Randy Landrum is the Senior Pastor at Village Baptist Church in Whitehall, Ohio. He enjoys Hot Wheels cars. He enjoys collecting & customizing them. One early winter day in late 2018, he was going through some Hot Wheels he had in his kitchen and pulled out the #First Edition of the new Factory Fresh #’18 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in yellow. His idea was to simply detail it, but one thing led to another after he found a decal sheet from his other employer: JEGS High Performance. Randy serves at the bi-vocational pastor at the second largest mail order company of automotive equipment in the United States (JEGS), so he figured a homage to his other employer was in order.
Upon finishing the custom Hot Wheels #’18 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon — complete with #JEGS decals — he showed it to a few people at headquarters. Word had spread when a supervisor of his asked he could give it to “Jeg Jr.” — whom, outside of the company of about 350 employees, is known as Jeg Coughlin Jr., son of the founder of JEGS High Performance, and NHRA Pro Stock Champion. Oh, and by the way, drives the real thing…
Days later, Randy received a letter from Jeg Jr. himself. The email thanked Randy for the gift and said it looked a lot like his NHRA Sportsman Challenger. He proceeded to mention that JEGS was in talks with Mattel about being a licensor on some vehicles.
Roughly a year later, Randy cross paths with Jeg Coughlin Jr. at the company’s Christmas dinner. Jeg asked him, “Remember the Challenger you made?”, Randy replied with a, “Yes?”. “We sent it to Hot Wheels and they’re going to build it!”, Jeg said excitedly.
Randy was stoked and thought that was amazing news, only to self-admittedly forget about it months later. That was, until he got an email update in July 2020 from a Hot Wheels collector group he is in. There was the #’18 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon he had a hand in creating — and it was a SUPER #TREASURE HUNT!
It took Randy several weeks to find the #JEGS #’18 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. He recalls the feeling he had stating it was nothing short of excited. He recalled the steps that led up to the custom car he created, and considers the car making its way into an actual Hot Wheels release as a, very cool “accident”, as it is something that he will cherish for the rest of his life.
Way to go, Randy! I know a number of collectors that were glad this #2020 Hot Wheels Super Treasure Hunt happened — this collector included! Thank you for sharing your story with us.