Barnstaple collector bags title with £50,000 farm model collection
Following a nationwide search to find the most prolific farm model collector, Britain’s Farm Toys reveals that 35 year old dairy farmer, David Luxton from Barnstaple, North Devon has been crowned winner of the Britain’s Biggest Collector Competition.
Judged by a panel of die-cast experts from the producers of Europe’s most collectible agricultural and construction die-cast models, David scooped the title with his assortment of over 1,000 Britains models, ranging from tractors and machinery to farm animals. Judges were also particularly impressed with his collection of 40 years’ worth of consumer and trade catalogues. Each model still in its original box, the collection includes limited editions and models only available in the United States and has been valued at £50,000.
As well as scooping the award, David will receive one of all the new Britains models released over the next 12 months and has just attended an exclusive press event to launch the new 1:32 scale JCB excavators.
David’s first model was a Massey Ferguson 595, which he was given as a child. He didn’t start officially collecting until early 2000 and his passion for all things Britains reached a peak when he suffered a serious back injury and was unable to work. He spent his days surfing the web for prized models.
Perhaps the most valuable pieces in his collection, which are all catalogued and boxed, is a Massey Ferguson 595 and Ford 6600 gift set from the mid 1980s. But the piece David treasures the most is his prized milk tanker, which was only produced for the US market. David has amassed his enviable collection by visiting toy fairs and scouring the internet. The Holy Grail for David is the Massey Ferguson 2680, with twin wheels in grey, which he hopes one day to get his hands on.
With twins arriving in February, David may need to think carefully about where he stores his precious collection, which has already taken over loft space above his garage.
David said: “It all seems quite surreal actually. I’m obviously ecstatic about winning the competition and am really looking forward to boosting my collection with new models.
“I’ll be honest, my partner Sarah, family and friends think I’m stark raving bonkers! They’re all now obviously saying that with twins on the way, I wont have the space for such a large collection. I’m sure I’ll find a way round this somehow!”
Drew Gibson, TOMY brand & communications manager, said: “We were all absolutely staggered by the number of collectors who entered the competition. The judging process was quite a challenge, but David’s vast collection stood out not just due to the sheer volume, but his pursuit of the trade and consumer catalogues, in fact he has one of the largest collection we’ve all seen.
“We’re looking forward to building a stronger relationship with David and we’re sure he’ll be able to offer us some valuable insight for the future.”
(from a press release)