HomeCar Culture1979 MG B-EAST is 2023 Hot Wheels Legends Tour UK Winner

1979 MG B-EAST is 2023 Hot Wheels Legends Tour UK Winner

Now has a chance of becoming the next legendary die-cast toy


A 1979 MGB GT nicknamed “the B-EAST” is set to represent the UK on the global stage and stake its claim to be recreated as a 1:64 scale die-cast model – after winning this year’s Hot Wheels Legends Tour UK at the RADwood automotive event September 2.

Beating a record number of 274 entries, Michael Wallhead’s MGB GT features a 3.0 liter Jaguar AJV6 engine, to achieve 0-60mph in 4.2s and a top speed of 148mph. Built over eight years, Wallhead wanted to recycle as many parts as possible and used a propshaft from a Range Rover, an axle saved from a Reliant Scimitar, Triumph motorcycle throttle bodies, Nissan Silvia S14 brakes, an old number plate for the glovebox, and jeans for the seat upholstery.

Photo: Andrew Ferraro

An eagerness to reuse and recycle resources fueled Wallhead’s enthusiasm for classic cars. “For all my builds, I always look to find ways to reuse parts, and on this MGB GT I’ve even used registration plates to build the glove box, everything has second or third life and I try not to throw things away that can be reused.”

Michael Wallhead is now facing the Legends Tour Semi-Final (November 2) in a bid to make it through to the Global Finale (November 11) and be in with a shot at the overall prize – entering the hallowed Hot Wheels Garage of Legends and securing his place in car culture history.

“I’m so humbled to have been chosen as the UK winner – from a stellar line-up with no two cars the same,” says Michael Wallhead. “Growing up, I played with Hot Wheels, and you always had your favorites – the one that went fastest or the one that looked the coolest, and those memories inspired me when it came to designing the B-EAST.”

Wallhead believes Hot Wheels inspired him to become a creative engineer, now designing turbos for cars and commercial vehicles. Outside of work, Wallhead’s love for speed and competitive spirit secured the Guinness World Record for the fastest wheelie bin, achieving 88.344 km/h in May this year. “I really believe youngsters should have more time to play with toys, and I hope my builds inspire children to dream and do something different – either as a career or building fun projects.”

Photo: Andrew Ferraro

The initial entry list was narrowed down to 10 finalists by Hot Wheels representatives on both sides of the Atlantic, with marques such as Jaguar, Ford, VW, and Skoda represented – alongside the Mazda RX-7 of Hagerty fan vote winner Sam Carr, which was fast-tracked to the UK final.

For the first time, the UK finale was open to the public to watch, and all 274 entrants were offered the opportunity to attend the show and exhibit their build at this year’s RADwood, held at Bicester Heritage.

L-R Paul Cowland, Craig Callum, Michael Wallhead, Abigayle André, Steve Parrish, Richard Porter Photo: Andrew Ferraro

With hundreds of automotive enthusiasts listening in, a panel of expert judges – including motoring journalists Richard Porter, Steve Parrish, and Abigayle André, as well as design manager for Hot Wheels, Craig Callum – joined host Paul Cowland to deliberate which of the finalists best represented Hot Wheels’ criteria of authenticity, creativity and “garage spirit.”


  1. If that’s not a Hot Wheels car, spank me with an orange track section! Really love the B-EAST, I’d buy one. I’d buy the original if I could. Great job, Michael.


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