The opportunity to have your car immortalised as a Hot Wheels die-cast is being offered to one lucky enthusiast in the UK. The toy car producer is asking classic, modified and race car owners to submit their special car builds for judging at its virtual Hot Wheels Legends event.
The vehicle that best embodies Hot Wheels’ high standards of performance, authenticity and ‘garage spirit’ will then go head-to-head with winners from the US, Japan, Mexico, and Germany. The global winner will then be faithfully reproduced in 1:64 scale for children and collectors to cherish, or simply blast around that most challenging racetrack: the living room floor.
Originally launched in the US in 2018 to celebrate 50 years of the iconic cars that have brought pleasure to millions, the Hot Wheels Legends Tour is now coming to the UK for the second time. To enter, car enthusiasts simply submit a video of their car at www.hotwheelsuklegendstour.co.uk before 1 October. A judging panel, which includes Ian Callum CBE, design director of eponymous engineering business CALLUM, will pick the car that best captures the Hot Wheels spirit.
Ted Wu, head of Hot Wheels design at Mattel, said: “With so many passionate enthusiasts and talented car builders and restorers, the UK has a truly diverse car culture with a thriving modified and performance scene. We’ll be looking for the very best, whether that’s a pre-war British hot rod, a ’70s or ’80s ‘restomod’, an extreme custom hot hatch build from the ’90s or one of today’s bespoke hypercars, we want to see the finest cars the UK has to offer. And who knows? Your pride and joy could well become a small-scale legend.”
Ian Callum added: “From an imposing stance, full of presence, vivid colours and an impression of speed, Hot Wheels captures a creative freedom that inspires the rebel spirit in a car designer. Hot Wheels take me back to a misspent youth when I wondered why real cars couldn’t be this way. Well now I know they can and are. They inspire an excitement that we all need in our lives.”
The judging will be broadcast live on 14 October on Car Throttle’s YouTube channel. The UK winner will go head-to-head with other global finalists, with the overall winner’s wheels being released in the Hot Wheels’ 2022 range.
To learn more about the Hot Wheels Legends Tour in the UK visit www.hotwheelsuklegendstour.co.uk and follow #HotWheelsLegendsTour.