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‘Hot Wheels Legends Tour’ comes to PH

The winner out of the 10 finalists will be immortalized as a die-cast model

This is the first time the ‘Hot Wheels Legends Tour’ makes its way to our country. PHOTO FROM HOT WHEELS PHILIPPINES

The iconic Hot Wheels toy cars have been a staple in many a person’s youth. It has been around for 55 years. So in 2018, Mattel, Hot Wheels’ owner, decided to hold the very first “Hot Wheels Legends Tour” to celebrate 50 years of Hot Wheels. The first Legends Tour initially consisted of a series of car shows across the United States.

Today, thanks to the generous efforts of local sponsors Concept One, Toy Kingdom, Little Trees Philippines, Sonax, Liqui Moly, Vinyl Frog, and CW Home Depot, the Hot Wheels Legends Tour is having its first-ever Philippine Edition.

The goal? To find the most authentic, most unique, “built-not-bought” cars that truly reflect the local custom car culture and hot-rodding spirit here in the Philippines.

Catch all the vehicles alongside more Hot Wheels toys at the SM Mall of Asia Main Mall Atrium. PHOTOS FROM HOT WHEELS PHILIPPINES

Hot Wheels lead designer for Monster Trucks and Red Line Club Brendon Vetuskey will be in town to judge the winner from the top 10 finalists, which will be announced on Saturday, August 26, at the SM Mall of Asia Main Mall Atrium.

The winner of the Philippine Edition will compete in the Global Semifinals Edition and be entitled to the Asian Fan Favorites Selection. P100,000 worth of prizes will be given to the winner, and the winning vehicle will be immortalized with its very own Hot Wheels die-cast model.

The 10 finalists were picked last weekend at a screening event for all would-be participants. The finalists are an eclectic mix of cars.

A Mazda RX-7 with a full RE Amemiya bodykit. PHOTO FROM HOT WHEELS PHILIPPINES
A Honda Civic Orthia wagon with a Civic SiR front end on air suspension. PHOTO FROM HOT WHEELS PHILIPPINES
A Toyota Hilux with fully reengineered suspension and steering to fit massive 40-inch wheels and tires for hardcore use. PHOTO FROM HOT WHEELS PHILIPPINES
An actual functioning Toyota Land Cruiser fire truck from a volunteer fire brigade. PHOTO FROM HOT WHEELS PHILIPPINES
An ’80s Bosozoku-themed Toyota Cressida kaido racer. PHOTO BY JUSTIN YOUNG
A fully modified 4x4 that started out as a Toyota FJ Cruiser made for serious mud plugging and rock-crawling. PHOTO FROM HOT WHEELS PHILIPPINES
A faithful homage to a pre-1985 G-Series 911 East Africa Safari Rally Car using the best parts available. PHOTO FROM HOT WHEELS PHILIPPINES
A Toyota BJ40 Land Cruiser modified to resemble a World War II-era jeep with modern running gear. PHOTO FROM HOT WHEELS PHILIPPINES
A Toyota Hilux off-roader with a 'flaming hot’ livery. PHOTO FROM HOT WHEELS PHILIPPINES
A custom-made off-roader called the SR Performance Batman Race 2022. PHOTO FROM HOT WHEELS PHILIPPINES

Which one is your favorite? Head over to Hot Wheels Philippines’ Facebook page and look for the Legends Tour Finalists album, and vote for the car that truly stands out for you.

The cars will be on display at SM Mall of Asia until the winners are picked this weekend, so check them out.

Botchi Santos

Botchi is your friendly, walking car encyclopedia. He loves helping people choose the right vehicle for themselves as much as he enjoys picking the right one for himself. Expect him to write about car culture, test drives and car-shopping advice. His regular column is called ‘Car Life’.