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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5 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.

    • I noticed this problem while building my inventory-vs-sets spreadsheet (not about to buy all the sets). I think Mattel’s drawing for the “Tricky 8″ layout is incorrect. Here are the notes I entered for this set:

      As usual, the contents list varies. The box lists 16′ of track whereas the catalog lists 16-1/4′. The instruction sheet is the most reliable however, as its drawings itemize the parts: eight 24″ sections plus one 3″ section that compensates for the 3″ gap between the track ends inside the Super-Charger. The instructions also include a 6” section that isn’t used in the layout. A note says this piece is for the Tricky “8” layout on the back page.
      The Tricky “8” layout requires additional parts, including a second 6″ section. Why include the superfluous 6″ section in this set if another must be purchased to complete the optional layout? Buying a second Super-Charger Sprint Set wouldn’t do because the Tricky “8” layout uses half curves rather than full curves.
      Maybe there’s a mistake in the Tricky “8” layout. Before we get into the math though, a note on half-curves: as the curve changes the car’s direction, the car travels 9″ along both axes. Now let’s verify the horizontal dimension. The right rectangle has one 24″ track section at the top and another at the bottom. 90-degree curves on their right ends ensure that their left ends lie at the same X coordinate – call it 0. So from the point where the 24″ section of the right rectangle enters the bottom Super-Charger, it’s 0 – 3″G – 24″T – 24″T – 9″C(-X to -Y) + 9″C(-Y to +X) + 3″T + 6″T + 24″T + 9″C(+X to +Y) + 9″C(+Y to +X) to get back to where X should be 0. And the result is indeed 0, so the horizontal 6″ section is correct.
      Now let’s verify the vertical dimension. The right rectangle has in-line pairs of 24″ sections on both of its sides. 90-degree curves on their upper ends ensure that their lower ends lie at the same Y coordinate – call it 0. So from the point where the 24″ section of the right rectangle enters the top Super-Charger, it’s 0 – 3″G – 6″T – 3″T – 24″T – 9″C(-Y to -X) + 9″C(-X to +Y) + 24″T + 9″C(+Y to +X) + 9″C(+X to +Y) to get back to where Y should b 0. The result is not 0; it’s Y=6, which means the vertical 6″ section is too much. It shouldn’t be there.
      So only the horizontal 6″ section is needed. But if this set was the easiest way to deliver an unusually-sized section for its optional layout, why not include the second 3″ section?

      The included 6″ section still makes no sense to me.

      • BTW, those are not formulas, they’re simply addition with part identifiers thrown in to make it easy to follow the layout:
        G=gap
        T=track section
        C=curve(from-direction to to-direction)
        Track sections that would add 0 (e.g. a vertical section has 0 horizontal offset) are omitted.

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