Here are the instructions for the 1970 Hi-Performance Set.
So there you have it. The complete instructions for the 1970 Hot Wheels Hi-Performance Set. Making Hot Wheels still fast. Still fun.
The Tune-Up Tower was packaged three ways in 1970:
in it’s own box,
with the Road Trials Set
and, most prominently, as part of the Hi-Performance Set.
Mattel described this set as a “giant freeway system”. The idea was give your car a tune up, then head out on the busy roadway. And for traffic, 4 new cars came with it. That was more cars than any other set Mattel offered in 1970.
Here’s an example of the rest of the contents that came in a Hi-Performance Set.
Here’s what the Hi-Performance Set does.
Like all images from the redline era, the box art on this set is amazing.
So there you have it. An introduction for the 1970 Hot Wheels Hi-Performance Set.
Making Hot Wheels still fast. Still fun.
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.
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.
All 3 of these machines ran in the 1968 Indy 500.
Dan Gurney piloted the #48 Indy Eagle.
He drove a spectacular race and finished second behind race winner Bobby Unser.
Joe Leonard grabbed the pole position in his #60 Lotus Turbine.
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.
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.
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.
It was 1968 when Hot Wheels introduced the world to speed and fun for diecast cars. And you know there was a lot of speed and a ton of fun just by the way some Hot Wheels looked.
Trouble is, these heavily used cars had lost most of their get up and go!
What’s needed to get some of that zip back? How about a 1970 Hot Wheels Tune-Up Tower with track…
…and some wrenching that includes a little axle cleaning, straightening and lubing plus a brand new set of tires.
Here’s how the 1968 Custom Corvette’s tune up turned out.
So there you have it. The 1968 Custom Corvette getting a full service job with the 1970 Hot Wheels Tune-Up Tower. Making Hot Wheels still fast. Still fun.
May 29, 2016 marks the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Adding to this tradition is Hot Wheels. Back in 1970, Mattel issued the Indy Team pak.
It featured a 4 car box set of Hot Wheels’ open wheel cars.
Three of these cars ran at Indianapolis including the red Lotus Turbine which almost won the 1968 race (fuel shaft broke on lap 191 while in the lead), an aqua Shelby Turbine which almost won the 1967 race (transmission bearing broke on lap 196 while in the lead) and a light green Indy Eagle. Although Brabham Repcos competed at Indianapolis, the blue F1 model shown here ran in Formula One.
Today I’m going racing, Indy style, with a dual-lane Rod Runner oval track. This layout has 32 feet of orange track, 10 joiners, 1 dual-lane Rod Runner, two 180 degree dual-lane curves, 2 white trestles and a dual-lane lap counter.
With the dual-lane lap counter we can run 20 lap races.
For this open wheel race I am running two Winning Formula cars.
Here’s what happened with this Indy race.
So there you have it. A custom track. The 1970 Hot Wheels Indy Race Set.
It’s still fast. Still fun.
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.
And that test is all about speed. This is a race set where the 1970 dual-lane Speedometer tells us who is the winner.
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.
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.