REPLICA CARS FOR YOUNGSTERS
Replica vehicles for young car fans are all the rage, as Tom Zed discovered.
OSCAR Goodrich may not be the next Mark Webber – but he does have pedal power. Test-driving a blue M6 convertible and a white 328 roadster, in miniature reproduction pedal car form, of course, at Adelaide BMW this week, the car-loving three-year-old had mum Georgina running to keep up with him.
‘‘Oscar thought they were excellent,’’ Ms Goodrich says. ‘‘He got in, had a bit of a pedal and loved it. He said they were just like big cars but smaller, a bit like Daddy’s car, not that we have a BMW.’’
Car manufacturers and toy stores are working to keep up with a growing demand for pedal, electric and ‘‘push along’’ cars.
The self-powered children’s range covers everything from plastic police cars for about $100 to BMW ‘‘baby-racers’’ at $189, pedal-powered Mercedes-Benz go-karts for $425 and the BMW M6 convertible at $649.
Electric versions range from $150 to $200 at the cheaper end of the market, to $750 or more for some Porsche and BMW electric ride-on models available online.
Adelaide BMW parts manager Jamie Woods said while pedal cars produced by car firms came at a premium, it was worth spending a bit more. He says the baby-racers are sturdy compared to some cheaper brands.
‘‘We sold about 70 to 75 of those last year and about 12 pedal cars. We sold 14 babyracers in December in the lead-up to Christmas,’’ he says. ‘‘People see them in the window and come in and buy one, so it’s not just BMW owners, but we do sell more to our customers.’’
Ms Goodrich says a pedal car would be an i deal Christmas gift.