The Hot Wheels Legends competition, which offers UK custom car and modified vehicle owners the chance to have their automobile turned into a Hot Wheels die-cast model, is returning for the fifth year.
And to mark the event, UK car owners are getting double the chance to have their real-life cars turned into a Hot Wheels to join the Mattel range.
The judging panel made up of assorted experts is looking for cars which “best embody Hot Wheels performance, authenticity and ‘garage spirit’”. Entrants need to apply online, with judging for the UK competition taking place at a live event in the autumn in conjunction with Car Throttle YouTube channel, with followers voting for the winner. The successful UK candidate will then go on to a grand final taking place against 13 other territories in the US in November. Both the international and one regional winner will see their cars getting the Hot Wheels replica treatment
“As the Hot Wheels Legends Tour expands around the globe, we have been blown away by the passion, enthusiasm and effort that goes into creating these spectacular cars that fuel popular culture and deserve to be Hot Wheels models”Ted Wu, global head of vehicle design at Mattel
Ted Wu, global head of vehicle design at Mattel said: “As the Hot Wheels Legends Tour expands around the globe, we have been blown away by the passion, enthusiasm and effort that goes into creating these spectacular cars that fuel popular culture and deserve to be Hot Wheels models. Having seen how fans loved our first winner outside the US, we decided to immortalise a regional winner alongside the overall victor. Two Legends are better than one!”
Last year’s UK victor, Lee Johnstone with his and his three daugthers’ Volvo, scooped the global prize and after being tested, the 1:64 scale model of his car is due to be sold in more than 150 countries before the year is out.
He said: ““I never imagined that we would win but it’s been amazing to be part of the design process and meet the team that is responsible for creating the toy cars that fans of any age love. You just can’t beat that thrill of seeing your car scaled down in the Hot Wheels pack. I’d urge anyone to enter just to share that moment. It’s unforgettable!”
More details are at www.hotwheelsuklegendstour.co.uk