Hot Wheels Track Builder Challenge. {We Failed}

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There a few things my boys love more in life than die cast cars. (Popsicles and Christmas immediately come to mind; however, both are seasonal occurrences, whereas their love for Disney Cars and Hot Wheels is steadfast and endures throughout the seasons.) Hence, when I was approached by @HotWheelsCanada to join the Hot Wheels Parent Connector Club, of course I jumped at the opportunity. Heck, why wouldn’t I take all the credit for being a hero mom? I sensed exultation and accolades, and I wanted in.

Before long, a veritable cornucopia of Hot Wheels tracks, stunts cars, playsets and more arrived at our front door. The boys were in heaven! They immediately wanted to rip into the toys, but I cautioned that they’d have to wait, as we were tasked with participating in a Hot Wheels Track Builder Challenge. This meant that I’d be inviting over some of their friends, having a little party, and challenging them to build the most epic Hot Wheels track ever. Sounds like fun, right? Gentlemen, start your engines!

Hot Wheels Track Builder ChallengeOkay, so there’s only one car at the start line. And that’s because there was only one boy at our “party” – Ryder. Now before you start feeling sorry for him for having no friends, let me explain.

It’s been a hard month. We’ve had an illness in the family, and I’ve been struggling to juggle the demands of momhood, business, family travel… and life’s little curve balls. Although we had originally settled on a date for the track challenge party, our guests had to postpone. Then we had to postpone. And then life got crazy. And every time I thought to myself, “Damn, I really have to host that party with the boys and the cars and the tracks and the noise…” … I shuddered a little.

So yes, it’s pretty much my fault.

But then, in between planning yet another playdate and trying to sync everyone’s schedule, it occurred to me that Hot Wheels are about play. So, I unceremoniously tore apart all the boxes, dumped some tracks on the backyard patio, and I told Ryder to play. And he did. From generation to generation, the trusted Hot Wheels brand has ensured hours of fun for children of all ages. The newest playsets are just as enjoyable, with innovation and ingenuity that is both anticipated and appealing. 

It was quickly apparent that our participation in the Hot Wheels Track Builder Challenge was an abysmal failure. Instead of having a gaggle of kids putting together a race track worthy of competition, I had Ryder snapping and bending, building and coaxing pieces into place.

Hot Wheels Track Builder Challenge

Hot Wheels Track Builder ChallengeBut you know what? Rock on. The kid was having fun. He was learning new skills, perfecting his architectural talents, and making strange car noises that only boys under 12 years old can perfect. He even paused halfway through to introduce his car to the dirt. “Look Mom! The car falls in the dirt!”

Hot Wheels Track Builder ChallengeUp until that point, I still had delusions of grandeur, thinking that Ryder would create an irrefutably excellent track – one that would crown him the winner of all track challenges past, present and future. Except he launched that damn car into the mud about 37 times. At first, I barked at him to keep going – I had a blog post to write and I needed an acceptable final photo to showcase our accomplishments. Except, he looked at me and with those beautiful mermaid eyes, and declared, “But THIS is fun. This is what I like.”

I gave up and settled into the hammock. Who was I to argue?

And so he dillied and dallied for about an hour, and the sun dipped lower and lower into the horizon. Finally, I began to concede defeat; Ryder was not going to create an award-winning masterpiece any sooner than I was going to win Masterchef Canada. But when I finally let go of the notion that we were miserable losers, I captured some truly heartwarming moments of a child at play.

Hot Wheels Track Builder Challenge

Hot Wheels Track Builder Challenge

Hot Wheels Track Builder ChallengeAlas, I don’t have any celebratory photos to share. No grand finale; no story of a Hot Wheels Track Builder Challenge success. But I do know that a little boy spent two hours today examining the intricate inner-workings of a Hot Wheels track, and that brought him much, much joy. We are Hot Wheels fans for life.

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95 Responses to “Hot Wheels Track Builder Challenge. {We Failed}”

  1. ivy pluchinsky
    June 18, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    My cousin and Godson both are

  2. Catharine
    June 18, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    Our little guy loves Hot Wheels

  3. Crystal Englot
    June 18, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    My 4 year old son is a total Hot Wheels addict! He definitely gets that from his Dad, who also loves to play with them as well lol

  4. heather robbins
    June 18, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    My hubby lol

  5. kristen visser
    June 18, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    my hubby and daughter :)

  6. Lisa H
    June 18, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

    My son and husband. I think they’re pretty cool too!

