February 2, 2023

Genuflection: Hot Wheels

/ˌdʒɛnyʊˈflɛkʃən/ [jen-yoo-flek-shuhn]
an act of bending the knee or touching it to the ground in reverence or worship.

We all had Hot Wheels back in the day. I believe you can’t be a car person if you didn’t have WAY too many growing up. Come Christmas time, my list for Santa was anchored by those little die cast pieces of awesome. I never asked for the tracks or the ridiculous, made up cars. It was always the miniature versions of real cars.

To me, they were the embodiments (albeit tiny embodiments) of my dreams. Would I ever own a cherry AMC AMX? No way, especially not a lime green one; but, I could go buy toy one and at least have something. When my dad lost his job when I was 14 they became the closest thing I’d have to a car of my own until I turned 19. Things are better now, but I’m not in a position to have a daily and a project that won’t see the streets/track for months or years. I am, however, in a position to drop $1 on a ’67 Pontiac Firebird 400 or an R32 GT-R N1 when I see them at the grocery store.

They’ve been around since 1967, and they’ve been inspiring boys and girls of all ages that you can own the car of your dreams. I still have mine, and to this day I break them out, look at them and dream about owning a real one.

-Michael Chandler

[Source: Genuflection: genuflection. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved August 23, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/genuflection]

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