Nestled in the majestic beauty of western Colorado is a museum showcasing 100 years of American Automotive history. The Gateway Automobile Museum is home to 45 vintage cars, all belonging to Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks.
Jami Sunkel is the curator of the museum and self-confessed gearhead.
“It begins with a 1910 Hupmobile and finishes with a 2006 Chip Foose Mustang,” she said as an overview of the museum.
The 45 cars are placed in five themed galleries including a Hollywood gallery which boasts the cars most beloved by the Golden Age stars.
The collection is valued at more than $10 million and Hendricks paid $3.2 million for the centerpiece: an one of the kind 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 concept car. It was the work of the legendary Harley Earl.
Making the collection even more amazing, the cars all run. “All of the cars do have engines, they will run. So we open the hoods up for the whole month of January,” Sunkel said.
The museum is located about an hour drive southwest of Grand Junction. It is opened seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
- For more information, visit www.gatewayautomuseum.com.