1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Daring Duo Set

Double-loop drag race sets are a staple of the early Hot Wheels years. In 1969 we have the Double-Dare Race Action Set.  For 1970 there is the Mongoose & Snake Drag Set plus the Twin ‘Chute Action Set (UK).  And 1971 brings us the RRRumblers Daring Duo Set (UK) and the RRRumblers Rip Roarin’ Set (Australia).

The Daring Duo Set. From www.GranToros.com.

The Daring Duo Set. From http://www.GranToros.com.

The Rip Roarin' Set. Courtesy eBay.

The Rip Roarin’ Set. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin' Set box art - side and back. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’ Set box art – side and back. Courtesy eBay.

The difference between the Daring Duo and Rip Roarin’ Sets is the finish gate. The Daring Duo Set uses the automatic finish gate…

Autofinish

and the Rip Roarin’ Set uses a standard finish gate with the contact arms cut off to allow the taller RRRumblers motorcycles to pass through.

Modified finish gate of the Rip Roarin' Set. Courtesy eBay.

Modified finish gate of the Rip Roarin’ Set. Courtesy eBay.

The Daring Duo Set includes 28 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 universal clamp, 1 start gate, 1 automatic finish gate and 2 daredevil loops.

Here’s a run down the Daring Duo track.

At the start: green Straight Away in lane 2 and yellow Choppin' Chariot in lane 1.

At the start: green Straight Away in lane 2 and yellow Choppin’ Chariot in lane 1.

And...they're off!

And…they’re off!

Climbing the loop.

Climbing the loops.

Round and down the loops.

Round and down the loops.

Out of the loops and onto the straightaway.

Out of the loops and onto the straightaway.

Flat out!

Flat out!

Just about there....

Just about there….

Great finish!

Great finish!

Drag racing...RRRumblers' style.

Drag racing…RRRumblers’ style.

Here’s a video of the Daring Duo Set in action.

So there you have it. The 1971 RRRumblers Daring Duo Set from the U.K.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Daring Duo Set on the bottom. Courtesy www.GranToros.com.

Daring Duo Set on the bottom (German version). Courtesy http://www.GranToros.com.

Rip Roarin' Set made in Australia. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’ Set made in Australia. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin' Set box art - end. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’ Set box art – end. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin'Set contents. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’Set contents. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin' Set contents: close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’ Set contents: close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin' Set contents: Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’ Set contents: Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Stunt Rider Set

To demonstrate that RRRumblers motorcycles are as versatile as Hot Wheels cars, Mattel introduced the 1971 Stunt Rider Set.

1971 Stunt Rider Set - 01

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Stunt Rider Set - 02

Box art – front, side and end. Courtesy eBay.

On this track RRRumblers tackle a daredevil loop, jump a ramp and ride through 16 feet of track.

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The layout. From 1971 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The layout. From 1971 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Here are the Stunt Rider Set instructions. Click on any image to enlarge.

Instructions - front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – front page: close-up. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - front page track layout. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – front page track layout. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - steps 1, 2 & 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – steps 1, 2 & 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - step 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - track tips. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – track tips. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - more tips and contents. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – more tips and contents. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

For today’s demonstration I’m running two vintage RRRumblers.

l to r: yellow/blue Rip Snorter and orange Road Hog.

l to r: yellow/blue 1971 Rip Snorter and orange 1971 Road Hog.

Here’s a run through the track.

At the start.

At the start.

Away we go!

Away we go!

Into the daredevil loop.

Into the daredevil loop.

Roarin' down the straightaway.

Roarin’ down the straightaway.

Hitting the jump.

Hitting the jump.

Running the length of the track.

Running the length of the track.

See how the Rip Snorter and Road Hog perform on the Stunt Rider Set in my YouTube video.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Stunt Action Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - front. High-Tailer motorcycle in the window. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. High-Tailer motorcycle in the window. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Stunt Rider Set. Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

An even more basic RRRumblers track was made in Germany; the Strip Action Set.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side and end. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side and end. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Instructions and motorcycle. Courtesy eBay.

