Here are the instructions for the Hot Wheels Road Trials Set.
So there you have it. Instructions for the 1970 Hot Wheels Road Trials Set.
It’s 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.
When I was a kid, although stunting and circuit layouts were important, it was hard to beat straight forward drag racing for fun.
So, today I am taking a 1970 dual-lane Rod Runner, adding some track and sticking a finish gate at the end. Your basic track.
And to show this track in action, I’ve got 8 classic muscle cars ready to go.
Here’s a rip down the strip.
Here’s a video of what happened when these 8 muscle cars got on the track.
So there you have it. A custom track. The 1970 Hot Wheels dual-lane Rod Runner Basic Drag Set. It’s still fast. Still fun.
This is Hot Wheels’s biggest track set for 1969, the Super-Charger Grand Prix Race Set.
There are a lot of track pieces.
The layout is huge.
Here’s the fully assembled race track.
Time for some perspective. It’s 1969 and we are about to embark on “lap after lap” action. Just the year before, we experienced ground breaking gravity tracks from Hot Wheels first year of production. And, remember, the year before that we were pushing our Matchbox/Dinky/Corgi diecast cars around the floor by hand because there were no Hot Wheels.
Now, in 1969, a massive one hundred lap race is at hand. The orange track is 44 feet long. There are 12 half curves measuring just over 1 foot each. That’s more than 56 total feet (17 meters) of track. One hundred laps means the cars will cover more than a mile (1.6 kilometres) together. From hand pushing diecast cars to mile running in just 2 years. Simply amazing!
On this track today, I am putting a gold 2010 Ford Mustang GT with Faster Than Ever wheels up against a blue 1971 redline Six Shooter. New school vs old school.
For more information on this track, check out my earlier review of the Super-Charger Grand Prix Race Set (part 1).