  7. Amy Stack
    June 18, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

    I have two really cute Hot Wheels enthusiasts in my family- my two little guys- and they would love to share this! PS- I love the honesty in your post. I am also guilty of barking orders to try to satisfy some image of childhood perfection I have had in my mind. I’m glad you both enjoyed it at the end. :)

  8. Dana Calder
    June 18, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    Devyn would love this :)

  9. Leslie
    June 18, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    My son, and It’s amazing how many hotwheels one can accumulate.

  10. Chandra Christine O'Connor
    June 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

    My 5 yr old niece would definitely be into this, she’s a creator of sorts. And kudos playing and imagination in play is actually winning.

  11. Cheryl
    June 18, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    He’s so adorable and it looks like he’s having a blast! It’s so funny to watch the way a child’s imagination works while they are playing. Our little toy houses have now been turned into parking garages for my son’s cars.

    I hope everything in your life is starting to settle down a bit so you can find some time to relax!

  12. Carolle H
    June 18, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

    My daughter is ..:)

  13. Amy C
    June 18, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    My 6 year old son.

  14. Marla
    June 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    My little ones

  15. elaing8
    June 18, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    My nephew

  16. Natalie
    June 18, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    My 5 year old…and my hubby! Hubby still has some cars from when he was a little boy many years ago ;)

  17. Isabelle b
    June 18, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    Wow! For my little boy!

  18. Cyrille
    June 18, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    My son is obsessed!

  19. loucheryl
    June 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    My 4 year old son! He is obsessed with Hot Wheels.

  20. JohnA
    June 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    My nephew is the one obsessed

  21. Jonnie
    June 18, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

    It’s a tie between my 9 year old and my husband!

  22. MrDisco
    June 18, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    me. me is the enthusiast. Hot Wheels 4 LIfe!!

  23. William Stewart
    June 18, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    I am!

  24. Albert
    June 18, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    My 3 year old son is the resident Hot Wheels enthusiast in the family.

  25. jenn h
    June 18, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    My son and grandson love to play hot wheels together!

  26. Brian
    June 19, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    My son Colton, is the Hot Wheels expert in the family!

  27. Leanne M
    June 19, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    My twin sons are huge hot wheel fans

  28. Shannon Gnocato
    June 19, 2014 at 1:54 am #

    My husband and daughter would have a blast playing with this!

  29. Jeannie
    June 19, 2014 at 1:55 am #

    I would have to say definitely my oldest son and my husband!

  30. Doris Calvert
    June 19, 2014 at 3:14 am #

    My niece and nephew love Hot Wheels, but just want to say your son didn’t fail that’s Hot Wheels and you can switch them around but he did pretty good.

  31. Jamie Bertrand
    June 19, 2014 at 3:21 am #

    my son loves hot wheels

  32. Jennifer Sibbitt
    June 19, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    My son and daughter both love it!
    (Hubby too)

  33. Pam
    June 19, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    my nephew J.J. is the hot wheels, car enthusiast.

  34. Darlene Schuller
    June 19, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    My son is!! I just want to say regardless of friends or not.. the boy looks like he’s having a fantastic time!!

  35. Michelle
    June 19, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    first boy after three girls; my poor guy doesn’t even know what a car IS

  36. Angie Andrews
    June 19, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    My two boys both love their hotwheels

  37. Vanessa Cook
    June 19, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    My 5 year old son!

  38. Flora M
    June 19, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    Believe it or not, I was when I was a kid LOL And it was FUN !! Now my two youngest granddaughters love the cars – no tracks as there really isn’t ANY room in their house (with 7 people and a dog) to be able to build and set up. Maybe “nana” will find some room at her house for it though (wink-wink) :)

  39. nicky
    June 19, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    my nephew!

  40. Adriana
    June 19, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    My son

  41. Sarita
    June 19, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    My 5 year old son (and 2 year old daughter) both love playing with the Hot Wheels cars and tracks. They’re scattered all over my basement!

  42. DH (DEE)
    June 19, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    my 4 yr old is the collector. :)

  43. Denise E
    June 19, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    My 3rd son who is 7 is our hot wheels enthusiast :)

    June 19, 2014 at 5:05 pm #


  45. amber y
    June 19, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    my niece is. It’s her favorite thing to play with every time she’s over.

