On Tuesday 30 June, Gijs van Lennep opened the Anniversary Exhibition of the NAMAC - the Dutch General Miniature Car Club - in the Louwman Museum in The Hague. By placing an exclusive scale model of the Porsche 917 in a showcase in which this miniature was still missing, Van Lennep performed the opening act with great interest. The NAMAC Jubilee exhibition takes place from 1 July to 9 August 2015 in the Louwman Museum in The Hague, which is considered one of the most beautiful car museums in the world. The NAMAC is holding the exhibition because of its 50 anniversary.
The miniature with which Van Lennep completed the exhibition is an 1: 18 scale model of the Porsche 917 with which he won the illustrious 1971 hour race of Le Mans in 24. In that race he and teammate Helmut Marko set a distance record (5.335,313 km in 24 hour) that lasted until 2010. Van Lennep also won the 1976 hour race of Le Mans in 24. In that year he won the race with a Porsche 935, of which also a miniature can of course be admired at the NAMAC Anniversary exhibition.
Opening after informative welcome
After NAMAC chairman Sander Berghuis welcomed those present, Otto Snel - chairman of the Jubilee Committee of NAMAC and former chairman of the association - told about the club and its history and the organization of this exhibition. Bart van den Acker interviewed Gijs van Lennep, after which the eminent former driver opened the NAMAC Jubilee exhibition.
112 showcases, countless collection themes
The NAMAC is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with this huge miniature car exhibition. The Jubilee exhibition in the Louwman Museum includes 112 showcases and shows the width of the hobby. Each showcase is decorated by a different member, so that countless collection themes are addressed. The 112 showcases are full of miniature cars, trucks and other vehicles from all kinds of manufacturers, car brands and scales. From Dinky Toys to Matrix, from the T-Ford to the Toyota Prius, from garbage trucks to racing trucks and from police cars to racing and rally cars: you will find it all. Within the impressive collection you will also find fantastic home-made miniatures: true forms of craftsmanship. There are also intriguing paintings of played, damaged Dinky Toys. Other youth sentiment is cherished with models of cars from songs.
At the Jubilee exhibition, NAMAC publishes a catalog that explains all the beautiful things. Naturally NAMAC members are also present who are happy to talk about their wonderful hobby, of which various collections - from boy toys to truly exclusive scale models - appeal to a form of historical and contemporary desire for the cars on which the minatures are based. And the chance that you, as a visitor to the exhibition, will find one of the numerous scale models in 1: 1 in a round tour through the beautiful Residential Museum is abundant.
About the NAMAC
The Dutch General Miniature Auto Club NAMAC organizes the largest model fair in Europe six times a year and publishes the Auto in Miniature magazine every two months. The club organizes various events, such as the 'Miniature car of the year' election, club days, regional activities and excursions. More information about the club of passionate miniature collectors can be found on the website www.namac.nl