1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Dizzy-Dare Set

The 1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Dizzy-Dare Set features a RRRumblers motorcycle going up against a Hot Wheels car on a single-lane loop track with drag ‘chute finish.

Box art - front. Canadian version.

Box art – front. Canadian version.

The set comes with 14 feet of orange track, 6 joiners, 1 universal clamp, 1 stunt loop, 1 ‘chute trap and 2 drag ‘chutes.

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The stunt loop can be configured into a standard 360 degree circle (The Swooper Loop) with the vehicles traveling in a straight line or it can be twisted into an oblong circle (The Big-Twist Loop) with the vehicles exiting at a 90 degree angle from their entrance.

Box art - back. Showing the 2 loop configurations.

Box art – back. Showing the 2 loop configurations.

Here are the instructions:

Instructions - front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - steps 1 & 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – steps 1 & 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - step 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - step 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - step 5. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 5. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - layouts. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – layouts. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions for Sizzlers tracks. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions for Sizzlers tracks. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - track tips & contents list. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – track tips & contents list. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

For track time I’m going to use an orange 1971 RRRumblers Road Hog and a silver Camaro Concept Convertible.

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Here’s a run down the two layouts.

Camaro at the start.

Camaro at the start.

Heading down the track.

Heading down the track.

Into the Swooper Loop.

Into the Swooper Loop.

Now a switch to the Big-Twist loop with the Road Hog motorcycle in hot pursuit.

Camaro into the loop. Road Hog coming fast.

Camaro into the loop. Road Hog coming fast.

At the crossroads.

At the crossroads.

No hit. Camaro heads for the 'chute trap.

No hit. Camaro heads for the ‘chute trap.

Road Hog climbs the loop.

Road Hog climbs the loop.

Speeding into the 'chute trap.

Speeding into the ‘chute trap.

Camaro pops the 'chute!

Camaro pops the ‘chute!

Road Hog pulls in behind.

Road Hog pulls in behind.

Out of room & out of track.

Out of room & out of track.

Take a look at my YouTube video to see these two vehicles tackle the Dizzy-Dare Set.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Dizzy-Dare Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - front. Close-up of a Road Hog in the Big-Twist Loop.

Box art – front. Close-up of a Road Hog in the Big-Twist Loop.

Box art - front. Close-up of Hot Wheels Six Shooter pippin' the drag 'chute.

Box art – front. Close-up of Hot Wheels Six Shooter poppin’ the drag ‘chute.

Box art - side.

Box art – side.

Box art - back. Close-up.

Box art – back. Close-up.

Box art - back. Close-up.

Box art – back. Close-up.

Box art- back. Close-up of picture.

Box art- back. Close-up of picture.

A United Kingdom version of the same set. No view window to see the included vehicles and the RRRumblers logo is deemphasized.

A United Kingdom version of the same set. No view window to see the included vehicles and the RRRumblers logo is deemphasized.

A European version of the Stunt Loop Pak. Courtesy eBay.

A German version of the Stunt Loop Pak. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Hot Wheels Big Belter and Matchmaker Victory Pak Drag Set

By mixing the Big Belter & Matchmaker

The Big Belter & Matchmaker.

The Big Belter & Matchmaker box art – side.

with the Victory Pak

Victory Pak.

Victory Pak box art – front.

you can make one of the coolest drag sets for 1971.  It’s basically the Wild Wheelie Set for your regular cars and Rrrumblers.

track

This set includes 32 feet of orange track, 12 joiners, 1 Big Belter, 1 Matchmaker, 1 automatic-reset finish gate, 2 ‘chute traps and 4 drag ‘chutes.

Components

Here’s a run down the drag strip.

Ready...Set...

Ready…Set…

GOOOooooo!

GOOOooooo!

Charging down the track.

Charging down the track.

Tucked in tight.

Tucked in tight.

Furai leading.

Furai leading.

Through the automatic-reset finish gate. The Furai wins!

Through the automatic-reset finish gate. The Furai wins!

Poppin' the 'chutes and coming to a stop.

Poppin’ the ‘chutes and coming to a stop.

See how two cars do against two 1971 Rrrumblers motorcycles in my YouTube video.

So there you have it. The 1971 Big Belter & Matchmaker Victory Pak Drag Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Instructions for this layout in the Big Belter & Matchmaker sheet. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions for this layout in the Big Belter & Matchmaker sheet. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Close-up of Big Belter & Matchmaker box art - side.

Close-up of Big Belter & Matchmaker box art – side.

Close-up of Big Belter & Matchmaker box art - back.

Close-up of Big Belter & Matchmaker box art – back.

Victory Pak box art - back.

Victory Pak box art – back.

Victory Pak box art - side.

Victory Pak box art – side.