  46. Jenny
    June 19, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    my son!

  47. Rhonda W G.
    June 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    Our 5 year old godson!

  48. Kattina Lacasse-Brazeau
    June 19, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    I have two! my 5 year old daughter and my 2 year old son

  49. michelle
    June 19, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

    My 6 year old son loves Hot Wheels and my husband loves playing with them too.

  50. Marianne
    June 19, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    My middle child, 4 year old Jillian.

  51. Heidi C.
    June 20, 2014 at 12:55 am #

    My little guys are big fans!

  52. Debbie W
    June 20, 2014 at 5:32 am #

    He won’t admit it, but hubby is

  53. Carol Denny
    June 20, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    My 6 year old nephew

  54. Stephanie LaPlante
    June 20, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    My little cousins definitely

  55. Sunshine G
    June 20, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    My husband (and my nephews).

  56. Lynda Cook
    June 20, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    That would be my husband, the little boy has never really left him

  57. Amy Brown
    June 20, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    My nephew is the hot wheels lover, he lines up all of his cars on his headboard every night before he goes to sleep.

  58. 409cope
    June 20, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    My hubby is crazy for hot wheels.

  59. Tanis
    June 20, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    My son (okay, and hubby)!

  60. Suzie M
    June 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    my grandson loves these

  61. Peter T.
    June 20, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    I am!

  62. Melanie B
    June 21, 2014 at 12:46 am #

    Both my kids LOVE Hot Wheels.. They have tons of cars

  63. Andrea Amy
    June 21, 2014 at 1:01 am #

    My youngest three are all huge Hot Wheels fans, but its my 5 year old who is the addict.

  64. Lucy
    June 21, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    my nephew

  65. GARRY S
    June 21, 2014 at 2:07 pm #


  66. Anne Derkat
    June 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    My youngest grandson is a Hot Wheels fan.

  67. Terri
    June 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    Hotwheels… across the generations!

  68. Susan
    June 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    My niece is a HUGE Hot Wheels fan!

  69. nikki robak
    June 21, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    my grandson

  70. Judy Williams
    June 21, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    My grandson! He loves Hot wheels

  71. Sarah Stickney
    June 22, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    my son loves hot wheels

  72. Rick F
    June 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    Yep, I remember spending hours playing with my Hot Wheels.

  73. aarone m
    June 22, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    my boyfriend

  74. Joan G.
    June 23, 2014 at 7:29 am #

    My grandson

  75. Amie
    June 23, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    My son used to be , now it’s my nephew ! Pass the torch !

  76. Audrey Skinner
    June 23, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    My great-nephew would love this and it would be great to have for him to play with when he comes for sleepovers.

  77. lori b
    June 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

    my hubby is crazy about hot wheels

  78. Haylie Langwald
    June 23, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    My 6 yr old son loves his cars and his wall tracks set that we have.

  79. Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo
    June 24, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    My son and daughter loves playing with cars equally. My DH loves playing with them as well.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  80. Lynn Mathieu
    June 24, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    Both of my boys love Hotwheels and so do I,we love to play together!!

  81. Dan Lutes
    June 24, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

    My grandson is the hot wheels lover.

  82. Silvia D
    June 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

    my son, he collects them !

  83. Julie Bolduc
    June 25, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    My youngest daughter loves them!

  84. Kristine Ewald
    June 25, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    My nephew

  85. darci
    June 25, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    My son and nephew LOVE hot wheels!

  86. Josie Tusa
    June 26, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    My husband is!

  87. jan
    June 26, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    my granddaughter

  88. Gillian
    June 26, 2014 at 6:55 pm #


  89. Angela Mitchell
    June 26, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    I have 3 Hot Wheels fans in my house: my husband, son, and daughter.

  90. Dayna Wilson
    June 27, 2014 at 1:12 am #

    My son and husband, and likely my daughter when she’s old enough.

  91. Lisa Neutel
    June 28, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    My boys…that includes my two sons and my hubs

  92. Christy Martin
    June 29, 2014 at 7:47 am #

    My almost 3 year old nephew would go insane with this! He is big with anything with wheels – like beyond normal.

  93. Erin McGrath
    June 30, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    My niece loves Hot Wheels!

  94. suzi
    June 30, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    My nephew!

  95. Athena
    June 30, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    My Son!

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