“The Million Dollar Shoot” – Behind the Scenes w/ Marissa Hiroko

Another day, another AWESOME photo-shoot with the “DaYUUM CREW!” (LOL). Not that I’m ever going to tell you that this gets old, because then I would really be lying to you! Hahahaha. But I will never stop being amazed at how many people that Nilo and Denny know, and because of that we have all of these incredible opportunities to be a part of the automotive culture that you usually only read about in magazines! As the old saying goes…”It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.”

The evening started out pretty ordinary. We met in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant and waited for everyone to get there. Then all of the sudden I heard one of the sweetest sounds that could ever pierce a car guy’s ears! It was the sound of a very finely tuned big block engine with deep and throaty pipes, and I was totally tuned in! I looked around and pulling into the lot was a $327,000 Ferrari GTB Fiorano Coupe. “WOW” is just not an adequate enough word to describe my feelings at that point! A 48 valve V-12 with a 6-speed auto clutch manual transmission, pumping out 620HP and it zooms up to 205mph. When you turn the CTS off and it goes into Race Mode, it cancels all traction and stability systems and it takes you from 0 to 62 mph in only 3.4 seconds!

Believe it or not, right behind the Ferrari was a $186,000 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 that comes in at a respectable 450HP…0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds, and a top speed of 193 mph. But it even gets better, because right behind it was an orange-wrapped Mercedes Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series Coupe that prices at over $100,000. This is a 6.2 liter V-8 cranking out 518HP that does 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds and can move at 200mph! Needless to say, I was BEYOND IMPRESSED!!!


Denny’s Scion XB was also very impressive next to these super cars because he was carrying the very beautiful Miss Marissa Hiroko, our model for the shoot. After we finally stopped oogling the rides and got our lust back under control we followed this $600,000 caravan to an undisclosed location, in a non-descript industrial complex. Even “the helpful Honda people” couldn’t find this place. But in the heart of this complex lies one of the most KILLER MAN CAVES that I’ve ever seen! Later on I was talking to Nilo and I said…“This has got to be the ultimate Man Cave!” But Nilo told me that Joe’s man cave is even more outrageous than this one. (Now I don’t even know who Joe is, but if his Man Cave tops this one, I’ll just have to see it and report back to you guys later). 😉

Now if you guys can imagine this, we pull up to an extremely plain warehouse and our host unlocks the door and goes inside. The next thing I know is that the big steel roll up door is going up, and as my eyes are adjusting to the light the very first thing I see is a $275,000 Lamborghini All-Wheel Drive DiabloVT 6.0 V-12. We’re talking 543HP @ 7100rpm’s and 0 to 62 in 3.95 seconds, plus it was the very first Lambo to ever top over 200mph…208mph to be exact! VT stands for viscous traction where you can direct 25% of the torque to the front wheels to aid traction during rear wheel slip.

So just when I’m starting to regain my composure, I look to the left and low and behold there is a brand spanking new $387,000 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4!!! With its 700HP V-12, and a Formula One style suspension, this one will get you from 0 to 62mph in only 2.9 seconds and get you up to 217mph if you happen to be late for any appointments. (LOL)




As I’m trying to wrap my mind around the fact that one lucky dude owns both of these KILLER rides, then the owner himself pulls up in his ‘daily driver.’ Now get this, it’s a $275,000 Bentley Continental GT Supersports, a 6.0 liter Twin Turbo V-12 with 560HP that does 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds! I’m here to tell you that this guy is living VERY RIGHT!!!

“WOW…WOW…WOW!!!” What an absolutely incredible evening, and if you ‘Math Majors’ have been adding this up, that was OVER $1,500,000.00 WORTH OF VEHICLES, and that’s not even counting Denny’s ride! (LOL)

I should also mention the “DaYUUM CREW” project car was there at the shoot. The guys are evaluating the new Scion iQ, with its 94HP, 1.3 liter engine. It springs from o to 60 in 10.8 seconds at 77.1 mph, but more importantly, it added another $16,000 to our evening’s total! “WOW!”

Thank you Noel Barnum that helped take photos for us.

Stay tuned and remember…”I’ll see you out on the streets!”

Chief DéMarks

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