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Driving in Style:
The life of vintage car collectors


John Broussard in his 1967 Chevelle

John Broussard of Millersville, Md., has been central to the Silver Diner Cruise-In for the past three years. An avid car collector, he also is part of a band called Loose Cannon, which the diner pays to play at the cruise-in every week. The five-person band, three of whom perform on Tuesdays, play a variety of rock & roll and car-related songs in the parking lot.

Broussard, who comes from a family of mechanics, says he has collected cars all his life and has built them for 33 years.  He also raced stock cars for 23 years. Now, he owns a company called Street Rods 2 Go in Millersville, Md., which repairs and custom finishes cars. 

John Broussard posing by his 1967 ChevelleIn his personal collection, Broussard says he has five or six cars running, including a 1930 Ford Roadster, a 1946 Chevy Pickup and a 1938 Ford Coup. Broussard says his 1967 Chevelle (pictured left) can reach 130 to 140 mph at its top speed and goes from zero to 60 mph in three seconds. The car had about 35,000 miles on it when he bought it a year or two ago, but Broussard has clocked up a few more at drag races, where he shows off the car's acceleration and speed. He says he chooses cars to buy that are clean and have low mileage.


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