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Winner of Hot Wheels Legends Tour photo credit by Daniel Ingraham use by 360 Magazine

Winner of Hot Wheels Legends Tour

The winner of the 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour Houston live event stop has been announced.

Michael Tran of Houston, Texas will go on to compete for a chance to have his fully customized 2007 “Soo Sik C6” Corvette become the next Garage of Legends inductee and made into a 1:64 Hot Wheels die-cast toy sold around the world.

About the “Soo Sik C6” Corvette:

The Houston-winning “Soo Sik C6” Corvette started life as a factory 2007 Corvette. It is now anything BUT. In true garage spirit, Michael Tran, a Houston-native, custom fabricated an entirely new body AND interior for his C6 Corvette. The only original components remaining are the frame and the engine, which now makes roughly 1,000 horsepower thanks to a pair of rear-mounted turbos. Having built custom cars since 1998, Tran also fitted the “Soo Sik C6” with custom wheels, exhaust and a one-of-a-kind headlight design to complete the vehicle’s winning looks.

Judges for today’s Houston Hot Wheels Legends Tour live event included:

Bryan Benedict, Design Director Hot Wheels and Matchbox Die-casts

Matthew Gabe, Lead Designer, Hot Wheels Packaging

Trae tha Truth, Houston Rapper, Activist, Record Executive and Angel By Nature Charity Founder

Bill Carlton, Ekstensive Metal

Tim Donelson, Ekstensive Metal

Sean Tajipour, West Houston Muscle

Hot Wheels Announces Virtual Legends Tour Stop for use by 360 Magazine


The Hot Wheels Legends Tour, the global hunt for the ultimate custom car to immortalize as a Hot Wheels die-cast vehicle, continues as a virtual tour stop on Thursday, June 24. Presented in partnership with Road & Track and sponsored by Mobil 1, Walmart, Dynacraft and Milestone S.r.l., the third stop in the North American leg of the tour will be available on the Hot Wheels Facebook and Road & Track Facebook and YouTube pages starting at 8:00 p.m. EDT (5:00 p.m. PDT) on Thursday, June 24. 

Road & Track, known by automotive and racing enthusiasts around the world for their comprehensive feature stories and comparison tests, will once again join the panel of judges on the livestream to see which one of these passion projects has what it takes to make Hot Wheels history as a Hot Wheels Garage of Legends inductee. Host Jarod DeAnda will be joined by his co-host, professional racer and stunt driver Collete Davis, Road & Track executive editor Daniel Pund, Autoweek’s west coast editor and radio personality Mark Vaughn, along with Hot Wheels designers Phil Riehlman and Matt Gabe. 

The North American leg of the 2021 tour kicked off in April, with two incredible virtual events that saw thousands of automotive buffs from across the continent tune in for the live competitions. The winners of these two stops include a 1968 Mercedes Benz 250S from Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, and a custom aluminum racer named Lulu from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Both builds exuded authenticity, creativity and, most importantly, garage spirit, winning over fans and judges alike. 

The full list of remaining dates for the 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour is now available, including the return of live, in-person events starting July 10th

Upcoming Tour Dates:

  • June 24: Virtual Livestream 
  • July 10: In-Person Event in Miami, Florida 
  • August 7: In-Person in Detroit, Michigan
  • August 26: Virtual Livestream
  • September 18: In-Person Event in Houston, Texas
  • October 9: In-Person Event & Livestream from El Segundo, California
  • October 28: Global Virtual Livestream Semi-Finals #1
  • November 4: Global Virtual Livestream Semi-Finals #2 
  • November 13: Global Grand Finale In-Person Event & Livestream (Location TBD) 

Fans may register their cars for one of the upcoming virtual and in-person events or learn more about the Hot Wheels Legends Tour by click HERE.

Hundreds of entries have already poured in from across the United States and Canada for these tour stops. The winner of each event will go on to compete in the 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour finals to see if their build will become a Hot Wheels Legends vehicle sold in Walmart stores around the world as a 1:64 die-cast toy.

To watch this premiere automotive livestream event, visit the Hot Wheels Legends Tour Facebook page HERE.

About Mattel:
Mattel is a leading global toy company and owner of one of the strongest catalogs of children’s and family entertainment franchises in the world. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain and develop children through play. We engage consumers through our portfolio of iconic brands, including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, Fisher-Price®, American Girl®, Thomas & FriendsTM, UNO® and MEGA®, as well as other popular intellectual properties that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include film and television content, gaming, music and live events. We operate in 35 locations and our products are available in more than 150 countries in collaboration with the world’s leading retail and e-commerce companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel is proud to be a trusted partner in empowering children to explore the wonder of childhood and reach their full potential.

About Mobil 1:
Mobil 1TM motor oil is the world’s leading brand of synthetic motor oil. Our advanced technology allows Mobil 1 motor oils to meet or exceed some of the industry’s toughest standards and to provide exceptional protection under even extreme driving conditions. Mobil 1 motor oil is designed to help protect critical engine parts, maximize engine performance, and extend engine life. For more information, click HERE.