Back in the ’80s before the word “drifting” became popular, we used to push our Hot Wheels and Matchbox toys cars with great gusto, attempting to MAKE them turn in the way we wanted them to (aka “drifting”). I’m not sure what we called it back then – we could almost hear and smell the screeching and burning tires, but alas, we couldn’t bend the laws of physics and actually make our little die-casts turn themselves.
Today’s kids however, will never have to experience that sad let down. Enter Driftpad, a special low-friction surface by TYO Toys. This pad can be made into a homemade course you can send your toys cars sliding, skidding and drifting just like Ken Block!
For $15, the adhesive-backed Driftpad and included barriers and cones give you the raw materials to build the course of your dreams. However there’s some tinkering that’s involved with this.
Specifically, you’re gonna have to create a launching ramp with just the right downhill angle to pitch your die-casts into a bit of a spin. From there, once they hit the Driftpad, the magic begins.
At least, theoretically. TYO Toys’ Phil Foss shows how he creates the perfect undulating surface for precision small-scale drifting in fascinating video.
If you were a Hot Wheels fan as a kid today’s blog will take you back to your childhood and the dreams you poured into your tiny toy cars. That’s because the ultimate Hot Wheels race has finally been brought to reel life thanks in a short film by Vanguard Pictures. The three minute production required more than 25-thousand frames of stop animation. The result is pretty spectacular. Enjoy!
Most of us will be lucky to own one so-called luxury car in our lifetime, much less a stable-full… unless, of course, we’re willing to think a little smaller. Where you could shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars for a single supercar today, you could accumulate an entire fleet of ’em for ten-grand IF you’re okay with never driving your toys on the freeway… because that is, after all, what we’re talking about here: toys.
When I was a kid we had the Big Wheel (which, for the record, I wish I still had). Today’s kids have sampler-sized versions of name-brand automotive makes and models, some of which look just like their full-sized counterparts. They run on battery or electricity, and most sell for less than $1,000. At that price you could afford to squeeze a Lamborghini in the garage next to the Bimmer, the Benz, and the Bentley! Okay, so your car collection might not be much to brag about with your peers but no question you’d be the idol of every kid in your neighborhood!