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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Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2017: Camaros, Corvettes & Clear Bra

For the collector car enthusiast, there's no better event series than Barrett-Jackson. Touted as "The World's Greatest Collector Car Auction," it's nothing short of a spectacle. As National Sponsors, we're always excited when auction season starts. The Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach show may not be the largest of what the auctions have to offer, the experience this year was top-notch. Bringing Black Rose Metallic to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach While there's always plenty of cool cars to see at Barrett-Jackson, we love bringing something unique to display. For instance, this year we welcomed a brand new Chevy Corvette into the booth. By and large, the Corvette is easily our most popular candidate for clear bra coverage. They're a great car for highlighting the importance of high-impact protection, and it doesn't hurt that they're nice to look at too. The variant that accompanied us to Palm Beach was none other than a 2017 Black Rose Metallic Z06. Color-wise, we couldn't have asked for a more stellar selection. Discontinued in the early 90s and revived for 2017, the paint seemed to surprise & delight everyone who passed by. Many questions arose about the origins of the Corvette's finish, and in turn, the benefits of protecting such a unique hue with clear bra. Surveys, Giveaways & Self-Healing Film Demos Another highlight of the XPEL experience at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach was our new survey platform. To liven things up, we created a custom questionnaire for attendees to complete while they visited the booth. Everyone who participated received a complimentary microfiber towel. one lucky show-goer even won a car care kit valued at $75! We also had quite a few people interested in the self-healing power and installation of XPEL ULTIMATE. There's something about first hand film handling that proves the value of paint protection. Thanks to local installers from Zen Auto Concepts & the Sign Savers, we had fresh clear bra on our demo hood daily, ready to take a beating. Show Cars & Top Sellers Beyond the XPEL booth, the massive manufacturer displays loomed. Dodge brought out an eye-catching satin purple Viper, but all eyes were on the simulator. Positioned on motion-sensitive actuators, the Viper SRT sim is no joke. The system relays real-time force feedback for a accurate adaptation of road racing. We didn't have a chance to try it out for ourselves, but judging by the wait line it was a big hit with spectators! Be that as it may, the real bread winner of Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach came with a bowtie. We're not talking fashion accessories either. Chevrolet brought out the very first example of their high-performance Camaro, the 2018 ZL1 1LE. With a revised carbon aero package, adjustable suspension and 650hp, Chevy calls it the "most track-capable Camaro ever." It's exactly the type of turn-key monster that's worthy of ULTIMATE paint protection. We had the pleasure of watching the ZL1 1LE cross the blocks during primetime on Friday. The stage filled up so quick it was next to impossible to even see the car. If you're following us on instagram, you may have caught a glimpse of it during a brief live stream. In a matter of minutes, we witnessed the new monster Camaro hammer down at a whopping $250,000. That may seem like a bit of sticker shock, but 100% of the Camaro's proceeds went to charity benefiting United Way. Of course, part of the draw of an event like Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach is the sheer variety of cars. Ordinarily, one may think of "collector cars" as something more akin to classics or muscle. On the whole, there's something for everyone. From resto-mods to time capsules, wild exotics and even a number of off-roaders, Barrett-Jackson has it all. Walking the grounds, we saw a couple GT-Rs, a vintage Land Cruiser, and even Sung Kang's Ford Maverick from SEMA. Between the tents of auction cars, Bentley had new models on display including the new Bentayga. If you're in the market, we've already got quite a variety of coverage options available in our database! If exotics are what you're after, Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach has you covered too. Back in the farthest corner of the auction vehicle display tents, there's a small building. Inside this building you'll find some real heavy hitters. An Aston Martin Vanquish, Rolls-Royce Phantom, and Ferrari F430 were front & center this year. A few steps away, we found ourselves face to face with some of ROUSH's finest. We're always excited to see what ROUSH brings to the table at Barrett Jackson. In the booth, two new performance Mustangs flanked either side of a monstrous F-150. With a slew of upgraded components & a throaty side-exit exhaust system, the ROUSH F-150 is a perfect support vehicle for track days or road rallies. Back inside the main pavilion we also spied a brand new DB11 and McLaren 570s on display. We've seen a number of the new Astons receiving ULTIMATE paint protection lately, and it's a thing of beauty. On top of that, our latest install video features a stunning 570S at XPEL Houston. Be sure to check it out if you haven't had a chance yet! Just across from our booth, Ford Motor Company had quite the selection of vehicles to check out too. Despite not showing off the new GT, the blue oval exhibit was buzzing with action. An "XPEL Yellow" Shelby GT350 attracted a lot of onlookers, but the real special guest was up on a turn table. At the far corner of Ford's display sat a brand new 2018 Mustang GT convertible. We'd seen it in press photos, but this was the first time viewing one in the flesh. It's sharp - with less visible plastics & angular, revised facia, the new Mustang looks, dare we say it, Fisker-esque. It will be interesting to see how the various iterations of Ford's latest pony car shape up. One thing's for sure, we'll have paint protection patterns for the new Mustang in our database in no time! Wrapping up Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach All things considered, our time in Palm Beach was well spent. The auction environment is an exciting one to be in whether your buying, selling, or simply enjoying the event. We'll be packing up & heading out to Barrett-Jackson NorthEast soon, so be on the lookout if you're in the area! XPEL at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach - Full Photo Gallery  

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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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TX2K17: A World Record Weekend at Royal Purple Raceway

