PLEASE NOTE: Nationals Registration & Souvenir Sales are in Suites 8, 9 & 10. This year’s charity car, Newsletter car giveaways and merchandise from the previous Convention will also be found in Suites 8, 9 & 10. Your Nationals name badge is required for admittance to all Nationals events, including room-to-room trading and the Souvenir Salesroom.
Souvenir Sales – Suites 8, 9 & 10
PLEASE NOTE: Sales will be limited to Nationals attendees only, until 10 a.m., Sunday, April 14th.
You must have your Nationals name tag/sales card to make purchases. Sales will be limited to the quantity listed on the name badge per paid Nationals attendee until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Any remaining cars will be offered at Sunday’s Show beginning at 9:00 a.m. and to the public after 10:00 a.m.
Mattel has teamed up with Collectors Events Unlimited to produce an extraordinary series of collectible Nationals souvenir Hot Wheels® cars. All official souvenir cars and packages carry the 13th Annual Hot Wheels® Collectors Nationals logo, designed by Steve Vandervate. Color pictures can be viewed at the official Nationals website at: www.hwcollectorsnationals.com, so check these beauties out! (Car #4 of the 4-car series is the free souvenir car given out at the Saturday Night Finale.) This year’s souvenir sales cars are:
Volkswagen Drag Bus - #1 of the 4-car Nationals Series. Phil Riehlman originally designed the Volkswagen Drag Bus with a light bar in 2009. This year’s version is in Hot Wheels® Race Team blue with the Hot Wheels® swoosh, Race Team Security along the sides, the Nationals logo on the roof with INDY 13 on the license plate and Hoosier Tires!! Very, very cool bus!! The deco for this year’s Volkswagen Drag Bus was created by Steve Vandervate. This car is limited to a run of no more than 3,000 pieces. Price: $25.00 (includes sales tax)
’55 Chevy Panel - #2 of the 4-car Nationals Series: Phil Riehlman originally designed the ’55 Chevy Panel in 2006. This year’s version is in burgundy and silver with the Indy flags flying strong on each side…”Nationals Delivery” Diecast Express on the sides, the Nationals logo on the roof and INDY 13 Indiana 55 on a vintage black license plate! It’s such an awesome truck!! The deco for this year’s ’55 Chevy Panel was created by Steve Vandervate. This car is limited to a run of no more than 2,000 pieces. Price: $25.00 (includes sales tax)
Boss Hoss - #3 of the 4-car Nationals Series: Ira Gilford originally designed the Boss Hoss in 1971. This year’s version is in beautiful blue and black with BOSS HOSS on the quarter panels, the Nationals logo on the roof with INDY 13 on the license plate and Hoosier Tires! Another amazing car!! The deco for this year’s Boss Hoss was created by Steve Vandervate. This car is limited to a run of no more than 1,100 pieces. Price: $25.00 (includes sales tax)
Our souvenir T Shirt was designed by Larry Wood and printed by Classic Graphix with a front and back design that will be a true commemorative of the week. Description: white background, design includes official Nationals logo and souvenir cars. Licensed by Mattel. Price: $20.00 (+ sales tax)
Our souvenir pin was once again produced by The Easy Green Shop, there are 350 for this year’s event. This 1-1/4” pin with Nationals logo will be sold on a first-come basis. Licensed by Mattel. Price: $5.00 (+ sales tax)
Your purchases can be paid for with cash or Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.
You must have a valid photo I.D. No checks will be accepted.
Official Nationals merchandise is not sold anywhere except the Suites 8, 9 & 10.
Charity Fundraising Car
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
PLEASE NOTE: Sales are limited to Nationals ticket holders only, until 10 a.m., Sunday, April 14th. You will find these for sale at the charity table in the Souvenir Sales Room.
You must have your Nationals name tag/sales card to make purchases. Sales will be limited to 2 cars until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Any remaining cars will be offered at 9:00 a.m. at Sunday’s Show and Sale and to the public after 10:00 a.m.
’67 Shelby GT500™ - No Hot Wheels® collector’s event would be complete without a special charity car. This year we are proud to introduce a special edition Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals ’67 Shelby GT500™. Ford and Carroll Shelby designed the original Shelby GT500™ and Kevin Cao designed the Hot Wheels® Version. This year’s model is in pearl white and racing green with red striping along the sides, the Nationals logo on the roof and INDIANA – CMN 2013 -67 on the license plate! The graphics and the Nationals logo were designed by Steve Vandervate. Color pictures can be viewed at the official Nationals website at: www.hwcollectorsnationals.com, so check this baby out! No more than 1,500 were made and they will be available first at the Nationals in Suites 8, 9 & 10.. Donations are $25.00 per car.
