M4DNESS IN MALIBU: ONE MAN’S QUEST FOR YASTOPIA

VEHICLE SPECS & MODIFICATIONS 2016 BMW M4 Full Coverage XPEL STEALTH satin finish paint protection from Auto Armour XPEL ULTIMATE gloss paint protection on carbon roof, splitters, mirrors & headlights XPEL PRIME XR window film 20” HRE P101 wheels with custom frozen finish (10” front, 11.5” rear) Dinan DinanTRONICS Stage 3, Heat Exchanger, free flow exhaust, carbon CAI, rear suspension link kit. lightweight adjustable swaybars, Tension Strut Ball Joint Kit, and pedal cover set KW HAS springs BMW M Performance parts with YMB paint Custom shaved front side reflectors Custom painted interior & brake calipers AutoTecknic Competition DCT Paddles, Carbon Door Handle Trims. Carbon & Alcantara E-Brake Handle iND painted rear reflectors & painted key hole cover Enlaes Carbon Fiber 4-piece Full Diffuser, Carbon Fiber Side Skirts & Carbon Fiber Trunk Lip MRG titanium stud kit   MAKE 'EM SAY "PLEZ" For our second installment of the XPEL Insiders video series, we ventured back to California in search of madness. YasMadness, to be precise.   The BMW M4 piloted by Hunter Evans can be seen roaming the coastline & cayons on the daily. We sat down with Hunter to talk about growing up in Malibu, Cali living, and where his infamous Bimmer gets its name. IN SEARCH OF YASTOPIA For Hunter, the yearn for BMW ownership began in high school. While his friends daily'd E92s and 135s, he made the trek in a rather sluggish Hummer H3. Malibu is brimming with car culture of all varieties, so the thirst for something more was real from the start. Of course, good things take time. While whipping the H3, Hunter set his sights on the M4. Once he acquired it, everything else seemed to fall into place. "When you're surrounded by it as a kid, it's the norm. When that becomes the norm, it's what you work towards as an innate desire." And for many automotive enthusiasts, this mentality rings true. We pine for a sense of belonging & serenity that one can attain from driving the perfect car on the open road. "Multiple friends got BMWs as their first cars - it was the only brand that I really wanted. It's just a dream come true to have this finally." No doubt, achieving drivable utopia is a goal worth chasing. NOT SAFE FOR MALIBU If you're not familiar with the YasMadness M4. you might mistake it for a factory frozen BMW. Thanks to Auto Armour in San Diego, the Yas Marina finish got frosted with the kind of satin sheen only XPEL STEALTH PPF can provide. With Malibu as a backdrop, Hunter's BMW turns heads as quick as it turns corners. The factor carbon roof & aftermarket accents remain glossy as ever thanks to ULTIMATE clear bra as well. For an added bump of power, the M4 received everything under the sun and then some from DINAN. The car made it to SEMA for two consecutive years finding its home in the DINAN booth, and even managed to get recognized by the good people at MotorTrend for being a "top tuner car" of 2015. "I was just floored. I never imagined being on a MOTORTREND top anything list."   To finish off the look, custom painted HRE P101s fill out the M4's arches in style with performance to match. Whether it's prowling PCH or perched on a turnout overlooking the coastline, the YasMadness M4 is well equipped for California living. "This car has been life changing." Understandibly so. The M4 ranks pretty high on the list of "cars we'd like to have in our dream garage," and after experiencing the madness of Yas first hand, we're definitely hungry for more. Follow the Madness Spending time in the 'Bu with Hunter and YasMadness was an experience we won't soon forget. In a world of keyboard warriors and fervent purists, his friendly, approachable nature & enthusiasm for BMW ownership was incredibly refreshing. If you haven't yet, pop over to the Yastagram for an inside look at one of the Internet's favorite M4s. ___________________________________ Special thanks to Evan & the team at Auto Armour for a fantastic STEALTH install on Hunter's M4. Interested in how your car would look protected with XPEL STEALTH? Check out our product image gallery & envision your own satin transformation.

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The 2017 International Window Film Conference in West Palm Beach

  A few weeks before we brought a Bugatti Chiron to SEMA in Las Vegas, we found ourselves in West Palm Beach. Window Film Mag kicked off the annual International Window Film Conference & Tint-Off, and as a Diamond Plus sponsor, you know we had to bring the heat. Beyond XDC, International Window Film Conference & Tint-Off is one of the few events dedicated entirely to the film industry. In its 17th year, the WFCT has grown in scope & scale, highlighting the latest product releases, informational seminars, and an intense install competition. Velos Design Works McLaren 570S on Display at the XPEL Booth Thanks to our friends from The Sign Savers in Miami, we were lucky to have another awesome vehicle on display. Wrapped & protected with ULTIMATE clear bra, the Velos Design Works McLaren 570S was a serious attention grabber. Pushing an excess of 560HP with a top speed just north of 200mph, there's no denying that the papaya orange 570S was the most high performance ride on the floors of WFCT. The other stars of the International Window Film Conference were, you guessed it: our new window films! Along with the soft launch of our VISION Architectural Line, many attendees had a chance to play with PRIME. Offering incredible UV protection & heat rejection, PRIME XR is a serious contender for anyone seeking a high performance window tint option. The Window Film Mag team caught up with our very own Eric Keller to touch briefly on both products in a Day 1 video recap - check out the full clip here. VISION: A New Outlook on Architectural Window Films Just as PRIME is rapidly becoming a go-to for automotive tinters around the world, our VISION series seeks to take the flat glass industry by storm. With an array of architectural glass solutions available, the VISION portfolio is diverse. Need safety or security film? We've got you covered. Searching for a decorative or anti-graffiti application? Look no further. Our VISION series can give you a new outlook on architectural film like no other. Head over to the product page for more info or request a spec sheet today. The Paint Protection Competition and Tint-Off Of course, it wouldn't be the International Window Film Conference without an install competition. There were a handful of XPEL supporters in the WFCT showdown this year, and a few even made it to the finals. Shout out to Jameel from ACE Custom Signs & Dustin from MidWest Tinting for putting XPEL products at the forefront of the competition, and congrats to Andrew & Kyle from Oz Braz for bringing home the gold! Rightfully so, workmanship & finish quality will always supersede brand rivalries. As one of the judges of the PPF installation competition, lead trainer & installation specialist Alex Valencia made sure only the top qualifiers continued on. ONE CONFERENCE TO RULE THEM ALL Miss out on competing during the WFCT? There's another showdown on the horizon. The 2018 XPEL Dealer Conference is coming up, and we've got a competition in the works that will test the limits of any installer. Head over to xpel.com/dealerconference & get your entry locked in before it's too late.