If you've never had the pleasure of attending TX2K, you may not know what you're missing out on. Some have referred to it as "The Super Bowl of Street Car Racing," and we'd have to agree. It's an event that's gone from being Supra-centric, to a full on clash of automotive titans. #TeamXPEL en route to TX2K17 After a brief stop at XPEL Houston, we pressed onward to Royal Purple Raceway for the main event. David set the pace in his XPEL ULTIMATE wrapped Dodge Challenger SRT 392. Consequentially, it was the perfect opportunity for snapping rolling shots! We weren't alone on the drive in either. A few miles out from the track, we came upon a lone Chicane Grey McLaren 570s that was also making its way to TX2K17. The driver surprised us with a lightning fast flyby before putting a few car lengths on our convoy. On Location at Royal Purple Raceway With our tent all set up close to the staging lanes, we were in a prime position for event's festivities. While the yellow XPEL Tundra is eye catching on its own, we opted to draw a crowd in proper TX2K fashion: horsepower. Over the course of our stay at RPR, we had a combined excess of around 3,000+ HP on deck between two Lamborghinis. First up was a beautiful Underground Racing Superleggera. The following day, a bright orange Heffner Performance Gallardo graced the booth. Amidst Facebook Live streams, we took some time to educate attendees on the advantages of XPEL ULTIMATE & STEALTH self-healing clear bra as well as our PRIME window films. We saw a lot of familiar faces and we also made a few new friends. One attendee even told us he's hoping to expanding the XPEL Dealer Network all the way to Jamaica! As luck would have it, our neighbors from Eat Sleep Race brought out a crazy RHD Rocket Bunny S15 with a Nissan RB26 motor swap. It was quite a sight to behold and definitely attracted a lot of attention from event goers. Car Spotting Around the Grounds There was a wide variety of vehicles to see at TX2K17, from tuners to exotics & beyond. Most of all, the Nissan GT-R presence at TX2K has grown stronger with each passing year, and 2017 was no exception. For example, it's not every day that we get to see a line up of GT-R's spanning four generations! Between the rows of tents & team trailers, we spotted a Radical RXC, the same elusive grey McLaren, and even a new Ford Raptor. One of the great things about an event like TX2K is that a majority of the cars there came to race. Hard parking isn't on the event schedule. Venturing over towards the dyno zone, we spied a lone Mazda RX-7 prepping for a pull. As spectators looked on, the FD grumbled to life in an eruption of boost. One of the nice things about dyno days at TX2K is the fact that it's open to all makes & models. Anyone can test their power output whether they're running AWD or 2WD. It's hard to resist snapping a pic of anything that's XPEL yellow. A well-kept Ford GT sat unassumingly near the tail end of the staging lanes a few feet away from the action. While it seemed to be stock in nature, you can never be too sure of what's lurking below the surface at an event like TX2K. Beyond our booth, there were quite a few cars on-site protected with XPEL ULTIMATE clear bra as well. A UR8 Lamborghini Huracan, Huracan Spyder, and a Murcielago sat near the track entrance looking as good as the day they got wrapped. Even a brand new 2017 Acura NSX found its way to TX2K, shining bright in metallic pearl white. No doubt, it was a perfect candidate for paint protection! Trackside at TX2K17 Exploring the pits at the track is an experience in itself, but the real reason to attend is the racing. As Gold Tier sponsors of TX2K17, we had access to get right up in the thick of it, and it didn't disappoint. With our team polos caked in tire fragments, permeated by the smell of exhaust, we ended every day wide eyed & grinning. As a result of our proximity, we may have suffered some minor hearing loss, but it was worth it. Next time we'll make sure to bring some ear protection. From the tower walkways, we got a bird's eye view of the action. If you're not familiar with roll racing, the concept is simple: cars have to maintain a designated speed as they approach the start point.  Once they reach the flag, it's wide open throttle till the end of the pass and as a result, whoever gets there first, wins. In a sense, roll racing brings the rush of freeway pulls to a safer, more controlled environment. With multiple brackets & classes competing, there was plenty of high-horsepower entertainment to take in. As the days events progressed, the anticipation for automotive insanity continued to elevate. WITNESSING HISTORY IN THE MAKING We saw quite a few passes during our four day stay at Royal Purple Raceway. Breaking records at TX2K is by no means a rare occurrence and it's always mind blowing to see first hand. With trap speeds reaching into the 200s, a few measly seconds can feel like a century waiting for the results to come in. One of the first record breakers was none other than a twin turbo UR4 Huracan piloted by KC Howeth of Underground Racing. In the first round of roll racing, KC set a new track top speed of 217 MPH. Working his way through eliminations, Howeth wound up in the finals placing 1st in the Unlimited Class. Excitement brewed over with exhibition drag racing from AMS Performance and ETS. While multiple teams were gunning for the elusive 6 second quarter mile pass, only one emerged victorious. Despite suffering an engine fire the day prior, the AMS Alpha G GT-R brought the quickness. For a moment, time seemed to slow to a near halt. The announcer boomed over the loudspeaker, and the clocks confirmed it: Gidi Chamdi set a new world record. Cheers erupted from the crowd. The media swarmed around Gidi & the AMS team while they took in the moment. For those who missed out, check out the video clip below and watch the Alpha G's insane 6.9 second pass for yourself. Video courtesy of 1320 Video WRAPPING UP & ROLLING OUT All in all, it seems safe to say that TX2K17 was one of the best ones yet. It's an epic showcase of automotive awesomeness, and exactly the type of event we love to sponsor. We're already looking forward to sharing the benefits of XPEL clear bra & window films with attendees next year. TX2K18 can't come soon enough! CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LIST OF RACE RESULTS   TX2K17 GALLERY

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