For car enthusiasts, it’s hard to beat the feeling of getting up early on a weekend morning excited to participate in or attend a custom car show. On Saturday, July 30th, that feeling returned for its fifth year to the Hot Wheels headquarters in El Segundo, CA, with The Hot Wheels Legends Tour presented by Mobil 1. With a huge turnout, the fans were treated to a unique show with custom rides repping from every part of the custom car community. Everyone of all ages had something to check out from kids’ rides and games to gear from lifestyle brands such as Fast House and Dickies. With a variety of people in attendance, we even caught a glimpse of fans going crazy at the opportunity of taking a pic or getting an autograph from “Mr. Hot Wheels” Larry Wood, who was taking in the show himself.
“Southern California car culture is second to none, and being able to celebrate these incredible rides at our very own Hot Wheels headquarters is always a memorable day for our team and the local community,” said Ted Wu, Vice President, Global Head of Design for Vehicles, Mattel. “We expect a wide range of submissions this year, from lowriders and American muscle to exotics and JDMs so that the competition will be fierce. The fan car that best exemplifies authenticity, creativity, and garage spirit will move on in the global competition for a chance at making Hot Wheels history.”
Just as unique as the cars displayed at the show were the panel of judges, which included:
- Ted Wu, global head of design for vehicles at Mattel
- Brendon Vetuskey, Hot Wheels designer
- Matt Farah, host of TheSmokingTire Podcast and YouTube channel
- Jonny Lieberman, editor at MotorTrend, cast member of Spike’s Car Radio and co-host of The InEVitable video podcast
- Bruce Pascal, Hot Wheels collector and Diecast Hall of Fame member
- Sam Du, editor-in-chief of Pit+Paddock
- Aimee Shackelford, partner at Gear One Agency, Fuel Run and Exotics on Broadway
With a variety of opinions and favorites of their own, they agreed that the 1969 Buick Riviera built by husband-and-wife duo Mario and Nora Zamudio of Los Angeles, California was the winner! Members of the legendary Imperials Car Club, Mario and Nora spent nights and weekends over the last four years building and searching for a long list of parts for their Pagan Gold candy-painted passion project. Their fully rebuilt lowrider features a shaved body molding, hydraulics, custom interior, and the original 430 Buick engine.