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The BrickYard is a playground for Tamiya Mini 4WD fans

Visit its new location in Glorietta 2 and have endless fun

We bet true-blue Tamiya Mini 4WD devotees will go giddy just seeing this mural. PHOTO FROM THE BRICKYARD

Remember those Tamiya Mini 4WD toy cars that used to be extremely popular in the Philippines? Well, they’re making a comeback as you read this. In fact, Tamiya’s local distributor has put up a playground for hobbyists. Called The BrickYard, the place is located on the third floor of Glorietta 2 in Makati City. Featuring a racetrack and modding stations, the Tamiya recreation ground is right beside Lil’s Hobby Center, so enthusiasts have easy and convenient access to kits and parts while they indulge the little kids in them.

How many of us got hooked on these toy cars? PHOTO FROM THE BRICKYARD

On June 3 (Sunday), Tamiya president and chairman Shunsaku Tamiya—apparently the son of company founder Yoshio Tamiya—is personally visiting The BrickYard on the occasion of its official opening to meet and greet Tamiya fans. Those who will purchase Tamiya products (especially the limited-edition ones) during his stop can have these signed by the Japanese boss. According to the organizers, the program should start at 1:30pm.

Go ahead. It's perfectly okay to let go of your inner child. You know you want to do this. PHOTO FROM THE BRICKYARD

If you can’t make it to The BrickYard for Tamiya-san’s visit, you can always go there on another day just to hang out with your fellow Tamiya Mini 4WD aficionados. With fuel prices skyrocketing these days, now is probably a good time to turn our attention to scale-model vehicles.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 26 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.