Well, I don't know about my childhood cars making an impression, but maybe it was one of the car that I DIDN'T get that made an impression. I had Matchboxes and Hotwheels ,etc, as a kid, but like a lot of people, I moved on to other things like 1:1 cars. About 1982 I went to a huge swap meet at Stafford CT. speedway, and while looking around in one of the outbuildings was a vender with a massive collection of old Hot wheels for sale. This guy had literally hundreds of minty cars, all under glass . Now, theres a lot of cool redlines, but the one I never got was the Jack Rabbit special , the car that was in the Hot wheel cartoon (one of my favorite shows as a kid) . Ignoring all the other cars, I bought just that one , but after getting the "one that got away" , My passion for collecting Redlines started.