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 Triple-Dare Race Action Set

For 1969, Mattel gave us the Double-Dare Race Action Set.  In 1971 you could go one step further by adding 2 Danger-Changers to the ’69 track.  I call it the Triple-Dare Race Action Set. Track components include: 1 start gate, 1 universal clamp, 30 feet of orange track, 6 joiners, 2 daredevil loops, 2 Danger-Changers and 1 finish gate. TD0 Although this track set never showed up in North America, it was sold in Germany.

German toy catalogue. Courtesy GranToros.com.

German dealer’s toy catalogue. Courtesy GranToros.com.

Here’s the 4 car set I’ll use for today’s races.

L to R: 1970 Monte Carlo SS 454, 1970 Chevelle SS convertible, 1970 Mustang Mach 1 and 1971 Olds 442.

L to R: 1970 Monte Carlo SS 454, 1970 Chevelle SS convertible, 1970 Mustang Mach 1 and 1971 Olds 442.

This is a run down the track.

At the start.

At the start.

And they're off!

And they’re off !

Screaming through the loops.

Screaming through the loops.

Flying out of the loops.

Flying out of the loops.

Side by side down the straightaway.

Side by side down the straightaway.

Look Out !!!!

Look Out !!!!

Slammed into the Danger-Changer.

Slammed into the first Danger-Changer.

Launched like a projectile onto it's side past the second Danger-Changer. Ouch !

Launched like a projectile onto it’s side past the second Danger-Changer. Ouch !

See how the cars perform in this video from my YouTube site.

So there you have it.  A Double-Dare Race Action Set with a Danger-Changer 2-Pak.  The 1971 Hot Wheels Triple-Dare Race Action Set.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

And from “The Hot Ones” era (1983 for this set) we have the Dash & Crash Speedway. It features dual-lane loops and only 1 danger-changer.

This version has dual-lane loops and only 1 danger-changer. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Hot Wheels Dual-Lane Rod Runner Danger-Changer Drag Set

The 1971 Danger-Changer 2-Pak allowed kids to build all sorts of great tracks.  One of the tracks pictured on the back of the box (the center one) shows a Dual-Lane Rod Runner powering a drag strip with 2 Danger-Changers in the set.

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To build this track I am using 32 feet of orange track, 10 jointers, 1 dual-lane Rod Runner with fair start T-bar, 2 Danger-Changers and 1 finish gate.

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For today’s drag racing here are the cars that I’ll run.  “On Fire” is the theme.

L to R: '11 Corvette Grand Sport (Fire Dept.), '11 Dodge Charger R/T (Fire Dept.), 1973 Firebird Trans-Am and 1971 Plymouth Road Runner.

L to R: ’11 Corvette Grand Sport (Fire Dept.), ’11 Dodge Charger R/T (Fire Dept.), 1973 Firebird Trans-Am( with blue and white flames) and 1971 Plymouth Road Runner (Heat Fleet).

Let’s take in a race.

At the start.

At the start.

Flying out of the Rod Runner.

Flying out of the Rod Runner.

Racing down the straightaway.

Racing down the straightaway.

Into the first Danger-Changer.

Into the first Danger-Changer.

Zipping into the second Danger-Changer.

Zipping through the second Danger-Changer.

Stretching to the finish.

Stretching to the finish.

Race Rules: In the event of a crash, the winning car is the one that lies closest to the finish gate.

See who wins the 4 car competition at my YouTube site: Smackeral Cafe.

So there you have it.  Take a dual-lane Rod Runner, add a Danger-Changer 2-Pak and build the 1971 Hot Wheels Dual-Lane Rod Runner Danger-Changer Drag Set.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

1971 Hot Wheels “Gone In 8 Seconds” Set

In 1974, H.B. Halicki produced a car movie called “Gone In 60 Seconds”.  It’s become a cult classic.  The film centers on a group of guys stealing 48 high-end automobiles for a $400,000 fee.  Each car has to be entered, fired up, put into gear and stolen within 60 seconds. The featured car of the movie is a 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 code named Eleanor.

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DVD release image for the 1974 movie “Gone in 60 seconds”.

The year 2000 brought a remake of this movie starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie. Same set up as before.  This time Cage is trying to steal 50 cars in 72 hours in order to set his younger brother free from the mob.  The star car (Eleanor) in this movie is a customized 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback.

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From the 2000 movie “Gone in 60 seconds”.

Both movies climax with a high adrenaline police chase of the Mustangs.  In keeping with this theme, I am setting up a special police chase track called “Gone in 8 Seconds”.  Track components include 28 feet of orange track, 8 joiners, two 180 degree dual-lane curves, 1 dual-lane Rod Runner and 2 Danger-Changers.  Here’s the oval layout.

