1968 Hot Wheels Daredevil Loops

For those of us who, in early 1967, could do no better than push our diecast cars along the floor…the thought of running a loop was inconceivable.  But the release of the 1968 Hot Wheels lineup changed everything.  When Hot Wheels arrived on the scene, our days of “pushing” were over.

The Daredevil Loop was mind blowing.

Box art - front.

Box art – front.

It was hard to imagine that this was possible.

Box art - front. Close-up.

Box art – front. Close-up.

We would stare at the back of the box in disbelief. But there it was, a picture of a kid setting off a car that would run the track…including the loop…all by itself. Simply amazing!

Box art - back.

Box art – back.

Right off the bat, the loops came in sets. 1968 saw the Stunt Action Set. A single lane track with one loop.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

The following year brought the 1969 Double-Dare Race Action Set. A dual-lane track with one loop in each lane.

A complete Double-Dare Race Action Set. Courtesy eBay.

A complete Double-Dare Race Action Set. Courtesy eBay.

Over the years loops have become a staple in Hot Wheels’ offerings.

Single-lane loop & chute set.

Single-lane Loop & Chute set. Courtesy eBay.

Snake Mountain Challenge. Courtesy eBay.

Snake Mountain Challenge. Courtesy eBay.

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Loop & Launch Mega Pak. Courtesy eBay.

Mongoose & Snake Drag Race Set.

Mongoose & Snake Drag Race Set.

Loop & Splash Set. Courtesy eBay.

Loop & Splash Set. Courtesy eBay.

But it did not stop there. Ultimately, we saw the Double Loop Launch Set with 2 loops, back to back, in a single lane.

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And then there was the Thrill Drivers Corkskrew Set. A dual-lane drag set with 2 loops in each lane.

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Without question, Mattel’s Hot Wheels is king of the loops.  At least that’s what I thought until I saw this on eBay recently.

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A single lane triple loop track from 1970 by Johnny Lightning. The Ricochet series involves tracks where the cars are launched in one direction and then returned in the opposite direction by a second launcher at the other end.

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The other thing that caught my eye is the caption, “Beats them all”! Can a Hot Wheels car do a triple loop? Time to find out.

So there you have it. The 1968 Hot Wheels Daredevil Loop accessory.  The beginning of fast moving diecast cars that could do anything.

And it’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - end

Box art – end

Box art - side.

Box art – side.

Accessory Paks from the 1969 Hot Wheels Collectors' Catalogue.

Accessory Paks from the 1969 Hot Wheels Collectors’ Catalogue.

Wallpaper from the Hot Wheels collectors.com website. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Wallpaper from the Hot Wheels collectors.com website. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Poster for Thrill Drivers Corkscrew Set. Courtesy eBay.

Poster for Thrill Drivers Corkscrew Set. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Thrill Drivers Corkscrew Race Set. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Thrill Drivers Corkscrew Race Set. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Thrill Drivers Corkscrew Set. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Thrill Drivers Corkscrew Set. Courtesy eBay.

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1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Daring Duo Set

Double-loop drag race sets are a staple of the early Hot Wheels years. In 1969 we have the Double-Dare Race Action Set.  For 1970 there is the Mongoose & Snake Drag Set plus the Twin ‘Chute Action Set (UK).  And 1971 brings us the RRRumblers Daring Duo Set (UK) and the RRRumblers Rip Roarin’ Set (Australia).

The Daring Duo Set. From www.GranToros.com.

The Daring Duo Set. From http://www.GranToros.com.

The Rip Roarin' Set. Courtesy eBay.

The Rip Roarin’ Set. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin' Set box art - side and back. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’ Set box art – side and back. Courtesy eBay.

The difference between the Daring Duo and Rip Roarin’ Sets is the finish gate. The Daring Duo Set uses the automatic finish gate…

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and the Rip Roarin’ Set uses a standard finish gate with the contact arms cut off to allow the taller RRRumblers motorcycles to pass through.

Modified finish gate of the Rip Roarin' Set. Courtesy eBay.

Modified finish gate of the Rip Roarin’ Set. Courtesy eBay.

The Daring Duo Set includes 28 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 universal clamp, 1 start gate, 1 automatic finish gate and 2 daredevil loops.

Here’s a run down the Daring Duo track.

At the start: green Straight Away in lane 2 and yellow Choppin' Chariot in lane 1.

At the start: green Straight Away in lane 2 and yellow Choppin’ Chariot in lane 1.

And...they're off!

And…they’re off!

Climbing the loop.

Climbing the loops.

Round and down the loops.

Round and down the loops.

Out of the loops and onto the straightaway.

Out of the loops and onto the straightaway.

Flat out!

Flat out!

Just about there....

Just about there….

Great finish!

Great finish!

Drag racing...RRRumblers' style.

Drag racing…RRRumblers’ style.

Here’s a video of the Daring Duo Set in action.

So there you have it. The 1971 RRRumblers Daring Duo Set from the U.K.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Daring Duo Set on the bottom. Courtesy www.GranToros.com.

Daring Duo Set on the bottom (German version). Courtesy http://www.GranToros.com.

Rip Roarin' Set made in Australia. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’ Set made in Australia. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin' Set box art - end. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’ Set box art – end. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin'Set contents. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’Set contents. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin' Set contents: close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’ Set contents: close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin' Set contents: Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Rip Roarin’ Set contents: Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Stunt Rider Set

To demonstrate that RRRumblers motorcycles are as versatile as Hot Wheels cars, Mattel introduced the 1971 Stunt Rider Set.

1971 Stunt Rider Set - 01

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Stunt Rider Set - 02

Box art – front, side and end. Courtesy eBay.

On this track RRRumblers tackle a daredevil loop, jump a ramp and ride through 16 feet of track.

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The layout. From 1971 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The layout. From 1971 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Here are the Stunt Rider Set instructions. Click on any image to enlarge.

Instructions - front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – front page: close-up. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - front page track layout. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – front page track layout. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - steps 1, 2 & 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – steps 1, 2 & 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - step 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - track tips. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – track tips. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - more tips and contents. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – more tips and contents. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

For today’s demonstration I’m running two vintage RRRumblers.

l to r: yellow/blue Rip Snorter and orange Road Hog.

l to r: yellow/blue 1971 Rip Snorter and orange 1971 Road Hog.

Here’s a run through the track.

At the start.

At the start.

Away we go!

Away we go!

Into the daredevil loop.

Into the daredevil loop.

Roarin' down the straightaway.

Roarin’ down the straightaway.

Hitting the jump.

Hitting the jump.

Running the length of the track.

Running the length of the track.

See how the Rip Snorter and Road Hog perform on the Stunt Rider Set in my YouTube video.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Stunt Action Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - front. High-Tailer motorcycle in the window. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. High-Tailer motorcycle in the window. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Stunt Rider Set. Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

An even more basic RRRumblers track was made in Germany; the Strip Action Set.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side and end. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side and end. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Close-up. Courtesy eBay.

Instructions and motorcycle. Courtesy eBay.

Instructions and motorcycle. Courtesy eBay.

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.