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Billy Kingsley

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Hello everyone, thought I would introduce myself, since I just discovered the forum existed and will probably become a semi-regular member. 

 

I've been a car fanatic for my entire life...I think I discovered the world of automobiles at Christmas 1985, when I was just over a year old, via a couple of 1/64 diecast replicas I got as a gift. It started a passion that would last my entire life. 

 

Unfortunately, I did not win the health lottery, and have a litany of health issues that I dislike talking about, which unfortunately prevent me from working on a car or even driving. I also can't really afford it, since the medicine that keeps me alive is so expensive. Since I can't own a car, I've set out to photograph as many of them as I possibly can...if my records are correct, I've photographed 209 different brands, and every year from 1906-2020, as well as a couple years before 1905...I'm currently working on sorting my lifetime photo archive by brand, a massive project because I take a lot of photos. If I am able, I take every car at every show I attend...my health issues don't always allow that, but for example I took more than 500 photos at the Hemmings Concours in an hour and a half. I've discovered some brands I had never even heard of by researching my own photography, so that 209 may be actually higher. 

 

I have maintained my own website since 2004, which includes my car photography and a whole lot more. You can see it here if you wish: https://public.fotki.com/ElCaminoBilly/ I also have a Facebook automotive photography page, https://www.facebook.com/ElCaminoBilly/ which is solely automotive photography.

 

I love pretty much every car. Although main focus is American cars, I'm just starting to really appreciate import cars as well, although I doubt I will ever love them like I do American cars. If it's a car, I'll photograph it...any time, any where, including walking through parking lots. 

 

I picked up the nickname El Camino Billy when I was circa 15 years old, and it stuck. I do love the model. I'm also a big Edsel fanatic, but like I say, I do love everything.

 

I'm a collector of things...to the point of hoarding, some would say. That includes automotive things, of course. I collected the same 1/64 diecast cars regularly until 2014, and still a little bit now, and I also build scale models, although not particularly well. However, I keep trying. Car magazines also play a role in my life, but my main hobby is trading cards. I began collecting them at 4 years old and I've never stopped...hopefully, never will.

 

I didn't know this forum existed, until yesterday. I've never joined the AACA but I've decided that I'm going to do that soon, and was doing a little research...and saw Forum. I spent a couple hours reading posts yesterday and joined as soon as I could get on my actual computer. If you are on the AACA facebook group I am a member of that as well and post occasionally. 

 

That about covers it...I'm still learning the forum and how it works, so eventually I will figure out how to post pictures from my own website as well. 

 

Edit: forgot to mention, I'm one of the few people who prefers 4-doors to 2. I was a fan of wagons before they were "cool". The 1950s is my favorite decade for automotive design, followed by the Brass era. 

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It is hard to get into about 4 inches from the wheel to the seat..

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Welcome to the Forum! You've found a home here among collectors of all kinds of automobile stuff.  I've been a professional accumulator of early motoring relics for many years.  Although my interests are in the early days of the automobile, I have a love for all objects representing the beginnings of the auto age.  My collection(s) include toys, spark plugs, brass lamps, automotive literature (especially early accessory catalogs), automotive related sheet music, postcards, prints, ceramics of all kinds, early prints, lithographs, all kinds of porcelain and china objects depicting early autos or motoring related things, books, periodicals, early auto accessory and product displays and samples, etc.etc.etc.  I've accumulated enough early auto products and accessories (odd turn signals, etc) to set up a recreation of an early auto parts store complete with old showcases, shelves, and counters.  It's all on the second floor in my garage and is like walking back in time into an old circa 1915 auto parts store.  Of course it's a life-time of collecting that I can now sit back and enjoy.  I'm sure you are enjoying your collecting as well and although your tastes trend toward a newer age than mine, there is plenty out there to choose from.  Ebay is a wonderful source for things like pins badges, buttons and watch fobs.  Of course some early and rare stuff commands hefty prices, there is still a lot of later material out there to be acquired and appreciated.  Main thing is to enjoy and share your stuff with others.  This is a great resource to network and learn more as well as to show off your stuff, so post some pics of your favorite items.  We'd love to see more.

Terry

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Thanks Terry! I want to collect even more than I already do, but space is at a premium. I've already filled my house and two storage units, although one of them is almost entirely my waiting to be built model car collection. So I've decided I HAD to stick with just a couple of things or else I'm going to be on the hoarders show buried in car memorabilia 😁 Not a bad thing, hah. I do have some small examples of most of the items you mention. One of the things I've started to hunt for, since I found out they existed, is tokens issued by the car manufacturers. I have had a hard time finding them but did lay my hands on a Ford piece from the mid-30s at Rhinebeck a few years back. I'll have to see if I can locate the photo. I love the early cars but I have almost no access to them. Other than what's in the Saratoga Automobile Museum  (1909 Success, 1911 Maxwell) I basically never get to see any Brass Era other than the occasional Model T.

 

I have some old literature that I inherited from my great-grandfather. Hard for me to figure out a date on most of them...and most are still awaiting scans. Not automotive brands but all parts, I think. I'm a 4th generation "car guy" so there's always something to be found.

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Welcome !

 

We all like images ...

 

Thank You for posting !

 

 

Jim

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