What Car Stuff Do You Collect (Not Counting Cars)?

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I don’t know what it is about the human brain that makes us want to collect stuff, but it seems to be a universal truth. What obscure car stuff do you folks collect?

I don’t think anyone would be particularly surprised to learn that I obsessively collect old race car merchandise. Trawling through eBay and spending dumb amounts of money on race car stuff I don’t need but that I desperately want is a sport in its own right for me. So far, I’ve collected:

  • A Formula One calendar from 1974
  • Two Marussia laptop bags
  • Out-of-print books about Ronnie Peterson and François Cevert
  • A 1960s motocross jacket from Watkins Glen
  • Some sort of cartoonish Indy Racing League car
  • Glassware from the 1972 Indy 500
  • Marlboro Racing booty shorts
  • A Jackie Stewart Wrangler sticker
  • A Holman-Moody steering wheel button
  • US Grand Prix programs from 1970-1973

And countless other things that I’m sure I’m forgetting. Things that serve very little purpose but that make me feel nice just because I own them.

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When I was growing up, my dad collected car magazines. We had a hip-height, six-foot long storage shelf for them in our living room, and that space was generally reserved for the favorites. We also had tons of boxes of them downstairs. There were editorial magazines, parts catalogs, one-off mini-books, you name it. I’m not really sure why we kept them, but it was important to my dad, so we did.

What about you fine folks?

Weekends at Jalopnik. Managing editor at A Girl's Guide to Cars. Lead IndyCar writer and assistant editor at Frontstretch. Novelist. Motorsport fanatic.

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