Bill Cairns was a good friend
of mine. We corresponded and traded Matchbox cars for many years.
I shared the same interest when it came to emergency
vehicles. Bill had many, many "code 2" promotional Matchbox releases commissioned
through ASAP and Color Comp, Inc. He eventually inspired me to have several of my own
well-liked by MCCH message board members all over the world, Bill was always a true
gentleman. Unfortunately, in January 2007 health issues took him from us
way too early. Bill was such a diecast enthusiast that he was buried with a Matchbox car that looked just like
the one that he had when he first got his driverís license.
Bill and his wife Marlene had
329 foster children over the course of 29 years. Bill had a love of life,
a big heart, a wonderful sense of humor and
really gave back to his community. As a realtor, Bill gave Matchbox cars
to his client's children. He also donated them to charity auctions at a
local school and even anonymously donated the Westdale Park Church bus to be
given to youths at his church.
Iíd like for him to always be remembered
as sort of a Matchbox legend, so I have
gathered Billís cars together for you to enjoy. The pictures
are clickable and are listed in the order Bill had them commissioned. The
date indicates the model's Matchbox USA Newsletter listing.