We flew out to the Peach State to cover the next leg of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, a series of a car shows across the United States where participants compete for a place at the final stop at SEMA 2019.
Each show is hosted in a Walmart parking lot, and although we arrived early, there was already a strong showing of attendees. One of the big draws of the Legends Tour is the Hot Wheels vending machine, a rolling diecast dispenser and a mobile shop for event-specific collectible cars. By 8 am, there was a block-long line to secure a sweet premium-grade Datsun wagon from the Hot Wheels liveried Ford Transit.
There was an eclectic mix of rides built out to various stages of modification. Some participants brought out first-year VW Rabbits, others showed rat rod muscle cars, and still more presented their entirely custom creations. Hot Wheels says it looks for authenticity, creativity, and garage spirits.
The judges picked one car they felt best met these criteria. Freddy Quintero took top honors at the show with his 1975 Chevy Impala lowrider. He’s logged ten years of work to get his car, named “GQ or Glasshouse Quintero,” to the condition as shown. It wears beautiful root beer House of Kolor candy over a beige silver base. Manny Auto Art added the striping as a final touch.
The interior has light and dark brown pleather, Dakota Digital gauges, and a Forever Sharp steering wheel. Even among the other Hot Wheels-worthy builds present, Quintero’s ride stood out as the only lowrider at the show. Quintero and the GQ will be heading to SEMA to compete against the winners from other stops on the tour.
Stay tuned for coverage of the tour’s next stop—Bentonville, Arkansas, on May 11!