1970 Hot Wheels Indy 500 Race Set

May 29, 2016 marks the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Logo for the 100th Indy 500.

Logo for the 100th Indy 500.

Adding to this tradition is Hot Wheels. Back in 1970, Mattel issued the Indy Team pak.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back and side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back and side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

It featured a 4 car box set of Hot Wheels’ open wheel cars.

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Three of these cars ran at Indianapolis including the red Lotus Turbine which almost won the 1968 race (fuel shaft broke on lap 191 while in the lead), an aqua Shelby Turbine which almost won the 1967 race (transmission bearing broke on lap 196 while in the lead) and a light green Indy Eagle. Although Brabham Repcos competed at Indianapolis, the blue F1 model shown here ran in Formula One.

Today I’m going racing, Indy style, with a dual-lane Rod Runner oval track. This layout has 32 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 dual-lane Rod Runner, two 180 degree dual-lane curves, 2 white trestles and a dual-lane lap counter.

Indy parts

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With the dual-lane lap counter we can run 20 lap races.

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For this open wheel race I am running two Winning Formula cars.

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Here’s what happened with this Indy race.

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

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - bottom. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – bottom. Courtesy eBay.

Logo for the 99th running of the Indy 500.

Logo for the 99th running of the Indy 500.

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.

1970 Hot Wheels Dual-Lane Rod Runner Basic Drag Set

When I was a kid, although stunting and circuit layouts were important, it was hard to beat straight forward drag racing for fun.

Dual-lane Rod Runner. 1970 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel. Inc.

Dual-lane Rod Runner. 1970 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel. Inc.

So, today I am taking a 1970 dual-lane Rod Runner, adding some track and sticking a finish gate at the end. Your basic track.

1970 Dual-lane Rod Runner instructions.

1970 Dual-lane Rod Runner instructions.

And to show this track in action, I’ve got 8 classic muscle cars ready to go.

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l to r: red ’70 AAR ‘Cuda, orange ’68 Barracuda Formula S, yellow ’71 Challenger, green ’69 Coronet Super Bee, light blue ’70 GTO Judge, teal ’69 Cougar Eliminator, purple ’69 Charger 500 and a black ’70 Buick GSX

Here’s a rip down the strip.

Yellow '71 Dodge Challenger vs green '69 Dodge Coronet Super Bee.

Yellow ’71 Dodge Challenger vs green ’69 Dodge Coronet Super Bee.

And...they're off!

And…they’re off!

Blasting down the track.

Blasting down the track.

Almost there....

Almost there….

The Challenger wins. This race is done.

The Challenger wins. This race is done.

Here’s a video of what happened when these 8 muscle cars got on the track.

So there you have it. A custom track. The 1970 Hot Wheels dual-lane Rod Runner Basic Drag Set. It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - side.

Box art – side.

1971 Hot Wheels Zig-Zag-Boom Drag Set

Here’s a custom Hot Wheels drag strip with 4 lane changes.  The first 2 lane changes involve Crossover pieces.  So the cars zig; then they zag.  The second 2 lane changes involve Danger-Changers.  Hence the “Boom” part of the name.

It’s going to take some power to get through this much side to side action.  So I’m starting things off with a dual-lane Rod Runner and fair start T-bar.  Add in 32 feet of orange track, 6 joiners, 2 Crossovers, 2 Danger-Changers plus 1 finish gate and away we go.

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Here’s the layout.

The start.

The start.

The crossovers.

The crossovers.

And the Danger-Changers plus finish gate.

And the Danger-Changers plus finish gate.

I’m using 4 cars that’ll have to be fast to get through this furious raceway.

l to r: 1971 Mustang Boss 351, 1970 Road Runner, 1969 Corvette and 1971 Charger.

l to r: 1971 Mustang Boss 351, 1970 Road Runner, 1969 Corvette and 1971 Charger.

Here’s a run down the track.

Ready at the start.

Ready at the start.

Racing out of the Rod Runner.

Racing out of the Rod Runner.

Into the first crossover. Here comes the Zig!

Into the first crossover. Here comes the Zig!

Out of the first crossover.

Out of the first crossover.

Zagging through the second crossover.

Zagging through the second crossover.

Into the first Danger-Changer.

Into the first Danger-Changer.

Cutting it close in the second Danger-Changer.

Cutting it close in the second Danger-Changer.

Stretching to the finish.

Stretching to the finish.

My YouTube video shows you how these drag races played out.

So there you have it.  A custom track.

The 1971 Hot Wheels Zig-Zag-Boom Drag Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio – Figure 8

Ontario Motor Speedway was a multipurpose track that featured a 2.5 mile oval, a 1/4 mile drag strip and a road course.  The road course had four configurations that would allow for distances of 2.7, 2.94, 2.98  and 3.2 miles.

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The road course was used by:

the Sports Car Club of America.

the Sports Car Club of America.

the Questor Grand Prix

the Questor Grand Prix

and motorcycle racing

and the Champion Spark Plugs motorcycle races.

