Today, instead of participating in the retail phenomenon known as Black Friday today, I headed over to my local tire place, and swapped out my summer Conti/Cadiz package for my winter performance tire-wheel package. For the next 3-4 months this will be my R’s new look.
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This weekend I had the bright idea to “black out” my grille. What does blacking out mean, and why would one want to? Well, first things first. Blacking out someone’s car-ride-whip-hooptie-vehicle involves changing any, and for some it means every, exterior item on said transport from its original factory delivered color to black. The process is also known as “murdered” a vehicle, but being the law abiding citizen that I am tend to avoid felonious named acts. Call me prudish. Anyway, I support anyone’s interest in customizing their vehicle, I may not agree with all the choices, but I certainly like seeing customized vehicles.
Anyhoo, my car came from the factory in a shade of red that I like, and a lot of its trim is black. The problem is that not all of the trim is black, and I think it would look really good in just two tones. If you’d like to see the journey from stock to wow, click HERE.
We’ve all heard it time and again that it’s important to know one’s limit, but what does it really mean? Well friends I’m here to tell you I now know what it means. Heading to work last week I was held up by a construction crew working near my office, and while I was waiting to be waved onward, I noticed the skid steer operator was learning first hand about limits, and why it’s important. He or she helped crystalize the meaning for me after seeing this while I was the first car in the line as I saw the skid steer do a face plant. Awkward.
So in summation, this should help bring clarity to all of you out there reading this today. Without knowing the limits, bad or in this particular case embarrassing things can and often do happen.
Today’s installment of Throwback Thursday is a gem of VW advertising with Peter Stomare. Watch now as he asks whether you know what time it is.
For those of us who wish we could simply will things to happen you may remember when Volkswagen tapped the Star Wars’ universe for inspiration in 2012. No, you say? A compact Darth Vader uses the Force to start a Passat or rather Vader’s father uses his key fob to start the Passat. Enjoy.
You may or may not know that I think sock monkeys rock. Couple that factoid with what I feel is a first, a car commercial utilizing a Sock Monkey as a pitchman, and boom you have this week’s Throwback Thursday. I think this may be the only commercial I’ve ever seen which also shows a Sock Monkey jet skiing, getting inked (stitched), road tripping to Las Vegas, and endorsing a Kia. But don’t just take my word for it, check it out for yourself.
You may have been wondering when it would be ready. Well my friend that day is today! I feel the need to set it up a bit. This being my first video (shameless attempt at deflecting shortcomings and amateur mistakes away from myself), I certainly evolved each day on the trip, and hopefully in a good way. I obtained a GoPro before my trip (me entering the video age!), and received it 2 days prior to the trip. As a result I wasn’t really able to get dialed in with the camera rig, so it was sort of a “learn on the go” type scenario for me. It was a lot of fun, my only wish was that GoPro had their battery charger-spare battery combo in stock. The GoPro 5 lasts about 45-60 minutes on one battery. Additionally, I also had to learn which mounts, vehicle locations, and views worked best on my R. It was fun trying different angles, interior-exterior, front-rear positions, and when to shoot versus when to not. On day 2 or 3 I felt like I had things sorted out. It’s very cool, and rewarding to add motion-audio to the images of your motor vacation memories!
Touring Joara, was the first event on my Driver’s Holiday. It’s a charity “poker-run” tour held in North Carolina annually, organized by the Table Rock Sports Car Club. A week before my trip, I had to modify my route, and while searching for motor-centric events I found the tour listed on Hemmings. The Touring Joara Facebook page has additional information about the tour. What can I say, this is this is a great event, put on by sports car enthusiasts who were very welcoming, and who share a passion for cars. It was well run, consisted of several great windy roads, and brought out many late model and classic sports cars comprised of American, European, and Japanese ancestry. It was also a plus that we had great weather on the day of the tour. Bottom line, I’d recommend this event to anyone with an interest in driving great roads, and meeting some wonderful sports car enthusiasts. I plan to make it back for this event.
I could go on telling you about the other sights and events on the video, but I think I’ll just stop the narration here and let the video speak for itself.
Enjoy, and I look forward to hearing what you think about the project and video!