Pimp Your Plane?

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So, is your pride and joy giving you a little less of each? From the dull spinner to the flaking paint on the rudder, has your airplane seen better days? Well, in keeping with the makeover craze that's sweeping the cable channels these days, the producers of a television program that usually turns run-down cars into glittering icons of boulevard excess is now setting its sights a little higher. The company that transforms beaters into beauty for the MTV program "Pimp My Ride" is looking for planes to, er, pimp. West Coast Customs spokesman Tito Arteaga said they're talking to an owner and letting their imaginations run wild. You and your 172 probably need not apply, however. The most likely candidate will be a bizjet where there's room to install the type of over-the-top glitz and gizmos that are the show's trademarks. "It's a huge canvas to play with," said Arteaga. Before they get started, however, the car shop will (quite wisely) consult with the local FAA to make sure what they plan is legal. There's no word on when the show might run.