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Why “Gone In 8 Seconds”?  That how long it takes to grab a car, put it on the track, set the Rod Runner and launch the vehicle for a full lap on this course.

This is very much a high speed track.  So I am running a teal 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake and a blue C6 Corvette police car.

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This track is like the Hot Wheels Great Getaway Set of 1971 but using a second Danger-Changer keeps the cars in their own lanes when they hit the dual-lane Rod Runner.  That way, when you crank up the dial for one car, only that car gets that power boost lap after lap.  The trouble with the Great Getaway Set and it’s single Danger-Changer is the cars keep crossing lanes through the Rod Runner.  Managing power settings for a given car is difficult.

Once the cars are rolling, if the police car can hit the speeding Shelby in a Danger-Changer section then justice is served.  But if the Shelby can avoid the police for 20 laps then the Shelby makes a clean getaway and is long gone.

Here’s what a lap looks like.

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Firing out of the Rod Runner. The chase is on.

Screaming around the first curve.

Screaming around the first curve.

Into the first Danger-Changer.

Into the first Danger-Changer.

Crossing through the second Danger-Changer.

Crossing through the second Danger-Changer.

Hot pursuit to the second curve.

Hot pursuit to the second curve.

Rushing through the second curve.

Rushing through the second curve.

Closer, closer.

Closer, closer.

Justice delivered on the next lap?

Justice delivered on the next lap?

See what happens.  Here’s my YouTube video of this police chase.

So there you have it.  Take a Dual-Lane Rod Runner Race Set, add a Danger-Changer 2-Pak and make your own 1971 “Gone in 8 Seconds” track special.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

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From the 2000 movie “Gone In 60 seconds”.

From the 2000 movie "Gone In 60 Seconds".

From the 2000 movie “Gone In 60 Seconds”.

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From the 2000 movie “Gone In 60 seconds”.

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From the 2000 movie “Gone In 60 seconds”.

1971 Hot Wheels Great Getaway Set

The 1971 Great Getaway Set was only released in Canada.  It comes with 2 cars: a Paddy Wagon and a Demon.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

The idea behind this set is to have the Paddy Wagon police car hide behind a billboard. When the offending car speeds through the stop sign, the Paddy Wagon is released down a ramp in “hot pursuit”.  Now it’s a “lap after lap” chase, powered by a dual-lane Rod Runner. Swift justice is brought to bear when the Paddy Wagon catches up to the speeding car in the Danger-Changer criss cross  and produces a track clearing crash.  On the other hand, if the Demon out maneuvers the Paddy Wagon and no collision occurs, then the Demon makes a clean getaway.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Track components include 21 feet of orange track, 5 joiners, two 180 degree dual-lane curves,1 dual-lane Rod Runner, 1 Danger-Changer and 1 billboard with ramp and stop sign.

The Paddy Wagon has a special roof design so it doesn’t get hung up in the Rod Runner.

Paddy Wagon from the Great Getaway Set. Courtesy eBay.

Paddy Wagon from the Great Getaway Set. Courtesy eBay.

Original 1970 Paddy Wagon with high roofline that gets caught in a Rod Runner. Courtesy www.toycarcollector.com

Original 1970 Paddy Wagon with high roofline that gets caught in a Rod Runner. Courtesy http://www.toycarcollector.com

The 1970 Demon. Courtesy www.toycarcollector.com

The 1970 Demon. Courtesy http://www.toycarcollector.com

For my demonstration I am making this as easy as possible.  A working “billboard and police ramp with stop sign” is impossibly hard to find.  So I am going to skip it and put the law breaking car on the track first, set it off and then add in the police car on the subsequent lap.

Here’s my track set up.

Oval layout with the Danger-Changer on the back stretch.

Oval layout with the Danger-Changer on the back stretch.

My breaking-the-speed-limit car is a white 1968 Shelby GT500 and the chase car is a black 2010 Ford Mustang GT sheriff’s vehicle.

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The 2010 Mustang gets 20 laps to dispense justice by hitting the 1968 Shelby.  If there is no contact, then the Shelby makes a Great Getaway

Here’s a track lap.

Fired out of the dual-lane Rod Runner: the chase is on.

Fired out of the dual-lane Rod Runner: the chase is on.

Hard tilt into the first curve.

Hard tilt into the first curve.

Into the Danger-Changer.

Into the Danger-Changer.

This'll be close!

This’ll be close!

The chase goes on.

The chase goes on.

Banking into the second curve.

Banking into the second curve.

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Cornering hard.

Into the Rod Runner for another lap.

Into the Rod Runner for another lap.

Here’s how the chase plays out on my YouTube channel.

So there you have it.  The 1971 Hot Wheels Great Getaway Set.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - sides. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – sides. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - end. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – end. Courtesy eBay.