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Janet Kwak, Mike Tauber
For decades kids have watched their little Hot Wheels cars defy gravity, racing in tracks that have circle loops. Now they get to see the same thing, only for real at the X Games Los Angeles 2012. Janet Kwak reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on June 25, 2012.
For decades, kids have watched miniature cars defy gravity, racing in tracks that have circle loops.
Those childhood dreams are coming to life this week when a pair of life-size racing cars will blast through a familiar loop track at the X Games Los Angeles 2012 – except this one is six stories high.
"The fact that this track even exists make me happy. I had this set up, not the double loop, but just the single loop, when I was a kid," said Kyle Camerer, who played with Hot Wheels.
Stunt drivers will be speeding around with the g-forces of a fighter jet, hitting the Hot Wheels loop at more than 50 miles an hour.
From free-styling flips to grinding on guardrails, 200 of the world's best athletes will compete in dozens of competitions that's being called the Olympic version of extreme tricks and stunts.
"I just pray for the best every time he is on it," said Stacy Wood, one athlete’s mother.
Wood will be watching her 11-year-old son drop about 60 feet on a skateboard, catching air over 50 feet long then ending in a 27 foot quarter pipe.
"It comes with the territory. It comes with any sport. It's just this happens to be the largest ramp in the world," Wood said.