Still, the self-taught engineer’s mind wouldn’t rest. Finally, he found a manufacturer to create a solid aluminum front wheel, complete with vintage Avon-style grooves. The next change in Wheeler’s fortunes came from Fred Fox, founder and CEO of Parts Unlimited. Fox had previously sponsored Manning’s efforts, so he understood land speed racing and had the contacts to make things happen. Intrigued by Wheeler’s thoughtful, less-is-more approach, Fox soon penned a sponsorship deal with him. Suddenly, Wheeler found himself with the kind of resources he’d only dreamed of and was back at full throttle, revamping the newly named EZ Hook/Parts Unlimited streamliner.