2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour Global Grand Finale | Source: Mattel

The fourth annual Hot Wheels Legends Tour will hit the end of the road this weekend as Mattel completes its search for the next real-life ride to become a 1:64-scale die-cast Hot Wheels vehicle.

On Saturday, Nov. 13, 10 finalists will go head-to-head in a live-streamed event broadcast on Facebook from Jay Leno’s Garage. Five “built, not bought” finalists from the U.S. and Canada will face off against five international finalists when the event goes live at 9 a.m PT.

“The Hot Wheels Legends Tour Global Grand Finale is where dreams come true,” says Ted Wu, vice president, global head of design for vehicles, Mattel. “By expanding the international tour through both in-person and virtual events across five continents, the 2021 Legends Tour is by far the most competitive to date. Millions of Hot Wheels fans from around the world have attended this year’s tour stops to see which builds will be competing for the top spot. Looking ahead to the finale, we can’t wait to see which vehicle will go on to inspire the next generation of Hot Wheels fans in die-cast form.”

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During the Grand Finale, Wu will be joined by a panel of judges, including car-loving late-night legend Jay Leno; Henrik Fisker, automotive design icon; Elana Scherr, Car and Driver senior editor; Bryan Benedict, director of vehicles design, Mattel; and Brendon Vetuskey, vehicles designer, Mattel.

The 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour finalists:

  • 1991 Porsche 911 Baja | Sun Valley, California
  • 2020 Lulu Custom Aluminum Racer |  Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Scraptona 1969 Daytona Charger Superbird | Macomb, Michigan
  • Exoskeleton 2003 Nissan 350Z | San Mateo, California
  • High Class 1968 Mercedes Benz 250S | Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
  • Custom Volkswagen Beatle sedan | Mexico
  • “Ain’t No Saint” Custom Volvo P1800 Gasser | United Kingdom
  • Custom Wittgenstein | Germany
  • 1986 Daihatsu Mira | Malaysia
  • 1973 Mazda 616 Capella | New Zealand

To date, three cars have become die-cast toys based on Hot Wheels Legends Tour winners. The 2018 2Jetz and 2019 Nash Metropolitan are available now while 2019’s Custom 1970 Pontiac Trans Am will be making its way to retail in the months ahead.

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