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DUB displays customized vehicles for Marines

By Jason M. Webb | | August 20, 2009

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The 2009 DUB Show Tour made a stop at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga., with a truckload of customized cars and motorcycles at Boyett Park Aug. 13.

This is the second year in a row that the tour has come to the base, and this year members of the DUB Tour team displayed five custom vehicles, offered free food and raffled off a set of custom rims to show their support for the Marines.

Tim Slayton, in charge of transportation for the 2009 DUB Tour, said that his company does this to show support for all military by showing off a sample of vehicles his company creates for military service members who are into customized vehicles, gear and the customization lifestyle.

“Marines are like everyone else; they like cars and the lifestyle that we display,” said Slayton who drove 2,200 miles from Los Angeles in a customized tractor trailer colored with large graphics and advertisements for his company, DUB Magazine, a few days earlier to set up for display.  “We are here to show our support for the military, and I hope everyone likes what we do.”

DUB Tour travels to 12 major cities nationwide throughout the summer, featuring a fully customized auto show and concert series. 

Between the larger shows, Slayton and his team visit various military bases throughout the country to show support for the troops by displaying his company’s customized works.

On display during the four-hour event were two custom cars and three custom motorcycles in which one of the motorcycles, a custom-built Kawasaki, was featured in the video game Midnight Club Los Angeles. 

Additionally, a DUB customized 2010 Ford Taurus SHO, was displayed with DUB upgrades to its audio and suspension, along with a full set of DUB rims. 

Most noteworthy was the fact it was the very first time in 10 years people have had the opportunity to see a new version of the SHO since it went out of production in 1999 after selling more than 100,000 units in its 10 years of production. 

The new upgraded version sports a 365-horsepower twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 with all-wheel-drive.

Additionally, the highlight of the tour was a fully customized vehicle named SCYTHE. 

Originally created from a 2008 Ford Mustang GT convertible, the SCYTHE took vehicle customization to a new level. 

From the outside, the vehicle resembled no other on Earth.  With voice activated flip up doors and hand-built fiberglass composite body, the vehicle stood out and had onlookers in awe as they inspected at all the different aerodynamic angles and futuristic features of the $2 million customized car.

For Sgt. Kim Martin, mechanic, Fleet Support Division, Marine Corps Logistics Command, this was a real treat since he said mechanics have a better appreciation for the work that goes into vehicles, like the ones displayed at the event. 

“Being around any kind of vehicles as a mechanic we know how they work.  Whether it’s the customization of it, or the molding of the vehicle it’s all very interesting. For a mechanic, an engine basically purrs to us,” Martin said. “It’s good to see that events like this shows great appreciation and that people care what we do in the military.”


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