1970 Hot Wheels Speedometer Race Set

Speed!

Box art - front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

When it comes to speed, supercars and high performance concept cars take center stage.

Today I’m putting 2 supercars and 2 concept cars to the test.

l to r: orange Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept Car, yellow '12 Acura NSX Concept Car, metal flake silver LaFerrari and lime green Lamborghini Sesto Elemento.

l to r: orange Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept Car, yellow ’12 Acura NSX Concept Car, metal flake silver LaFerrari and lime green Lamborghini Sesto Elemento.

And that test is all about speed. This is a race set where the 1970 dual-lane Speedometer tells us who is the winner.

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There is no finish gate. Whoever slams through the Speedometer with the fastest speed wins.

To generate the highest speed, I’m using a 1970 dual-lane Rod Runner with double rubber bands on each shifter.

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Here’s what happened…

So there you have it. A custom track. The 1970 Hot Wheels Speedometer Race Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - side. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – side. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Close up. Box art - side. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Close up. Box art – side. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Close up. Box art - side. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Close up. Box art – side. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art - end. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – end. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art - back. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – back. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1970 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1970 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Hot Wheels Quad Jump Drag Set

As a kid, the very first Hot Wheels accessory that I received was the Jump Ramp Pak.

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Box art – front. Copyright Mattel Inc.

And I loved it! To see Hot Wheels catch big air, make a perfect landing and power down the rest of the track was too cool.

Today I am making a custom track by putting 4 jump ramps together in one drag strip.

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Of the current crop of cars, I find that ’67 Camaros work very well on jumps. They roll quickly and their metal bodies on metal bases provide enough weight for the cars to sit down and stay on the track after taking a jump.

Here are the 4 ’67 Camaros that I will be racing.

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from l to r: orange ’67 Camaro, green ’67 Camaro from the Mod Bod series, black ’67 Camaro and a yellow ’67 Camaro.

And here’s the video of what happened on the track.

So there you have it. A custom track; The 1969 Hot Wheels Quad Jump Drag Strip.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

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Close up of box art – front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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Box art – back. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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Box art – other end. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Jump Ramp 4

Contents. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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Italian version – front. Courtesy eBay.

Jump Ramp 2.2

Italian version – back. Courtesy eBay.

1969 Hot Wheels 2-Way Super-Charger

The 1969 Hot Wheels 2-Way Super-Charger.

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Box art – front.

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Box art – side.

Here are the instructions.

Instructions. Page 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions. Page 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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Instructions. Page 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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Instructions. Page 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The 2-Way Super-Charger was only sold by itself and in 2 other sets:

The 1969 Grand Prix Race Set

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

And the 1970 Hi-Performance Set

Box art - front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The standard Super-Charger typically goes with oval tracks.  It’s pretty easy for a Hot Wheels car to run on a track with just 2 full curves.

1969 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The 2-Way Super-Charger powers figure-8 layouts.  Figure-8 tracks are a lot harder for Hot Wheels cars to deal with because they have to negotiate 6 half curves on every lap.  Appropriately, Mattel calls this figure-8 layout “The Tricky 8”.

Box art - back.

Box art – back.

Today I am putting 6 Hot Wheels cars through their paces on “The Tricky 8” track.

l to r: Aston Martin Vantage GT3, '07 Shelby GT500, '68 Mercury Cougar, Custom '15 Ford Mustang, Corvette Grand Sport and Olds 442.

l to r: Aston Martin Vantage GT3, ’07 Shelby GT500, ’68 Mercury Cougar, Custom ’15 Ford Mustang, Corvette Grand Sport and Olds 442.

Each car will attempt to run 10 laps non-stop. Here’s what happened:

So there you have it. The 1969 Hot Wheels 2-Way Super-Charger driving the figure-8 layout.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

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Box art – end.

1969 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Hot Wheels Competition Pak

Back in 1969, if you had a bunch of orange track and you wanted to go drag racing, the easiest way to do it was to get the Competition Pak.

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Box art – front.

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Box art – back.

The Competition Pak comes with universal clamp, start gate, finish gate and elimination merger.

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With this drag set up I’m running 4 world cars.

l to r: orange '73 Ford Falcon XB, silver 1963 Aston Martin DB5, yellow '74 Brazilian Dodge Charger and black Toyota 2000 GT.

l to r: orange ’73 Ford Falcon XB, silver 1963 Aston Martin DB5, yellow ’74 Brazilian Dodge Charger and black Toyota 2000 GT.

