Video >>> River City Classics Car Club started a new tradition Sunday to conclude its 25th annual AppleJack car show.



The best of show award was named in honor of Bob Lechner, a Nebraska City tow truck driver and salvage yard operator who died last year from cancer.


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River City Classics Car Club started a new tradition Sunday to conclude its 25th annual AppleJack car show.

The best of show award was named in honor of Bob Lechner, a Nebraska City tow truck driver and salvage yard operator who died last year from cancer.

His 1957 Chevrolet Nomad, which he restored with his son, Bob Jr., six years ago, had been in the family for 35 years. It won the best paint award last year.

Lechner said his dad would have been proud to have his name associated with the best of show award.

“He’s just a hot rodder at heart,” Lechner said. “He knows the blood, sweat and tears that go into a car.”

Lechner said it is fitting for Brian and Jessica Sims of Lincoln to win the first Bob Lechner best of show award because they did all their own work on the restoration of their 1968 Mustang Fastback GT.

Sims said he comes from a Mustang family. He grew up seeing pictures of his mom and dad’s Mustang, and, when he turned 16, he pulled up in the parking lot of Lincoln East High School with a Mustang.

By chance, the car’s new owner, from Nebraska City, had entered it in the car show.
The Mustang features a chrome underbody, remote door opener, 4-wheel disc brakes and the burnt copper color called Goman Go.