Bob and Lori Jackman make Mississippi proud
BY BILL BENNETT
Bob Jackman is one of the luckiest guys in the world — at least in the world of car collecting. But Bob isn’t lucky simply because of the beautiful cars in his collection. He’s lucky because his wife Lori actually puts up with them — in fact, she says she enjoys them as much as he does.
Lucky? That’s borderline blessed.
Bob and Lori Jackman retired from St. Louis, MO, where Bob was an executive for a large shoe company, to a quiet, wooded suburb of Jackson, MS, where they could enjoy their hobbies and their furry family of four dogs and three cats. Over 40-plus years of car collecting, Bob has owned 143 full-size cars; his current collection includes a 1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster, a 1961 Corvette, and a 1929 Ford Roadster semirat rod.
Bob’s talent for car restoration is respected from coast to coast. A few years ago, he tackled an original, full-sized 1930 Ford Model A two-door sedan, and when the work was done, the Model A Ford Club of America crowned it “The Best In The Nation.” But it’s his off-hour play that truly impresses us. Bob presently owns over 5,300 models, displayed in “wallpaper” fashion on the walls of his house and garage, in acrylic cases. Bob and Lori favor all kinds of subject matter, in all scales, including cars, trucks, and motorcycles from around the world. The collection runs the gamut from expensive and rare 1:43 scale hand-builts through 1:18 and 1:12 limited-production replicas. And yes, there are quite a few Hot Wheels in the mix. Only one element is missing: race cars. Bob says that he’s shied away from buying those, because doing so would double the size of his collection, and he’s already running out of room.
Bob’s friends and neighbors realize there’s something very special lurking inside his house and garage, and as such, he has become a celebrity of sorts. Mississippi Public Broadcasting did a feature on his model car collection for its Mississippi Roads TV program, and the Jackman residence has become a destination for car clubs throughout the state.
Wait — it gets better. Lori likes to build dioramas, and over the years, she’s worked with Bob to incorporate his models into a scale decorated garage and even an old-fashioned scale gas station. And the couple’s love for animals will continue for years; a codicil in their wills assures that the Jackman Collection will be channeled to charities serving sick and abandoned pets and critters. Bob, you’re a lucky man, indeed — and thanks for sharing your collection with us.
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