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Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00

Shane Victorino: Simply Perfect

Written by Kristie Bertucci Photos: Crooks Life Photography
Professional baseball outfielder Shane Victorino has played for some impressive Major League Baseball teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. Now he’s sporting Boston Red Sox logos on his jersey. The “Flyin’ Hawaiian” owes a lot to the game, including his fleet of rides.

Growing up in Hawaii, Victorino’s family didn’t have money to buy expensive cars and drove around in whatever the family had. It wasn’t until he started playing pro ball and saw some of his teammates’ “amazing cars” that he became interested in obtaining some fine rides himself.



His first major vehicle purchase after he entered the MLB was a 2009 Ford F-250 SuperDuty nothing too fancy, but it was something he’d always wanted growing up. “I lifted that with a 10” Fabtech kit and put some 40” tall tires on it,” the 33-year-old details. “Wow, did I love that bad boy!”

Since then, his taste in vehicles has grown, with his current garage sporting a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63, 2011 Aston Martin Virage, 2012 Jaguar XJL Supercharged for the “wifey,” and a 2013 Range Rover is his family car.

Victorino was actually one of the first to have the S63 on the West Coast when the model became available and quickly jumped at the opportunity to have those bragging rights. “I was lucky enough that I got pushed to the top of list for this amazing car. As you can see from the pics, there’s nothing too crazy in terms of customization. I wanted to keep it simple yet sleek. This car is one fun whip, though!” Besides being a sleek ride, Victorino also enjoys all the detail and functions available via its dashboard’s screens and the way it drives.  



Handing all of Victorino’s customization needs is Markus Chicoine of Elite Auto Styling in Las Vegas, NV (where Victorino and his family reside during the off-season), who Victorino met via former MLB outfielder Aaron Rowand. “He's been a blessing to have since he makes sure all our rides are running smoothly, looking good and getting me and my family from point A to point B safe and sound, Victorino says. “He's there to help at the drop of a call or text and I’m truly blessed to have that.”

For the S63, Markus color-matched all the car’s accents, including the black grille, door handles, chrome strip on the trunk and all the trim around the windows, with the hood and trunk ornaments and biturbo fender logos. A chin spoiler, side skirt, rear diffuser were laid in carbon fiber, while the Benz sites on 22x9 front and 22x10.5 rear Savini SV51C wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes T1R rubber.



Because he didn’t see many Virages on the road, Victorino knew the moment he first laid eyes on it that he had to have it. “The detail and quality of these vehicles are simply amazing,” he describes. “I drive this one often, but I think Markus has put more mileage on it then me, haha.”



Because Victorino didn’t want to mess with the style of the already stunning Virage, Markus only added 21x8.5 front and 21x11 rear Savini SV54 Duoblock wheels in a  machined finish and wrapped in Toyo Proxes T1R tires. “Shane's style is pretty mellow,” Markus says. “His first ride, the F-250 with the Fabtech 10" kit & 40's were an eye-catching custom. The Benz is very clean, but not over the top; the same with the Aston Martin, with the only mod you’ll really notice are the wheels. He likes them clean, nothing super flashy. He likes his cars to blend in, so unless you’re a car person who knows what you are looking at, then you can’t tell anything was really done to them.”



Despite being around teammates and players who also have an eye for fast and flashy cars, Victorino doesn’t get green with envy. “I just enjoy and understand how grateful we all are to have these kinds of things that we call our toys!”  



As Victorino heads into his final year of his three-year, $39 million deal in 2015 with the Red Sox, he doesn’t know what the future will hold or what new rides he’ll add to his garage. All he know is that he owes a lot to baseball. “I just want to play as long as I can and enjoy the game,” he says. “I love to play.”

Specs
2014 Mercedes-Benz S63
Color-matched accents
Chin spoiler, side skirt, rear diffuser were laid in carbon fiber
22x9 front and 22x10.5 rear Savini SV51C wheels
Toyo Proxes T1R 255/30R22 (front) 295/25R22 (rear)

2011 Aston Martin Virage
21x8.5 front and 21x11 rear Savini SV54 Duoblock wheels
Toyo Proxes T1R  255/30R21 (front) 295/25R21 (rear)

Sources
Elite Auto Styling
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702.401.0947
Toyo Tires
www.toyotires.com
Savini
www.saviniwheels.com

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