Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Formula 1 Singapore Boy's Passion For Model Sports Cars 2019

This article has been reposted from 2014 to coincide with
the Formula 1 Singapore Race from 20 September, 2019.
Reposted again on 30th September, 2022 after a 3 year absence.
Young J's Collection

     Ronnie n The Daytonas - 'Little GTO' - Video: A2Grapevine.

A 2014 Singapore Grand Prix F1 Night Race Marina Bay Posting:

"Little GTO, you're really lookin' fine
Three deuces and a four-speed and a 389
Listen to her tachin' up now, listen to her whine
C'mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO..."

The collection above is only one-third of what he has.  With many more miniature vehicles, highways, car parks and buildings from Tomica, Hot Wheels, Realtoy, Fast Lane and Siku, this boy has quite a lot in his playroom.  Whenever he gets news from a current catalogue about the latest model he would run off to the nearest toy-shop to get one.

Highway Connections

Together with the toy cars in his four-year collection, he has as many in his memory.  Young J. can rattle off the makes and models of cars by just looking at the particular model for a second or two.  
Hennessy Venom GT

He names a Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Aston Martin easily but is only interested in the fastest ones and quickly recognizes a Koenigsegg Agera R, Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport or Zenvo ST1 and others in similar category. Because of this special interest, others have inherited his beautiful array of buses, vans, trucks and police/fire-fighting vehicles.

Young J's Photos Of Real Cars And Toy Ones. Know which?

He plays cars, reads cars, talks cars, surfs cars, carries cars, photographs cars, bathes color-changing cars and even eats and sleeps with them. He has these tiny vehicles everywhere in his home and ours. The only time he doesn't have one around him is when he's at school. Carrying a little car in his pocket has been disallowed.

At Wisma Atria

During weekend evenings he is taken to Ion or the area around Scotts Road, where, to his heart's content, he takes a photograph or a video of the sports cars that roam the streets. He uses a digital camera that his father gave him.  A hobby has now become a passion for this youthful enthusiast.
A Child's Paradise

The current September 2014 display of Lamborghini's masterpieces at Wisma Atria was a gigantic draw for him so he had a whale of a time taking pictures of the different models showcased for the general public.  
His Racing Spirit

Later this week a trip to the Formula One race at the Marina Bay area would be a special treat for him. He has been advised to get ear-plugs for the occasion. 

F1 Security Tags With Bar Codes Erased

So come Friday he would probably have a great afternoon watching Formula Ones (not his interest actually) speeding straits and maneuvering bend at Stamford Road. His folks would be around to lug his water-bottle and umbrellas.
                               Heavy vehicles and security cars.

But young J. still has one wish. That he will be able to ride in one of his favorite super-cars these few weeks.  Any offers?
Images: A Personal Collection. 
Video: YouTube.
Song: Ronnie n The Daytonas - 'Little GTO' - 1964. It's considered to be the first muscle car.





Wow wow wow!!!

DORIS LIM said...

Ha ha... this scene looks familiar as to my boy's collection.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

You understand Doris. Thank you.
Thanks to Hui Shi and Priscilla too.

DORIS LIM said...

They have the patience and time to segregate according to colors but no patience and short attention span on their studies...

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

How true Doris. Handwriting too. Forgetting full-stops and commas. Ha, ha. Here comes the teacher again!

DORIS LIM said...

Yup. Ha ha back to your profession again. Just cant ignore and stand those common mistakes which can be perfect just by being more focused.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Formulas' on nearly everyone's lips. Might as well... "Riding along in my automobile."

Thank you all for supporting the post.

chakap chakap said...

Ronny n The Daytonas:

Nashville, Tennessee,

Surf rock, rock and roll

Years active

Show Biz, Mala, RCA, Sundazed

Past members:
Paul Jensen (vocals/guitar)
Thomas Ramey (bass/guitar)
Lynn Williams (drums)
Lee Kraft (songwriting/guitar)
John Wilkin (songwriting/guitar)
Larry Butler (keyboard)


Thanks to:
Aaron Chew, Ron Chew, Doris Teo and good friend Mr. Who.


Wah! He is telling you his career in the auto industry

chakap chakap said...

(2) Ronny & The Daytonas:

Their 1964 debut single "G.T.O." reached No. 4 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, sold over one million copies, and awarded a gold disc.

A subsequent single, "Bucket T" reached No. 54 on the Billboard chart that same year. After an album and tour in 1964, they had another hit in 1965 with a ballad, "Sandy", and an album.

In 1966 they switched to RCA Records and cut, "Diane, Diane" and, "All American Girl", both of which had some success. The band toured for a short time after this before disbanding.

April Black (You Tube) said...

Goats rule! Great cars they were. Now cars have all this techno stuff but are boring as hell. Very few nice designs now. Give me the classic machines from the 50s, 60s, and early 70s any day. Although my hubby's 55 Chevy was worse than a truck to drive. They all need today's suspension systems and Sat. radio for the oldies:) but nothing else:)


It does my heart good not only to hear this great song again but to read the comments of all you "experienced" guys who were around in the era of this great - many say first-ever - muscle car. I never had a GTO, but I remember the car and I remember dancing to this record. Great hearing it again and reading all these memories.

ChatterBox said...

Hundreds of comments on the GTO. Check them out:

Copy and Paste:

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Quality model cars today available in the shops in Singapore but pretty expensive. I bought some in another Asian country. About half the price or less.

Just wondering why the prices are jacked so high, even in HDB areas. Must be the shop rentals.

Try it out with the children. Great way to bond.

And some of the car songs too. Nice. Be careful of the lyrics of certain numbers.

Serenity said...

Hi Andy
I read with interest your previous post about the Sidaislers. I'd like to get in touch with members of the group. Was wondering whether you could link me up with them, or whether you have their contact information. Grateful if you could contact me via my email. Thank you.


ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Dear Serenity,

Thank you for visiting and writing. Glad you are keen to get in touch with the group because I have tried many times too but without success.

I hope someone who knows them would read your mail on this posting and I shall duplicate another for the actual posting. If there is a connection this time I will surely send it to you.

Serenity said...

Thanks Andy! That would be really great! :)

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

You need to leave me your proper email but I won't publish it. The one you left behind cannot be connected to anyone.

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