Drivers have the chance to transform their car into a Hot Wheels model

Legends Tour competition launches search for UK’s craziest and most original modified cars

A new contest offers creators of modified cars the chance to see their pride and joy immortalized as an official Hot Wheels model.

The world-renowned model car brand has kicked off its annual Legends Tour with a search for the UK’s wildest and eye-catching local creations to go wheel-to-wheel with other custom cars from around the world.

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Last year’s global winner was Lee Johnstone, from Somerset, whose Volvo P1800 Gasser wowed judges including Ian Callum, the Scottish designer behind the Aston Martin Vanquish and DB9, as well as Jaguar F-Type and I-Pace.

This year, participants will pit their full-size machines against Hot Wheels hopefuls from 14 other countries in the dream of turning their real-life car into a 1:64 scale model.

2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour winner Lee Johnstone with his 1969 Volvo P1800

And, to mark the fifth anniversary of the Legend’s Tour, owners will have two opportunities to win, with a fan favorite from each region also vying to be recreated as a die-cast model.

The contest is open to owners of any custom car that “embodies the Hot Wheels spirit,” from pre-war hot rods to modern hypercars and extremely hot hatches. To enter, owners must upload a short video presentation of their car to the competition website by August 31, 2022.

This year’s judging panel includes passionate new presenters and car modifiers Helen Stanley and Jonny Smith (The Late Brake Show), plus Ian Callum. The panel will look for the vehicle in the UK that “best embodies Hot Wheels performance, authenticity and garage spirit”.

Ten UK finalists will be selected and brought together in front of a live audience for the judging process in early October. Car Throttle followers will vote for their favourite, while judges select the UK winner. The grand finale will take place in the United States in November.

“As the Hot Wheels Legends Tour expands around the world, we’ve been blown away by the passion, enthusiasm and effort it takes to create these spectacular cars that fuel popular culture and deserve to be Hot Models. Wheels,” said Ted Wu, Global Head. of vehicle design at Mattel. “After seeing how much fans loved our first winner outside of the United States, we decided to immortalize a regional winner alongside the overall winner. Two legends are better than one.

Last year’s winner, Lee Johnstone said: “I never imagined we would win, but it was amazing to be part of the design process and to meet the team responsible for creating the small cars that fans of all ages love it.

“You can’t beat that thrill of seeing your car scaled down in the Hot Wheels pack. I urge anyone to come in just to share this moment. It’s unforgettable!