Does your custom have what it takes to become a Hot Wheels car?
The 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour will be open for submissions beginning in April. Returning for its fourth year, the tour offers fans the opportunity to have their one-of-a-kind vehicle immortalized as a 1:64 die-cast toy.
The Hot Wheels Legends Tour, presented by Mobil 1, is expected to draw more than 10,000 entries from 14 countries across five continents. The event will culminate in November, when the winner’s vehicle is announced as the next member of the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends.
Last year’s winner was a 1000-horsepower 1970 Pontiac Trans Am.
“Finding time to build isn’t always easy, but with many spending more time at home in the garage over the past year, we expect to see so many more passion-project submissions for the 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour,” says Ted Wu, Mattel’s global head of design for Hot Wheels. “Last year, we received thousands of entries, and with the added international stops, this year’s competition is expected to be more impressive with more vehicle variety than ever.”
Since its launch in 2018 to celebrate Hot Wheels’ 50th Anniversary, the Hot Wheels Legends Tour has grown from an American-based series of local Walmart events to the world’s largest traveling car show, bringing together builders and automotive fans through both virtual and live events.
The 2021 showdown kicks off with livestream stops in New Zealand on April 15, Australia on April 22, and the U.S. and Canada on April 29. Additional dates and live event locations will be announced soon.
Livestreams will be available to view on the Hot Wheels Facebook page, at Walmart.com, and through automotive media partners in some countries. Walmart will also host live events in the U.S. this summer. Fans can register or learn more by visiting www.HotWheels.com/Legends. You can also join the Hot Wheels Collectors Club for access to exclusive releases.
Each Hot Wheels Legends Tour stop will crown a regional winner and a Mobil 1 Fan Favorite, which will advance to the semifinal rounds. The field will then be narrowed to 10 finalists before a winner is crowned at the grand finale in November.
In addition to being turned into a 1:64 die-cast toy, previous Legends Tour winners (including the 2018 2JetZ and 2019 Nash classic coupe) will soon be available for purchase and play through the Forza™ Horizon 4 video game via the Hot Wheels Legends Car Pack on Xbox, Windows 10, iOS, and Android devices.
Hot Wheels 1:64 scale die-cast cars, first released in 1968, were designed to look and perform like no other toy. Five decades later, Hot Wheels is the number-one selling toy in the world (according to the NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service), with more than 16.5 cars sold every second.
Does yours have what it takes to become the newest member of the team?