As part of the Lamley Awards for 2018, I am featuring a few models that will sadly go overlooked as the Awards are announced. They are the Underrateds.
Last year Hot Wheels released a Forza mix in its Replica Entertainment line. Lots of cool models, but the model I was looking most forward to was this one:
Premium version of the Ford GT Race Car, and done up as a bit of a tribute to the Le Mans-winning car. Doing the Le Mans winner seemed a no-brainer to me, and this one was going to have to do.
Only it didn’t. Cool car to be sure, but the colors were reversed, and there seemed to be a lot of white space. Not to mention I didn’t like the chrome-lipped wheels. Nerdy, yes, but oh well.
Fast forward to 2018. Car Culture, as it has been since its debut, was on a roll, and the next batch was Circuit Legends. A loaded mix, headlined by the debut of the Mazda 787B. But the model I was most looking forward to was once again the Ford GT Race. The Le Mans tribute livery was back, but far better. Much closer to the winner – but not exact – and FAR better executed. Oh, and black wheels. All Car Culture is a must-have, but this was especially sweet.
Note the livery, and note the execution. No white space. It’s beautiful.
And I thought because of that it would be the first to get grabbed, whenever Circuit Legends hit the pegs. I mean it looks like the Le Mans winner! Who wouldn’t want it?
And sure, it has been grabbed, but I see more of these hanging than the others. That isn’t a great way to judge, but scroll through Instagram and I don’t see all the artsy photos of this one like I do all the others. It’s kind of been ignored. It’s in collections, but somewhat buzz-less.
Yet this casting will never look better, it is timely, and ridiculously cool. And to me easily one of the best Hot Wheels releases of the year.