31 05, 2018

Marketing Interns and Audis: Do They Mix?

By | 2018-05-31T13:19:50+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Driving Experience|0 Comments

School’s out and summer jobs are starting. Our summer marketing interns, Zach and Claire, had a less than typical assignment their first week on the job. They were sent on a road trip to La Crosse, Wisconsin to experience and report on how the 2018 Audi Q7 and 2018 Audi A7 drove. Claire: The A7 is a perfect mix of luxury and sport. Its exterior is sharp and sexy, somewhat resembling a young hatchback with long body and notable cargo capacity. The driver sits low, amplifying its sport car vibe. However, the electric seat positioning allows for incredible adjustability, I was comfortable the entire 3-hour drive. The A7 is a perfect car for those who are looking for a daily car but aren’t willing to sacrifice speed, the quickness of the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine makes for a conservative adrenaline rush. The A7 is a smooth ride with a reliable and impressive turning radius, it was a blast to drive on the curvy, riverside roads to La Crosse. Zach: The A7 can be summed up in the phrase form and function.  The A7 is absolutely gorgeous and it is a functional daily driver as well.  There are plenty of beautiful sports cars/super cars out there, such as the Audi R8, but none are able to double as functional family cars at the same time.  With seating for 5 and a spacious trunk there is plenty of room to put groceries or your kid’s sports equipment, especially with the rear seats [...]

30 05, 2018

You Auto Know – Road Trip Prep

By | 2018-05-30T14:53:50+00:00 May 30th, 2018|You Auto Know|0 Comments

Summer is here, the grass is green, and kids are out of school.  What better way to spend time with your family than with a cross country road trip?  There are so many great national parks and monuments available to visit, it can often be difficult to decide where to go.  However, the most important thing to do is to make sure that your car is ready for whatever road lies ahead.  Here is a quick list of things that should be inspected on your car before you leave. Fluids and Regular Maintenance: Check your vehicle’s engine oil, transmission oil and differential oil to prevent any damage to the key components that makes your vehicle run properly. Also perform any necessary maintenance that may arise during the trip, such as replacing the timing belt and spark plugs.  It is also extremely important to check the amount of brake pad left, only if you plan on stopping during your road trip.  Another thing to check is your headlights and brake lights; checking these will not only help keep you and your family safe, but it will also help you avoid unplanned stops and tickets from the friendly State Patrol. Battery: Be sure to check your battery and clean the battery terminals (the two prongs you connect the wires to) so that your vehicle will consistently start during the trip. Tires and Alignment: One of the most important things to check on your vehicle is the tread left on your tires.  A [...]

29 05, 2018

Lap Around the Web – May 28th, 2018

By | 2018-05-29T15:22:26+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Few people realize that Aston Martin once competed in Formula 1. Despite the checkered success the British sports car manufacturer has had in GT racing throughout the years, their only foray into F1 was largely unsuccessful since they debuted what should’ve been a sleek, world-class, front-engined race car just as Ferrari and others were introducing their first mid-engined cars. As such, only four of these DBR4 F1 racecars were built in 1957. This particular car was actually rebuilt with pieces from a DBR4 F1 that was disassembled and sold off in pieces back in the late 1950s, and since its reconstruction, has been used extensively in vintage races throughout England and the rest of Europe. And isn’t that what a car like this deserves? To be put through its paces instead of sitting in a museum somewhere, collecting dust? I sure think so. To learn more about this beautiful Aston Martin DBR4 F1, head on over to Petrolicious. […]

27 11, 2017

Morrie’s Road Trip – Back From The Dead(th Valley)

By | 2017-11-27T16:57:37+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Driving Experience|1 Comment