These 4 cars are from South America, Australia, Europe and Asia.

The 1974 Brazilian Dodge Charger was actually a Dodge Dart with a modified Charger front clip and swept back roof pillars. But it came with a 318 cubic inch V8 and was considered “the fastest car in Brazil”.

The Ford Falcon XB, built from 1973 to 1976, was a performance car made by Ford Australia. Under the hood was a 351 cubic inch V8.  A modified version of the 1973 car was driven by Mel Gibson in the 1976 movie “Mad Max”.

The Aston Martin DB5 was released in England during 1963. It came with a magnesium alloy body and an all aluminium engine. This car is famously featured in the 1964 James Bond movie “Goldfinger”.

351 Toyota 2000GT’s were built between 1967 and 1970.  It was Japan’s first supercar and a convertible version was used in the 1967 James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice”.

Enough about the cars…time to go racing.

So there you have it. The Hot Wheels 1969 Competition Pak.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

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Box art – side.

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Box art – end.

1969 Hot Wheels Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Hot Wheels Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Hot Wheels Collectors' Catalogue. Close-up of Competition Pak. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Hot Wheels Collectors’ Catalogue. Close-up of Competition Pak. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

 

1969 Hot Wheels Talking Service Center

A filling station is a facility which sells fuel and lubricants for motor vehicles.

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The most common fuels sold today are gasoline (“gasoline” or “gas” in the U.S. and Canada, generally “petrol” elsewhere), diesel fuel, and electric energy. A filling station that sells only electric energy is also known as a charging station.

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A Tesla charging station.

Originally, filling stations were of the full-service variety. A service attendant would meet you at the pumps and take care of your automotive needs. He would fill your tank, check the oil, measure air pressure in your tires, clean the windshield, etc.

Chevron postcard from the 1950s. Courtesy eBay.

Chevron postcard from the 1950s. Courtesy eBay.

In the 1970s, two periods of gasoline shortages (1973 and 1979) caused higher fuel prices which in turn resulted in permanent closure of many full-service gas stations as consumers looked for price relief that came in the form of self-serve operations.

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A pair of Mopar’s getting self serve.

In the U.S., a filling station that also offers services such as oil changes and mechanical repairs to automobiles is called a service station.

A classic service station on historic Route 66.

A classic service station on historic Route 66.

Until the 1970s the vast majority of gas stations were service stations.  Today, service centers are tied more to car dealerships than to gas pumps.

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Entrance to a modern Service Center.

Work bays inside a service center.

Work bays inside a modern service center.

The Talking Service Center is a Hot Wheels play set that goes back to 1969.  With this set kids are encouraged to “Drive ’em, Service ’em and Park ’em”.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

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Box art – top. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

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Box art – bottom. Courtesy eBay.

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Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

The sides…

Front - courtesy eBay.

Front – courtesy eBay.

Close-up front. Courtesy eBay.

Close-up front. Courtesy eBay.

Close-up back. Courtesy eBay.

Close-up back. Courtesy eBay.

…unfold to reveal a drive through gas pump area on one side and drive-up ramps for the 3 levels on the other side.

Gas pumps on the back side. Courtesy eBay.

The gas pumps side. Courtesy eBay.

The front side folded up. Courtesy eBay.

Step 1: The track side folded up. Courtesy eBay.

The front side unfolding. Courtesy eBay.

Step 2: The track side unfolding. Courtesy eBay.

Step 3: The front side unfolded. Courtesy eBay.

Step 3: The track side unfolded. Courtesy eBay.

The second level has 3 moulded lube racks for oil changes and servicing.  There is roof top parking on the third level.  And orange Hot Strip track can be attached to the third level.  That means cars can be launched from the roof and head out for the open road.

1969 Collectors' Catalogue image. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Collectors’ Catalogue image. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The unique feature of this play set is the talking function. Pulling the string cord on the side produces 10 different sound tracks.

1.  Now there’s a hot set of wheels.
2.  Wow! Your car’s a beauty.
3.  Out of gas?
4.  Check under the hood, sir?
5.  Lube and tune-ups on the second level, sir.
6.  Regular or super, sir?
7.  Fill ‘er up, sir?
8.  Sir, park on the third level, please.
9.  So, how fast does she go? vroom. vroom.
10. Vroom. vroom. She’s ready to race now.

