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16/09/2013 06:32 | Comments: 

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Sipi is a fairy who hangs above us like a huge, ever-smiling, men’s fragrance-smelling umbrella. He can be called anytime, anywhere to lend a helping hand, and he’ll be there in an hour with one of his Transits for sure. A dangerously maniac car collector (the street in front of his house is full of his vehicles), a radio-control and model car freak, Sipos is a Swiss knife made of human flesh. Totalcar is just one job amongst his zillion occupations, but he endears it the most. Lives with a girlfriend and two dogs.

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  • Ford Capri 2.9i (1982)
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What kind of world is it where he/she has to sit on a noisy, oily tracked construction vehicle smelling like machinery grease? A fairy-tale world, no doubt.

There are privileged kids in the world having a chance to live out a dream. Just as one of the commenters of the videos below says: “That kid has no idea how lucky he is.”

No doubt, daddy has to be a serious freak to start building a combustion-engined, tracked bulldozer or tractor just to let his 3-4-5 year old kid have a proper mini construction machine to play with. Oh boy, there are so many children who would readily trade in a whole year’s candy and chocolate ratio for a chance to play with one of these in the sandbox after arriving home from kindergarten or school.

The driver of the yellow bulldozer seems to have absolutely no idea what’s going on while pulling those levers, but I am pretty sure he won’t let go of the steering sticks when mum shouts „Dinner!”. Beautiful John Deere dozer, a cheeky John Deere baseball cap – what else could a 3-year old wish for?

Even the comments below the video are great: „That kid has no idea how lucky he is” „OMG THAT IS SO FREEKIN COOL! i want to die and be born again as a child now... i would have killed a bunny to have this when i was 4-5 years old!”

The next one is just like a machine in a cartoon. Strange and funny proportions, awkward shapes, but a lot of attention to detail. A dash complete with switches and a meter and a rain flap on the exhaust pipe. To top all that there’s a towing hook on the rear, so there’s a good chance that daddy will make additional machinery for the little tractor. The kid knows what he’s doing: he comes and goes, turns and reverses with that machine like a pro – all this in proper wellingtons. He is not stupid to drive in sneakers. Just mount a plow on it for winter and he will be the happiest kid in town to clear everyone’s driveway in the neighborhood.

The third bulldozer is a bigger one, and this one might be the best for snowplowing as the parts have been sourced from a lawnmower and snowmobiles. It seems to have the power for the job.

What construction machines were you mesmerized by when you were a kid and longed to have one to fit you? Has your dream been fulfilled?

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