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Amtrak Trip to Santa Barbara True Getaway

Got to admit it – it’s tough for this Californian to give up his car for the weekend, but that’s exactly what we did on a recent train getaway to Santa Barbara that proved we could do our small part to help reduce traffic and vehicle emissions and still have a great time.

In fact, just put aside the benefits to the environment and look at the benefits to our own family: We saved on gas, vehicle wear and tear and on the frustration that always comes with a never-know-what-you’re-gonna-get drive through the L.A. freeway system. We got to try a new adventure, introduce our 8-year-old to rail travel and we packed a lot of sightseeing into a short two-day period.

Santa Barbara is especially well suited to car-less travel because years ago city fathers decided they needed to do something to reduce the congestion they were seeing with many more visitors and the smog that would trap itself over the city. The Santa Barbara Car Free Project today offers travelers discounts on Amtrak as well as at participating hotels. They sweeten the pot by throwing in a multitude of discounts on local attractions and transportation. Our family of three decided to give it a try, traveling to Santa Barbara from our home in north San Diego County.

Boarding the 7 a.m. northbound Pacific Surfliner in Oceanside was a snap. Accustomed to long waits nowadays for air travel, we showed up nearly an hour before our train to check our one large piece of luggage. But A/ we really didn’t need to check the luggage – there is a rack you can put your luggage on in the business class rail car – and B/ you can step right on the train, even purchasing your tickets onboard.

Business class is slightly more expensive but offers reserved seating and amenities such as a continental breakfast, a newspaper and a comfortable work area with a power outlet for our laptop. We went up the stairs to the second level, found our seating and sat back to enjoy the scenery. In just a couple of minutes we were on our way, the gorgeous California coastline passing before our very eyes.

We were reminded of a recent country chart-topper called Sunday Morning that talks about the many walks of life in the USA and how people spend their Sunday mornings. It was, in fact, Sunday morning and we were observing our fellow Californians out for their morning jog or enjoying a newspaper and coffee on their beachfront deck, or preparing an outdoor breakfast in one of several beachfront state parks along the Surfliner’s path. The train sped along, often at 70 miles per hour or more, taking us on an adventurous route through many parts of the Southern California coastal region that we had not seen in our many drives along Interstate 5.

Another way to describe the feeling is to relate it to those “Over” shows – you know, the PBS television programs …

NEED FOR SPEED: Most Wanted PS2 Cheats

Blacklist cars

Defeat the indicated Blacklist Boss to win the corresponding car: Aston Martin DB9: Blacklist Boss 7 Audi A3 3.2 Quattro: Blacklist Boss 15 Audi A4 3.2 FSI Quattro: Blacklist Boss 14 Audi TT 3.2 Quattro: Blacklist Boss 15 BMW GTR (Race version): Blacklist Boss 1 Cadillac CTS: Blacklist Boss 12 Corvette C6: Blacklist Boss 5 Corvette C6.R: Complete 100% of the game Dodge Viper SRT 10: Blacklist Boss 6 Ford GT: Blacklist Boss 4 Lamborghini Gallardo: Blacklist Boss 6 Lamborghini Murcielago: Blacklist Boss 4 Lotus Elise: Blacklist Boss 8 Mazda RX-7: Blacklist Boss 9 Mazda RX-8: Blacklist Boss 12 Mercedes-Benz CLK 500: Blacklist Boss 8 Mercedes-Benz SL 500: Blacklist Boss 11 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: Blacklist Boss 3 Mitsubishi Eclipse: Blacklist Boss 14 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII: Blacklist Boss 11 Mustang GT: Blacklist Boss 12 Pontiac GTO: Blacklist Boss 10 Porsche 911 Carrera S: Blacklist Boss 7 Porsche 911 Turbo S: Blacklist Boss 5 Porsche Carrera GT: Blacklist Boss 3 Porsche Cayman S: Blacklist Boss 10 Renault Clio V6: Blacklist Boss 13 Subaru Impreza WRX STi: Blacklist Boss 9 Toyota Supra: Blacklist Boss 13 Vauxhall Monaro VXR: Blacklist Boss 10

Easy money 1

Find an easy race such as a drag or something short that you can win quickly. Win the race and get the money. Go back to the safe house and start the race again. Win the race to get the same amount of money again. Repeat this process as much as desired. This is quite useful when you need that extra bit of power to defeat a blacklist rival, but don’t have the money for a better car or parts.

