About That Tricked-Out Redskins Car
I know I've already published photos of this Redskins transportation device, but at the time I hadn't talked to the car's owner. And wouldn't you know it, this isn't his first Redskins car. Ronald Sasser also tricked out a Honda Accord in burgundy and gold, and talked extensively to Comcast SportsyNet's Adam Littlefield about that ride, which was also signed by virtually the entire Skins team.
And where is that car now? In a shop, in Atlanta, in front of a mural of a dancing Clinton Portis.
[Reminder: Eastern Motors's Redskins Rides event is this Sunday at noon at Redskins Park.]
So now you want to know more, yes? Ok, when Randy Thomas walked into Sasser's Atlanta graphics shop a few years ago asking for some help making a banner for his new restaurant, Sasser had one reaction: "Whoa!"
Sasser, a Fayetteville native and lifelong Redskins fan, wasn't expecting to see a Skins starter in his shop, and so he got to work, eventually designing a logo that was used on Thomas's menus. The two remained friends, which is how Thomas wound up in Jim Zorn's office last month, asking permission for the entire '09 roster to autograph Sasser's custom Redskins Dodge Charger.
See, after Sasser had invested $5,000 into his '02 Accord and wound up with burgundy and gold speakers, three Super Bowl logos, the Capitol Dome and feathers on the hood and burgundy and gold stuff on every inch of real estate, Thomas invited him to the Park. He brought it up to Ashburn in 2006, with a speeding-related detour in South Carolina, "but the cops loved the car, so they let me go," he said.
With Thomas's help, Sasser got his car signed by just about every player. Sean Taylor signed it "the # 1 hitter." Joe Gibbs gave him a book and a hat on top. Then Sasser retired it to his showroom, where it sits in front of that mural that includes a dancing Clinton Portis. And somewhere along the way, his buddies began chiding him for having poured his passion into, of all things, an Accord.
"People were kind of giving me flak, telling me I needed to do an American car, something with a little muscle in it," he said. So about eight months ago, Sasser began drawing up another Redskins car. His fiancee was unsure whether he really needed a second Redskins car, but once she saw the design, she loved it.
So Sasser told Thomas, who agreed to help him out again. Sasser got a burgundy Dodge Charger, put an image of Taylor hitting Terrell Owens on the hood, swathed everything in burgundy and gold,--from the gold leather to the burgundy carbon fiber--and drove north this summer.
"As soon as I crossed over Charlotte, just thumbs-up the whole way," he said. "People loved it. People were speeding up to us at 75, 80 mph to take pictures, slowing up to take pictures. On the way back we got caught in traffic, and people were losing their minds. They were going crazy."
Thomas asked Zorn whether Sasser could come out for autographs, and the coach agreed. After it rained during his first attempt, he was allowed into a closed practice. He got just about every player on the team to sign this car, too--one second-year player was rushing to get to practice and didn't have time to sign. But Sasser doesn't have enough vehicles to keep retiring them, so the Charger remains his every-day car.
Thomas's number and logo are on the back as "my little ode to him," Sasser said, "because without him, none of it would have been possible."
And on the day after Redskins wins, Sasser will park the car in front of his shop, Skins flags flying, "so everybody on the street can see it," he said. "Kind of represent."
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