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Jay Leno’s Garage hosts Hot Wheels Legends Tour finale

1 of 10 global finalist cars will be selected to become a 1:64-scale die-cast toy

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Don’t tell my youngest grandson, but I’m just back from the local grocery, where they were selling Hot Wheels toy cars 10 for $10, so I selected 10 to put under his family Christmas tree for him. Well, that is, unless I decide to open one or two of them to play with on my desk.

That’s the thing about Hot Wheels: We love them as children, and we still love them as children of a certain age, even old age.

Which brings me to this: The 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour “Global Grand Finale” will be staged November 13 in Jay Leno’s Garage. Don’t worry if Jay won’t let you in; the event will be livestreamed beginning at 9 a.m. (Pacific). You can watch on the Hot Wheels Facebook page or on the Jay Leno’s Garage channel on YouTube.

In the Garage, 10 full-size, home-built vehicles will be competing with the winning car joining the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends and becoming a 1:64 sale die-cast toy to be sold around the world — and in a few years likely offered in one of those 10-for-a-dollar deals.

The 10 finalists have emerged from various Tour stops in the US and abroad, and finalists are entered from New Zealand, Malaysia, Germany, the UK, Mexico and Canada as well as from California, New Mexico, Michigan and California. Judging the Grand Finale will be a panel of Hot Wheels designers, automotive authorities and celebrity car enthusiasts, Mattel reports.

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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