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Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Tour coming to Dawsonville Saturday
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Childhood dreams will come true June 30 when the Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Tour comes to Dawsonville. A fleet of life-size Hot Wheels Legends cars will be on display for spectators to enjoy. - photo by For the Dawson County News

In 1968, Hot Wheels launched the original “Sweet 16” die-cast cars, and now 50 years later Mattel is looking to find custom cars worthy of joining the Hot Wheels Legends.

To commemorate their first 50 years, Hot Wheels is touring the nation in search of one authentic, original car that will be immortalized as a Hot Wheels Legend and transformed into a die-cast car sold around the world.

And up next on their tour around the nation: Dawsonville, the heart of racing in Georgia.

Cars from all eras will be making their way to Walmart in Dawsonville for the free car show June 30. A finalist will be selected from the day’s event and will travel to SEMA 2018 in Las Vegas for a chance to become the lucky winner. Over 270 cars have been registered for Saturday’s event and to date, over 3,000 cars have entered the Legends Tour.

The show will include a life-size Hot Wheels fleet of cars, 2018 Camaro Hot Wheels anniversary edition cars, a historical die-cast display, Hot Wheels kid zone, Microsoft Froza gaming zone and plenty of photo ops for kids and kids at heart.

Entries will be judged on authenticity, originality and garage spirit. Judges are looking for cars that stand out from the rest and exemplify creativity and individuality. 

Entries will be judged by five criteria, receiving up to 20 points criteria. The car with the most points will be crowned the winner and will be one of the 15 finalists headed to Las Vegas.

For more information or to enter your car please visit

The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

The Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Tour will be 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 30 at the Walmart parking lot located at 98 Power Center Drive.