Hot Wheels has launched the 2022 edition of Legends Tour, an annual road trip organized to find the next custom-built car that the firm will add to its scale model catalog. The caravan stops in Houston, Texas and picks one kei-Car-based monster truck as final.
Created by Craig Minx, and nicknamed “Texas Tut”, Houston’s winner began life as the 1992 Autosam Scrum. Don’t worry if it doesn’t ring a bell: Autosam is a Mazda sub-brand that closed in 1998 and is a small truck built to comply with Scrum, Japan. kei Car regulations, have not been officially sold in the United States. Meanx has gone to great lengths to ensure that Scrum can no longer be classified as a kei The car
He started by building a five foot (!) Lift kit for small trucks. He then added the tire of the tractor and the huge wheel wrapped by the horn of the train so that it could be heard as well as seen. While the Scrum was made with a 660-cubic-centimeter three-cylinder engine, the Texas Tut got a powerful, 7.4-liter (454-cubic-inch) V8 from the Chevrolet Parts bin. It is a three-speed General Motors automatic transmission with a four-wheel rotation and a transfer case that has been lowered to 12 inches. And, a 250-shot nitrous kit should do it seriously fast.
Texas Tut is the fourth finalist to be selected in 2022. The first three were a New Zealand bogie called the One Boogie Mud Muncher Raptor, the Frankenmini of Australia (a classic mini wagon dropped into a compact Nissan patrol frame), and a 1998 Nissan 240SX selected in Miami, Florida. Additional finalists will be announced next month; The Legends Tour will make its next stop in Arkansas on June 4, and is scheduled for November 12 at the Global Grand Finale. The winner will be converted to a 1/64-scale model and added to the Hot Wheels catalog.
Lee Johnston’s Volvo 1800 Gasar, winner of the 2021 Legends Tour, should start appearing in stores in the very near future.