#Motorama LIVE @ Mecum Jaguar XK120

8 04 2013

Team Hall & Nass and #Motorama LIVE recently attended the Mecum Auction in Houston, Texas, where our good friend and British automotive history buff Robert Edwards (@FastMINIRob on Twitter) joined us to Tweet up the action for #Motorama LIVE on @Twitter! During the auction, a rather stunning classic 1953 Jaguar XK120 SE crossed the block and sold for $92K US. We caught up with the new owner afterward, and obtained permission to film an interview about this amazing example of British automotive history.

So with the sounds of the auction block churning away in the background, sit back and enjoy this exclusive interview between Robert and Berry about the Jaguar XK120 SE.

Join us for more automotive discussion on #Motorama LIVE, every Wednesday from 9-11 PM Eastern Time (US) on @Twitter! Just search on and use the #Motorama hashtag to follow and join in the conversation!





2013 GMC Acadia Denali 1st Drive

26 10 2012

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Your friends at Team Hall & Nass and #Motorama LIVE were recently invited to the media preview and drive of the new 2013 GMC Acadia Denali. The vehicle will be available to the public sometime beginning in November 2012.

We paired up with our good friend Charlie from BurnoutRadio.com and Adam from TXGarage.com to bring you this informative ride along interview and to share our first impressions of this vehicle.

As you can imagine, when you put Team Hall & Nass, Burnout Radio and TX Garage together, a bit of hijinx does ensue. So sit back, have a snack, and enjoy our rambling discussion and driving impression footage of the NEW 2013 GMC Acadia Denali!

For more information on this, and other vehicles we test drive and review, as well as many things automotive and motorsports related, join us for our weekly #Motorama LIVE discussion on Twitter every Wednesday from 9-11 PM Eastern. Search on the #Motorama hashtag and join in!





NORC 150 MPH Class Team Hall & Nass Z06 ORR May 2012 Full Course Run

21 05 2012

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The Mission – Drive down 90 miles of two lane blacktop on a closed public highway, breaking the light beam on the other end at as close to a perfect 150 MPH average in 36 Minutes FLAT as humanly possible.

The following is the Motorama LIVE Team Hall & Nass Corvette Z06 Open Road Racing in the 150 MPH Class at the Nevada Open Road Challenge (NORC) on Nevada Highway NV 318, May 20th, 2012. This is the Spring race, which is an exact replica of the Silver State Classic Challenge (SSCC) that runs every September.

PLEASE NOTE – Our race grid footage was chopped off to allow this video to begin at the true exact zeroing ‘0’ of the SSCC atomic timing and scoring clock on professional editing software. This video shows our entire run in all of its raw, unedited glory, then continues on less than a minute after the finish line as we say our recorded time aloud and exchange high fives. So sit back and enjoy 36 minutes of LS7 singing along two lane blacktop for 90 miles in an attempt to average a perfect 150 MPH average speed in 36 minutes flat on NV 318.

Additional information on this run:

As stated above, the goal in the 150 MPH Class at NORC and SSCC is to run the 90 mile course on NV 318 in 36 minutes flat at a perfect 150 MPH average. This is time/speed/distance racing on an uber scale.

The Result – Silver State Classic Challenge official timing and scoring listed our run as 36:00.5473 seconds at an average speed of 149.9620 MPH.

What is interesting is that our clocks (and the one on this video) show us as running it in 35:59.88 seconds at just a tick over 150 MPH. Ironically, note that IF our time of .12 of a second off of perfect had been recognized as our official scoring time, it still would have only been good enough for 3rd place out of the 14 entrants in the 150 MPH Class, as the winning time was a 35:59.0164. Yes, the competition in the 150 MPH Class is THAT tight! However, SSCC official time puts us in 6th place overall in the 150 MPH Class.

This video just goes to show that no matter how good YOU may think you are in time/speed/distance Open Road Racing, the fact remains that in the end, you are ONLY as good as someone else’s timing system in the official record books. Like it or not, sometimes, those are just the breaks in ORR.

We race because we love the speed, the people and the cars. The love of the sport is our friend, even if sometimes, the timing clocks are not.

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Team Hall & Nass and Motorama LIVE to Attend SEMA Show 2011

29 10 2011

Team Hall & Nass and #Motorama LIVE to Attend SEMA Show 2011

It is that magical time of year when Team Hall & Nass once again make our pilgrimage to the mecca of everything that matters to automotive enthusiasts, racers and rally junkies alike – the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Viva Las Vegas (more commonly known as SEMA).

