Funrise Toys' 2012 Ford F-250 Tonka T-Rex Brings Childhood Dreams To Life
Simply put, Tonka toys are awesome. From the steel trencher to the classic front loader to the mighty dump truck, just the mention of Tonka invites you into an imaginative, creative world full of dirty, sweaty, seriously-intense play sessions. Void of safety restrictions, nasty politics, and unrealistic deadlines, the Tonka truck worksite is a place of amazing productivity, where for 66 years buds have worked side by side to get the job done (before mom’s dinner call).
If only Tonka had toys for the grownups. Wait – they do.
Funrise Toys, the licensee and manufacturer of Tonka, has uncovered its life-size Tonka T-Rex truck. The base of the bright … more
Automakers keep making it easier to give them less money. Small cars are getting quieter, more comfortable and more tech-savvy every year, while remaining more affordable and more fuel-efficient than their class-above counterparts. And they've never looked so good, either. Keep reading to see the coolest cars you can buy for less than $18,000 this year, according to Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price.
#2 - 2013 Ford Focus
The Ford Focus single-handedly demoted the Mazda3 from "most fun-to-drive" to "one of the most fun-to-drive" cars in the category. And just like the Mazda, the Focus looks as good as it moves. Factor in a richer, more stylish interior and a serious tech advantage, and you've got this year's Coolest … more
Galpin Auto Sports in North Hills, California, has built a life-size Tonka truck from a 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty with the Power Stroke turbodiesel. Why, you ask? Why not? Ever since they were introduced 66 years ago, Tonka trucks have been extremely popular with kids. GAS worked with Funrise Toys, Tonka's licensee and manufacturer, as well as with several aftermarket companies, to create this truck. It will be used for marketing and promotional events.
"We were really excited to take on this project," said GAS general manager Steve McCord. "You couldn't get a more fundamentally 'feel-good' iconic brand than Tonka. It was really a dream come true for us to build a vehicle that makes children's dreams come to life."
The truck is … more
Welcome to the Hooniverse News! This is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or the bull. I also throw in a little opinion of mine, just because I can. This week: Life-Sized Tonka Truck is finally a reality.
Several months ago, I got to report on the efforts to produce a life-sized Tonka truck customized by Galpin Auto Sports (GAS), Fab-Fours, Highway Products, Kelderman, and others. After many hours of work, GAS and Funrise Toys, the licensee and manufacturer of Tonka, unveiled the finished product that has been appropriately named the Tonka T-Rex, and it looks like this. The Tonka T-Rex is based off a 2012 Ford F-250 with a Powerstroke diesel and will soon be released as an … more
Beau Boeckmann, President of Galpin Auto Sports (G.A.S.), vividly recalls one of his most memorable experiences with automotive legend Carroll Shelby. “I was most taken aback with one incident when he came into Galpin and asked my dad and I what we thought of some of the projects he was working on,” he reminisces. “I thought, ‘Wow, here’s one of my idols in the industry, asking me what I thought about some of his projects.’ It was so cool just to sit around and chat with Shelby about all things automotive related and more. It’s an honor to have been friends with him and to have known him.”
Jon Rod / Jun-19-2013DUB Magazine
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In this episode, Galpin Auto Sports President Beau Boeckmann takes Matt on a tour through his personal Hot Rod collection including some Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.
George Barris, the creator of the original Batmobile, with the Crimefighter F-150 his grandon built in tribute.
In true Justice League fashion, not to be outdone by the Superman Power Wagon we saw last week, Batman now has a truck of his own as well. Back in 1965, George Barris built the iconic first Batmobile using parts he found at a hardware store and the body of a Ford Futura concept car. The car, has made Barris a legend among custom car designers and in January auctioned for a cool $4.2 million. According to the Orange County Register, in light of the auction Barris’s grandson Jared wanted to create a tribute to his grandfather’s Batmobile. What he designed is a Batmobile, or rather a Bat Truck, for the 21st … more
Dennis shows up at Galpin Auto Sports and checks out the Ed "Big Daddy" Roth collection with Dave Shuten and the Galpin Gasser III with Steve Carpenter.
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Ford MyKey, Now on 6 Million Vehicles, Helps Parents Keep Teens Safe This Summer
MyKey® technology – now in 6 million Ford and Lincoln vehicles on the road nationwide – is there when parents can’t be in the car with their teens this summer
Ford’s MyKey technology encourages teenagers to wear their seat belts, keep the radio volume down, watch their speed and pay attention to the road – not their cell phones
2014 Ford Fiesta is the latest Ford vehicle to get MyKey technology, available in dealerships this summer
DEARBORN, Mich., June 11, 2013 – There is perhaps no bigger worry for parents than their teens’ safety, including when they get behind the wheel this summer vacation season. … more
In this episode, Galpin Auto Sports President Beau Boeckmann takes Matt on a tour through his personal Hot Rod collection including some Ed "Big Daddy" Roth and other custom hot rods