I was a regular at Road America
While doing sports on Green Bay TV during the 80’s and 90’s I had some fantastic opportunities to meet really interesting people. Sure, all the Green Bay Packer players of that era, but my main passion was auto racing. Anytime there was anything going on at Road America, I was down there. I loved being there and still do.
On the list of nice guys were Roger Penske, Walter Payton, and Tom Cruise. He’s a short guy. The nicest on that list, and also short, was Mario Andretti. I interviewed him a bunch of times and it was like we had known each other for ever. Check out this story on Mario done a week ago today on CBS Sunday Morning. Enjoy.
I wish I had come up with this idea
Back in my public relations days I knew the media in the Milwaukee market really well. I was the only PR professional that specifically designed events that were just about slam dunks in getting the media out. How’d I do it? By designing unusual things that participants normally couldn’t do and then invite the media out to try it ahead of time.
I remember two events that were a lot of fun, one especially since one was centered around aviation. Here’s a live interview I did on one of the TV stations’ morning show. The other one was an Urban Adventure race, sort of like the Amazing Race on CBS, where I repelled four stories while doing a live interview at the same time. That was a rush.
Now I’m on the other side of the fence…
…and found this video where 15 radio control trucks work together to pull a full-size Toyota Hilux. This wasn’t their first time to this rodeo. They staged a slightly different version in the 80’s. Hats off to your PR staff Toyota. You definitely got my attention along with lots of other outlets.
No newsflash there because it happens everyday
Just because there are those of us like me who drive Jeeps doesn’t mean we don’t get stuck every once in a while. Hey we have the most capable 4×4 ever so we’re going to push the envelope. Count on that. Getting stuck is one story while getting out is another like this dude who went in the mud with one Jeep Wrangler and came out with two. This is a classic video of how not to pull a Jeep stuck in the mud.
See if you can relate to this. Summer trips with the fam
It’s the mid 70’s or 80’s when the whole family piled into the family wagon to go on vacation. It could have been west like I did with my family in our 1967 Rebel Cross Country wagon. Almost identical to this one I found in the classified sporting the same Strato Blue Metalic color. Yup, I have all kinds of stuff still rattling around in my brain. Mom, Dad, and my two younger sisters went to Yosemite to see Old Faithful and stuff like that and Read more
Cool new cars and fun stuff to do
Going to the Chicago Auto Show is one of our favorite trips of the year because we always have a great time. This year was no different. We captured some of it in the two videos below. If you’ve been thinking about going, and we recommend it, get a long little doggie, because it runs through February 20th.
A tale of two companies
It all began almost 67 years to the date in a closed down pub in London where an industrial die-casting company, Lesney, was born, leading to a huge collector market for metal 1/64th scale model cars. Lesney is the creator of Matchbox vehicles. The name itself came into being when one of the owners’ daughters wanted to bring a toy to school but the school only allowed children to bring toys that could fit inside a matchbox so a scaled down version of a Lesney model went with her to school. Thinking they might have something, they used the one-0ff creation, the idea of selling a model of a vehicle small enough to fit into the size of a matchbox. Matchbox was born and propelled Lesney to worldwide, mass-market success. Read more
It will take some deep, deep pockets
This 38,000-square-foot mansion is located in Bel Air, California. It has 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, three kitchens, six bars, a massage room, a fitness center, two wine and champagne cellars, and a 40-person home theater. One of my favorites is the 85-foot infinity pool complete with its own 20-foot TV on a hydraulic lift. I can just imagine the pool parties I would have when the Green Bay Packers play. Sadly not anymore this season.
What’s in it for the car guy?
Well I’ll tell you. It comes with a $30 million car collection parked right in the home. When’s the last time your wife let you park your collector car in the house? Included in the collection are cars we can only dream about like a faster than snot Pagani Huayra, a Rolls-Royce, a Bugatti, and a vintage Allard. OK, the cost. Are you sitting down? $250 Million. That’s $250,000,000. Lots of zeros. Let me know when one of you guys buy it and Mark and I will be your two newest best friends. Read more and be sure to watch the videos.
