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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The Venomous Dodge Viper SRT10 protected by XPEL Self-Healing Paint Protection

SRT10 With the brand new 2013 SRT Viper just now hitting showrooms, the Viper community, and muscle car community are on edge about this new snake. SRT claims the new SRT Viper will "Consume You" with its appearance and performance. We agree. The new SRT Viper is amazing in many ways, but let's not forget where it came from. From the original Viper in 1992 to the most recent predecessor fourth generation, the Dodge Viper is an iconic American muscle car. Even though now it sits under the "SRT" moniker. The SRT10 we had most recently in our shop is the only one in the world with it's exact color scheme, and aero kit. This one was slightly modified, but even the stock number are impressive. 0-60 in 3.4seconds from a 600bhp, 560lb ft torque 8.4L V10. We will bring you coverage of the 2013 SRT as soon as we get one in. For now you'll have to settle for this gorgeous SRT10. We installed a full front including, full hood, front bumper, front fenders, and more. We also installed door edge guards, door sill guards, rocker panels, headlights, and mirrors. The results are amazing.     XPEL Ultimate Self-healing Clear Bra XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with it's clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much so that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your car has many benefits. It will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. Demonstration of our XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing properties Our XPEL ULTIMATE film self-heals from light scratches, swirl marks and rock chips while driving or maintaining your vehicle. During the show we use a Brass wire brush to simulate the every day occurrences that can affect the film. With the sun on the display the scratches from the brush instantly disappear. When the sun is not available, you can accelerate the healing process with a cup of warm water or a heat source. Not all Patterns are created equal At XPEL we pride ourselves on our pre-cut pattern software. By using a pre-cut pattern you’ll have less to worry about, since the installer will not be trimming the film on your vehicle. Using a pre-cut pattern the film will naturally fit without excessive stretching or contortion, which means the finished product not only lines up perfectly but is free of defects which could be visible once the install is finished. Contrary to what some may believe it’s possible to wrap edges using a computer cut pattern which gives you a much better protection and installation. With XPEL Technologies Corp., all patterns are available with precision cut wrapped edges where possible. Where a wrapped edge is not possible, for example around the parking sensors on a bumper, reverse cameras and more, the film is always machine cut with precision. You can pick and choose your coverage options. Door handle inserts, also known as door cups. This area is prone to getting scratched when entering and exiting the vehicle with rings, fingernails, etc... Luggage Area Kit. This area is prone to damage due to items being removed from the trunk. Headlights and/or Fog-lights Kit Rocker Panels High Impact Areas    

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2011 Audi RB V10 Spyder Clear Bra Installation

Entire Front Protected Wrapped All Edges When Possible Design Access Program Pre-Cut Clear Bra Kit XPEL Ultimate Self-healing Clear Bra XPEL ULTIMATE leads the industry with it's clarity, durability, gloss retention and more. We stand behind our product 100%, so much so that ULTIMATE has a 10-year warranty covering defects such as yellowing, cracking, staining, blistering and/or delaminating. Protecting your car has many benefits. It will help maintain your car’s factory finish, make your car easier to clean, help the resale value of your vehicle, all while it is being protected from every day driving. Demonstration of our XPEL ULTIMATE self-healing properties Our XPEL ULTIMATE film self-heals from light scratches, swirl marks and rock chips while driving or maintaining your vehicle. During the show we use a Brass wire brush to simulate the every day occurrences that can affect the film. With the sun on the display the scratches from the brush instantly disappear. When the sun is not available, you can accelerate the healing process with a cup of warm water or a heat source. Not all Patterns are created equal At XPEL we pride ourselves on our pre-cut pattern software. By using a pre-cut pattern you’ll have less to worry about, since the installer will not be trimming the film on your vehicle. Using a pre-cut pattern the film will naturally fit without excessive stretching or contortion, which means the finished product not only lines up perfectly but is free of defects which could be visible once the install is finished. Contrary to what some may believe it’s possible to wrap edges using a computer cut pattern which gives you a much better protection and installation. With XPEL Technologies Corp., all patterns are available with precision cut wrapped edges where possible. Where a wrapped edge is not possible, for example around the parking sensors on a bumper, reverse cameras and more, the film is always machine cut with precision. You can pick and choose your coverage options. Door handle inserts, also known as door cups. This area is prone to getting scratched when entering and exiting the vehicle with rings, fingernails, etc... Luggage Area Kit. This area is prone to damage due to items being removed from the trunk. Headlights and/or Fog-lights Kit Rocker Panels High Impact Areas  

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