March 26, 2023

A 1963 Ford Anglia hotrod has received the UK Sizzling Wheels Legends Tour, incomes it a spot within the international semi-finals.

How cool would it not be to have your personal venture automotive become a real Sizzling Wheels mannequin? Nicely, Michael Charalambous is one step nearer to discovering out after being topped the winner of the UK Legends Tour.

Over 100 automobiles have been entered into the competitors, however ultimately, it got here all the way down to a number of simply ten finalists – every with a really distinct character.

Amongst the batch was a motorsport-inspired E21-gen BMW with probably the greatest liveries we’ve seen shortly, in addition to an completely bonkers 600hp Mk2 Ford Escort, lovingly generally known as ‘The Mexorcist’.

There was additionally a Citroen Saxo which made an look on the current Max Energy Reunion, and naturally… Boris. No, not that one. This ‘Boris’ is a turbocharged K11 Micra owned by YouTuber Jack McNeill.

So, how was a winner determined? Nicely, that necessary resolution was handed over to a panel of 4 judges. Legendary British automotive designer Ian Callum headed the line-up, and he was joined by automotive artist Helen Stanley, TV host & journalist Jonny Smith, and YouTube character Alex Kersten.

Collectively, they concluded that none of these different autos might match the workmanship and creativity behind Charalambous’ Misfit.

“The Misfit completely embodies the innovation, enjoyable and optimistic spirit of UK customized automotive tradition,” Stanley mentioned. “An final reimagined traditional, representing the aptitude, pleasure and vast attraction of Sizzling Wheels.”

A whole bunch of hours have gone into the venture, with an previous, rotten Ford Anglia bodyshell performing as the bottom canvas. In fact, not a lot else of the Anglia’s DNA stays, because the restored shell now sits atop a bespoke chassis, whereas energy comes from a supercharged E30 3-series drivetrain.


Hot Wheels Legends Tour Ford Anglia

An insane quantity of consideration to element has gone into the automotive – take the wheel rims for instance. At a primary look, they merely appear to be a pleasant set of BBSs. Nonetheless, what you wouldn’t know by merely them is the truth that they got here off an previous Ferrari GT racecar, and consequently took months to change with a view to get the specified stance. Famend signpainter Neil Melliard was additionally enlisted so as to add some ending touches to the automotive, each in and out.

The perfect half about The Misfit, although, is the actual fact it’s not simply been constructed to be parked at reveals. Charalambous can usually be noticed driving it on public roads, regardless of the event.

“My imaginative and prescient was for a automotive that should you pulled up on the visitors lights, you’d by no means pull alongside one thing comparable,” he mentioned.  “I typically thought, how would Sizzling Wheels do it, so to win is simply unimaginable. After profitable Sizzling Wheels Legends UK and all the eye on the reveals, I don’t suppose I’ll ever promote it now!”

From right here, The Misfit will face automobiles from world wide on the Sizzling Wheels Legends Tour semi-finals on the tenth of November, after which probably the World Closing two days later. A pair of victors will likely be chosen within the ultimate, and if The Misfit is one in all them, it’ll get its personal 1:64-scale casting.