I was reading a monthly magazine the other day when my eyes lit upon an article about the inventor of a particular brand of toy car from my youth. I had no idea this chap was local to where I have been iving for the last 40 or so years. The name of the toy is so well known, both here and overseas, that I naturally assumed it was a massive conglomerate from the US. This chap had started his toy empire many years ago after being injured when in his early twenties. In his frastration at not being able to carry on usual fun and sporting activities, he set about mending a few old toys of his own. He then produced some super duper fast track motor toys – based on the modern car of his day, these were fantastic working models – he had a ready market and never looked back. Folk stayed with a brand in those days!