Show and Tell
On behalf of Atlanta Motor Speedway and Hot Wheels™ Premium Car Care Products, we want to thank those who entered our Show and Tell Contest for Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama Presented by American Force Wheels. Though the 2021 edition of Georgia’s Motoring Festival was unfortunately canceled, we are excited to feature the winners here at the website and on social media.
We cannot thank you enough for taking the time to share your stories and vehicles with us. We have truly enjoyed hearing each story and seeing each of your beautiful rides.
Winners and runners-up are presented below alphabetically. All participants will receive an Official Hot Wheels™ Car Care Participation Certificate.
SIX GRAND PRIZE DISPLAY WINNERS
This is a 2018 hot wheels 50th camaro. It was a give away at a casino. This older lady bought one ticket after her friends made her and she won. She put 40 miles on and said it was to fast. Sold to dealership where my wife saw it. She was there to pick up our Malibu and told me about it and how the sales guy blew her off when asking about it. The funny thing is we just bought a car from them earlier that year. She was in sweat pants and sweater. She said she felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. A week later the wife pulled into the dealership about 8 pm and wanted me to look at the car. I said no and stayed in the car. After twenty minutes the sales lady came out and said dude come look at the car. So I did, walked in and saw its Hot Wheels™ logo and said where do I sign and traded in the Challenger GT we just bought a few months earlier. The next week we went to pick up the car. The sales guy you bought it didn’t you we said yes. Boy was he salty. Never judge a book by its cover. It is a 6.2 lt1 and m5u 8cyl auto ss with 455 house power. With black and orange leather interior and gray swaide and l.e.d lights production # 992 out 1861 only 330 convertibles made.
Ever since I was a little kid, my favorite car was the ’55 Chevy, I had the Hot Wheels, AFX cars, etc. In 1983, when I was 17, I saw a ’55 Chevy Bel Air (hardtop) for sale and spent my life savings on it. I had no idea of the condition, but it was mine. Turns out it had a bad motor and trans among numerous other things. Not at all being a mechanic or ever having worked on a car, I bought the shop and assembly manuals then proceeded to tear it apart and rebuild it page by page, bolt by bolt in my parents driveway as we didn’t have a garage. I got it to run (sometimes) but the highlight was when I was able to drive it to my Senior Prom in ’85. When I pulled up to the valet, the attendant said “I’m not driving that! You can park it right next to the front door.” which I did and couldn’t have been prouder of that car. The car mostly sat while I was away at college, tinkering with it when I could. I left school in 1989, and decided to enlist in the Marine Corps in ’90. When I went to boot camp, my mother sold it because she was a little upset with me at the time (of course when I graduated boot camp she couldn’t have been prouder) but the car was gone. The sale of that car is still a topic of discussion at most family get togethers. Fast forward a few years to 1998, I had the opportunity to purchase another ’55 Bel Air (hardtop) and knew I’d never let this one go. Still not a mechanic, I had friends who were and even met more helpful individuals over the course of 7 years as I (we) built my dream car. From Marshal “Woody” Woodward who helped install the new S&W Race Cars narrowed frame and rear end. Frank Beck, President of Beck Racing Engines, who I met at a car show in Del Mar, CA. I remember he took the time to walk over to the TCI transmission booth and ensured I got the correct 700R-4 transmission to match the crate 383 motor I bought from him. To Jamie “Jamz” Snyder (RIP my friend) who did the bodywork and laid down the most perfect paint job patiently teaching the finer detail of body prep and paint. In trade for services I did some carpentry work upstairs in his garage. My brother-in-law Brucie Mattison who helped me finish it up and make it all work, plus countless others over the years. In 2004 as I was set to deploy for the 3rd time, and decided to send the car to Young’s Upholstery in Norfolk VA to do the upholstery because I was SO close to finishing. So after 7 years, 4 moves, and 3 deployments, in May 2005, I finally was able to drive it for the first time! I took it to my first car show, with a smile so big I didn’t need headlights that evening on the way home. Spent the next several years going to any show I could get to and some not so local in NC, VA, PA, SC, NJ, TN, KY & GA, my wife Taira, “happily” (my word not hers) followed along with the kids, all knowing the drill of; park the car, put their uniforms on, get the correct towels with the correct polish to clean their assigned area/parts. In May of 2010, I happily, and temporarily, handed the keys over to my son Dylan, who took the car to his Sr Prom and to my daughter Lacey, who took it to her Sr Prom in 2014, two of my happiest memories. So happy in fact that the motor I had to rebuild after my son’s prom and the transmission I had to replace after my daughters never even phased me. I only hope they remember that day as much as I remembered mine in ’85. I know the car is far from perfect, it has scratches, stains and leaks, but after owning the car for 23 years, I continue to drive it weekly and am looking forward to 2038 when I can “hopefully” watch my grandson Lincoln drive off to his Sr Prom!
I believe Mark Hurston in the Runnit mega truck should be featured in the Hot Wheels Premium Car Care Display because he takes a lot of pride in keeping his truck looking like a show truck even though it is made for and races in the Mud. It is about looks for him in addition to getting out there and racing and having fun! Also Mark is all about the fans specifically the kids. Kids smiles and wide eyes makes all the time and effort worth it!
– Chasity Hurston
I have always had a love for the first-generation Mustang Fastbacks. All through my childhood, I wanted a GT350 Fastback. I finally found one in 2016 and purchased it from Illinois and had it shipped to Florida. It wasn’t long and I decided to resto-mod it with modern engine, transmission, suspension, air conditioning, ect and I turned to my dear friend and owner of Shines Customs, Steve Hines to do the transformation. He had built a custom 1969 Camaro SS/RS RestoMod several years earlier and I was well aware of his unique ability to create cool rolling art. I gave Steve full artistic license to create a one of a kind 1966 Mustang Fastback modeled after the venerable GT350. Stance, sound, and appearance were critical elements and Steve had the skills to do the job. Once the car was completely unassembled and placed on the jig, the hard work began. Media blasting revealed some rust and thick coats of bondo. Those areas were cut out of the body and replaced with fresh metal. Performance was an important factor so we opted to replace the old aftermarket 302 roller motor and install a modern Ford Generation 2 Coyote engine. This decision required removing the shock towers, so we opted to go with the Heidts Gen II Pro-G Front Wide Track Independent Front Suspension. We also installed a brand new T-56 Magnum 6 speed transmission, driving a new Moser 9” with a Currie center chunk with a 3:70 True Track posi. Steve knew that I retired from the US Air Force after 22 years and he surprised me with an Air Force themed build, which is AWESOME! Paying homage to the Army Air Forces P-51 Mustang, this ’66 roars and flies like the WWII fighter plane! The power of the Gen II Coyote is unbelievable. Second gear is my favorite—roaring through the Borla exhaust system, shifting into 3rd gear is like a time machine—you are catapulted forward. You can feel the g-forces as you accelerate through the gears.
I had a chance to take it to my old Mac Dill Air Force Base, where I was stationed as an operations officer in an Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and display it on the flight line. Your Airmen could not get enough of the color, Air Force theme and stance. The picture of the car along side a US Air Force KC135 says it all. My grandsons love the car—my 8 year old grandson simply says…..”that’s one cool car, grandpa.” What more motivation does one need than encouragement from one’s grandson!?
My husband played with hot wheels growing up, and he still collects them to this day. We have a amazing 1971 Dodge Demon American Muscle Car at its finest! This year has been very hard for us as in August my father n law was hit by a reckless driver and is trying to heal every day, he is still in a wheelchair and we would love to bring him to this event.