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2014 - Year of
the Road Trip
A long time ago the auto industry sold us on
purchasing cars so
that we would have the "freedom" to travel to anywhere.
This is still true today, and frankly I do not like airports anymore so
my car is my ticket to open road travel. There is nothing so
exciting as picking a destination, planning the trip with a map,
packing a delicious picnic basket, finding places to stay (google for
hotels and yelp for restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, etc) and going
to those wonderful places you have always thought about seeing.
It is a fine way to spend valuable vacation time and it is all about
you on a road trip. The term "Bucket List" can have new
meaning. I recently returned from a road trip to San Juanico,
Mexico, which is deep in the Baja Peninsula, on the Pacific side.
I must confess, although the destination is spectacular (fresh fish,
surfing, kayaking, collecting shells on empty beaches) the drive down
was amazing. Highway 1 goes all the way down to Cabo San Lucas
and is an excellent two lane highway. Highlights of my trip
include: doing "donuts" for breakfast on the beach (and I am not
talking about the kind made of dough), kayaking with sea lions,
excellent food, and an encounter with a real Seahawk!
As always, for a safe road trip have your vehicle checked over and
serviced properly in advance. The last thing you want on your
road trip is car trouble. Call today for an appointment for
service, or just drop by anytime to check your oil and tire pressure.
Mercedes Benz –
A Historical Perspective
I am always asked “How did you ever get in this business?” and my
answer is always the same…I love Mercedes. One of my life’s
highlights was recently visiting the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart,
Germany. I was in awe not only of the cars, but how this company
has shaped the automotive industry and continues to do so
everyday. Below are some of the invention highlights by this
wonderful company. Enjoy.
1886 – The first car. Car Benz is awarded the German patent
#37435 for a 3 wheeled, self propelled “Motor-wagon”. Rear
mounted, single cylinder engine, this first automobile changes forever
the way people move and sparks a legacy of innovation that continues to
1894 – Honeycomb radiator
1910 – Multi-valve engine
1921 – Supercharged engine
1934 - 4 wheel independent suspension
1936 – Diesel passenger car
1978 – Antilock Braking system (ABS)
1982 – 4-Matic All Wheel Drive (AWD)
1995 – Electric Stability Control (ESP)
1997 – Smart Key
2000 – Tele Aid/mbrace (navigation system)
2010 – Attention Assist: Dynamic & Intuitive Control
Mercedes Benz 4
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