I guess I missed this news last week but there's a new record for longest Hot Wheels track. The record was just set not long ago by NASCAR driver Joey Logano but an engineering team in Pennsylvania beat that by a few hundred feet. Bravo, but it gave me a simple idea...
We need public race tracks
After watching this, I've decided that when I scratch off that winning lotto ticket and have money to burn, I'm going to buy some land and turn it into a public Hot Wheels race park.
It doesn't have to be fancy, just a nice hill with a permanent track baked right into it - like old Action Park. Make it 8 lanes...12 lanes...whatever, but it's always there ready for play. Just simple fun. And sure, have all the swingsets and stuff there too. Make it a run & jump park, and a race park.
Right now, when I say, "hey kiddo, lets go to the park and play," it means we go and run around throwing the frisbee, or swinging, or going down the slide or whatever. Typical park stuff - and that's fun - but now imagine if that same park had a long downhill track. Sure, we'd still swing and jump but we could also take a bucket full of cars and watch them go.
And in my wonderful world, kids would go there after school to race the cars they just got from Kroger the night before. Racing for pinks and Pokemon cards. And then clubs start to form...and then the adults start a night racing league under the lights.
And all this just because there's a race track ready and waiting. No assembly or hassle. Just a hill and some fun.
Put them at schools too
And while I'm throwing my money around building public parks, I'll build some tracks at schools too. A permanent track right there on the playground. Kids could race at recess and they could use it for science lessons as well.
It's amazing what fun a slanted piece of construction could bring. Building them wouldn't be very expensive and you could probably even get them donated by a local construction business, "The Smith Bros Construction Race Track at Schiller Park."
So there you go...your idea for local community glory. If you're in with your town government or run a construction company, I challenge you to pitch the idea to your local council. Then go build a perma-track at a park. Some concrete and all-weather plastic is all you need. Keep it simple. Someone please make that happen. You'll be a diecast hero.