The Hot Wheels Legends Tour is back in Malaysia for the second time to celebrate car culture.
Held in collaboration with Art of Speed Malaysia, the Hot Wheels Legends Tour is one leg of a global search for a custom vehicle worthy of becoming a Hot Wheels die-cast car.
The judging panel, made up of Hot Wheels global designers as well as local guest judges, shortlisted the Top 12 entries out of the 163 submitted for the Malaysian finals set to be livestreamed on Sunday, 17 October 2021 at 8PM.
The finalists are:
- Lee Ming Hui (Audi TT MK2)
- Sofyan Darmadi (1969 VW Beetle Vandetta)
- Norsayang bin Ngatiman (1968 Toyota Corolla KE10)
- Addison Victor Liew Kian Tek (1980 Mazda RX7)
- Jeffrey Teoh (2008 Ferarri 430)
- Karrthikan Amerudalingam (1997 Proton Wira 1.5 GL)
- Abdul Wahab bin Bahari (1986 Daihatsu Mira Walkthrough Van)
- Elden Schrock (1987 Toyota Cressida)
- Mohd Iltizam bin Mohamad Sokri (1990 Toyota Estima TCR 21)
- Tham Kheng Ming (2002 Toyota MRS MR2 Spyder)
- Norman Ng (2014 Porsche Boxster 981)
- Kathires Thanabal (2012 Honda Accord)
This year, Malaysian custom car enthusiasts join their fellow hobbyists from the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand in the race to be crowned the winner.
The Malaysian leg of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour saw more than double the entries that were submitted in 2020.
Each submission was judged on Authenticity, how closely the car embodies the Hot Wheels spirit, creativity, how well the design stands out from the rest, and how well the design exemplifies the attitude of “built, not bought”.
The winner of the Malaysian finals will represent the country on a global stage, going up against the winners from the other legs of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour.
The overall winner will see their design inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends and turned into a 1:64 die-cast car to be sold – and played with by kids of all ages – around the world.
The Hot Wheels designers on board as judges are Brendon Vetuskey, the current lead designer for the Monster Trucks die-cast and the Red Line Club vehicles, Manson Cheung, a Hot Wheels 3D Modeler best known for his sculpting work, and Sam Kok, a Hot Wheels designer currently the key lead package designer for Mattel.