Prized collection among toys on show

Tinkering with his collection of toy cars and trucks makes Bernie Brady's eyes light up.

The avid car fan and Ford fanatic has been collecting Ford street racing cars, vintage cars and trucks since the 1980s.

And he'll be sharing some of his collection with the public, including items he has up for sale, in a toy collectors fair in Palmerston North this weekend.

Brady, part of the Manawatu Diecast club, is one of the organisers of the Manawatu Diecast Models and Collectables Fair, which he hopes will showcase a range of toys from members and participants from further afield, for viewing and for sale.

His own 500-plus collection started with a street racing car, a replica of Peter Brock's Holden Commodore, marked with Mobil 05 signwriting, given to him when he attended the Wellington 500 street races in the late 1980s.

Brady spent more than 40 years working in the food service industry, and many of his cars have been chosen for their food-related paint work.

Cars and trucks marked with Coleman's mustard, Minties sweets, PG Tips tea, Campbell's soup and Cadbury chocolate are among his collection.

But it's two, unsignwritten cars that are most dear to him.

One is a 1948 Ford Popular, the same type of car that he got his licence in, and the other's a 1930s Ford V8 sedan, which was his father's car, and the car he remembers from his childhood.

One of his collection highlights - which will make an appearance at the upcoming toy collectors fair - is a custom-made, twin-steer, remote-controlled Scania truck, assembled by Brady with the help of others, over two years. The truck, with working indicators and headlights, shudders like its real-life counterpart and makes the sound of air brakes.

Other items in the fair include railway toys and a collection of fire trucks and gear, which coincide well with the club's charitable group of choice. Part of the proceeds from the fair will go to the Palmerston North Fire Station, to give to a cause of its choosing.

The fair has a $3 entry fee and is on Sunday, August 3 from 11am to 2pm in the Community Leisure Centre on Ferguson St.

Manawatu Standard