Hyderabad: Having been fascinated by Disney’s animated film ‘Cars’, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, Jorge Arias of Mexico decided to collect memorabilia related to the talking motors.
Collecting since the release of the film in 2006, Arias has acquired 1,200 items and now holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of ‘Cars’ memorabilia. He has appeared in the 2022 book of the records.
What a proud moment it is for Disney and ‘Cars’ movie makers to have such ardent fans. Well, to celebrate his dedicated collection, ‘Cars’ director Brian Fee and co-producer Andrea Warren met Arias in Mexico City. The two even presented him with a drawing of McQueen and an invitation to the premiere of ‘Cars 3’.
Well, it all started when his daughter asked him to buy the car characters – McQueen, Sally, Mater and Chick Hicks – from the first ‘Cars’ movie because she wanted to play with them. As he bought those pieces, he immediately fell in love with the vivid colours and quality, and became obsessed with collecting them. Now, 15 years later, his collection still continues to grow as he constantly looks for new items to add to it.
Wondering where he keeps all his collection? Arias has built glass shelves dedicated for his collection as this keeps them in top condition. Each car is strategically placed and numbered inside his display cases, which help him keep a record of every item in his collection.
The two pieces he loves the most in his collection are John Lasseter and Albert Hinkey.
Meanwhile, Arias also shares his collection with everyone. Several fans and collectors have also visited him from all over to see his incredible collection. In addition, many children throughout Mexico also celebrate their birthdays in the wonderful world of cars built by Arias. These children are also inspired to start their own collections.
Arias doesn’t want to just stop there, he is now striving to set another record – for his Cars Mini Racers collection.