If your obsession with automobiles began as a youngster, then odds are you had a collection of Hot Wheels scattered throughout your room. It’s no secret that the Hot Wheels brand is a global icon and in case you weren’aware, the infatuation with these highly-detailed dream cars that are t has only gained momentum.
Last year, the brand celebrated its 50th anniversary by producing the first annual Hot Wheels Legends Tour. This season, we’re tagging along with the tour and we kicked things off in Miami, Florida, with our sights set on 17 cities throughout the nation.
Hot Wheels fans and car enthusiasts from Miami and surrounding regions swarmed the Pembroke Pines Walmart parking lot for the first stop of this tour. Historic life-sized Hot Wheels cars were on display for everyone to enjoy, kids were treated to various games, a pit stop challenge happened and the Hot Wheels vending truck was on deck giving attendees an opportunity to score some precious metals with some of the icons exclusive collectibles.
Around 300 custom and collector cars were judged by a panel of Hot Wheels designers, automotive influencers which included Richard Rawlings (Gas Monkey Garage), Elo (Miami Supercar Rooms) and Sam Morris from Gooichi Motors (aka PistachioFD). The judges were looking for cars that exhibited authenticity creativity, and garage soul. Among the cars on display were a ’92 Daihatsu Hijet dubbed “Little Snokyo,” Volkswagen Busses and Beatles, and a rat rod inspired Lamborghini Espada.
The beautiful Miami weather and an enthusiastic audience proved to be the backdrop to the big announcement everyone was waiting for. With just one winning automobile selected from each stop of the tour, the very first of 2019 will be Jose Lugo’s 1947 Willy’s Jeep.
One finalist from each stop will join Hot Wheels at SEMA 2019 in Las Vegas — there, one lucky finalist will have their custom vehicle transformed into an Hot Wheels die-cast. For upcoming tour stops and general information regarding this Hot Wheels Legends Tour, visit hotwheels.mattel.com.
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