Pannell hopes that visitors to Motor Mech, which is being hosted by the Motor Industry Workshop Association, a proud association of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), will be entertained by his collection, especially an impressive and very rare Meccano No 10 Outfit dating back to 1959. Many of the models of his model car collection will also be on display. He has 8000 – 9000 model cars at home and 6000 comics, in amongst the other collector items. “I even have a workable Meccano piston engine which I am hoping will attract some interest at the show,” says Pannell.
Pannell has participated in over 250 displays and events since 1993 and has built up what can only be described as a collection of international quality and quantity. “My collections are so popular because they bring back positive emotional childhood memories to people. Grandparents love them and can relate to them, and so too can parents and the young ones – there is something from their childhood for everyone. My dream one day is to move my whole collection into a new area where we can have an antique toy museum linked to a coffee shop where people can spend hours just pottering around.”
For those interested in attending Motor Mech 2020, gates open at 09:00 and close at 15:00. Entry is just R10 and all the proceeds from the event will go to the Newton Technical High School and will be put to good use developing much-needed skills in the automotive sector.