It all started in 2018, for the 50th anniversary of Hot Wheels. The diecast manufacturer went on a nationwide tour, spanning for 15 cities. The events were held in Walmart car parks, and people would drive over for a chance to make history.
Vehicles would be judged in three categories: Authenticity, Originality, and Garage Spirit. In other words, if your car looked like a Hot Wheels vehicle, you had a fighting chance. It was the SEMA Show back in 2018 where 15 people gathered to see who would be the winner of the Legends Tour.
Ford, Dodge, and Chevrolet vehicles dominated the tour, but neither brought home the grand prize. Instead, it was Luis Rodriguez from New Jersey that won the whole thing. He is the man behind the ludicrous 2 Jet Z, a sort of futuristic hot rod.
This time, quite a few Japanese cars made it through. Even more surprising, a 1960 Renault Dauphine won the event in San Diego. But the overall winner for 2019 was Greg Salzillo from El Segundo, California, in his 1957 Nash Metropolitan. If you've ever played Forza Horizon 4, you'll know what we're talking about.
The tour was a big hit once again, with over 110,000 attendees and almost 5,000 cars lining up for their shot at the prize. We all know how difficult 2020 was, so it's no surprise that the Legends Tour switched to an online format, with just 13 finalists.
Riley Stair won the tournament, and you can now buy a 1/64 scale replica of his 1970 Pontiac Trans Am in stores across the world. The Hot Wheels Legends Tour came back on a much larger scale in 2021, aiming at 14 countries around the world.
And now that you're up to speed with the history of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, let's have a look at how it's all going down in 2022. So far, there have been a handful of events and the best is probably yet to come. Once again, the Tour will be reaching several continents, so the diversity of vehicles will once again be quite impressive.
So far, there have been two Livestream events, from Australia and New Zealand. For U.S. residents, the Tour has already made its way through locations such as Miami, Houston, Northwest Arkansas, and Atlanta. The list of winners includes the: 2008 One Buggy Mud Muncher Raptor, 1974 Mini Clubman "Frankenmini", 1998 Nissan 240SX, 1992 Autozam Scrum "Texas Toot" and 1927 Wayne Ford School Bus. Last but not least the winner of the Atlanta event is Austin McNeil's 1968 Volkswagen Beetle - the Hammerhead!
The next event is scheduled to take place on the 9th of July in Detroit, Michigan. Windsor, Canada is up next and then it's time to move on to El Segundo, California. It seems that the Global Grand Finale is set for the 12th of November, which means it might not be at the SEMA Show any longer. Either way, we can't wait to see what car the judges will pick this year!