First, a confession: I have a mild Hot Wheels addiction.
Nothing that requires an intervention (yet), but I do find a quick rummage through the Hot Wheels box very therapeutic in alleviating the tedium of a supermarket nappy run.
Most of the time I leave empty-handed, as 99% of the box contains the same old toaster-shaped lorries and motorised shopping trolleys.
But every now and again, I find a little gem. Like this 1/64th scale version of Magnus Walker’s Porsche ‘277’.
For comparison, here’s the real thing.
As you can see, it’s not a bad reproduction at all – other than the fact that this version has the red and blue colours flipped (there is a more accurate version out there, but I haven’t found it yet). The level of detail in something so tiny is pretty impressive.
You have to take your hat off to Hot Wheels for taking the time to create these real-world replicas. As a kid, I learnt so much about cars from studying my Matchbox collection.
And that’s what’s so important about these seemingly insignificant little pieces of metal and plastic; they’re an eight-year-old’s gateway drug into the world of classic cars, thereby creating the next generation of petrolheads.
Right now, somewhere in the world, the next Magnus Walker is staring at his little 277 and dreaming of the future.