Mike Gosnay of Glen
Burnie, Md., a member
of the Chrome City Cruisers, isn't a regular at the Silver Diner Cruise-In.
He says he heard about it through word of mouth, a common means of finding
out about the hottest shows, according to car collectors. He says he enjoys
traveling around to different shows, some of which attract more than 200
cars on a regular basis. He also enjoys fixing cars, including his 1972
Parker of Linthicum, Md. is particularly proud of his
1956 Ford Thunderbird. The sage green car is a rare color,
but the model is a popular icon of the 1950s. Actress
drove a white Thunderbird in the 1973 classic, "American Graffiti," and
Frank Sinatra owned one that recently sold for $150,000.
Parker's car is also identical to one Conway Twitty posed with on the cover of his
1981 album, "Mr. T." Ford made
particular model of the Thunderbird for three years, from 1955 to 1957. Parker
says he chose to buy this car because the first car he owned was a 1956
model. He bought the
car in September in Jacksonville, Fla., after seeing
it advertised on the Internet.
"This car could break a new car in half," he
says. However, Parker doesn't drive the car on a regular basis, only to
shows. Normally he drives a Lincoln Town Car or a Ford Ranger, neither of
which would break in half very easily.
He says he misses the days of the Thunderbird. "Back in the '50s, cars changed every year. They kept covers
over cars, and you couldn't find out what they looked like until September."
Today, he says, new models hold no surprises. "They used to change the body style
every year. Now they act like it's a big deal and they can't do it."
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