Mike Strauss is considered the father of Hot Wheels collecting, as well as a vital part of the Hot Wheels community. Strauss was th\e first to organize collectors' events, which he began in 1986 as the Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention. That same year, Strauss also began his Hot Wheels Newsletter. Strauss has also written Tomart's Guide to Hot Wheels, which lists history, car descriptions, and monetary values aimed at all collectors.
Strauss was inducted into the 2014 Diecast Hall of Fame as a Diecast Entrepreneur via public vote.
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