Hot Wheels Winner is the 69 Buick Riviera

September 22nd, 2022 by

The winner of this year’s El Segunda leg of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour is a 1969 Buick Riviera. As a four-year project completed by husband-and-wife team Mario and Nora Zamudio, the classic Buick shows off original features and upgrades to the lowrider that include a Buick 430 V8 engine, full hydraulic suspension, and membership to the Imperial Cars Club. The Pagan Gold painted Buick with matching interior beat out other showy vehicles and will be moving on to the worldwide semifinals this fall. A shaved molded body gives a distinct yet authentic look to the car’s impressive styling. The attention to detail and custom finishing made this car stand out among the crowd to compete to become the next 1/64 scaled die-cast Hot Wheels toy, available at retailers around the world.

1969 buick riviera

The Hot Wheels Legends Tour is more than just a car show; it’s a world tour. The family-friendly event travels from city to city for custom car owners to show off their builds while competing for their vehicle to be added to the Hot Wheels collection. From in-person events across the USA to virtual events around the globe, car enthusiasts have the opportunity to show off their rides and compete for the chance for their hard work to be made into a toy distributed around the world.

An Epic Car Show in the Making

Past semifinalists include a custom, one-of-a-kind 2007 Chevrolet Corvette and winner “The Nash”, originally a small block Chevy 305. While past winners and finalists vary in color, build, and style, they all have one thing in common: they look like Hot Wheels. The distinctive styling of each made them stand out among thousands of competitors to prove themselves as a vehicle worthy of production into toys distributed worldwide.

car show

Competitors are judged in three categories – Authenticity, Creativity, and Garage Spirit. No matter who wins, one thing is for sure: you’ll want to pick up one of your own. Every car owner’s passion and personal taste is reflected in their entries, and all would make a great addition to the Hot Wheels collection. Keep an eye out for the semifinals livestream event featuring the 1969 Buick Riviera, streaming later this year.

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