One of the big things that Mattel promised for 1971 was the RRRumbers line up. Motorcycles that actually ran on Hot Wheels track.
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.
Six models came out in 1971. Four are two-wheelers and two are three-wheeled “trikes”.
They came with their own blister cards.
Paper insert that comes with the two-wheeler bikes – front.
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.
The three-wheelers are naturally stable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1994 Hot Wheels Newsletter cover featuring RRRumblers. Courtesy Hot Wheels Newsletter.
1972 Roamin’ Candle blister card. Courtesy eBay.
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.
1972 RRRumblers track sets from 1972 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.