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BC/What's Next Classic - NHRA
Exhibit #3642
TypeSpecial Release
ShapeStandard (-)
PackagingDisplay Boxed
ConstructionThree piece wood
OwnerRick Brough

This basic Tournament style yo-yo -- in a similar vain to the Blackbird and Phantom -- was part of BC/What's Next's Extreme Motorsports Collectors Series. Introduced in 2000, What's Next, under its BC brand, introduced a line of skill toys that had the look and feel of NHRA, including specific products for individual championship drivers. Some of the skill toy products in this series were packaged in National Hot Rod Association-approved lifestyle graphics. This product was one of the exceptions; it came in regular BC YoYo packaging. This series of BC yo-yos was not very popular and is quite hard to find now. They were released at the end of the yo-yo boom, when dead, unresponsive yo-yos were replacing fixed axle yo-yos in popularity. These yo-yos may have also been sold exclusively at drag races, too. I don't recall them ever being sold in stores.

Solid maple body painted blue with a black stripe on the inside circumference of each halve. Oval NHRA logo on one side only; opposite is blank.

Description from the BC/What's Next 2000 product catalog:
"National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Extreme Motorsports Yo-Yos and Paddle Balls
The World of Motorsports is the fastest growing audience in sports entertainment today. The fastest and most exciting segment of motorsports is side-by-side drag racing. NHRA races deliver the sights, sounds and spectacle of 330 mph! What's Next, under its BC brand, introduces a line of exciting skill toys that have the look and feel of NHRA, including specific products for individual championship drivers."

Interestingly, the NHRA yo-yos depicted in the catalog were not imperial-shaped, but modified-shaped. Their profile was identical to the profile seen in the Hip Pocket - Eyeball prototype yo-yo, also made by BC.

See also the BC/What's Next 2000 product catalog where this yo-yo was first introduced.

At one point, in late 1999 or early 2000, the BC/Tom Kuhn YoYo Extreme Team were sponsors of drag racer Randy Blackwell and his 1988 Pontiac Fiero Super Gas drag racing car.

Original retail price: $5 US.
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Randy Blackwell drag racing car

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