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I was fortunate to have started my
collecting career in the 1950s thanks to an older cousin
who was fanatical about motor racing but not dedicated
to "hoarding". My first race meeting was the
local Liverpool circuit of Aintree. I was 14 and that
started my programmme collection then and there. I was
fascinated by the wealth of detail in the programmes
and soon writing to the major European organising clubs
(always including a Reply Paid coupon.) Surprisingly
over 80% of my requests were answered and I had soon
amassed an impressive collection of programmes from
all of the star events: Le Mans, Mille Miglia, Targa
Florio and even US meetings at Sebring and Indianapolis.
It was about 1956 when a package arrived with a programme
for the Syracuse Grand Prix but also included was a
large wall poster for the event. This was a revelation
to me and I now turned my attention to this new collecting
area and in a short time my bedroom walls were filled
with posters from Nurburgring, Zandvoort and Avus.
As the '70s arrived I began to lose interest in the
Grand Prix scene and found the cars less glamorous as
the events became more and more professional and big
money began to take over.
I was now married to a Kiwi and we left England to start
a new life in Auckland. I still keep an interest in
motor racing and have had much pleasure in seeking out
early programmes from the New Zealand circuits like
Ardmore and Teretonga.
And of course, I still have my walls filled with those