One Man is Going for The World Record in Racing...With a Hot Wheels Car

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV)-- A Valley man is trying to break a record with the help of a Hot Wheels car.

Barry Dubit has 18,000 Hot Wheels cars in his collection, but this weekend it all comes down to one car and 2,000 feet of track. On June 28, he'll try to break the longest Hot Wheels track Guinness World Record.

"This is the 'Back to the Future' DeLorean," said Dubit, showing off a car he'll be using to try to break the record.

"I'm saying we're trying, but I'm pretty confident we will," said Dubit.

The event is going to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Staunton Mall, but the record-breaking race will be at 3 p.m. All the money raised will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Dubit is practicing this week ahead of the big race. He already has faced some bumps in the road getting here: tremors in his twenties, and at the age of 32, a diagnosis of early-onset Parkinson's Disease.

Nearly three decades later, Dubit isn't letting the disease stop him or his cars.

"We're all different in different ways," he said. "But we all have a lot to give. Tons to give."

After he drops the car on June 28, Dubit said he wants to make it to the finish line in time to catch the car.

"I may shake a little bit when I walk, but I can run really good," he said.

He is hoping his record-breaking attempt will let others with Parkinson's know you can still live your life.

"Never quit," Dubit said. "The word can't was never in my vocabulary. And it's still not, because I can do anything I put my mind to. Might not do it the first time, might not do it the second time, but I will do it. And I'll do this probably the first time."

It's a perspective that, like his engineered track, makes sure those bumps in the road only help propel him the rest of the way.


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