1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers track sets summary

1971 Sizzlers tracks came as 2 orange tracks and 3 black Fat Tracks.

Of the orange tracks one was for North America and one for the United Kingdom.

North America got the Highwinder Set.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

The U.K. got the Pursuit Set.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Mustang heading up and over on the Pursuit Set track.

Mustang heading up and over on the Pursuit Set track.

The big advance for 1971 was the advent of Fat Track.  This gave Sizzlers cars room to wind up and go!  All 3 sets had an Ontario Motor Speedway theme.

First up: the Big “O” Race Set.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Racing by the Juice Machine.

Racing by the Juice Machine.

Deep into the 180 degree Fat Track curve.

Deep into the 180 degree Fat Track curve.

The California 500 Race Set.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Moving fast into the second curve.

Moving fast into the second curve.

And the Super Circuit Race Set.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Jumping out of the Scramble Start.

Jumping out of the Scramble Start.

Under the overpass.

Under the overpass.

Sailing through the 180 degree curve.

Sailing through the 180 degree curve.

Up on the overpass.

Up on the overpass.

Round the 270 degree curve.

Round the 270 degree curve.

Through the last curve and back onto the straightaway.

Through the last curve and back onto the straightaway.

And when you need pit stops…

Ready to charge.

Ready to charge.

Here’s my video of the 1971 Sizzlers track sets:

In subsequent years, no Sizzlers tracks proved to be faster than the 1971 sets.

They’re still fast.  Still fun.

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1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Super Circuit Race Set

The wildest set for 1971 is the Sizzlers Super Circuit Race Set. This is a track builders delight. Beside oval layouts you can make tracks with 90 degree, 180 degree and even 270 degree turns. All sorts of configurations are possible.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

This race set includes: 1 Power Pit (I’m using 1 battery powered Power Pak from the UK), 1 Scramble Start, 1 Lap Computer, 1 Squeeze-lane merger, 12 car antenna mounts, 12 antennas, 14 feet of black Fat Track, 4 – 180 degree Fat Track curves, 2 Fat Track center curve pieces, 5 joiners and 16 posts.

This is my assembled layout.

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Here’s a lap around the course.

At the start: red 2006 Live Wire, yellow 1970 Angeleno M70, blue 1971 Spoil Sport and green 1970 Hot Head.

At the start: red 2006 Live Wire, yellow 1970 Angeleno M70, blue 1971 Spoil Sport and green 1970 Hot Head.

And...they're off!

And…they’re off!

Accelerating down the straightaway.

Accelerating down the straightaway.

Deep tilt into the first 180 degree curve.

Deep tilt into the first 180 degree curve.

Careening into the Lap Computer's merger lane.

Careening into the Lap Computer’s merger lane.

The Hot Head's antenna is about to hit the lane 4 trigger mechanism of the Lap Computer

The Hot Head’s antenna is about to hit the lane 4 trigger mechanism of the Lap Computer.

Into the 90 degree turn.

Into the 90 degree turn.

Flying through the overpass.

Flying through the overpass.

Screaming around the 270 degree curve.

Screaming around the 270 degree curve.

Under the overpass.

Under the overpass.

Around the last curve and back into the straightaway.

Around the last curve and back into the straightaway.

It’s a long course and the race is 100 laps.  That means several pit stops will be in order.  Since they may all come in at the same time, I’m using 4 chargers.

All 4 chargers are battery powered: (l to r) 1970 Power Pak (UK), 1970 Juice Machine, 1971 Juice Machine and another 1970 Juice Machine.

All 4 chargers are battery powered: (l to r) 1970 Power Pak (UK), 1970 Juice Machine, 1971 Juice Machine and another 1970 Juice Machine.

Here’s what can happen on a 100 lap race on the Super Circuit.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Super Circuit Race Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

1971 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1971 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Front page instruction for the Super Circuit Race Set. Courtesy eBay.

Front page instruction for the Super Circuit Race Set. Courtesy eBay.

 

1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers California 500 Race Set – part 3

As a kid, I remember combining my 1971 California 500 Layout set with my friends’ extra Fat Track straightaway pieces to build a track very similar to this:

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And we had epic races.  At least, that’s the way I remember them.  More than once I would be leading the 100 lap race only to run out of power on lap 96 or so.  Invariably, I would be forced into a short pit stop and only get 2 or 3 more laps out of my car before running out of juice again. It was hard to beat my friends.

