Gregory Burchell has more than 6,000 Hot Wheels die-cast cars, trains, airplanes and collectible cars on display in his home, many of them set up in dioramas.
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Want to see your customized dream machine immortalized as a Hot Wheels die-cast collectible? The toy brand is looking for you and your car.
The Hot Wheels Legends Tour is coming to Teterboro on Saturday, and, in addition to displays of Hot Wheels collectibles and life-size Hot Wheel cars, the toy brand will be holding a contest to find a custom car worthy of being reproduced as a 1/64 scale miniature.
The deadline for registering for the contest is Friday and car owners must register in advance. Contestants can register with Hot Wheels online.
The event, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of Hot Wheels, is expected to draw hundreds of Hot Wheels fans, in addition to contest participants.
On hand for the event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the parking lot of the Walmart store at Teterboro Landing, will be Bruce Pascal, a Hot Wheels collector who owns over 3,500 of the miniature cars, a collection valued at over $1.5 million. He will be displaying the most expensive Hot Wheels collectible on record, a pink “Beach Bomb” prototype, so rare it is valued at $150,000.
There also will be life-size versions of Hot Wheels cars.
“One of the great things about the event is it appeals to all ages,” said Ted Wu, vice president of Design for Hot Wheels. “We’ve got our cars which appeal to both kids and adults. Then people bring their cars in, which they try to compare to Hot Wheels cars,” he said. “A lot of great cars come out.”
The winner selected at the Teterboro event wins a trip to the SEMA specialty car show in Las Vegas and a chance to compete against 15 other cars to become a Hot Wheels die-cast.
Contestants will be judged by Wu, Pascal and fashion designer and Porsche collector Magnus Walker.
What makes a car Hot Wheels worthy?
“There are three main things,” Wu said. “The first one is the garage spirit, the idea that these cars are built and not bought. We want to make sure there’s a story behind each car and that the car’s really been loved and taken care of by the owner,” he said.
“The second thing we look at is authenticity. When you look at it do you say immediately ‘It’s a Hot Wheels car.’ With outrageous design, amazing performance,” he said.
“And the third thing is originality,” Wu said. “We have a Hot Wheels team that’s designed over 25,000 unique vehicles over the past 50 years. So we want to make sure that this car really stands out,” he said.
Teterboro is the fifth stop on a 15-city Legends tour. The remaining events where Hot Wheels will be seeking custom car winners can be found here.
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