Story by Doug Logston
Editor’s Note: This story was originally published the April 2015 edition of the MSTA Colorado/Wyoming Chapter newsletter. The story has been edited to match the MSTA website’s style.
Sixteen MSTA members and friends gathered at the Vehicle Vault in Parker, Colo., on a bright, clear Saturday morning March 7, 2015. After handshakes and hugs, we entered the gallery and enjoyed a guided tour of motor vehicles from a single‐cylinder 1903 Success automobile to late model supercars — such as Aston Martins, Ferraris, Ford GTs and Mercedes-Benz.
Our tour was led by Erin Dilley, a member of the Dilley family that owns the fascinating collection of automobiles – which features significant models from every decade of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century.
The Vehicle Vault opened in October 2014 on a twenty-acre property. Three acres used for to the gallery that we toured. The remaining acreage is for future expansion and the creation of a custom garage community for the elite car collector. The Vehicle Vault will provide a secure location for these collectors to keep and maintain their four‐wheel investments and share their passion with like‐minded car enthusiasts.
The group this year included Steve Cook, Harry Hemstreet, Chris and Jan Hughes, Pete Jessen, Gordon Kemmerer, Dan Larson, Doug Logston, Tim Lyons, Tom Mulvany, Blake Norville and grandson Jared, Dick Parker, Phil Tarman, and Mark and Matt Willis.
After a 90‐minute tour of the gallery, the group headed for a lunch stop at the Mount Fuji Café, where we met up with newlyweds Charlie and Diane Thompson. The cafe serves Japanese cuisine, either grilled on a Hibachi or as sushi for the more daring.
Our tour of the Vehicle Vault provided an opportunity to meet three new MSTA CO/WY members: Tim Lyons (2006 Kawasaki Concours C10) of Parker, Colo., Tim Mulvany (2012 Suzuki V‐Strom 1000) of Golden, Colo., and Matt Willis (2006 Honda Shadow 750) of Laramie, Wyo.
Out late‐winter gathering was a wonderful way to spend a few hours swapping stories about our favorite classic cars and catching up with old and new friends who like to ride motorcycles. I look forward to riding with you all in the near future.