Easy money 2

Defeat one of the opponents on the blacklist. You will get two marks to use on several different things. Do not use them on the Uniques early in the game. Instead, use them on the middle or the left "Random" choices. They should usually come out to either a large cash bonus or the opponent’s pink slip.

Easy money 3

If you need 2 complete a drag race 2 go against the nxt blacklist racer, finish it then look on the blacklist menu and click on the drag logo and say that you want 2 replay the race and you will get even more money 4 it. Keep doing dis an den get an immense car. cool or what!!!

Easy money 4

$1,000 or $500 for free! (bounty) go to the bounty page and go to the rose wood police station. from there, break through the tool booth and hit the left hand side of the tower. the cop will be blocked and you can go to the safe house and get your bounty.

Easy bounty

Get some cops to chase you, then go to the bus stop. Get on top of the buses and make sure that the front of the car is at the edge of the last bus so that the cops can see you and do not lose you. …

Wealthtv Recognizes Six Most Luxurious Vehicles

In connection with the ongoing Chicago Auto Show, six luxury vehicles were recognized by WealthTV, the leading lifestyle and entertainment network. At the start of the auto show, the lifestyle network announced the winner on their online poll conducted over a span of three months prior to the auto show.

There are six categories on the poll conducted by WealthTV which started last November 2006. The award shows how much a luxury car has ingrained itself in the hearts and minds of the network’s viewers. This year, the brands Lexus, Bentley, Range Rover, Aston Martin and Chevrolet are the recipients of the prestigious Viewer’s Choice Award which is made from crystal.

Lexus won two of the six categories and this shows how far the Toyota luxury brand has come in their 20 years in the luxury car market. The Lexus LS460 continues to earn accolade by winning the Most Exciting New Release of 2007award. This puts the Lexus LS560 in a position to be a serious threat to its competitor in their class. Another Lexus model to bag an award is the Lexus GS Hybrid which won the Most Advanced Use of Hybrid Technology of 2007 category. This may not come as a surprise since its parent company is producing the most popular hybrid electric vehicle in the US – the Toyota Prius.

The Chevrolet Corvette was voted as the Hottest Sports Car Under $50k of 2007. The Corvette incidentally is making noise also in the Chicago Auto Show where two special edition versions of the model will be sold in limited quantities.

The three categories left were won by vehicles from the brands Range Rover, Bentley, and Aston Martin. In the Most Luxurious SUV of 2007 category, the Range Rover came out on top boosting the moral of DaimlerChrysler. WealthTV viewers voted the Bentley Continental Flying Spur as the Most Luxurious Sedan of 2007. Topping the list as the Hottest Sports Car (with no price limit) of 2007 is the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The awards given to all those vehicles will be a big help in their marketing.

Robert Herring Sr., chief executive officer of WealthTV emphasized the magnitude of the award given in his statement. “WealthTV continues its tradition of allowing our viewers to determine the most exciting luxury automobiles in each category for the year. Recognition by the hearts and minds of the luxury car enthusiasts is the best recognition an automotive company can receive.” Joe McDonald, the producer of wealth on Wheels where the winning cars will be featured believes that the consumers ultimately judges what the best cars are making their award more meaningful to win and a better reflection on the sentiments of automotive enthusiasts.