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Corvette Funfest 2017 at Mid America Motorworks with Clear Auto Bra

  Shortly after our trip to PA for Corvettes At Carlisle, we made our way to Effingham, Illinois. Home to Mid America Motorworks, Effingham is another small town, much like Carlisle, that's prone to bowtie invasion. Corvette Funfest 2017 was no exception. With thousands of cars on the lawns of MAM, "the largest Corvette party in the world" was a celebration of Chevy's most beloved sports coupe. Corvette Funfest at Mid America Motorworks If you're not familiar with Corvette Funfest, let us fill you in with a brief history lesson. Back in the early 90's, the Mid America Motorworks team organized a laid-back Vette meet as a 'thank you' to customers & supporters. What started as 1,200 cars rapidly grew in numbers, filling up the MAM campus & rising in the ranks as a 'must attend' for many Vette enthusiasts. Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the '67 Stingray, Corvette Funfest 2017 had something for everyone. Activities included road tours, drag racing, live music, tech sessions, and everything in between. IN THE INSTALL DOME WITH CLEAR AUTO BRA Of course, much like past Funfests, you could find Team XPEL in the Install Dome. With the help of our good friends from Clear Auto Bra, we set to work equipping a wide variety of Vettes with ULTIMATE paint protection packages. Working under pressure is never easy, but the guys from Clear Auto Bra exercised practiced precision as crowds looked onward. There's no doubt that the Corvette is one of our most popular models for protection, and the interest was strong as ever this year. Kit after kit, car after car, each and every Vette at Funfest that needed protection received it. SPREADING THE XPEL GOSPEL For the last few days of Funfest, we hosted a protection-centric seminar along with a Q & A session. Lucky for us, Clear Auto Bra let us borrow their Z06 to lure in attendees. We kept it short & sweet, touching briefly on the self-healing powers of ULTIMATE paint protection, film care, and the benefits of paint preservation. A few seminar participants even took home some complimentary microfiber towels! HITTING THE ROAD As Corvette Funfest 2017 came to a close, a window of opportunity opened. The roads around Mid America Motorworks had emptied out enough that we had a little room for rollers with Clear Auto Bra's two C7s. Utilizing the space available and a golf cart loaned to us by the show organizers, we got in a few passes down the back stretch as the clouds started to roll in. All in all, Funfest was another epic event for Team XPEL. It's always great to be around some of our biggest fans, and even better when you have awesome installers on hand to make the magic happen. Big thanks to the team at Clear Auto Bra for their efforts - see you all at Corvette Funfest 2018! DON'T SLEEP ON DEALER CONFERENCE For those who may have missed out on Corvettes at Carlisle or Corvette Funfest 2017, we've got you covered. XPEL Dealer Conference is just around the corner, and it's going to be the biggest yet. XDC18 features an array of business luminaries who can help you grow your operation, happy hour with XPEL team members, and much, much more. Some of our attendees last year said it was even better than SEMA! Ready to register for XDC18? Head over to xpel.com/dealerconference & get signed up while there's still space available.

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Corvettes at Carlisle 2017 with Rose Detailing, ACAP Films, Blackout Tinting, and Detail Authority

    As summer came to a close, we made our way out to Carlisle, Pennsylvania for the annual Corvettes at Carlisle show. If you're not familiar with [email protected], it's touted as one of the largest Corvette-centric events in the world. With upwards of 5,000 Vettes in attendance there's no shortage of bowties in Carlisle come August. Corvettes at Carlisle 2017 didn't disappoint. VETTES FOR MILES For the initiated, Corvettes at Carlisle can be a bit overwhelming. The fairgrounds seem to go on for miles. Walking the endless rows of Vettes, it's easy to get turned around and lose track of time with so much to see. Lucky for us, the bright XPEL tent stood out like a Racing Yellow beacon of protection. Of course, it helped that we were also accompanied by Lance Miller's very own Carlisle Blue ZR1. Protected with ULTIMATE clear bra, this well-known sky blue beauty still looks as good as it did the day it drove off the lot. By the numbers, there's somewhere around 11 Carlisle Blue ZR1s in existence, so we were very lucky to have the vehicle on display again for 2017. ON-SITE INSTALLS WITH ULTIMATE & PRIME Much like past Corvettes at Carlisle shows, the booth was set up with installation in mind. With the help of Rose Detailing, ACAP Films, Blackout Tinting, and Detail Authority, [email protected] participants received the best XPEL products right on site. As the days went on, cars lined up at the back of the tent for ULTIMATE coverage & PRIME XR window film. Our dealers worked around the clock to ensure each Vette received the best protection possible. We received a lot of praise for their efforts, and truly we couldn't have done it without them. Multiple installs a day non-stop for hours on end can take a toll, but these guys put in work to make sure everyone was well taken care of. Corvettes at Carlisle Video Recap Want to see more of the happenings of [email protected] in action? Check out the video recap for a little bit of everything you may have missed. Burnouts, bikinis, and just about every type of Vette imaginable can be seen gracing the fairgrounds. DON'T MISS OUT ON THE NEXT XPEL EXTRAVAGANZA If you haven't had a chance to team up with us at a local event, open house, or car show, there's another opportunity coming up. In February we'll be hosting XDC18, our exclusive dealer-only conference at the home of all things XPEL, San Antonio. It's going to be unlike any Dealer Conference we've hosted before, with a brand new location, engaging breakout sessions, and unique keynote presentations. Sound up your ally? Swing by xpel.com/dealerconference/ to register today, and don't hesitate to reach out to your rep with any questions or concerns. See you in San Antonio at XPEL Dealer Conference 2018!

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We Brought a Bugatti Chiron to SEMA 2017

    HELLBEE: THE ULTIMATE BOOTH BABE When most people think of the Specialty Equipment Market Association, their mind is awash with widebody kits, neon lights, and generally out-of-this-world automotive customization. For SEMA 2017, we went a different route. A rather expensive route. Quite possibly, the most expensive, clocking in just shy of $4 million USD. If you came through the North Hall, you couldn't miss it - we were the booth with the bright yellow Bugatti Chiron. Completely covered with ULTIMATE clear bra by Protective Film Solutions, the Hell Bee Chiron was an absolute show stopper. It drew crowds all week long, and for many SEMA attendees, it was the first time they'd seen one in person. Our second feature vehicle to grace the booth was none other than a STEALTH wrapped McLaren 720S. Equipped with PRIME XR 35 and XR 70 window film on the sides & front, the 720S was a stunning showcase of XPEL technology. Check out the spec sheets below for more details on both of our SEMA 2017 feature vehicles.   SEMA 2017 VIDEO RECAP   If you're not into browsing the photo gallery above, we've got a brief video mashup highlighting some of our favorites from the show as well. Take a look for a glimpse at the Hennessey Venom F5, Ken Block's Hoonicorn, the widebody Vossen GTI RS and many more.   EXCLUSIVE XPEL AFTER PARTY AT THE PALMS The venue for our SEMA 2017 customer appreciation party got a bit of an upgrade as well. Located off the strip at The Palms, The View was spacious & vivacious with plenty of room to get comfortable while taking in the expanse of Las Vegas below. With drinks flowing & plenty of small bites in circulation, The View shaped up to be a great spot for bringing everyone together. If you missed out on this time around, there's always XPEL Dealer Conference! HONORABLE MENTIONS Beyond the Bugatti & McLaren, there were quite a few other XPEL protected vehicles at SEMA 2017. Among them, Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s STEALTH wrapped "Ultimate Funhaver" F-150. We managed to hitch a ride around the skidpad on the last day of SEMA, and was a highlight of the week. SEMA 2017 IN CLOSING Without a doubt, the 2017 SEMA Show was an awesome experience. The cars were as crazy as ever and we had a blast getting to see a little bit of everything that the industry has to offer. If you missed out this year, be sure to follow along with us on facebook & instagram for the latest event coverage as it unfolds. GEAR UP FOR XDC18 Bummed about missing our party at The Palms? Then don't sleep on #XDC18. February is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing: the return of XPEL Dealer Conference. Next year will be better than ever with a brand new location, an intense installation competition, unique guest speakers & more. Interested? Pop over to xpel.com/dealerconference/ to get registered, and don't hesitate to reach out to your rep with any questions or concerns. See you at XPEL Dealer Conference 2018!

