We are all big kids. Who hasn’t had a few Solido, Majorette, Dinky or Hot Wheels toys in their toy box? It is especially the last one, which is organizing a very original competition, for the first time in France. The Legends Wheels Tour is looking for a car, maybe yours, that deserves to be covered in Hot Wheels miniatures and molded in 1:64 scale. We went to meet one of the candidates.
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The Hot Wheels Legends Tour has been traveling the world since 2018 in search of one-of-a-kind special cars, worthy of being covered in Hot Wheels miniatures and molded in 1:64 scale.
This tour, organized for six years around the world, has become an unmissable event, which now extends to eighteen countries.
The competition gives car enthusiasts, one-of-a-kind builders and Hot Wheels collectors a unique opportunity to take their creations out of the garage and into the public eye.
For the first time in France
Since February, the jury has been searching for a car that will embody the spirit of Hot Wheels.
Participating vehicles are judged according to precise criteria that will assess their originality, their creativity and their level of customization. To participate, each vehicle must be homologated in France and show proof of conversion work.
There are no make or model criteria, all vehicles are encouraged to participate, regardless of size, model or customization method!
The grand finale at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
After receiving hundreds of applications from all over France, the jury will meet
in a few days to choose three unique cars that will participate in the French Grand Final, which will take place from June 6 to 11, during the 100 Years of the 24 Hours
Men. This tricolor final will determine the competitor who will face off against finalists from other participating countries during the international grand finale in the United States to try and win the ultimate prize: seeing their car transformed into an authentic limited-edition Hot Wheels car.
Hundreds of candidates
The competition seems to have had its effect on French privatization and privatization enthusiasts. Indeed, the American brand is talking about several hundred requests from all over France.
Among these candidates, we find very different profiles. Alexandre presents a unique example of De Lorean. For the first time, the rear engine of the De Lorean, the V6 PRV, has been replaced by a V8 from the Corvette!
Stan Chevriau, from La Roche sur Foron, spent more than six years converting his Ford. In Lezoux, Pierre customized his Volkswagen Oval beetle. Alexandre Claudin, in Neuville sur Saône converted his old 1968 Dodge Charger into a sled.
On the program, a new chassis and a 1000 horsepower corvette engine. But who said toy cars were just for boys?
Diane, in love with her Honda
Among these candidates, there is a young woman, Diane Hager, who comes to us from Grignan. A car enthusiast since childhood, he has customized his car for his own pleasure and for those who meet him.
“Since I was young, I have been a lover of motorcycles and cars. I got my first small motorcycle when I was four years old. When I played Barbies, it was only because they chased Ferraris. I bought my Honda CRX twelve years ago. It is a big deception. Ever since I got this car, I have been modifying it to make my friends and people on the street laugh. It’s a mix of 80s nostalgia, passion and fun. explains Diane.
A unique car
“The idea is to make a big kid’s car. So when I saw this competition, which allowed to make a small car, I said to myself that it was perfect. adds Diana. “My Honda CRX receives phase 2 front and rear bumpers, special rims worn with tires thin, low suspension, fender flares, but also an XXL cake scooper!” our pilot explains with a laugh.
“At night, you can turn the street into a dance floor!” Diane adds: “You’ll understand, we refuse to take ourselves seriously.” The state of mind that a young woman shares with her friends within the Watata community, according to the principle of “The more the merrier”. Diane shows us that the love of cars has no boundaries, no gender and that we are all big kids. And that we love!
The 3 finalists of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour France are: