Detailing Tips

I stopped in to see my friends at Meguiar's a few weeks ago to get some tips some simple tips on keeping your new car looking new. While the EVO had to go back to Mitsubishi, Mike and the team at Meguiar's helped me out by shooting this quick video.

Here are a few tips from Mike at Meguiar's:

1. Use the right products and tools for the job. Be it a quick wash or a full detail and wax be sure to use the right products, which means no dish soap or AXE body was for your ride. Also a clean wash mitt will make a big difference in maintaining a scratch free surface.

2. Don't over do the wax, one big mistake people make is using too much wax, a little goes a long way and it saves you time.

3. Keep some interior wipes in the car for in between major interior cleanings. It can help get rid of that sticky soda ring in your cup holder or those toe prints on the dash from the last time you drove a girl somewhere.

For more tips visit Meguiar's Product Advisor for more tips HERE.

This is not a sponsored post, Meguiar's just rocks!

Warrior Jeep Team takes on the Trans-America Trail

The Warrior Jeep Team is raising awareness and generating support for our wounded veterans and their families and Copernio is honored to donate its Public Relations and Social Media services to this important cause. With a fully customized 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Edition, the Warrior Jeep Team will be the first Jeep to navigate the Trans-America Trail in one contiguous adventure.   The Warrior Jeep Team is starting its trek across the trail today.
Beginning in Southwestern North Carolina and ending at the Pacific Ocean in southwestern Oregon, the Trans-America Trail covers over 5,000 miles of mostly off-road driving.  The route uses dirt, gravel, jeep, forest and farm roads with numerous sections of mud, sand, snow and rocks.
"Even though special operations forces are widely recognized as the most elite military units, they often have more challenges in receiving their veteran benefits from the government due to the sensitive nature of their work," commented Susan van Barneveld, president of Copernio. "We are truly honored to have the opportunity to work with the Warrior Jeep Team to support and raise awareness for these veterans."
The Warrior Jeep Team was formed in 2015 around support for Special Operations U.S. troops who were wounded or died in combat, with the purpose of raising awareness and generating support for these veterans and their families who often do not receive government benefits.  The team is comprised of veterans from various branches of the military including special operations, many having been wounded in combat.
The Warrior Jeep Team aims to be the first to navigate a Jeep the entire length of the Trans-America trail.  After the trip and all follow up events are completed, the Jeep will be auctioned off with all the proceeds going to support the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Fisher House, who generously assist wounded veterans and their families.
Copernio, in conjunction The Warrior Jeep Team and Special Operations Warrior Foundation, is reaching out to other public relations professionals across the US to work with them to educate the public, raise donations and effect real change to see that our Special Operations Veterans are taken care of.
"We couldn't be happier to have Copernio's support, through the firm's efforts we have already seen our reach and results increase exponentially," said David Phillips, Warrior Jeep team lead.  "While we do enjoy off-roading and plan to have a lot of fun over the next few months, our main goal is to help raise awareness and funds for the thousands of U.S. special operations veterans currently in need, (and our efforts wouldn't be nearly as impactful without Copernio's help)."
Formed in 2015 by the Phillips family - David, Sojourner, Jacoby and Justine, the Warrior Jeep Team ( consists of five U.S. military veterans, many of whom were wounded in combat.  The team was built around support for U.S. troops who were wounded in combat, with the purpose of raising awareness and generating support for these veterans and their families.  The team will complete the Trans-America Trail; a 5,000-mile coast-to-coast route across the U.S., with a custom built 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Edition. Raising money along the way and auctioning off the Warrior Jeep after the expedition, all proceeds will go to support the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Fisher House. Follow The Warrior Jeep Team on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

2017 Corvette Grand Sport priced under $70K

Chevrolet announced today the track-bred 2017 Corvette Grand Sport will be priced at $66,445 for coupe models and $70,445 for convertibles, when they go on sale this summer. The prices include the destination charge, but not tax, title and other dealer fees.

With heritage-inspired design cues combined with track-focused chassis and suspension elements, the new Grand Sport builds on a legacy established in 1963, when five Grand Sport race cars were built under the direction of the Corvette’s first chief engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov.

“The racing DNA of the original Grand Sport race cars is in the 2017 model, adding greater dimensions of capability and driver involvement to the Corvette’s award-winning architecture, for a purer driving experience,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager. “It is a worthy successor to the spirit of the originals.”

The 2017 Grand Sport’s lightweight architecture, downforce-producing aerodynamics package, enhanced cooling package, electronic limited-slip differential and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires combine to offer a Chevrolet-estimated 1.05g in cornering capability – and up to 1.2g with the available Z07 package, which includes Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

The new Grand Sport also offers estimated 0-60-mph performance of 3.6 seconds and quarter-mile capability of 11.8 seconds at 118 mph, with the available Z07 performance package and available paddle-shift eight-speed automatic transmission. A seven-speed manual with Active Rev Match is standard.