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Monterey Car Week 2017: Legends, Werks, Motorsports Reunion & More

Monterey Car Week 2017: XPEL On Location We've been attending Car Week since 2013, and without a doubt, it's one of the most anticipated events of the year. The events, the locale, the vehicles - for one week out of the year, it's a proverbial automotive heaven on earth. As expected, Monterey Car Week 2017 was everything we dreamed of, and more. While Monterey Car Week is quite literally a week long chain of events, the real excitement always happens closer to the weekend. For Team XPEL, we planned to be in 3 different places at once on Friday. Between Legends of the Autobahn, Werks Reunion, and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, our Car Week weekend started off with a bang. Legends of the Autobahn For the German car enthusiast, there is no better Car Week event to attend than Legends of the Autobahn. Co-hosted by BMW Club, Mercedes Club, and the Audi Club, Legends is an epicenter of Deutsche delights. Michelin, the show's primary sponsor, had a trio of three stunning Mercedes lined up on the lawn. An AMG GT R, SLS AMG, and a modified SLR McLaren complete with full Mansory body kit. The turnout for the show was strong. The Nicklaus Club's greens filled out with show goers displaying a wide variety of the Autobahn's finest. We were in good company at the XPEL tent, with two different eras of BMW M cars on display. As luck would have it, Vorsteiner was kind enough to loan us a pristine E30 M3, complete with custom ULTIMATE paint protection. Accompanying the E30 was a brand new M4 GTS that had been completely covered in STEALTH by Appearance Solutions. If legendary vehicles are what you're after during Monterey Car Week, Legends of the Autobahn is a great place to start. Nearly every generation of the most sought after makes & models were in attendance. One show participant even brought out an entire array of Dakkar Yellow M cars. Across the lawns, we spied lemon yellow 190 EVO conversion. An all white 560 SEC AMG also attracted a lot of attention from attendees. While the origins of the car remains unclear to us, it was cool to see in original "catalog spec." There were plenty of modified vehicles attending Legends too. A handful of modern M cars and an i8 with a wild body kit & wheels among many other Audis & Mercs were on location. All in all, Legends of the Autobahn had a great smattering of old and new. No doubt, there's something for everyone's taste or performance preference. If you're attending Monterey Car Week in the future, don't miss it. Werks Reunion For those who missed out on Porsche Parade, there's always Werks Reunion. The show has been a roaring success for 4 years running, showcasing a little bit of everything that Porsche has to offer. If you're a fan of P-cars, there's no better place to be at Car Week than Werks. The show unfolded at Corral de Tierra Country Club with a bigger turnout than ever before. Modified 356s, backdate delights and modern supercars covered the grounds of Werks. Among them, we spotted a paint-to-sample Riviera Blue GT3 RS. Close by, the PCS Motorsports PPIHC Stage 4 991TTS sat unassumingly under a tree. While the air-cooled section seemed partial to the RS backdate craze, there was no shortage of restomods, weekend track warriors, or modern monster 911s. There was no shortage of wide hips at Werks either, and we're not talkin' RWB. This Jägermeister 934 was a definite favorite. It even managed to take home an award from Porsche Cars North America. Even the infamous Carrera GT found a home at the show. For being over 10 years old, the CGT is still as good looking as ever. No matter what type of Porsche person you are, you'll find something you like at Werks Reunion. For that reason alone, we can't wait to be back. Exotics on Cannery Row As Friday started to come to a close, downtown Monterey descended into madness. The good kind of madness. The loud kind. As crowds around Cannery Row began to grow to epic proportions, we made our way back from the day's events. Exotics on Cannery Row had reached critical mass. The street packed out with vehicles & spectators alike. If you're not familiar with EOCR, it's one of Monterey Car Week's most popular new events. The show is completely free to attend & it houses some of the wildest rides of Car week. Beyond the Concept Lawn or The Quail, you wont find anything else like it. As We made our way down Cannery Row towards the main display, a full STEALTH wrapped Lamborghini Reventon was drawing a crowd. Pushing through the masses, we also caught a look at the Cephus Centenario. One of the few Bugatti Chirons stateside was also in attendance. A few cars over, the one & only Riviera Blue GT had made it into the Michelin display. Not one, not two, but three Ferrari F50s were on location at the end of the row too. The sheer variety of vehicles present at Exotics on Cannery Row is part of what makes it such a blast to attend. If you've got limited time to spend at Car Week and you want to make the most of it, EOCR is a must. With the show coming to a close, we made our way out of the crowds to watch a few cars roll out from a distance. Our first day of Monterey Car Week was wrapping up, and we still had lots to experience. Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Saturday rolled around & it was time for all hands on deck at Laguna Seca. Our biggest display of Monterey Car Week was out at the track for the Motorsports Reunion. Walking onto the grounds from the back sponsor lot, we were immediately greeted by an array of Singer 911s. if you're not familiar, these magnificent machines are far from being a simple, idealized resto-Porsche. Singer Vehicle Design has gone well above and beyond the average 911 updates. They have carbon fiber body components, fully integrated roll cages, bespoke interiors and much, much more. No detail on a Singer 911 gets overlooked. Personal tastes aside, these cars have some of the most stunning cockpits around. As the Singer mantra goes - everything is important. Coupled with the selection of Singer 911s sat a uniquely spec'd GT3 RS & 911 R with orange accents. Only a few feet away tucked back under the awnings, the Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE. We were lucky to have a pretty awesome Italian stallion gracing the XPEL booth as well. 599 GTO spec'd in all black with yellow accents & a contrasting center stripe. Sporting full body ULTIMATE paint protection plus plenty of carbon fiber, the GTO was a perfect conversation piece for the show. For those who stopped by to learn more about XPEL Automotive Survival Products, we had a contest for a chance to win a roll of TRACWRAP. Directly behind our booth, Griot's Garage had a couple p-cars on display including one with ULTIMATE protection. Once the crowds lulled a bit, it was time to venture out into the pits. Even with three days to spend at the Motorsports Reunion, getting eyes on everything is tough. Row after row, tent after tent - the cars seem to be never ending. Automotive legends new & old were on location. BMW CSLs, a Renault Alpine, a race-prepped 300SL Gullwing, the Gozzy Kremer Porsche 935. The list goes on. Among the classics, a slew of modern engineering was also present. Notably, a new Ford GT, McLaren P1, and Jaguar's Formula E i-Type. After a tour of the pits, a hike to the top of the corkscrew was in order. Even at the summit of Laguna, it was still easy to spot the bright yellow XPEL tent amongst the others. Upon catching a few laps from the top, we ventured back down to see how close to the action we could get through the fence. The real highlight of the Rolex Reunion is seeing so many monsters of motorsport in motion, after all. Car spotting around Monterey is a great way to spend the day, but if rolling history is what you're after, put Laguna on your list for Car Week 2018. Infiltrating the Quail Lodge If you're not familiar with The Quail, it's one of Monterey Car Week's most prestigious displays. Held on the 18th hole of the Quail Lodge, the event features a staggering collection of old & new. Admission is upwards of $600 a head, and while the all-you-can-eat caviar bar is a big draw, the price tag is hard to swallow. As the saying goes - walk with confidence. After a polite exchange with event security and a brisk walk up to the greens, we were on the lawns of The Quail during setup. As cars were being unloaded and uncovered, we spread out to see as much as we could. The first thing that caught our eyes was the array of Koenigseggs we had seen previously at EOCR & Laguna. Audi was still setting up, but they had already pulled the covers off the R8 LMS GT3, as well as the original Sport Quattro S1 "Pikes Peak." Not too far from Audi, we caught our first look at the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Spec'd in a deep metallic green with contrasting bronze wheels, the Performante was drool worthy. Near the back of The Quail, we happened upon the Bugatti Chiron press car right as they began to unload it. If you're following us on Instagram, you may have heard it throw some revs for us in a short IG video. The Chiron is a serious sight to behold, especially when it's adorned with bright red interior. A stone's throw away, Bugatti had two other "classics' on display. Regardless of your automotive preferences, The Quail will rarely fail to disappoint. It might come with a hefty entry price, but you'd be hard pressed to find a better display without the crowds. As we headed back to the rental, an extremely rare Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype roared to life and puttered down a cart path. The sun was setting on The Quail, and we would have been hard pressed to find a better send off than that. Pebble Beach Concept Lawn & Manufacturer Displays As Sunday rolled around, we awoke ready to brave the crowds at one of the other top free events of Monterey Car Week. When people think of Pebble Beach, they usually think of the Concours d'Elegance. While the pageantry & poise of the Concours are uniquely "CarWeekian," the hype is on the Concept Lawn. With the Concept Lawn, a systematic approach seems to be the best route to go. Enter on one end, circle the green, and try to get as close to the chainlink as possible. This year's Lawn was nothing short of wild, with a smattering of concepts, a mix of hypercars, race cars, and pre-production prototypes. Despite not having hundreds of horses on deck or an insane price tag, the new VW ID Buzz drew a lot of attention. It's slated for production in 2022, and we can't wait to see them on the road. Down the road from the Concept Lawn, Mercedes-Benz had a solid selection of their very own to admire. Unless you're at Monterey Car Week, seeing a CLK GTR in person is almost unheard of. A mere 20 road-going coupes made it into production. Beyond the CLK GTR, the famous "Red Pig" was also in attendance, along with the one & only AMG Hammer wagon. Back up the road from Mercedes, the Bentley house was a Betayaga & Supersports showcase. The new Supersports "X" convertible was a highlight, with unique two-tone paint and plenty of carbon fiber. While the latest of the CGTSS lineup isn't much of a departure from years past, it's still a grand tourer's dream. Of course, the baby blue drop top resting front & center felt distinctly "Monterey" as well. Doubling back towards the concept lawn, we stumbled upon a back way up towards Ferrari's 70th birthday bash. If you're a fan of the Italian Stallion, Ferrari's 70th anniversary showing was the stuff of dreams. So many incredible cars, and not a single velvet rope in sight. Beyond Maranello, there's no better place for prancing horse appreciation than Pebble Beach. Among the ranks, a well-known '62 Ferrari 250 GTO had posted up on its own little pad of excellence. If it looks familiar, that's because it was a part of the ‘most expensive car crash’ ever in 2012. Since then it's undergone extensive restoration to return to its former glory. Another Ferrari that caught our attention was a rare black on black F50. Look closely at the photos, and you might spot something unique about the paint's surface. It's so thin, you can actually see the carbon fiber weave of the body panels underneath! With the Ferrari party behind us, we made our way back to the Uber pickup zone with camera cards full and heads buzzing from automotive euphoria. Before hitting the road, we popped over to see the Lucid Air EV. The prototype boasts around 1000hp, and hit a brain-melting 235mph in testing. Making our way up the hill from Pebble Beach, we heard a low rumble sneaking up behind us. It was none other than the blu cepheus Lamborghini Centenario from EOCR. Vorsteiner BMW E30 M3 As our Monterey Car Week extravaganza started to come to a close, it was time to return our special guests. First up, the Vorsteiner BMW E30 M3. Without a doubt, the E30 is a crowd pleaser. Even with only a few fleeting moments of seat time, it was easy to fall in love. It exudes balance & performance coupled with timeless good looks. With only a few minor modifications, the Vorsteiner E30 ticks all the right boxes. Big thanks to our friends at Vorsteiner for allowing us to display it at the booth during Legends of the Autobahn. The E30 put the "M" in Monterey Car Week, and for that, we're grateful. ULTIMATE 599 GTO on 17 Mile Drive For our final Monterey outing of Car Week 2017, we went in search of the ULTIMATE roller with the 599 GTO. After a quick loop through downtown, we made our way towards the famous 17 Mile Drive as the sun began set in front of us. The view was glorious. Bathed in the kind of warm glow only a California coast can produce, the 599 looked stellar. Much like the Vorsteiner E30, we were very lucky to have the GTO with us at the track again this year. One can only imagine the nightmare of maintaining a black 599, but thanks to ULTIMATE clear bra, it'll look just as good when Car Week 2018 rolls around. Bugatti Chiron "Hell Bee" in the Wild Last but most certainly not least, the car that needs no introduction: the Chiron "Hell Bee." As luck would have it, our excursion down 17 Mile Drive lead us right into the loading zone for Pebble Beach. Just as we were about to turn around & head home, we saw a flash of yellow off to the left. The one & only Hell Bee was getting tucked in for the night. We missed out on seeing it during the days prior due to the viewing party being private, but now, the car gods had smiled upon us. Almost as soon as we pulled over, car spotters and vloggers came out of the woodwork to get a look at the Chiron. If you've received our most recent e-mail blast, chances are you know where it'll be making an appearance next. Closing Thoughts Monterey Car Week 2017 was quite possibly the greatest car week thus far. 2018 will be here in no time, and we can't wait to do it all over again. Check out the mega gallery below for a few shots that didn't make the cut, and sound off in the comments by letting us know what you want to see more of! Monterey Car Week 2017 Mega Gallery

