Monday, 9 April 2012
HAS THE BUBBLE BURST?
As far back as I can recall, I've always had a thing for Bubble Cars. I remember being on holiday one year when I was about three or four - in Ayr perhaps - and trying to win one from a grappling machine. (Or what- ever they're called. You know the thing I mean - one of these plexiglass cases found in amusement arcades and [nowadays] shopping malls where you direct a crane-type grappling arm and try and lift the prize desired. There must be a name for them, but if I ever knew it I've forgotten.)
Although my parents never owned a Bubble Car, they did acquire a NOBEL car in 1964 or '65, which did sort of suggest a hint of the shape of one. (See photo below.) We had this car for at least three or four years, possibly five, and in all that time I only ever saw its twin once. As far as I'm aware, no toy company has ever issued a scale model of this uniquely-shaped automobile, which is a shame as I'd dearly love one. (Are you reading this, Corgi?)
So there you have it. Another rambling reminiscence in which probably no-one apart from myself is even remotely interested. At least I've recorded these child-hood memories for posterity, which - should my memory fade with time - I can return to in the future and remind myself of precious moments I'd forgotten.
Update, July 2015: I recently learned that a German company called BUDIG released a limited edition, white metal model of the car around 2008, and I managed to obtain one from Rotterdam on ebay. Here are three of the seller's photos of the one I bought.
Posted by Kid at Monday, April 09, 2012