Inside the luxo hauler, the mostly stock gray interior had just a bit of upgrade in the form of gray Classic Soft Trim leather seat covers with red, perforated leather inserts. Steve and his family have quite a drive to their favorite desert water locales, so Audio Innovations set up the big Chevy with some entertainment. In the dash, a Sony XAV-7W Media Center sets the main stage and directs the Sony Xplod DVX 11A DVD/CD/MP3 player mounted just below it. Ramping up the signals to the speakers are a Sony Xplod XM-2200 GTX moving 1,200 watts and a Sony Xplod XM-4060 GTX pushing another 600. Sony Xplod was once again called on for two pairs of its component system speakers, this time placed in the stock door locations. Making the bump, bump, bump is an Audio Innovations subwoofer behind the rear seat, firing a quartet of Sony Xplod 10-inch XS-L101 PS subs. For rear-passenger viewing pleasure, a pair of Sony XVM-H65 headrest monitors were slipped in, and as if those weren't enough, into the ceiling went a Sony XVM-R90D 9-inch flip-down monitor overhead entertainment system. So as not disturb the driver, rear video viewing is aurally handled with Sony wireless headphones.
Sitting pretty on a fully equipped triple-axle Extreme Custom trailer is the water version of Steve's HD. An '04 Carrera 290 Effect X is the other woman in Mr. Warner's twisted love affair. Even though it's powered by a new GM Performance Parts 572ci crate motor, Steve could not leave well enough alone. In the water world, you have to bring it hard, and bring it hard he did. Whipple Industries attacked the unknown and laid out a plan that turned a smoking motor into a 980hp fire-breathing beast of fuel-injected, blown performance. Helping the big GM mill breathe out is a through-transom IMCO tubular exhaust capped with Gibson water mufflers. IMCO set in place one of its own Extreme drives and a 1.50 ratio lower drive unit to transfer all that rage into motion. The drive twists a 30-inch Mercury stainless prop. IMCO full-hydraulic steering makes the big Carrera Cat handle like a dream. Rounding out the driving package is a pair of Dana hydraulic trim tabs.
Inside the cockpit and below decks, gray powdercoated Dana hardware abounds with features like gauge trim rings, vents, and hydraulic scissor engine hatch hinges. Time in the captain's seat is a joy with full control over the boat's operation and operations. Controls are monitored with Auto Meter gauges Pro Comp gauges, and helm work is done with an IMCO billet steering wheel and Hardin Marine throttle and shifter controls.
Audio Innovations installed multimedia amenities in the big Carrera as well. A Kenwood, sealed marine head unit signals three DEI amps to do its bidding. In all, ten DEI 6x9-inch speakers and six 12-inch DEI subwoofers spread between the cockpit, cabin, and open bow bang the beat of rhythmic entrancement. For extra-long excursions, a Kenwood Music Keg has more songs on hand than anyone could remember hearing. If one gets really bored, the two 7-inch DEI monitors and DVD player located in the below cabin can be fired up.
Overall, with the help of the right people in the industry, Steve has himself one insane pair of toys. Being part of the "industry" as we say, Steve is exposed to some of the craziest toys on this Earth. With his will to be done, he has chosen wisely and was sensible with his toy collection choices, but went into overload with optioned equipment on each. Can you blame him? Nah, it's what we do. Toys. There is nothing else you can say about them. We just have to have them.