LIMA — Vicky Allen owns this 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster. The car holds a special place in Vicky’s heart, as it was the catalyst that brought her and her husband, Gary Allen, together.
“We were talking, and he mentioned this Corvette to me. I asked him if it had a teak wheel, as I knew some Corvettes of that time period had teak wheels. He was floored. I then asked if it was a big block or small block,” Vicky said.
Gary ended up buying the 1965 Corvette he had discussed with her. Vicky said the car came home in boxes.
“We did it together,” Vicky said. “I helped him. All the numbers are matching. The car was originally purchased new from White Chevrolet, here in Lima, so the car has always been a Lima car.”
The Allen’s added to their collection through the years, at one point owning five or more cars.
“Gary was a perfectionist. Everything had to be exact. He wanted the car original and authentic,” Vicky said.
Gary passed away earlier this year very suddenly and unexpectedly. Vicky was left with the car collection. She ended up selling all but two of the Corvettes. She kept the Corvettes because Gary loved the Corvettes.
“When he was 18 years old, he worked with a guy that owned a Corvette. That guy gave Gary a ride, and he was hooked on Corvettes ever since,” Vicky said.
Allen’s reputation for owning and building quality cars reached far in this community.
“People would call him all the time with questions,” Vicky said. “He was always willing to help anyone.”
Tom Evans, of Tom’s Auto Detail, 770 Shawnee Road, Lima, is honoring Allen’s memory with the first Gary Allen Remembrance Car Show on Sunday. Registration begins at 10 a.m., with the show running from noon to 3 p.m. Richie Crouch will be the D.J., providing music and an Elvis show, and there will be a 50/50 drawing.
Vicky Allen will be there with her car.
“They’re just a great group of people. Gary would be so honored and humbled. Car people have a mutual respect for each other. They are like family,” Vicky said.