And it's a German...
The Hot Wheels Legends Tour is now in its fourth year and has proven to be more popular than ever. The nationwide touring event gives Hot Wheels fans the opportunity to turn their wildest creations into an actual Hot Wheels model. The tour recently announced its Miami winner: 'Loosie', a Ford Model A with an eight-inch roof height reduction and a body that's 4.5 inches shorter than the original. The next leg of the tour took place in the home of American muscle, Detroit City, and the winners, Josh Liem and Corinne Currie had something very special to show off. However, while you might expect the Motor City winner to be a piece of American automotive art, it instead hails from Germany.
The winning car was a 1975 Opel Manta owned by Joshua Liem and Corrine Currie of Garden City, Mi. The little German oddity was bought as a shell for $1,000 and was eventually transformed into a dirt track/streetcar in just six months. According to the Hot Wheels judges, this blue little demon checked all the boxes for creativity, authenticity, and "Garage Spirit". "The Motor City never disappoints and the entries we're seeing are a true testament to the legendary automotive history and enthusiasm of this iconic city. We knew that competition would be steep between all the great customs from Detroit," said Ted Wu, Global Head of Design for Hot Wheels. It sports its original 1.9-liter engine and is believed to be just one of six in the state and one of less than 200 models left nationwide.
Tour judges for the Detroit leg included Cristy Lee of All Girls Garage and Jack Roush Jr. from Roush Performance while Hot Wheels Icons such as Twin Mill, Bone Shaker, Deora II, and Midas Monkey also made an appearance. As in previous events, the winner of the Detroit leg will advance to the semi-finals, and possibly the Global Grand Finale after which his or her car could be immortalized as the next 1:64 die-cast toy sold in Walmart stores around the world. North American winners include a custom aluminum racer named Lulu from Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the 1969 Daytona Charger Superbird "Scraptona" from Macomb, Michigan. If you were thinking of entering your lowered Honda Civic, forget about it; only the craziest creations need apply.