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Who remembers the Top Trumps card games?These addictive playing cards are still available, but surely their heyday was back in the 1970s and 1980s, when eager children tried to out-do each other with their particular 'hand' of top trump cards.
The variety of subjects covered was quite broad, but naturally all my sets featured fossil-fuel burning beauties, such as the Caddy Eldorado, and wedgy Lotus Elite ...
I was given this set when I was knee-high to a grasshopper, and I could never bring myself to throw it away. Where my other sets are I really don't know - dragsters, motorcycles, Grand Prix cars and more all had their own sets, full of makes and models you'd never heard of.
The idea of the game was to win all your opponent's cards - two or more players would take it in turn to choose what they thought was the strongest feature about the vehicle on their top cards. This might be top speed, engine capacity, power (bhp), fuel consumption or some other fairly useless fact. If your car was 'better' than your rival's, you won their card, and took another turn with the next card in your pack. I remember in another set I had, there was a silver coloured Ford sportscar and that would win on virtually everything - power, top speed, engine cc, and so on - it was the card everyone wanted to have in their hand.
One car that I'd not heard of previously, and featured by Top Trumps, is the Bricklin - a rakish and claustrophobic-looking 2 door wedge. The handy information on the back of the card tells the spotty-faced player that it was powered by a V8 (no surprises there then), of 5897cc, and produced 220bhp. Other fascinating facts, such as its turning circle (10.4m) and the size of its oil tank (4.7litres), are also kindly profferred.
Over 2800 Bricklins were built before the company went bump, and there is an interesting owners club website right here: Bricklin International Owners Club. [return to the Motoring Collectables section]
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