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PCA Porsche Parade 2017 – Spokane, Washington

Of all the p-car centric happenings, there are few as established as the PCA's Parade event. Dating back as far as 1956, Porsche Parade is a stuttcar spectacle that's been around longer than the 911 itself. With a Concours d'Elegance, banquets galore, autocross, a 5k run and more, there's plenty to experience at Parade for all ages. This year marked the 62nd year of Parade & our 4th year in attendance. Between goldRush stopping through & Porsche Parade, Spokane never knew what hit 'em. Check out our quick video recap to see what you may have missed. Not a bad way to spend a week in Washington, right? Well, there's plenty more where that came from. Experiencing Porsche Parade 2017 Nearly every model of Porsche imaginable found its way to this year's Parade. Of course, we came prepared as well. With the help of JK2 Detailing, we outfitted our display with an ULTIMATE equipped 911 Carrera S from Porsche of Spokane. During the first half of the event, they roped off a beautiful 918 for a lobby display. Luckily enough, as the event unfolded we found it unguarded in an adjacent hallway. A few other red cars were visible around the hospitality & vendor hall, but one stood out among the rest. Little did we know, an unveiling was in order for the night of the Pirelli Welcome Party. Shortly after the opening remarks, Porsche rolled out a brand new GT3. The car later found its way to the Concours lawn, before finally resting in the hotel. PCA Concours d'Elegance at Riverfront Park We awoke on Monday to the sounds of flat 6s making their way to Riverfront Park as the PCA Concours began. The sheer variety on display for the concours was mind boggling. From Boxsters to Caymans, RSs and beyond, it didn't disappoint. Porsche had their own manufacturer's line up featuring the new GT3 among others. With plenty of freebies & all sorts of cool branded merchandise to check out, we hopped in line to see what was up for grabs. The swag bags were bountiful with brochures, stickers, keychains and then some. The hot ticket item though was a pair of complimentary Tequipment sunglasses. While the judges made their rounds, we perused the park to photograph a few of our favorites. Among them was an exceptionally clean 912 with a unique polished roof rack. Nearly every model imaginable was present, from a Porsche tractor to a rare black 959. Rows of 356s, 911s, 912s, and Carreras seemed to never end. From what we heard, the dedicated participants of the Concours had tolled late into the previous evening prepping, and it showed with many immaculate vehicles. Legends of the Autocross Among the various driving tours & road rallies, the autocross event is a must on Porsche Parade. Held over a two day period in a large lot near Spokane County Raceway, autocross brought out a crowd. The staging lanes appeared to be largely dominated by Caymans and Carreras, but the lot featured a little bit of everything. In particular, a gorgeous Yachting Blue GT3 RS caught our eye. Clocking in a lap at 37.552, it pulled the quickest time for its class. Delicious Dinners & Banquets Galore After the activities wound down each day, it was time to break away from the XPEL display & socialize. This year's Porsche Parade featured five distinct evening banquets. With a variety of plated & buffet style menus, each evening was a treat. Of course, one of our favorites was the taco bar at the Michelin Late Apex AutoCross Banquet. Between the Hospitality Hall and Convention Center, the evenings were well spent with good food in good company. The banquets also highlighted an array of display vehicles. One in particular that stood out was a brand new Boxster wearing a Sport Classic Grey paint job. Each banquet was accompanied with awards & door prizes from the day's activities or event sponsors. We gave away some Tracwrap temporary protective film, and one lucky person even won an ULTIMATE install. It's always a pleasure getting to know more PCA members and the Parade's banquets were a great opportunity to do so. We're still "new" attendees compared to many of the Parade's lifers, but they welcomed us with open arms regardless. Porsches on Patrol - Parading Around Spokane Of course, it wouldn't be a Porsche Parade without an actual Parade. On the final day of our stay with PCA, we met up at the Spokane Fairgrounds to see all the cars assemble. The stream of Porsches entering the fairgrounds seemed to go on for miles. Auto crossers and Concours participants alike arrived one by one, ready for the 13 mile caravan through Spokane. Having a police escort through downtown was an awesome way to cap off our week at Porsche Parade, especially when riding in style. As luck would have it, we hitched a ride with PCA's Executive Director Vu Nguyen in a brand new Panamera GTS. With the comfort & speed of a private jet, the Panamera ferried us down Spokane Falls Boulevard. As we closed the gap on the Davenport Grand, a small crowd formed outside to cheer on the Parade's participants. All in all our 4th year at Porsche Parade was as wonderful an experience as ever. It's estimated that somewhere around 2,500 PCA members made it out to Washington, and we can't wait to see them all again at Lake of the Ozarks in 2018. Thanks for reading, and check out the full photo gallery below! Porsche Parade 2017 Photo Gallery