Victory Pak instructions - page 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions – page 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions - page 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions – page 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions - page 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions – page 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions - Step 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions – Step 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions - Step 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions – Step 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions - Step 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Victory Pak instructions – Step 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1971 accessories including the Big Belter and Victory Pak from the 1971 Collector's Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1971 accessories including the Big Belter and Victory Pak from the 1971 Collector’s Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1971 Hot Wheels Mongoose and Snake Wild Wheelie Set

Hot Wheels fans were introduced to Don Prudhomme, the Snake, and Tom McEwen, the Mongoose, through funny cars.  But these two also drove dragsters.

The Snake rail dragster.

The Snake rail dragster.

The Mongoose rail dragster.

The Mongoose rail dragster.

For 1971 Mattel put their rail dragsters on the Mongoose & Snake Wild Wheelie Set.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

The novelty feature of this set is the cars ability to wheelie out of the start gate and down the track.  The cars have a metal weight in the back that can be locked to the cockpit causing the dragster to wheelie.

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Metal in the back. Plastic in the front. Courtesy eBay.

Metal in the back. Light weight in the front. Courtesy eBay.

Dragster Pak instructions - back of card. Courtesy eBay.

Dragster Pak instructions – back of card. Courtesy eBay.

A pair of trailing wheels on the back give the dragsters stability as they maintain the wheelie down the track at high speed.

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To tip the front ends back down before crossing the finish line, the cars cross a balancer track piece.

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This unlocks the weights and drops the cars out of wheelie position.

The finish gate is automated.

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The winning car pushes a checkered flag up into the air.  The flag then resets to the resting position a few seconds later.

Lane 1 swing arm extended with resulting flag deployment.

Lane 1 swing arm extended with resulting flag deployment.

Finally, the cars cross the ‘chute traps and deploy two drag ‘chutes bringing the race to an end.

It’s a lot of action in one race.

Here are the instructions:

Front page.

Front page.

Front page close-up.

Front page close-up.

Safe drive rules.

Safe drive rules.

Track components laid out.

Track components laid out.

 

Contents close-up.

Contents close-up.

Steps 1, 2 & 3.

Steps 1, 2 & 3.

Steps 4, 5 & 6.

Steps 4, 5 & 6.

Steps 7 & 8.

Steps 7 & 8.

Step 7 close-up (top).

Step 7 close-up (top).

Step 7 close-up (middle).

Step 7 close-up (middle).

Step 7 close-up (bottom).

Step 7 close-up (bottom).

Last page.

Last page.

Last page close-up.

Last page close-up (cars).

Last page close-up (RRRumblers).

Last page close-up (RRRumblers).

Last page close-up (display).

Last page close-up (display).

So there you have it.  The 1971 Hot Wheels Mongoose & Snake Wild Wheelie Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

1971 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1971 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1972 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1972 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art - side. Color. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Color. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Black, red and white. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Black, red and white. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - end. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – end. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Caption. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Caption. Courtesy eBay.

Wild Wheelie Drag Set contents. Courtesy eBay.

Wild Wheelie Drag Set contents. Courtesy eBay.

You can also buy the Mongoose & Snake rail dragsters in a blister pak.

Dragster Pak - front. Courtesy eBay.

Dragster Pak – front. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1971 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Close-up of Mongoose & Snake dragsters and funny cars in the 1971 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Close-up of Mongoose & Snake dragsters and funny cars in the 1971 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Mongoose & Snake dragsters poster. 40th anniversary. Courtesy eBay.

Mongoose & Snake dragsters poster – 40th anniversary. Courtesy eBay.

Tom McEwen dragster poster. Courtesy eBay.

Tom McEwen dragster poster. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Hot Wheels Mongoose and Snake Drag Set (U.K.)

The 1970 Hot Wheels Mongoose & Snake Drag Race Set with gravity powered start gate, double loops, finish gate and drag ‘chutes was a huge success in North America.  For 1971 this funny car set was updated in the U.K.  And this time it looked like an authentic drag strip.

UK box and contents. Courtesy eBay.

UK box art – front. Plus contents. Courtesy eBay.

UK box art - sides and back. Courtesy eBay.

UK box art – sides and back. Courtesy eBay.

Track components include 1 Big Belter, 1 Matchmaker, 32 feet of orange track, 12 joiners, 1 finish gate, 2 ‘chute traps and 2 drag ‘chutes.

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I’ll be racing four 1994 reissues of the Mongoose and Snake funny cars.

l to r: green Snake Barracuda, yellow Snake Barracuda, red Mongoose Duster and blue Mongoose Duster.

l to r: green Snake Barracuda, yellow Snake Barracuda, red Mongoose Duster and blue Mongoose Duster.

Close-up of the Mongoose cars.

Close-up of the Mongoose cars.

