My name is John McLaughlin. I have been in the performance industry for
over 25 years and on my own since 2002. I started working in performance
parts industry in 1982 at a local speed shop. I stayed in the same industry
until opening my own shop in 2002, J&S Performance Center in Glen Burnie,
Maryland. It has always been a dream of mine, and with my wife's support,
the plan came to realization.
My work, performance auto parts,
and my hobby, drag racing, go well together. I got the fever early on in
life and it has never left me in 40+ years. I first went to Capitol Raceway
in 1966 and I was hooked at the age of 7. I went back to the racetrack
in 1973 with a family friend as part of their pit crew and truly got the
"racing bug". In 1975, I raced a small block Vega with a four
speed. On the street, it felt like it was flying, but on the track, I got
my feelings hurt when it ran a 12.50. I then realized that a 12.50 wasn't
all that bad for a street car considering that one of the fastest street
cars in our area was only running 12.0's.
In 1979, my first full-fledged
race car was completed, a 67 Camaro, the "Thriller". On the first
outing with the car, it ran 10.50's. Several engine combinations later
and the car's best run is a 9.79. We realized the car was not safe enough
to run that fast, time for a new car. In 1986, we bought a 1967 Camaro
that was a retired Super Gas car. We raced the car for several years with
different engines. In 1990, we put the car on the street. Eventually, we
got an offer we could not refuse and sold the car to a Camaro enthusiast
who is restoring the car to its original state. In turn, we bought a sweet
67 Camaro currently in progress.
It is very hard to stay competitive with
Jeg's and Summit, but what we offer at J&S is one on one customer service.
We try to get as close to mail order prices as possible. We have a wealth
of knowledge available to our customers. All we ask is you give us a chance to
serve you to the best of our ability. We look forward to supplying your
performance parts needs--stop by and see us!
Thank you, John & Sylvia McLaughlin
J&S Performance Center
7614 Baltimore & Annapolis Blvd.
Glen Burnie, Md. 21060