Instead of the usual family time for Thanksgiving this year, my wife and I decided to pack up and head down to Las Vegas where we could binge on huge buffets, avoid awkward conversations with that one weird uncle, and just laze around next to a swimming pool with some friends. Although I missed some aspects of the traditional Thanksgiving feast, sitting down to a buffet that significantly bigger than my entire house and eating half my body weight in shrimp cocktail and prime rib made up for it. The downside to this gluttony, however, meant that I was in no shape to do much physical activity for the next 24 hours. That's why a 3-hour road trip to Death Valley National Park sounded like such a good idea on Black Friday. Death Valley is somewhere that I've always wanted to visit and this was the closest I was going to get anytime soon. So we packed a light lunch, grabbed plenty of water, and hit the road. The plan was to get to the visitor center in time for a late lunch and then explore the park until it got dark. Our first stop was Dante's View, one of the highest points of the park that overlooked the lowest point of the park: Badwater Basin. The drive through the hills to get to Dante's View was a great taste of what was to come later in the day as the serpentine road wound its way between cacti [...]

9 10, 2017

Lap Around the Web – Oct. 9th

By | 2017-10-09T15:06:40+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

As most of you reading this might’ve noticed if you weren’t living under a rock for the last couple months, there was a rare total solar eclipse in August. While many people jumped on the bandwagon in the months or weeks leading up to the eclipse, some people (mostly astronomers or nerdy photographers) had been planning to view the event for years. Sam Bendall, for instance, had been looking forward to the eclipse for close to a decade and had been planning his ideal way of viewing the eclipse when the time came. Luckily, as the time approached, his schedule cleared to allow him to make a once in a lifetime journey from California to Oregon on his motorcycle where he enjoyed over 1500 miles of beautiful roads over the course of 4 days. His story is both interesting and awe-inspiring and will make you long for a similar opportunity. […]

20 09, 2017

Overland (Mis)Adventures: What’s Better Than Sleeping in a Van by the River?

By | 2017-09-20T11:25:15+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Driving Experience|0 Comments

There are a lot of things that beat sleeping in a van by the river. For instance, sleeping in your bed, at home. Or sleeping in a bed in a hotel room. Or pretty much sleeping on a bed with 4 solid walls and a roof over your head. Just about all of that is more comfortable than sleeping in a van. But as the saying goes: “you can’t drive a house” and that was all I needed in order to find a way to turn my beloved ’99 Toyota 4Runner into an off-road capable RV. […]

3 07, 2017

Lap Around the Web – July 3rd

By | 2017-07-03T11:03:30+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

It’s Independence Day week and plenty of people are either just leaving or just getting back from America’s greatest past-time: a road trip. For some people though, the best road trips don’t even involve roads. For instance, Jim Bob from Stanceworks hit the trails in Utah in his Tacoma and some buddies for an 8-day adventure in the truest sense of the word, spending most of their time far away from pavement and civilization. From the beautiful waterfalls to derelict mining sites, this is the sort of trip that any self-described adventurer should make at least once in their lifetime. Head on over to Stanceworks to read the rest of the story and check out all the amazing photos. […]

12 06, 2017

Lap Around the Web – June 12th

By | 2017-06-12T13:41:40+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

I probably shared some photos from Luftgekuhlt 4 a few weeks ago, but very few people can capture the event like Speedhunter's Larry Chen. He had early access to the event space the day before the show to capture the carefully curated selection of iconic Porsches as they were being unloaded and moved around. Now Speedhunters is sharing all the beautiful photos that Larry captured, both before and during the Luftgekuhlt. If you like vintage Porsches, it's definitely worth a look. Canepa Porsche 917 Engine Restoration from Canepa on Vimeo. Speaking of air-cooled Porsches, the legends at Canepa Motorsports recently shared this awesome video of a 917 engine being torn down, restored, and rebuilt. It's so rare to see such intricate details of such an iconic and powerful car so it's amazing that Canepa took the time to document and share the process. Better yet, it's probably the very same car seen in this video with Patrick Long piloting it around Willow Springs. Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too? Fast, sporty people movers are kind of all the rage these days, but there was a time when crazy, sportscar-blooded vans and SUVs used to take to the track and stomp on much sportier cars. Auto manufacturers built V12-powered SUVs, F1-engined minivans, and shoved supercar development engines into cargo vans. Crazy stuff like that has all been watered down into 500+ horsepower SUVs that spend most of their time in traffic or hauling kids to soccer practice, but [...]

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