For today’s 100 lap running of the California 500 Race Set, I will be using 3 cars.

l to r: purple 1970 Ford Mark IV, yellow 1970 Angeleno M70 and a light blue 1971 Spoil Sport.

l to r: purple 1970 Ford Mark IV, yellow 1970 Angeleno M70 and a light blue 1971 Spoil Sport.

Here’s a lap around the oval.

On the "Scramble Start" starting grid.

On the “Scramble Start” starting grid.

Pushing the red button turns on all 3 cars at the same time...and "They're Off".

Pushing the red button turns on all 3 cars at the same time…and “They’re Off”.

Speeding up heading down the front straightaway.

Speeding up heading down the front straightaway.

Up and into the first curve.

Up and into the first curve.

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Squeezing into the lap computer.

Squeezing into the lap computer.

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You can see the black triggers for registering laps hanging down from the ceiling of the lap computer. The antenna on each car is in a different position to hit just one of those lap counter triggers on each lap.

Clicking off the first lap.

Clicking off the first lap.

Heading out of the lap computer.

Heading out of the lap computer.

Moving fast into the second curve.

Moving fast into the second curve.

Three abreast.

Three abreast.

Sailing past the Scramble Start.

Sailing past the Scramble Start.

Anything can happen over the next 99 laps.

Anything can happen over the next 99 laps.

Here’s my YouTube video of the California 500 Race Set in action.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers California 500 Race Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers California 500 Race Set – introduction (part 1)

The California 500 (named after the open wheel USAC race at Ontario Motor Speedway) is an oval Fat Track layout for Mattel’s Hot Wheels Sizzlers.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

This poster promoted the connection between the California 500 and Hot Wheels.

California 500 poster from Mattel. Courtesy eBay.

California 500 poster from Mattel. Courtesy eBay.

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This 1971 set has two nice features to make racing easier; the Scramble Start and the Lap Computer.

Box art - front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art - back. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – back. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Setting 2, 3 or 4 cars off at the same time is a bit of a circus so Mattel came up with the Scramble Start. It employs the principle used by Europe’s Formula 1 series where cars begin each race from a standing start. Just push the red button and all 4 cars are turned on. Release the button and away the cars go!

Box art- front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art- front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art - back. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – back. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Action is so intense on Fat Track and the speed so high that it is hard to keep track of what is going on in a race.  To put a bit of order into the situation Mattel developed the Lap Computer which can count 100 laps for 4 separate cars. Each car receives an antenna on its back bumper that triggers a specific lap counter for that antenna position.

This Sizzlers set includes: 10 feet of black Fat Track, 2 – 180 degree Fat Track curves, 1 Scramble Start, 1 Lap Computer, 3 joiners, 2 V-clips and 1 Juice Machine.

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To add a little extra passing action, I am adding a Fat Track Strip Pak to the layout.  This puts 8 more feet of black Fat Track into the oval.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

The result is this track.

Track2

So there you have it. An introduction to the 1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers California 500 Race Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

The California 500 Race Set. 1971 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The California 500 Race Set. 1971 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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

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

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

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

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - end. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – end. Courtesy eBay.

And here are some pictures of the California 500 Layout set (Cars & Juice Machine not included).

The California 500 Layout. 1971 Collectors' Catalogue.  Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The California 500 Layout. 1971 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

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

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

Box art - end. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – end. Courtesy eBay.

Fat Track accessories. 1971 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Fat Track accessories. 1971 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Big “O” Race Set – part 2

It’s track time for the Big “O” Race Set.

Thundering down the front straight; a green 1970 Hot Head and a white 1971Anteater.

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Into the first curve.

BO2

Way up in the first curve.

BO3

Racing past the Juice Machine on the back stretch.

BO4

Here comes the second curve.

BO5

Out of the curve and back on the straightaway.

BO6

Here’s my YouTube video of these 2 cars in a 100 lap race on the basic Fat Track set for 1971.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Big “O” Race Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Big “O” Race Set – part 1

Introduction

The basic 1971 Sizzlers Fat Track is the Big “O” Race Set.  This oval layout takes it’s moniker from Ontario Motor Speedway’s nickname…the Big “O”.  Ontario Motor Speedway was the major race track in Southern California during the 1970s.

An information page from an OMS race day brochure.

An information page from an OMS race day brochure.

