Every character in the book, Beltsville Shell: You Are What You Drive, was a well-known personal friend of the author. Each one had a unique personality and an amazing car. After all, you are what you drive! (Taken together, these cars today would be worth more than $1 million!)
Here they are listed in alphabetical order:
Jimmy Becker (Deceased) 1966 Ford Fairlane GTA, 390 cu. in., Tan. Jimmy returned from military service in Vietnam and began working in the construction trades. To entertain himself at night, Jimmy worked part time at Beltsville Shell. He raced his GTA Fairlane in "C" Stock Automatic.
John R. Bradley 1967 Corvette Roadster, 427cu. in (435hp), Silver Pearl with black "stinger" and side pipes. Johnny followed his Dad in the plumbing business, and achieved "master" status quickly, including attending a training program with Purdue University. Johnny nicknamed his car "Bad Bascom". When not working his full-time job Johnny would occasionally work part-time at Beltsville Shell.