GM is no stranger to world records. In September of last year they accomplished the world’s largest manufacturer logo by organizing 1,143 of their cars into a gigantic Chevy bowtie. In January of this year they made the world’s largest claw game as a part of their “Let’s Do This” campaign. In 2011 GM reclaimed the title of world’s largest automaker from Toyota. Last week, Charlie Mallon set out to claim the title for world’s largest collection of Chevrolet memorabilia.
For the past four decades, Charlie has amassed a collosal collection of all things Chevy with a particular focus on the Corvette. “I appreciate all cars, but there’s something special about the Corvette,” Mallon said. “It’s the look. It’s the sound. It’s the mystique. Everything about the Corvette makes it the American sports car.”
Charlie didn’t start out looking for a world record. As a dealership consultant, he spends a lot of time on the road. Whenever he’s had the chance, he looks around for anything new that he might enjoy having in his collection. Visitors to his home have always been blown away when they see his collection displayed in the basement.
He contacted Guinness out of curiosity to determine if his collection is actually the largest or not. Following the guidelines they presented, he arranged his entire collection of 2,181 unique Chevrolet collectibles in the gym of Downingtown West High School and brought in several officials, including a CPA to verify the contents of his collection.
The folks over at World Records Academy have already confirmed this to be the largest collection and validation is expected from Guinness within the next few weeks. Charlie is aware there may be someone else out there who has an even bigger collection but he hopes this will “validate my insanity to my wife.”