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Harold E. LeMay (September 4, 1919 – November 4, 2000) was the owner of Harold LeMay Enterprises, a refuse company in the Tacoma, Washington metro area. Harold LeMay amassed the largest privately owned collection of automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, all manner of other vehicles and related memorabilia in the world. At its peak, the LeMay Collection numbered in excess of 3,000 vehicles and thousands of "automobilia" artifacts. The Collection, recognized by many as a national treasure, represents the American experience with the automobile as it spans the 20th century and features virtually every American make, as well as numerous foreign cars. Currently, the bulk of the LeMay Collection is still housed on LeMay property. Many of the automobiles are in the process of being donated to the LeMay Museum in order to be accessible to the public.
The LeMay Collection was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1997 as the largest privately owned car collection in the world.
Each summer until his death in 2000, Harold LeMay, his wife Nancy, and their family would open their estate for an annual car show. This tradition has continued each summer on the last Saturday in August when thousands of visitors have the opportunity to view this vast collection. Hundreds of Harold LeMay's cars are displayed at The LeMay Family Collection at MaryMount, which opened c 1991 in Tacoma, WA on the site of a former military academy style school for boys, which had been founded by Dominican nuns in the early 1900's. This historic 80 acre site is just as appealing as the vast car and memorabilia exhibit. (A much more comprehensive biography of Harold LeMay than this wiki is available from that museum; one hopes someone requests a copy to enlarge this article.) Hundreds of Harold LeMay's cars are also displayed at "The LeMay -America's Car Museum" in Tacoma, Washington which opened in June 2012, immediately west of the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA.
Harold LeMay was elected to the National Solid Waste Association Hall of Fame in 1991.
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