My kids love speed. They get it from me. I grew up racing and enjoy driving. It must be in our blood but my kids took to cars and racing without any prompting from me. At age three, I bought my oldest his first motorized go-kart and when my second son turned three, he got to start driving as well. Prior to that we had a few small Power Wheels units that did not last long.
The problem with the gas powered go-karts that were my first purchase for my kids is that we can’t drive them anywhere near our home. It’s a lot of work to get them ready as well; making sure they have fuel and at times they are hard to start.
This year marks the 15th year that I have been working for myself with no other source of income other than what I have been able to generate on my own. When I started my first business I was 18 years old. I attempted to build an online business that was way before its time. I had limited success but not enough to justify putting much effort into it. A couple of years later I decided to start my own local business by opening a physical store selling retail products. Aside from having a couple of jobs in Mall stores, I had no experience at all. What I didn’t know at that time is that I was starting on a path of self-reliance that would shape my entire life.
It hasn’t been an easy journey at all. It takes more than one hand to count the amount of times that I have made six figures in a given year only to end up with an overdrawn bank account. After starting that first brick and mortar business and deciding to close it, I knew that I at least had a stomach for doing my own thing.
My brother and I used to have a couple of these Go Quad pocket GoKarts. We used to take them to parking lots and race until we ran out of gas or got kicked out. They are loads of fun. Now that my son is old enough to drive one, I bought a couple of them so we could take them out. I recorded a short video with Google Glass of my brother and I racing the karts around a parking lot. His was not running right at first. Seems like I already need to do some tuning.
Thats right! My son and I built our first car together. Such a proud moment for a Dad. From a very young age I was working on things and turning wrenches. I love the fact that my son has such a love and imagination for cars. I had no idea that such a place as this existed. Ridemakerz is basically a Build-A-Bear for cars. You select your body, chassis, rims, tires and accessories. Of course this can get expensive quick. As far as quality, the cars are ok. We upgraded Liam’s car to the remote control option so he could drive his car. It does not have much of a range and you have to let off the throttle to steer, but it’s still fun. They offer a rechargeable battery upgrade that also gives it a power boost, I recommend it as it also makes it drive easier. For me, it was the experience of building it in the shop with my son. Well worth the cost. I was fortunate to have someone there to take a few photos with my camera. They just melt my heart. I love being a Dad!
I had 2 Gopro cameras on me, I wish I had positioned them and recorded the car building process. Maybe the next time my son and I are here I will document it in video.
I recommend that all Dad’s bring your boys here. It’s a great bonding moment.
This is what Liam, my 14 month old son and I do on a regular evening. Circle tracking the house is our favorite past time.
This video is best at Full Screen with the Volume Up!
Shot with 1 GoPro camera mounted in various places. The lighting in the house was less than desirable being that it was 8pm when we started recording. I just turned on the lights that were available to us. This was kind of a last minute idea.
Edited in Final Cut Pro X.
Racing sounds borrowed from Ken Block’s Gymkhana video on Youtube.