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Culpeper Times • May 2-8, 2019

LOCAL NEWS PDM Motorworks has a passion for classic cars ➤ New business venture will host grand opening Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. By Jeff Say Culpeper Times Staff Writer Zeb Pixley loves to see the reaction of customers when he rolls out a renovated classic car. Akin to Christmas morning, it’s a culmination of his hard work and pure elation by the customer that makes it special when he finishes restoring a classic car to its previous glory at PDM Motorworks. PDM Motorworks, located off Route 666 along Enterprise Way, behind the Schewel’s Furniture warehouse, is Pixley’s latest venture with business partner Andy Dellett hosting a grand opening May 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pixley, who previously operated Pixley Automotive on Montanus Drive, quietly sold that business in October 2018 and redirected his energy to a business that he’s been operating since March 2016. “I’ve always maintained and worked on classic cars, I’ve always had people ask if I would work on classic cars for them,” Pixley said. “The next thing I know, we’re overwhelmed.” His current venture started when a company asked him to create a custom Chevrolet Suburban into a limo and he started to work more on custom and classic car builds. He joined with Dellett this summer, after working on one of Dellett’s personal vehicles. “Andy was working with me last summer, I painted a car for him and I started to see him working out of his garage, and I saw the opportunity,” Pixley said. “He came up and started over the summer and the

next thing he’s working five days a week with me. I said why don’t you just join me?” Now the duo have a steady stream of classic cars coming into their shop, as they do as much as a client wants to restore the car. Pixley said they can fix mechanical problems, paint the car or do a full rebuild and restore - it just depends on what the customer needs. “It’s fun,” he said. “You don’t have to do this to the car, but it’s just a fun hobby to have. It’s a good investment too. If you invest in the car correctly and you build the car correctly, you’re going to have a return out of it.” He said most people want the “turn key” experience, where they bring in a car and he restores it handing them the keys and having them drive it off the lot. He says that most people that come in have a car, but don’t know what direction to take it the rebuild - and that’s where he and Dellett come in. He’s rebuilt thousands of cars during his career, and he brings that expertise to helping recreate memories for his customers. “I don’t know who’s more excited, me or them,” Pixley said. “I get just as excited to finish a car and see the work quality come out. To see them, it’s just like Christmas morning.” It is quite the investment, he said, pointing out a 1967 GTO he’s working on now. That rebuild could end between $100,000 to $130,000. It’s a time investment for Pixley, who has focused all of his energy on this new venture. “Since restoration has taken over, I’ve sold all my racecars,” Pixley said. “I was doing it as a career and it was a lot of money spent and a lot of time spent away. I can’t neglect my clients right now. I may get back into it eventually.” He said he helps connect customers with the cars they want as well,

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PDM Motorworks owners Andy Dellett and Zeb Pixley will welcome the community to their business for a grand opening May 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. which he and Dellett can then restore. “I broker deals all the time,” Pixley said. “I have a client I’m getting ready to do a Corvette for him. The big thing is I want to find something that’s not a money for him, so I do a lot of that - go look at cars.” He said he’s seeing more requests for cars and trucks from the 1970s, but said that Baby Boomers continue to make up the majority of his consumer base. “It’s mainly the Baby Boomers coming in to have the income to support it,” Pixley said. “It’s definitely an expensive undertaking when you come through the process. I’ll give it another third years, you’ll see the third generation Camaros coming in.” He’s also an ardent supporter of the Cruisin’ For Heroes nonprofit, who will have a booth set up to accept donations for the Fisher House during the grand opening event. Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.

Cruisin’ For Heroes helps support the home that are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since its inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $400+ million in out-of-pocket costs for lodging and transportation. Lou Realmuto, with Cruisin’ For Heroes, said Pixley has been great to work with. “We try to advertise for him to have people come over to him,” Realmuto said. “There’s nothing in this area, most of the people we know have to go to Fredericksburg. Having someone local is great. “For us it’s awesome, we’re just a handful of old folks who are trying to do good,” Realmuto said. “He donates door prizes for Bruesters and stuff like that. His generosity and cooperation has been great.” The grand opening will feature a DJ and Burnt End BBQ will be on site as well. For more information about PDM Motorworks, call 540.729.1979.

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