(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor’s love of all things automobile is well displayed in the latest exhibit at downtown’s Chimczuk Museum. On the ground floor of the Art Gallery of Windsor, in two full display cases, is a collection of die cast model vehicles in scales of 1:18, 1:24, and 1:64 size. The exhibit was carefully curated to ensure each one is somehow linked to Canada’s automotive capital’s full-scale past.
Some have earned significant increases in value. Others are common to many a local child’s youth and a few others are based on fiction, such as the Blues Brothers decommissioned police car.
Many are from the exhibit curator’s own collection. Museum staffer Matt Pritchard assembled what is a work of love using his own favourites and others that have been donated to the museum. Many of the replicas were produced by the Franklin Mint and are well-regarded for a considerable attention to detail.
In an advance review of the exhibit, Pritchard spoke with considerable delight in identifying each model’s unique link to the city’s illustrious automotive history. The exhibit will have its official opening on Saturday, Heritage Day, with a full roster of activities.
First off, admission will be free to all visitors. There will be a particular emphasis on family activities, including such attractions as children’s crafts, balloon animals, and magic tricks. Aside from the Die Cast from the Past models, there will be four other new exhibits introduced on the day including Reading and Writing the Old School Way and Wilfred “Boomer” Harding, among others.
Known as the Cursive Way, the reading and writing exhibit, from Museum London, explores the art of what is said to be a dying art; cursive writing. The exhibit will include a presentation of the tools used back in the day that were characteristic of this writing style.