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Big Trak



Now any true 80's kid would remember this baby. I had one, and nothing matched it. For those that may not remember this technological marvel, it was basically a wheeled moon buggy type thing. The majic was, it wasn't remote control, you had to use the keypad on the back to programme it to follow a pre determined path.

left 3, forward 2, left 4 and so on.

I remeber spending hours and hours making and obstacle course around my room and then attempting to programme the big trak to negotiate it. If i remember right, you could put in about 16 commands, and every now and then it would fire its Photon Cannon. It also had a tipper on the back, and my brothers thing was to programme it to go into the kitchen with a note in the back requesting buscuits. Pure gold. These days I reckon the kids would put a note in requesting a knife or some crack.

I spent hours with this baby, and then I guess it must have been replaced the Christmas after with my Budgie Bike. More on that tomorrow. I'm off to ebay to see if I can find a Big Trak.
Skill.

4 comments:

Philip said...

Ah happy days... I remember spending countless hours lying on the floor in my pastel Le-Shark t-shirt, Fred Perry shorts and fluorescent socks (odd of course) programming ‘The Trak’ to go to the kitchen to collect biscuits from Mum (glad this was a common use for cutting edge technology). At the time it seemed like a good use of 2 hours (no doubt I should have been outside on such a nice day!) to spend 2 mins watching it collide with the wall at the end of the lounge when you guestimated (there's a word I never knew existed in the 80's) the distance and got it wrong, I’d then spend another hour reprogramming only to see the bloody thing go clattering down the stairs, never broke though, it's a tough old bastard the Big Trak.

The simplest and most rewarding activity with big trak was setting it to go forwards 1 meter and backwards 1 meter... this may sound dull and it would be unless you add to the mix your little sisters collection of My Little Ponies.
Very little in this world is as much fun to a 9 year old boy than watching his little sisters wailing as her bright pink/yellow/green plastic ponies get brutally crushed by the legend that is Big Track.

Fancy starting an appreciation society?

Anyone got any spare My Little Ponies?

Anonymous said...

just read artical and 1st post jesus do i have 2 clone brothers, i to loved big track and weirdly i allso had le shark shirts for christmas. im being 100% honest im 34 born 1972 i spent every single christmas from birth to 21 years old at my grandfathers house, just mum grandad myself and my brother.. (my dad doing a heavy sentance in prison YES HONEST)..

my greatest memorys from childhood apart from starwars toys and sinclair spectrum computer WAS BY FAR THE BIG TRACK...

PROGRAMMING IT TO TAKE MY GRANDAD HIS GLASSES FROM KITCHEN TO LIVING AREA

PROGRAMMING BIG TRACK TO TAKE SALT PEPPER AND CULTERY ETC TO THE CHRISTMAS DINNING TABLE
I TO HAD THE FLIPPER TRAILER

some time later after a day out with grandad, we returned home to find a broken window, nothing really missing but as i went to my room horror big tracks trailer was smashed. we had been burgeled and the culprets had great pleasure in smashing up my toys

i can remember trying to work out why someone would enter other peoples homes and steal and break things i couldnt work it out now im a adult its commonsence THE WORLD STINKS SADLY

i miss big track even now but at least ill have nintendo wii this christmas mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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holy cow!!! what is this? I can't remember this product, and I'm from that age, you know what is the product that I can remember from 80's? my first NES.

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