Post by midascharlie on Sept 23, 2021 11:49:40 GMT
Hello - maybe again ! - I'm just not getting the hang of posting just yet ! I did half a reply, saying Thanks for all the Welcomes, left it whilst I double-checked the specific questions to answer, and couldn't find it again to continue. So, here goes again !
First, Big Thanks for all the kind Welcome messages. Apologies for the delay in my replying. As you'll have realized I am a total dummy when it comes to Facebook and its Forums, and have only just seen your kind messages, though I did reply to Joe by email, when he told me he'd set up a thread for me. Presumably it's this one - if only I'd realized sooner ! Still, Better Late Than Never, perhaps ! But, thank you all, and it's great to be here.
So the questions posed by JKP and jcarnutz. I've been collecting Brooklin since almost the dawn of time - well, the late '70s, when I saw the first, the Canadian Pierce-Arrow BRK 1, in a local collectors' shop here in Yorkshire, England. I was lucky enough to meet the late John Hall at the Brooklin factory in Bath some few years later, and was impressed by his obvious business acumen, great ideas, the newish ( at that time ! ) factory , and his thoughts and plans for the future. Fast-forward a year or three, and a fellow-collector introduced me to a gentleman called Mike Marlow, who was setting up the British Brooklin Collectors' Club. Mike was needing, among others, an editor for the club newsletter, and I took on the post. We were able to expand this into a full-blown magazine, and I continued running it for several years. Of course, since then, several more editors have expanded and improved it no end, and it's now administered very capably from the Brooklin HQ in Bath, by Martyn Bowell. Apologies for going off on a tangent here, but it shows the length of my interest. As I review models for a British magazine, sadly not distributed in the USA, I get to see the new releases, and they never fail to impress. So, I'm still in there, collecting away !
My favourite Brooklin ? Impossible to say, there are too many, even for me to draw up a "Top 10" ! Ones that come to mind from over the years, include BRK 5, the English Ford A Tudor, as it took some tracking down, 11A, the revised Continental MkII in the dark green, 21A, the open Chevy Corvette Sting Ray, 59, Rambler Rebel, 97a, '55 Dodge Coronet in the 2-tones, 128a, Cunningham Coupe, 171, '57 Packard Clipper, 176, '54 De Soto hardtop, ............. the list goes on ! I love all the BRK 16 Dodge Pickups, with their different "loads" , and of course many of the Brooklin Club specials, where I had some say in the selection of a few of the earlier ones. From the more recent and current releases any and every one is a masterpiece, with BRK 228, the '56 Buick 4-door a singular gem, especially 228x, the tri-tone Factory Special. So the short answer is probably, "The Next One !".
Thanks again. Now let me go find that, "Idiot's Guide to Facebook", that I so clearly need to read ......... !!
Welcome Midascharlie, and thank you for your response. I started buying some Brooklins in the 90's but life interrupted for some years and then started up again around 2006 or so.
I'm not a high end buyer of Brooklin models, rather I'm always looking for bargains if possible. I have been very lucky finding Brooklin models at very reasonable prices. They are wonderful models and hope to continue as long as I can.