1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers California 500 Race Set – part 3

As a kid, I remember combining my 1971 California 500 Layout set with my friends’ extra Fat Track straightaway pieces to build a track very similar to this:

Track2

And we had epic races.  At least, that’s the way I remember them.  More than once I would be leading the 100 lap race only to run out of power on lap 96 or so.  Invariably, I would be forced into a short pit stop and only get 2 or 3 more laps out of my car before running out of juice again. It was hard to beat my friends.

For today’s 100 lap running of the California 500 Race Set, I will be using 3 cars.

l to r: purple 1970 Ford Mark IV, yellow 1970 Angeleno M70 and a light blue 1971 Spoil Sport.

l to r: purple 1970 Ford Mark IV, yellow 1970 Angeleno M70 and a light blue 1971 Spoil Sport.

Here’s a lap around the oval.

On the "Scramble Start" starting grid.

On the “Scramble Start” starting grid.

Pushing the red button turns on all 3 cars at the same time...and "They're Off".

Pushing the red button turns on all 3 cars at the same time…and “They’re Off”.

Speeding up heading down the front straightaway.

Speeding up heading down the front straightaway.

Up and into the first curve.

Up and into the first curve.

5

Squeezing into the lap computer.

Squeezing into the lap computer.

7

You can see the black triggers for registering laps hanging down from the ceiling of the lap computer. The antenna on each car is in a different position to hit just one of those lap counter triggers on each lap.

Clicking off the first lap.

Clicking off the first lap.

Heading out of the lap computer.

Heading out of the lap computer.

Moving fast into the second curve.

Moving fast into the second curve.

Three abreast.

Three abreast.

Sailing past the Scramble Start.

Sailing past the Scramble Start.

Anything can happen over the next 99 laps.

Anything can happen over the next 99 laps.

Here’s my YouTube video of the California 500 Race Set in action.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers California 500 Race Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

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One thought on “1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers California 500 Race Set – part 3

  1. Can you do a “how to” video showing how to prep the cars for the lap counter? I loved your vid about the workings of the dual lane speedometer. “Behind the scenes” stuff like that rules.

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