Friday, April 13, 2012
Largest Collection of Chevrolet Memorabilia: Charlie Mallon sets world record (PICS)
DOWNINGTOWN, PA, USA--Charlie Mallon, 54, an auto dealership consultant, has been acquiring Chevrolet items for 40 years, from Chevrolet signs, racing flags, coffee table books, soda cans, hats, belts, shirts, playing cards, drinking glasses, posters, tractor trailers, a biplane to miniature cars - 2,181 different pieces to be precise , setting the world record for the Largest Collection of Chevrolet Memorabilia, according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Collector Charlie Mallon (left) laid out 2,181 different Chevrolet items at the Downingtown West High School in a successful attempt for a new new world record: "Largest Collection of Chevrolet Memorabilia." Photo: Tom McKean for Chevrolet (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the Largest collection of trafic cones was set by David Morgan (UK), who has a collection of 137 different traffic cones.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest collection of talking clocks: 782, collected by Mark McKinley (Amherst, OH, USA).
Most of the items collected by Mallon are related to the Chevrolet Corvette. "I appreciate all cars, but there's something special about the Corvette," Mallon said.
"It's the look. It's the sound. It's the mystique. Everything about the Corvette makes it the American sports car."
He wanted to set a world record partly out of curiosity about whether he did have the largest collection and partly to "validate my insanity to my wife," he said.
"I guess it's just a personal challenge," Mallon said. "It always blows people away when they walk into my basement and see all the items. I've been collecting so long that I wondered if I had the most."
In addition to the thousands of miniature Corvette cars that he put on display at the local high school gymnasium, Mallon also owns a 2005 Corvette coupe and previously owned a 1965 Corvette Coupe.
"Corvettes have always turned my head," Mallon said.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year.
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Friday, April 13, 2012 6:58 PM