For most petrolheads, a Hot Wheels toy was probably the first car you ever owned. Now you have the chance to have your personal car immortalized as a Hot Wheels toy, with a little help from motorsport identities Molly Taylor and Greg Rust.
The duo are judges for the Australian leg of the 2022 Hot Wheels Legends Tour, a global search for the most original car the toy company will transform into 1:64 scale and sell worldwide.
“I love the idea of turning a real car into a Hot Wheels car,” Rust told Torquecafe.
“Someone who put in a lot of ours, a lot of love and a lot of creativity and to be rewarded like that is just amazing.”
Now in its fifth year, but only the second time it’s been to Australia, the Legends Tour is on the hunt for the quirkiest and most creative cars kids (and adults) will want to collect. Last year’s Australian winner was Shannon Heraud in her bright green 1974 Ford Escort powered by a supercharged Holden V8.
Heraud’s Ford-Holden hybrid ended up making it into the World Finals, which was hosted by famous celebrity car enthusiast Jay Leno, but lost to the unique ‘Ain’t No Saint’ – a 1969 Volvo P1800 that can run a 10-second quarter-mile thanks to its big-block supercharged Chevy V8.
Hot Wheels is inviting entries for this year’s Australian Finals, which will be judged by designers from Rust, Taylor and Hot Wheels. Those who believe their car is special and unlike any other Hot Wheels toy can submit a video of themselves with their ride to hotwheelslegends.com by April 11.
The local competition will conclude with a live stream on the Hot Wheels Facebook page on April 21 at 6 p.m. (AEST).
The winner of the Australian round will compete again in the World Finals for a chance to become a small car sold around the world.