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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

The next day came the driver side. Daequan Cook. Thabo Sefolosha. Russell Westbrook. Serge Ibaka.

Hooper is sorry he couldn't include everyone.

“I love all the players; I really don't have a favorite,” he said. “But an X-90 is only so big. I could only fit so many people.”

The last touch on his car was a quote from Frederick Douglass on the hood — “It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but THUNDER.”

Hooper said, “I think that speaks a lot to the team and the state and the city.”

And the Thundermobile is speaking to Hooper's fellow fans.

He and his wife went to Game 2 on Saturday night, and as they sat in stop-and-go traffic in the rain outside the arena, a fan ran up to the car.

“He starts taking pictures of the car in the pouring rain,” Hooper said. “I'm like, ‘This guy is crazy,' but I'm posing in my car.”

Hooper laughed.

“Traffic starts going, and people start honking, and I'm thinking, ‘Should I go or stay and let him take pictures?' Of course, I stayed and let him take pictures. I thought it was only right.

“I mean, he was out in the middle of the rain.”

The Thundermobile's adoring public is growing. Whether he's driving to work at Riverwind Casino or running errands around town, Hooper has seen lots of smiles, waves and thumbs up

There have also been some raised eyebrows.

Then again, Hooper has been folding his 6-foot-2 frame into that little purple car for the past six or seven years. He's used to people giving him funny looks.

“Whenever you drive a car like this,” he said, smiling, “you can't care what other people think.”

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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