The said lifestyle network will air the highlights of the Chicago Auto Show on their Wealth on Wheels series. The cars that won the prestigious awards will be featured on the said show. Aside from being featured in the said series, winners were also given a hundred thousand …

What Police Can And Can't Do

DUI is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and therefore, it is definitely a serious offence. Police are very strict on those who are suspected with DUI and if they wish they can stop anybody and question about the influence. In Los Angeles and the other parts of the State, many such incidents take place almost everyday. It is never recommended that one may drink and drive as it is dangerous not just for the person who is driving the vehicle, but also for the others. If the DUI charge against a person is established, he/she can get harsh punishments like jail, steep fine, high insurance premiums, etc.. Moreover, if the name of the person gets listed on the DUI record, then it is very bad for the track record of that person. Therefore, one should never think of drinking and driving intentionally. However, there are possibilities that because of a certain unforeseen situation, you have to drive under the influence and unfortunately you get pulled over by the police. In such situation, you must know what the police can do and cannot do in a DUI case. Here, a few instances of the role of police in a DUI case are mentioned.

Ask Questions

It is the job of the police to make inquiries and the officer will definitely do so. As per law, police can always ask you questions whether you have been drinking or not. However, the officer cannot force you to answer such questions.

Driver’s license and registration

The police officer will definitely ask for your driver’s license and the registration and have all the rights to arrest you if you do not provide those documents. This is the first thing that an officer would do while questioning a DUI offender.

Remain in the car

If the police suspect that you are drunk, then he can ask you to come of the car. It is better to stay inside the car as getting out and behaving abnormally can raise more doubts in the mind of the officer. If you handle the situation politely, the officer cannot force you to step out of the car.

The Field Sobriety Test

Police usually conduct such tests to ascertain whether you are driving after consuming alcohol. The police can definitely ask you to go through such a test, but again cannot pressurize you to do so. You can modestly deny.

The breathalyzer test

The officer can definitely ask you to take on a breathalyzer test, which is conducted to ascertain the content of alcohol in the blood. This test gives the more accurate result than the field sobriety test and therefore, you must not refuse it. Your refusal can land you in deep trouble and it can even cause you loss of the driver’s license. The officer can definitely ask you to conduct the breathalyzer test as they are allowed to do so under the State’s law.

Most importantly, if you have been caught with the DUI …

Ford’s Disposal of Aston Martin Now Complete

Aston Martin is the sleek sports car popular for starring in the action block buster James Bond franchise. The sexy silvery gray Aston Martin DBS for instance, was the James Bond car in the 2006 movie, Casino Royale. Although Aston Martin wowed all of us being James Bond’s car, it didn’t hit the blockbuster in the car market like the movie did. In August 2006, Bill Ford, who handed the reins over to Mulally last year, put Aston Martin up for sale, saying the money-losing brand may be “an attractive opportunity to raise capital and generate value.”

Ford Motor Company succeeded in selling the Aston Martin Division last March, when the deal was made to a consortium of big time investors lead by racing executive Dave Richards. The group also included John Sinders, a famous Aston Martin collector and two other Kuwaiti firms of Investment Dar and Adeem Investment Co.

“The deal gets Ford liquidity it desperately needs to help restore its higher-volume product lines, and it leaves Aston Martin in good hands, as well.” Dave Healy, an analyst at Burnham Securities was quoted as saying before the Dearborn automaker put its luxury brand up for sale.

In a statement before the sale, Ford CEO and President Allan Mullaly said, “The sale of Aston Martin supports the key objectives of the company, to restructure to operate profitably at lower volumes and changed model mix and to speed the development of new products,”

Ford announced in March that it would receive $848 million and retain a $77 million stake in Aston Martin.

The transaction of the maker of the Aston Martin catalytic converter was completed in the second quarter of this year. Becky Sanch, Ford spokeswoman confirmed that they have not completely given away the sports car division because the automaker retained a stake by receiving preferred stock from Primrose Cove Ltd., the holding company of the group that acquired Aston Martin.
On Tuesday Ford received $931 million in cash and preferred stock for its sale of a controlling stake in the popular luxury brand.

