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We Judge the Hot Wheels Legends Tour — How to Watch It Live

  • The Hot Wheels Legends Tour is a competition to select a custom build and transform it into a 1:64 scale toy car.
  • Contestants come from all over the world, and only 10 will make it to the final round.
  • Car and Driver senior editor Elana Scherr and road and rail’s John Pearley Huffman represented Hearst Autos in the semi-final judging.

You may not be a collector, all grown up like you are and need your shelf space for pretentious bourbon, but we’d be surprised if you could see a Hot Wheels car and not give it a quick spin around the table . Mattel’s shiny mini-machines have cross-age and global appeal, which is why the Hot Wheels Legends Tour – a chance for builders of full-size cars to see their work commemorated in die-cast form – attracts entries from around the world .

Winning the hopefuls down to one takes a full year, with regional events leading to a 24-car semifinal, and finally a 10-best shootout. This year, we were invited to judge the tough semi-finals along with beloved Window Shop contestant and Road & Track senior editor John Pearley Huffman.

The semifinalists ranged from a pink mini truck to an almost spherical Volkswagen Bug bus. We liked the Snork-nosed Porsche 928, while other reviewers marveled at a high-riding Autozam and a Ford Anglia with a stock rear window design so wildly styled it looked more familiar than the uses. Here’s the full list we had to choose from.

  • 2015 Proton Suprima S – Nilai Seremban, Malaysia
  • 2003 Toyota Hilux – Shimotsuma, Japan
  • 1969 Buick Riviera – Los Angeles, California, USA
  • 1987 Mitsubishi Jeep Retrod – Pozorrubio, Pangasinan, Philippines
  • 1998 Nissan 240SX S14 SE – Miami, Florida, USA
  • 1974 Mini GT – Punta Arenas, Chile
  • 1978 Porsche 928 – Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Raptor Buggy – Mt Maunganui, New Zealand
  • 1973 Toyota Celica ST – Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1980 C3 Corvette – Pajęczno, Poland
  • 1992 Autozam Scrum – Beaumont, Texas, USA
  • 1976 VW Puma GTE – Saarbrucken, Germany
  • 1956 VW Beetle – Syracuse, New York, USA
  • 1963 Ford Anglia 105e – Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Plymouth Duster/2009 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee – Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1968 VW Beetle – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • 1931 Dodge Rat Rod – Detroit, Michigan, USA
  • 1962 Beetle – Bandung, Indonesia
  • 2011 Kart 1000 cc – Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • 2017 Radio Flyer – San Tan Valley, Arizona, USA
  • 1927 Wayne Ford School Bus – Tumbling Shoals, Arkansas, USA
  • 1974 Mini Clubman Panel Wagon – New South Wales, Australia
  • 1969 International CO1800 – Corning, California, USA
  • Nissan Skyline R33 1JZ not VVTI – Barcelona, ​​Spain

Not only were we being polite when we said any of the cars we saw would have made excellent Hot Wheels, but we were instructed to think about the final product: how would the details translate? Is this a car similar to Hot Wheels already in production? Would a child want to play with this? Would an adult?

We will not be giving away the semi-finalist winners! You can watch the judging here and tell us who you would have sent to the finals.

How to see the finale

If you want to watch the finals, which will be held at Jay Leno’s garage, check back on the Hot Wheels Facebook page on November 12th at midnight Eastern time.

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