SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. February 15, 1999
The West Coast Model Expo (the group that has presented the West Coast NNL shows for 15 years)
donated $4,000 to the International Model Car Builders' Museum at the NNL show held the weekend of February 13-14, 1999 in San Mateo, California.
"This donation – the largest one ever received – will greatly aid the
Museum's long-term plans. It will be deposited into the Museum's Development Fund,' said Museum founder Mark S. Gustavson who accepted the check on behalf of the Museum (the funds will not be used to pay for day-to-day operations). "This unbelievably generous bequest is powerful evidence that the Museum's goal of preserving, for the future, the history of the model car hobby is shared by many." The Museum is in the early planning stages to acquire or construct its own building to house the burgeoning collection.
The Museum was established in 1989 and presented to the public at the Twelfth GSL
International Model Car Championship in 1991. There are nearly 8,000 historic items in the display, including the famed Oakland Roadster Show Diorama, 140 historic scale model automobiles, thousands of magazines,
file cabinets full of historic data, photo albums, and other memorabilia from the history of the hobby. The collection is growing rapidly – on average, almost 240 items are accepted every month.
The Museum has been featured in AutoWeek, Scale Auto Enthusiast, Street Rodder, Model Car Journal, Custom Rodder, Car Modeler and other publications in the United States as well as in two European hobby magazines.