The Ontario Trio Set has a road course layout that contains 32 feet of orange track, 8 joiners, two 200 degree dual-lane curves, 2 dual-lane crossovers, and 1 dual-lane Rod Runner with fair start T-bar.

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This is the assembled figure 8 layout.

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Here’s a lap around the course with a yellow Corvette Grand Sport and a blue 2007 Shelby GT 500, both with Faster Than Ever type 1 wheels.

Launching out of the Rod Runner.

Launching out of the Rod Runner.

Rushing into the underpass of the dual-lane Crossover.

Rushing into the underpass of the dual-lane Crossover.

Charging out of the dual-lane Crossover.

Charging out of the dual-lane Crossover.

Hard bank into the first dual-lane curve.

Hard bank into the first dual-lane curve.

Up and over the dual-lane Crossover.

Up and over the dual-lane Crossover.

Crossing past the finish line.

Crossing past the finish line.

Running hard into the second dual-lane curve.

Running hard into the second dual-lane curve.

Coming back to the Rod Runner for another lap.

Coming back to the Rod Runner for another lap.

To see how the Corvette Grand Sport faired against the 2007 Shelby GT 500 in a 30 lap road course race, check out my YouTube video.

 

So there you have it.

The 1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio Set in Figure 8 configuration.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - side. The figure 8.

Box art – side. The figure 8.

Box art - back. Figure 8 layout.

Box art – back. Figure 8 layout.

Box art - end.

Box art – end.

1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio – Drag Set

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Drag racing in southern California reached a new pinnacle on November 21-22, 1970 at Ontario Motor Speedway with the first Supernationals.  The lead sponsor for this event was Mattel’s Hot Wheels.

Official sheet for the first Supernationals.

Official magazine for the first Supernationals.

The event was chock full of great cars and dedicated racers.  Here’s a few pictures at the Starting Tower area of funny cars and pro stockers in action.

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Courtesy Mopar Muscle Magazine.

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Courtesy Quarter Milestones Photography.

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Courtesy Quarter Milestones Photography.

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Courtesy Mopar Muscle Magazine.

The 1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio set has a drag strip setup.  This is the longest drag race track that Mattel every made for the Hot Wheels line up.  Both lanes measure 20 feet long (including the 2 foot long crossover pieces).

Track components include: 32 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 dual-lane Rod Runner with fair start T-bar, 2 crossovers and 1 finish gate.

This is my 4 car race set:

l to r: 1970 AAR 'Cuda, 1970 Buick GSX, 1971 Olds 442 and 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport.

l to r: 1970 AAR ‘Cuda, 1970 Buick GSX, 1971 Olds 442 and 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport.

Here’s a race down the strip.

Gran Torino and 'Cuda at the start.

Gran Torino and ‘Cuda at the start.

Wheelies out of the Rod Runner.

Wheelies out of the Rod Runner.

Blasting down the straightaway.

Blasting down the straightaway.

Into the first crossover.

Into the first crossover.

Shooting out of the first crossover.

Shooting out of the first crossover.

Hitting the second crossover.

Hitting the second crossover.

Stretching to the finish.

Stretching to the finish.

Almooost thereee!

Almooost thereee!

Here’s my video of a day at the Ontario Trio drag strip.

 

 

So there you have it.

The 1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio drag strip.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - side. The drag strip.

Box art – side. The drag strip.

Box art - back. Drag strip layout.

Box art – back. Drag strip layout.

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1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio – Oval

Ontario Motor Speedway ran the inaugural, open wheel California 500 race on September 6, 1970.

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A huge crowd of 180,000 saw Jim McElrearth take home the victory with the #14 Coyote.

Jim McElreath and his #14 car in the winner circle at Ontario Motor Speedway.

Jim McElreath and his #14 car in the winner circle at Ontario Motor Speedway.

The 1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio set pays homage to this track.  The oval layout consists of 32 feet of orange track, 8 joiners, 1 dual-lane Rod Runner with fair start T-bar, two 180 degree dual-lane curves and 2 crossovers.

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Today’s race features a purple 2011 Indy car against a teal F1 Racer.

left to right: 2011 Indy Car vs teal F1 Racer.

left to right: 2011 Indy Car vs teal F1 Racer.

Here’s a lap around the oval.

At the start.

At the start.

The Rod Runner launch.

The Rod Runner launch.

Flying into the first crossover.

Flying into the first crossover.

Screaming out of the first crossover.

Screaming out of the first crossover.

Hard tilt into the first dual-lane curve.

Hard tilt into the first dual-lane curve.

Down the back stretch.

Down the back stretch.

Into the second crossover.

Into the second crossover.

Out of the second crossover.

Out of the second crossover.

Racing into the second dual-lane curve.

Racing into the second dual-lane curve.

Blasting out of the second dual-lane curve.

Blasting out of the second dual-lane curve.

Heading back to the dual-lane Rod Runner.

Heading back to the dual-lane Rod Runner.

Here’s how the 30 lap race turned out.

 

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio oval layout.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - side. The Oval.

Box art – side. The Oval.

Box art - back. Oval layout.

Box art – back. Oval layout.

Box art - side.

Box art – side.