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First Coast Gears: Chevrolet takes its Camaro Hot Wheels concept, which was first introduced at SEMA, on the road with the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour

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Chances are if you're reading this column you've played with Hot Wheels at some point in your life, or maybe you still do.

If so, you'll be interested in at least one of the cars that will be along for the ride in the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour that runs June 2-9.

The life-size Camaro Hot Wheels concept that was first shown at SEMA will be along the custom one-offs that Chevrolet is showing off.

"The Camaro has been a mainstay in the Hot Wheels lineup since 1968," said Phil Zak, GM design director. Most of the time, the wild colors and flourishes of the toys don't make the transition to a full scale car.

But this time was different. GM decided to embark on a collaborative effort with Hot Wheels to come up with a real-life version that would be just as outrageous as the toys.

"The Camaro was the first Hot Wheels car ever produced. The Spectraflame paint and redline tires of those first Hot Wheels cars have been the dreams of guys for generations, and it was thrilling to inject these elements into a Camaro for real," said Felix Holst, vice president of design for the Mattel Wheels Division.

The original Hot Wheels Camaro debuted with the signature metallic Spectraflame paint finish. The Camaro Hot Wheels Concept features a chrome-style finish created in a similar manner: a tinted top coat over a shiny base.

"It may sound pretty straightforward, but no one had ever tried using this process to paint a whole car," said Zak. "The bodywork and paint team experimented with several processes before spraying the first body panel.

There were so many variables that contributed to getting the finish perfect, from the drying time to the air pressure of the spray guns - none of which was known before this project - and the team absolutely nailed it perfectly."

A lot of other detailing also went into the project including satin black wheels with milled face and Torch Red stripe, Hot Wheels badging, and Hot Wheels sill plates.

Sorry, no Florida dates are planned for the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour that will have stops in Michigan, Illinois, Texas and Oklahoma.

But at least you've got a shot at owning a toy copy. Hot Wheels announced it would offer a 1:64-scale collector's edition model based on the full-size concept.

Sounds like it might be time to dig the old tracks out of the garage.

LIST OF FEATURES ON THE HOT WHEELS CAMARO CONCEPT

Over Chrome Green paint with ghosted Hot Wheels logo on the quarter panels

Satin black ground effects (splitter, rocker and rear fascia-side extensions)

Satin black wheels with milled face and Torch Red stripe: 20x10-inch (front) and 20x11-inch (rear)

ZL1 grille with Hot Wheels badging Hot Wheels badge on the decklid

Euro-style taillamps with new inner smoked lens Euro-style rear fascia with new diffuser and exhaust bezels

Chevrolet Accessories ZL1 rear spoiler

Modified Satin Black Stripe Black aluminum "CAMARO" fender badges with milled face Black aluminum hood insert with milled hood vent extractors

Synergy Series gill decals Black leather-wrapped IP and door inserts with Torch Red accents, and cut-and-sew flames Hot Wheels sill plates

Hot Wheels cut-and-sew embroidered logos in the front seatbacks

Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit

Chevrolet Accessories footwell and cup holder lighting (red)

Brembo brakes: six-piston front with two-piece rotors and four-piston calipers (Chevrolet Official Licensed Product)

Suspension lowering kit by Pedders (Chevrolet Official Licensed Product)

Chevrolet Accessories strut tower brace

Chevrolet Accessories black engine cover

Chevrolet Accessories exhaust system

Under the hood is the all-aluminum 6.2L LS3 V-8 backed by the Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission.

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