Grand Junction auto museum closing
A Grand Junction facility showcasing an eclectic collection of automobiles is scheduled to close in December.
Allen Unique Autos announced the closure following what’s described as a change of heart by Tammy Allen, the woman who opened the combination limousine service, events center and museum.
“With the loss of her beloved son, Landon, the focus of Tammy’s heart and efforts have been (understandably) redirected from AUA and its operation to Tammy’s family, faith and friends and supporting her mother’s battle with leukemia,” according to a statement from Allen Unique Autos.
“Respectfully recognizing Tammy’s change of heart, AUA’s management recommended a drastic and fundamental shift for AUA — ending all public activities and closing AUA to the community. With much reluctance, Tammy has approved that recommendation,” the statement added.
Allen Unique Autos has already closed its limousine service and is scheduled to close the events center and museum located at 2285 River Road on Dec. 20 following the last private client booking.
Allen opened Allen Unique Autos in 2010 to house under one roof her collection of rare, vintage and unique automobiles. The collection includes a number of vehicles owned by celebrities, including two 1966 Ford Mustangs customized for performers Sonny and Cher as well as a Rolls Royce once owned by actor Nicholas Cage. The collection also includes a government ambulance believed to have transported the body of President John Kennedy following his assassination in 1963.
Over the past five years, Allen Unique Autos has supported a range of local organizations, among them the Girl Scouts, Mesa County United Way and Salvation Army. In 2013, the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce selected Allen Unique Autos as its Small Business of the Year in recognition of its community service.
Earlier this year, Allen Unique Autos raised more than $25,000 for the Veteran’s Art Center by raffling off a restored 1967 Fort Mustang Allen bought for the fund-raiser and commissioned a custom red, white and blue paint job.
“All of us at AUA, but particularly Tammy, want to thank the community for the support in making Allen Unique Autos truly a unique operation,” the statement concluded.