Classic cars are cruising at the Centre

According to muscle car owner Dan Loukota, every car owner has a car story.

In Laurel, a group of car lovers have gotten together once a week for several years, to swap those stories and admire one another's street rods, '60s-era muscle cars and vintage wheels.

Under no official club name, each week from 10 to 30 car owners bring their wheels and enjoy some fellowship in the parking lot in front of Three Brothers restaurant at Centre at Laurel at Contee Road and Route 1.

"It's just car-loving folks that get together on a Wednesday evening," Loukota said.

The former Laurel resident, who now lives in Silver Spring, has two cars he brings on Wednesday nights. The first is a 1953 GMC five-window pickup truck, and the second is a 1968 convertible Firebird, a make and model that Loukota claims, in typical Firebird/Camaro rivalry, is "more stylistic than the Camaro."

The group first met at the Laurel Silver Diner, then moved for a brief time to the parking lot of Hooters across the street before accepting an invitation from the original owners of Three Brothers to gather outside their restaurant.

There's a wide variety of cars, from a 1930s Good Humor ice cream truck to Ernie Saunders' 1964 Chevelle Malibu SS, with plenty of Chevies, Fords and GMCs in between.

Spectators are invited to stop by, and car owners can bring their own wheels and join the group on most Wednesdays, weather permitting, of course.

"From April through October, there is a core group that shows up," Loukota said. "It's a welcoming group of people."


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