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.