Further, engineers adapted the Brembo braking system from the Corvette Z06 to give it estimated 60-0-mph performance of less than 100 feet with the available Z07 package, which adds carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors, along the PS Cup 2 tires.

In addition to the track-focused chassis and suspension components, the Grand Sport features unique exterior elements, including specific front fender inserts and Z06-style grille, as well as wider fenders and rear quarter panels to accommodate a wider track.

Grand Sport models are offered with the Stingray’s full exterior and interior color palette, including 10 exterior colors:

Admiral Blue Metallic (late 2016 addition)
Watkins Glen Gray Metallic (new for 2017)
Black Rose Metallic (new for 2017)
Sterling Blue Metallic (new for 2017)
Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat
Arctic White
Blade Silver Metallic
Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat
Torch Red.
An available Heritage package includes hash-mark fender graphics in six colors, with the hash mark detail carried onto the interior’s brushed aluminum trim. Full-length stripes are also offered in five colors. They are joined by the available Z07 package, five wheel choices and available carbon fiber ground effects to offer a wide and diverse range of customizable choices.

“The choices are almost endless,” said Charles. “The Corvette Grand Sport’s custom ordering options take personalization to an unprecedented level, enabling customers to create their own Corvette Grand Sport statement.”

A Grand Sport Collector Edition will be offered later in the model year, featuring Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior with Tension Blue hash-mark graphics, satin black full-length stripes, black wheels and a unique Tension Blue full leather and suede-wrapped interior. A three-dimensional representation of an original Grand Sport race car is embossed in the headrests and that shape is also used on an instrument panel plaque that carries a unique build sequence number.

A Concours McLaren F1

The McLaren F1 is regarded by many as the car which rewrote the supercar rule book. With only 64 roadcar examples built between 1993 and 1998, the original McLaren F1 is one of the rarest and highly-regarded models among collectors and enthusiasts. McLaren Special Operations (MSO) continues to maintain and manage McLaren F1s globally, and is offering one of last ever and finest examples of this highly-regarded model for sale. McLaren F1 chassis #069 is in factory condition, having covered less than 2,800 miles since new.

During 1998, only six examples of the original McLaren F1 were completed, and chassis #069 was the 60th model overall to be hand-built in Woking, England. It is presented in Carbon Black complimented by subtle detailing throughout, including a stealth finish to the 17-inch center-locking magnesium wheels. The central driving seat is finished in black and contrasting red leather, with the dual passenger seats upholstered in Alcantara®.

McLaren F1 chassis #069 is UK registered with all UK taxes paid and offered for sale exclusively through McLaren Special Operations Heritage division with fitted luggage, complete Facom titanium lightweight tool kit and Facom tool box, all books and literature, including the correct numbered LM Edition of the “Driving Ambition” McLaren F1 book and limited edition McLaren F1 owner’s watch.

Designed by Gordon Murray and Peter Stevens, the McLaren F1 was developed and designed with a no compromise approach, world-beating Formula 1 expertise and technology, and the most driver-focused driving experience at its core. A true pioneering tour de force, the McLaren F1 was the first road car to feature a full carbon fiber chassis, and with a central driving position, engine bay lined with gold and famed McLaren obsession for technical excellence, is considered a true modern-day automotive icon. Powered by a bespoke naturally-aspirated mid-mounted 6.1-liter V12 engine producing 627 hp (636PS), it broke the record for fastest production roadcar with a top speed of 242.8 mph (390.7km/h) and, more than 20 years on, still holds the title of fastest naturally-aspirated production road car ever built.

McLaren Special Operations grew out of the McLaren Customer Care program, which dates back more than 20 years to the days of the McLaren F1 road car. The team looked after servicing and maintaining McLaren F1s for owners the world over. It also undertook personalization when cars changed hands: new owners often wanted to put their own marks on their vehicles. Today, MSO continues to service, maintain and offer brokerage services for all examples of the McLaren F1.

Please contact for further details and enquiries about McLaren F1 #069.

Rolls Royce Luggage

As the world leader in the art of true luxury conveyance, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has extended its expertise to design a suite of elegant luggage to complement Wraith, the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever created.

The collection, conceived by Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer Michael Bryden and designed in the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Studio led by Director of Design Giles Taylor, comprises two Grand Tourer valises, three Long Weekender bags and one Garment Carrier, meticulously designed to be housed in the luggage compartment of a Rolls-Royce Wraith. Like every Rolls-Royce motor car, they can be commissioned to the customer’s exacting specifications.

Counsel was sought from experts accustomed to handling discerning individuals’ luggage. The design team conversed with Head Butlers from some of the world’s most illustrious hotels, who offered insight into the interaction between guests and their belongings. Luggage is not only seen as an expression of style, but also as a wardrobe from home, increasingly important as entrepreneurs and captains of industry adopt a more transient lifestyle.

