My family and I have been around cars and the automotive industry our whole lives, my father has been a successful service station owner for years and a performance car tuner and racer in the 60’s through to the late 70s as well as owning a very successful auto recycling business for 30 years. This love of automobiles has carried down to myself being a master technician and now my children. This story is about our miniature 1930 Cadillac roadster. This pedal car was built by Nick Rampling of Cheltenham Ontario.
Nick was a former top stock car racer who also is a truly gifted craftsman, who’s car restorations are legendary. After selling his successful body repair business he retired to his shop at home still restores classics, but also created some second to none pedal cars under the name “Steel Craft Canada” with quality that even Pebble Beach would be proud of.
This little gem was given to my daughter Natalie on her first Christmas by her Grandfather Al, and so the tradition carried on. Natalie, at only 5 years old showed her car at the annual Tottenham Car show in 2004, and was voted first place in the “Peoples Choice” winning over the cars and their owners!.
No one could resist giving this little girl kudos for her love of the car and trying to keep up with the grown ups. Years later being the nice sister she is, offered her little brother Nicholas 7, the car so her grandfather and I could show him the ropes at the 2011 Beeton fall fair car show. Nicholas did the family proud again by once again bringing home the hardware with a second place in the 30’s convertible class against real full sized cars. Natalie however, still has the bragging rights she says, as she was the one who brought home first place. There are lots of ways for people young and old to enjoy the car hobby, and Natalie’s little car showed us just that.
Written by Perry Mason