Shaquille O'Neal was on hand at the 3rd Annual GM All-Car Showdown in L.A. to present his Miami Heat teammate Dwayne Wade with the title of "King of Bling" for his 2006 HUMMER H2 SUT. Twelve celebrities comprised of athletes and actors showed off their respective GM ware that ranged from Cedric the Entertainer's 1952 midnight blue candy Buick B52 to Travis Barker's 2007 Cadillac Escalade.
A $2,500 donation was made in each celebrities name to the charity of their choice and a $10,000 donation will be made to the Dwayne Wade Foundation in his name. The vehicles were competing for several titles including "Best Exterior" won by Ludacris for his 1954 Chevy Bel Air, "Best Interior" won by Snoop Dogg for his 1966 Cadillac Deville (with three chandeliers!), and "Best Old School Car" won by Cedric the Entertainer for his aforementioned '52 Buick 52.
(More pics of celebs and their rides, as well as a full press release after the jump. Warning: the pics are large and almost completely absent of cars. Click through if you like looking at celebs)
Shaq Crowns The "King Of Bling" At Annual GM All-Car Showdown In Los Angeles
3rd Annual Event Draws A-List Stars and World-Class Athletes to Celebrate the Hottest Modified GM Vehicles
Los Angeles, CA – General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM) kicked off the ESPY Awards week in style last night at the 3rd annual GM All-Car Showdown, an invitation-only event celebrating the hottest modified GM vehicles, both present-day and vintage, along with the best of the best world-class athletes and celebrities. Shaquille O'Neal returned to Los Angeles on the heels of his NBA victory as host of the exclusive event to see his celebrity and athlete friends compete for the GM All-Car Showdown "King of Bling" title.
Twelve celebrity automotive enthusiasts proudly showcased their GM vehicles, each reflecting its respective owner's personality and attitude via exterior and interior customization. This year's "King of Bling" title went to Dwyane Wade for his 2006 white HUMMER H2 SUT. Ludacris won "Best Exterior" for his 1954 multicolor green Chevrolet Bel Air while Snoop Dogg won "Best Interior" for his 1966 white Cadillac Deville complete with three chandeliers. Cedric the Entertainer won "Best Old School Car" for his 1952 midnight blue candy Buick B52. Judges participating in the event included James Brown (Fox Sports), Nick Cannon (Actor), Serena Williams (Tennis Star) and Susan Docherty (Western Region General Manager for General Motors).
A $2,500 donation was made in each participant's name to the charity of their choice and this year's "King of Bling," Dwyane Wade received a $10,000 donation to the Dwyane Wade Foundation, which provides support to various youth, educational, health and family service programs that benefit the underprivileged and underserved.
"The GM All-Car Showdown has become the pinnacle event where car culture and style merge with today's most recognizable names in entertainment, music and sports," stated Susan Docherty. "Each individual's vehicle customization is a true reflection of their unique sense of style."
Guests including Tom Brady, Reggie Miller, Tony Gonzalez, Jeremy Piven, Adrien Brody, Noah Wyle, Jesse Metcalf, Milla Jovovich, A.J. Discala, Geoff Stults, Oksana Baiul, Simon Rex, Vernon Davis, La La Vasquez, Josh Charles, Tony Kana, Ian Ziering, Coolio and Luke Perry among otherswere treated to a special performance by Common.
More than 200 children from the Challenger's Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles cheered on the participants as custom automobiles made their way down the runway including:
- Ludacris (Actor/ Rapper) – 1954 multicolor green Chevrolet Bel Air
- Matt Leinart (NFL Arizona Cardinals) – 2007 white Chevrolet Tahoe
- Bernard Hopkins (Boxer) – 2006 maroon HUMMER H2
- Maria Menounos (Actress/ TV Host) – 1963 pastel green Chevrolet Impala
- Reggie Bush (NFL New Orleans Saints) – 2006 black HUMMER H2
- Travis Barker (Blink 182) – 2007 black Cadillac Escalade
- Cedric the Entertainer (Actor/ Comedian) – 1952 midnight blue candy Buick B52
- Sam Hornish Jr. (2006 Indianapolis 500 Winner) – 1976 Cadillac Eldorado
- Stacy Keibler (Actress) – 2005 silver Cadillac SRX
- Jamie Kennedy (Actor) – 2006 red with black trim Chevrolet SSR
- Dwyane Wade (NBA Champion Miami Heat) – 2006 white HUMMER H2 SUT
- Snoop Dogg (Actor/ Rapper) – 1966 white Cadillac De Ville with real platinum pin-striping