1970 Hot Wheels Road Trials Set: instructions

Here are the instructions for the Hot Wheels Road Trials Set.

Track layout for the Hi-Performance Set with 2-way Super-Charger.

So there you have it. Instructions for the 1970 Hot Wheels Road Trials Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

 

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1970 Hot Wheels Road Trials Set: in action

Every car owner knows that regular maintenance and periodic repairs are an integral part of keeping your vehicle on the road. However, for kids, the mindset is more one of running your toy car into the ground and then getting a new one. But in 1970 Mattel took a different approach by letting the young enthusiast work on his car to keep it running “faster than ever”!

The Tune-Up Tower provided the back bone for Hot Wheels maintenance. The Road Trials Set planted the tower inside an oval track powered by a single-lane Rod Runner.

Box art – side.

That meant you could bring a slower running car in for an evaluation and adjustment, then send it out on the track for a “trial” run to see if it moved faster.

This time around I am working with 3 open wheel redline cars that Mattel released in 1969.

Indy Eagle on the left and 2 Lotus Turbines on the right.

All 3 of these machines ran in the 1968 Indy 500.

1968 Indy 500 starting grid.

Dan Gurney piloted the #48 Indy Eagle.

Dan Gurney in the #48 Indy Eagle. Courtesy http://openwheel33.com/paint-schemes/1968-paint-schemes/

He drove a spectacular race and finished second behind race winner Bobby Unser.

Joe Leonard grabbed the pole position in his #60 Lotus Turbine.

Joe Leonard and the #60 Lotus Turbine. Courtesy http://openwheel33.com/paint-schemes/1968-paint-schemes/

He was leading the race with only 9 laps to go when a fuel shaft broke and put him out of competition. He finished 12th for the day.

Every Hot Wheels Lotus Turbine car came with a #70 sticker sheet. The original #70 Lotus Turbine was driven by Graham Hill.

Gr.ham Hill and the #70 Lotus Turbine. Courtesy http://openwheel33.com/paint-schemes/1968-paint-schemes/

Hill won the Indy 500 in 1966 but finished 19th during the ’68 race.

Here’s some pictures of the Road Trials Set in action and a YouTube video to bring it all to life.

Track layout.

Another view of the layout.

Open wheel Hot Wheels parked on the 2nd floor.

Two F1 Racers parked on the 1st floor.

Lotus turbine heading up the elevator.

Purple Lotus Turbine on the Dyno-Meter treadmill.

Indy Eagle on the hoist. Tune-Up Wrench at the ready.

Lotus turbine getting a full suspension work over.

Indy Eagle on the 3rd floor ramp. Getting ready for a track run.

F1 Racer running through the lane merger and onto the race course.

Heading into the Rod Runner.

Blasting out of the Rod Runner.

Racing past the Tune-Up Tower on a fast lap.

So there you have it. The 1970 Hot Wheels Road Trials Set with Tune-up Tower and Rod Runner. Making Hot Wheels still fast. Still fun.

1970 Hot Wheels Road Trials Set

The 1970 Hot Wheels Rod Runner Speedway Set lets you run “lap after lap” action on an oval using a single-lane rod runner.  To take things one step further, Mattel added a Tune-Up Tower and produced the Hot Wheels Road Trials Set.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

This set includes 12 1/2 feet of orange track, 8 joiners, 2 full curves, 1 lane merger, 1 single-lane rod runner and 1 tune-up tower with 1 wheel wrench.

The Tune-Up Tower is a 3 level structure with parking on the first 2 levels and a Dyno-Meter on the top floor.  This rolling treadmill is activated by a white switch on the tower roof.  The Dyno-Meter measures spinning wheel resistence and wheel alignment.  If a wheel is bent to the left then the car drifts to the left.  It makes sense that a car pushing into the sidewall of the track will encounter greater friction and run slower.

A wheel wrench is provided that allows you to bend the axle so that tire alignment is more true.

The result should be a faster car.  Mattel lets you “Road Trial” your mechanical fix by supplying an orange ramp off the top level for access to the track oval below which is powered by a single-lane rod runner.

Top floor on ramp. Connect to track and GO! Courtesty eBay.

Track layout. Courtesy eBay.

If the car’s performance is still off you can bring it back in for another “tune-up”.  If it runs fast and straight you can come in and park or stay out and “race ’em nonstop!”.

The Tune-Up Tower also has an elevator operated by a second white switch that will take your car to any of the 3 levels.

Here’s a 1970 TV ad from Mattel demonstrating the Road Trials Set.  Courtesy Mark Roach.

So there you have it.  The 1970 Hot Wheels Road Trials Set with Tune-Up Tower and single-lane Rod Runner.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

1970 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Road Trials Set: Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Road Trials Set: Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

 

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art -back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – end. Courtesy eBay.

More box contents. Courtesy eBay.

More box contents. Courtesy eBay.

Stickers and papers. Courtesy eBay.

More stickers. Courtesy eBay.

Page from Road Trials instruction sheet. Courtesy eBay.

Page from Road Trials instruction sheet. Courtesy eBay.

Back page of instruction sheet. Courtesy eBay.

Back page of instruction sheet. Courtesy eBay.

Content pieces. Courtesy eBay.

Sunday Newspaper Comics Section from August 23, 1970. This ad is for Mattel's Road Trials Set featuring racing legend Dan Gurney.

Sunday Newspaper Comics Section from August 23, 1970. This ad is for Mattel’s Road Trials Set featuring racing legend Dan Gurney. Courtesy eBay.