Saluda resident Chad Martin and his custom 1936 Chevy one-off truck, Brutally Sexy, will be among the 18 regional Hot Wheels Legends Tour winners flexing their muscle for the grand prize at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas November 5.

The winner will have his life-size custom vehicle immortalized as a Hot Wheels 1:64 die-cast toy car.

The 2019 Hot Wheels Legends Tour has crossed the country, searching for a custom vehicle with the authenticity, creativity and garage spirit worthy of being inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends.

Martin is a designer, fabricator and artist. His car started as a concept drawing in 1999 he dreamed up. After a few rounds of renderings and concepts, he found a 1936 Chevy Sedan and got to work. Everything on the truck is made of metal, no fiberglass. It’s all welded and shaped by Martin. The only original pieces are the glove box and the head light buckets. It took two years of consistent work to produce his car. Even the detailed paint job is custom with a paint color that he made himself — he calls it Green Dream. The truck has six 24” semi-truck wheels. Brutally Sexy, as he calls it, impressed the judges at the Hot Wheels Legends Tour event in Charlotte, earlier this year to earn a spot in the championship showdown at the upcoming SEMA Show.