2020 Hot Wheels Legends Tour Finale from Jay Leno’s Garage

    W​ill your favorite of these vehicles win?

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    The Hot Wheels Legends Tour is an annual competition to find one very special fan-made custom automobile to make into a 1:64 scale Hot Wheels die-cast toy.

    The tour made stops in Europe, Latin America, Asia and North America. The stop winners, plus one additional wild card winner chosen by the fans in the Mobil 1 Fan Favorite contest, then competed in the finale — streamed live from Jay Leno’s Garage.

    The finale was co-hosted by Jay Leno and Jarod DeAnda.

    H​osts Jay Leno and Jarod DeAnda

    H​osts Jay Leno and Jarod DeAnda

    Judging the competition were Jay Leno, Ted Wu (Vice President, Global Head of Design for Vehicle, Mattel)...

    Judge T​ed Wu, Vice President, Global Head of Design for Vehicle, Mattel

    Judge T​ed Wu, Vice President, Global Head of Design for Vehicle, Mattel

    ... entertainer Snoop Dogg...

    J​udge Snoop Dogg

    J​udge Snoop Dogg

    ... Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias...

    J​udge Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias

    J​udge Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias

    ... professional stunt driver Bri (Brionna) Lynch...

    J​udge Bri Lynch

    J​udge Bri Lynch

    ... and Bryan Benedict (Senior Design Manager, Die-Cast Vehicles at Hot Wheels).

    J​udge Bryan Benedict, Sr. Design Mgr., Die-Cast Vehicles at Hot Wheels

    J​udge Bryan Benedict, Sr. Design Mgr., Die-Cast Vehicles at Hot Wheels

    Making guest appearances were 007 stunt driver Ben Collins...

    G​uest Ben Collins, 007 stunt driver

    G​uest Ben Collins, 007 stunt driver

    ... three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and team owner Tony Stewart...

    G​uest Tony Stewart, NASCAR Cup Series Champion and team owner

    G​uest Tony Stewart, NASCAR Cup Series Champion and team owner

    ... and child actor and Hot Wheels collector Paxton Booth.

    G​uest Paxton Booth, actor

    G​uest Paxton Booth, actor

    The judges faced a difficult task, as these finalists were the best of the best. Shown at the event were: 1959 Hulk Camino...

    1​959 Hulk Camino

    1​959 Hulk Camino

    ... 1969 “Discovette”...

    1​969 Discovette

    1​969 Discovette

    ... 2020 “Scorp*ion”...

    2​020 Scorp*ion

    2​020 Scorp*ion

    S​noop Dogg

    S​noop Dogg

    .​.. 1970 Pontiac Trans Am...

    1​970 Pontiac Trans Am

    1​970 Pontiac Trans Am

    ... 1976 Hillman Imp...

    ... 1958 Chevy Apache...

    1​958 Chevy Apache

    1​958 Chevy Apache

    B​ryan Benedict

    B​ryan Benedict

    ... 1976 Volkswagen Brasilia “La Bracala”...

    1​976 Volkswagen Brasilia "La Bracala"

    1​976 Volkswagen Brasilia "La Bracala"

    1​976 Volkswagen Brasilia "La Bracala"

    1​976 Volkswagen Brasilia "La Bracala"

    ... 1954 Chevy “Bombs Away”...

    ... 1970 Ford Mustang “Ruffian”...

    1​970 Ford Mustang "Ruffian"

    1​970 Ford Mustang "Ruffian"

    ... 1978 Mini Cooper V8...

    1​978 Mini Cooper V8

    1​978 Mini Cooper V8

    1​978 Mini Cooper V8

    1​978 Mini Cooper V8

    ... 2007 Porsche Cayman S...

    2​007 Porsche Cayman S

    2​007 Porsche Cayman S

    2​007 Porsche Cayman S

    2​007 Porsche Cayman S

    ... and Morris Minor “Mercenary.”

    M​orris Minor "Mercenary"

    M​orris Minor "Mercenary"

    The judging was based on three criteria: Authenticity — does it look like a Hot Wheel? Creativity — does is stand out from the rest? Garage Spirit — built, not bought.

    So, which one is your favorite? Mine is the 1958 Chevy Apache — and I’m not even a truck person!

    1​958 Chevy Apache

    1​958 Chevy Apache

    Mattel’s Bryan Benedict said this about the Trans Am: “Coming into this I didn’t think that was going to be my number one choice. You know, it’s just all white … but what it lacks in deco, it makes up for in stance and detailing, and that cage and shifting that motor back...

