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Hot Wheels Day a sizzling event for area youth and young at heart

March 03, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Hotwheels, Matchbox and other model cars were on display by local collectors Sunday during Hot Wheels Day at Shiloh United Methodist Church.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

It was a flashback to the 1970s and the many hours spent in the recreation room devising elaborate track layouts.

The sections of orange track could be molded into a variety of loops and jumps or whatever else a young mind could create.

The tiny metal cars with their smooth-running wheels would zip down the track, and given the trajectory of their jumps off a sofa or staircase, they might have been missing for days.

It all came back Sunday when Shiloh United Methodist Church hosted Hot Wheels Day for the community.

Kids of all ages were invited to come out to the church for an afternoon of Hot Wheels fun.

Orange Hot Wheels track crisscrossed the church’s fellowship hall, making the memorable double loops, jumps and a few imaginative setups, one including two fold-up tables.

One set of legs at each side of the tables was left extended. But the other legs were folded up and two ends of the tables were laid down on the floor. In the “V”-shaped design, a two-curve track design was laid into the fold, creating a gravity-fed trick.

Church member Jay Doyle said he and others who remembered playing with Hot Wheels as children thought it would be fun to hold a Hot Wheels event at the church for kids, and the church has done so for about five years. Although Doyle said the orange Hot Wheels track is not made anymore, he occasionally finds some for sale.

The wide-open fellowship hall was a cacophony of sound Sunday as the shrills of children’s voices and the whizzing sound of Hot Wheels filled the room.

Kids and adults were invited to bring their Hot Wheels cars to the free event, and some adults brought along their old collections.

Wayne Rumbaugh of Cascade said he played with Hot Wheels when he was growing up and now his 3-year-old daughter, Alayna, is fascinated by them.

“She’s having a blast,” said Rumbaugh, motioning over to where Alayna was about to send a car down a run.

Doyle said Hot Wheels are still made, but the tracks for them are now a different color.

“A lot of them have plastic bottoms on them,” Doyle said of today’s Hot Wheels cars. “They’re not as heavy as they used to be, but they still run fast.”

In this age of video games and iPods, why are people still fascinated with Hot Wheels?

“I think it’s the simple things. You don’t need a bunch of batteries or electronics. Gravity does the job,” Doyle said.

Other similar cars were featured Sunday, including Matchbox cars.

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