Close-up of the Snake cars.

Close-up of the Snake cars.

Here’s a race down the track.

Ready on the launch pad.

Ready on the launch pad.

GOOOooooooo!

GOOOooooooo!

Blasting down the track!

Blasting down the track!

Snake leading...barely.

Snake leading…barely.

Stretching to the finish.

Stretching to the finish.

Snake wins! Into the 'chute traps.

Snake wins! Into the ‘chute traps.

Popin' the 'chutes. Cutting the engines.

Popin’ the ‘chutes. Cutting the engines.

Coming to a stop.

Coming to a stop.

Here’s how the 4 cars made out on this 1971 track.

So there you have it.  The 1971 Hot Wheels Mongoose & Snake Drag Set from the U.K.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

1971 U.K. Dealer's catalogue.  From GranToros.com website.

1971 U.K. Dealer’s catalogue. From GranToros.com website.

The men themselves. Don Prudhomme (left) and Tom McEwan (right).

The men themselves. Don Prudhomme (left) and Tom McEwan (right).

40th anniversary poster.

40th anniversary poster.

Peterson Automotive Museum poster.

Peterson Automotive Museum poster.

Yet another reissue of the famous Mongoose & Snake Drag Race Set.

Yet another reissue of the famous Mongoose & Snake Drag Race Set.

'Chute Pak from the UK. Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

‘Chute Pak from the UK. Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

'Chute Pak from UK. Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

‘Chute Pak from UK. Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

'Chute Pak from the UK. Courtesy eBay.

UK ‘Chute Pak contents. Courtesy eBay.

1970 Hot Wheels Drag ‘Chutes

For two years, 1970 and 1971, Mattel produced drag ‘chutes to slow down Hot Wheels cars at the end of the track.

'Chute Pak from the U.K. Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

‘Chute Pak from the U.K. Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

'Chute Pak (U.K.) box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

‘Chute Pak (U.K.) box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

'Chute Pak (U.K.) contents. Courtesy eBay.

‘Chute Pak (U.K.) contents underside. Courtesy eBay.

‘Chute Pak (U.K.) contents topside. Courtesy eBay.

During the 1970 year, Mattel sold 4 sets with drag ‘chutes: The Drag ‘Chute Stunt Set, The Snake & Mongoose Drag Set, The Twin ‘Chute Action Set (UK), and the Dual-Lane Rod Runner Drag Set.

The instructions from each set include a section on how the drag ‘chutes work.

From the Drag 'Chute Stunt Set. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The ‘Chute Trap puts a small space under the track where a drag ‘chute can be stored.

The drag ‘chute is a flexible plastic parachute made in Japan.  It is attached to a metal harness.

Once the drag ‘chute is placed inside the ‘Chute Trap the little metal harness sits on top of the ‘Chute Trap waiting for a Hot Wheels car to race by.

When the Hot Wheels car hits the metal harness, the metal harness rides along with the car’s front bumper.

As the car moves forward the metal harness then pulls the drag ‘chute out of the ‘Chute trap.

The drag ‘chute catches air and then bounces along the track as the car slows down.

The drag ‘chutes are fun to use but if you are doing an extended series of elimination races the ‘chutes become a bit tedious to keep setting up.

Here’s my video showing the Hot Wheels drag ‘chutes in action.

So there you have it.

The 1970 Hot Wheels drag ‘chutes.

They slow down “The Fastest Metal Cars In The World”.  And it’s still fun.

1970 collectors’ catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1970 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1970 Hot Wheels Dual-Lane Rod Runner Drag Set

In a prior post, about the 1970 Super Speed Action Set, we saw that the single-lane rod runner clocked the highest car speeds of the three single-lane speed sets produced that year.  Now we are going to look at a set that, basically, puts 2 Super Speed Action Sets together and creates a drag set.  But this time, not only are the cars launched at high speed, they are also brought back down to a stop with drag ‘chutes.  It’s like those real world auto tests that show how quickly high performance cars can race from 0 to 100 mph and then brake hard all the way back down to 0 again.

This set is the 1970 Dual-Lane Rod Runner Drag Set.

Dual-Lane Rod Runner box art – front.

It comes with 28 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 dual-lane rod runner with 1 “fair start” T-bar, 1 dual-lane speedometer, 1 finish gate, 2 ‘chute traps, and 4 drag ‘chutes.

Here’s the instructions:

Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Track layout. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Track layout. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Set contents close-up. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Set contents close-up. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

This may well be the busiest track set that Mattel ever made for Hot Wheels.  Just to get ready for a race you have to load the drag ‘chutes, set the finish gate flag, adjust the speedometer, cock the rod runner handles down to start position, and place 2 cars on the track in the cradle of the “fair start” push bar.

