Hey guys, I've shared this with a few of you, but just wanted to remind everyone how awesome and fun this hobby really is. This is me and the kids watching one of the semi-final races from the Super Cars at Boogleg Run. We had a car in both semi-finals, and they absolutely exploded during the first semi-final, so I'm like "Oh I've got to get this on video!"
Anyway, if you've got kids and they're not racing with you, what are you waiting for? Get them involved. I recently posted an article about diecast car modding for kids. You can check it out here if you want https://www.racehotwheels.com/2020/03/modifying-hot-wheels-cars-for-kids-and.html
One of the best things for me about this hobby is that I can share it with my kids. My kids love Hot Wheels! And of course we love racing. My kids aren’t really collectors. They don’t have a lot of cars still in the package. Actually, they don’t have ANY cars still in the package. They love to play with them. Racing gives us a chance to play together. I have 4 kids, one 7 years old, one 5 years old, one 3 years old and one 5 months old. My 7 and 5 year old are pretty serious racers. They have some pretty fast stock cars and they have also been modifying cars for a while. To get them started modifying cars we usually find stuff that’s easy to add weight to like trucks. They load up the back with weight and stick it in with clay. They also love to paint their cars, so I’ll drill their cars apart for them and then they get to paint them.
I have a plastic tub with a bunch cars that have potential to be good modified cars. A while back the two older kids were each picking out a car from the tub and we were going to spend the afternoon modifying them. My then 2 year old was over on the other side of the room playing but when she heard we were going to be modifying cars she came running over and said she wanted to as well. I told her to go pick one out of the tub. She came back with a Gov'ner and said she wanted to paint it. Haha, proud dad moment, my then youngest was going to be building her first modified car with us. Their paint jobs aren’t always the best, but they are always super proud of them. I had them stuff the insides full of clay and weight and then I JB Kwiked them back together. The kids love it and are always so proud of their cars. Sometimes they come out fast, sometimes not, but the thing is, they love it. And that’s what’s so cool about this hobby. It’s a hobby that people of all ages can participate in. Whether you’re a top customizer or a kid building your first mod. Whether you’re a high end collector or just buy what you like. There’s something in this hobby for everyone. I love it! My kids love it!
Another thing that is pretty cool about this hobby is this racing community. So many have been so great to my kids, even though you've never even met them. From sending them cars to friendly trash talking before races ;) What a fantastic experience we've had.
When you’re on the track, age doesn’t matter. Sure, the kids’ cars may not do as well because they don’t have the skill set to mod cars like those that are older. But they love being there and talking trash and just having fun like the rest of us. And that’s what it’s all about, it’s about having fun! That’s why this is such a great hobby for individuals and families, young and old, no matter if you’re 1 or 100, everybody can have fun!
So thank you everybody!