|Very few are lucky enough to find someone to spend a lifetime with. I (John) am one of those few. My wife Henrietta (she goes by Henri) and I just celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary. I am also very fortunate to have found someone that I share the old car hobby with. Henri is totally involved with the hobby and enjoys our collection as much as I do. This has enabled us to make many friends here and throughout the world while enjoying car shows, travel, history, and of course, the automobile hobby and all that is related to it. We travel to many of the shows with one of our three cats, Spike. I think he enjoys the hobby as much as we do! Our other two cats, Muffin & Spookie (sisters) prefer to stay at home and get a break from Spike when he also attends car and antique shows with us. |
Mascots, Moto-Meters, Car Club Badges and Mobilia:
In addition to our Moto-Meter Collection, we also collect Automotive Mascots, Radiator Emblems associated with the Mascots, and Car Club Badges (AA, AAA, RAC, Royal Car Club world wide).
How it started:
The Mascot/Moto-Meter/Car Club Badge collecting started as an outgrowth to my early interest in automobiles. My first motorized vehicle was a 1959 Norton 500cc Motorcycle. A 1959 MGA and a 1954 Jaguar XK-120 Roadster followed the Norton. The MG & Jag had badge bars and this instantly started a collection of car club badges. Many collector cars followed these including a 1937 Rolls-Royce 25-30 Sports Salon by Gurney Nutting (I credit the Rolls with starting the Mascot Collection), but it was these first vehicles that started it all.
The 1950's in the United States saw many imported sports car models coming back with returning military service personnel. Interest grew in these cars and many car clubs were formed to promote the hobby. This was a strong influence on me in the early years and it was a great time to be involved with automobiles.
The Mascot and Moto-Meter collection grew out of the appreciation for the quality offered during the 1920's and 1930's. This was a time when there were many makes and models competing for sales and the manufactures offered many high quality vehicles. With these came a wide range of Moto-Meters and Mascots.
As automotive quality declined in general terms during the late 60's and 70's (my opinion) it became more apparent to me that the cars of the past had a quality that would never be repeated. This was nowhere more evident than in the treatment of the front of the car. The distinguishing radiator shell and mascot that adorned the front of the cars of the past were disappearing. Cars were becoming more streamlined and more alike. Places to mount mascots and car club badges were disappearing and stick on decals replaced badges that mounted on radiator caps, radiator grilles, and badge bars. Mascots became small-stylized spring loaded devices. Safety standards also dictated the removal of the mascot and the introduction of plastics lead to the disappearance of the quality radiator emblems and car club badges that were also part of the front-end radiator treatment.
While impossible for most of us to own many of the classic automobiles of the past, it is possible to collect the car by virtue of the Moto-Meter, Mascot, Emblem, or Club Badge, and preserve a part of its history. I believe this has promoted the continued interest and popularity of collecting. I also believe that this part of the automotive hobby will continue to grow as future generations discover the value and charm of these works of art and pieces of automotive history.
These factors have all had a strong influence on our collection and I hope through our efforts we have added in a small way to the general knowledge of the hobby.
Our Collector Cars:
In addition to our Automobilia Collection, we also have two collector cars. The collector cars are a 1979 Mercedes 450SL Roadster and a 1984 Ferrari 308 GTSi QV. Although modern, they offer reliable and comfortable transportation to the shows and of course, parts are not as much of a problem as the older models.
John and Henri Boggs.