1971 Hot Wheels Double-Cross Drag Set

In 1971 Mattel released the Crossover Pak.

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Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Here are the instructions (click on any image to see a larger picture):

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I’ve come up with a custom drag strip that you make by taking one universal clamp, one start gate, 28 feet of orange track, 8 joiners, one finish gate and then adding a crossover pak.

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The result?  The 1971 Hot Wheels Double-Cross Drag Set.

The start and first crossover.

The start and first crossover.

The second crossover and finish gate.

The second crossover and finish gate.

This is the 4 car set for today’s drag racing.

l to r: 1970 GTO Judge, 1969 Cougar Eliminator, 1967 Camaro and 1970 AAR "Cuda.

l to r: 1970 GTO Judge, 1969 Cougar Eliminator, 1967 Camaro and 1970 AAR “Cuda.

Here’s a run down the track.

At the start.

At the start.

Accelerating down the track.

Accelerating down the track.

Stacked up on the first crossover.

Stacked up on the first crossover.

Charging out of the first crossover.

Charging out of the first crossover.

Coming through!

Coming through!

Into the second crossover.

Into the second crossover.

Blasting through the second crossover and heading for the final stretch.

Blasting through the second crossover and heading for the final stretch.

This'll be close!

This’ll be close!

Great finish!

Great finish!

Take a look at my YouTube video to see how the drag racing turned out.

So there you have it. A custom track.

The 1971 Hot Wheels Double-Cross Drag Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - top and side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front and side. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio – Figure 8

Ontario Motor Speedway was a multipurpose track that featured a 2.5 mile oval, a 1/4 mile drag strip and a road course.  The road course had four configurations that would allow for distances of 2.7, 2.94, 2.98  and 3.2 miles.

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The road course was used by:

the Sports Car Club of America.

the Sports Car Club of America.

the Questor Grand Prix

the Questor Grand Prix

and motorcycle racing

and the Champion Spark Plugs motorcycle races.

The Ontario Trio Set has a road course layout that contains 32 feet of orange track, 8 joiners, two 200 degree dual-lane curves, 2 dual-lane crossovers, and 1 dual-lane Rod Runner with fair start T-bar.

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This is the assembled figure 8 layout.

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Here’s a lap around the course with a yellow Corvette Grand Sport and a blue 2007 Shelby GT 500, both with Faster Than Ever type 1 wheels.

Launching out of the Rod Runner.

Launching out of the Rod Runner.

Rushing into the underpass of the dual-lane Crossover.

Rushing into the underpass of the dual-lane Crossover.

Charging out of the dual-lane Crossover.

Charging out of the dual-lane Crossover.

Hard bank into the first dual-lane curve.

Hard bank into the first dual-lane curve.

Up and over the dual-lane Crossover.

Up and over the dual-lane Crossover.

Crossing past the finish line.

Crossing past the finish line.

Running hard into the second dual-lane curve.

Running hard into the second dual-lane curve.

Coming back to the Rod Runner for another lap.

Coming back to the Rod Runner for another lap.

To see how the Corvette Grand Sport faired against the 2007 Shelby GT 500 in a 30 lap road course race, check out my YouTube video.

 

So there you have it.

The 1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio Set in Figure 8 configuration.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - side. The figure 8.

Box art – side. The figure 8.

Box art - back. Figure 8 layout.

Box art – back. Figure 8 layout.

Box art - end.

Box art – end.