By Gary Barnum
UPDATE: Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting state and national regulations, the 2020 Nationals event in Charlotte, NC has been canceled. Please refer directly to the Nationals website for details and further updates: http://www.hwcollectorsnationals.com/
The 2020 Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina — home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame! Sounds like a great car town to us, so let’s get there by any means we can. The show runs from Wednesday, April 1 to Sunday, April 5, and the fun will be coming fast and fantastic.
What: 20th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals
When: Wednesday, April 1 – Sunday, April 5, 2020
Where: Le Meridien/Sheraton Hotel – Charlotte, NC
Info: Click here for more information
The collecting hobby is more than just having your own die-cast cars. Once you attend a show, you’ll understand that it’s an easy social activity with like-minded enthusiasts. Get your motor running as you meet old friends and make new ones. Buy, sell, and swap Hot Wheels both rare and common from all eras. Included with your ticket are autograph sessions with Hot Wheels designers and other guests, room-to-room trading, and more.
Make time in your busy schedule to have a seat and grab a gourmet meal on Thursday evening, or have a pull or two in one of the Hot Wheels Vending Machines sessions. Tickets are sold separately and in advance for these events.
- Dinner with Jeremy Cox – Thursday, Apr. 2: Help us honor the colorful career of Hot Wheels graphic designer Jeremy Cox at this special event! Dinner guests will receive a souvenir dinner car (produced by Mattel), T-shirt, pin, and more. Seats are limited and usually sell out quickly.
- Hot Wheels Vending Machine: You’ll want to get your fill of pulls at the Vending Machine sessions. Like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. (Hint: It will be Hot Wheels merchandise.)
Not only do these events accelerate the fun, but they also help out a great cause: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Full details are on the Convention website:
- Charity Button Bingo
- Charity Convention Mania
- Charity Hold ’Em Poker
While you’re combining fun with feeling charitable, you can also help the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by helping your collection grow when you bid on special Hot Wheels items at the Charity Auction held during the show (no advance tickets required).
Hot Wheels Show & Sale
Show attendees have to option to exhibit and sell at the Hot Wheels Show on Sunday, April 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The fee per space is $25.00 and includes an 8-foot space and a 6-foot table with tablecloth. Spaces are limited and will be sold on a first-come basis, limit is ONE table per ticket holder. This is open to the public! Non-ticket holders can come in for a nominal fee of $5 per person (and $5 to park at the hotel) to shop for Hot Wheels. Great way to find new collectors!
Tickets are $70 each ($75 if purchased online) and good for all five days. All ticket sales will end February 21 or when the last ticket is sold, whichever occurs first. Get your tickets by mail or online; click here for all the details.
This event is produced by Collectors Events Unlimited, LLC under license from Mattel.
Edited by HWC Staff