In the years that followed I went on many RallySport Magazine bus trips to Rally Australia and, of course, Rally New Zealand. They were fantastic trips, extremely well organised and I made many lifelong friends.
Going to the WRC rallies I would take many models in their boxes with me to try and get signed. I prefer the signature on the front of the box.
After a few years somebody asked me why I never asked the co-driver for his signature. I had no answer. Maybe it was because in those days the co-drivers’ name never appeared on the car.
But from that moment on I would also try to get both signatures. Later on, I would also try and get team bosses to sign.
In the last 20 years I have been to every WRC event in Australia and New Zealand, and was lucky enough to spectate at Rally Germany a few years back. It was always with the aim to add a few autographs to my collection
So, 20 years later, I have amassed a huge collection of about 400 WRC model cars, caps, posters, driver cards, programs, tickets and entry passes.
Nearly all are signed by legends of the sport, from Colin McRae to Harri Rovanpera to Richard Burns to Peter Solberg’s wife, Pernilla, who came on the RallySport Magazine tour bus with Oliver one year in New Zealand.
There’s also Valentino Rossi (New Zealand 2006), Sebastiens Loeb and Ogier, Kalle Rovanpera (2017 Rally Australia) and everyone in between.
Realisation soon set in that 1:18th scale models take up way too much space, hence there are only about 50 in my collection. I also stopped buying 1:43 model cars a few years ago, simply because I ran out of room to display them.
With my business restructuring and moving to smaller premises, the time has come to part with some of my collection.
Not happy Jan!
I love my toy cars, I’m surrounded by them in my office at work and have a couple of hundred taking up a whole wall in the entry foyer of our business premises.
They put a smile on my face every time I walk in, and are a great conversation topic with clients and customers. It’s going to hurt to part with them. But if they go to a good home, I’ll hopefully find solace in that.
So, if you are looking for a particular driver or a particular model car with an original signature on it, check out the range HERE.
Or, shoot me an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
See a list of what models are for sale HERE.
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