1970 Hot Wheels Speedometer Race Set

Speed!

Box art - front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

When it comes to speed, supercars and high performance concept cars take center stage.

Today I’m putting 2 supercars and 2 concept cars to the test.

l to r: orange Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept Car, yellow '12 Acura NSX Concept Car, metal flake silver LaFerrari and lime green Lamborghini Sesto Elemento.

l to r: orange Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept Car, yellow ’12 Acura NSX Concept Car, metal flake silver LaFerrari and lime green Lamborghini Sesto Elemento.

And that test is all about speed. This is a race set where the 1970 dual-lane Speedometer tells us who is the winner.

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There is no finish gate. Whoever slams through the Speedometer with the fastest speed wins.

To generate the highest speed, I’m using a 1970 dual-lane Rod Runner with double rubber bands on each shifter.

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Here’s what happened…

So there you have it. A custom track. The 1970 Hot Wheels Speedometer Race Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - side. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – side. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Close up. Box art - side. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Close up. Box art – side. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Close up. Box art - side. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Close up. Box art – side. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art - end. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – end. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art - back. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – back. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1970 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1970 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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1970 Summary and extra pics

In 1970 Mattel hit full stride with the Hot Wheels main line.  You got to see:

Super-Chargers

Super-Charger

Single-Lane Rod Runners

Rod Runner

Dual-Lane Rod Runners

DLRR

Single-Lane Speedometers

Speedometer

Dual-Lane Speedometers

Dual-lane Speedometer

Drag ‘Chutes

Drag 'Chutes

Tune-Up Towers

Tune-Up Tower

Sky Show airplanes

Sky Show

and mountain race tracks.

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The 1970 track set list includes:

1. Speed Test Set

2. Super-Charger Speed Test Set.

3. Super Speed Action Set.

4. Drag ‘Chute Stunt Set.

5. Mongoose & Snake Drag Race Set.

6. Twin ‘Chute Action Set (UK).

7. Rod Runner Speedway Set.

8. Dual-Lane Rod Runner Race Set.

9. Dual-Lane Rod Runner Drag Set.

10. Road Trials Set.

11. Hi-Performance Set.

12. Hazard Hill Race Set.

13. Sky Show set.

Here’s my YouTube summary of the 1970 Hot Wheels sets.

And then there is the first year run of Sizzlers: The Fastest Electric Cars in the World!

There were both single lane sets:

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And dual-lane sets:

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1. Laguna Oval Set.

2. Atlantic Oval Set.

3. Newport Pacer Set.

4. U.S./8 Race Set.

5. California/8 Race Set.

6. Pacific/8 Race Set.

7. Dare-Devil Duel Set.

8. National Champ Race Set.

This is my YouTube video of the 1970 Sizzlers track sets.

1970…what a year!

All about fast. All about fun.

1970 tracks from Mattel's Hot Wheels Racing World magazine. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1970 tracks from Mattel’s Hot Wheels Racing World magazine. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Large scale track set up from Mattel's Hot Wheels Racing World magazine. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Large scale track set up from Mattel’s Hot Wheels Racing World magazine. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

 

1970 Hot Wheels Super-Charger Speed Test Set

Mattel’s second speed set for 1970 put a Super-Charger behind the thrust to get Hot Wheels cars blazing.  Unlike the other two speed sets, this one let you run a car on an oval and keep upping the power to achieve faster and faster clockings.  Eventually you would record the fastest possible speed for a given car before it reached the limits of it’s stability and crashed.

The 1970 Super-Charger Speed Test Set includes 16 feet of orange track, 8 joiners, 1 Super-Charger, 1 single lane Speedometer, 2 trestles and one bridge.

Here’s the track layout.

And here are my 4 test cars.

L to R: 1968 COPO Camaro, 1986 Monte Carlo SS, Custom V-8 Vega, and 2007 Ford Shelby GT-500.

A lap around the track starts at the Super-Charger.

With no waste of time or speed, the cars blast straight into the Speedometer.

Nearly 120 MPH / 200 KPH and looking for more the next time through.

Up and around the elevated first full curve.

Over the bridge.

Around the second full turn and back into the Super-Charger for another speed shot.

Here’s a link to my YouTube channel showing the speeds these cars recorded as the Super-Charger spun faster and faster.  

There you have it.  The 1970 Hot Wheels Super-Charger Speed Test Set.  “The fastest metal cars in the world” is what it’s all about.

And it’s still fast.  Still fun.

1970 Hot Wheels Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - other side in red, black and white. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – other side in red, black and white. Courtesy eBay.

A nice example of complete contents. Courtesy eBay.

Speed Test Set with instructions. Courtesy eBay.

The set with instructions. Courtesy eBay.

The set with instructions. Courtesy eBay.

The set with instructions. Courtesy eBay.

1970 Hot Wheels Speed Test Set

“The Fastest Metal Cars in the World!”  That was Mattel’s claim during the inaugural years of Hot Wheels.  Kids realized it was true but began wondering, “Just how fast is fast?” To answer that question Mattel produced 3 single-lane speedometer sets in 1970.

The first speedometer set is the gravity powered Speed Test Set.  Track components consist of 20 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 speedometer, and 1 U-turn.  All contents are boxed individually and sold in a plain red, white and black package.

The original package for the Speed Test Set. Courtesy http://www.redlineprotos.com.

Speed Test Set track contents.

I am not sure how this set was distributed but it may have been tied into Hot Wheels’ national Speed Test Day of June 13, 1970.  Speaking of which, Speed Test Day sounds like a great time.  Newspaper archives mention the event throughout North America.  Kids went to their local toy stores that Saturday with their own Hot Wheels cars and put them on a track that ran through a single lane Speedometer.

Speed Test Day display. Courtesy http://www.redlineprotos.com.

Each child received a certificate showing their name, the car they tested, and the speed the car achieved.

Speed Test Day official certificate of entry. A blazing 138 mph! Courtesy http://www.redlineprotos.com.

Various giveaways were on hand including Hot Wheels Racing Patches.  Some stores gave out a grand prize, presumably for the fastest speed of the day, of a single lane Speedometer.

Speed Test Day flyer. Courtesy eBay.

Speed Test Day flyer. Courtesy eBay.

Here are my Speed Test Set contestants.

L to R: 2011 Corvette Grand Sport, 1970 Pontiac GTO, Aston Martin DBS, 1969 Camaro Convertible, 1970 Plymouth Superbird.

At the start.

Picking up speed.

Heading to the Speedometer.

A hard right tilt makes sure the car hits the long, white automatic reset arm before it contacts the small black foam piece of the trigger arm.

Flying into the Speedometer.

Hitting the trigger arm full on.

Recording the speed.

Blasting out of the Speedometer.

Into the U-turn…and stop.

What kind of speeds did my 5 cars produce?  Watch this video from my YouTube Channel to find out.  

The 1970 Hot Wheels Speed Test Set.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

Single lane Speedometer box art – front.

Single lane Speedometer box art – side.

Single lane Speedometer box art – back.

Single lane Speedometer box art – top.