Big name drivers at that time included:

An ad for the Big "O".

An ad for the Big “O”.

This is the Big “O” Race Set.

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Box art – front and side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

This set includes: 12 feet of Fat Track, 5 joiners, 2 V-clips, two 180 degree Fat Track curves and 1 Juice Machine.

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This is the instruction sheet cover for the Big “O” Race Set.

Courtesy eBay.

Courtesy eBay.

And here are the instructions from the Big “O” Layout.

Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Steps 2 & 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Steps 2 & 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 5, charging and track tips. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 5, charging and track tips. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Alternate layouts with more track. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Alternate layouts with more track. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Accessories and contents. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Accessories and contents. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Here’s some more box art.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Close up. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Close up. Courtesy eBay.

box art - end. Courtesy eBay.

box art – end. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Close up of the cars. Courtesy eBay.

Close up of the cars. Courtesy eBay.

A European example of the Big "O" Race Set. Courtesy eBay.

An Italian example of the Big “O” Race Set. Courtesy eBay.

European box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Italian box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

The U.K. version. Courtesy eBay.

The U.K. version. Courtesy eBay.

Contents. Courtesy eBay.

U.K. Contents. Courtesy eBay.

Japanese version. Courtesy eBay.

Japanese version. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back & side of Japanese set. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back & side of Japanese set. Courtesy eBay.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Big “O” Race Set: an introduction with instructions.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

1971 Collectors' Catalogue image. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The Big O Race Set. 1971 Collectors’ Catalogue image. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The Big O Layout. 1971 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The Big O Layout. 1971 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Here’s some pics of the Big “O” Layout box.

Box art - front.

Box art – front.

Box art - front. Close up.

Box art – front. Close up.

Box art - side. A blue Live Wire, green Backfire and pink Straight Scoop on the track.

Box art – side. A blue Live Wire, green Backfire and pink Straight Scoop on the track.

Box art - side. Close up.

Box art – side. Close up.

Also, this is the 1971 Juice Machine that came with the set.

Courtesy eBay.

Courtesy eBay.

Close up of box front. Courtesy eBay.

Close up of box front. Courtesy eBay.

1971 instructions - cover. Courtesy eBay.

1971 instructions – cover. Courtesy eBay.

JM3

1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers

The free-wheelin’ Sizzlers introduced in 1970 came with 7 sets that let you run the cars hard on orange track.  But as good as it was, you always felt like you were trying to hold the cars back, especially with the Speed Brake, and keep them on the track.

For 1971, Mattel made sets for Sizzlers to wind up and go flat out.  This was accomplished with Fat Track.

Sizzlers Fat Track comic book ad. The 'Cuda Trans Am is mislabeled as the Firebird Trans-Am. Courtesy eBay.

Sizzlers Fat Track comic book ad. The ‘Cuda Trans Am is mislabeled as the Firebird Trans-Am. Courtesy eBay.

This black plastic track lets cars run 3 abreast down the straightaway and jostle for position all the way along the course.  You never quite know what is going to happen.  So you have to be vigilant for spins outs and cars getting turned around and going the wrong way.

A typical Fat Track race is 100 laps long. At this distance, invariably, pit stops become a factor in the race.  Cars have to make 1 or 2 stops to charge up. (As you may recall, the 1970 tracks use a dual-lane 20 lap counter so pits stops never come up.) The length of the final pit stop plays a significant roll in who wins a race. You need just enough power to finish the race. If there is only 10 laps left, you have to guess how long a charge is needed to run that far.  Of course your competition, who is still out on the track, may be gaining fast and can push you to shorten your charge time so that you get back out quickly to stay ahead. Then again, you may let him go by to make sure you have enough power to finish and hope the other guy runs out of juice before the 100th lap.

1971 Sizzlers poster. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Sizzlers poster. Courtesy eBay.

There are 2 orange track sets for 1971 as well. One from North America and one from the U.K. We’ll look at these first in the next 2 blogs.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels Sizzlers.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

71 Sizzlers

The 1971 Sizzlers from the 1971 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Race Car & Juice Machine. Box art-front. Courtesy eBay.

Race Car & Juice Machine. Box art-front. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Race Car & Juice Machine combo. Box art-back. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Race Car & Juice Machine combo. Box art-back. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Race Car & Juice Machine. Box art-side. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Race Car & Juice Machine. Box art-side. Courtesy eBay.