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Dad and daughters’ drag racing Volvo could become a Hot Wheels toy

‘Ain’t No Saint’ P1800 will represent UK in Hot Wheels Legends Tour semi-finals


Nicknamed “Ain’t No Saint,” a Volvo P1800 gasser is going from the drag strip to the finals of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour as the UK representative in the competition for one full-scale vehicle to become a 1:64-scale Hot Wheels’ die-cast toy in 2022.

The car’s nickname is a reference to the P1800 driven by actor Roger Moore in the 1960s television series The Saint

The “Ain’t No Saint” was built by Lee Johnstone of Somerset, England, and is raced by Johnstone and his three daughters — Ellie, Tori and Sarah — under the banner of JD Racing, the JD short for Johnstone & Daughters.

When Johnstone got the car, it was a stripped shell too far gone to restore as a road car, so he installed a big-block 454cid Chevrolet V8 with a supercharger that boosts output to 600 horsepower. The car has covered the quarter-mile in 10.01 seconds at 133 mph.

Judges for the UK round of the Legends Tour, including car designer Ian Callum, were unanimous in their selection of the P1800 to represent the UK.

“As a team, we were ecstatic to hear our car was chosen,” Lee Johnstone is quoted in the Hot Wheels news release. “We never thought it would be chosen against some of the other entries. 

“Everyone always says it looks just like a Hot Wheels and maybe it will now become one!”

This is a beautiful example of a gasser – a drag racer with street car form,” said Callum. “Often with dragsters, the chassis is so important that the body gets overlooked, but this example is fabulous with great attention to detail. It’s a super quality, beautifully built car. And it completely hits the Hot Wheels brief.”

“Ain’t No Saint” will compete in the Hot Wheels Tour semi-finals November 4. The global final, to pick the car to become a 1:64 die-cast, is scheduled for November 13.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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