1971 Hot Wheels Track Sets Summary

1971 marked an ambitious 4th year for Hot Wheels.  Mattel introduced the Big Belter/Matchmaker, RRRumblers motorcycles and Sizzlers Fat Track.  The big promotions involved more Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwan drag racing plus Ontario Motor Speedway.

For the Hot Wheels mainline there is:

1. The Flyin’ Circus Set.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

2. The Great Getaway.  A limited production chase set sold only in Canada.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

3. The Ontario Trio with oval layout, drag strip and figure – 8 course.

Ontario Trio box art - front.

Ontario Trio box art – front.

4. The Danger-Changer 2-Pak deserves special mention because it did not show up on any sets in 1971 (with the sole exception of a single Danger-Changer in the Great Getaway set).

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With Danger-Changers sitting in the track, the potential for a collision will always grab a kid’s attention.

5. The Mongoose & Snake Drag Set from the United Kingdom (Funny Cars).

UK box and contents. Courtesy eBay.

UK box and contents. Courtesy eBay.

6. The Mongoose & Snake Wild Wheelie Set (Rail Dragsters).

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

7. The Big Belter/Matchmaker & Victory Pak accessory paks let you make the same track as The Wild Wheelie Set.

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Victory Pak.

Victory Pak.

Here’s a video summary of the 1971 Hot Wheels mainline track sets.

The brand new RRRumblers motorcycles run on 5 tracks.

1. The Big Belter/Matchmaker & Victory Pak combo.

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2. The Stunt Rider Set

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3. The Daring Duo Set from the United Kingdom.

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4. The Dizzy-Dare Set.

Box art - front. Canadian version.

Box art – front. Canadian version.

5. The Mean Mountain.

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Here’s another video summary.  This time for the RRRumblers motorcycles.

And finally we have the 1971 Sizzlers Sets; 2 orange track sets and 3 Fat Track Sets. With 3 cars wide passing available on Fat Track, racing doesn’t get much wilder than this. Ontario Motor Speedway (OMS) played a prominent part in the first year of Fat Track.

Sizzlers sets include:

1. The High-Winder Set.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

2. The Pursuit Set – United Kingdom.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

3. The Big “O” Race Set (Fat Track). A nickname for OMS.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

2. The California 500 Race Set (Fat Track). The main open wheel event at OMS.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

3. The Super Circuit Race Set (Fat Track). This is Mattel’s biggest Hot Wheels set for 1971.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

This is a summary video of the 1971 Sizzlers track sets:

So there you have it. A summary of all the 1971 Hot Wheels track sets; including cars, RRRumblers and Sizzlers.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

 

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1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Mean Mountain – Part 3

Part 3 of the 1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Mean Mountain.  Time to go racing!

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This set comes with 24 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 Big Belter, 1 Matchmaker and 1 Mean Mountain.

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Here’s a run through the mountain course.

On the Big Belter start.

On the Big Belter start.

Charging out of the Big Belter and down the track.

Charging out of the Big Belter and down the track.

Starting the mountain climb.

Starting the mountain climb.

Looking over the top.

Looking over the top.

Here's the merger squeeze!

Here’s the merger squeeze!

Rubbin' tires.

Rubbin’ tires.

Round the corner. The yellow 1972 Roamin' Candle has this race!

Round the corner. The yellow 1972 Roamin’ Candle has this race!

Heading out of the Mean Mountain.

Heading out of the Mean Mountain.

Full power descent!

Full power descent!

Cruisin' back.

Cruisin’ back.

End of the line. Back to the starting area.

End of the line. Back to the starting area.

Take a look at the video of a 4 bike set racing the Mean Mountain.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Mean Mountain.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Mean Mountain – Part 2: Instructions

The Mean Mountain is easy to assemble.  Here are the instructions that come with the Canadian version of this set (french and english wording). Click on any image to see a larger version.

Instructions - front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The complete setup. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The complete setup. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Safe driving rules & Step 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Steps 3 & 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Steps 3 & 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Steps 5 & 6. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Steps 5 & 6. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

 

Step 7. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 7. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 8 and set contents. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Step 8 and set contents. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

So there you have it. The how-to part of the 1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Mean Mountain.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

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.

Hot Wheels RRRumblers

One of the big things that Mattel promised for 1971 was the RRRumbers line up. Motorcycles that actually ran on Hot Wheels track.

Dealer's catalogue promoting the new RRRumblers. Courtesy GranToros.com

Dealer’s catalogue promoting the new RRRumblers. Courtesy http://www.GranToros.com.

A U.K. ad for RRRumblers. Courtesy eBay.

A U.K. ad for RRRumblers. Courtesy eBay.

Part of the initial promotional build up involved sending in a set of collector’s buttons from the Hot Wheels car line and receiving a new RRRumblers motorcycle from Mattel.

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Six models came out in 1971. Four are two-wheelers and two are three-wheeled “trikes”.

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They came with their own blister cards.

1971 RRRumblers blister pak – front. Courtesyhttp://www.hot-wheels-redline-and-more.com/hot-wheels-rrrumblers-1971-1973/

Paper insert that comes with the bikes - front.

Paper insert that comes with the two-wheeler bikes – front.

Paper insert that comes with the bike - back.

Paper insert that comes with the two-wheeler bikes – back.

For display purposes, the two-wheelers use a built in center stand to stand up on their own.

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The three-wheelers are naturally stable.

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But the magic wasn’t in the cool designs or the accompanying plastic riders.  What makes these bikes special is the track-racks that attach to the undercarriages of the motorcycles. Once installed, these bikes become track worthy.

Like their car predecessors, RRRumblers motorcycles are up for anything. For 1971 there are 5 track sets that run RRRumblers.

1. The Big Belter & Matchmaker Victory Pak drag set. (see prior post/video)

The Big Belter & Matchmaker.

The Big Belter & Matchmaker.

2. The Stunt Rider Set / Strip Action Set (Europe)

3. The Daring Duo Set (UK) / Rip Roarin’ Set (Australia).

4. The Dizzy Dare Set.

5. The Mean Mountain Set.

1971 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1971 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1972 saw six more new models. (Devil’s Deuce, Straight Away, Choppin’ Chariot, Revolution, Roamin’ Candle and Bold Eagle).

1972 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1972 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

And 1973 produced the final four new bikes for the RRRumblers line up. (Centurion, Preying Menace, Bone Shaker and Rip Code)

So there you have it.  RRRumblers. The fastest metal motorcycles in the world.

They’re still fast. Still fun.

1972 RRRumblers ad. Courtesy eBay.

1972 RRRumblers ad. Courtesy eBay.

1994 Hot Wheels Newsletter cover featuring RRRumblers. Courtesy Hot Wheels Newsletter.

1994 Hot Wheels Newsletter cover featuring RRRumblers. Courtesy Hot Wheels Newsletter.

1972 Bold Eagle blister card. Courtesyhttp://www.hot-wheels-redline-and-more.com/hot-wheels-rrrumblers-1971-1973/

1972 Roamin' Candle in RRRumblers blister card. Courtesy eBay.

1972 Roamin’ Candle blister card. Courtesy eBay.

RRRumblers gift set from the U.K. Courtesy eBay.

RRRumblers gift set from the U.K. Courtesy eBay.

A second RRRumblers gift set from the U.K. Courtesy eBay.

A second RRRumblers gift set from the U.K. Courtesy eBay.

Back of RRRumblers gift set from the U.K. Courtesy eBay.

Back of RRRumblers gift set from the U.K. Courtesy eBay.

1972 RRRumblers track sets from 1972 Collector's catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1972 RRRumblers track sets from 1972 Collector’s catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.