Unique collections – and the people who own them Some people collect coins. Others collect stamps. Still others collect spoons or rocks or napkins or doorknobs – or a multitude of other quirky objects. Advance Auto Parts, though, went in search of people who have collections that are related to cars that are both offbeat and interesting. We decided to focus on three of the most intriguing, each quite different and unique:
- The first is an international repurposing project that is turning 1,041 rusty old hubcaps into incredible museum-quality pieces of art.
- The second reveals a lifelong love of a highly underrated car part: the spark plug.
- The third one – well, if you’re super squeamish, proceed with caution.
- have a 24k gold base so that the spark plug will last the lifetime of the vehicle
- have a little glass window so that you can see the sparks
- are made of colorful porcelain, sometimes jewel-toned, multi-colored and “pretty fancy”
- have brass bases
- have handles on them so that they could be cleaned and reused
- contain pictures, such as one of a lady dressed in red white and blue in 1700s-style clothing
- feature fancy logos
- The top one is from approximately 1993 and contains their slogan, “We Try Harder”
- The next one has apparently only been available at the Nassau or Freeport Bahamas airport. Advertising messages include:
- Call for a sparkling new Plymouth
- Free unlimited mileage (Steve points out that, although that sounds fantastic, all 700 Bahama Islands put together equal the approximate size of Connecticut)
- Finn Aviation air sickness bag from Finland: “Most of these bags come with written instructions, but this one only has a cubism reindeer that is spewing chunks. It’s pretty cool, a real art piece and, with this bag, there are no language barriers.”
- MINI Cooper car sickness bag: “This is an advertising piece. Cars don’t automatically come with one.”
- Space shuttle bag: “This is the highlight of my collection.”
- Those who donate a bag to the museum become a Patron of Puke
- Two pieces of barf art are available to enjoy
- Although we don’t normally highlight items for sale, this site has a “gift shoppe” with a sickness bag poster (it was the “pe” at the end of “shop” that, in conjunction of what is available to purchase, got us to laugh)
Last updated June 6, 2018