November 4, 2000 – Car collector Harold E. LeMay dies

At the time of his death on this day in 2000 Harold E. LeMay had amassed one of the largest personal collection of automobiles, numbering upwards of 3,000 cars, trucks, motorcycles, military vehicles, buses and other modes of transport along with thousands more pieces of automotive memorabilia. Harold started a trash collection company in Spanaway, Washington following high school, which led to the founding of Harold LeMay Enterprises just after WWII. His company primarily remained a refuse business, which continues to operate throughout Washington today, but it included multiple towing companies and a Lucky Sales & Service Company, which today operates vehicle auctions. Today the collection, which earned a Guinness Book of World Records title in 1997 for being the largest private auto collection, is mainly housed on the LeMay family property but is also distributed between The LeMay Family Collection at Marymount, a retired military style school for boys, and LeMay – America’s Car Museum, which is a modern auto museum that opened in 2012 in Tacoma, Washington. Today Harold’s wife Nancy and son Doug remain active in the greater Tacoma area. They still open the family collection to the public once a year, the last Saturday of August, as Harold had done for years. Editor’s note: I have visited both collections and if you’re ever in the Seattle area I highly recommend going to Marymount and America’s Car Museum.  ImagesHarold and Nancy LeMay.A small part of the LeMay collection at Marymount during the Lucky car auction last springThe outside of America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington

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