Tuesday, October 29, 2019
"When I arrived at the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour, I was truly impressed by the amount of work from the other Honda tuners. I'm thrilled, and humbled, that my N600 not only stood out, but was selected as the winner of the first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series," said Stephen Mines, owner of the winning N600. "As a longtime Honda fan, and owner of more than a few Hondas, it will be an incredible honor to see my car at Honda's booth at SEMA."
The custom N600 that won the inaugural Honda Super Tuner Legends Series also boasts a modified Mazda Miata suspension system, seats from a Polaris RZR®, and modified front and rear bumpers from a 1967-68 Chevy® Camaro. Mines' throwback N600 is fitting as this year American Honda celebrated its 60th anniversary.
The other three finalists for the 2019 Honda Super Tuner Legends Series included a:
1978 Honda Civic
2003 Honda S2000
2015 Honda Civic Si
After a decade of growth that led to Honda becoming the top-selling motorcycle manufacturer in America and the world, Honda began automobile sales in U.S. in 1970 with the Honda N600, with a starting price of $1,300. At just 122 inches in length, the N600 was small enough to fit between the front and rear wheels of some full-size American passenger cars of the time.
The N600 had an all-alloy engine with a 9,000 rpm redline that could propel the N600 to speeds of up to 81 miles per hour. A simple, yet skillfully designed vehicle, the N600 was nimble and fuel-efficient, characteristics it shares with today's Hondas, helping pave the way for the quality and reliability for which Honda vehicles have become known.
Honda Tuner Vehicles
Honda vehicles are favorites of car enthusiasts and "tuners" – owners who customize their vehicles with third-party parts to personalize the appearance and performance. For many years, Honda has celebrated this relationship at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and at other exhibitions and rallies, honoring those who make Honda vehicles an expression of their unique personality. This commitment includes the creation of Honda Factory Performance accessories that offer vehicle owners the ability to personalize their builds, while enhancing appearance, performance and functionality.
Honda Super Tuner Legends Series
The first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series kicked off in El Segundo, Calif., in May 2019, as an extension of the second annual Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour, a national search for a life-size custom car worthy of being immortalized as a Hot Wheels™ toy car. Local Honda enthusiasts entered their custom-tuned Hondas in the hopes of being selected as one of four finalists competing for the "Honda Super Tuner" title and the opportunity to have their vehicle displayed at the SEMA Show – the industry's premier automotive specialty products trade event – in Las Vegas from November 5-8, 2019.
The Honda Super Tuner Legends Series made select stops along the Legends Tour: El Segundo, Calif. on May 18, Seattle on Aug. 24, Denver on Sept. 14, and Santa Clarita, Calif. on Oct. 19.
Hot Wheels Legends Tour
The first-ever Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour was held in 2018 to commemorate the toy car's 50th anniversary and drew in more than 3,600 cars and 65,000 fans. Hot Wheels™ aficionados from across the country entered their life-size custom cars in the hope of it being the winning vehicle chosen to be made into a Hot Wheels™ toy car. This year, Hot Wheels™ expanded the Legends Tour to include more than 18 stops throughout the country at Walmart stores in cities with deep-rooted ties to car culture. Full details on the Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour can be found at: https://hotwheels.mattel.com/explore/HW_50th/en/legends-tour.
Honda and Hot Wheels
For nearly two decades, Honda and Hot Wheels™ have partnered to design dozens of Honda Hot Wheels™ toy cars, including 20 currently in production. In 2018, Hot Wheels™ released a series of eight iconic 1:64 scaled die-cast Honda Hot Wheels™ toys, including the Honda CR-X, '90 Honda Civic EF, Honda Civic Coupe, Honda Civic Si, Honda Monkey Z50, Honda Racer 5, Honda S2000 and Honda Odyssey.