1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers California 500 Race Set – introduction (part 1)

The California 500 (named after the open wheel USAC race at Ontario Motor Speedway) is an oval Fat Track layout for Mattel’s Hot Wheels Sizzlers.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

This poster promoted the connection between the California 500 and Hot Wheels.

California 500 poster from Mattel. Courtesy eBay.

California 500 poster from Mattel. Courtesy eBay.

500-8

This 1971 set has two nice features to make racing easier; the Scramble Start and the Lap Computer.

Box art - front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art - back. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – back. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Setting 2, 3 or 4 cars off at the same time is a bit of a circus so Mattel came up with the Scramble Start. It employs the principle used by Europe’s Formula 1 series where cars begin each race from a standing start. Just push the red button and all 4 cars are turned on. Release the button and away the cars go!

Box art- front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art- front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art - back. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – back. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Action is so intense on Fat Track and the speed so high that it is hard to keep track of what is going on in a race.  To put a bit of order into the situation Mattel developed the Lap Computer which can count 100 laps for 4 separate cars. Each car receives an antenna on its back bumper that triggers a specific lap counter for that antenna position.

This Sizzlers set includes: 10 feet of black Fat Track, 2 – 180 degree Fat Track curves, 1 Scramble Start, 1 Lap Computer, 3 joiners, 2 V-clips and 1 Juice Machine.

Track1

To add a little extra passing action, I am adding a Fat Track Strip Pak to the layout.  This puts 8 more feet of black Fat Track into the oval.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

The result is this track.

Track2

So there you have it. An introduction to the 1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers California 500 Race Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

The California 500 Race Set. 1971 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The California 500 Race Set. 1971 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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

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

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

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

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - end. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – end. Courtesy eBay.

And here are some pictures of the California 500 Layout set (Cars & Juice Machine not included).

The California 500 Layout. 1971 Collectors' Catalogue.  Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The California 500 Layout. 1971 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

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

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

Box art - end. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – end. Courtesy eBay.

Fat Track accessories. 1971 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Fat Track accessories. 1971 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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3 thoughts on “1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers California 500 Race Set – introduction (part 1)

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  2. Hi,

    You’ve made some great videos for some great racing!! KUDOS!!

    I’ve just acquired several different Sizzlers Fat Track sets, and I’m going to put them together in one huge track for my little boy. I’ve got several cars on the way as well. Along with one of the sets I’ve got is a lap counter computer. I can’t seem to find any antenna setups, except an antenna and its base for only one car on eBay . Would you mind giving me a lead on where I can find some?

    Thanks so much for any help you’re able to provide!!

    Thanks,
    Alan

    • Hi Alan. I got all my antenna and clips from eBay when I bought the Lap Computer. These are such hard to come by items that I cannot imagine you finding them anywhere else. General internet searches from someone in you local area might also be an option (Craigslist for example). Good luck. John

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