Last week marked the kick-off of Porsche Club of America's Porsche Parade 2018 at the Lake of the Ozarks. This was our 5th year attending the Parade and no doubt, it was another awesome event.
As always, there was quite the selection of P-cars in attendance and on display. Inside the Tan-Tar-A resort, a rare Speedster variant sat just a few steps away from a Weissach GT2 RS.
Of course, we had something special to show off down in the Hospitality hall as well. None other than a paint-to-sample Zanzibar Red Porsche Boxster Spyder, protected with XPEL ULTIMATE by MidWest Tinting.
PCA Concours at Lake of the Ozarks
One of the most attended events at Porsche Parade 2018 had to be the Concours d'Elegance. Hosted on the greens behind the resort, the Parade Concours failed to disappoint. Nearly every model one could imagine was in attendance.
We spotted a 904 Carrera GTS, a Carrera RS, a Carrera GT, and then some. While the 918 & 959 from last year were absent, there was plenty more to see.
Up Close & Personal with the Mission E
Another big highlight of Porsche Parade 2018 happened at the Pirelli Welcoming Party. After last year's unveiling of the GT3, we were sure that PCA had something special cooked up this time around.
We didn't expect Porsche to bring a prototype, but that's exactly what they did. The pre-production Porsche Mission E concept car which made way for the new Taycan was a great surprise for all Parade goers.
The styling of the Mission E is truly out of this world. One part Stuttgart, one part Tron, and all parts awesome. After seeing it in the flesh, we can't wait to get our hands on a new Taycan.
Michelin Drive & Compare at Porsche Parade
The setup: a short drag race & stop box with identical PDK Caymans. The payoff: bragging rights. In a shootout format taking the best two out of three runs, the Michelin Drive & Compare proved to be an awesome test of reaction time and stopping power. Check out the video below from PCA for a more comprehensive breakdown.
On-Location with the Gunther Werks 400R
After our brief run on gRX & eyeballing the Gulf 400R at Barrett-Jackson Northeast, it was great to see Gunther Werks flagship machine at Porsche Parade 2018. Fully protected with satin STEALTH PPF by Protective Film Solutions, the Gulf livery 400R is a sight to behold.
Built off the 993 chassis, Gunther Werks vision for the 400R is a motorsport inspired masterpiece. Combining plenty of carbon fiber, a 400+ HP 4 liter developed by Rothsport, and much more, Gunther Werks 400R is a bespoke beauty with the enough bite to back up its bark.
IMAGE COURTESY OF GUNTHER WERKS ON INSTAGRAM
XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS & PRIME XR PLUS INSTALLS FROM MIDWEST TINTING
Driving the rough backroads of Missouri in 100 degree heat, parade-goers needed all the help they could get. Fortunately, attendees were able to have vehicles protected with our latest & greatest products. With the help of Midwest Tinting, we offered on-site installs of self-healing ULTIMATE PLUS paint protection along with our heat rejecting PRIME XR PLUS window film.
Looking Towards Porsche Parade Boca Raton
As always, PCA revealed the location for the next Porsche Parade in 2019, and it's a bit more tropical than Missouri. The 64th annual Parade will take place in Boca Raton, Florida, and it's sure to be an extravaganza. If you've never attended Parade before & are a PCA member, 2019 might be your year.
The activities are always a good time, the people are friendly, and the cars, well, you know the cars are amazing. In closing, congrats to all Porsche Parade 2018 award winners, our door prize winners, and big thanks to the PCA's diehard members and volunteers for making it another awesome event. See you in Boca Raton!
Missed out on previous Porsche Parades? Check out our coverage from last year in Spokane, WA featuring a Porsche 911 Turbo protected with XPEL ULTIMATE by JK2 Automotive.
VEHICLE SPECS & MODIFICATIONS
2017 BMW M2 Performance Edition
Full Coverage XPEL STEALTH satin finish paint protection from SunStoppers
XPEL PRIME XR PLUS window tint from SunStoppers
XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS protected RKP Composite carbon fiber front lip & rear diffuser from IND
Brixton Forged CM10 wheels with Michelin PS4S Tires
In our third installment of the XPEL Insiders video series, we find ourselves in Charlotte, North Carolina. Home of the SunStoppers, Charlotte is also the stomping grounds of Amir, a man many of you may know from a page on Instagram called Carnucopia.
For Amir, the Carnucopia moniker rings truest with the roundel. Posting up in the driveway, we sat down with Amir to talk about his history with BMW, gain some insight into Tuner Theory, and learn more about the M2 he drives on the daily.
A THEORY OF TUNING
Incase you're unfamiliar, Tuner Theory is a group of automotive enthusiasts motivated by modifying a wide variety of makes & models. While a majority of the collective's members are also BMW owners like Amir, what really drives them is their insatiable urge to make a car their own.
Like many Tuner Theory members and other car fanatics, Amir is always open to the idea of improving his personal rides. His appreciation of German performance didn't just start with the M2, either.
