MANY regard miniature racing cars as just another toy to be collected, stored and then, misplaced.
However, listening to a conversation by former aficionados of the past time made one realize how DEVOTED these miniature car lovers really were.
Many of the formerly-obsessive types who described these small, scale model racers were NOW in their early 40’s. But there were also those in their 50’s and 60’s whose eyes also shone when referring to the toys.
It seemed–at least from the overheard conversation–that the RACING aspect was purely a secondary consideration. The main attraction of such toys appeared to be their easy availability and low cost (which put them into the price range of even the most money-challenged child), as well as the ready replacement of any miniature car which broke and THE FACT THAT THEY PERFORMED FAIRLY WELL.
Though racing might have been a SECONDARY consideration, it WAS a consideration.
One of the aspects of this overheard discussion was the pluses and minuses of various plastic race tracks used for competitions among the miniature race car fans of yesteryear.
Another point which was discussed was the EASY destruction of the (mostly) plastic cars. Singled out was whenever someone stepped on one of these miniature racers. It appears FEW cars could survive the stepping-on experience, with one reference to the “wheels popping off” whenever that took place.
This conversation brought back memories of an acquaintance who was OVER 70-YEARS-OLD. This man also carried on a love affair with miniature toy racing cars, although this man’s MAIN desire seemed to be die-cast metal toy cars. This particular toy car appeared shortly before the popular PLASTIC scale model cars referred to in the overheard discussion.
This man also bought MORE THAN JUST CARS.
After one recent purchase of an airplane, the man excitedly asked, “Did you know that Honda made planes?”
The man then related the history of Honda and Honda’s Aviation Division.
This 71-year-old die-cast devotee also was VERY CAREFUL in displaying his finds during his recent return to the miniature car world. The man purchased several 1×2 boards, which he then made into display space for his miniature cars buys.
This contrasted with those involved in the overheard conversation. More than one of those fans described the “milk crates full of cars” which indicated how those small vehicles were once stored in days gone by.
Maybe it was because most of those involved in this conversation were describing a childhood toy collection?
HOWEVER, of those who were involved in that overheard SPIRITED discussion of their former focus, NONE had pursued this once-hobby into adulthood.
Perhaps the conversation they all so eagerly engaged in was just a way of examining a fond memory of the past that was more pleasant than the present?
The conversation turned a bit down as the youth of today was addressed.
Referring to his son, one man lamented this ignorance of today’s youth with the mournful, “He doesn’t even know what those are.”
Which brought to mind an appropriate Bible verse.
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
Of course, thoughts of the 71-year-old acquaintance who had recently renewed his earlier, childhood toy love THEN reminded one that perhaps those in that conversation were just not old enough to once more pay attention to those things which had formerly fascinated them as a child.
HAS the reader ever had a love affair with a toy or other ‘collectible’?
HAS the reader ever wondered why it was that an inanimate object heard such high regard in former times?
WHAT was it that prompted the reader to leave his former love behind–IF the reader has left that love behind?
It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: December 27, 2021.]
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