I was thinking about a certain vehicle to write about when it struck me…
No, seriously, I almost got run over in a crosswalk by a bro-dozer pickup that was jacked up way higher in the front than in the back. It’s a trend called “Carolina Squat,” and it’s, ummm, an interesting look. It’s also ridiculously dangerous.
It should be obvious looking at such trucks the severely raised front end makes it virtually impossible for the driver to see anything close out of the windshield. Which is why several states, including North Carolina, are banning the squat.
So what does this have to do with diecast? I recently found the ’87 Dodge D100 from Hot Wheels, a heavily modified old pickup with the same suspension setup. It has since been released as part of the “Reverse Rake” series. Several of those cars are gasser-style dragsters, which are not at all the same concept. On those, the car has huge rear slicks, tiny front wheels, and a slightly kicked-back rake to maximize the weight transfer when the driver hits go. This truck, on the other hand, is a silly-style meme.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a cool little model. But, basically, this is a diecast truck based on a soon-to-be-illegal modification. Can you think of any other model cars that are based on questionably legal designs?