The Brickyard Glorietta recently hosted a media event for us and revisit a childhood nostalgia – assembling and racing Tamiya 4WD kits. The last time I assembled one was way back in the Christmas of 1990. I enjoyed building my car kit that time because I never really finished building anything, even with LEGO sets.
Fast forward to the 2019, Tamiya enthusiasts are still at it, this time sharing their childhood hobby with their own children building these model kits together. While there are still Tamiya fans still buying kits and race them, Ferdie Kahn, owner of the The Brickyard and home of Tamiya in the Philippines, thinks it’s a good opportunity to bring back the nostalgia.
“We are excited to reintroduce this to the Philippines by expanding on the
hobby experience. We are offering new ideas and concepts that we expect will appeal to our most ardent followers and to the younger generation. We want the younger generation to embrace the hobby,” said Kahn.
“Mini-4WD car tuning and racing are very social activities and it is equally
challenging. At the Brickyard, you tune your car with so many different options and we give you the opportunity to see your car perform at our world class tracks. You customize your car over and over until you are satisfied with its performance. You are involved for hours in the activity. Then take it a step further and join our races and put your car through the ultimate challenge. The exciting aspect of this hobby is that it has no boundaries, it is inclusive and it is hours of fun.,” he said.
Filipinos are very passionate about Tamiya. It has been around for about 50 years now, he added. Having said that, there’s good news for Tamiya enthusiasts and fans.
The Brickyard and Lil’s Hobby Center will be hosting the Tamiya Mini 4WD Asia Challenge event in Manila on June 20-23. Some 250-300 total competitors from 10 countries, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, etc. are expected to take part in this yearly Tamiya competition. The winner will be heading to Japan on November to compete in the World Championships. This promises to be the Mini 4WD event of the
year. Multiple races and events will also be available to the public to experience the thrill of this unique hobby.
“We are fortunate to be hosting this event for the first time in the Philippines and that is a testament to the popularity here in the Philippines. We will essentially bring Mini 4WD back to the mainstream and I really want to showcase the Filipino racers. This will give them a chance to shine in the world stage. “It will also be attended by Mr. Tamiya, himself! We invite everyone to come and experience the thrill of this competition,” he said.
To commemorate the event, and its one year anniversary, the Brickyard and
Lil’s Hobby Center will be releasing, the first ever Dyipne, a limited edition Mini 4WD kit. It will be the first time this Philippine icon will be memorialized in a model kit. Kahn added, “It is really exciting to finally have a kit that is truly and uniquely a Philippine cultural icon. It really goes to show that Tamiya recognizes the Philippines as one of its most important partners.”
Check out these pictures below:
The Dyipne will be exclusively sold at The Brickyard starting on June 6, 2019. Retail price might be around P700+.