Particular attention to detail has therefore been paid to the area that most often comes into contact with the owner, ensuring the experience is an entirely effortless one. The handles have been designed to ensure an even weight distribution, meaning no undue pressure is placed on the hand. An invisible stitch, a skill honed in the world of Haute Couture and used on the steering wheel of Wraith, has been applied to ensure a perfectly smooth and tactile finish.


Reflecting all Rolls-Royce motor cars, refined visual aesthetics shroud state-of-the-art engineering. Rapid prototyping was used in the development of the Long Weekender to test the ergonomics of the handle repeatedly, ensuring the piece is effortless to carry. Subtle references to the marque can be found in the form of the discrete fastenings, which magnetically dock, providing optimum designed resistance formed from a solid billet of machine polished aerospace-grade aluminium, inspired by the silhouette of Wraith.

Michael Bryden, Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer, commented, “The Wraith Luggage Collection consists of six pieces, each carefully considered to reflect the unparalleled design aesthetics of
Rolls-Royce motor cars. The latest technologies and materials are blended with traditional crafts and techniques, leading to an elegantly executed and thoroughly contemporary luggage collection, designed exclusively for Wraith, the ultimate gentleman’s gran turismo.”

The distinct style of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars accompanies the discerning traveller on any epic voyage. The Spirit of Ecstasy, the flying lady figurine that has graced the bonnet of each Rolls-Royce motor car since 1911, is elegantly embossed onto the exterior of each bag.

Self-righting wheel centres featuring the Rolls-Royce double-R emblem adorn the Grand Tourer, offering a fitting reflection of Wraith itself. The strategically placed wheels, specially designed on a wide track to provide a high level of stability, provide an effortless transfer from ground to luggage compartment, ensuring the bag glides into position seamlessly in the rear of the motor car.

Carbon fibre has been selected for its light weight and durable properties rather than for the commonly used contemporary aesthetics of the material. It has been formed into the frame of the case, complemented by a wide-set handle and a high-sided design, optimising the stowage capability of the luggage.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, added, “Michael Bryden’s creation of this Bespoke Luggage collection demonstrates our designers’ commitment to Sir Henry Royce’s manifesto, “Take the best that exists, and make it better. When it does not exist, design it”.  Not satisfied with creating a contemporary luggage collection with all the hallmarks of true luxury, the design team have gone one step further, in creating a Bespoke collection that not only speaks of contemporary elegance, but also serves to be a pleasure to use.”

The Garment Carrier, a sleek and slim-lined addition that sits seamlessly atop the Long Weekenders and Grand Tourers, has been designed to encompass a gentleman’s shirt and tuxedo or a ladies gown.  A loop for a silk tie or scarf is thoughtfully incorporated to provide the utmost convenience.

The Wraith Luggage Collection, which takes luggage to a new realm of luxury, was constructed by master craftspeople adorning white gloves so as to preserve and protect the leather of unequalled quality. Designed in a choice of mono or a striking two-tone leather finish, the collection embodies the design principles of Wraith, as well as enabling customers to personalise their luggage to harmonise with the interior of their motor car. The Rolls-Royce leather is hand-stitched using the same colour thread as featured in the owner’s motor car and lined with a monogrammed lining discreetly featuring the Rolls-Royce emblem.

The Wraith Luggage Collection is available from Rolls-Royce Dealerships.  The pieces can be bought individually; for the six piece Wraith Luggage Collection (excluding local taxes) pricing is as follows:

United Kingdom:  £24,248    
Europe:  €28,984                  
USA: $45,854
Canada:  $44,925                  
Japan:  ¥4,753,323              
Rest of the World:  $42,606

Richa: Ride with Style

 Diesel jacket

The Diesel features a denim Invista Cordura body section with grey buffalo hide arms and pewter-finish buckles and buttons, giving the look of a fashion jacket but with the protection you’d expect to find in motorcycle safety wear. The jacket is fitted with CE-certified protectors in the elbows and shoulders and includes a pocket to accommodate a CE back protector. Available in sizes S-6XL with an RRP of £139.99 ($205 USD).

Hammer jean

The Aramid-lined Hammer jean is the perfect accompaniment to the Diesel jacket if you want to rock the all-out double denim look. Available in Blue Stone, Dark Blue or Black, the jeans come in two lengths (standard and short) and sizes 30-44 with an RRP of £79.99 ($117 USD).

Brooklyn trouser

If double denim is step too far, the straight-fit, chino-style Brooklyn trousers are a smart alternative. Featuring a Dupont™ Kevlar® lining and adjustable D3O knee protection, the Brooklyn trousers are available in Beige in sizes 28-44 with an RRP of £159.99 ($234 USD).

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