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Barrett-Jackson North East 2017 with Automobilia Auto Salon

Last week marked our second year at the Mohegan Sun & the third Barrett-Jackson of 2017. With a wide variety of vehicles on display and a unique auction layout, Barrett-Jackson North East was exciting as ever. Of course, having something special in our booth always helps too! On Location at Barrett-Jackson North East with a Shelby GT350R While the Scottsdale, West Palm, and Vegas auctions feature various display halls & tents, the Mohegan Sun show is a bit more confined. In any case, a large event space is being constructed to house the show in coming years. By the time 2018 rolls around, the scale of Barrett-Jackson North East will be massive. Be that as it may, we arrived roaring to go. Our friends from Automobilia Auto Salon helped secure an awesome vehicle for the show. Incidentally, our booth's position was at the edge of the Chevy display, but of course, we brought out a Blue Oval. None other than one stunning Shelby GT350R. Equipped with full front ULTIMATE paint protection, the GT350R was an attention getter. In any case, the real surprise for attendees came from the ULTIMATE self-healing demonstration. Many people at the show were familiar with XPEL products, but few had experienced them first hand. With a few swipes of a wire brush, ULTIMATE's powers wowed the crowds. Demons, Warbirds, and Carbon, Oh My! Despite Barrett-Jackson being auction centric, manufacturer booths have quite the draw. The big three were all in attendance with a variety of models, but Dodge and Ford seemed to be the main contenders. All things considered, we could have spent all day starring down the Dodge Demon Challenger. It was the first time any of us had seen one up close, and it's definitely a looker. The massive air grabber and supercharger. The bulbous fenders & distinct badging. The meaty Nitto NT05R tires. No doubt, the Demon Challenger's approach is not for the faint of heart. Outside the main pavilion, Ford was showing off one of its latest & greatest as well. Stunning as ever, the new Ford GT spun on its carousel wearing a brilliant silver finish with exposed carbon stripes. The stripe wasn't the only bit of exposed carbon work either. It was a bit hard to spot from the edge of the velvet ropes, but the Ford GT's wheels were optioned in bare carbon fiber. Weighing in a full two pounds lighter than the forged aluminum variant, the carbon wheels are functionally gorgeous. They add an extra $15k to the GT's sticker price, but will reduce rolling inertia by a whopping 25 percent. At any rate, that's money well spent. A few steps away, a second R sat parallel to a no-stripe GT350. The R looked great dressed in all black with matte stripes, and the standardized Shelby was no slouch. Inside, the brand new 2018 Mustang GT wore white as well. With a little extra aero & a blacked out grill, the white GT stood out much better than the drop top that was at Palm Beach. Our friends at ROUSH Performance held down the corner of the main pavilion with a few beauties too. Most notably, their new P-51 Mustang. Inspired by the famous warbird of its namesake, the ROUSH P-51 is putting the Hellcat on notice. Pushing a whopping 727 HP, the special edition 'Stang is the most powerful American pre-titled car ever built. According to ROUSH, only 51 will enter production with a retail price of $42,500 over the base 2017 Mustang GT. There may have not been as many exotics up for auction as previous Barrett-Jacksons, but the few in attendance didn't disappoint. A new Ferrari 488 Spider was on site and later sold for a whopping $434 thousand and change. Along side it, a Mercedes SLR McLaren and a few of Lamborghini's finest waited their turn to cross the blocks. Ironically, one of the most unique cars on display at Barrett-Jackson North East wasn't for sale. We spotted it on the way in during our setup day, but didn't know it would be in attendance. Sprayed with a unique shade of Lamborghini Arancio, a highly modified FD3S RX-7 took many show goers by surprise. At a glance, one might even mistake it for a kit car thanks to rare RE-Amemiya bodywork & a Porsche front end conversion. In all actuality, the FD was a 2016 SEMA Super Street Top Honors winner. Around the grounds Beyond the main sponsor displays, the buzz of Barrett-Jackson North East continued. Quite a few of our fellow vendors has brought out some exceptional examples to ogle at. The cars up for auction in the main tent were as diverse as previous events. We spotted quite a few off-roaders from classic FJs to Jeeps, Land Rovers, and even one monster truck. A variety of Porsches were also up for grabs, along with a white on white Nissan R32. As usual, Chevy, Dodge, and Ford were throwing down with a selection of ride & drive events. It would have been nice to see a live demo of the Demon Challenger, but we're guessing Mohegan Sun has a safety clause against popping wheelies. Another favorite from Barrett-Jackson North East came from none other than Callaway Cars. The Corvette Aerowagen is a polarizing design no doubt, but we fell in love at first sight. Even Chris Jacobs seemed intrigued. After all, it's a modern day shooting brake with the performance numbers to back it up. The Aerowagen blends everything awesome about a C7 with a feel that's reminiscent of the late, great, CTS-V estate. Is it sacrilege to wish it had a roof box & air suspension? Perhaps. Either way, the want is strong. A Parking Garage Presentation Bound for the Blocks In addition to the auction cars outside the main hall, there was quite a bit to see housed in the Mohegan Sun garage. Comprised of around 4 floors of display vehicles, the setup made navigating the auction's lots a breeze.   We spotted a fine selection of classic BMWs in the garage. An exceptional example of the 4-door E36 M3 sat in the shadows of the bottom floor with less than 30k on the clock. A few floors up, a clean 1980 635 CSI & vintage 1800 looked as OEM as ever. Between a Fiat Jolly Custom, a few Minis and an Amphicar, there was no shortage of microcars either. The Jolly had a lot of personality, and the crowds loved it. Of the three, it tipped the docket just shy of a $43k sale price. Lot diversity is becoming a strong trait for the auction series. The events might be more catered towards a collector car audience, but there's truly something for everyone. Even John Deere made an appearance at Barrett-Jackson North East. A handful of exotics has found their way into the Mohegan garage as well. Among them was a well kept Ferrari 348 TS accompanied by a black F430 Spider a couple spaces away. In addition to the stallions, DuPont Registry was showing off an absolute stunner. A brand new McLaren 720S sitting pretty with the doors up, finished in a unique pearl grey with tan hides. We're big fans of the 720, so it was great to get up close with one outside of an install bay. At the top of the garage along an outer corridor, we stumbled upon another set of R's. A '92 GT-R and anther Shelby GT350-R to be precise. The all silver Nissan had plenty of desirable upgrades without going overboard. Of course, the Mustang looked great finished in XPEL Yellow too! After a short walk through the casino, we found our way to the auction blocks. Even though we didn't arrive during prime time, the energy inside the Mohegan Sun Arena was electric. With upper level seats filled & bids flying, we caught as much of the action as we could before heading back to the booth. Wrapping Up Barrett-Jackson North East Ultimately, our trip to Barrett-Jackson North East was an enjoyable one. We had a great time with the team from Automobilia Auto Salon, and their assistance in educating the public about XPEL was fundamental. While we won't be in attendance at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas this year, we've already got it on our list for 2018. If we're lucky, maybe we'll even wind up with a new Ford GT or Demon of our very own to show off in the XPEL booth!   XPEL at Barrett-Jackson North East - Full Photo Gallery