You can also drop off any donations for the auction with the Charity group while you are picking up your ’67 Shelby GT500™!!
An Evening with Steve “Van” Vandervate
Admittance is by special ticket only. Dress for the evening is business casual. (Jackets not required. No shorts, jeans or T-shirts.) This special event will be held in the Grand Ballroom with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. As a reminder, there are no substitutions or changes allowed to the menus. Your table place card shows your menu selection and needs to remain on the table throughout the meal for the server’s reference.
Sound recording devices (video cameras, tape recorders, etc.), are not allowed at this event per Mattel's request. Still cameras are welcomed, but please do not take pictures until after dinner. Be courteous of other guests; do not leave your seat to take photos until the event has ended.
Attendees will receive a commemorative T-shirt and pin (limited to number in attendance). Guests will also receive a specially labeled Hot Wheels® vehicle, made by Mattel, limited to no more than 1,200 pieces. The remainder (without the special label) will be available for purchase (cash only, while supplies last) immediately following the dinner, to dinner guests only. There will also be a custom (code 3) car, from Collectors Events Unlimited, given out (limited to number in attendance).
We conceived this sit-down dinner as a celebration of Van’s 10-year anniversary with Mattel. Please allow all of our other guests to enjoy the evening and not ask for autographs during this event. They will be available several times at autograph sessions during the Nationals. Thank you.
2013 Collectors Charity Auction
Friday, April 12th, 6:15 p.m.
Don’t miss this auction of rare and unusual Hot Wheels® cars and memorabilia. With the generous support of Mattel and the Hot Wheels® design team, you can expect to see rare and unusual cars.
Doors open for previewing at 5:15 p.m. Join us for the fun even if you aren’t planning on buying anything, these could be the most fun and exciting couple of hours you’ll have throughout the week.
Hot Wheels® Nationals Mania
Collectors Events Unlimited is proud to again present Nationals Mania at this year’s Nationals, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.. On Thursday, April 11th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., we will be holding our competition with this exciting board game called Hot Wheels® Convention Mania. This event will be limited to 64 conventioneers and will be sold on a first-come basis and each person purchasing entry will receive a custom (code 3) vehicle. There will be 16 tables of play with the winner from each table advancing to the semi-finals and receiving a special custom (code 3) gold-colored vehicle. Winners of the 4 semi-final tables will then advance to the finals winning a special custom (code 3) vehicle with a grand prize going to the winner of that game.
The game consists of spaces and bonus cards with Hot Wheels® Convention/Nationals-related themes. You win the game by traveling around the Convention/Nationals-themed game track and collecting the most points. Each game has a 35-minute time limit.
Rules are as follows:
Roll the dice and move clockwise, you can move either the number of one die or the total of both added together. If you land on a Convention/Nationals space you receive that card with the value on that card. More than one person can own the same card, but you cannot own the same card twice. When you land on or pass start you will receive a bonus card.
You must check in at 1:30 p.m. to be seated. Players not in their seat by 2:00 p.m. will lose their seat. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Games will be 35 minutes with a 10-minute break between games.
Collectors Events Unlimited is proud to once again present Button Bingo™. The proceeds from this year’s games will go to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Button Bingo™ is Collectors Events Unlimited’s take-off of the all-time favorite except our cards have pictures of different redline buttons and the bingo caller pulls actual redline buttons out of the hopper. You mark your cards accordingly until someone gets five in a row and yells “BINGO!”
There will be two different sessions, the first on Wednesday, April 10th at 8:30 p.m. and the second on Friday, April 12th at 1:30 p.m. Each session will include 12 bingo games and 12 chances to win. Those attendees that ordered Button Bingo™ game cards will receive a confirmation ticket at convention sign-in with your session number. Any remaining spaces may be purchased at the Nationals.
Each Button Bingo™ player will receive a special 3-car set of custom (code 3) cars and the winners will receive a VERY limited, custom (code 3) car to add to their sets. We hope the special cars each Button Bingo™ player will receive is a reminder throughout the year of the great time you had playing Button Bingo™!!
