Bruce, an entrepreneur who at one point owned the company that produced Double Dubble Bubble bubblegum, opened the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum in 1997 in a 25,000-square-foot building Madison, Georgia, simply because he needed a place to park his growing collection of microcars. “Collecting microcars was all about the chase,” he said. “I loved that they were hard to get. You just don’t see them on every street corner, and when you do find them, you have to convince the families and long-time owners to sell them. you have to use all of your resources – not just money – to get these cars.”
The chase for microcars took Bruce all over the world, as far away as Australia where he tracked down a Lightburn Zeta and a Goggomobil Dart. Messerschmitts remained at the core of the collection, however, and Bruce eventually managed to put together the only complete collection of each model of Messerschmitt. Of course, researching and restoring the microcars figured heavily into putting the collection together and on display, “but being the custodian for all these cars is the part I don’t like,” Bruce said.