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Hot Wheels and Krazy Kar, Christmas: 1968

Hot Wheels and Krazy Kar, Christmas: 1968

Louisville, 1968. Remember the Christmas morning frenzy? I do. My sister and I have just scored two of the primo toys of the late 60's: the Hot Wheels Super Charger set for me, and the Krazy Kar for her.

(update: my sister tells me that it's a Krazy Kar, not a Big Wheel.)

I am green with envy...

over the cool Krazy Kar!! I so wanted one, but I was nine and my folks probably wisely thought I was a little too tall for the thing... BUT, being the major tomboy that I am, I did get the cool Hot Wheels Super Charger for Christmas and had a blast with it. Wish I had kept it! The one we bought for our son wasn't nearly as cool~!

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