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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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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McLaren 570S Treated to ULTIMATE Paint Protection at XPEL Houston

Wrapping Up a Pacific Blue 2017 McLaren 570S with XPEL Self-Healing Film With over 560hp on tap, seven sequential gears & a twin-turbo V8 handling the heavy lifting, McLaren's 570S is quite a performer. It's a new breed of high performance vehicle that's reshaping the way we think about life on four wheels.Between an impressive power-to-weight ratio & lightweight construction, the 570S delivers on all levels. McLaren Automotive themselves describe the 570S as the "ultimate sports car experience." No doubt, it's hard to disagree. When you've got the Ultimate sports car, only ULTIMATE paint protection will suffice. Cue the music! As you can see, before venturing out to Royal Purple Raceway for TX2K last month, we made plans for a slight detour to XPEL Houston. Incidentally, a beautiful Pacific blue 570S from McLaren Houston was ready & waiting for us when we arrived. In no time, the 570S got prepped and wrapped up with Full Front XPEL ULTIMATE paint protection film. If you're unfamiliar - Full Front refers to all the high-impact areas. In this case, coverage included the McLaren's entire front bumper, front fenders, headlights & mirror caps. Installation Process & Procedure To kickstart the installation process, the 570S got washed up. Once clean, we put McLaren's paint through a thorough clay bar decontamination stage. With a silky smooth clear coat prepped for protection, the 570S was ready for XPEL ULTIMATE. Thanks to our precision designed kits, fitting the film to the McLaren was a relative breeze. Each piece of the 570s' Full Front package contours with the natural body shape of the vehicle for a snug fit. Even with a curvaceous shape like the front fenders on a McLaren 570S, XPEL ULTIMATE lays down smooth. After the initial stroke, installing clear bra becomes a matter of working out the gel. With proper technique, the floating film adheres right to the paint. On average, a skilled installer is capable of producing a Full Front XPEL ULTIMATE protection package in a matter of a few hours or so. At XPEL Houston, that standard rings true. Our installer made short work of the McLaren 570S, powering through the installation with ease. The fit and finish of the end product is proof in itself. XPEL ULTIMATE is nearly invisible over the Pacific blue paint. Whether this McLaren is up carving corners or corralled at Cars & Coffee, it's now protected from whatever the road throws its way! ULTIMATE Protection for an Ultimate Sports Car Back outside, the McLaren's new XPEL ULTIMATE clear bra glistened in the Houston sun. The Pacific's metallic flake remains unchanged under its new protective film. It's quite a dynamic color, and knowing it's going to remain that way for years to come is even better. In addition, paring it with McLaren's signature papaya accents makes for a stunning spec on the 570S. By the numbers, the McLaren 570S can rocket from 0-120+ mph in a mere 9.5 seconds. That's faster than most daily drivers can make it to sixty. It's a power-to-weight equation that favors McLaren's technological advancements. The 570S owes much of its featherlight nature to the MonoCell II chassis design. Tipping the scales at around 165 pounds, the carbon tub in the McLaren is a key component to its success. Juiced up, the 570S weighs in at a slim 3,100 pounds, notably lighter than most everything that falls under the "premium sports car" heading. As a result, the McLaren remains nimble, grounded, and predictable in the best kind of way. On or off the track, the 570S is capable of a spectacular performance. All things considered, when piloting a vehicle as spectacular as a new McLaren 570S, it's all about the experience. Thanks to the protection provided by XPEL ULTIMATE clear bra, you can put your mind at ease & focus on driving.  Houston XPEL Install Center Interested in preventative protection for your personal vehicle? If you live in Houston or surrounding areas, don't hesitate to reach out for more information on coverage, installation cost, and aftercare tips. The XPEL Houston installation center can be reached via the links below. LOCATED AT: 220 Barren Springs Dr #3, Houston, TX 77090 CALL: (210) 678-3700 ONLINE: www.xpel.com  What is XPEL ULTIMATE? XPEL ULTIMATE leads the clear bra industry with unrivaled clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and delaminating! Protecting your paint has many benefits. For example, clear bra will help maintain your vehicle's factory finish, make your car easier to clean, and can even help bolster the car's resale value! Check out this self-healing demonstration & see for yourself:   Click below to find an XPEL Installer nearest you: With Authorized Installers all over the globe, you can have XPEL Self-Healing Paint Protection Film installed on your vehicles no matter where you are. Can't find an XPEL Dealer in your area or looking to become an installer yourself? Shoot us an e-mail! Pacific Blue 2017 McLaren 570S Photo Gallery

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