Saturday, December 02, 2017

anyone know why these are just rotting away?

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  1. as me is told, they are props, not real cars
    danny

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    1. AH! Too bad they weren't brought to a playground for kids to enjoy then

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  2. I saw those pictures somewhere, but can't remember... They are not real F1 but models.

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    1. AH! Too bad they weren't brought to a playground for kids to enjoy then

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  3. I wish I knew, that is just heart breaking.

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  4. just a wild guess, but those might be movie props, not real race cars

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    1. that's a damn good guess! That hadn't even occurred to me

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  5. Still, would live to have one. Really like the JPS.

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  6. Sorry about the type-o. Would "love" to have one.

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  7. GOOGLE search >>> Les Galapiats race cars.
    It's a French company that builds small race cars for teens.

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    1. that just might be the thing...

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    2. "Les Galapaits" ( Rascal ) is not a company. It's an association that help and teache kids how to build and drive their own miniature race car.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEPlfNB8pok

      Stéphane

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    3. Okay, i just watched the video. What's interesting about this is that these boys and girls are getting a real hands on learning of the trade. Are we missing this in America?

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    4. Are we missing this in the USA, mostly, yes. I'm pretty sure we are. Most kids in the USA are not interested in something with no future in it for them, and there is the problem with the auto hobby. It's been priced out of the next generations range. If you don't believe me, look at the Optima Challenge. It started as who could get their car around some cones in a parking lot. Now, it's a blank check event where your car isn't even close to being qualified to participate without a full suspension replacement, over 500 hp to be competitive, and you'll get no where in the design inspection if you haven't doen a dozen custom tricks to change your car from stock - not including engine, brakes, suspension. 9 years ago a 1968 Road Runner, stock, could compete. Now? Not a chance in hell, the series has become the millionaires have taken up a permanent position on the leader board, and the number of fresh faces dwindles every year.
      Can teens in America get into the car hobby? Nope. Not only are the old cheap cars now worth 5 times what they were 20-30 years ago, even tools have doubled in price, and aftermarket parts doubled to tripled. Now, has the hourly rate for delivering pizzas? Flipping burgers? Those are about the only jobs there are for teens, and no, the wages for teens have remained flat, but the cost of a VW Bug has skyrocketed, as they are in enormous demand, so are 64-65 Mustangs. Even Dusters and Darts are 4 times the price . I've been out of high school 28 years. Back then, a kid with a min wage job could buy a cheap car for a 100 bucks. Sure, it needed 1000 dollars of repairs. Now? The new battery costs 100 bucks, the tires are 120 apiece, etc etc.
      So, why the hell would a teen on min wage even think... sure, I want a Camaro, Mustang, VW Bug, Dart, etc? They simply can't pony up 10 thou to start, plus a thou for tools, and 3 dollars a gallon for gas. Car insurance will laugh in their face if they buy a v8, or anything with a Turbo.
      The world isn't a mechanics friend, and the price of being a car nut has went through the roof over the last 3 decades. I'm glad I collected my set of tools 20 years ago, a timing light, jackstands, floor jack, tubing flare tool, and so on.
      I work at a dealership, and the lube oil and tire guys are still only being paid min wage... in San Diego. The cost of the cheapest 1 bedroom apt is 1200 a month, and 900 for a studio.
      Costs alone prohibit teens from getting into this paycheck black hole. But do they even care about cars? Nope, 40% of teens don't get a drivers license. They have the internet, incredible high def flat screens and blu ray movies. Plus, they actually know they have to get a job that pays 18 an hour to make it from paycheck to paycheck to survive in the city. Maybe not in Peoria, maybe not Grand Forks, or Mobile, but the top 20 largest cities cost a lot more, and that's where the jobs are

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