I’m a pretty happy AMC fan this morning!
That’s because last night at the Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale, AZ this AMX 3 sold for $891,000 setting a new world record price for an American Motors creation. More than other cars in the auction like a 1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster which sold for $693,000 but not as high as the top seller, a 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix hammering for $3,300,000. Read more
Because what engine comes with the vehicle is never enough
I’ve been doing some research about installing a turbo on my 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Sure it has enough grunt, lots more than our 2011 anyway, but how about a little more. But then I found the ultimate in a power upgrade, a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 Hellcat engine! There’s a company I came across, Dakota Customs based in Rapid City, South Dakota where you can buy your very own Hellcat-powered Wrangler. What a hoot this would be. It’s still the same Hellcat that comes in the Dodge Charger and Challenger, 707 hp and 650 pounds-feet of torque. Man that for sure would get that big stump I have in my yard out. Read more
Fate of The Fast & Furious will rock
By Paul Daniel
For those of you who are not up on the latest slang FOMO means “Fear of Missing Out” and you will not want to miss the eighth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise. I was tardy to the party for this series.
It was my car gal Meg who rented the movies to watch at home and give me the 411 on the upcoming movies. We’re both hooked now. She gave me this Ford Escort RS 1800 1/32 scale slot car as a Christmas gift because it was in one of the movies. I wish I could do all the cool stuff that’s done on the big screen with it. But then again, the movie version crashed and was toast.
My daughter Meg and I went to see the new Star Wars movie, which also rocked, and during the previews they showed the trailer for the new movie. OMG! A huge wrecking ball that swings in and takes out about a dozen cars on the street, and a sub surfacing through the ice with vehicles driving just in front of it. Words don’t describe it well enough. See the clip and then start the countdown to the premier on April 14th, 2017.
My truck, your car, even up
At first glance it would be a no-brainer who the winner would be, right? The car. Unless of course you are Volvo with what they call the fastest truck in the world, put against their World Touring Car Championship Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 in both a drag race and a single-lap dash on a road course. Read more
Sure you love your car but do others?
It’s called the Customer Love Index (CLI) and was created by Strategic Vision. It measures the amount of love that buyers feel toward their new vehicle. To calculate CLI, Strategic Vision looks at five measurements to calculate CLI: Total Quality Impact, Total Value Index, Vehicle Emotional Delivery, Overall Feelings and Advocacy. It compiles data Over 120 different aspects of the ownership experience are compiled and on a scale that ranges from 1 (I Hate It) to 7 (I Love It) with 4 (Satisfactory) at the middle of the scale. Here are the 2016 winners. Read more
Carpeting and paint codes
As a kid my first promo model was a pink ’63 VW Bug. I had my eye on this at the local hobby shop for the longest time lusting over it although I doubt at age five I knew what lust was. Dad said is was mine if I would give up dragging around my blanket, yup just like Linus from Peanuts. Tough but I did it for my first promo model and the rest is history. I bet I’m not alone either touching up promo models or redoing them the exact paint code. Dad brought home lots of them when he went to work for American Motors in 1963. I didn’t have to give anything up when those started rolling in the door and I had boxes of them. Most promo model cars will come in the colors that their big brothers were painted in like this rare red 1970 AMX that I have in my collection. Sure AMC made a red AMX in 1970 but this color is more of an approximate, not exact color match. I must have painted and detailed lots of them but none to the detail I have seen on the auction sites. Read more
What Batman and Robin did while not fighting crime
They went slot car racing on a track Aunt Harriet built for them. Watch in this blast from the past and Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Alfred, and Aunt Harriet kick back for a racing session. Enjoy.
It’s about time they did!
The Dodge Charger Hellcat is one of the fastest cars on the planet so it only makes sense that they hop back in. Dodge’s roots go back to the early NASCAR days and their drivers, Lee and Richard Petty, Buddy Baker, and Bobby Allison played an important part in forming what NASCAR is today. Dodge was last in the NASCAR Premier Series season in 2012 when Brad Keselowski drove the iconic “Blue Deuce”
to his first championship and the first in the series for car owner Roger Penske. Read more