ASHLAND – After organizing successful car shows in Ashland and Gretna, Bradley Pfeiffer has become the go-guy for vehicle events.
As a result, Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum leaders tapped Pfeiffer to head up their inaugural SAC Museum Father’s Day Car Show on June 15 and 16. The show runs 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 16.
The show features an opening ceremony parachute performance by the Lincoln Sport Parachute Club at 12 p.m. on Saturday. There will be an indoor beer garden for adults and a Kona Ice Truck for youth. The beer garden includes music by DJ Chris Chapman. Guests can spin to win prizes at the Museum of American Speed booth and take a free picture inside a race car.
On Sunday, the show will conclude with an award ceremony at 4 p.m. Cars will be awarded trophies in 32 classes for first and second place. Ten specialty trophies, such as “People’s Choice” and “Best of Show,” will be given out.
Over 150 automobiles are expected to show up, among them some cars that are well-known in the car show world.
For the past six years, Pfeiffer has been a key figure in the car show world in Ashland. He and Dave Yard revamped the Stir-Up Car Show for the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce to make it a huge event, with an average of 300 cars showing up in downtown Ashland each year for the show. Pfeiffer has also organized large car shows during Gretna Days for six summers.
For the past two years, the Stir-Up Car Show has been held in conjunction with an indoor car show at Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum. The two shows complemented each other and the organizers provided a shuttle back and forth between the two venues.
This year, the museum’s administration decided to move their car show earlier in the summer and create a Father’s Day weekend event.
Pfeiffer has organized a grand spectacle of vehicles for the two-day show.
Dylan Goacher will bring his 1968 Chevy Nova he calls Kingpin. The 27-year-old from Kansas built this combination of race car, show car and street car that has become the belle of the elite car show circuit. It was unveiled at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, where it was named one of the top three in the Young Guns category and top 12 overall.
Another major attraction at the SAC Museum Father’s Day Car Show will be Ken “Posies” Fenical’s Studebaker Extremeliner. It took Fenical five years to complete this car, which has an Art Deco style influenced by the mid-1930s Card 810/812 and Lincoln Zephyr. It is powered by a 1994 Corvette 350-cubic inch LT-1 V8. Pfeiffer said this car was the No. 1 car at the SEMA show three years ago.
“That’s how special this car is,” said Pfeiffer.
Movie fans will enjoy two of the feature cars at the show. Burt Reynolds’ personal 1977 Firebird Trans AM that was built to resemble the vehicle he drove in the hit film “Smokey and the Bandit” will be there, Pfeiffer said. There will also be a 1981 DeLorean, a car made famous by the “Back to the Future” movie trilogy.
A 1957 Chevy Black Widow from the Museum of American Speed will also make an appearance at the show. Bill and Joyce Smith founded Speedway Motors, one of the largest mail order speed equipment enterprises in the country. Bill Smith opened the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed in Lincoln to preserve, interpret and display items significant to racing and automotive history.
Pfeiffer will also have some cars in the show from the collection of Pontiacs, Mustangs and Buicks he and wife Shelly own.
The owner of NAPA Auto Parts in Ashland has been a fan of cars, especially muscle cars, since age 14 when he bought his first vehicle – a 1969 Pontiac GTO that he wishes he still had.
“I’d love to have it back,” he said.
Pfeiffer said he has followed his first car for years and learned it was owned by people in Omaha, Lincoln, Des Moines and Missouri. But he lost track of it after that.
To ease his sorrow, Pfeiffer and his son, Steven, bought a ‘69 GTO and have worked on it together over the years.
Owning his first GTO lit the collecting fire in Pfeiffer, who’s been buying and working on muscle cars ever since.
“I’ve had something pretty much most of my life,” he said.
During the SAC Museum Father’s Day Car Show, all of the vehicles will be displayed inside the museum, placed amidst the hundreds of vintage airplanes and spacecraft there, Pfeiffer said.
“You can actually go out there and see the cars and also see the SAC Museum itself,” he said.
As president of the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, Pfeiffer is taking the opportunity to market the Ashland area to car show exhibitors and visitors during the two-day event. He is working with the Chamber’s marketing specialist, Michelle Haag, on promotion of downtown Ashland businesses, restaurants, wineries and other attractions.
“We want to promote the Ashland Chamber and Ashland itself,” Pfeiffer said. “We have a lot of things for people to come and do.”
In fact, Ashland’s unique position as a tourist area and quaint community are second to none, according to Pfeiffer.
“If we actually look at things, we have a lot to offer that nobody else has,” he said.
The SAC Museum Father’s Day Car Show is held in partnership with the Museum of American Speed, Mustang Car Club of Omaha, Nebraska Chapter of POCI, Pontiac Owners Club, and Road Burners of Gretna. The event is also supported by Lee Sapp Ford Ashland, PenFed Credit Union, The Collisions Center Ashland, NAPA Auto Parts Ashland and the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce.
The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and general admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and military, and $6 for youth ages 4-12. The show is free for museum members and is included in the price of general admission for non-members.