How to turn your real car into a Hot Wheels

Life-long Hot Wheels fan Greg Rust is helping find Australia’s best contender in 2022

For most petrolheads a Hot Wheels toy was likely the first car you ever owned. Now you have the chance to have your personal car immortalised as a Hot Wheels toy, with a little help from motorsport identities Molly Taylor and Greg Rust.

The pair are judges on the Australian leg of the 2022 Hot Wheels Legends Tour, a global search for the most original car that the toy company will turn into a 1:64 scale and sell around the world.

“I love the notion of turning a real car into a Hot Wheels car,” Rust tells Torquecafe.

“Someone who has put in lots of ours, lots of love and lots of creativity and to be rewarded like this is just amazing.”

Now in its fifth year of existence, but only the second time it has come to Australia, the Legends Tour is looking for the most original and creative cars that kids (and adults) will want to collect. Last year’s Australian winner was Shannon Heraud with his bright green 1974 Ford Escort powered by a supercharged Holden V8.

The 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour global winner – ‘Ain’t No Saint’

Heraud’s Ford-Holden hybrid ended up being part of the global final, which was hosted by renowned car-loving celebrity Jay Leno, but lost to the unique ‘Ain’t No Saint’ – a 1969 Volvo P1800 that can run a 10-second quarter-mile thanks to its supercharged big block Chevy V8.

Hot Wheels is now calling for entries for this year’s Australian final, which will be judged by Rust, Taylor and Hot Wheels designers. Those who believe their car is special and unlike any other Hot Wheels toy can submit a video of them with their ride at hotwheelslegends.com by April 11.

The local competition will culminate with a livestream on the Hot Wheels Facebook page on April 21 at 6pm (AEST).

The winner of the Australian round will once again go into the global final to have a chance of becoming a toy car sold around the world.

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