“Add Power!” “Lap after lap.” These were Mattel’s buzz words for 1969. Gravity race sets dominated 1968. But for 1969 the majority of new track sets were powered by Super-Chargers.
Super-Chargers are battery powered (D-size) devices that contain spinning, foam-covered wheels. The wheels grab the Hot Wheels car as it enters the Super-Charger and propels the car out onto the track at racing speeds.
The basic set for 1969 is the Super-Charger Sprint Set. It consists of 16 feet of orange track, a 3 inch and a 6 inch piece of track, 8 joiners, two 180 degree curves, 2 white trestles, 1 red trestle, and one Super-Charger.
A throttle on the side of the Super-Charger allows you to control how fast the machine is running. With the Sprint Set, the idea is to increase throttle until your car completes each lap under its own momentum. And you can keep increasing power, running laps faster and faster, until the Hot Wheels car becomes unstable and wipes out.
Low centre of gravity cars seem to handle the higher speeds of a Super-Charger best. These cars are more stable out of the Super-Charger and cling to the curves better. You seldom go wrong running a couple of Corvettes on this track. That’s why I use two 1969 Corvettes (current model Hot Wheels) in my YouTube video.
The yellow car is a ’69 ZL1. Even though it was a factory option, only 2 were ever built. The all aluminum 427 motor that defined the ZL1 was a powerful and pricey extra. The red, white & blue car is a ’69 COPO Corvette. COPO stands for Central Office Production Order. This was a back door way of ordering high performance option packages, including big bore (over 400 cid) engines, without the official approval of GM brass.
Instructions for the Sprint Set.
The track is ready.
As Mattel said in their ’69 commercials, “In hot……..
Sizzle through the first turn.
Over the red trestle hill.
Round the second turn….lap after lap.
Two at a time.
The 1969 Hot Wheels Super-Charger Sprint Set.
It’s still fast! Still fun!
Here is the link to my YouTube video: