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Cruise-In car show wheels in cars new and old


Every car had a driver with a story at the annual Seaway Cruisers Cruise-In Car Show at Walgreens and the Greenbelt Thursday.

President John M. Miller, III, of DeKalb, showed off his 1964 Sunbeam Tiger, a British sports car.

Mr. Miller has 10 Sunbeams altogether. He has only sold one of his Sunbeams since he bought his first — an Alpine Sunbeam — in 1973 after he graduated high school.

“I still have that car,” he said.

Mr. Miller began fixing motors at just 12 years old when he repaired a tractor.

“I started at a young age,” Mr. Miller said. “My parents raced in the late 50s. I got the bug from them.”

Like his hero, Carroll Hall Shelby, Mr. Miller decided to race his Sunbeams in autocross.

“I haven’t lately,” he said. “But it’s a lot of fun.”

He’s raced in Morristown on the go-cart track, Syracuse, Vermont, Colorado and in Malone.

He is currently fitting another Alpine — a 1960 — with a V8 engine.

Mr. Miller says he’s been a member of the club for a couple of decades. The club was first formed in the 1980s.

“Any wheeled vehicle be it car truck motorcycle or bicycles can join the club,” President John M. Miller, III, said. “If it’s got wheels, we have a place for them.”

Gary Cooper, of Prescott, Canada, has been a member of the club for three years. He said he joined to be able to compete in car shows, a privilege that’s not granted by many Canadian car clubs.

“It’s about friendship,” he said. “We all have the same thing in common. We have an appreciation for both the antique vehicles and new ones.”

His 1967 Dodge Coronet Convertible muscle car is his pride and joy. But he doesn’t keep it on a shelf.

“I think good cars are meant to be driven,” he said as he prepared to rev the engine. “I drive it when I can, it loves the highways.”

His license plate reads “KEPNCOOL.”

“I don’t like to be hot,” Mr. Cooper said jokingly. “If I am hot I roll down the convertible top or keep it up and turn on the air conditioner.”

Linda R. Brown, of Morristown, drives one of the newest models in the club: a Chevrolet SSR.

“I joined after my husband did,” she said. “It’s nice to be outside. We always go to Canada for a week for the shows in August and we have met quite a few Canadian friends through shows. It’s a nice thing we can do together.”

The Seaway Cruisers will host a car show Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the bridge approach and grounds.

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