Every boy, and probably some girls, will have played with toy cars at some time during their childhood. In the 1950s and 60s, nothing could be more exciting than the anticipation of receiving the latest Dinky toy model!
These were reasonably accurate copies of the vehicles of the day, and were meant to be played with, crashed into each other, and maybe packed back into their box at night! Now of course these early examples of toy cars in good condition are extremely rare, and sought after by collectors all over the world. Many collectors eagerly await the release of the latest Automoblox car, and although these birchwood vehicles look fantastic in a dispaly cabinet, they're definitely meant to be played with!
Modern technology means that incredibly accurate toy cars models can now be produced from manufacturer’s drawings and released simultaneously with the real thing! Corgi are experts at this technique, and although many of them are kept by collectors, most are still played with in the traditional way – little boys on their hands and knees racing their friend’s car to see who can go the fastest!
Many youngsters will indulge their playing passion into adult life, with no better example than Scalextric model motor racing sets that can be built up to eight lanes wide. Hot Wheels are one of the most popular ranges of toy cars, and they were the first to produce virtually friction free axles for incredible speeds and stunts using specially designed tracks for loops, bends and other gravity defying designs!
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