Pow-Pow-Power Wheels, Now I’m Screaming For Real!
Nothing says fun like a “toy” with the potential to necessitate a trip to the local emergency room for stitches and gravel removal. Typically when you think of lacerations and road rash one’s brain tends to focus on child-sized dirt bikes, BMX or skateboards, not a Power Wheels Corvette. A certain segment of the population has an obsession with increasing the performance of these children’s toys though, which leads to some spectacular video displays of Jackass-inspired behavior.
For instance the Corvette in this video started out as restoration project and toy for a little girl, then daddy went online, discovering that you can hot rod just about anything on wheels. According to the description of the ”project car,” the original 6-volt power plant was not sufficient for scaring the crap out of a little girl, so the Corvette was converted to 24-volt.
At first the little girl is frightened of the frankenvettewheels and allows the gentleman in the video to attempt to drive the car. Due to issues presented by a grown man sitting on the car and laying into the throttle, the Corvette pulls the front wheels and promptly launches the guy off the back. After those in the video laugh at the gentleman’s misfortune, the future racecar driver gets behind the wheel of her ‘new” Corvette and proceeds to delight anyone watching with a scream capable of being heard in a neighboring county.
After a few hot laps around the above ground pool, the little girl is all smiles, but still screaming away as the driver’s side door flops open around each turn. The dialog in the video is almost as entertaining as the little girl’s scream of terror and delight; “How come that goes so faster? It’s 24-volt… It’s only supposed to be 6.” With the Corvette’s ability to drift around the yard, the potential for injury is likely to increase on paved surfaces, but that is what makes childhood so memorable, right?