Happy Daze

Take a walk back in time when Glen Jen­nings auc­tions his col­lec­tion of Amer­i­can mem­o­ra­bilia, writes Jack Morphet

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

MORE fins than the shark pool at Syd­ney Aquar­ium and horse power to ri­val The Ever­est — here is your chance to drive away a piece of clas­sic Amer­i­cana.

Around 100 “Yank tanks” from the 1950s and 1960s will go un­der the ham­mer in a clearout by ob­ses­sive col­lec­tor Glen Jen­nings, who is sell­ing 9000 items of mem­o­ra­bilia he has amassed dur­ing 114 trips to the US.

Among the ve­hi­cles ex­pected to fetch top dol­lar are a replica Bat­mo­bile worth an es­ti­mated $150,000 and a 1957 Chevro­let at around $80,000.

But if cars aren’t your thing, the col­lec­tion also in­cludes a five-foot Smokey Bear statue, a DeLorean time ma­chine from Back To The Fu­ture films, all man­ner of life-size fig­urines — from Mar­i­lyn and Elvis to Mickey Mouse — and dozens of sideshow games.

Mr Jen­nings, from New­cas­tle, be­gan his col­lec­tion while trav­el­ling as se­cu­rity boss for boxer Kostya Tszyu to his in­ter­na­tional fights in the 1990s. But now, at age 55, the col­lec­tion has be­come too large for him to han­dle.

“You could say I was a hoarder. My wife says I’m ob­ses­sive, but I have no re­grets,” said

Mr Jen­nings, whose busi­ness Na­tional Events Ser­vices han­dles se­cu­rity at events such as the NRL grand fi­nal and V8 Su­per cars, and lo­gis­acts tics for in­ter­na­tional tour­ing a AC/DC and the WWE wrestlin such as U2,

His pas­sion for all things Amer­i­can Graf­fiti be­gan while grow­ing up with Match­box cars and US TV shows. “Amer­ica was happy in the ’50s and ’60s be­cause there was plenty of money, the war was over and the space race was on. Noth­ing was im­pos­si­ble, ev­ery­thing was achiev­able and it was the best pe­riod of any coun­try, ever,” he said.

While Burns And Co will auc­tion the col­lec­tion next week­end in New­cas­tle, Mr Jen­nings can’t bear to part with his 1958 Pon­tiac Bon­neville, a 1957 Cadil­lac El­do­rado Biar­ritz, 1963 Chevro­let Cor­vair Green­brier, 1961 Chrysler Im­pe­rial and 1940 Cadil­lac Fleet­wood stretch limo, one of only two in the world.

Syd­ney Uni­ver­sity lec­turer Dr He­lena Robin­son, said: “The shape and de­sign of that mem­o­ra­bilia re­flect the in­no­va­tion, con­fi­dence and ex­u­ber­ance of Amer­ica in the ’50s and ’60s.”

Glen and Kelly Jen­nings with daugh­ters Sa­man­tha, Ash­leigh and Olivia.The Coca-Cola room.

Around 100 clas­sic cars from the 1950s and 1960s will go un­der the ham­mer. Pic­tures: Ex­pose My Ride Me­dia..A replica Bat­mo­bile is ex­pected to fetch top dol­lar.A life-size Elvis fig­urine is part of the col­lec­tion.A 1955 Ford Crown Vic­to­ria Coupe is up for sale. The foyer of the Lost in the 50s Mu­seum.

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