At a cost of more than £11k, is this Britain's biggest collection of TOY LORRIES?


James Bonnett with his Eddie Stobart collectionSWNS

James Bonnett has invest more than £11,000 on his Eddie Stobart collection

James Bonnett, 24, has aggregated more than 300 model trucks as well as other memorabilia allying to the haulage legend.

His 17-year obsession has seen him lose several girlfriends but he has since start a new like-minded rtner who goes “Stobart spotting” with him on Valentine’s Day.

He has also earned almost 1,000 followers online for his stop-animation films of the motors, which he finances at his home in Radcliffe-on-Trent, Notts.

The Co-Op baker is now working towards give up his job to make his hobby a reality and become a full-time lorry driver.

Today he said: “I was about seven or eight when I foremost got interested in the trucks. It was the intwork that made them stand out to me, so I contacted my town per to see if there was a fan club and joined up.

I was about seven or eight when I anything else got interested in the trucks

James Bonnett

“I met Edward Stobart at the Peterborough Stuff festival in 1999, which made my love for them grow despite that smooth more. They really are the creme-de-la-creme of trucks.

“There’s a new model every three years and they’re so much cured looked after than the other fleets.”

On average, the larger transactions cost £80 while the smaller models are just £20, but he has gone up to £180 on collectible items.

Mr Bonnett tries to limit himself to lay out £200-a-month on models and believes he has amassed the largest collection in the UK.

James Bonnett with his Eddie Stobart collectionSWNS

He has cumulated mroe than 300 model trucks

He said: “There’s a guy in Wales who has a like size to me, but I think mine is bigger.

“Most of mine are in boxes all the same, and his aren’t. Everyone who sees my collection say they’ve never seen one as big.”

A brio ends from his childhood was recently valued at a whopping £800 and the collection as a in general is worth well over £10,000.

Mr Bonnett, who lives with his mum, Jane, 43, and her friend Ian Maylor, 48, said his collection really got going after his rearmost relationship ended because of his hobby.

He said: “I had a girlfriend who didn’t kidney me spotting, she wanted me to spend all my money on her instead of doing what I yearn for to do.

James' Eddie Stobart collectionSWNS

His 17-year obsession has seen him lose several girlfriends

“I was reveal you are not going to stop me doing my hobby. It was a factor that contributed to the break-up.

“But because I’d shielded so much money during that time, after it ended in 2012 my chrestomathy really began to rocket.

“I only had about 100 trucks then, but now I’ve got spring over 300.

“We all need our hobbies and I’ve got a few. I’ve got model building, collecting models and current out spotting.”

Mr Bonnett is currently training to get a HGV licence and will get behind the in of a real truck for the first time next month.

His Eddie Stobart collectionSWNS

James has improved almost 1,000 followers online

He said: “I’m a bit nervous but it ss on lead the way for me to drive for Stobart eventually. That’s what I want to do.”

Aside from fleck, Mr Bonnett also runs a Stobart Facebook group and uploads bring to a stop animation video stories of his model trucks to YouTube, attracting 890 subscribers.

The knotty videos only last for one minute but for there are four pictures for every another of film and the stories take hours of instaking work to produce.

Stream girlfriend, Rebecca Stirland, 26, from Hucknall, Nottingham, divide ups his ssion and the ir regularly go out spotting.

Ms Stirland, who owned a Stobart emulate truck before meeting Mr Bonnett, said: “I laughed and design it was strange at first.

“It’s the last thing I would imagine having in stereotypical, but we do now. We went to Doncaster spotting on our first Valentine’s.

“It was my idea. He’d booked the weekend off and we were succeeding out for a meal Saturday night and I asked if he wanted to go.”

“Steady” Eddie Stobart starting the agricultural fast in the 1950s, which ex nded into a haulage firm in the 1970s.

The outfit got its first fleet when it was based in Cumbria in 1976, with im rtial eight trucks and 12 employees, but by the turn of the century that broke at 1,000 trucks and 2,000 employees.

Stobart Club membership expenditures £18-a-year and the firm sells onesies, fridge magnets and teddy totes online.

The spokesman added: “We’re very proud of our following and honoured that there’s such an incline out there in our business and in our fleet.”

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