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Las Vegas fast and furious

June 5, 2013 by  
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BY KIMBERLY BAILEY-TUREAUD

Dr. Timothy Wilson with his 2013 Audi R8, left, and 2013 Maserati.

For a pair of highly successful businessmen, exotic car ownership is an indulgence too exciting to pass up.

It took quite a bit of extra speed for Las Vegas Black Image Magazine to catch up with two of the fastest people in town: Dr. Timothy Wilson, owner of Star Smiles Dentistry, and Vivix Credit Solutions CEO Gabriel Brown.

Highly successful, both men possess a tremendous work ethic — for which they have rewarded themselves with the uncommon but exciting indulgence of exotic car ownership.

Wilson is the proud owner of three cars: a Maserati Granturismo; an Audi R8; and a Mercedes-Benz S550. “Cars are not only a status symbol, but also fun,” he said. “Fast cars are enjoyable, and can be compared to having that great toy. A man’s love of fast cars can be compared to women’s love for designer handbags and shoes. It is in our DNA.”

The proud owner of a Lamborghini, Range Rover and a Porsche Panamera, Brown said, “I was one of the have-nots when I was growing up, and I a love for cars when I was a child playing with my Hot Wheels. I never thought that I would one day acquire cars that I wanted. But now … I am in my second childhood. I made a quest, and said I would work hard to get the vehicles that I wanted.”

In our fast-paced world, in which rapidly advancing technology allows virtually everything to operate faster and faster, it is no wonder that so many people have developed a need for speed. “The fastest I have driven is about 160 miles per hour,” said Wilson, “but I don’t recommend this to others. You have to keep in mind that you can enjoy your car, but be aware and safe. When you drive an exotic car, people are always watching you, and you have to be aware of your surroundings. A lot of police also target people in nice cars — and when you have a lot of power behind the wheel, you have to be careful not to get speeding tickets.”

Gabriel Brown with his 2013 Porsche Panamera, Range Rover and 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo.

For Brown, the journey toward the kind of wealth that enables him to own the automobiles of his dreams has been a “spiritual finding.”

“When I arrived in Las Vegas from the East Coast, I was homeless,” he said. “Not by default, but by design. I had a spiritual awakening, and I wanted to change my life, (so I) left everything I had on the East Coast behind, and sought a fresh start in Las Vegas. I lived on the streets for about four-and-a-half months, and educated myself about all things spiritual. I stayed in the Barnes and Noble bookstore, searching for answers to questions that I needed to work out in my own head.”

He added: “To become enlightened is to actually answer all the questions you have that you ask of yourself. It’s not the answers people teach into you, it’s from the inside of yourself to know that what you have learned is true and accurate. So, I spent three years gathering information, which helped me establish my career and success. I am a workaholic; and when others in business go to the gym to release stress, I take a ride in my Lamborghini.”

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