Sessions will start on time, so you should plan on arriving 15 minutes early to get your cards and a seat. You may arrive up to 30 minutes prior to the first game in that session. You will receive your special vehicles at the end of the session. For your schedule planning purposes, each session of 12 games will last approximately 60 to 75 minutes.
Charity Poker Tournament
A Charity Poker Tournament will again be held to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and is limited to 63 players. The games will be no-limit, Texas Hold ’Em poker. The 2-hour session will begin Thursday, April 11th promptly at 10:00 a.m. with one winner per table advancing to the finals round. If you have paid for this event you will receive your ticket at registration. .Each player will receive a custom (code 3) vehicle with the winner from each table winning a special custom (code 3) gold vehicle. There will be a special prize for the final winner! You must check in at 9:30 a.m. to be seated and please remember all games WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY at 10:00 a.m.
Collectors Events Unlimited is proud, once again, to announce a charity raffle benefiting The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. There will be at least six prizes, donated by Collectors Events Unlimited and Mattel.
The raffle tickets will be drawn throughout the evening at the Saturday Night Finale (winning ticket must be present or alternate ticket will be drawn).
Tickets will be on sale and prizes on display at the charity table in the Souvenir Sales Room. Tickets are 4 for $10.00.
Custom Car Contest
The Custom Car Contest will be run by Dan Spaulding and Vince Mosely. Be sure to read through the categories and rules; there have been changes.
1. You must be the builder of your entry in all categories listed.
2. There cannot be any team builds.
3. The name on the entry slips must match the name badge.
4. Past First Place winners may not enter any of the amateur events.
5. Custom Car Contest Staff and Mattel employees are not eligible to enter the contest.
6. All entries MUST be HOT WHEELS®
If you plan on entering, arrive at least 30 minutes or more before the event starts to fill out the entry forms. All custom cars must be "loose" for judging. Example: No mirror bases or platforms of any kind are allowed. You must enter your cars in the correct category. For security purposes, you must have a picture ID to pick up your customs at the end of the event. There is no limit on the amount of cars you can enter, but we ask it be kept to about 5 per category depending on table space.
Tips on entries: A single entry can consist of 2 vehicles (ex: the Elwood flatbed & car or a tow truck pulling a car). Results from past contests shows this adds to your advantage as this shows "more time spent.” Judging is based on overall appearance and clean execution.
We'll be open on Friday if you'd like to display your masterpiece early. We'll have an area for displaying customs that are not being judged. We encourage you to use it to show your talents!
Mild (amateur): This category basically consists of a custom paint job (repaint), or airbrushed graphics/decals on a stock Hot Wheels® car. No body modifications are allowed. Any wheels are allowed from any manufacturer. 1st and 2nd Place awarded.
Spicy (amateur): This category involves minor body alterations. The word here is "minor," such as adding a hood scoop or rear spoiler, changing engines, lowering of the car or raising the suspensions. Any wheels are allowed from any manufacturer. 1st and 2nd Place awarded.
Hot (amateur): The Hot Category is for customs that are extreme! Anything goes! From stretching, cutting, grafting, filling, chopping, shortening, mixing-adding body parts, changing suspensions, use of styrene, etc., use your imagination. Main body part should start out as a Hot Wheels® body. Any wheels are allowed from any manufacturer. 1st and 2nd Place awarded.
Mild (past winners and professionals): 1st and 2nd Place awarded.
Spicy (past winners and professionals): 1st and 2nd Place awarded.
Hot (past winners and professionals): 1st and 2nd Place awarded.
Large Scale (open to all): This category is about Hot Wheels® cars or bikes that are larger than 1/64th scale. Example: It can be 1/43rd all the way to 1/18th scale. From a wild repaint, to body modification, to tricking out the engine, anything goes!! The entries must be based on a Hot Wheels® casting.
Diorama/Display/Packaging (open to all): Dioramas can be of anything you can imagine, such as a garage scene, landscapes, etc. It can also be based on custom packaging such as a new look on a blister-card to a custom box for the custom Hot Wheels® car or a nicely done display. Please keep the size of the Dioramas/Displays to approximately 20 x 20 inches to insure enough room on the judging table.
There will also be a Designer/Mattel pick, as well as trophies for Best Paint, Best Engine Details and Honorable Mention.