Combine the collectible fun of Hot Wheels and the vehicles that inspired them, and you get the magic of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour.
At this year’s Dallas stop, the free, family-friendly event celebrated the Texas’ unique car culture. From candy-painted customs to lifted trucks and muscle cars, there was something to see for every budding enthusiast or lifelong car fanatic. And in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Toyota 4Runner, Toyota delivered a special edition model for fans to enjoy. Hot Wheels Garage of Legends life-size vehicles were also on display.
As a part of the experience, local builders brought their custom mods for the competition. Judges were looking for fun, the garage spirit, creativity, authenticity, and garage spirit. Each of the judges comes from a unique automotive background and their personal styles played a major role in placing their votes. Judges for this stop included: professional NASCAR and IndyCar racing driver Santino Ferrucci; Jotech Motorsports, racing driver Luna Tran; Toyota Trucks product launch team member Ryan Bray; automotive writer and CanAm Off-Road social media professional Alice Chase, along with members of the Hot Wheels Design Team, Brendon Vetuskey and Dave Nelson.
For this year’s competition, the 1978 Porsche 928 Drag Car was the winner. Known as the “Super Shark” due to its blue shark paint job, the 1978 Porsche 928 drag car owned by Dan Humphreys of Midlothian, TX, was easily able to draw the judges’ attention, thanks in part to the massive blower protruding from the engine bay.
Owned by Humphreys for 22 years, the Porsche features a massive 572ci V8 engine with a 9.8L Whipple Supercharger, built by Steve Morris, capable of producing more than 3000 horsepower. Enormous 17-inch wide rear tires help Humphreys’ transfer all that power to the ground. With a quarter mile time of 7.38 seconds @ 184 mph, this street legal Porsche is a drag strip monster and potentially the next Hot Wheels 1:64 die-cast.
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