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Pat Aust

Former Redondo Beach Fire chief admits he’s “crazy.” Crazy for collecting

By Jefferson Graham

People have called Pat Aust crazy, and he’s fine with that.  The retired Redondo Beach Fire Chief’s passion for collecting has him living atop a custom built 2,400 square foot garage in his Redondo Beach home. It’s crammed with 13 vehicles from mostly another place and era, like a vintage Fire Chief’s 1938 red Ford from Pomona.  His 4,000 square foot home has over 35,000 collectibles, mostly related to fire fighting, classic cars, gas stations, soda pop signs and other…