My name is Shaun DeLoche and I’m addicted to cars. It began the day I was born. You see, my father, Guy DeLoche, is an automotive technician, and in our household, cars rule. If you were to ask us what our favorite team is, the answer would have to be General Motors. I learned at an early age to appreciate automobiles and see each of them as a work of art rather than simply a means of transportation.
My current project is a 1-of-1,111 Stryker Blue ’09 Pontiac G8 GT. You’re probably laughing right now at the notion that I would refer to a four-year-old vehicle as a project, but when you’re a car addict like myself, nothing is ever finished—it’s always a “project.”
I acquired the Pontiac in the summer of 2009 as a replacement for my ’03 Chevrolet Blazer ZR2 that was totaled in an unfortunate accident. When deciding upon a replacement vehicle, I had some criteria. It had to be a rear-wheel-drive V-8 sedan and it had to be a GM model. Needless to say, that narrowed my search significantly. I saw buying this car new as a way to support GM in its time of crisis, as well as own a piece of automotive history—the last great Pontiac.
My G8 GT started off as a daily driver, hence the 15,980 miles that it has currently logged. However, as you can see, that is clearly no longer the case. My obsession has led to the current appearance modifications. The most obvious would be the gloss-black Firehawk-style hood and the gloss-black powdercoated stock 19-inch sport wheels. Behind those wheels are gloss-yellow powdercoated stock calipers. Out back is a gloss-black GXP diffuser and a gloss-black SLP Firehawk spoiler.
Under the hood is a set of Roto-Fab coil covers and radiator cover, both powdercoated candy blue. I have a set of strut-tower covers and a custom fusebox cover painted Stryker Blue. Inside, I had a custom blue and black leather cover made for the center armrest, and added a set of GM accessories floormats, G8 sillplates, and a GM Performance Division badge. Other miscellaneous appearance modifications include clear side markers for the front turn signals and a Third Shift Studios “Last of the Brand” badge on the trunk lid.
For performance, I have a set of BMR trailing arms to reduce wheelhop, DBA 4000 series slotted rotors with Hawk ceramic pads, a Roto-Fab cold air intake, a Solo after-cat exhaust system, and a Superchips Cortex tuner to fine-tune everything. Needless to say, this car was fast to begin with, being equipped with the L76 6.0L V-8 pumping out 361 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque and a 6L80E six-speed automatic trans. Add in the above performance modifications and the fun just never stops.
I’ve built this car to date with the modifications that I feel nicely complement not only the vehicle itself, but also each other. I have received countless compliments wherever I drive and have taken home numerous awards from various car shows. However, none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the help and support of my father. He ignited my passion for cars and has helped me every step of the way to create the vehicle pictured before you. He’s been my mentor, teacher, and most importantly my inspiration. Thanks, Dad.
|In My Words|
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