The 2021 Hot Wheels Legend Tour is searching for a new iconic car to turn into the latest die-cast miniature.
It marks the second time the event has come to the UK, hunting for the most outrageous or impressive builds.
Whoever claims the top spot in a virtual event will go on to compete against others from around the world. The global winner will then see their car made in 1:64 die-cast form.
Displaying true garage spirit
Entry into the Hot Wheels Legend Tour competition is simple. Enthusiasts need to film a short video of their real-world car, demonstrating why it meets the high standards set by past Hot Wheels winners.
Videos need to be uploaded to the dedicated Hot Wheels Tour website by 1 October. Judging will take place with a special virtual event on 14 October.
Picking the winner will be a special panel that includes legendary car designer Ian Callum CBE. It means enthusiasts will need to submit unique creations, with a healthy dose of hard work behind it.
Explaining what makes a Hot Wheels creation so special, Ian Callum commented: “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”.
‘A truly diverse car culture’
With more than seven billion die-cast replicas made since 1968, Hot Wheels has become the biggest toy car manufacturer in the world. Such a huge number of cars replicated means a winner of the Legends Tour will need to really stand out.
Ted Wu, Head of Hot Wheels Design, Mattel, has faith that UK enthusiasts can deliver.
“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”.
He added: “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.
“Who knows? Your pride and joy could well become a small-scale legend.”