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A Hot Wheels accessory set, it was an oval track with a high banked corner. The players sat at a console on the other corner and accelerated their cars by pushing down on a shift lever. The shift lever actuated a wand that, if your timing was just right, would give the car a push from behind. Another accessory set was a drag race. A set of tracks, a clamp for attaching the top to a table or shelf, a push-button starter and a checkered-flag finish line. The checkered flag would fall onto the side of the car that went through first.
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bobby - November 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Brandon - January 30, 2009 - Report this comment
What is it worth to you bobby? I submited the photo. Its complete w/ original cars except for bandstand and track connectors.
Syler Cider - February 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Target's new Race Aces Speed Shift Raceway can be modified to act like the Thundershift 500. See the reviews for Race Aces Speed Shift Raceway at target's on-line store for details.
colby olson - March 07, 2009 - Report this comment
can you bring back the thunder shift 500, it is the best, the race aces is too slow and too easy,and too small. The 500 hundred is lightning in a bottle. they will sell like hotcakes!!!!!
John - March 18, 2009 - Report this comment
The races aces is a rip off, Thunshift 500 is the deal, they made everything better back in the day thoe, even the cars. There just like todays society cheap and decieving ,shame belongs to Mattel hotwheels for selling JUNK!
Iain - March 31, 2009 - Report this comment
I have a Thundershift 500, I all parts(except cars); 8 white pcs. of track, 4 blue pcs. of track, 4 track connectors, all 5 pcs. of cardboard cut-outs(stands, ramp, track support, sign, and tunnel), 2 blue plastic turns, 1 white turn w/ launch mechanism, 8 flags w/ stickers, 4 clips to mount cardboard, and the original instructions. If any one is interested, e-mail
Julie - May 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I just found a Thundershift 500 if somebody wants one email
marty lee - August 15, 2009 - Report this comment
I have a thundershift competition set that has a mustang stocker and the mighty maverick in it.ANYONE EVER HEARD OF THIS SET FROM 1976?
Sean Foley - September 08, 2009 - Report this comment
Hey Marty, I would be interested in buying that from you. Send me an e-mail.
Bobby Phillips - November 12, 2009 - Report this comment
If anyone has a Thundershift 500 for sale please email me and let me know how much. Thanks
Mike Works - November 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I am interested in getting a Thundershift 500 for Christmas. If anyone has one, please email me at Thanks!
Ziggy - November 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I am prepared to purchase one as this was made the year I was born and I have very fond memories of my Father playing it with me. He must of bought it and held onto it for a while for me to remember playing with it. I am so glad I was finally able to hunt down exactly which set it was. Email me at with any pics and if your missing any pieces (which is ok), your asking price, and your preferred method of payment. Thank you!
sandi - December 06, 2009 - Report this comment
The Thundershift 500 was the best toy I every bought for my son, not only did he enjoy it but the whole family and friends couldn't stop playing with it, trying to see who could get the cars around the track the most. The new one is ok but the construction of the Thundershift 500 was the best, very sterdy. Please bring it back. The old one will always be the best. And to all who are looking for one, I have only seen one on ebay for 80.00.
thundershift 500 fan - December 06, 2009 - Report this comment
scott - December 30, 2009 - Report this comment
I have one if anyone is cardboard background bud track is all there plus the cars
Dan Nikolaus - March 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I am looking to purchase a Thundershift 500 set. If anyone has one or knows of one for sale, please contact me at
Ken - August 16, 2010 - Report this comment
Did the 1975/6 Thundershift 500 Competition Set come with a black redline mustang stocker? I found this mustang stocker redline recently but its not listed in any book?
Mark - December 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I am interested in puchasing one of these for my 4 yo son. I'm so pissed at my dad for getting rid of the one my brother and I had. Email me at if you are interested in selling.
Craig - December 31, 2010 - Report this comment
I am looking for a Thundershift 500. I also know there are a few other people looking also. I am not looking for the cars but for the track. I want my son to have the same amount of fun that I had as a kid. If you have one or know of one, please email me at Thanks!
jack - January 10, 2011 - Report this comment
Haved set available Thunderwhift 500 Minus One car Torino
mack - September 16, 2011 - Report this comment
Have a Thundershift 500 dated 1974, has about 85% of all the parts including the box. It can be used just as it is, the only pieces missing are some cardboard piece like the tunnel and the spectator section. no cars, all track is there and all connectors, very nice shape for the age. if intrested eml me at
Matthew - May 04, 2012 - Report this comment
I Am Looking For A Thundershift 500 In Very Good Condition And Also A Vertibird Please Be In Very Good Or Near Mint Condition ..Thank You -Matthew
Rob - October 09, 2012 - Report this comment
I need a Thundershift 500 complete track. Email if you have one
Mikel - November 03, 2012 - Report this comment
I have a thunder shift 500 email me for details
g - December 11, 2012 - Report this comment
I need picture of how to restring pulleys and springs both sides on thundershift 500 email thanks for any help
ron veal - September 04, 2013 - Report this comment
i also had a thundershift 500 when i was ten years old.had a ball with it along with my best friend milton.hey do anybody remember the power shifter quick changer machine?B4
Judd - December 21, 2013 - Report this comment
Loved the Thundershift 500. Looking for one for my son. Anyone that has one email me at
Andrew - January 10, 2015 - Report this comment
Had a Thundershift 500 back in the late 70's. It was one of the best toys I had, and I want one again. If you have one in decent condition, please email me at - October 21, 2015 - Report this comment
I have one still in the box what are they worth no cars
Scott - December 02, 2015 - Report this comment
I have a Thundershift 500 in the box with all parts and cars.A christmas present from my parents in the mid 70's.Also a Turbo blast 600 in the box.All parts.Name your price.
Chanda - December 25, 2015 - Report this comment
I'm looking to buy a thundershift 500. Don't know what they are worth but IIA very husband would love this. Email me
Aubrey - November 09, 2017 - Report this comment
BAM found a complet set in box Never used 😎

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