"I was with my girlfriend, driving the other way, when I saw him, and I just freaked," he recalls. "I made a U-turn in the middle of the [two-lane] highway and caught up with him in a gravel parking lot. I don't usually approach the owners. But he rolled down his window and motioned me over. I didn't know what to say, so I asked him, 'What's it like, Ralph?' "
Still, for DeMuro, the land of plenty is the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, home of the ninth-wealthiest zip code in the country and antebellum-style mansions straight out of Gone with the Wind. He spends most of his time patrolling Peachtree Road between two ultra-upscale malls - Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square - and making periodic sorties to check the valet stands at posh hotels and exclusive restaurants.
During the past two years, DeMuro has put 53,000 miles on his 2001 Audi, even though he lives in a dorm on campus and walks to his classes. He tries to hit his hot spots in Buckhead for at least an hour every day, with longer stints on weekends. "Nobody in Atlanta does this as frequently as I do," he says, "because everybody else has a job."
DeMuro agrees to let me ride shotgun with him on a Friday evening. We plan to grab a bite to eat before getting started, but on our way to dinner, he spots a 360 Spider in Phipps Plaza. He hangs a quick right and barely slows to shoot the Ferrari. "Finding cars at valet parking is easy," he explains, "but it's kind of cheap." Sort of like going to a local zoo instead of on an African safari.
At 5:57 p.m., immediately after dinner, DeMuro snaps a Bentley Azure parked at the InterContinental Hotel. "The InterContinental has the best stuff in town," he says. "Floyd Mayweather had his retirement party here. He brought a [Ferrari] 599, a [Mercedes-Benz] SLR, a Murciéago roadster, a Maybach 62S, and a long-wheelbase [Rolls-Royce] Phantom. That was something."
At 6:19 p.m., DeMuro shoots an Aston Martin DB9 Volante. Seven minutes later, he lines up a yellow Lamborghini Gallardo that he immediately IDs as a rental that he's shot before. "I recognize the chrome wheels," he says. Four minutes after that, he catches a white Arnage, then a DB9 with black wheels, then the 360 Spider we'd seen earlier at the mall.