1969 Hot Wheels Super-Charger Grand Prix Race Set (part 2)

This is Hot Wheels’s biggest track set for 1969, the Super-Charger Grand Prix Race Set.

Box art - front with included cars visible. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front with included cars visible. Courtesy eBay.

There are a lot of track pieces.

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The layout is huge.

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Here’s the fully assembled race track.

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Time for some perspective. It’s 1969 and we are about to embark on “lap after lap” action. Just the year before, we experienced ground breaking gravity tracks from Hot Wheels first year of production. And, remember, the year before that we were pushing our Matchbox/Dinky/Corgi diecast cars around the floor by hand because there were no Hot Wheels.

Now, in 1969, a massive one hundred lap race is at hand. The orange track is 44 feet long. There are 12 half curves measuring just over 1 foot each. That’s more than 56 total feet (17 meters) of track. One hundred laps means the cars will cover more than a mile (1.6 kilometres) together. From hand pushing diecast cars to mile running in just 2 years. Simply amazing!

On this track today, I am putting a gold 2010 Ford Mustang GT with Faster Than Ever wheels up against a blue 1971 redline Six Shooter.  New school vs old school. 

For more information on this track, check out my earlier review of the Super-Charger Grand Prix Race Set (part 1).

https://hotwheelsracetracks.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/1969-hot-wheels-super-charger-grand-prix-race-set/

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1969 Hot Wheels Super-Charger Grand Prix Race Set (part 1)

Mattel’s big set for 1969 is the Super-Charger Grand Prix Race Set.  It gives you 100 lap events on a grand scale.

Track contents include:  44 feet of orange track, 16 joiners, 12 half curves, 2 Two-Way Super-Chargers, 2 automatic lap counters and 8 white trestles.

My strongest childhood memory of Hot Wheels ads is this one:

A classic comic book ad for the Grand Prix Race Set. Courtesy eBay.

This is the boxed set.

Super Charger Grand Prix Set 1

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Super Charger Grand Prix Set 2

Box art – front with included cars visible. Courtesy eBay.

Super Charger Grand Prix Set 5

Box art – top. Courtesy eBay.

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Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Super Charger Grand Prix Set 10

Grand Prix Race Set cars in this case (L to R): Splittin’ Image, Ford J-Car, Twin Mill and Turbofire. Courtesy eBay.

Super Charger Grand Prix Set 12

Close up of Splittin’ Image and Ford J-Car. Courtesy eBay.

Super Charger Grand Prix Set 13

Close up of Twin Mill and Lola GT70. Courtesy eBay.

A nice video of the Grand Prix Race Set comes from this original 1969 Mattel TV commercial for Super-Chargers.  This footage is courtesy of Mark Roach.

Here are two 1969 Collectors’ Catalogue images (copyright Mattel, Inc.):

Some great Grand Prix Race Sets have been offered on eBay including this Japanese one:

Japanese Grand Prix Race Set. Courtesy eBay.

Japanese Grand Prix Race Set. Courtesy eBay.

Japanese Grand Prix Race Set. Courtesy eBay.

Japanese Grand Prix Race Set. Courtesy eBay.

Japanese Grand Prix Race Set box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Japanese Grand Prix Race Set box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Here are some miscellaneous goodies that go with the set.

Paper contents. Courtesy eBay.

Instruction sheets. Courtesy eBay.

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Box art – side. Courtesy redlineprotos.com.

Instructions – page 1. Courtesy eBay.

Instructions – pages 1, 2 & 3. Courtesy eBay.

Instructions – pages 5 & 6. Courtesy eBay.

So there you have it, the 1969 Hot Wheels Super-Charger Grand Prix Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.