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Accelerating gR8tness: The Origins of @PetrolGirl

VEHICLE SPECS & MODIFICATIONS 2012 Audi R8 V10 Full Front XPEL ULTIMATE Paint Protection from Protective Film Solutions Vorsteiner Wheels Trim Blackout Package from GI Automotive Group GMG Racing Exhaust   Accelerating gR8tness In our latest Customer Spotlight, we meet up with the most influential lady of the internet automotive world. The one & only PetrolGirl, Ms. Aimee Shackelford. Filmed on location at Protective Film Solutions, we sat down with Aimee to talk cars, family, and discover the origins of her widely recognized web handle. Take a look! From Car Spotting to Trend Spotting Aimee's interest in automotive began at an early age. Growing up, it was stories of track days that got passed down from family members. Her great uncles built sprint midget racers back in the 40s & 50s. Like many car fanatics, the Petrolgirl started spotting cars with her dad, and the rest is history. To learn the true origins of Aimee's Petrolgirl name, one must fast forward to the rise of social media. Right around the launch of Instagram on the very first goldRush Rally, a kid approached her. "You're the Petrolgirl. You love cars, you're all about cars." And it's true. The title stuck, and her personal brand has grown forth from it. At this point, it's evolved beyond the bounds of an ordinary screen name. "Most people don't even know my name's Aimee" she jokes. That said, the decision to run with the name was a brilliant one. It's wide recognizable. Embodying Petrolgirl created an easy avenue for promoting her work within Cali car culture & the world at large. Hard Work Pays Off Aimee's introduction to the industry started with a popular automotive forum, Luxury4Play.com. In 2008. She joined the site as an enthusiast with no exotic ownership, and members took her in as one of their own. As she became more established, the site's owners approached her to see if she could help them find sponsorship opportunities. Without hesitation, she set to work. At first, the numbers were in single digits. By the end of the year, around 100 brands were on-board thanks to Aimee's efforts. Upon securing sponsors for the forum's founders, she decided to bring Luxury4Play to Facebook. With the launch of fan pages, she soon realized she had a serious knack for growing things on social media. The potential for further opportunities with even bigger brands was evident, and Social Bolt was born. As a consultancy for marketing & promotions, Social Bolt grew rapidly from a mere four clients to a whopping thirty two - and it's all cars. "This is a dream job for me." #GoldBlooded Since the Beginning The phenomenon that is goldRush rally began much smaller than many may realize. Near the end of 2008, the Luxury4Play collective decided to organize an official drive. At the time, the rally was a group of friends, enjoying their vehicles and the freedom of the open road. Traveling from SF to LA and ending in Las Vegas, the very first goldRush began with a mere 35 cars over 3 days. "It was much smaller & easier to deal with, but it was a lot of fun." Nine years later, the rally has grown to a full nine days in length spanning multiple states & stops. It encompasses two track days, dinners, club nights, and all sorts of antics. The goldRush rally has become something truly larger than life. Many of the rally's participants have been on-board since the beginning, too. With that, the friendships they've developed reach far beyond the nine days they spend driving. Cali Livin' Outside of her life in car world, Aimee focuses on caring for her family & personal health. She's a San Pedro native through & through with roots spanning three generations. With a love of heavy weightlifting, surfing, skiing, and other action sports, the California coast is a perfect backdrop. On top of that, CA's supercar culture is one of the largest in the United States. Aimee would be hard pressed to find a more suitable locale to continue her Petrolgirl pursuits. Of course, as it has for many self-employed go-getters, the support of her family plays a major role in her life. "If it weren't for my Dad I couldn't do anything I do -- without him, none of this would happen." Scarlet Fire Certain vehicles attract people for a variety of reasons. With Aimee's Audi R8, it was a mix of superhero status meets natural progression. After watching the first Iron Man movie, the gears started turning. Tony Stark had sparked her interest. "I have to have this car someday - I need to be Iron Man." As with many auto enthusiasts, ownership is a ladder you work your way up. She decided to retire her BMW M4 and switch from roundels to rings. Now, the V10 R8 is her new everyday supercar. While she still misses the transformative qualities of her BMW, Aimee strives for more. What's next on the list is anyone's guess. A McLaren, koenigsegg, or LaFerrari rank high - but "we'll have to wait for that," she says with a widening smile. Hopefully we wont have to wait too long! Petrolgirl Power All in all, we had a blast on on our 3 day shoot with Aimee. Her insights about the ins & outs of automotive marketing are eye opening. She's a force of nature within the supercar scene, and we couldn't be happier to have her as a supporter of the XPEL brand. If you aren't already, be sure to follow along with her on Instagram for a day-to-day look at all things PetrolGirl. ___________________________________ Special thanks to Ryan & the team at Protective Film Solutions for allowing us to use the shop for the interview segment. We greatly appreciate it.

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goldRush Rally 9: XPEL on the road with Roush Performance

