At the same time Nairn indulged in his passion for all things BMC/ Leyland and added real cars to his collection of memorabilia, including an Austin 1800, Maxi and Freeway. Over the many years he has been buying, selling and collecting brochures Nairn has noticed a number of trends. “Brochures are not as plentiful in dealerships as they once were,” he says. “People now search on line and download a brochure if they need it.” Since the closure of the Holden and Ford factories he’s seen an upturn in sales for those two brands. Interestingly, Holden Camira brochures enjoy a small but constant appeal. “Half go overseas to people who obviously have an interest in GM’s J-cars,” he reckons. I asked Nairn for his opinion about the quality of Australian produced brochures compared to those from overseas. “For the family sedan type of car our locally produced brochures were better than those in other countries,” Nairn reckons. “The artwork, layouts and quality was always that little better than the Americans and Europeans,” he says. “Mind you, Australian advertising agencies and car companies were quite good at re-working the images in overseas brochures for local consumption. They all did it.” 43