In the 1950s, Larry Wood’s father brought home a contraband magazine from one of his Wesleyan students. The publication, Hot Rod Magazine, would go on to inspire Wood to become the designer for one of the best-selling toys of all time.
“When I opened up that magazine, it was the beginning of a new life. I realized that you could take cars and modify them and put your personal touch on them,” Wood said. “That was the beginning for me. Boy, I went into the garage and I started working on cars right then and there and have been working on them ever since.”