Custom Perfection…Roof to Rims

By Catherine Dilworth
April 25, 2002

Catharine Hemson

“Six o’clock rolls around, you just finished wiping your car down. It’s time to cruise so you head to the summertime hangout, it looks like a car show, every moment frontin and maxin, chillin in the car they spent all day waxin, leanin to the side but you can’t speed through. Two miles an hour so everybody sees you.” Retrieved from the lyrics of Will Smith’s Summer -time, it is that time of year when the streets look like car shows.

Everyone washes and cleans their cars to look good on the boulevard. For those who work on their car year round for the car shows, the summer time is just the beginning. This is the life of a show car owner. The term is souped up, and we are not talking about mom’s cookin, we are talking about cars with the best accessories money can buy.

Mike Wozny, sophomore, is a souped up car owner. He owns a black and silver two-year-old Chevy Cavalier. This is Wozny’s first car and he has ripped it apart from roof to rims. Wozny has put in an engine modification, body kit, wing, custom leather, ram air hood, rims, tinted windows, duel exhaust, strobe and neon lights and of course a custom installed music system. If you don’t hear Wozny’s music, you can certainly hear his duel exhaust.

“It is an obsession you just can’t stop,” Wozny said.

The movie The Fast and the Furious was a movie about souped up racing cars. The whole movie had Eclipses, Jettas, Civics, Maximas and all other sorts of tricked out import cars fly across the screen. “People see my car and think that I am a poser motivated by the movie,” Wozny said. “I started souping up my car way before that movie. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the movie, but it ruined races in Philly. After the movie so many people jumped on the bandwagon and crowded the races. Now it is risky because of heavy fines.”

Wozny is not part of the “Fast and the Furious,” his souped up Chevy is a show car. Bling bling is what is said when Wozny rolls up in a car show, to which his souped up car has won five trophies out of six competitions. Tri-State Style and Signs Now sponsor Wozny’s Chevy.

Wozny hopes to have his next car modification be a new engine with a turbo charge in it and to install nitrous-oxide (NOS). Junior Ian Duncan, Wozny’s fellow car lover, is supposed to accomplish this within a few months Wozny has already spent a ballpark figure of $10,000 after market on his Chevy.

Wozny and Duncan had a car club. They have retired this club and are starting a performance team. This team will consist of streetcars and show cars. If anyone is interested in joining the club or is interested in advice about cars or stereos please send an e-mail to The with the subject Mike Wozny and it will be forwarded to him.

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