National Automobile Museum reopens despite continued repairs

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Updated: 7/02/2014 4:39 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- "We had an arson fire," said Becky Contos, sales and marketing manager for the National Automobile Museum.

Those are words Contos never thought she'd say. 

"It was shocking to say the least," she said. 

Contos couldn't wait to get the doors of the museum back open.

"We've been closed for 12 days," she said. "It's had an enormous impact."

The fire ruined walls and flooring in the front entrance, and did some serious damage to a 1969 Ed Roth trike. Contos said it's going to be about a month to finish the construction and longer to fix the trike. For now the damage is part of the tour for people who visit the museum.

Contos said they wanted to be open in time for the holiday weekend and needed to start making money again.

"The total damage in loss is probably in that quarter of a million dollar range," she said. "For us the immediate impact is probably about 40 thousand dollars."

As a non-profit, that's big money to the auto museum. So Contos said they hope the community will show its support. 

"Any help is appreciated," she said. "Even those few dollars, whether it's a donation or a visit to the museum or even buying something from our store online, [are] so helpful." 
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