Faces in Places–Car Edition #3

A collection of smiling Austin-Healey Sprites pose for their photo.  They have a perfect reason to smile as they enjoy a sunny afternoon on the grass of the BMW Zentrum in Greer, South Carolina.  These Sprites also fit right in with South Carolina’s slogan “Smiling Faces.  Beautiful Places.”

Faces in Places

This classic Kurtis Kraft roadster shows off a toothy grin just waiting for the day it can head back to the race track where it feels more at home.  Just because it displays a number “53″ on it’s hood don’t confuse this car with the lovable VW named Herbie.

Faces in Places

Just because we started with some sweet faces above this car below proudly shows off its dark side with a sinister face.  Mark Hughes of Team Spartanburg Racing came up with the idea of making his own BMW Z3 Graffiti Art Car.  He enlisted some artistic friends of his son to design and paint the car–their names appear on the front bumper.  He then campaigned the car at Road Atlanta where he placed 3rd.  Imagine what it was like with this Z3 coming up behind you with this face staring at you in the rear view mirror.


Faces in Places

Keep your eyes posted–Faces can be found everywhere.

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Merry Christmas to All

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes from MyBimmer.com

Christmas Tree at the BMW Zentrum

Christmas tree inside the BMW Zentrum.

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Mr. Pappagiorgio, I presume?

Well, four slot machines and I won four cars. You know, I put a dollar in, I got a car. I put a dollar in, I got a car. I put a dollar in, I got a car. I put a dollar in, I got a car.

Who can forget that scene in Vegas Vacation when Rusty wins a car each time he drops some change in a slot machine. On a recent trip to Vegas my wife and I hit the casino floor after running the Vegas half marathon to try just that same feat. We stayed at the Mandalay Bay hotel and they featured a Corvette and a BMW 328 convertible on the casino floor.

Win a Car--Griswold Style

The Corvette stand even featured a Barrett-Jackson themed series of slot machines. Within a few minutes of sliding dollars into this slot machine the thrill was gone and my wife didn’t have a set of car keys in her hands. I guess the Corvette was not in the plans for this trip.

Win a Car--Griswold Style

A bit later I sat in front of the slot machines hosting the brand new BMW 328. A few dollars slid from my fingers into the slot and yet again I suffered the same fate of losing as my wife earlier did. The video displays touted the fact that a couple had won a 2007 BMW. Did they win the car in 2007 or did they win a 2 or 3 year old car. We started to remember previous trips to Vegas and went back through some photos.

Win a Car--Griswold Style

During a trip to Vegas in 2003 we tried to win a BMW Z3 roadster. That car was actually from 1998 and I had previously tried to win it in 2001. While I did walk away from that particular set of slot machines with a few coins more in my pocket than when I started I still did not get a set of keys.

Win a Car--Griswold Style

That Z3 is probably still sitting on the platform–except now it has made a million plus dollars for the casino over the many years. I tried to do some research on the odds of actually winning a car and it is like anything else in Vegas. I could not find any actual odds on winning a car but like the old saying goes, ” A fool and his money are easily parted.”

Win a Car--Griswold Style

The real question is:

  • Who wins these cars?
  • How often do they win them?
  • Why are they always sports cars?
  • I guess the casino’s know how to tap into our emotions with HOT cars and FLASHY lights and LOUD sounds.

    Win a Car--Griswold Style

    Next time in Las Vegas or any other gambling spot take a minute to drop a dollar in the slot machine and try your luck. You never know–you might pull the lever and take home a brand new (or few year old) sports car just like Rusty.

    Best of Luck!

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    Camping Jeep Style

    Jeeps were built to be tough and go places most other vehicles couldn’t go. That is their birthright. Up until now you had to pack a tent and rough it once you made it to your final destination. That is no longer the case with the new Jeep pop-up trailer. Mopar is now offering a Jeep branded pop-up trailer in two variations which should satisfy most enthusiasts.

    • The Trail version will set you back $10,000 and is ideal for most people who want to get off the asphalt and out into the woods. It features 32″ wheels, trailing arm suspension and diamond plate accents.
    • The Extreme Trail version will set you back $12,000 and will go anywhere you want to go. The 35″ wheels, skid plates, high mounted fenders and a whopping 15″ of ground clearance make this a real off-road trailer.

    Jeep Camper

    Check out a PDF of the sales brochure we picked up at the Phoenix Car Show. You can also check out the photo gallery from that event to see photos of the trailer setup.

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