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Molto Verboso
2009 GTS250, Ducati Monster M900, KTM 390 Adventure, Honda CR125
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2009 GTS250, Ducati Monster M900, KTM 390 Adventure, Honda CR125
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Location: Oceanside, CA
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My 3yo's imaginative play is expanding, and it's a lot of fun.

His latest is called 'Rescue Problem!' (his words) or more accurately 'emergency.' This involves a few of his toy cars getting into a wreck requiring swift response from the rescue team. The rescue team consists of a few heavily exaggerated, almost cartoonish, hotrod response Hot Wheels.

This morning I found myself sipping coffee and searching the interwebs for a few more realistic emergency vehicles to aid in the rescues. I was surprised by how limited the options were. Many of the best ones were 'vintage' and being sold on eBay. 'Oh well.' I thought. It's not like he was asking for new toys.

Late this afternoon, jr. and I were rolling back from Home Depo. As we turned onto our street I noticed our neighbors had put out a 'free' box. Leaning against it was a Hot Wheels car carrying case. After parking, we strolled down the block to check it out.

We exchanged pleasantries with the neighbor and she informed us that the case was full of cars. Bonus!

She wasn't kidding. The contents of the car case was a treasure trove of old Matchbox and Hot Wheels, some I remember from my childhood. Some over 40 years old.

And…

An abundance of rescue vehicles! Everything from unmarked Crown Victoria's to ladder trucks to ambulances.

'Rescue Problem' solved.
Some of these were produced in 1980-82.
Some of these were produced in 1980-82.
Lightning McQueen had a wreck. The 'Rescue Problem' Team responds. Traffic is already starting to back up.
Lightning McQueen had a wreck. The 'Rescue Problem' Team responds. Traffic is already starting to back up.
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GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento
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Location: Lancaster, U.K.
 
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What a great find for your son. Ahem, who is getting the most enjoyment out of this remarkable piece of good fortune?
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2020 piaggio liberty 150
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Location: Reno Nevada
 
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2020 piaggio liberty 150
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That is an awesome find and I would bet some of those are worth more than a few dollars considering they may be rare.

I would definitely have the talk about how you don't find too many old ones in good shape and its ok to play with them but try not to mess them up because someday when you are old you will be able to pass them along to another young person who will really appreciate the condition they are in.

I think its a good idea to have a designated beater car as well...you don't know your limits until you exceed them!
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