In 1967, while on vacation in California, Howard Rees was driving past Mattel and decided to stop and visit a friend who was working there. Coincidentally, Ira Gilford, the Hot Wheels® designer at that time, had quit earlier that day and Rees was offered the job. Rees relocated from Detroit to sunny California to become the only Hot Wheels designer. He designed Hot Wheels cars for the next two years, first finishing some of the models that were started by Ira Gilford.
Howard is an 2013 Inductee at the Diecast Hall of Fame, where he won the Diecast Hall of Fame Class of 2013's Diecast Designer Award.
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