I just turned 35 years old and have
been collecting literature since I was 12 years old.
In fact I still have ALL the brochures I have collected
over the years. My father, Paul, is a big car enthusiast.
He inspired me and since is the reason for my collecting.
Dad had a Triumph TR4, Lancia Aurelia, Mercedes 280,
Ford Model A, Maserati Quattoporte and most recently
a Ferrari Mondial Cabriolet. He always bought me Hot
Wheels cars and Matchbox cars (which I still also have
in the collection). My first brochure was a 1975 Rolls
Royce press kit, and I liked that piece so much, I wanted
more. MORE AND MORE!! It was an insatiable addiction,
that has now taken up 90% of my basement at home.
My first car was a 1967 MG BGT, followed
by a 1965 Ford Galaxie 500XL convertible. Through the
years I bought and sold about 25 cars, including Ferraris,
Maseratis, Porsches, BMWs, Triumphs, MGs, muscle cars,
Jaguars. My present collection includes a Ferrari 308
GTS QV, a Porsche 944 Turbo S, a BMW 540i, a Triumph
TR4 and 2 Formula Ford racing cars; a 1983 Royale RP33M
and a 1984 Van Diemen RF84. The Ferrari and Porsche
are also club concours winning cars, and thanks to McLellans,
I have a complete set of brochures and catalogs for
both cars for show.
As of today, I have about 5000 car
sales brochures, mainly 1960s-2000s. I also have showroom
posters, color charts, banners, flags, magazines, emblems
(which I collected from junk yards), press kits, cloth
patches, lapel pins. SO much stuff. In 1989 my parents
took our family to Europe. I took home so many brochures
it was fantastic. We also went to the Ferrari factory,
where I met Piero Lardi Ferrari, less than 1 year after
Enzo passed. He saw how excited I was about being at
Ferrari and gave me some brochures. Of course I still
have them. My fascination for Ferrari went far and beyond
my imagination . I started collecting anything with
a prancing horse on it. I was lucky enough to work for
Gerald Roush and the Ferrari Market Letter, and I wrote
five front page articles on Ferrari automobiles and
history. Holy smokes, talk about an amazing collection
of Ferrari memorabilia!! Mr. Roush's collection is one
of the best in the world. I have a hand signed letter
by Enzo Ferrari from 1949, it is one of the oldest existing
Enzo signatures in private hands.
Now, my fiancé and I are planning
our wedding honey moon. We get married on March 18,
2007, and our honeymoon is taking us to the Porsche
factory in Stuttgart and back to the Ferrari factory,
where I have requested to meet with Piero Lardi again
after 18 years! We are both very excited.
I have so much fun playing, trading and collecting sales
literature, that I will do it forever. Many thanks to
wonderful people like Rob and Sharon McLellan for keeping
this hobby alive and well.