Ford’s Jaguar and Rover divisions, also part of the Ford Premier Auto Group are also being prepared for disposal as Ford continues on its plan to bounce back from its recent financial troubles.…

Malibu Valet Parking Service

Malibu is home to the rich and famous, with many movie stars included in its population, so it’s no surprise that a valet parking service is offered almost anywhere you might go in or around the city.

Originally a Native American settlement, Malibu sits against the Pacific coastline and is home to around 13,000 Californians. One of its logos is “27 Miles of Scenic beauty” even though the city, once incorporated, measured actually only 21 miles instead of the original 27. Home to stars of stage and screen, Malibu once named actor Martin Sheen as honorary mayor. When he welcomed the homeless to Malibu, the affluent population balked, and one citizen even talked of bussing the homeless to Sheen’s residence.

Malibu’s residents are all wealthy professionals, most with ties to the entertainment industry. Even without the relaxed geography of the city that makes walking a very impractical form of transportation, a valet parking service would be a necessity because of the preferred lifestyle of the city’s population. These people expect, and get, the best at every turn, so the idea of not being able to get out of their cars at the door of a nightclub, restaurant, and even office building, would probably drive them to frequent other establishments that did offer a valet parking service to take their cars to a parking lot and bring them back when they’re ready to leave.

Many Malibu-area establishments offer a valet parking service free to their guests and patrons, while others charge a small fee for the parking, often included right in their prices. Tipping is expected even for a free valet parking service, however, and the average tip for a valet to conveniently park your car can be anywhere between $3 and $15, with the price for valet services that aren’t free ranging just as widely, with some charging one flat fee, and others charging according to how many hours your car is parked.

Surely even if a valet parking service cost ten times what it does, the wealthy residents of Malibu would happily pay it for the convenience of not having to find parking places in full and overcrowded parking lots. Once a status symbol in many cities in California, a valet parking service is now expected and considered a daily part of Malibu residents’ lifestyles.

Those traveling to other parts of Los Angeles are greeted with Los Angeles valet parking services at places like Custom Hotel, Key Club and House of Blues, with even gyms and health clubs offering a valet parking service to their members.

A good Malibu valet parking service is a must at all Malibu social events. Guests coming to holiday parties, birthday parties and weddings will expect a valet to park their cars, even if the estate they’re visiting appears to have acres available for parking. With social events, a valet parking service is still a sign of affluence, as much as it is a simple courtesy for guests and the sign of a gracious …

A collection of Brand Car Logos and their meanings (II)

PEUGEOT

PRUGEOT LOGO

PRUGEOT LOGO

Peugeot is a major French car brand, part of PSA Peugeot Citroën, the second largest carmaker in Europe. Peugeot’s roots go back to 19th-century coffee mill and bicycle manufacturing. The company’s entry into the vehicle market was by means of crinoline dresses, which used steel rods, leading to umbrella frames, saw blades, wire wheels, and ultimately bicycles. The trademark of Peugeot is a mighty lion, which is the symbol of the region Franche-Comté, where the company is. The lion represents the excellence of their saws in three aspects: saw tooth is as enduring as lion’s tooth; saw blades is as elastic as lion’s backbone; the performance of the saw is as invincible as that of lion. In 1890, when the first Peugeot motor was out on the market, the company decided to carry on the “lion” trademark to signify its high quality.

ASTONMARTIN

ASTON-MARTIN LOGO

ASTON-MARTIN LOGO

Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars, based in Gaydon, Warwickshire. The company name is derived from the name of one of the company’s founders, Lionel Martin, and from the Aston Hill speed hillclimb near Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire. The logo of Aston Martin is a flying roc with wings wide spread, on each of which writes ASTON and MARTIN, indicating that the company has the velocity and ambition of a roc.

Bentley

BENTLEY LOGO

BENTLEY LOGO

Bentley Motors Limited is a British manufacturer of automobiles founded on 18 January 1919 by Walter Owen Bentley (known as W.O. Bentley or just “W.O.”). Mr. Bentley had been previously known for his range of rotary aero-engines in World War I, the most famous being the Bentley BR1 as used in later versions of the Sopwith Camel. Since 1998, the company has been owned by the Volkswagen Group of Germany. Bentley’s winged and flying B logo has been used since the first Bentley motor made its appearance.

