Just about every year, the Incredibly hot Wheels Legends Tour scours the country to discover the coolest true-lifestyle autos and chooses a person to be produced into a $1 diecast toy. Before this thirty day period, the research came to an conclusion when Riley Stair’s heavily modified 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am gained the honors.
In a regular year, the Incredibly hot Wheels Legends Tour would take a look at multiple towns, holding a auto show exactly where judges would pick one winner for that prevent. At SEMA, just about every city’s winner would then contend for the major spot. Even so, due to the coronavirus pandemic, this yr the contest was held virtually and globally. And because SEMA was canceled far too, the finale was held on the “Jay Leno’s Garage” YouTube channel with Leno, Snoop Dogg, Gabriel Iglesias, and Very hot Wheels designers as judges.
What established the Firebird apart was, for starters, its entrance-mid-engine structure. Its LSX V8 was pushed so considerably back again into the firewall that just one bank of exhaust headers had to flow forward before curving all over the entrance of the motor to a side-dump. Of program, all of this was customized fabricated, like the roll cage and front tube body, with experienced-quality welds. The entire body was also seriously modified, flared and channeled to give it a suggest stance. But it’s the customized Ohlins suspension with unbiased rear that give it its observe-all set appear.
Probably most impressively, this car or truck, which could go toe-to-toe in opposition to (and frankly exceed many) 6-figure pro builds at SEMA, was developed in the facet property of Stair’s parents’ household. Aside from overall body and paint, this was a shadetree task. Stair states it took a pair of several years, devoting almost each individual night and weekend to reworking a rusty and dented Firebird into his dream device.
Other finalists incorporated a Street Freak-fashion 1969 Corvette from Florida, cartoony 1959 Chevy Ute nicknamed the “Hulk-amino”, Rocket Bunny-style Cayman, 1,000-horsepower Chevy Apache, V8-driven Mini Cooper, stanced Fiat 126 from Germany, chopped VW Brasilia from Mexico, and a race-prepared 1976 Hillman Imp from the U.K. Cars and trucks were being judged on creativity, authenticity, and constructed-not-acquired spirit. Appear for the Trans-Am to show up in the 2021 Scorching Wheels lineup.