1969 Hot Wheels Super-Charger Sprint Set

“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.

’69 Corvettes: Yellow ZL1 & Red,White & Blue COPO

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.

Front Page of Super Charger Sprint Set instructions. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Layout Instructions. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Back page of instruction sheet. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Back page of instruction sheet. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The track is ready.

As Mattel said in their ’69 commercials, “In hot……..

…out Hotter!”

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: 

1969 Pre Race Check List: Super Charger tips in the right column. Mattel, Inc.

From 1969 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

From 1969 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Sprint Set Box – front. Courtersy eBay.

Box art - front. Complete set with Chaparral 2G. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Complete set with Chaparral 2G. Courtesy eBay.

Sprint Set Box – back. Courtesy eBay.

Another view of the Sprint Set box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Another view of the Sprint Set box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Sprint Set Box – side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Close-up.

Box art – side. Close-up.

Sprint Set Box – side. Courtesy eBay.

Sprint Set Box – end. Courtesy eBay.

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3 thoughts on “1969 Hot Wheels Super-Charger Sprint Set

    • Good observation! If you look on the Contents list of the instruction sheet you will find the 6″ piece of track is for the “Tricky 8” layout. This is something more than a plain Sprint Set layout. I have added a photo into the blog of the “Tricky 8” layout for you. There is a 6 inch piece of track in the middle of the layout where one single-lane Super-Charger is stacked on a second single-lane Super-Charger. Hope that helps.

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