Despite the switch to a virtual car show amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hot Wheels Legends Tour is rolling on with a regular dose sweet rides that represent a culture of “built not bought,” in an effort to find what could become the next iconic die-cast toy.
Last week, the Mattel Hot Wheels team went live with guest judges, including Hot Wheels designers, car experts, and professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr., to crown the latest virtual finalist, Riley Stair of Costa Mesa, California. During the show, Stair impressed judges with his 1970 Pontiac Trans Am, which was modified during an 18-month build with help from his dad. The Trans Am will be considered for inclusion in the Hot Wheels lineup during the virtual finals later this year.
The big reveal this week pertains to last year’s winner Greg Salzillo and his custom build, The Nash (aka “Nashole”), which was crowned the winner of the 2019 Hot Wheels Legends Tour during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas last year. The Nash has been fully realized as a 1:64-scale Hot Wheels vehicle for the 2021 lineup. Kids and collectors with find The Nash as part of the $1 mainline Hot Wheels assortment.