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February 2008 Issue
 
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Collecting 'Down Under'
By Keith Weinel
 
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Here is "my story". I am now 53 years old. I have had a love of cars and all things automotive for all of my life. I can recall at six years of age my teacher telling me off for staring out the window watching the cars drive by!

The 1969/70 Monaro GTS HT
is an awesome vehicle
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Originally born in England, we migrated as a family to Australia in November 1966. The first thing I noticed was that the cars were a lot different to those in England — bigger, stronger looking and more powerful. As the sixties drew to a close, 1968 and 1969 cars became sexier and more aggressive in looks. For me the late sixties and early seventies were my years of automotive passion! Being a single young man I was able to own some very nice high performance Australian cars — a 1972 Monaro GTS coupe and two Ford Falcon GTs (if only I had known then what I know now - these cars are now worth a small fortune!).

I became a qualified Motor Mechanic and served my apprenticeship at a Volkswagen dealer. I now work for GM Holden.

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I have collected automotive literature for most of my life with the large amount of my collection being brochures, and I enjoy a wide variety of makes and topics. My passion is for literature from the 1960s and 70s, especially high performance. I enjoy collecting brochures from overseas; England, U.S.A., South Africa and other nations. I love the art work of the early Volkswagen brochures as well as the awesome art work of the late 60s and early 70s Pontiac, Chevrolet and Ford brochures. I have found collecting Automotive literature to be very addictive and very rewarding. Also it is a great investment.

Brochures that don't measure up in quality I will sell to provide the funds to purchase a good quality item. I have been buying on eBay but have found that some people's idea of "excellent" is totally different to mine and have been very disappointed many times. It is fantastic to have "found" McLellan's. It's like being a little boy in a sweet (candy) shop! I spend hours just looking, taking notes and forever adjusting my wish list!

Thanks for the oportunity to share with you "my story".

 
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, February 2008
 
 
 
 
 
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