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 Mean Mountain – Part 1

The big RRRumblers set for 1971 is the Mean Mountain.  The picture on the box is a classic image of motorcycle hill climbing in Southern California during the early ’70s.

US set with box window revealing the 2 contained motorcycles. Courtesy eBay.

US set with box window revealing the 2 contained motorcycles. Courtesy eBay.

Canadian set has no vehicle window.

Canadian set has no vehicle window.

This set includes 24 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 Big Belter & Matchmaker, and 1 Mean Mountain.  The box art on the back shows that you can make the hill climb as high as you want depending on the table you are using.

Box art - back. US version.

Box art – back. US version. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Canadian version.

Box art – back. Canadian version.

Contents list on back of box.

Contents list on back of box.

Box art - end.

Box art – end.

Box art - other end. Canadian version in French.

Box art – side. Canadian version in French.

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Box art – side in color.

Box art - side. Close-up.

Box art – side. Close-up.

Box art - side. Close-up.

Box art – side. Close-up.

Box art - side. Close-up.

Box art – side. Close-up.

Box art - side. Close-up.

Box art – side. Close-up.

Box art - side. Close-up.

Box art – side. Close-up.

Box art - side. Motorcycle list.

Box art – side. Motorcycle list.

Box art - side. Motorcycle list.

Box art – side. Motorcycle list.

Out of the box, this is the Mean Mountain.

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View from the top.

View from the top.

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And here’s an introduction video about the Mean Mountain.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Mean Mountain. Part 1 – an introduction.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Mean Mountain box from Japan - front. Courtesy eBay.

Mean Mountain box from Japan – front. Courtesy eBay.

Mean Mountain box from Japan - back. Courtesy eBay.

Mean Mountain box from Japan – back. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Japanese Collectors' Catalogue. Courtesy eBay.

1971 Japanese Collectors’ Catalogue. Courtesy eBay.

 

1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Dizzy-Dare Set

The 1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Dizzy-Dare Set features a RRRumblers motorcycle going up against a Hot Wheels car on a single-lane loop track with drag ‘chute finish.

Box art - front. Canadian version.

Box art – front. Canadian version.

The set comes with 14 feet of orange track, 6 joiners, 1 universal clamp, 1 stunt loop, 1 ‘chute trap and 2 drag ‘chutes.

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The stunt loop can be configured into a standard 360 degree circle (The Swooper Loop) with the vehicles traveling in a straight line or it can be twisted into an oblong circle (The Big-Twist Loop) with the vehicles exiting at a 90 degree angle from their entrance.

Box art - back. Showing the 2 loop configurations.

Box art – back. Showing the 2 loop configurations.

Here are the instructions:

Instructions - front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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

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

Instructions - step 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - step 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - step 5. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – step 5. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - layouts. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – layouts. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions for Sizzlers tracks. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions for Sizzlers tracks. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions - track tips & contents list. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – track tips & contents list. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

For track time I’m going to use an orange 1971 RRRumblers Road Hog and a silver Camaro Concept Convertible.

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Here’s a run down the two layouts.

Camaro at the start.

Camaro at the start.

Heading down the track.

Heading down the track.

Into the Swooper Loop.

Into the Swooper Loop.

Now a switch to the Big-Twist loop with the Road Hog motorcycle in hot pursuit.

Camaro into the loop. Road Hog coming fast.

Camaro into the loop. Road Hog coming fast.

At the crossroads.

At the crossroads.

No hit. Camaro heads for the 'chute trap.

No hit. Camaro heads for the ‘chute trap.

Road Hog climbs the loop.

Road Hog climbs the loop.

Speeding into the 'chute trap.

Speeding into the ‘chute trap.

Camaro pops the 'chute!

Camaro pops the ‘chute!

Road Hog pulls in behind.

Road Hog pulls in behind.

Out of room & out of track.

Out of room & out of track.

Take a look at my YouTube video to see these two vehicles tackle the Dizzy-Dare Set.

So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels RRRumblers Dizzy-Dare Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - front. Close-up of a Road Hog in the Big-Twist Loop.

Box art – front. Close-up of a Road Hog in the Big-Twist Loop.

Box art - front. Close-up of Hot Wheels Six Shooter pippin' the drag 'chute.

Box art – front. Close-up of Hot Wheels Six Shooter poppin’ the drag ‘chute.

Box art - side.

Box art – side.

Box art - back. Close-up.

Box art – back. Close-up.

Box art - back. Close-up.

Box art – back. Close-up.

Box art- back. Close-up of picture.

Box art- back. Close-up of picture.

A United Kingdom version of the same set. No view window to see the included vehicles and the RRRumblers logo is deemphasized.

A United Kingdom version of the same set. No view window to see the included vehicles and the RRRumblers logo is deemphasized.

A European version of the Stunt Loop Pak. Courtesy eBay.

A German version of the Stunt Loop Pak. Courtesy eBay.

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.