Speed, power, beauty and the lure of the open road–it’s all part of the American fascination with cars, no less for those of us with disabilities than for others. And in today’s car culture, a vehicle can be “hot” in terms of high-gloss paint, chrome and “original” condition as well as speed and power. Add in hand controls, a lift–if necessary–and an abiding passion for a cool ride, and you create a gratifying form of recreation as well as, in some cases, a way to create income. For others, restoring cars is mostly an expensive avocation. Whatever the bottom line, the real satisfaction comes from doing a job well and making a personal statement with a finished product. This is the world of Hot Wheels.

Scott Garland, Monrovia, Calif.
1930 Model A Roadster, 1981 Jeep CJ7
Not every best-of-show winner costs a fortune. When Scott Garland’s ’30 Model A Roadster joined the family, his father paid only $64 for the vehicle. Of course that was in 1947.