There are very few automotive lifestyle events that stack up to the likes of goldRush Rally. Many have heard about the gR phenomenon, but few have experienced one to the fullest. It's the type of event non-participants speak of in hushed tones. Is it dangerous? Are you racing? What do you win? With the help of our friends at ROUSH Performance & Protective Film Solutions, we set forth on an epic 8-day adventure to find out what goldRush Rally 9 was really all about. Roll the footage! goldRush Rally 9: XPEL on the Road with Roush Performance The video does a decent job of summing things up, but there's still so much to goldRush. It only happens once a year, but what happens during that week on the road seem to last a lifetime. From the day-to-day of driving to wild moments that are born from spontaneity - for many, being #goldBlooded runs deep. Let's get into it. Start Grid at the Peterson Automotive Museum After a quick stop in Vegas to acquire our support vehicle, we made a beeline for Cali. We were piloting the last vehicle anyone expected to see on goldRush Rally - a Ford F-150. Not just any regular old Ford though. A ROUSH tuned Platinum Edition to be precise. Our fellow ralliers would be stuck in rigid carbon bucket seats, but we were cruising in comfort. The ROUSH F-150 is about as close to an off-road Rolls as you can get with a Blue Oval. Between the heated + cooled massaging seats, upgraded Fox shocks, and a 600hp supercharged V8, it's a goldRush recipe for good times. Of course, all the performance & practicality in the world can't really hold a candle to the rest of the display at the start grid. If you're a fan of exotics, there's plenty to go around. GT3 RS's, McLarens, multiple Bugatti Veyrons & even Salomondrin's Rubystone Red Porsche CGT attended. Among those vehicles was none other than the ROUSH Performance Stage 3 S550 we'd be accompanying. Rocking a Le Mans Ford GT tribute livery, it was easily one of our favorite wraps on goldRush. The cars of goldRush are usually best known for their wild wraps, but the Mustang's real-world inspired styling felt right at home. No doubt, one of our other favorite wraps on the rally was none other than BC's PurBlanc Panda. Playing off the Bugatti's Beetle-like shape, PFS treated the Veyron to a Herbie the Love Bug livery. With an XPEL STEALTH base layer under the graphics, the Veyron packed enough protection & personality to steel the show. The Vorsteiner McLaren 570-VX could also be seen sitting outside the Peterson Museum. Looking like a cross between some sort of baby P1 GTR & a jet fighter, Vorsteiner's take on the 570 was sure to be a head turner on goldRush. A Lamborghini Countach lurked beyond the temporary dividers surrounding the start grid. While it wasn't part of the rally, it's hard for anyone to ignore an 80s supercar icon. After a few rounds of admiring everything in the lot & touring the Peterson, it was finally time to pack it in. The rally launch day loomed, and we knew we had a full day of driving ahead. Beverly Hills to San Francisco: Hearst Castle Takeover Bright and early Saturday, we met up for the first driver's meeting back outside the Peterson. The first bit of the journey would land us in San Francisco for the night, with a quick scenic stop at Hearst Castle. Once we were on the road, it was open season for shooting rollers. We did our best to keep with the pack as we battled LA traffic & made our way to the lunch locale. Among the cars flying by, the ROUSH Performance S550 looked awesome rocking the monstrous Pirelli World Challenge wing. Upon arrival at Hearst Castle, the parking lot filled up as word spread to the tourists inside. In no time, sight seers were wandering the rows of exotics, buzzing with questions about the rally & where we were heading. While pranks have become somewhat synonymous with goldRush, we witnessed our first act of cross-team camaraderie at the Castle. The couple driving a Joker & Harley Quinn wrapped Lamborghini left a message for the Batventador. If you're familiar with the classic Dark Knight twist on a popular Christmas carol, it's bound to ring a bell. Before hitting the road towards San Francisco, we took some time to admire the gR pack & get a feel for everything in the fleet. Soon enough, it was time to roll to our first rest stop of the rally. We fired up the truck, turned on our seat coolers, and slipped into the line up as cars filed out. A Golden Gate Getaway & In-N-Out Invasion After a decent night's sleep at the Ritz & a routine morning driver's meeting, the goldRush group assembled. The second day of driving would span around 500 or so miles across California and deep into Oregon. Everyone formed up at Marina Green. Cars filed in & filled the park out as spotters started to come out of the woodwork. As the morning fog burned off, we opted to bust out the drone to snap a few ariels and get a feel for our surroundings. Between the high value vehicles on display, a handful of yachts in the harbor, and Alcatraz looming in the distance, the views were nothing short of spectacular. In true goldRush Rally form, a few of California's finest had turned up to lead the pack. Once the police photo ops were out of the way, it was time for goldRush to make its move. With the fuzz leading the charge, the streets of SanFran erupted into a symphony of horsepower. Making our way through the barrage of Sunday drivers, we eventually found our way onto the bridge. A pink & purple plume drifted over the pack as a team in the front unleashed a few smoke bombs for cinematic effect. A police escort to the Golden Gate Bridge isn't an everyday occurrence. Ask anyone on gR9ine, it was without a doubt a highlight of the rally. After a few hours of blasting through the California countryside, we rolled into the lunch meet ready for a bite. As anyone knows, no California road trip is complete without a stop at In-n-Out. As goldRushers arrived, the parking lot began to overflow with hungry patrons & car fans alike. Despite the overwhelming crowd and sudden influx of hungry drivers, In-N-Out handled our surprise invasion with relative ease. Parking spaces were in short order, but the food came out fast. Spoilers became table tops, and the rally gang refueled in true animal-style fashion. Entering Oregon Territory Aside from intermittent cell service & a little inclement weather, the drive into Oregon was smooth sailing. The pack would break up every once in awhile between refueling stops, reforming en route. Every small town the rally passed through seemed to welcome us with open arms & cellphone cameras rolling. After a few hours of driving, almost the entire pack pulled off next to a dilapidated barn for an impromptu car show & photo shoot. The dirt side roads posed little threat to the likes of goldRush Rally. At one point, Australian racing driver Liam Talbot even decided to hitch a ride on the back of a Ferrari. One thing's for sure, our ROUSH F-150 looked right at home out in the farmlands of Oregon. If we had a few more hours to spare, we definitely would have liked to do a bit more off-roading. But, with daylight fading fast, we still had quite a bit of ground to cover before hitting Sun River. We sounded the airhorns & piled back in the ROUSH destined to finish the final stretch of Day 2. Sun River to Seattle: Porsche Cupcakes & Oregon Raceway Park The third day of goldRush Rally 9 began & all seemed quiet. Most of the teams were packing up and prepping to roll out, except one. A particular Porsche was starting to draw a crowd. The driver of the 911 in question was the victim of sweet revenge. As the story goes, he supposedly added some unwanted stickers to another participant's car the night before. As a result, the other team decided to fire back by turning his car into a rolling dessert. The Porsche got covered with whip cream, sprinkles, frosting, a few waffle cones & topped off with saran wrap. Finally, the tires were flattened. From here on, this Porsche would have its rush for gold cut short. At this point it was time to take it to the track. Minor beef aside. everyone made their way to Oregon Raceway Park. The road course was prepped & a catered lunch awaited. The weather was clear, crisp, and perfect for hot lapping. It was a beautiful day for track time with the rally group. While the ROUSH Mustang cooled down after a few sessions on the tarmac, we took a minute to get some footage of it at rest for the highlight reel. Once we wrapped up the shoot, it was time to hit the dusty trail towards the rainy state of Washington. The Second Leg: Turn10 Tours & Lamborghinis Galore Seattle marked the beginning of the second leg of goldRush Rally. With a day of layover before departure to Spokane, we had plenty of time to see the sights and make a few stops. There were a handful of cars teaming up for the 2nd half of gR9ine too. One very rare Porsche 959 joined forces, along with a vintage Camaro, and a Lamborghini Gallardo piloted by YouTube persona The Stradman. Tuesday rolled around & our first point of interest in the Pacific North West was none other than Turn 10 Studios. Responsible for one of the most successful racing franchises in video game history, Turn 10 has been cranking out hits since the early days of XBOX. Forza Motorsport has since spanned 6 titles and even branched off into a separate arcade inspired series called Horizon. Once we had a quick bite and caught a few interviews with game devs, the