Here’s a video showing the 1969 Hot Wheels Talking Service Center TV commercial. Courtesy Mark Roach.

So there you have it. The 1969 Hot Wheels Talking Service Center.  Where Hot Wheels stop, service and go.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Alternate 1969 Collectors' Catalogue image. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Alternate 1969 Collectors’ Catalogue page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Side view. Courtesy eBay.

Side view. Courtesy eBay.

Side view close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Side view close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Close-up of the other side. Courtesy eBay.

Close-up of the other side. Courtesy eBay.

Front cover of "The Fast Cars Book" published by Golden Shape in 1969 showing the Talking Service Center in action. Courtesy www.onlineredlineguide.com.

Front cover of “The Fast Cars Book” published by Golden Shape in 1969 showing the Talking Service Center in action. Courtesy http://www.onlineredlineguide.com.

1968 Hot Wheels Hot Strip Track Set

Minimalism: Living in the simplest manner.

When it comes to minimalism with Hot Wheels track you can’t get simpler than the 1968 Hot Strip Track Pak.

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It comes with just 10 feet of orange track and 5 joiners.

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Box art – front.

But Mattel says you can still go racing with this Pak.

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Box art – side.

I’ve got a universal clamp and with 2 Hot Strip Track Paks I’ll make a drag set.

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For a start gate, I’ll go basic by using a pencil.

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And for a finish line, I’ve got checkered flag stickers to put on the end.

IMG_1707Time to go racing. Today I’m using 4 redline cars from 1968.

l to r: white Ford J-Car, blue Custom Corvette, red Beatnik Bandit and a gold Custom Camaro.

l to r: white Ford J-Car, blue Custom Corvette, red Beatnik Bandit and a gold Custom Camaro.

Here’s a drag race down the track.

Ready at the start.

Ready at the start.

Accelerating hard!

Accelerating hard!

Neck and neck down the stretch.

Neck and neck down the stretch.

It's the Beatnik Bandit at the line!

It’s the Beatnik Bandit at the line!

To see what happens when these 4 cars race, check out my YouTube video:

So there you have it. The 1968 Hot Wheels Hot Strip Track Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Here are some extra images of the Hot Strip Track Pak.

Box art - side.

Box art – side.

Box art - side.

Box art – side.

Box art - French (Canadian).

Box art – French (Canadian).

Box art - end. French (Canadian).

Box art – end. French (Canadian).

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Box art.

1968 Hot Wheels Classic Trials

The longest running motor sport event in the world is probably the Trials held in the United Kingdom.

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They first began in 1901. There are three “classic trials” in the UK including: the Edinburgh Trial, the Exeter Trial and the Lands End Trial.

Unlike most motor sport, trials are about how far you can go rather than how fast you get there. In the early years of the automobile, trials were basically endurance and reliability tests for two wheel drive vehicles. Four wheel drive machines are not included.

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The typical trial sets out a road course to complete (as much as 450 miles long) and has several “sections” where man and machine are put to the test. A standard challenge is hill climbing. One of the toughest hills to conquer is Simms Hill on the Exeter Trial.

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The objective of a hill climb is to reach the top, of course. But the catch is, you have to do it without a single stop or back slide.

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Today I’m running my own trial on 5 different layouts; each made with 1968 Hot Wheels track components. The car that travels the furthest distance on a given course gets 1 point. The second place car gets 2 points. The third gets 3 points. And the last car gathers 4 points. The car with the lowest score after 5 tracks is the winner.

Here are my 4 cars for the trial.

l to r: green '67 Pontiac Firebird 400, red '65 Mustang 2+2 Fastback, yellow '67 Chenille SS 396 and a black '71 Plymouth Road Runner.

l to r: green ’67 Pontiac Firebird 400, red ’65 Mustang 2+2 Fastback, yellow ’67 Chevelle SS 396 and a black ’71 Plymouth Road Runner.

Here are the 5 tracks.

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Track 4

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Track 5

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To see how the cars do on this trial, check out my video on YouTube.

So there you have it. A classic trial with 1968 Hot Wheels track pieces.

It’s still fast. Still fun.