“Lately, some experts claim that America’s love affair with the automobile is over,” Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American, said in a press release. “Larry Wood sparked many life-long connections with the automobile though the Hot Wheels die-cast cars that he created. In fact, Larry designed the ‘first car,’ even if it was 1/64 scale, for most of us. His tour was the perfect opportunity to determine if the passion for high performance cars and trucks is still alive.”