Steve always played with Dinky toys as a child. But only started to collect model vehicles when he grew up. Starting with a bus commemorating the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, followed by an Austin Metro made to celebrate the wedding of Charles and Diana, Steve has now reached his centenary owning around 100 new die-cast models. He specialises in veteran, vintage and classic vehicles. Favourites among the car collection are Hitler’s Mercedes Benz and a 1961 Cadillac Eldorado. When abroad, Steve tries to but foreign made die-cast but says that they are hard to find in most tourist areas.
The ‘40s and ‘50s Dinky toys and ‘60s Corgi models are now very expensive. But Dinky (re-launched by Lesney) is now making reproductions of classic models from the early post-war days.
Fact File: new die-cast models can be found in good toy and model shops and old ones from specialist dealers like Mint & Boxed.