"I think that moment when I knew I was going to be a BMW guy happened when my cousin drives up in an orange E30 M3 with gold BBS wheels."
For many, the desire to do more with our own mode of transport remains tied to an impactful moment in our past. A turning point where we yearn to have 4 wheels to call our own.
"I walked out thinking -- "what was he thinking?" And then I end up with the ride of my life."
And from that moment forward, nothing would be the same. Amir's thirst for M cars would only get stronger as the years passed by and model lineage grew.
EYES ON THE PRIZE
While the focus of our video is the Carnucopia M2, the stout little coupe wasn't the first BMW to generate a buzz with Amir's followers. As a recipient of an early F80 M3, he adorned the 4 door with a bright yellow vinyl wrap and a name to match. "Beem3r" was born.
Shortly there after came the M4 GTS, and shortly after that, the M2 Performance Edition. While the GTS shares the spotlight on the Carnucopia page & still shines on Tuner Theory, the M2 has become Amir's newest pride & joy.
The car blends elements and aesthetic touches from the other M cars he's kept around. Thanks to the team at SunStoppers, Amir's M2 remains protected with full body satin STEALTH paint protection. The RKP carbon lip & rear diffuser add some extra aggression while not looking too overstated as well.
On the roll, Brixton Forged CM10s wrapped in Michelin rubber help anchor it all to the pavement. Add in the addition of our newest PRIME XR PLUS window tint, and the Carnucopia M2 is a recipe for the perfect high performance daily.
"It not only looks amazing, but [PRIME XR PLUS] also has the best properties of any window tint out there."
He's got a point, after all. Window tint isn't just about aesthetics these days - it's a performance product in its own way. PRIME XR PLUS is your greatest defense against harmful UV rays, offering insane levels of infrared heat rejection, and all backed by a lifetime transferable warranty. From an installer as vetted as the SunStoppers, it's a no brainer. Especially when you're running with a group that's as hungry for the latest & greatest like Amir's fellow Tuner Theory members.
"It's been fun - I can point to the tint on the windows [&] having the first customer car, I jokingly put that on my social media only to have the guys say "I'm 3rd in the world" or "I'm 4th in the world" with a crying face next to it."
A little friendly competition is healthy after all. It keeps us motivated to continue pushing the envelope. It drives enthusiasts to seek out what's needed for peak performance, and in turn, forces the industry to step up & meet the demand.
Keep up with Carnucopia
Getting to see Carnucopia's M2 in its natural habitat was a sight to behold. We're proud to have a handful of supporters in the Tuner Theory group, and Amir's approach to curating Carnucopia is always exciting. We can't wait to see what he does next. Be sure to follow along with the M2 & his other projects as they progress over at instagram.com/carnucopia.
Special thanks to Mike Burke & the team at SunStoppers for their incredible work doing STEALTH, ULTIMATE PLUS, and a PRIME XR PLUS install on the Carnucopia M2. Special thanks to Team XPEL member Chris Hardy for helping make it all come together.
Interested in how your car would look protected with XPEL STEALTH? Check out our product image gallery & envision your own satin transformation.
Wrangling with the new Rubicon
For the 2nd year in a row, we teamed up with Jeep Jamboree to ensure their brand new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon stays protected out on the trails. For those of you who may not be familiar with Jeep Jamboree, the events encompass weekend long off-road adventures all across the US.
Of course, with any off-road capable vehicle, keeping it protected from scratches, scuffs, and chips isn't exactly easy. That's where XPEL comes in. To Keep the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon looking ready for whatever comes next, we wrapped it up with ULTIMATE PLUS paint protection. Nearly everything from the doors forward received ULTIMATE PLUS coverage - check out the video above for yourself!
TRAIL RATED & ENTHUSIAST APPROVED
If you're not familiar with the benefits of adding XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS paint protection to your Jeep Wrangler, let's break it down. While paint protection films are more commonly used on exotic cars & daily drivers, they're also great for off-road applications. While our PPF can protect your car's paint from road debris & rock chips, ULTIMATE PLUS can also handle plenty of action off the beaten path. It will help prevent damage from scuffs & scrapes, as well as keep your paint from getting scratched up by low hanging branches or other elements of tight terrain.
With vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, we recommend full front coverage, as well as the other high impact areas. On the Jeep Jamboree Rubicon, we covered the entire hood, fenders, flares, and front grill. You can tailor your package to include as much as you like. Be sure to browse what coverage options are available & let us know if you're looking for a specific pattern that we don't already offer.
Protected for the Adventure Ahead
After a quick couple of days at XPEL San Antonio, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon was all wrapped up with ULTIMATE PLUS and ready to take on the trails. From what we've seen on the Jeep Jamboree social media channels, it looks like the perfect opportunity to push ULTIMATE PLUS to its limits.
Planning on attending a Jeep Jamboree event this year? Be sure to get up close & personal with the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon to see how well XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS holds up for yourself.