Like many of you… when I was a kid, I didn’t have the computers and tablets that dominate the lives of young people today. In fact, computer based games were just getting their start so when I wanted to entertain myself, I grabbed the neighbor kids and we did things like ride our bikes, or put together a pickup baseball game… or when the weather was not-so-great, combine all of our Hot Wheels tracks and have epic races in someones basement. We would spend hours running our best cars, making “Evel” type jumps and staging intentional crashes. It was quite fun… and is probably what started my passion for vehicles. (Along with my car-passionate father).
I still have probably 30 to 40 of the very cars that I played with back then… including the one pictured here. This “Vicious Vette” was part of the Johnny Lightning collection, made by a company called Topper in the mid 1960s. They were competing with Hot Wheels at the time and outrageous customs were all the rage.
I had both Johnny Lightning and Hot Wheels cars and I’m glad I kept both collections… if for no other reason than to pull them out every 10 years or so and experience the fond memories of a little kid having the time of his life with some pretty cool cars!