All shined up for show

This 1956 Ford Victoria is owned by Paul and Betty Howlett of North Platte. They purchased it at a dealership in Seward after the original owner traded it in on a PT Cruiser.

Car aficionados love to tell stories, and on Friday, owners of the automobiles on display at the Nebraskaland Days Antique Car Show had plenty to share.

Betty Howlett and her husband, Paul, own a 1956 Ford Victoria they found at an auto dealership in Seward.

“A guy brought this in from his farm and traded it in on a PT Cruiser,” Betty said. “We’re like, we got the better end of the deal.”

She said Paul has done all the work on the car and little by little is fixing it up.

“Why would you bring this in and trade it for a PT Cruiser?” Betty said. “This is more fun to drive.”

Paul loves old cars, Betty said, and loves working on them.

“I told Paul as long as I get jewelry, he can do whatever he wants with the cars,” Betty said with a laugh.

Jeff Steinbeck and his dad, Lynn Steinbeck, were involved in the show together for the first time with their Ford Mustangs. Jeff’s is a 2003 Mach I and his dad’s is a 1970 Mach I.

“They are the same color, the same make, the same style of car,” Steinbeck said. “It’s our first car show together and something for a father and son to do.”

Jeff Steinbeck said his 10-year-old son helped get the cars cleaned up and ready to go.

“It’s kind of a fun family deal for us,” Jeff Steinbeck said. “We got ours from my father-in-law. He had it and they just happened to match.”

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