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The only thing that changes with age is the size and price of our toys

Turning a dream into reality

06/10/2013 00:50 | 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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  • Mitsubishi Sigma 3.0 24V (1992)
  • Mazda 323 TXL 4WD (1990)
  • 4 long-nose Transits (a 4x4 fire engine, a fire department staff car, an ex-Irish ambulance and an extremely oversized panel van, 1980-1984)
  • Dacia 1300 (1975, being restored)
  • Ford Capri 2.9i (1982)
  • Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL 4.5 (1972)
  • Ford Sierra Tournier 2.9i drift-car (1992)
  • Mazda 121 4dr (1993)
  • Suzuki VS1400 Intruder (1989)
  • Suzuki GSX 750 New Katana (1984)
  • Kawasaki Z1000 Police (1993)
  • Aprilia Habana (2000)
  • Volga M24 wagon (1984)
  • Ural M62 (1968, in pieces)
As a kid, did you have a toy that you thought was so cool you wished it actually existed?

I still remember the 1989 Matchbox catalogue introducing the then brand new Super Color Changers series. It wasn't exactly a success, though, production got cancelled soon. In 2008, however, Hot Wheels launched its own take on the concept, going by the name of Color Shifters.

These toy cars could do something no other could: they changed their colour according to temperature. Cool, right? They turned blue when it was cold and red when it was warm. Or patterned.

The kids once playing with these colour-changing cars have since grown up and made their childhood dream come alive. The team of AutoKandy sprayed a Nissan Skyline with a special heat sensitive paint which turns orange when the temperature's high, but changes its colour as soon as the temperature falls.  The video shows the car looking as if ink had been spilled over it after it got splashed with cold water – a funny sight, but someone out there probably longs for a paint job like this. Is this a new trend in the making?

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