Public Invited to Family Photo Event Saturday November 13th in Seminole
Seminole, FL – November 9, 2021 – There are Ghostbusters fans, and then there’s Ralph Neuberger. Over the past year, he has worked together with his friend David to transform a 2005 Dodge Magnum into the iconic Ectomobile, known as “Ecto-1” from the hit 1984 film staring Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson.
The “EctoMag,” as Neuberger has dubbed his replica, comes close enough to the real thing that it gets all the head-turning looks (and second looks) the original would probably get today, even with the Magnum standing in for the original 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Hearse.
“I couldn’t have done this without David’s amazing lighting skills,” Neuberger said, referring to his friend, who is also his custom installations manager at the garage he owns in Seminole, Top Gun Automotive. “He shared my crazy vision and helped me bring it to life.”
In this case, “life” is clearly an understatement. The replica’s colorful, extensive—and mostly flashing—lights are loaded with enough watts and motion to make more than just ghosts move out of the way. But the piece of resistance is the roof rack, which comes even closer to mimicking the original with federal sirens, modified compressed air tanks, and even a spinning PKE (psychokinetic energy) detection array.
The public is invited to stop by and see the EctoMag as part of a family photo event this Saturday, November 13th, from 9am to Noon at Top Gun Automotive, located across from Dunkin’ Donuts at 8592 Seminole Blvd, Seminole, FL 33772.
Neuberger brought his creation to a few Halloween parties last month, and also plans to bring it to a few local premieres for the upcoming sequel so even more fans can enjoy it.
“It’s great seeing people’s eyes light up when they see it,” he said, smiling. “It’s exactly the type of fun, positive thing people need right now and we’re happy to share it.”
About Top Gun
Top Gun Automotive is a complete auto service and repair center in Seminole, Florida.
Services include oil changes, engine repair, brake service, tires and custom lighting and audio installations. Owner Ralph Neuberger and his wife Mary purchased the business in 2019 with a mission to create a friendly, neighborhood garage that focuses on fair prices and customer service. Top Gun proudly services vehicle owners in Seminole, Largo, Pinellas Park and the Gulf Beaches.