There is no denying it – Peter Cornwell has a thing for classic American cars. He isn’t sure if it’s the roar of the old engines or the boxy look Buick sedans from the 1930s, but they have captured his imagination.
His father used to repair them for a living so Peter, 56, spent many an afternoon in a garage helping out when he was a child.
This instilled in him a life-long love affair with automobiles.
The Great Harwood resident’s first car was a 1955 Austin A30 which he bought as a 20-year-old.
But he still yearned for something from a totally different era.
Peter, of Harwood Lane, said: "There was something about prohibition era cars.
"I was influenced by the TV show Happy Days and because it was set in the 1950s, the older cars in it were from the 1930s.
"They have the look of the gangster era and there is something exciting about that.
"They are so different than the cars you see today.
"The ones on the road nowadays are similar looking to the ones that were on the road 20 or 30 years ago."
His passion for cars led to him opening Special Wedding Cars in 1991 – a business which provides car rentals for weddings and other special occasions.
Through the business, which he runs alongside his wife Annette, Peter now has a collection of six classic American cars.
They include: a 1928 Buick, a 1930 Buick, a Beauford Convertible from the 1930s, a 1930 Cadillac Landaulette and Peter’s personal favourite, a 1928 Buick Sport Roadster.
Peter said: "I think my favourite is the 1928 Buick Sport Roadster.
"I like the colour, it’s a convertible and it is just different. My business and my collection really is a labour of love.
"I don’t make millions with this job but I get to work with cars all day long.
"It’s a hobby that I have been lucky enough to make a career out of which is brilliant."
Each summer Peter drives one of his treasured beauties from Great Harwood to Tatton Park in Cheshire for the Fourth of July car show.
While there he enjoys an afternoon of chatting with other American engineering enthusiasts and gathers tips on how to make the older engines run a bit better.
Peter said: "For my birthday this year I asked for petrol because none of the cars get particularly good mileage.
"The drive takes longer in an old car than in a newer one because you can’t get the older cars up to high speeds.
"But the event is a lot of fun and you see some fantastic cars.
"The amazing thing about cars is that they are great social levellers.
"It amazes me that you really can chat to anyone from anywhere about them.
"When you see a good car drive by you can’t help but strike up a conversation with the guy next to you about it, whomever he is."
And while he has a pretty impressive collection, there is still one automobile that he covets more than any other.
Peter said: "A 1931 seven-passenger Buick Tourer car is my favourite.
"I almost got one a few years ago but it was in such a bad state that it just wasn’t worth it. Jay Leno has one and it’s amazing."