Some people collect stamps, others collect coins but for Charlie Mallon it's all about Chevrolet memorabilia.
The 54-year-old auto dealership consultant has been amassing Chevrolet items for the past 40 years with his collection including signs, racing flags, coffee table books, soda cans, hats, belts, shirts, playing cards, drinking glasses, posters, tractor trailers, a biplane and miniature cars – lots of them, 2,181 different pieces to be precise.
On Wednesday night, Mallon brought his entire collection to the Downingtown West High School in an attempt at what would be a newly created Guinness World Records category for “Largest Collection of Chevrolet Memorabilia.”
He did this because in order to submit a formal application to the Guinness World Records organization, Mallon needed several witnesses, including a certified public accountant, to verify the precise number of items.
“I guess it’s just a personal challenge,” Mallon said. “It always blows people away when they walk into my basement and see all the items. I’ve been collecting so long that I wondered if I had the most.”
Most of the items collected by Mallon are related to the Chevrolet Corvette. “I appreciate all cars, but there’s something special about the Corvette,” Mallon said. “It’s the look. It’s the sound. It’s the mystique. Everything about the Corvette makes it the American sports car.”