It's a lounge, a bar, a very long limo GLEN BURNIE

December 16, 1992|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

It has a water bed, a tub that's hot if you make it that way, two televisions, a combination compact disc-cassette player and radio with eight speakers, a videocassette recorder, two drawers under the 15-foot gray leather couch and . . .

. . . it's a car. A limousine to be precise: a 36 1/2 -foot-long, $86,000 white limo.

It's been in Glen Burnie for a week and half, tooling up and down the main roads, stopping in parking lots of nightclubs just so people have the opportunity to turn, stare and point at it. They do.

"It's the only one of its kind in the state," said Tony Toskov, 30, president of All Stretched Out, a 4-year-old, family-run limo company that operates out of homes and driveways in Glen Burnie, Severn and Pasadena.

The limo is unusual enough to have been accepted for the "World of Wheels" show that tours 10 sites, including the Baltimore Convention Center, in March where it's being billed as the "dream machine."

Only after that will it be available for rent -- just in time for prom season.

"I wanted something different than what everyone else has," Mr. Toskov said. "Being in the business -- bigger is always better."

Most limos, such as his other four, stretch for 113 inches or so. This one goes on for 194 inches -- better than five more yards. While most limos are designed to seat eight comfortably, this one seats 12.

Mr. Toskov designed the interior of what once was a run-of-the-mill, 1992 Lincoln Town Car with the comfort and convenience of a large group in mind.

"Every inch of the car, I laid it out," he said.

He placed the two televisions, for example, so any passenger can see a screen. A rack of tumblers behind the couch gives riders a second place to rest their drinks. The moon roof is a little ahead of the back bench, with a lighted makeup mirror on each side of it.

The couch sits behind the driver. Opposite is a black bar, with pink and white neon tubes glowing along its rim. Tiny white halo lights run along the ceiling in the passenger compartment.

Built in are two cases to chill soda and food, holders for 22 champagne flutes and 20 tumblers, and three champagne sinks and five decanters. Another set of flutes, glasses and an ice bucket rest by the water bed. You have to supply your own champagne, however.

The water bed, itself, is about 5 feet long. The rest of the bed is formed by flipping down the back of the rear seat bench.

Because of the weight of the water, the back of the car is supported by an extra axle and set of tires, Mr. Toskov said.

The two-bench exterior tub, which is built into the trunk area, is not really a hot tub; that would require a generator. Nor does the car carry enough water to fill it --unless you planned to empty the water bed into it. Besides, said Mr. Toskov, it would be unsafe for people to be soaking as they rode down a highway with water sloshing.

"No, you're not going to see it going down Ritchie Highway with two bikinis in the back of the car," he said.

The small dugout area can hold a rider to wave to crowds along a parade route, such as the Oriole Bird, who rode in it Sunday in Baltimore. Mr. Toskov said he will donate use of the limo for parades and similar community functions.

It took three months from the time Mr. Toskov completed the design and placed the order until the finished product rolled out of the shop at Craftsmen Limousine, a Springfield, Mo., limousine company run by Bob Haswell.

Mr. Haswell said he is working on another limo just about as long, but with an ordinary trunk and a Jacuzzi in place of the water bed.

Mr. Toskov's limo will be one of many used Friday evening in the Toys by Limo poker run, which will benefit the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

For $50 plus a $10 toy, a passenger can visit six nightclubs and get a playing card at each -- and someone else will drive.

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