1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Pursuit Set

A second orange track layout was available for Sizzlers in 1971. It comes from the U.K. It’s the Pursuit Set.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

This set comes with 14 feet of orange track, 4 joiners, 2 single-lane trestles, one 200 degree dual-lane curve, two 180 degree single-lane turns and 1 Juice Machine.

Track contents. Courtesy eBay.

Track contents. Courtesy eBay.

Two cars that come with the set. Courtesy eBay.

Two cars that come with the set. Courtesy eBay.

Paper contents. Courtesy eBay.

Paper contents. Courtesy eBay.

I think this is a 1971 set. In the above picture you can see the Collector’s Catalogue is 1970 and the Pursuit Set instructions have a 1969 date in the bottom left corner (this means the instructions were copyrighted in 1969 and ready for publication in 1970).  But, as you can see in the following box pictures, the lower left copyright date is 1970 (indicating production would happen in 1971) and the side of the box shows not only the 6 cars from 1970 but 6 more from the 1971 year (Spoil Sport, Camaro Trans-Am, Anteater, ‘Cuda Trans-Am, Side Burn, and Backfire).

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. The artist has drawn in a 1971 Side Burn chasing a 1971 Anteater. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. In color. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

The idea of this set is to start 2 cars off in the dual-lane section of the track. One car will quickly come back on the short section and the other will head out on the long section. At some point, as the laps mount, the faster car will gain on the other car.  When the faster car bumps into the slower one, the pursuit is complete.

The assembled layout.

The assembled layout.

Here’s how it works with a 1970 Mustang Boss 302 and a 2006 reissue of the Live Wire.

1970 yellow Boss 302 Mustang on the left and 2006 reassure of a red Live Wire.

1970 yellow Boss 302 Mustang on the left and 2006 reassure of a red Live Wire on the right.

Charging the cars.

Charging the cars.

Setting the Mustang off on the inside lane.

Setting the Mustang off on the inside lane.

Adding the Live Wire to the outside lane.

Adding the Live Wire to the outside lane. The pursuit begins.

Live Wire on the short circuit with the Mustang coming back in.

Live Wire on the short circuit with the Mustang coming back in.

Into the dual-lane section.

Into the dual-lane section.

Past the Juice Machine.

Past the Juice Machine.

Deep tilt into the dual-lane curve.

Deep tilt into the dual-lane curve.

Side by side.

Side by side.

Mustang heading up and over.

Mustang heading up and over.

Live Wire racing through the long section.

Live Wire racing through the long section.

Live Wire coming off the long section. Mustang heading out on it.

Live Wire coming off the long section. Mustang heading out into it.

Live Wire back into the dual-lane curve. The Mustang is way out of sight on the far 180 degree curve.

Live Wire back into the dual-lane curve. The Mustang is way out of sight on the far 180 degree curve.

Lap after lap, the chase continues.

Lap after lap, the chase continues.

See how the chase plays out on my YouTube video.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Pursuit Set from the United Kingdom.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

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2 thoughts on “1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Pursuit Set

  1. Dear Sir/Madam
    Not sure if you are the correct person to contact, but here goes.
    I work with science magazine Cosmos (In Australia), and am writing to inquire about obtaining the rights to use a Hot Wheels loop image with two cars I saw on your site.
    The image is: https://hotwheelsracetracks.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/td7.jpg
    This pic is to be used to go alongside other images in an upcoming lesson for our online education product Cosmos Live learning.

    Please let me know ASAP if we can use this image which naturally would be credited.
    Regards
    Anton

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