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There really is no end. It just becomes

a matter how much time you have to

devote and how much money you can

afford to spend to make your collection

continue to expand.

Is that all there is to it? Well, not

exactly. Once you have amassed your

collection, your next hurdle is the

question of whether to store it or dis-

play it. Warehousing it doesn’t really

do it justice. At this point you’re just a

hoarder with everything in boxes, hid-

den away in closets, basements or at-

tics. I’ve even seen spare rooms with

boxes stacked to the ceiling. The more

you have, the more difficult it is to dis-

play everything. I’ve seen some pretty

creative methods, but most of the

larger collections have, at some point,

outpaced their owners’ ability to dis-

play them. That doesn’t seem to stop

anyone, however, so strong is that col-

lector’s gene.

John Atzbach is off any scale any-

one can come up with. He grew up in

a small town in Montana and as far

back as he can remember had an in-

terest in collecting things.While main-

taining a paper route, he became

friendly with one of his customers, an

older lady with a large collection of art

objects and trinkets which proved to

be both rare and valuable. He found

them interesting, the way a nine year-

old would, She had a small library of

books about them which he borrowed,

one book at a time, and learned the

history and intricacies of the things

she had collected. Much of it had been

created in Czarist Russia, prior to the

1917 Revolution.

Eager to leave the small town

Montana life, after high school he held

a yard sale, selling almost everything

he owned and set out for Seattle where

his brother lived. He was hired at a

bank as a teller, and progressed

steadily for ten years to become a spe-

cialist in currency trading. He worked

forty to fifty hours a week at the bank

and, after hours, put in another forty

to fifty hours running a small business

of his own, buying and selling antiques

and collectibles. He was running

around in a twenty year-old white ‘66

Mustang with a 6-cylinder and a

three-speed that a previous owner had

painted blue LeMans stripes on. Being


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There are probably more Hertz collectibles than you can imagine. Once you run out of

gathering Shelby Hertz items from the 1960s and don’t want to stop (or can’t stop) there

are an almost unlimited number of things from Hertz. Your collecting can continue at

almost any airport.

Another popular peripheral area of Shelby collectibles are Gulf items. This comes from

the connection with the Gulf GT40s that raced in 1968-1969, winning the 24 Hours of

LeMans. Gulf also used images of the GT40 in several advertisements and marketing

campaigns, which further cemented the relationship. It continues today, with the 2006

Gulf Heritage Ford GTs.