

At the start.

At the start.

The Rod Runner launch.

The Rod Runner launch.

Flying into the first crossover.

Flying into the first crossover.

Screaming out of the first crossover.

Screaming out of the first crossover.

Hard tilt into the first dual-lane curve.

Hard tilt into the first dual-lane curve.

Down the back stretch.

Down the back stretch.

Into the second crossover.

Into the second crossover.

Out of the second crossover.

Out of the second crossover.

Racing into the second dual-lane curve.

Racing into the second dual-lane curve.

Blasting out of the second dual-lane curve.

Blasting out of the second dual-lane curve.

Heading back to the dual-lane Rod Runner.

Heading back to the dual-lane Rod Runner.

Here’s how the 30 lap race turned out.

 

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio oval layout.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - side. The Oval.

Box art – side. The Oval.

Box art - back. Oval layout.

Box art – back. Oval layout.

Box art - side.

Box art – side.