Autos On Display At Chimczuk Museum

Museum staffer Matt Pritchard stands beside one of the cabinets filled with die-cast vehicles at the Chimczuk Museum in Windsor.Photo by Robert Tuomi.

Museum staffer Matt Pritchard stands beside one of the cabinets filled with die-cast vehicles at the Chimczuk Museum in Windsor.
Photo by Robert Tuomi.

(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.

The famous Blues Brothers decommissioned police cruiser is on display at the Chimczuk Museum as part of Die Cast from the Past, opening 17 February 2018.Photo by Robert Tuomi.

The famous Blues Brothers decommissioned police cruiser is on display at the Chimczuk Museum as part of Die Cast from the Past, opening 17 February 2018.
Photo by Robert Tuomi.

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.

This model Coca-Cola delivery truck, on display at the Chimczuk Museum, shows how the pop company delivered its goods to Windsor stores decades ago.Photo by Robert Tuomi.

This model Coca-Cola delivery truck, on display at the Chimczuk Museum, shows how the pop company delivered its goods to Windsor stores decades ago.
Photo by Robert Tuomi.

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.

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After initially succeeding as a broadcast journalist and achieving senior level assignments, Robert branched out into marketing communications. As a senior executive, primarily in the high-tech industry, Robert created award-winning and comprehensive, multi-faceted initiatives to enhance sales and expand market awareness for some of the largest companies in their fields. Email Robert Tuomi