Dennis has quite a collection. The old school Silverado caught my attention when I saw it and knew that we needed to feature him and the big brute in our “Reader Beaters” section. However he made a grand entry to our photo shoot location, parading a part of his collection. That was a sight we won’t forget for a long time.
Dodge Challenger SRT8 and more of Dennis’s playmates
Arnab : Dennis this is quite a collection and I believe that there are more sitting in your garage. Please tell us about your collection
Dennis : I have a mix of old and new. From small inline 4′s such as the Nissan Altima to big block V8 of the Challenger SRT8. It all boils down to what I have to do and where I need to go. If it’s off-roading then I prefer to take out the Nissan Patrol LE, for client meetings then I opt for the Mercedes S350 or the GL350. The Challenger and the Silverado are weekend cars though I must confess that lately the Challenger has been seeing a lot of road.
Apart from cars I do have a mix of motorbikes such as the Harley Davidson Road Glide (customized, air brushed and gold plated), the Triump Rocket 3, which has a mammoth 2300cc engine and the new Ducati Diavel (that’s Devil in Italian).
Arnab : That is quite a collection! The Silverado is quite a beast, it reminds me of a series which I used to watch in the 80′s called the “Fall Guy”, how did you find this and what have you done with it? You are trying to keep it as original as possible but what about the garages here, are they able to restore it mint condition?
Dennis : I found the Chevy Silverado, 1984 model, rusted and gathering dust 10 years ago at a used car dealer in Al-Ain. It needed a lot of work but one look at it I knew the potential it had. So I picked it up for a pretty penny and overhauled the engine to start with and then started with its interior restoration. I was able to source out original seats in mint condition and gave it a custom blue and white pain job, initially the truck was all black. Got new shoes as well in the likes of Mickey Thompsons from the US. Got upgraded shocks and few engine upgrades to spice things up a bit.
This has been a long term project of mine and got sidelined with various new projects coming up in between. Thinking of giving it a new LS2 engine and the works. As for finding workshops who can understand my attention to detail, it was hard work but thanks to my friends like Bijoy Issac, James Gayan, Arfinn Jabbar and Vivek Satish, who are nuttier than myself, I was able to sort out the installation and occasional fabrication required in restoration.
Arnab : Cars or bikes, which one do you prefer?
Dennis : Cars…wait .. Bikes.. nah.. can’t make up my mind. Bikes are a new passion which I acquired 5 yrs ago from my friend Vivek.
Arnab : When you have the time to take one out, how do you decide on what to take out? There are just so many choices and all of them are hard choices? Do you just close your eyes and dip you hand into the key bowl?
Dennis : All of them are my favorites. It just boils down to my mood I guess.
Arnab : Your recent purchase has been the Ducati Diavel. It’s also a cruiser much like the Harley but with way more oomph. What made you take the plunge on it since you have other cruisers?
Dennis : Aha my new Devil. It’s been at the back of my mind since it came into the market. Have an American heritage, the Harley and an European Heritage, the Triumph, so I thought why not have an Italian Devil. What else can be better engineered than a Ducati and when I rode it for the first time I was littery blown away from its seat. I can’t seem to place what type of a bike it was. It felt like a sports bike but with the laid back feel for a cruiser. It gave me a whole different experience in the form of a Sport Cruiser.
Arnab : Any favorites out of the whole lot?
Dennis : That’s an easy one to answer. The 2 red devils presently are my favorites.
Arnab : Is there any other future acquisition that you may be contemplating on right now?
Dennis : Ah and I thought that you wont throw me a curve ball. Well there are many in my head, don’t know whether my accountant would appreciate it. I love the American muscle cars so the Pontiac GTO classic and the Dodge Viper are a strong future options as well as something more stately like the Bentley GT. Would love to add the Honda Rune Valkyrie to my existing cruiser collection.
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