Would you like your car to be immortalised as a Hot Wheels? Of course you would, which is why you need to know about the Legends Tour 2023.
Hot Wheels is looking for the ideal car to recreate as one of its die-cast toys. UK finalists from the past two years have both reached the global final, with Lee Johnstone's Volvo P1800 Gasser, ‘Ain't No Saint’, going on to win overall in 2021. The die-cast version debuted in April 2022.
Unfortunately, Petrolblog doesn't own anything suitable for Hot Wheels. An otherwise standard Pearl Black Renault Safrane with yellow fog lights won't cut it. Equally, a Barley Gold Safrane with 17-inch Louxor alloys is unlikely to impress the panel of judges, even if they were hot wheels.
The world needs a Hot Wheels Renault Safrane, but the Legends Tour is after something different.
The judges are looking for three things: authenticity, creativity and garage spirit. Cars that stand out from the crowd. If a car looks like it could be a Hot Wheels model, it stands a better chance of being picked by the judges. Speaking of which, the judging panel is made up of a Hot Wheels designer, plus Paul Cowland, Richard Porter and Helen Stanley.
For the first time, the Hot Wheels Legend UK final will be open to the public to watch at RADwood, which takes place at Bicester Heritage on 2 September 2023. Fans will have the power to select one entry from a shortlist, which will be fast-tracked to the UK final.
Entry is quick and easy: simply upload a short video and brief information at hotwheelslegendstour.co.uk before 4 August 2023. The UK winner will go on to face challengers from across the world at the grand final in November.
How to win a Hot Wheels Legends set
To celebrate the launch of the Legends Tour, Petrolblog has got ten Hot Wheels Legends sets to giveaway. The set, which costs £24.99 on Amazon, contains six cars: custom ’71 El Camino, ’67 Pontiac GTO, 2005 Ford Mustang, Baja Truck, Rip Rod and 2013 Hot Wheels Chevy Camaro Special Edition.
Five sets are reserved for Club Petrolblog members – you can join here – with the other five available to readers who aren't quite ready to commit to membership. You're missing out on a car sticker, random biscuits and money-can't-buy opportunities*.
To win a set, simply comment on this article or respond to the relevant posts on Twitter and Facebook and tell Petrolblog which car you'd love to see turned into a Hot Wheels model. It can be anything – standard, modified, mundane or exotic – but bonus points will be awarded if you choose the Safrane**.
Entries must be received before midnight on 30 June, at which point the sets turn into pumpkins and the Audi 90 is condemned to extinction.
*That might be an exaggeration, but you will be supporting an independent blog and its rubbish YouTube channel. **There are no bonus points.