LIMA — The car enthusiast community lost a great friend and true car lover when Gary Allen died suddenly on March 20.
Gary and his wife, Vicky, had seven beautiful cars in their collection. With his passing, Vicky called on some friends to see if they were interested in any cars from the collection.
Lou Varrato, of Lima, took ownership of the 1955 Chevy 210 hardtop. The car is immaculate inside and out, as was Gary’s fashion.
“He passed, and I really wanted to have something he had,” Varrato said.
With this acquisition, Varrato now owns five cars.
With the debut of its 1955 Chevrolet, Chevy gained considerable footing in the car wars. The new car was available in three models, the 150, 210 and Bel Air. The body style was completely new. The 1955 Chevy was an instant hit. The car is still a hit, as it is considered one of the “tri-fives”; ‘55, ‘56 & ‘57 Chevys are the most sought-after cars by collectors.
Tom Evans, of Lima, purchased the 1967 Chevy Chevelle Super Sport.
“She gave me first pick,” Evans said. “This is a true Super Sport with the 396 big block engine and four-speed transmission. It’s all original, with all numbers matching.”
Evans had known Allen for a long time, as he worked on most of his cars, doing detail work for him.
“I have known Gary since I was young. He was really nice, and we were good friends,” Evans said.
The Chevrolet Chevelle was produced by Chevy from 1964 through 1977 and is one of Chevy’s most successful nameplates. The Chevelle Super Sport is a true muscle car phenom, as it shares the iconic status with Pontiac’s GTO, Plymouth’s Barricuda and Ford’s Shelby Mustang. The Chevelle Super Sport models are considered one of the more collectable cars.
The void one feels when a good friend passes cannot be filled with material objects, such as cars. However, Evans has found a way to gather the car community together to remember Gary Allen.
“Nobody could go to his funeral due to COVID-19,” said Evans.
Evans has initiated the start of a Gary Allen Remembrance Car Show to be held on Sunday, Sept. 13 from noon to 3 p.m. at Tom’s Auto Detail, 770 Shawnee Road, Lima. Registration is free starting at 10 a.m. All makes and models are welcome. DJ Richie Crouch will provide music and an Elvis Show, and there will be a 50/50 drawing.
“We are re-plaquing his trophies for this show,” Evans said.
It’s all to remember a truly remarkable car guy.