LINCOLN

LINCOLN LOGO

LINCOLN LOGO

Lincoln is the luxury brand of Ford Motor Company. Founded in 1917 by Henry M. Leland and acquired by Ford in 1922, Lincoln has manufactured vehicles since the 1920s. Leland named the brand after his longtime hero Abraham Lincoln. In 1927, Lincoln adopted the greyhound as their emblem, which was later replaced with diamond that is currently in use.

JAGUAR

JAGUAR LOGO

JAGUAR LOGO

Jaguar Cars Ltd., better known simply as Jaguar (pronounced) is a manufacturer of luxury and executive motor cars, headquartered in Coventry, England, and now operated as part of the Jaguar Land Rover business owned by Tata Motors of India. Jaguar was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company by Sir William Lyons in 1922, originally making motorcycle sidecars before switching to passenger cars. The name was changed to Jaguar after World War II due to the unfavourable connotations of the SS initials. Jaguar cars are designed in an engineering centre at their headquarters in Coventry, England and are manufactured in one of three English Jaguar plants; Castle Bromwich in Birmingham, Halewood near Liverpool and Gaydon in Oxfordshire. The Jaguar logo is …

How To Build An Amplifier Rack For Your Car To Get The Best Sound

You’ve heard the booming bass as a car travels down the road. To capture this sound quality yourself, you need to construct a quality amp rack that brings the best of sound quality to your car. Usually an amp rack system begins in the trunk. This depends on the vehicle you drive, however. One man’s trunk can be another man’s truck bed. In some vehicles, the trunk is too minimal to even bother. You must choose a location that protects the components from outside elements while also allowing space for the system you desire.

A panel that can old all of the speaker components is placed in the a large enough space to allows the amplifiers, woofers, and other speaker systems to attach to this unit. Most people use an amp rack because it looks good. Sometimes, appearance does count. Custom upholstery and a variety of other features can turn an average amp rack into an awe inspiring artistic creation. In fact, there are car competitions for those with the prettiest amp rack.

If you have built a solid amp rack, you will find that the instillation is simple. It is all a matter of sliding the speaker components into place, wiring them up, and then hooking it all up to your stereo system. Leave a small opening in the back in case you have to rewire speakers or replace blown fuses. Make sure the openings are small, as appearance can make or break the value of your sound system. If you ever opt to resell, you can make plenty of money by having a solid and artistic amp rack.

Size does matter. You would be foolish to build an amp rack that is larger than your card can fit. Imagine purchasing all the components only to discover they will not fit. Measure repeatedly to ensure that your dream amp rack will work in the available space. Choose components that can fit into the space you have available. Also keep in mind the fact that you will most likely want to upgrade components over time.

Placement is everything. In a van, your sound system has plenty of room for growth. Average drivers do not have vans, though. For this reason, many drivers need to find a suitable location. Sedans are probably best equipped with the amp rack in the trunk. Corvettes, Trans Ams, GTOs, and Firebirds often have designated locations for an amp rack. In a truck, the amp rack should be placed in the narrow space behind the truck bench. In other trucks, you may need to place it beneath the seats. Given weather conditions, you should never place the amp rack in your truck bed. Hatchbacks can be trickier, but most can still house a wonderful system.

Whatever your ideal system, you can have the amp system of your dreams.…

Flying to Crested Butte / Gunnison – Airfare, Flights & Car Rentals

Flying to Crested Butte – Car Rentals & Transfers

Nestled in the mountains of Colorado’s interior Rockies, the town of Crested Butte provides the unique combination of solitude while remaining easy to get to. Here you will experience the splendor of an authentic Colorado vacation. Witness the charm of this Victorian mountain town either in the winter or summer. When the snow flies, Crested Butte comes alive with tourists and locals adorned with skis over their shoulders. Mount Crested Butte provides a playground for skiers and snowboarders. Known for world class extreme skiing while also containing some of the best groomed terrain on the planet, this town offers all levels of skiing ability. Coming for the summer? Explore the palette of colors that saturate the nearby mountains and valleys. The Crested Butte wildflower festival attracts thousands of people looking for the famed Colorado columbine.

