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Saturday, 21 May 2005 01:29

Stevie Williams

Written by Edgard Zuniga

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The DGK name spread and soon people were scared to come to the park. Despite the bad rep, people were amazed by Stevie’s skating, and soon DGK became more than a name, it became a brand. His fans, fueled by his urban mojo, speak passionately of him, some even calling him the gangsta of pro-skating.

You know what’s truly gangsta? Stevie rolling up to the hood in either one of his stylish rides. Leading off, you have his 2001 Mercedes-Benz CL 500. Mercedes launched the CL 500 late in 2000 as a 2001 model, proclaiming it their most sophisticated car ever. This car has an impressive combination of power, comfort, handling, and style.

With a 5.0-liter, V-8 engine and 302 ponies powering the CL 500, it has the muscle to match its elegance. The CL 500 is large for a coupe, with a wheelbase of 114 inches; it comes within an inch of the largest sedans from Audi, BMW, Infiniti, and Lexus. Despite its size, the CL 500 has terrific handling and offers a very smooth ride. To accomplish this, it was fitted with a high-tech, computer-controlled suspension system called Active Body Control. With a price tag of around $90,000, the CL 500 also comes loaded with lots of cool little accessories. You know those cars that offer heated seats? The CL 500 not only keeps your bum warm, it has air-cooling as well.

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Looking pretty damn sharp already, Stevie’s CL 500 comes equipped with a little pimp style with 20-inch Zyoxx ZX-4 wheels and Pirelli P-Zero tires, size 245/35R20.

Going beyond the CL 500, the 2005 Bentley Continental GT is a car that demands respect—from everybody. Sporting 22-inch TIS 07s, wrapped in Nitto NT555 rubber, size 255/30R22, Stevie’s GT is an eye-catching example of the essence of European automotive culture. With twin turbochargers, the Bentley’s 6.0 -liter W-12 engine generates 552 hp at 6,100 rpm, and 479 lb. ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm. Although the GT weighs more than 5,000 pounds, it accelerates like a bat out of Hell. This car can accelerate from 0-60 in 4.7 seconds and can reach nearly 200 mph, so caution is encouraged. It offers all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted manually with your fingertips via small paddles mounted just behind the steering wheel—a feature that is a glimpse into the future of automotive design.

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Bentley designed the GT to be a sporting coupe without rival. They sure did their homework. Major suspension components include double wishbones in front and a multilink rear, with air springs and electronic dampers at both ends. With this car, you get what you pay for, a remarkable blend of sportiness and comfort.

Inside, a Swiss Breitling clock sits prominently in the center dash, and there is so much high-quality wood, leather, and machined aluminum that you’ll find yourself admiring something different every time you step into the GT. Something else drivers will notice is that wind noise is virtually nonexistent, even when ripping through the highways. In addition, the suspension smoothes out every bump so effectively that if you closed your eyes while driving at 80 mph, you’d swear you’re still in the driveway.

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However, with a sticker price of over $170,775, purchasing a GT is like a graduation of sorts. Some dealers will even take the window sticker, frame it and present it to you like a diploma, along with a Bentley heritage book.

Who says ghetto can’t be fabulous? Well, get ready because Stevie is about to blow up in a major way. The deal with Reebok means that DGK and Stevie will receive prominent advertising in the near future. With Stevie’s sensational skills and his urban background, he is sure to attract even more fans. After all, the tale of a skating prodigy rising from the ghetto to the top—keeping it real all the way—is something that everyone can respect.

Photos: Greg B.


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