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When Hot Wheels were released in late 1967 they became my favorite toy.  I had a lot of fun playing with them by myself and with friends.  Now, I’m sharing the fun by running 1968 to 1971 vintage tracks with current cars and having people of all ages over to see these sets in action.  It’s a revelation for today’s kids to see their Hot Wheels cars fly through these grand old tracks.  And it’s a way of building community, planting times of fun into childhood memories and reminding the older crowd of nostalgic days.

Kudos to Mattel for starting off strong and continuing to provide great cars and tracks through the years.  Hot Wheels are indeed still fast, still fun!

Strip Action Set

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  1. Great photos! I wish Mattel would dial things back a bit and release some new, simple track sets like this. All the fantasy stuff with fire and water and dragons is neat and all but there’s something wonderful about a big layout with nothing more than track and few curves. A return to simpler times is greatly needed and your photos help make that happen. Thanks!

  2. Thank you so much for your site. I cannot tell you how satisfying it was to see again the race car set of my childhood. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  3. Fantastic photos and write-ups. The large format images of the box art is simply stunning. Your track photography perfectly emulates the style of the era. Keep up the great work!

  4. Came across your site and oh what a nice surprise. I had very happy times as a kid playing with my hot wheels. The time and effort you have put into this site is AMAZING! Thank you for letting us get a peek back into our childhoods and actually playing and touching our toys.

  5. I’m a 41-year-old father of 2 (ages 4 and 6). I never had Sizzlers when I was a kid but always wanted them. With the help of your videos and this site I’ve been carefully purchasing tracks and cars online. The kids love them. Thank you for being such a great curator of these wonderful toys. Keep up the good work.

  6. Thanks for the awesome site. Boy, does it take me back to my youth. I had many of the sets you’ve featured or played with other childhood friends who had ones that I didn’t, that you have displayed here, too. Great job.

    Now, as an adult, what is so striking to me about all of what Mattel was doing at the time is, how innovative and well thought out it all was. The track system, ways of propelling the vehicles, and how they kept coming up with imaginative new track schemes, devices, cars, etc. All in the whole racing automotive motif, too. Also, what I really appreciate is how the graphic design, box art, and instructions are so well coordinated and put together. Kudos to Mattel toy designers of the time. Like another commenter suggested, not overstated in anyway, as many things are these days. It was a more simple time with a whole lot less obtrusive fanfare and hyperbole included in the marketing of everything. I love that about this era and the Hot Wheels line of toy cars you’ve so aptly depicted. One really gets a sense of how far we’ve drifted and can see the stark contrast in the marketing mentality.

  7. Hello. I was recently given a small lot of 60s and 70s Sizzlers and a few charging stations. I was wondering if you might be able to help me value them. I’m not a collector myself so I’d rather sell them to someone who could enjoy them. Thanks!

  8. Hi! Brilliant site! I have started collecting hot wheels again (44 years old). Collecting as in actually running the cars (not keeping them in the cards, even the collectable ones). So far I have an oval track cobbled from ebay purchases which i enjoy running the cars on. Unfortunately I don’t have the space for a permanent set up. As daft as it may sound I find running the cars relaxing and grat fun. i’m currently making a separate speed controller for the 2 super chargers that power the cars and hope to make them mains power eventually. I am also a big fan of the box art. Cheers from East Devon in the UK.

  9. Hi. Your site and YouTube videos are awesome. I am totally back into Sizzlers but can’t keep the cars on the orange track without running off. What tips can you provide on this as yours stay on very very well. Thanks.

    • Hi James. The secret for running Sizzlers on orange track is to use cars with slower motors. I save fast running cars for the wide open lanes of Fat Track.

  10. Great site and some great Videos!Brings me back to my youth and one of the best gifts I ever received,Hot Wheels super charger set.Still have it and still fun.We’ve enjoyed your info on the Match maker and Big belter.Would you have any info on the size of the bearings that went inside of the matchmaker?We have one but it is missing these.
    Thanks.Keep up the great work.
    Rusty H

    • Hi Rusty,
      Thank you for your kindness. Doing this blog and making videos is nothing but fun for me. Much like the original days of Hot Wheels.
      As for the Matchmaker…there is no bearing inside. The color board that moves up and down inside the Matchmaker is simply following a plastic channel. It stays in the channel with a plastic protrusion on the back of the color board. I have taken 2 Matchmakers apart because of malfunction. One of them just free falls from the top position. Turns out that the plastic protrusion on the back of the color board is broken off. I plan to drill a small metal bolt through the color board and use the smooth metal end of the bolt to keep the color board in the channel. Eventually, I’ll be doing a video of this. Stay tuned.
      John

  11. Thanks for the reply John.
    ” the plastic protrusion on the back of the color board is broken off. I plan to drill a small metal bolt through the color board and use the smooth metal end of the bolt to keep the color board in the channel”
    That is the info I needed.Mine is also broken but not seen before.We are also missing the wire that triggers the red light function.Any info on how it is shaped and mounted would be a big help.Now off to do your mod.
    Thanks again!
    Rusty

  12. I really enjoy this site. Really like the attention to detail, bringing these old sets back to life. I can smell the plastic almost, well I can really because I have a box of track in the next room 🙂

    I’ve added a link from my redline collector’s site here, appreciate the hard work you do.

  13. Hello, I am a collector from Germany and I find your Hot Wheels site very fantastic !!! Keep it up. Unfortunately, you have the wrong link under the images (yellow Bold Eagle) with my RRRumblers bp, the homepage: http://www.rrrumblers-redline.com/ has existed for several years no more. It would be great if you update the link, so the other collector will also find and contact to my homepage. Here is my current homepage: http://www.hot-wheels-redline-and-more.com/
    Best regards – Ralf

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