Taj Ma Garaj Proprietor, John Dixon, Loses Cancer Battle (60)

Last summer, I had the lovely opportunity to visit the renowned Taj Ma Garaj.  A relatively nondescript warehouse style building in the Dayton metro area that wouldn't stick out much, but once inside, your perspective is forever changed.  Visiting with a fellow local enthusiast, we had a short but very pleasant conversation with Mr. Dixon as he showed us around his little Porsche museum.

John Dixon of the Taj Ma GarajJohn was as knowledgeable as he was personable, able to recite facts about every piece in his collection, from the delivery mileage (12 miles) Carrera GT to his Pre-A Cabriolet.  The facility, his words, and his smile all demonstrated to me just how passionate he was about all of this, about the collection, about the hobby, and about the community.  John let hundreds of Porsche and Volkswagen enthusiasts visit his collection each year, and was constantly adding new, exciting, and eclectic pieces to his collection.  When I was there last year, John had found a BMW motorcycle that had been assembled with a 356 Carrera four cam engine at some point in the 60s, and he was quite proud of it.

Mr. Dixon succumbed to his cancer after a short battle, passing away on Sunday, August 31st.  He is said to have been upbeat and positive, despite the diagnosis, and didn't let it break his spirit.  He was a husband to Vickie, a father to Linda, Ashley, and Hilary, and a grandfather to six.  An avid sports fan, a car enthusiast, a caring family man, a philanthropist, and an avid community member, John will be missed by many.

Bob Dixon's Taj Ma Garaj

What Will Happen to the Collection?

No mention has been made as to what will become of the collection, but given the joy that it has supplied over the years, we would be happiest if it were to be maintained intact in John's absence.  Much of John's efforts have been in support of the local children's hospital, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars with his annual "Speedfest" gatherings, and we certainly hope this will continue as well, in his honor.  The John Dixon Legacy fund has been started to continue John's work in helping the children of Dayton, and donations can be made at any Wright-Patt Credit Union.

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For those that got the opportunity to meet John, consider yourselves lucky, as he was simply a smiling face in a world where those are few and far between.  Our condolences and best regards go out to his family and friends, and those who will continue his legacy.

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8 Comments

  1. Donna S. Gaubatz says

    I haven’t seen John and his family in probly over 20 years. His mom and mine were best friends from before I was born in 1957 till my mom died in 2002. Aunt Barb was there for me and so was Uncle Jack. I remember us kids playing together (Becky, Kenny, Mark and myself), John was older and wasn’t too interested in kid games even as we were very young. He had other things on his mind and now I’m proud that he accomplished what his little mind at that time was building. He reminds me of Aunt Barb in this picture. What a wonderful person that left too soon. My prayers to his family and John, rest in peace.

  2. says

    I am very sorry to hear about John’s passing. I never met him but I feel like I have after selling him my 1969 912 several years ago. He bought it after only seeing photos and I thought it was a real leap of faith for him, but he graciously later said that it was one of the best cars he ever purchased. I was searching for a good home for my beloved Porsche and I was delighted that John’s museum became that. I hope it continues to be well taken care of.

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