The 4th annual #HeelsandWheels2015 event hosted at the Four Seasons Westlake Village, California this year was educational, entertaining, zany and OHHH what a driving experience. My driving partner Brandy Schaffels, Chief Editor here at AskPatty.com, and I drove 13 cars (and 1 truck) totaling $667,430 and 4,293 horsepower per Mary Lowry of CarsandMe.
Big thanks to Buick's Kristin Rubi; Dodge's Kristin Starnes; GMC's Kelly Wysocki; Infiniti's Aileen Clarke; Jaguar & Land Rover's Halie Schmidt; Kia's Amy Corsinita; Lexus's Leigh Anne Sessions; Mazda's Carley Hummel; Mitsubishi's Laura Conrad; Nissan's Paige Presley; and Volkswagen's Jessica Anderson and Jeannine Ginivan for the opportunity to drive a little and dream a little!
A scholarly fellow once said camping is 90-percent preparation; the rest depends on how well you deal with ghost stories, bug bites, and eating beef jerky for three days in a row. I'm not much of a camper, so I expect I'd be the one complaining about being dirty and cold.
However, OnStar is all about helping you be prepared and connecting you to the right people, so they teamed up with camping expert Perry Keydel to share camping tricks and tips for your next outdoor adventure.
When my mom and I first arrived at the Exotics Racing Ultimate Driving Experience at Auto Club Speedway in sunny Southern California, we were immediately in view of the exotic supercars. We both instantly started smiling. The thought of being able to drive one of these around the track was so exciting! We parked and rushed over to the entrance, where we were greeted, checked off the list, given wristbands, and told to have fun sitting in and taking pictures with the supercars.
At the track, they had eight cars available to drive: Audi R8 V-10, Nissan GTR, Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari F430 F1, Lamborghini Superleggera, Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche Cayman S, and the Porsche 997 Turbo S. I was told that at their Las Vegas location, they have even more cars to choose from, including a Lamboughini Aventador and a McLaren MP4-12C.
A media ride and drive event in Memphis several years ago left me with some free time in the afternoon before heading to the airport to return home. My colleague and I were wondering how to pass a few hours, when he suggested we visit the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Martin Luther King, Jr. which now houses the National Civil Rights Museum. It was an eye-opening afternoon for me: I was raised in Hawthorne, California, in the 1970s, and grew up with the understanding that all us kids were the same -- even though I was a white girl and I was the minority among my own diverse peer group.
More than 40 years ago, on April 4, 1968, the Lorraine Motel was a small minority-owned business in the south end of downtown Memphis. The motel's owner, Walter Lane Bailey preserved two rooms of his hotel as a shrine to Dr. King as well as to his wife, Lorraine, who died of a brain hemorrhage several hours after King was shot. Ultimately, the hotel closed down, and group of prominent Memphians, concerned that the historic site would be destroyed through neglect and indifference, formed the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation to save the Lorraine.
With support from the City of Memphis, Shelby County, the State of Tennessee, as well as many local banks, businesses, and community members, the National Civil Rights Museum opened its doors to visitors on September 29, 1991, and now houses a 12,800-square-foot exhibit titled "Exploring the Legacy." It also connects to the Main Street Rooming House across the street where James Earl Ray allegedly fired the fatal shot resulting in the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Each year, the National Civil Rights Museum provides a memorial program on Martin Luther King, Jr. day, with an entire day of programs and activities to inspire new generations of leaders to service.
On this day each year, I'm challenged to consider how this holiday is relevant to a woman's automotive site, and I'm reminded of what things were like for black people during the 1960s. I didn't live through the Civil Rights era, so my understanding of racisim and segregation is guided largely by what I learned in history classes, by what I experienced during the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, and by considering the moving exhibits at the museum.
The civil rights laws of the 1960s were intended to prohibit race and gender discrimination in the handful of markets -- employment, housing, and public accommodations -- in which discrimination was perceived to be particularly acute. According to Thomas J. Sugure in his Case Study titled "Driving While Black: The Car and Race Relations in Modern America" I am reminded that issues of transportation were especially significant.
When the Kia Soul came to market in 2010, the company was trying to reinvent itself to appeal to the children of baby boomers, aka Gen Y. At the time, Tom Loveless, VP of Sales for Kia Motors said, “This is the tip of a very big iceberg. It’s the direction Kia is going.”
And I wrote, “Could it be that, by next year, it will actually be cool to own a Kia?”
My prediction was spot on. Kia has certainly upped its cool factor, especially with the Soul, an urban hatchback that, like Gen Y, is not cut from the mold.
The ad campaign for Soul, which started out featuring hamsters on wheels, was different from the get-go. Over the years, Kia has grown the hamster theme to incorporate everything from rapping and hip-hop hamsters to this year’s edition, Lady Gaga.
Labor Day has passed, summer vacations are over, and the kids are back in school; while it might seem that all the fun is behind us, football fans welcome a new season of their favorite sport, celebrating many weekend games in the parking lot of their team’s arena.
Whether you're a superfan or just love one, the start of the season means it's time for tailgating. And for those who love to entertain, tailgating is almost as much a sport as the game itself.
Now the best selling tour in the concert's 12-year history, the 2013 Honda Civic Tour, has already sold more tickets than any other in the Civic Tour’s history, with multiple sell-out venues. As part of the @HondaCivicTour, Honda and Maroon 5 are giving fans a chance to win a customized and autographed Maroon 5 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Honda CBR250R motorcycle. Both the car and motorcyle were designed by the popular Los Angeles band. Unfortunately, Adam Levine is not included as part of the prize package.
Knibbe Ranch, Spring Branch, Texas: This celebrated cattle ranch in the Hill Country of Texas was the perfect place for ‘The General’ to get back in the saddle! Now launching its next-generation pickup trucks, General Motors is truly back in the truck wars and hosted the first drive of its all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado at this working ranch that has been used for a handful of years as the proving grounds to evaluate the country’s top trucks each fall, in an annual shoot-out sponsored by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA).