Friday, July 29, 2016

2017 Porsche 718 “Ride & Drive Event” by Porsche Huntsville

Porsche of Huntsville continues to take it to the next level. A couple of weeks ago the dealership invited local Porsche enthusiasts to be the first to see the 2017 Porsche 718, German engineering at its best. Porsche of Huntsville routinely have special “First Look” or “Unveiling” events to show off the latest vehicles, however, this time it was an event to let customers ride and even drive the newest offering from Porsche. The guest were also treated to food and drink at this outdoor event BBQ style, with burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork and all the fixings.

Not to miss this first time event, on hand to greet the guests was General Manager George Jones (Century Automotive Group). He welcomed everyone and encouraged them to get behind the wheels and take a ride to experience the cars first hand.
The TAC (Twickingham Auto Club) of Huntsville helped setup a mini auto-cross track for the participants and drivers to fully experience the power and speed of these new cars from Porsche. Seeing them in the showroom or reading about them on the internet will never beat seat time. Most all of the 60 plus guest took advantage of this special offer to drive the just released 718 from Porsche.
On everyone’s mind was the change in the engine bay, would the turbocharged 2.5 liter flat-four measure up to its predecessors 3.4 liter naturally aspirated flat-six? After seeing the smiles on the participant’s faces after each ride, I’d say the turbocharged replacement did measure up just fine. Then based on the reactions from enthusiasts who drove the Boxster S, it’s a safe bet that the little 2.5 did the trick. Turbo lag in the new 718 is overcome by the new (VTG) variable turbine geometry technology allowing the turbo to run up to 14.5 psi of boost! Several drivers commented on the “lively” feel of the Boxster and loved the quickness in the turns of the road course.
Randy Carter (Porsche Huntsville Service Manger) served as the driver for most of the event for those who only wanted a spirited ride, however, most everyone was also easy to persuade into driving the Boxster S on hand. 
Let’s look at the stats:

2017 718 Boxster S:

Engine – Turbocharged 2.5 liter (DOHC 16 Valve)
Horsepower - 350 HP
Torque – 309 lb. ft.
Transmission – 6-speed Manual or PDK (7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode)
Top Speed – 177 mph
Zero to 60 mph – 4.4 sec.
Price – MSRP from $56,000 on the base 718 Boxster ($68,400 on the 718 Boxster S)

I will be the first to say this event was a “Massive Success” for Porsche of Huntsville and guest who enjoyed the Ride & Drive activities and will want to do it again soon…….maybe in a newly purchased Porsche of their own.
Porsche of Huntsville always provides Award winning sales experience, optimal customer service and offer the best showroom experience in the Southeast. Drop by today and see one of the sales associates and let them show you why Porsche says do it “For the sport of it”. What’s next? You need to stay tuned for exciting news on the 718 Cayman!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Motocross Dreams become Reality!

Most 17 year old kids are preparing for the high school prom or making plans for ski trips at the river this summer. However, Noah Wright, a 17 year old junior at Athens Renaissance School, in Athens AL. has racing on his mind. Noah has only been racing Motocross for a little over a year and a half. Although he grew up with dirt bikes and four wheelers he had only competed in four races on a 65cc when he was about 9 years old. For years Noah begged his parents (Chad and Amy Wright) to let him do more races, but the time to take it up a notch just wasn't right. Then he began to strategize and came up with a plan go to the Loretta Lynn's Amateur Nationals. Basically he was saying he wanted a shot at the Pro Circuit. I’m sure after many discussions and even some prayer, his parents thought it was time, so on his 16 birthday Noah got a used Kawasaki 250 dirt bike. His dad told him that they would run a local series in Arena Cross and if he did well and could win the series he would buy Noah a new bike. Well he did……did I mention Noah was determined? Several bikes later, lots of faith, dedication, training, commitment and yes…….more RACING, Noah is well on the way to Loretta Lynn's!
(Noah being interview by me on ZTV-11 Jamie Cooper Show)
Over this past year Noah and his family have spent every weekend racing. Noah has been on tracks in AL, TN, NC, VA, FL, OH, IN, GA, MO, MS and IL. He has qualified in the Southeast, Mid Central and Northeast Regions and will attend one more area qualifier in a couple of weeks. He will attend his first Regional Race at Muddy Creek in Tennessee in May. Chad and Amy as well as his entire family and friends are so proud of Noah and his accomplishments. In this sport it's a family effort, it takes a lot of commitment from everyone and Noah's long term goal is to compete in the Pro Circuit and be successful.
(Noah in the pink racing pants....going for the lead)
Noah’s dedication and commitment should be an inspiration to others that have big dreams and goals, but find them unobtainable. Noah has had many road blocks along his journey, some of those being injuries, but one of the hardest is those who are negative, non-supportive or just bullies. Regardless of the opposition or negativity, Noah has tunnel vision….he has stayed focused and keeps a strong faith. The Wright family strongly believes that if God plants the desire He (God) will provide the path…..and give you the tools to accomplish your dream! Noah’s mom (Amy) says “When you arrive at your goal…..always give Him the glory!”
(It can be a dirty job.......but Noah has always like the mud!)
You can keep up with Noah and his journey by following him on Facebook and on Instagram @ noah_wright007

Click on link below to watch a recent interview with Noah on ZTV-11 (Jamie Cooper Show): 

Noah Wright Interview on ZTV-11 Jamie Cooper Show

Thursday, March 31, 2016

2017 Porsche 911 “Unveiling” at Porsche Huntsville

Porsche of Huntsville continues to generate a level of excitement that rivals a rock concert and once again they out did themselves. Last week the dealership invited local Porsche enthusiasts to be the first to see the 2017 911 Carrera, another awesome example of German engineering. The timeless design of the Porsche 911 has wowed the crowds for the last 54 years and continues to be the benchmark for all other sports cars to follow.  Porsche of Huntsville often have special “First Look” or “Unveiling” events to show off the latest vehicles and this was another crowd pleaser. The guest were treated to food and drink in this state-of-the-art facility as they anticipated the next big thing from Porsche of Huntsville.

The showroom was filled with a larger than normal crowd of local VIP’s, salespersons, service team members and local Porsche Club members who wanted to see the sophisticated elegance of this new 2017 911 Carrera 4S in red carpet fashion. Always the gracious hosts and on hand to greet every single guest was General Manager George Jones (Century Automotive Group) and Tracy Jones (President-Century Automotive Group). Even though they both have tremendous responsibilities keeping them busy running the business, it’s always great to see this dynamic duo mingling with clients, friends and family as they also share in the excitement of launching a new vehicle.
General Manager George Jones (Century Automotive Group)
It was hard not to succumb to the temptation to peak under the silk car cover at the new 911, but guest would have to wait till the big moment arrived. Guests enjoyed chatting about their fondest memories in their own 911 and swapped stories of their favorite Porsche vehicles. As George got everyone’s attention, he gave a quick overview of the 911’s storied history and then turned it over to Mark Fry (Porsche Sales) who was more than eager to give the specific details of the new 2017 911 Carrera 4S Coupe in a spectacular color (Graphite Blue Metallic). He reminded the crowd that even though the car looked somewhat similar to the previous 911 model, the trained eye could see many changes….some were even lurking under the skin of this curvaceous body! The all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4S received the new twin turbocharged 3.0 liter F-6 engine with a whopping 420 HP and 368 lb-ft. of torque. What’s significant about this new engine is an increase of 20 horsepower and 43 lb-ft. of torque over the naturally aspired 3.8 liter F-6 it replaces. Smaller displacement, yet more power should have been expected from a group that continues to push the limits of the performance driving experience! Porsche also boast that the new twin-turbo engine is 12 percent more fuel efficient than the engine it replaces on the new European Driving Cycle.
2017 911 Carrera 4S Coupe (Graphite Blue Metallic)
Other significant changes for this refined 911 included revised headlights, taillights, door handles, rear deck lid and louvers. The new Sport Chrono package adds a steering wheel mounted switch that allows the driver to select between Normal/Sport/Sport Plus/and Individual driving modes. Each one of these selections also adjust the PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) system, PDK transmission, and Sport Exhaust system to give the driver a choice of driving pleasure. The touch-screen PCM (Porsche Communication) connectivity and infotainment system is standard and takes your driving experience to the next level.

