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OKC Thunder: Fan Drew Hooper cruising around OKC in personalized Thundermobile

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER: Drew Hooper wanted to combine a couple passions of his life -- painting and the Oklahoma City Thunder. So he did what every big Thunder fan would do. He painted his 1996 Suzuki X-90 with images of Thunder players and an inspirational quote.
by Jenni Carlson Published: May 4, 2012

Drew Hooper already has a seat on the Thunder Bandwagon.

And he might just let you ride shotgun.

Come take a ride in his Thundermobile.

The local artist has transformed his 1996 Suzuki X-90 into a moving tribute to the team he loves. He painted the car with Thunder colors, Thunder players and even a Thunder-related motivational quote.

“I don't know how long it will last,” he said of the paint job, which is largely acrylics with a protective coating over it, “but hopefully it'll last through the playoffs and the championship.”

With the NBA Playoffs and Thunder mania in full swing, lots of people have Thunder license plates. Lots more have Thunder car flags. But a Thunder car?

This is one fan who has shifted his passion into overdrive.

Hooper had been pondering painting his car for awhile. Murals to honor deceased rapper Tupac Shakur or to celebrate the Thunder were among his ideas. Yes, it was partially because of his artistic side, but he also wasn't worried about hurting the resale of his car.

It's a 16-year-old model that the manufacturer stopped making after only two years, for crying out loud.

“My car ... not matter what you do to it, it's going to be about the same value,” Hooper said, “so I thought I couldn't lose. I'm an artist, so why not turn my car into a canvas.”

Still, for the longest time, he never did.

Then, last week before the playoffs started, he had lunch with his cousin. The idea of the Thundermobile came up, and Hooper decided its time had come.

He spent the rest of the day buying supplies — he spent about $200 — and that night, he sanded down the deep purple exterior of the car and spray painted it white.

The next day, he used transparencies and a projector to paint the faces on the passenger side. Kendrick Perkins. Kevin Durant. James Harden. Derek Fisher. Nick Collison. Cole Aldrich.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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How are you celebrating the Thunder during its run through the playoffs? Are you growing a beard like James Harden? Have you painted the Thunder logo on your lawn?

Whatever you're doing, we want to see your pictures and hear your stories.

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