Douglas County’s premier museum
…and it’s all about cars!
By Mike Waid
I love museums. It is as simple as that. My family and I have visited many different museums over the years. From aviation, to science, to arts & culture, to history we’ve spent many hours taking in the interesting details of a time long gone. You can imagine how excited I was when I walked through the doors at Vehicle Vault for the first time and found an incredible CAR MUSEUM!
Admittedly I am not a car guy…well, to be accurate I was not a car guy. Sure, I have fond memories of my first car – a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle. I learned to turn a wrench on its 1600cc air cooled engine. I performed my first body work on it, learning to secretly love the smell of Bond-o and the feel of sandpaper. But as I got older I fell away from the day to day love of the beauty and history which the automobile represents. Now that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the Gallery at Vehicle Vault I feel that I’m starting to become a car guy.
Located in Parker, the Gallery is a massive car museum at the Vehicle Vault campus. This museum houses a vast collection of vehicles sure to satisfy every historic and creative bone in your body. From the mild enthusiast to the hard-core collector, the variety of amazing cars will both stun and excited you. What I found most intriguing about the collection is that each and every vehicle has some sort of story behind it. From the 1954 Mercedes 300SL “Gullwing,” one of the rarest and most valuable cars in the collection, to the Ferrari Scuderia you will surely fall in love with at least one of the many historic and exotic cars in the gallery.
One of my favorites is the 1906 Success. Originally a horse drawn buggy, owners of the Success could purchase a one cylinder engine modification so the buggy was no longer horse drawn. The side mounted engine and its large chain speak of ingenuity and creativity at the dawn of the automobile. My wife had several favorites. From the pink Cadillac to the 1954 Jaguar that looked like it could be the star of a secret agent movie, she wanted to take several home.
In addition to the museum, Vehicle Vault has event space available for small parties to large fundraisers. I have attended many events there and was blown away by the “party” that can be thrown there. No matter if you are looking for a cool place take the family or are looking for a venue to host a party for 300 of your closest friends you will want to stop by Vehicle Vault real soon.
For more information on the Gallery at Vehicle Vault, event facilities or their ownership car condos that are going to be built soon you can visit them online at VehicleVaultCo.com.