Let’s look at the stats of this new 911 Carrera 4S Coupe (as unveiled) and see what all the buzz is about:

Engine – Twin-Turbocharged 3.0 liter F-6

Horsepower - 420 HP

Torque – 368 lb. ft.

Transmission – Manual or PDK (7-speed dual-clutch automatic)

Top Speed – 188 mph

Zero to 60 mph – 3.9 sec. (3.6 sec with PDK and Sport-Chrono Package)

Price – MSRP from $89,400 on the base 911 Coupe ($110,300 on the 911 4S Coupe)*

                     *911 Carrera is offered in 14 different variants including the Coupe, Cabrio, Targa, R, and GT3

As if the crowd was not thrilled enough, Jon Cunha (Porsche Sales Manager) drove into the showroom a 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabrio painted in the ever popular GT Silver and as he lowered the top the guest gathered around to soak in the rich luxurious interior and begin asking questions about all the high-tech gadgets.  To complete the trio of 911’s, another 2017 Carrera S Coupe in the GT Silver color was driven onto the service ramp for guest to enjoy.

It seems all great things must eventually come to an end, but it was safe to say the event was another “must see” for Porsche of Huntsville and guest who enjoyed the festivities could be seen taking one last peak at the new 911’s as they left the showroom.
(Photo courtesy of Porsche USA)

Porsche of Huntsville continues to provide Award winning sales experience, optimal customer service and offer the best showroom experience in the Southeast. Drop by today and see one of the sales associates and let them show you why a recent ad sums it up best “Every Porsche is designed to be Forever Amazing”.  

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Friday, January 29, 2016

From Hot Wheels to the Real Deal

Okay guys let’s admit it, we miss playing with Hot Wheels??  You know, those little 1:64 scale die-cast cars that we played with when we were growing up.  How many of you guys began to dream about having one of your Hot Wheels in full size?  Well I was one of those guys who had a box full of these little cars and I remember setting them up as if we were having a car show or we were at the race track.  Just think about the hours we spent racing these things around our room, on mom’s dining room table, or in the driveway at your house.  Sometimes we would setup a whole town and play all day!  I had a favorite car that I can still remember today, so I looked it up and turns out it was a black/yellow Mustang made by “Matchbox”, who is another company that made these little die-cast cars. 

(Here is a photo of one of my favorites……I wish I still had this one)
After reading up on these toys, I became curious of the history of these die-cast toys, so I decide to share some of my research.

Mattel introduced the Hot Wheels line of die-cast toys in 1968 with the release of 16 original vehicles (sometimes called the “Sweet 16” by collectors today).  They were advertised as small scale/free-rolling models that were designed to look like hot rods and custom muscle cars of the day.  All of the major car makers of the day had authorized Mattel to make replicas of their most popular cars; Ford, Chrysler, General Motors.  The list of car makers grew as the popularity of the toys blossomed.  What made these cars so cool was the special metallic paint jobs on them called “Spectraflame”, wow even that name sounds wicked!  When we were younger I bet some of you wished the same thing I did, that they made these die-cast cars in “Full” size.  The truth is there were a few full size vehicles made that were copies of the Hot-Wheels toys and one of those vehicles was the “Deora” and it was based upon a custom surf-truck designed by Harry Bentley Bradley for Dodge.  The Deora was also one of the original 16 made by Mattel and the full size version of this concept truck sold at the RM Auction in 2009 for $324,500 (as my Dad likes to say “those are BIG coins”).

(Pictured above are the “Hot-Wheels” and the 1965 “Real” version of the Deora vehicle)
I’m sure you are excited just thinking about all the little Hot Wheels you had when you were young and just maybe you can dig around in the attic or your shed and find your old collection………….oh wait, now you remember your mom sold all your cars and trucks at a yard sale just like my mom did!  Don’t tell anybody!

See you down the road……..Joseph