University of Virginia Mailroom Holds Collection of Jeff Gordon Items
If you take a trip to the mail corridor of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, it won't take long to find David Davis' office. A few signs on the outside will tell you he's a fan of NASCAR and Jeff Gordon. Then you open his door, and you realize he REALLY likes Jeff Gordon.
"The wine bottle, you can only get it at one store, Kroger of Richmond. Solid porcelain car, that car is solid porcelain. That hood up there, only 50 of them made in the United States," says Davis. "I just like collecting the rest of the stuff just for the fun of it. And for people to come in and see, it's just something l like to do, something that's important to me."
He's been collecting Jeff Gordon memorabilia for over a decade, and his collection contains all kinds of items.
"This scratch ticket, it's never been scratched, that comes from South Carolina. You can't find them anywhere else that's unscratched. My wife, she's dying to scratch it and I won't let her."
Thousands of items that take up his entire office, and the reaction he gets from people is always the same.
"Wow... What is this all about? That's their first reaction: wow. And then we get talking, and that's how you get a good conversation going."
And "conversation" is how the entire collection began. Several years ago, a co-worker, Professor Dana Clyman, would often come to the mailroom feeling stressed. David sensed that stress, and wanted to help calm him down. A Sunday afternoon NASCAR race would provide all the inspiration he needed.
"And I heard people talkin' about Jeff Gordon, and how much they disliked him. He was this, he was that. And I said, well, if you all are going to dislike him, I'm going to like him... So I bought three pieces. Three little cars. I started it right here on this wall, right here in...
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