Although this website is all about my cars, both past and present, and other selected cars and items of importance, this page is all about me, and my other interests. A little history about what I'd been up to in my younger years, and what I'm still doing now. Sit back, and grab your popcorn.
You have all seen "Wilson", the neighbour in "Home Improvement" right? Well exactly, no one has ever seen his face fully uncovered. So now it's my turn to do a "Wilson". Only people who know me .......will....er....will ever know me!
If anyone wants to contact me about any of my collectibles, feel free to do so, here via my email page.
My school days were in the 60s and early 70s, and being brought up with the Beatles and Stones. My later school years got me into Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Status Quo, Alice Cooper, and the best riff masters of all time, Black Sabbath. In fact, I am listening to Ozzy Osbourne right now as I write this!
Being the big kid I am, it was many many years later, not until 1996, that I bought my first electric guitar and 10 watt amp package. I then progressed to a BC Rich Ironbird and 20 watt Drive amp. I knew I would never be happy until I got that legendary Marshall amp which all the guitar heroes have, so a few years later, probably 1998, I went up to a 40 watt Carlsbro, then progressed to my 100 watt Marshall.
I still have both the Marshall and Carlsbro amps, and my guitars are Yamaha, Ibanez, BC Rich, a Les Paul copy, and a Randy Rhoads copy.
I'm basing my guitar style on that of Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath's guitarist. His riffs are the best. At my age, I'm too old to move the fingers around the fretboard at lightening speed, so the slower Sabbath stuff suits me fine. I'm self taught, so I guess if I took lessons, then I could get around all that shit, but I'm not gonna let some kid half my age show me how to play 25 notes a second! It's not how fast you are, it's where the notes are placed. Take David Gilmour from Pink Floyd, he's not fast, but he has perfect timing and knows where to place those notes. Pure heaven.
I also have a collection of diecast model cars, mainly in 1:18 scale. It all started with the purchase of a $19.95 black AC Cobra, then I wanted the blue one with white stripes. It just went on and on. I now have quite an extensive array of cars, mainly Fords, numbering curently at over 80 of them. Pro Rods, Muscle Machines, US Musclecars, Classic Carlectibles V8 Supercars, Biante Dick Johnson and Allan Moffat past race cars, Falcon GTs and new BA Falcons. You can also throw in stuff like the Munster coach, Victor Bray's 1:24 scale Doorslammers, 1:6 scale 426 Hemi and 427 SOHC engines, and what I think is the best looking car of all time, the 2005 Ford GT40. All in a cabinet to see, not locked away like other collectors do.........Really, I never get bored!
Back in my high school days, I had a friend who had a German World War II helmet, with what appeared to have a bullet hole right smack in the middle of the top. I wanted this helmet real bad! I used to love watching "Combat" on TV, and I had some sort of fascination with the "Krauts". I made a deal of a few plastic model aeroplanes for the helmet, and it was mine. Next up, I asked my Dad to take me into town, because I wanted to buy a bayonet from the Army Surplus store. This began my collection of militaria which I sort of continue today, on a casual basis.
Over the years, my collection has grown, but once again with the main interest being in Nazi memorabilia. From medals, both geniune and reproduction, to documents and papers used by occupied countries. Nazi stamps and coins, and even scale model soldiers about a foot tall. I'll collect anything as long as it's a bargain to me!
As part of my militaria collecting, I bought my first replica model gun in 1980. It was a German Luger, followed shortly after by a PPK. They were pretty expensive at the time, compared to my wage, so I left it at those two for many years. It has only been in the last ten years that I have increased the size of the collection, and included replicas of all types.
Where I live, replica model guns are still legal to own, just don't try carrying one on you without a lawful reason. I mean, all they are is a lump of steel and wood, right? They can't fire anything! Importation of them has been banned, so only the ones already in the country are allowed, but no new ones can enter. Just don't be silly with them. Keep them locked away at home, and enjoy them. You do the wrong thing, and you get charged as if it were a real gun.
If you'd like to see more of my replica model gun collection.
Check it out here. HERE
I have a fairly good record collection, which I don't think I will ever part with. But back in my Primary School days, while listening to the Beatles, my interest in them rapidly grew. I gathered all I could, from newspapers and pop magazines like Go-Set, and put the lot in scrapbooks, which I still have, some 35 years later. Oh gosh! My first single I ever bought was Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby, and the first LP was Beatles Greatest Hits Vol 1. From then on, I had to have every Beatles record ever released, and the collection just got bigger.
I also collected whatever Beatles books I could, but it wasn't long until the Beatles broke up, and I was devistated......The collection slowed down. December 1980 was one of the worst times in my life, when some arsehole shot John Lennon in New York. I'm not mentioning his name because the scumbag doesn't need publicity, but I hope he rots in Jail until he dies! This earth does not need him!
Over the years I still seem to be buying more and more. From record fairs, shops, whatever, it still costs me money. And I don't think I could get rid of any of it. CDs came along, and I bought the lot once again, but still kept the vinyl. More books and magazines. Books and articles on John Lennon's life, and the same with George Harrison. I can't seem to stop, even though the legend is over. For example, I have the original 1967 Sgt Pepper release, the 70s re-release, a copy without the gatefold centre, a copy in red vinyl, a picture disc copy, an alternate bootleg copy, CD copy, and the cardboard cut outs. Same with the White Album, the original 1968 numbered copy, an 80s remastered copy, white vinyl copy, then on CD, and finally the 30th CD anniversary copy which looks exactly like a minature LP record set, including poster and photos.
Now that eBay is here, it is more tempting. I can't help it. I'm addicted. I regularly check it out, but I'm not saying any more, because you might outbid me! That's how addictive it is, I just bought another guitar on eBay tonight, as I am editing this section. Will it ever stop?
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