Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2018 with SmartShield

    For our first adventure on the road in the new year, we made it out to Arizona for Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. As usual, the world's greatest collector car auction was a weeklong dream of classics, incredible charity sales, and plenty of new releases to see. With over 1,700 vehicles going up for sale at Barrett-Jackson alone, you'd be hard pressed to not find something you like during Arizona Car Week. XPEL On Location Accompanied by the good people from Arizona's very own Smart Shield, we posted up with a black & yellow Chevy Corvette Z06. While the Corvette attracted a lot of attention from onlookers, ULTIMATE's self-healing powers took center stage. Thanks to the help of our on-site installation experts, the paint protection film demos never stopped. Being in good company is just one of the many perks of having a booth at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. Across the walkway, Tesla Motors drew a crowd with their popular Model S & X. Hopefully the Model 3 & Roadster will make an appearance next time around. A few steps away, we spotted a selection of ULTIMATE protected beauties from McLaren Scottsdale. It's always nice to stumble across other displays showing off XPEL products. It's even better when it's a fully wrapped metallic blue 570. Breaking Records on the Blocks Of all the auto auctions during Arizona Car Week, Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale draws some of the biggest numbers. Various charity vehicles raised over $6 million in sales this year, with a new Ford GT that went for $2.5 million alone. Other notable charity cars included the first 2019 Bullitt Mustang for $300k, and the new Corvette ZR1 that hammered down just shy of $1 million. No doubt, it wouldn't be Barrett-Jackson without plenty of oddities for sale. From a lifted hot rod Hearse to a 6x6 armored personnel carrier, there was no shortage of unique pieces to be had. One favorite was none other than a fully operational hot tub. The Cadillac "Car Pool" Deville sold for around $30k. Can you think of a more relaxing way to commute after a long day at the office? An Awesome Auction Assemblage While Barrett is the go-to place for restomods and American classics, we spotted quite a few imports on deck too. A handful of Nissan GT-R R32s were present, along with an original first gen Civic. It might not have been up for auction, but another notable attendee at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale was just down the hall. Sporting VIN #0001 and a mere ~600 miles on the clock, a very rare McLaren P1 GTR stopped show-goers in their tracks. We would have expected to see the some velvet ropes around the first production ZR1, but it sat relatively unattended. Among other heavy hitters inside the halls of the Sponsor Pavilion, the new super Vette seemed right at home. A buyer would be hard pressed to find more performance per dollar than a Corvette. Needless to say, we're intrigued to see what kind of numbers the unreleased mid-engine variant puts down. Here's hoping they bring one out to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2019. So Long, Scottsdale Once again, attending Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale was an awesome experience. Watching the sales unfold is a sight to behold, but interacting with auction-goers & educating the masses on the importance of protecting their collectables is just as valuable. Preservation of paint is a vital part of ownership, and we're proud to be a part of the equation each year. Special thanks the team from Smart Shield Protection Film, as well as Albert Borboa from Porsche Chandler & David Dilorenzo from Deluxe Detail for helping out at the booth. We couldn't have done it without you guys. Thanks for reading!

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XPEL Dealer Spotlight: Forcefield Paint Shield – Lewisville, TX

    What better way to kick 2018 off than with a brand new XPEL Dealer Spotlight? A few months back, we sat down with Kevin & Nannette from Forcefield Paint Shield to get the scoop while attending the DFW Auto Show. While their operation may be on the smaller side, the level of satisfaction they provide to their clients is colossal. Take a look at the full video below & get a feel for why we're happy to have Forcefield Paint Shield on-board as certified XPEL Installers.   A Brief History of Forcefield Paint Shield Based in Lewisville, Texas, Kevin & Nannette Williams are the force behind the shield. Kevin first began his career in paint protection film in 2006, after years of experience in collision repair & auto body since the 1950s. In the early days of ForceField Paint Shield, Kevin & Nannette ran the operation out of their own home. Offering mobile installations & focusing on providing high quality results, ForceField Paint Shield rapidly grew too large for a home operation. "Over the years it took up the entire garage, then out into the driveway, then came the living room and the dining room -- the kits were cut out on the pool table." With the help of some word of mouth advertising & dedication to the craft, Kevin and Nannette took Forcefield Paint Shield to the next level. Now, they have a nice big shop with plenty of room for plotting, cutting, installation, and everything in between. Not only that, but they got their pool table back. More Than Just A Number Relationships are incredibly valuable to small businesses. For Forcefield Paint Shield, that relationship extends beyond their clients. They recognize the importance of providing the best possible products, and in turn, see value in working with a company who recognizes their needs as a dealer. It's a symbiotic understanding; a shared mutual goal of success. "We're not just our account number. We are not only Forcefield Paint Shield, but we're Kevin and Nannette. -- It's easy for us to stand behind the jobs that Kevin does, because we know XPEL will stand behind the film." Spend some time around the Forcefield family at the DFW Auto Show, or stop by & gain some insight on their operation for yourself. What you see is what you get: no runaround, just real people aiming to provide for their clients while exceeding expectations. In a space as competitive as paint protection, customer service is paramount, and Forcefield hits the nail on the head. " I want to make it as easy as possible for you, and I want to do the best job that I can."   If you're in the Dallas - Fort Worth area & need to have your vehicle protected with XPEL ULTIMATE, don't hesitate to look up Forcefield Paint Shield. Kevin & Nannette will be ready and waiting to help keep your vehicle protected and prepared for the road ahead. CONTACT INFO: Forcefield Paint Shield 1865 McGee Ln, Ste N Lewisville, TX 75077 Phone: 972-966-8400 Toll Free: 944-NOCHIPS Email: [email protected] Hours: Mon – Fri: 10am-6pm and by Appointment   XDC18 - One for the Dealers Incase you have't heard, XPEL Dealer Conference is next month. We still have limited space available, and XDC is bound to be one of the biggest film-centric events of the year. Start 2018 off with a bang & get registered for Dealer Conference today. Click here to visit the sign up page, or reach out to your rep directly for more information. See you at XDC18!

