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Hot Wheels Legends 50th Anniversary Tour Logo

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Hot Wheels, they hit the road and held real-life car shows in Walmart carparks at 15 locations around the USA to find the next car to be immortalized as a Hot Wheels vehicle.

"When Hot Wheels launched the original “Sweet 16” die-cast cars in 1968, they were said to be some of the most influential and legendary cars in automotive history. And now, we’re hitting the road to find custom cars worthy of joining them as HOT WHEELS LEGENDS.

One finalist from each of the 15 cities will join us at SEMA 2018 in Las Vegas, where one lucky winner will be immortalized as a Hot Wheels Legend and get made into a die-cast car sold around the world. Don’t miss this epic event!"

The vehicles were judged in three categories:

  • Authenticity - "Have you ever seen a car and said, “That looks like a Hot Wheels?” We’re looking for that “Hot Wheels-ness” that nails the amazing performance and outrageous design we’re known for."
  • Originality - "We’ve made over 25,000 unique vehicle models in the past 50 years, so we’re looking for something with unique details that stands out from the rest."
  • Garage Spirit - "It’s built, not bought, just like Hot Wheels.  We’re looking to see some elbow grease that exemplifies the challenger spirit it took to build."

Finalists

Date Location Owners Name Vehicle Photo
April 28, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Mitch Allread 1949 Ford F-5 Rat Rod LegendsTourStop1
May 5, 2018 Kansas City, MO Vicky & Randy Roeber 1938 Dodge Superior Bus LegendsTourStop2
June 2, 2018 Bentonville, AR Vin Erwin 1954 Ford 2-Ton Tow Truck LegendsTourStop3
June 9, 2018 Nashville, TN Suzy Bauter 1963 Rambler American Wagon LegendsTourStop4 (2)
June 16, 2018 Newark, NJ Luis Rodriguez
Winner
Custom '2 Jetz' LegendsTourStop5
June 30, 2018 Atlanta, GA Robert Graham Custom 'Surf N Rod' LegendsTourStop6
July 14, 2018 Chicago, IL Brian Bergeron 1987 Porsche 944 LegendsTourStop7
July 28, 2018 Charlotte, NC Delton Hubbard 1994 Chevrolet Geo Tracker 'Never Enough' LegendsTourNeverEnough
August 4, 2018 Seattle, WA Bill & Dylan Brinkworth 1973 Datsun 240Z LegendsTourStop9
August 11, 2018 Detroit, MI Jeffery Peterson 1947 Chevy Crosley Sedan 'The Blue Goose' LegendsTourStop10
August 25, 2018 Dallas, TX Nestor Mendoza 1989 Datsun 1200 LegendsTourStop11
September 8, 2018 Miami, FL Tony Batterson Medieval One LegendsTourStop12
September 22, 2018 Phoenix, AZ Dan Robertson 1966 Chevy Pickup LegendsTourStop13
October 6, 2018 Washington, D.C. Aaron Buck 1936 Ford Pickup 'Cab Over Evolve' LegendsTourStop14
October 20, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Steve & Karla Howard 1938 Graham LegendsTourStop15

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