Instructions and motorcycle. Courtesy eBay.

Hot Wheels RRRumblers

One of the big things that Mattel promised for 1971 was the RRRumbers line up. Motorcycles that actually ran on Hot Wheels track.

Dealer's catalogue promoting the new RRRumblers. Courtesy GranToros.com

Dealer’s catalogue promoting the new RRRumblers. Courtesy http://www.GranToros.com.

A U.K. ad for RRRumblers. Courtesy eBay.

A U.K. ad for RRRumblers. Courtesy eBay.

Part of the initial promotional build up involved sending in a set of collector’s buttons from the Hot Wheels car line and receiving a new RRRumblers motorcycle from Mattel.

RRR2

RRR3

Six models came out in 1971. Four are two-wheelers and two are three-wheeled “trikes”.

RRR23

They came with their own blister cards.

1971 RRRumblers blister card - front. Courtesy www.rrrumblers-redline.com.

1971 3-Squealer RRRumblers blister card – front. Courtesy http://www.rrrumblers-redline.com.

1971 RRRumblers blister card - back. Courtesy www.rrrumblers-redline.com.

1971 RRRumblers blister card – back. Courtesy http://www.rrrumblers-redline.com.

Paper insert that comes with the bikes - front.

Paper insert that comes with the two-wheeler bikes – front.

Paper insert that comes with the bike - back.

Paper insert that comes with the two-wheeler bikes – back.

For display purposes, the two-wheelers use a built in center stand to stand up on their own.

RRR26

The three-wheelers are naturally stable.

RRR27

But the magic wasn’t in the cool designs or the accompanying plastic riders.  What makes these bikes special is the track-racks that attach to the undercarriages of the motorcycles. Once installed, these bikes become track worthy.

Like their car predecessors, RRRumblers motorcycles are up for anything. For 1971 there are 5 track sets that run RRRumblers.

1. The Big Belter & Matchmaker Victory Pak drag set. (see prior post/video)

The Big Belter & Matchmaker.

The Big Belter & Matchmaker.

2. The Stunt Rider Set / Strip Action Set (Europe)

3. The Daring Duo Set (UK) / Rip Roarin’ Set (Australia).

4. The Dizzy Dare Set.

5. The Mean Mountain Set.

1971 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1971 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1972 saw six more new models. (Devil’s Deuce, Straight Away, Choppin’ Chariot, Revolution, Roamin’ Candle and Bold Eagle).

1972 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1972 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

And 1973 produced the final four new bikes for the RRRumblers line up. (Centurion, Preying Menace, Bone Shaker and Rip Code)

So there you have it.  RRRumblers. The fastest metal motorcycles in the world.

They’re still fast. Still fun.

1972 RRRumblers ad. Courtesy eBay.

1972 RRRumblers ad. Courtesy eBay.

1994 Hot Wheels Newsletter cover featuring RRRumblers. Courtesy Hot Wheels Newsletter.

1994 Hot Wheels Newsletter cover featuring RRRumblers. Courtesy Hot Wheels Newsletter.

1972 Bold Eagle blister card. Courtesy www.rrrumblers-redline.com.

1972 Bold Eagle blister card. Courtesy http://www.rrrumblers-redline.com.

1972 Roamin' Candle in RRRumblers blister card. Courtesy eBay.

1972 Roamin’ Candle blister card. Courtesy eBay.

RRRumblers gift set from the U.K. Courtesy eBay.

RRRumblers gift set from the U.K. Courtesy eBay.

A second RRRumblers gift set from the U.K.  Courtesy eBay.

A second RRRumblers gift set from the U.K. Courtesy eBay.

Back of RRRumblers gift set from the U.K. Courtesy eBay.

Back of RRRumblers gift set from the U.K. Courtesy eBay.

1972 RRRumblers track sets from 1972 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1972 RRRumblers track sets from 1972 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.