    It’s a dramatic statement in a different way than the Apache (his #2 pick) is.”

    B​ryan Benedict & his #2 pick: 1958 Chevy Apache

    B​ryan Benedict & his #2 pick: 1958 Chevy Apache

    Bri’s #1 pick is also the Trans Am: “I would aspire to build something like that. I’m really into TIG welding. I love TIG welding, so just admiring the craftsmanship for the fabrication of this car. … There are so many little details.”

    Jay Leno’s #1 choice is the “Hulk Camino,” “because it’s for Hot Wheels. It wouldn’t be a car I would drive but I think it’s the ultimate Hot Wheels car. … (It was) very clever the way he did the roof. I haven’t seen a ’59 Chevy used that way ever, integrating that taillight. I love the fact that it still is a ‘quote’ El Camino pickup truck. You know you might get a little Barbie’s luggage bag back there. … To me, in terms of being a Hot Wheels, it’s the most outrageous and the most Hot Wheels-looking car here.”

    1​959 Hulk Camino

    1​959 Hulk Camino

    Snoop Dogg’s #1 choice was, again, the 1970 Pontiac Trans Am: “That white-on-white is alright with me!”

    S​noop Dogg

    S​noop Dogg

    Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias’ #1 pick is the “Hulk Camino.” “That car just screams Hot Wheels to me. It’s like, it not something I’m going to see at a Starbucks but I would love to be able to see it on a mantle or be able to see it in a toy box. It looks like a toy. It looks like something you want to have fun with.”

    G​abriel "Fluffy" Iglesias

    G​abriel "Fluffy" Iglesias

    And the winner of the 2020 Hot Wheels Legends Tour is — drum roll please — the 1970 Pontiac Trans Am of Riley Stair, who said: “To have my car immortalized as a Hot Wheels die-cast for car lovers of all ages to enjoy means the world to me. To think that my car in a 1:64 scale could make a lasting impression for a young kid who loves cars, as Hot Wheels have for so many of us, is a dream come true. I can’t wait to see my nephew Noah pushing my car around the living room!”

    1​970 Pontiac Trans Am — 2020 Hot Wheels Legends Tour winner

    1​970 Pontiac Trans Am — 2020 Hot Wheels Legends Tour winner

    Ted Wu explained the Trans Am this way: “With more vehicle entries this year than ever before, we know we found a special build that embodies the Hot Wheels challenger spirit with the 1970 Pontiac Trans Am. You see the vehicle and instantly know it is meant to be a Hot Wheels with the unique frame, engine, and purpose-driven build.”

    Copyright © 2020 by Jan Wagner – AutoMatters & More #668r1

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    Comments (64)

    • So many great builds

        6 days ago
      • Creativity is a wonderful thing. Computers, even with AI, will never be truly creative.

          5 days ago
    • Wow. I love the Imp and Mini as well as the brasilia. Ima sucker for small box cars.

        3 days ago
      • I really like small cars that maximize their use of the available space, handle well and are easy to park. It has been my life's experience that small, light, even somewhat underpowered cars are more fun to drive — because they can be driven...

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          2 days ago
      • That’s my experience as well, Jan.

          2 days ago
    • I'd like the '54 Chevy or the '70 Mustang to win.

        3 days ago
      • Vincent, it is interesting how people from different parts of the country and around the world chose such very different vehicles as their finalists in the 2020 Hot Wheels Legends Tour. Jan

          3 days ago
      • Yeah, I don't think that only your homeland is a reason for loving certain cars though. But I can't say what other factors make different people loving different cars.

        Are you from Germany as well?

          3 days ago
    • The DiscoVette has the best appearance. The TransAm - it's ok. Hulk Camino was my second. Then Mayhem. But all of these are awesome in their own right. And I would rock that VW chopped long-roof in a second. It has the correct color!! ORANGE.

      That Imp cracks me up. I have never seen one in person. Would love to get a spin in one.

        4 days ago
      • David, I understand why they chose the TransAm. It has impressive engineering and functional capabilities for what appears to essentially be a pretty lean, relatively low budget project, but I think the car lacks the eye-popping visual...

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          4 days ago
      • Indeed Jan. Indeed.

          4 days ago
    • I love that trans am😍😍😍😍😍

        4 days ago

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