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Matchbox Madness includes some original Lesley models, as well as many classic vehicles from the 1970s and 1980s.
Matchbox Madness includes some original Lesley models, as well as many classic vehicles from the 1970s and 1980s.

More than 400 treasured cars will be parked at Tweed Regional Museum from next week are sure to cause a bit of a stir.

A collection of hundreds of Matchbox and other miniature diecast vehicles is set to be a popular drawcard for car enthusiasts from around the northern rivers.

Museum director Judy Kean said the collection, on loan from father and son Scott and Magnus Green for the museum’s next Collectors Cabinet showcase program, would no doubt ‘delight young and old this summer’.

‘The Collectors Cabinet program at the museum is unearthing some amazing private collections,’ Ms Kean said.

‘I have had a number of conversations over the past year that start with “Oh, I don’t really collect anything” but it’s soon revealed there are many closet collectors out there,’ she said.

Many classics of the road and track are featured among the Matchbox Madness display in Tweed Regional Museum's Collectors Cabinet.
Many classics of the road and track are featured among the Matchbox Madness display in Tweed Regional Museum’s Collectors Cabinet.

‘We’re delighted to be able to bring some of these to light for our visitors to enjoy.’

Scott Green’s collection began virtually the same time he did. From birth, family members bought him Matchbox trucks, tractors, cars and emergency vehicles and each birthday added more to the collection.

Matchbox toys have been popular world wide since their creation by Lesley Products in 1953. Named after the boxes they were once sold in, similar in style and size to the packaging for matches, they have been an enduring toy for millions of children around the world – often forming lifelong collections.

Scott’s early childhood memories include studying the annual Matchbox catalogues and ticking the models he planned to buy each year, as the number of vehicles in his collection grew into the hundreds.

The collection of well used toys from the early 1970s were joined by even older diecast vehicles, including several of the original Lesley models that really did fit in matchboxes.

The collection and the Museum’s Matchbox Madness display includes many of the classic cars of the road and track during the 1970s and 1980s.

It sat in storage for nearly three decades, occasionally bolstered by a particularly eye-catching model, but was recently unearthed as Scott sows the seeds of a collection for his own children.

‘I hope it brings them as much joy as it did when I was growing up,’ he said.

Matchbox Madness is on display from 27 November until May 2018.

For more information about both exhibitions and associated programs, visit museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au, email [email protected] or phone (02) 6670 2493.

 


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