Go Speed Racer

19 05 2008

Speed RacerMy brother and I used to stay up late playing with our hotwheels. We would line them up on each end of the corridor in our house and race them up and down the hall. We used to have cars that could fly, cars that could go underwater, cars that could jump and tunnel and swerve and roll.

My mom got us each a red plastic container to keep our cars in and we weren’t allowed to keep the cars just lying around the house. The rule in our house was, we were to put them away when we were done playing with them. So, as a result, I still have all my old hotwheels to this day…they are still in that nice red container. In fact, my boys are now getting to play with them again 30 years later. (I only wish I did as good a job of making them put the cars away when they are done!).

This week, the pest control guy picked up one of the cars that my kids had left lying around. He brought it to my wife and said, “You might want to hang on to this one…it could be worth something since there is a new SpeedRacer movie out”.

She showed me the car when I got home and sure enough, it’s a SpeedRacer car from when I was a kid. I had no idea I even had it. To be honest, I never was really even into SpeedRacer as a kid. I think this particular car must have been given to me as a baby because my wife looked it up and it was made in 1976, the same year I was born. She also checked it’s value on ebay and one sold for about $25 (although it was in considerably better condition).

Well, I just happen to have an 8 year old friend who is a huge fan of SpeedRacer. (You can read about his fascination here). He has several SpeedRacer cars from the last few weeks already and I thought this would be an awesome addition to his collection. So, Sunday night, while over at his house, I gave it to him. His eyes lit up like saucers and he came over quickly to inspect it. It wasn’t but a few seconds before he started asking me all kinds of questions about the car. I had to tell him honestly that he already knew more about this car than I ever had and that’s the reason I wanted him to have it! He was ecstatic!

I told him he could keep it as long as he took care of it. I told him I had kept it in decent condition (that might be a stretch) for over 30 years and that if I could do it, so could he! I hope he gets as much use out of it as my brother and I did.

One thing is for sure, it is definitely better to give than to receive. That look on his face and the excitement in his voice as he started to ask me questions about it was worth a million dollars! It was one of those rare moments when I was able to give the perfect gift to the perfect person at the perfect time. That doesn’t really happen very often and I will certainly remember this moment for a long time!




4 responses

21 05 2008
Kyle Stickens

Jay…thanks for doing that for him….he certainly was excited about it! I definitely think you made his day! 🙂

21 05 2008

I am glad!

21 05 2008

From an “older” fan….

That was awesmome, man.
I’ve got two boys – and had saved some of my cars and action figures as well. How cool to watch them scooting around on the floor – enjoying the same things I did when I was their age! Pretty magical; I could almost see the ghost-in-me playing right along with them.

When the new movie came out a few days ago, I took them out and bought WAY too much good junk ! lol. I never thought that I’d see NEW toys released for Speed Racer. Its been a real pleasure – and the movie was GREAT!
My entire family enjoyed it.

I can imagine that the young man that you shared this with was just delighted. How cool. Anyone can give a toy…. but to enhance a dream just feels a little more rich.

You know … he’ll pass it on to his children, and thus –
—- a legacy begins.

Nicely done, sir~ nicely done.

– Tivius.

22 05 2008

Wow, I started a legacy. Or, more accurately, my parents did when they gave it to me in 1976. Thanks for the comments, Tivius!

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