Big Spender: Cars
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Photo gallery: Cruising attitude

By Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer

Beau Boeckmann of Galpin Auto Sports in Van Nuys knows a few things about tricking out cars. One of the stars of MTV’s “Pimp My Ride,” Boeckmann has helped turn an El Camino into a mobile tailgating machine, complete with barbecue grill, and modernized a Long Beach ice cream truck by adding a robotic dispensing arm and touch-screen ordering system. (Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
Ditch the boring hubcaps and roll around in Dropstars rims. These three-piece, handmade wheels are lightweight and can be color-matched to your car. (Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
Pop the cork of a bottle of Dom Perignon or tap some brew for the passengers at the built-in wet bar, complete with a sink, refrigerator and kegerator. (Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
Be a one-person party machine. This Ford Econoline van is tricked out with a disc jockey coffin, including dual turntables, dual CD players and 77 speakers to blast the tunes. (Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
Stare at a sparkly clock made by Lex Diamond to help pass the time. This 4.5-carat back-lit clock — designed by the same jeweler who blinged up rapper Snoop Dogg — is studded with dozens of handpicked, hand-placed diamonds. (Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times)