It's common for auto enthusiasts to have a few miniatures of their favorite cars around their home or office. They provide a respite of happiness knowing that if you can't have the real things, at least you can look at them in miniature. However, Billy Karam of Beirut, Lebanon, has taken collecting toy cars to its extreme. His collection of over 30,000 model cars and 400 dioramas is certified by the Guinness Book of World Records
as the world's largest collection of car toys.
"You cannot buy the big ones, so you buy a thousand of the small ones instead," says Karam in the video
Karam is a former amateur racing driver with a weakness for all things Porsche
, and many of his dioramas depict races that he drove in or attended. Looking at them gives him a chance to relive the experiences again, but unlike a photo or video, they are right there in three dimensions.
to watch this astounding Cool Hunting
video narrated by the collection's captivating owner.
Cool Hunting Video: World's Largest Toy Car Collection from Cool Hunting on Vimeo.