Nick Hexum, 50, singer, songwriter and guitarist of the Los Angeles-based band 311, drives the family’s Tesla Model 3, according to A.J. Beimet.

Growing up, my dad told me a lot about rock and roll culture. My first love of music was his collection of 45s of Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis. Cars have always been part of the image. You know: Nice, nice, nice, until you get Papa T-Bird. We drove in the summer and I could tell the difference between a 1955, 1956 or 1957 Chevy just by looking at it.

Later, when I was successful with my band, I saw this 1955 T-Bird parked in front of my manager’s office with a for sale sign. I bought this car for my father for his 60th birthday. I surprised her on her birthday. It was at that moment, in tears, that I was able to show my gratitude for my father’s love and support, and for instilling in me the love of cars and rock and roll.

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Nick Hexum shows off his two Tesla Model 3 electric cars.

Nick Hexum drives the high-performance version of the Tesla Model 3, while his wife Nikki drives the standard Model 3. Mr Hexum describes himself as an Elon Musk fanboy, referring to the Tesla co-founder and CEO.

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Nick Hexum drives the high-performance version of the Tesla Model 3, while his wife Nikki drives the standard Model 3. Mr Hexum describes himself as an Elon Musk fanboy, referring to the Tesla co-founder and CEO.

Brinson+Bank for The Wall Street Journal.

Over the years I’ve had just about every super sporty sedan from every German manufacturer. Mercedes E55 AMG, BMW M5, Audi S6. It’s not about looking cool in an expensive car. I wanted a great performance.

The bassist in my band, P-Nut, was an early Tesla fan, and even bought a Tesla Roadster with the serial number 311, the first Tesla model. He told me to take it. I decided to wait until the Model 3 came out because it was the size I wanted and it was cheaper than some of the cars I drove.

When I got my Model 3 [Tesla’s high-performance edition of this model] two years ago, I thought it was the best car I had ever driven, and to have a $60,000 car that dwarfs some of the more expensive cars I had was a win for me. As a pure electric car, acceleration is smooth – the car has no gears, it just rolls – it feels like you’re racing through hyperspace. They go from zero to 100 km/h in about 3.5 seconds. At the same time, it is completely silent.

There are certain things in a car that once you have them, you don’t want to be without. I fell in love with all-wheel drive cars after I got my Audi S6, because you could accelerate through a curve and the car was really big. I loved the adaptive cruise control because there are so many starts and stops on the freeway in LA. Adaptive cruise control does it for you. Tesla already had this technology. And the autopilot is huge, it steers for you and all you have to do is keep your hands on the wheel.

My wife also has a Model 3. We installed a huge solar panel and two Tesla electric walls so that the sun not only powers our cars, but also our house. When I first fell in love with cars as a kid, I never thought I’d be driving one in the sunshine.

Finally, the

Elon Musk

Fanboy [Musk is co-founder and CEO of Tesla] is: Most people will not make an effort to save the environment. He has created a car that offers a better driving experience than what was on the market, in my opinion, at a lower price. And you have to protect the environment in the process.

Nick Hexum bought this 1955 Ford Thunderbird for his father, Terry Hexum. Both are in a car on the old M. road. Hexum in Omaha, Nebraska, circa 2014. License plate number: From the son.

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Deanna Hexum.

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