Johnny Lightning was a toy car brand that competed with Hot Wheels. According to Wiki, they are were not as popular as Hot Wheels and in comparison sold only one car for every three Hot Wheels that sold. The article also stated the quality was not as good but the cars were faster. They had a j hook on the bottom so that the cars could be launched from a “catapult” system.
I was more into model trains that I was race tracks, but my brother was really into racing. He and his friends were always modding their cars, trying to end up with the fastest one.
There where two basic kinds of tracks that I remember, slotted and not slotted. The ones that were not slotted you could change lanes with the speed controller. They even had pieces of track that had an HO Scale railroad intersections so that you could run your train across the racing track. The only downside was the cars were really big in comparison to the train. But the concept was still cool.
(My car was the 57 Nomad but mine was blue.)
There were a lot of different trace tracks in the 70s so I will have to covering them over several posts. These are some of the race tracks that I remember seeing commercials for. The Aurora “Golden Gate Road Race”, “Double Dare Devil Road Race”, and “Challenger Road Race”.