John Mader, son of Model-T owners Wendy and Dennis, is a Ford fanatic with the vehicles, collectables and swag to prove it.
Nestled in rural Nova Scotia and unbeknownst to passers-by, John’s garage – built entirely by him and his father – seems normal enough from the outside. But open the doors, and there’s a world of meticulously collected Ford memorabilia to discover. Bleeding blue doesn’t quite seem to cover it.
From the moment you step inside, you have to watch your step – John takes advantage of every square foot, loading the place full of racing gear, die cast models and enough rarities to make any Ford enthusiast blush. The walls, painted a striking blue, are adorned with vintage posters and a pair of Ford wall clocks.
Best of all, he’s housing a couple of gorgeous Ford rarities: a limited edition 2002 Ford F-150 Supercharger Harley Davidson – complete with red flames on the side – and an antique 1986 Ford Mustang Cobra GT. Neither vehicle has more than 5,000 km on the odometer.
“I’m not really a car collector, I just like what I like,” said John. “The cars are real special to me and the whole garage is my room to relax.”
The Ford vehicles are kept in immaculate condition and are only taken out of the garage to appear in selected car shows. John’s never even driven them in the rain or snow! The garage is completely climate controlled to ensure optimal storage conditions for his prized possessions.
His advice for prospective collectors?
“You’ve got to be willing to do a lot of work and spend extra time and be pretty much a car fanatic.” John’s Ultimate Ford Garage is what happens when all that hard work and investment pays off: you’re left with something truly amazing.