The race, itself, is totally high speed.  Getting a smooth, even start with the push bar takes a bit of concentration.  In the moment it takes to satisfy yourself with the start, the cars have already gone through the speedometer.  Before you can even look at the dials, the cars have flashed through the finish gate.  And before you realize who won, the ‘chutes have popped and the cars are slowing down.  You almost need a mental “instant replay” to appreciate the recorded speeds and who won the race.

Set up time, the actual race and post race evaluation takes a couple of minutes for just one person to do.  And then you have to do it all over again for the next race.

If you look at Mattel’s original 1970 TV ad for this set you will notice that there are 3 kids playing at the same time.  I have come to realize that there is a lot of merit to having a bunch of people help you run this drag set.

Also, close-up shots of the cars in the TV ad are presented only in slow motion (which still looks fast).  Even then, the speedometer section requires 3 repeating views from different angles for the action to be grasped.  This set is what fast is all about.

Here’s Mattel’s original 1970 video courtesy of Mark Roach:

And here’s the 4 cars I’m racing on this drag set today.

L to R: ’67 Pontiac Firebird 400, ’70 Pontiac GTO, ’71 Dodge Charger and ’70 Camaro.

At the starting line.  Waiting for the Rod Runner handles to be shifted down and a push from the T-bar.

Flying out of the Rod Runner and heading for the speedometer.

Hard tilt into the dual-lane speedometer.

Clocking the speeds.

Flat out to the finish.

Winner about to take the flag.

Hitting the ‘chute traps.

Poppin’ the ‘chutes.

Here’s my YouTube video of this set in action.

So there you have it.  The 1970 Hot Wheels Dual-Lane Rod Runner Drag Set.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

1970 Collectors’ Catalogue. The “short track” version! Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art -front: 1st close up.

Box art – front: 2nd close up.

Box art – front: 3rd close up.

Box art – front: 4th close up.

Box art – back.

Box art – side: full color.

Box art – side: red, black and white.

Box art – end.

A complete Dual-Lane Rod Runner Drag Set with box insert. Courtesy eBay.

The above Drag Set unpackaged. Courtesy eBay.

Sunday Newspaper Comics Section.  Mattel's Hot Wheels Ad for drag racing with the Dual-Lane Rod Runner.  August 30, 1970. Courtesy eBay.

Sunday Newspaper Comics Section. Mattel’s Hot Wheels Ad for drag racing with the Dual-Lane Rod Runner. August 30, 1970. Courtesy eBay.

1970 Hot Wheels Twin ‘Chute Action Set

What would you get if you took all of Mattel’s Hot Wheels gravity race sets from the first 3 years of production (1968 Drag Race Action Set, 1968 Hot Curves Race Action Set, 1969 Double-Dare Race Action Set, and 1970 Mongoose and Snake Drag Race Set) and put them together?  Such a set was never produced or sold in North America. But…in the United Kingdom, the Rosebud subsidiary of Mattel did make one. The 1970 Hot Wheels Twin ‘Chute Action Set.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

This set has it all.  And, in fact, it was judged as “Toy of the Year” for boys by the National Association of Toy Retailers at the 1969 UK Toy Show preview of all the upcoming toys for 1970.

The Twin ‘Chute Action Set includes 32 feet of orange track, 6 joiners, 2 dare-devil loops, 2 full curves, 2 ‘chute traps, 2 drag ‘chutes, 1 starting gate, 1 finish gate, 1 universal clamp, and 3 trestles.

A few components are unique to Rosebud Mattel manufacturing.

The universal clamp is white and made in the UK.

Rosebud Mattel insignia in the top left of the clamp.

U.K. imprint to the left of “Hot Wheels”.

The joiners are white and “Made in England” by Rosebud Mattel.

The ‘chute traps are narrower and have a smaller holding compartment than their US counterparts.  This allows a better fit with the dual lane race track.

‘Chute trap doors closed.

‘Chute trap doors open.

These are the instructions.

Instructions – front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – back page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Here’s the layout.

Four cars to race on this track:

From L to R: 1969 Pontiac T/A, AMC Javelin AMX, 1971 Plymouth GTX and 2007 Ford Shelby GT 500. All have Faster Than Ever wheels.

At the start.

Go!!!!!!!!

Into the loops.

Through the loops.

Into the curves.

Out of the curves.

At the finish.

Poppin’ the ‘chutes.

Here’s a link to my YouTube channel where you can see this set in action.

So there you have it.  The 1970 Hot Wheels Twin ‘Chute Action Set.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

Box art – back

Box art -side.

Box art – side: close up.

Box art – side: close up.

Box art – side: close Up.

Box art – side.

Box art – side: close up.

Box art – side: close up.

Box art – side: close up.

Box art – side: close up.

Box art – end.

Unused contents featuring 2 spoilers cars. Courtesy eBay.