This story first appeared in the June 2000 issue of Startups. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Ever since Creata Ltd. unveiled its latest contribution (through its distributor Simplifun) to the next generation of radio-controlled vehicles, no defenseless floor-hugger has been safe. MegaMachines Shotgun and Skidzo (Skidzo's the little one) are two remote-controlled stunt cars that, uncannily enough, are operated by a single 9.6-volt transmitter. Just press a release button, and little Skidzo will shoot out of Shotgun-then you can propel those puppies into a variety of hair brained stunts. Can it get any better than this? Try the ballistic barrel roll or the psychocentrifuge - it's all good. Just be sure to remove all nearby quadrupeds and infants before operating. Price: $69.99; for more dirt, visit www.simplifuntoy.com.