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My name is Brian Styles and ever since I was a child, I have been
drawn to and mesmerized by the beauty of the automotive machine.
From the time I was able to hold a crayon, and
later a pencil, I enjoyed drawing pictures of cars, trucks boats and airplanes. I also
built an extensive assortment of plastic scale models.
I'm not sure how I became so passionate about
cars. Perhaps it was my parents, brought me home from the hospital where I was
born in a 1965 Corvette
convertible, or my grandparents who taught me the
names of each manufacturer and placated my request of taking me to junk yards to
walk around and look at at retired cars as we drove around the suburbs of
Buffalo, NY growing up.
Whenever I was asked what I wanted to be when I
grew up, my answer as always the same "I wanted to design cars." I don't know
how or why I didn't follow that dream; I never made it to college, but my love
of the automobile never stopped -- in fact it only continued to grow.
Even though most my adult life was spent
being an entrepreneur, building a couple businesses and raising two children, I continued to
collect toy car models and LEGO sets of vehicles. Today that collection of LEGO
sets and die-cast model cars exceeds 3,000 models/sets and takes up a full-size
10'x20' air-conditioned garage just to store them.
Still, the hunger wasn't
satisfied. In 2002, I set out to find my first collector car and made my first
purchase in 2004. My car collection is primarily
1:43 scale, but does size really matter? Aside from my collection, one of the greatest
benefits of this hobby is attending events is meeting other enthusiasts that share
our same passion for automobiles and scale models. Fortunately, over the years, we have met many
wonderful people who share the same interests and have become great friends.
Hopefully I'll be able to pass the excitement
of this hobby on to my children someday. Whether they take up the hobby or
not, it is our desire to eventually have the vehicles we care for today, find a home where they will be appreciated by many. Perhaps that is why we'll
always classify ourselves as "caretakers" rather than "owners."
Despite the emotional and financial setback caused by Gary
Pronman & Dan
Pronman, I continue to enjoy caring for classic automobiles and the majority of great people
involved in it. Together, let's make sure to keep the hobby fun!