Getting to Crested Butte, Colorado

Although Crested Butte is far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, getting to this town is as easy as hopping on a plane. Many visitors choose to book flights to Crested Butte (Airport code GUN). Flights from all over the country will drop you right in the heart of the Rocky mountains. All major airlines fly to Denver International Airport where you can take cheap connection flights to Gunnison Crested Butte Airport. Flights are served year-round.

Once you’re airfare is booked, it is time to sort out what time of ground transportation you would like to utilize. You can book Crested Butte car rentals and have the freedom to explore nearby mountain towns. It is advisable to rent your car in advance to ensure availability. Often times you can find Crested Butte car rental online at discount rates.

If you’re planning on visiting Crested Butte from out of state and are packing the car for a road trip, the following directions will point you in the right direction.

From Denver:

From Denver International Airport, take Interstate 70 west, exit to Highway 470 west, Highway 285 south to Fairplay then Poncha Springs, Highway 50 west to Gunnison, then Highway 135 north into Crested Butte.

From Colorado Springs:

Take Highway 24 west to Highway 285, Highway 285 south to Poncha Springs, Highway 50 west to Gunnison, then Highway 135 north into Crested Butte.

From Montrose:

Take Highway 50 east to Gunnison, then Highway 135 north into Crested Butte.

From Texas and Oklahoma:

Take Interstate 25 north through Trinidad to Walsenburg, Highway 160 west to Alamosa, Highway 285 north to Saguache, Highway 114 north to Highway 50, Highway 50 west to Gunnison, then Highway 135 north into Crested Butte.

From Arizona and Phoenix:

Take Interstate 17 to Flagstaff, north on Highway 89, Highway 160 to Cortez, north on Highway 145, Highway 62 to Ridgway, Highway 550 north to Montrose, Highway 50 east to Gunnison, then Highway 135 north into Crested Butte.

From California and Southern Nevada – Los Angeles – Las Vegas:

Take Interstate 15 to Las Vegas, Interstate 70 to …

Aston Martin Dash Cover

Even at a first glance people may realize how the super slanted windscreen of the contemporary Aston Martin can affect the dash of the expensive car with the burst of sunrays invading the interior of the vehicle. Apart from the heat effect that can distort the delicate dash panels, the UV radiation certainly have telling effects on the various gauges and meters clustered within the dash. The only way the dash can be saved is by way of providing it with a UV-resistant Covers4auto Aston Martin Dash Cover, especially crafted for the automobile.

A well-fitting Covers4auto Aston Martin Custom dash cover softens the polyvinyl appearance of the vehicle’s interior décor while providing protection to the dashboard and the driver. As Covers4auto Aston Martin dashboard covers are pre-conceived from specifications gathered from the automaker and generated through CAD (computer aided design), they are almost 100% perfect. Besides, all sensors, beepers, LED warning lights, cup-holders and safety airbag opening chutes are carefully sorted out at the inception stage so that they do not create any operative obstruction. The ‘zigzag’ stitch used during the making of the Aston Martin dash covers work as a hinge to hug the soft contours of the dash in a graceful embrace, preventing the cover to curl up at the edges.

Covers4auto Aston Martin dashboard covers are available in a wide array of materials that include Velour, Poly-Carpet and Designer Fashion Print Velour. While the Poly-Carpet version provides tough yet striking polyester non-tufted low-pile life-time warranted fade-resistant cover, the velour may become the natural choice for such a classy automobile. Backed with extra foam cushioning and treated with anti-flame coating it may be considered as the ideal dash cover for Aston Martins in their various shapes ad sizes. Some people also opt for Designer Fashion Print Velour with exciting designer prints for their Aston Martins.…

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