When beloved Hot Wheels designer Larry Wood retired a few years ago, Hot Wheels fans were worried that his stunning creations were at an end. But Larry’s not one to sit still. His latest piece for Hot Wheels – the Screamliner — only adds to his legend.
Known for his particular affinity for classic era auto styling, Larry turned to that primary source of inspiration for this piece. “I like the oldies, and the ‘30s art deco is the best of classic designs — and I’ve done a few in the past. This design is one that I would have liked to have done if I were a designer in that time frame.”
Larry highlights some of the finer details of the Screamliner: “I made it so the real collectors could still see the rims when we change them. And if you count the pipes/intakes, you’ll see it’s a V12. When I first drew it up, it had a V10 in it — not enough horsepower for a Hot Wheels, so I added a couple more cylinders (wish it were that easy on my real cars).”
With all the beautiful lines and curves, it’s easy to imagine this as a 1:1, slipping down the streets of a glamorous Hollywood or Paris of the 1930s. “This is the car I’d build if I won the lottery,” Larry says.
Happy with the result of his design work, Larry notes, “Everything on this car went smoothly, from concept drawing all the way to the approval model. (Hot Wheels 3D modeler) Manson Cheung does such a good job taking the concept drawing to the 3D model so I don’t have to stare at the computer screen all day long.”
Enjoying retirement, he says that there is little difference in doing Hot Wheels concepts and drawings for him. However, “Not getting the energy of all the other designers around me is what’s missing, so I love to stop by work and see what’s going on… I bet most collectors would like to do that.”
Speaking of collectors, we asked Larry if we would see him at the Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals in Chicago. “Sure! I won’t miss a convention if I can help it. Great to see old friends and meet new ones; the customs contest blows me away. I might have to use this car as my signing sheet.” That’s incentive to show up right there.