February 04, 2011
Behold "The Immaculate Mercedes."
To show his support for his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-year-old Martin Reese spent about 90 hours over the past three weeks customizing his 1983 Mercedes Benz 300D into a rolling tribute to the AFC champions. The high school art teacher from Daytona Beach, Fla., hand-painted the car black and yellow with a Steelers logo on the hood, Ben Roethlisberger(notes) on the passenger side door and a psychedelic, flowing tribute to Troy Polamalu(notes) and his Samson-like locks on the trunk. Good thing he didn't paint James Harrison(notes) on it or else that car would be hitting everything.
Reese started the project, which he named after the 1972 Franco Harris catch that became one of the biggest moments in Steelers history, before the AFC championship game. It was a risky proposition seeing as how the Steelers still had to play the New York Jets before advancing to the Super Bowl. He didn't let that little matter deter him though. "I had faith they would beat the Jets," he told the Orlando Sentinel.
After completing the project this week, Reese took off for Dallas in the car. He doesn't have a ticket to the game but expects to be welcomed by Steelers nation with "open arms."
Our only piece of advice: Be careful if you ever drive the "Immaculate Mercedes" through Cleveland or Baltimore. Though we think it's a masterful work of art, it's hard to imagine Browns or Ravens fans agreeing.
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