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KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:02 PM ET

Dorian Smith fell in love with cars at an early age.

"I always loved old-school cars," the Bombers defensive tackle said. "My favourite car is an old-school '65 Fastback Mustang. I'm from southern California, and I saw one when I was riding with my mom on (Pacific Coast Highway) once.

"I was six years old or something like that, and ever since then I've just loved Mustangs. It was red. I remember it. It was beautiful. And I love Mustangs."

GRANDFATHER

Smith's passion for automobiles was exacerbated by spending time with his grandfather.

"What made me close to my granddad is he's the person who bought cars for everybody in the family," Smith said. "He had the most experience, and I always went with him and watched him haggle. I always learned about the car. He made sure that me and him knew more about the car than the person selling it."

Smith's ride at Oregon State, where he played for former Bombers boss Mike Riley, was a Monte Carlo SS with a 350 horsepower engine.

"I turn it on, and it would set off car alarms with my pipes. It was so loud," the 6-foot-3, 280-pounder said with a laugh. "I loved that car, man. I drove it so hard that the engine blew out.

"When I go home I'm looking to get another old-school car. I got a reliable car this time, but I want to get another classic."

The 24-year-old's ultimate goal is to acquire his own personal car lot.

"I just want to have a couple of everything," he said. "Of course I want my Mustang. That's going to be my number one. And then my friend had a 69 Chevelle SS that I was really jealous of, and I want one of those really bad.

"My number one goal, and I know they just came out with it -- and I'm going to have to make a lot of money -- is the Ford GT. That car is so bad. That's an awesome looking car."

Smith's personal engine got a tune-up last week when head coach Mike Kelly sat him down to rest for today's crucial clash against the Tiger-Cats. Smith hasn't played this much football in his life, and it was starting to take its toll.

He will attempt to add to his seven-sack total today against the Tabbies.

"I'm having a great first year," he said. "It really wasn't expected. I'm living the dream right now. I'm really blessed. I'm loving it."


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