1969 Hot Wheels Super-Charger Race Set

With two Super-Chargers, Mattel said, “you can test your racing skills”.  The 1969 Hot Wheels Super-Charger Race Set gives you two ovals to do just that.

The track set includes: 24 feet of orange track, 2 three inch pieces of orange track, 10 joiners, 4 full curves, 2 automatic lap counters, 1 white trestle and 2 Super-Chargers.

Here is the instruction sheet for the Super-Charger Race Set.

Front page of instruction sheet. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Page 2 of instruction sheet. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Page 3 of instruction sheet. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Page 4 of instruction sheet. Mattel’s race set layout. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Page 5 of instruction sheet. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Page 6 of instruction sheet. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

To get the best performance from this track, I placed the Super-Chargers further back to allow for a longer initial straightaway.  Cars get a little destabilized by the spinning Super-Charger wheels.  So, a little more room to settle down before hitting the automatic lap counter makes for a nicer run.  I also elevated the first full curves with 4 white trestles.  Only 1 white trestle comes in the  Super-Charge Race Set, but 4 white trestles come in the Super-Charger Double Action Set and the Super-Charger Rally ‘N Freeway Set (both of which have instructions for making a dual oval race set).  The steeper the banking on the curves, the more speed the cars retain as they go around.

My modified version of the Super-Charger Race Set.

While you could set a race for any distance you wanted, I always thought you should run the automatic lap counters to their limit…namely 100 laps.

The trick with this set is trying to stay ahead of the other guy without wiping out.  The faster you go, the closer you get to instability and crashing.  Even if you react quickly, a crash will cost you 1 or 2 laps.

Running the course….out of the Super-Chargers.

Into the automatic lap counters.

Round the elevated full curves.

Flying down the joint straightaway.

Across the finish line marker.

Back to the Super-Chargers.

The 1969 Hot Wheels Super-Charger Race Set.

It’s still fast!  Still fun!

Here is a link to my YouTube channel.   This is a demonstration of a 100 lap race pitting a Corvette against a Mustang.

1969 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Comic book Ad for the Super-Charger Race Set.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

32 Ford Vicky and ’57 T-Bird come with this set. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back.

Box art – side.

Box art – other side.

box art – end flap.

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13 thoughts on “1969 Hot Wheels Super-Charger Race Set

  1. Hi! My 6 y/o just picked up the Super-Charger yesterday at a thrift store. It is just the one piece of the Super Charge itself, no track or anything. We put batteries in it and the wheels inside go around, but we cannot get a car to shoot through it. Do you think we need to have some track to get it to work? Thanks so much for this blog post, it was very helpful! 🙂

    • Hi Kathy, A running Super-Charger should propel a car out onto the floor without any track. It may be that the foam cushions attached to the spinning Super-Charger wheels have deteriorated to the point of not being able to grab a car and shoot it out. On the other hand, diecast trucks tend to get stuck in the old Super-Chargers and non Hot Wheels cars may be too small to work properly. Your best bet is to have someone with mechanical talent take a look at the Super-Charger. My blog and YouTube video on the “inner workings of a Super-Charger” may help too. All the best, Smackeral Cafe

      • Thank you for your reply! New batteries got the Super Charger working, though it has it’s quirks. We still have no tracks, but my son enjoys it anyways. 🙂

  2. Hi! I was lucky enough to find a complete Super Charger race set in the box at an estate sale last weekend. The box ends are roughed up a bit, but the track appears to be in mint condition. As a bonus I found 3 Hot Wheels cars and 1 Johnny Lightning car in the box with the set. The Hot Wheels cars that were included were: The 1969 Custom Police Cruiser w/red dome (mint), the 1969 Snake Funny Car (mint w/all the sticker decals) and the 1968 Light-Metallic Green Silhouettte (mint). I was going to keep it and give it to my son when he is old enough to appreciate it (and keep it in the same condition), but someone has shown some interest in it. What would be a fair price to part with this treasure (either just the cars or a complete package)? Your advise is appreciated.

    • Hi Tony, According to Hot Wheels Spectraflame: The Essential Guide, a pristine Super-Charger Race Set that has never been opened is worth $275 plus the value of the cars. It all depends on condition, plus whether the Super-Chargers and Lap Counters work properly. You might get a better idea of value by watching eBay and seeing what Super-Charger Race Sets are currently selling for.Ultimately, it’s about negotiations and what the buyer is willing to pay. Good luck.

    • There is no specific list of cars that came with the Super-Charger Race Set. I believe any of the 1968 and 1969 Hot Wheels cars could show up in this set. Mind you, the open wheel cars probably did not get included because their axles would get bent by the Super-Charger fairly quickly.

  3. I have recently purchased off ebay a “classics” version of the supercharger. Although the wheels are much smaller in size to the original design, the house appears to perform equally as well as its predecessor. My dilemma is this. Every time I send the cars out of the supercharger they tend to not stay on the track, especially through the curves. They never make it through the curve/never exit the curve properly. I see in this posting that the ‘”official hot wheels race instructions” say to squeeze the ends of the track leading into the curve, and to spread the ends leading out- I’ve tried that, but that has not solved the issue in its entirety. I’m wondering if the cars that I am using don’t weigh enough. Today’s Hot Wheels are mostly plastic whereas the vintage cars are mostly made of die cast metal making them much heavier/more stable. Any thoughts about how to correct this issue?

    • Hi Bill,

      For the track, try elevating the curves. In 1969, Mattel sold trestles for this purpose but you can use books as well. By elevating the curve you are increasing the track angle which helps the cars sit down in the curve rather than fly over the railing.

      Also, try putting the Super Charger further back in the track so that the straightaway is longer before the car gets to the curve. You will notice in my video that I am using a shorter piece of track for the Super Charger entrance to achieve this.

      For the cars, you are right. Metal on metal cars stick to the track best. Of currently produced cars you may find plastic body on metal base cars stay on the track better than metal bodies on plastic bases. (The center of gravity is lower).

      • I agree in all fronts. I’ve made the tweaks to the tracks and curves and even set the supercharger back as recommended- still not staying on the track consistently. I think it’s an issue with the cars. I will try the metal on metal and let you know how things go.

        Thanks for the quick response….

  4. The new curves are not designed for the speed of the super chargers and heavier cars. Vintage track is pretty cheap on ebay. The ‘straights’ are about the same but curves are very different.

    • Thanks for the input Michael. I have the old curves though. It’s kind of odd what’s happening. I’ll keep trying to tweak the track…

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