tours were underway. Due to some unforseen exposure of upcoming projects, our tour got cut a bit short. Consequently, so did our shot at hitting the racing simulator. Be that as it may, it was still interesting to get an inside look at the home of Forza and a feel for how the game gets made. If you watched our highlight reel, you may have spotted a quick glimpse of the pre-production McLaren P1 that calls the lobby of Turn 10 home. As the day's event started to wind down, we found ourselves staring down the nose of a brand new Lamborghini. A beautiful Balloon White Aventador S sat quietly near the exit, begging to join in on the fun of goldRush Rally 9. With the Aventador S in the forefront of our minds, we made a conscious decision to stop by Lamborghini Bellevue & see what else was in-stock. As luck would have it, they welcomed us with open doors and were happy to show off a selection of their finest bulls. Quite a few of their vehicles had ULTIMATE or STEALTH paint protection equipped thanks to our friends at Eastside Auto Salon. All things considered, it was a great opportunity to meet with a dealership taking the extra steps to protect their vehicles from the start. Due East: Spokane Via Seattle Wednesday rolled around & everyone was itching to get back out on the open road. No doubt, goldRush Rally 9 felt like it was just getting started as we made our way through the wet towards Spokane County Raceway. At the top of Snoqualmie pass, we happened upon the last remaining remnants of winter. It seemed only necessary that we do a little cold weather testing with the ROUSH F-150. At this point, we had no choice but to pull off the road & tried not to get the truck stuck. Before long, we had left the slushy stuff far behind. The rolling hills of eastern Washington stretched out before us as we made our way towards the Columbia river. The group took a moment to link up for a photo op at a turnoff outside of Vantage, so we took advantage & pulled the drone out. The bird's eye perspective is quickly becoming a popular way to profile vehicles of every variety. Having a broad selection of cars to shoot on goldRush Rally was a perfect opportunity to get familiar with the technique. Using the Columbia as a backdrop was a nice change of scenery too. The lineup of cars parked along the river's edge & Team Salamone's chromed out Aventador looked stellar in the afternoon sun. Once everyone had stretched their legs for a bit, it was time to get back on the road. Exotic Shakedown at SCR A couple more hours of driving flew by, and we found ourselves lining up at Spokane County Raceway for some exotic drag racing. When we say "exotic drag racing" we mean it. Sure, some of the vehicles that participated were, by definition, exotics. But drag racing on goldRush doesn't stop at supercars. A Mercedes 4x4 Squared lined up to run, and yes, even the DASH radio van threw down on the quarter mile! As luck would have it, the drag portion of the day came to a close & the nice people at SCR decided to open up the road course. One of the straighter sections of the track was visible from the fence, so we were able to get a few action shots as cars flew by. Spokane to Jackson Hole: Taking the Twisties & Climbing to the Top After a night of massive crowds, dueling pianos and karaoke, it was time to hit the roads once again. The drive from Spokane to Jackson Hole was a long one, but when you're in the company of goldRush Rally, time flies. We made our way into Wyoming and began to close the gap on the Grand Tetons. a few miles out from our resting place for the evening, we spotted a classic Mini pulling onto the road. Exchanging thumbs up, the Mini joined pursuit as quick as it could, trailing close to the ROUSH F-150 as we hurtled down the pass. Upon arrival at the Teton Mountain Lodge, the hotel's guest services welcomed us in & helped us get more acquainted to our surroundings. After discussing the possibilities of local off-road access with some on-site personnel, we were ready to do a little more exploring. This time though, we didn't take the truck. A quick chat with Liam Talbot led us to the only logical conclusion: drive the 4x4 Squared up as high as humanly possible. So we did. With no real sense of direction other than "up," we took the Mercedes as far as the beaten path would let us. Summiting a mountain in a luxury SUV isn't exactly routine operating procedure. Be that as it may, the 4x4 Squared is hardly a garden variety mall crawler, so getting to the top posed little of a challenge. If you're wondering how we got down, check out the replay from Liam's Facebook Live stream here.   Jetting from Jackson Hole The following day, we cleared out of Jackson Hole & high tailed it towards Park City, Utah. Since there was quite a bit of ground to cover, we made sure not to do it on an empty stomach. Rally organizers had a unique lunch stop planned at a glamping resort called Conestoga Ranch on the shores of Bear Lake. For those unfamiliar with the concept of glamping: it's a trendy form of glamorous camping. The property at Conestoga housed a few covered wagons, bespoke tents, and a number of large fire pits. Modern supercars lined up along with more colonial modes of transportation isn't something we see everyday, so the stop at Conestoga was an interesting one. Parking in Park City The arrival of goldRush Rally 9 in Park City was warm welcomed. As we began our accent to Montage Deer Valley hotel, groups of spectators began to line the road. Near the hotel entrance a small crowd had formed and cheered on teams as they made there way into the garage. Like prior stops, a few parking spaces remained reserved for the rally's heavy hitters near the hotel lobby. Despite our F-150's luxurious interior, we didn't make the cut for premium parking. As the night went on, our fellow ralliers settled in. We had one final leg ahead, and we'd need all the energy we could muster if we were going to make it to Vegas the following day. Before we knew it, the time had come to make the final jaunt to Nevada. Cars circled up around the Montage entry way and prepared for blast off. Las Vegas Bound Maybe it was the fact that Saturday marked the last day in our goldRush Rally adventure. Or, perhaps it was the accumulative miles we had traveled over the past 9 days on the road. Either way, the stretch between Park City & Vegas seemed to fly by quicker than any other. After staying with the pack for a large portion of the drive & snapping a few rollers, we opted to drop back. Looking for a good opportunity to enjoy the ROUSH F-150 a bit more before parting ways, we pulled off at the first sign of flat dirt. If you watched our highlight reel above, After a quick lunch stop with a bunch of participants, it was time to close the gap on Nevada. The final drive to Chicago Motor Cars in Las Vegas marked the end of our journey on goldRush Rally 9. Once we got to Chicago Motor Cars, the goldRush Rally Award Ceremony was ready to pop off. A few teams had opted to skip out on Park City, so they were ready & waiting when others arrived. Word had definitely got out on social media. The lot at CMC Vegas was chock full of rally fans & car spotters alike. Caked in dirt & running low on fuel, the ROUSH F-150 had made the gR9ine journey in one piece. Despite our best efforts to melt a tire or two & disable the seat massagers via excessive overuse, not a problem was had. We received quite a few compliments on the truck over the course of goldRush, and almost weren't ready to say goodbye. After chatting it up with a few spectators, we made our way inside for the Awards. Upon entering Chicago Motor Cars, the sight of a La Ferrari let us know we had truly arrived. A handful of other vehicles were keeping the La F company. A Rolls, an AMG Coupe, and a Rezvani Beast were all on display. Once the ceremony began, we figured we'd be a shoe in for "dirtiest car" award, but no dice. Apparently trucks don't qualify. Despite a minor letdown, we still lived it up. With complimentary champagne flowing & music blasting, our time on goldRush was coming to an end. Backup on The Boulevard Evening set in on sin city, and the grand finale lay ahead. To cap goldRush Rally 9 off in style, a final police escort was in order. We were about to shut down the main drag. With an excessive amount of revving & airhorns blasting, we lumbered onto the Vegas strip. Traffic on LV Boulevard is normal - goldRush however, is not. The strip nearly screeched to a halt. At one point, resident carninja Ted7 even hopped out of the Fiat to snap a few during the backup! In any case, we made it to the Aria and were waved into the garage. The journey was over. Our goldRush adventure had reached its final stop. Traveling at the speed of gold No doubt, goldRush Rally 9 was an experience unlike any other. The sheer amount of miles driven, fuel burned, and strips of beef jerky eaten felt record worthy in itself. We saw some incredible sights, met a lot of interesting characters, and made a few new fans. The XPEL ULTIMATE clear bra installed on the truck & other vehicles on the rally stood up to the challenge of gR. By the same token, we can't wait to see what's in store for #gRX. Special thanks to our friends at ROUSH Performance for setting us up with an awesome vehicle to make the journey in, and to Protective Film Solutions for making XPEL the official clear bra of goldRush!

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