January 25, 2021

The inventor of the bouncy house was a car nut and his collection’s for sale

It turns out the inventor of the bounce house was a secret car enthusiast. Bob Regehr stashed away hundreds of cars (and a few tractors) before his death in September 2019, and 140 of them are now up for grabs. The massive collection will be sold off by VanDerBrink Auctions on October 24.

Regehr began collecting cars when he was just 14 years old, buying a 1940 Mercury. He later became a car salesman, and then opened a Texaco station, in order to be around cars. The gas station made some money, allowing Regehr to make offers when cars he liked rolled in for a fill-up.

In 1968, Regehr got the idea to put a cover over a trampoline, debuting his creation at the 1968 Chicago World’s Fair. That invention led to financial success, allowing Regehr to further indulge his passion for cars.

Hot Rod published a story on the

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