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Putting ULTIMATE to the Test: Jeep Jamboree highlights the benefits of XPEL Paint Protection

Earlier this year we teamed up with Jeep Jamboree to protect a Wrangler Rubicon with XPEL ULTIMATE clear bra before the start of the 2017 tour. After making the trek across the United States, they decided to remove some of the film to see how it had held up along the way. If you're unfamiliar with ULTIMATE paint protection, check out the video from Jeep Jamboree below & see the results for yourself. HITTING THE TRAIL WITH JEEP JAMBOREE We didn't get a chance to experience the Jeep Jamboree first hand this year, but judging from the photos on their Facebook page, it looked like an incredible series of events. They toured some of the coolest off-road parks & locales the US has to offer, taking in the sights & sounds of the great outdoors. A little mudding here, a little rock crawling there, and trails aplenty. If you're a Jeep fan, put Jamboree up high on your to-do list. The 2018 tour dates & stops are available online, and registration is open. As the tour made its rounds, they even had participants leave signatures behind on top of our ULTIMATE paint protection film. With such strong stain resistance, there's no need to worry about damaging the paint underneath. For that matter, the permanent ink will wipe right off with a little bit of isopropyl alcohol and a rag. WRAPPING THE WRANGLER AT XPEL SAN ANTONIO Incase you missed it, we put together an install montage of the Jeep Jamboree Wrangler when it visited our headquarters in San Antonio. Coverage is pretty customizable when it comes to XPEL paint protection packages. We recommend having the film installed on any high impact areas, or really anywhere that might be susceptible to scratches. If you're looking to retain a high-gloss finish, there's no better solution than XPEL ULTIMATE. Interest in a more unique approach to your Jeep's exterior aesthetics? XPEL STEALTH satin finish paint protection has you covered. Pop over to the product pages for more information, and as always, don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. Thanks for reading & see you on the trails in 2018! __________________________ PHOTOS & VIDEO TESTIMONIAL COURTESY OF THE JEEP JAMBOREE FACEBOOK PAGE

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Porsche Panamera 4S gets ULTIMATE Protection from JK2 Detailing

    As some of our readers may recall, back in August we took a trip to Spokane, Washington for PCA's Porsche Parade. During our brief stay in the Pacific NorthWest, we payed a visit to JK2 Detailing to see if we could swing an install video. Lucky for us, as the provider of XPEL products for Porsche of Spokane, the guys at JK2 have protected quite a few of Stuttgart's finest. The subject we set our sights on was none other than a gorgeous Sapphire Blue Metallic Porsche Panamera 4s.   With such a stunning exterior finish, XPEL ULTIMATE is a must. Check out the montage above for some highlights of our time with the Panamera & a few other beauties from Porsche of Spokane. ULTIMATE Protection for Porsche's Super Saloon Once the car arrived from the dealership, the guys set to work prepping the Porsche Panamera 4S for ULTIMATE installation. JK2 equipped the Panamera with full frontal coverage including the entire hood, fenders, and bumper, as well as lower rockers & mirrors. This level of install offers optimal protection for the Porsche's front facing high impact areas. With the clear bra application all buttoned up, the 4S received a final quality check before hitting the road back to the dealership. Of course, as you may have seen in the video, we made a slight detour for a quick photoshoot. Panamera & Friends on Patrol If you're not familiar with the Porsche Panamera 4S, here's a brief rundown. Even for a big body P-car, it's still quick on its feet. Pushing up 440hp, the jump from 0-60 can be had in a measly 4.2 seconds. It'll top out just shy of 180mph, and grips aplenty thanks to its AWD drivetrain. Styling is subtle and distictly Porsche in appearance. The front fascia is indicative of current 911 aesthetics. The Panamera 4S also sports similar forked side mirrors, and an active rear spoiler for added downforce at speed. As luck would have it, the team at JK2 Detailing had a couple other specimens from Porsche of Spokane on hand. We had to take the opportunity to snap some family photos. Spending a little time with this ULTIMATE protected trio was the perfect ending to our Eastern Washington adventure. Of course, it couldn't have been possible without our friends from JK2. If you're local & in need of protection for your Porsche, don't hesitate to look them up! XDC18 On the Horizon Incase you have't heard, XPEL Dealer Conference is nearly upon us. Space is filling up quick, and it's shaping up to be one of our biggest events yet. Start 2018 off with a bang & get registered for Dealer Conference today. Click here to visit the sign up page, or reach out to your rep directly for more information. See you at XDC18!

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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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