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Google Exec Proves He's Got Dough

When a Google exec was challenged by a forum member to prove his cars were actually his, he was only too happy to oblige - and with a big smile on his face, too.

When someone is lucky and smart enough to rise up to the top echelons of a company like Google, others may wonder what kind of life that person has aside outside of work. For Google's engineering VP Benjamin Sloss Treynor, that comes down to owning, driving and chatting about the cars he's bought with his (apparently) fat pay check. His garage is packed with not just any cars, but top-tier performance machines like the Ferrari 458 Italia, McLaren MP4-12C and Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.

An enviable collection, especially when you add the 599XX he bought for a charitable 1.4 million euros. And Treynor loves sharing his ownership experience on car forums. But one fellow user on the SVT Performance forum didn't believe he was who he said he was. To prove his identity, that member requested Treynor take photos of the cars with pieces of bread on them. Not only did Treynor do just that, but he did so with a great sense of humor. The Google exec photographed three of his cars with bread from their country of origin. The McLaren got some English crumpets, the Ferrari a twisted baguette, and the Raptor a loaf of rye bread.

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