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May 15, 2012

March 1995
This is a special car! To be specific it is a one-of-a-kind BMW 850i with a Koenig wide-body conversion, modified suspension, sound system, exhaust, and “sensitized” engine. It’s also the only convertible in North America (or the world for that matter). Obviously it’s bright red with an all black interior and black cloth top.
The car is the crown jewel in a growing car collection owned by Dwight Gooden, who has an eye for cars just like his eye for the strike zone.
The BMW “Pocket-Rocket” is the result of extensive modification surgery performed by Marlon Gremli and his team at German Autohaus in Tampa, Florida. These folks are as good at what they do as Doc Gooden is at pitching. They have to be. Doc wants his cars just right (and German Autohaus has worked on all of them).
Here’s the specs on the BMW and the rest of Doc’s “auto-team”.
BMW 850i – 13 piece Koenig wide-body kit; convertible top by Newport Convertible Emgineering in California; trunk spoiler by AC Schnitzer; Connolly leather interior; custom color instrumentation; 3 piece OZ 17″ racing wheels with Bridgestone 315 35-17 and 285 35-17 tires; horsepower boost via a Dinan chip; Remus (German) exhaust; MK Motorsports suspension; Alpine AM/FM tape CD, Rockford-Fosgate Amplifier; MB Quart and JL Audio speaker systems; CODE alarm.
Mercedes-Benz S500 Coupe – Black/black. Lorinser wheels, modified suspension and exhaust; super sound system – Pioneer AM/FM tape CD, etc; custom burled walnut interior trim. (Doc’s bad weather car.)
Bentley Mulsanne – Black/black. Chrome wheels and super sound system – Alpine AM/FM tape CD, etc. Traditional formal elegance for four. (Doc’s important occasion car.)
Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet – Spruce green/tan. Lorinser ground effects, suspension, exhaust and 17″ wheels; upgraded stereo by Alpine with MB Quart and JL Audio speaker systems. (Top up or down, this four seater is for Doc and the Mrs.)
Chevrolet Suburban – Black/tan. Special chrome wheels (no Lorinser’s!); upgraded wood interior trim package; sounds by Pioneer. Just what every family needs.
1964 Chevrolet Impala Convertible. A ground up white on white 100 point killer restoration job. The year is important (that’s when Doc was born) and the model’s important (his dad had one). It’ll be completed by late spring ’95.
Something tells me that these six “striking” automobiles are just the beginning. Doc’s used to playing with eight other team-mates. Speaking of which … When baseball gets its act together, look for #16 on the mound. Keep your eye on his fast ball … it’s just like his car – FAST!

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