This year, Team Hall & Nass will not simply be attending SEMA for our usual vendor networking, sponsor schmoozing and party socializing purposes. Of course we’ll do all of that, BUT we will also be hosting the popular weekly enthusiast Twitter show #Motorama LIVE from the show floor of SEMA on Wednesday November 2nd!

Stay tuned to our #Motorama LIVE staff Twitter accounts from November 1st – 4th for continuous Tweets containing pics and exclusive content from the SEMA show floor, and be certain to log on to Twitter on Wednesday, November 2nd from 9-11 PM Eastern time to participate in #Motorama LIVE! Join in the discussion as we report on the latest, greatest things we uncover at SEMA show! There may also be a few surprise guests we include that we hope to meet up with at SEMA, so stay tuned!

Of course, there will be full, comprehensive converge on our Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channels throughout our week at SEMA.

If you happen to be attending SEMA this year, be sure to let us know! We love meeting up with our fans! Who knows, if you have something cool on display, it could be featured on TeamHallnNass.com or on #Motorama LIVE!





Team Hall & Nass and DSTROYR at the Silver State Classic Challenge

15 09 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact
Landon Communications
PR Representatives for Team Hall & Nass
+1.702.940.9632
Berry@LandonCommunications.com

Team Hall & Nass and DSTROYR at the Silver State Classic Challenge

Team Hall & Nass look to DSTROY the competition at the famous desert race

DALLAS, Texas, September 15, 2011 – Team Hall & Nass today officially announces its continued sponsorship alliance with one of the coolest emerging lifestyle brands in the United States, DSTROYR, for the upcoming Silver State Classic Challenge Open Road Race to be run on Nevada Highway 318 on September 18th, 2011.

DSTROYR was started by artist and designer Jon Chase as a blog, with a mission to shine a spotlight on the local in and around the community of Riverside, California. Today, the DSTROYR site covers a wide variety of endeavors and helps spread the word about the latest, coolest things coming out of Southern California in the artistic community, motorsports scene and beyond.

DSTROYR is on a mission to turn people on to something new. While the DSTROYR brand of apparel began from a simple necessity to promote their site, today it has become a reflection of influences. The concept behind DSTROYR is simple – be the best you can be for yourself. DSTROYR’s motto is “Whatever you desire to excel at, kill it, own it, DSTROY it!”

Team Hall & Nass driver Berry Lowman said, “DSTROYR is one of the coolest enterprises we’ve encountered on the automotive/speed/rally lifestyle scene. Their designs and their message are on the cutting edge, which is exactly where Team Hall & Nass likes to be. We believe in Jon’s philosophy and continue to support their cause. Pairing up with DSTROYR for the Silver State Classic Challenge will enable us to look and be that much better while we DSTROY the competition!”

About DSTROYR

DSTROYR is an alterative clothing franchise brand that represents the best elements of the speed lifestyle while also encouraging people to try new things and do their best at whatever they do. DSTROYR is the brainchild of artist Jon Chase, whose talented designs have been featured on major clothing brands and performance-themed artworks, sites and styles all around the globe. Check out the latest designs and cultural happenings on DSTROYR.com.

About Team Hall & Nass

Established in 2009, Team Hall & Nass has quickly become one of the premiere open road, rally racing and automotive performance review blogging teams in the United States. With a lighter, more humorous side than many involved in the automotive racing scene, their zany personalities tend to generate a lot of buzz and interest at every event. Decals bearing their beloved “anti-Hamthrax” (speeding ticket-avoiding) mascot, Pirate Pig, can be found on street vehicles and race cars of fans and competitors alike around the globe.

With a team philosophy to have as much fun as possible with fans and fellow competitors, while making every effort to get the most out of every event (or at least have the most fun trying), their tagline is as much a tongue in cheek sentiment of fun as it is a statement of fact – IF YOU’VE JUST BEEN PASSED, THEN YOU’RE NOT HALL & NASS!

For additional information on Team Hall & Nass, visit TeamHallnNass.com, view team videos on YouTube.com/TeamHallnNass or interact with them directly on Twitter at Twitter.com/TeamHallnNass.

Please note that Team Hall & Nass will be conducting pre- and post-Silver State Classic Challenge interviews with select media outlets as time permits. If you’d like to schedule an interview in person or via phone, please contact their media firm with your request.

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Team Hall & Nass to Compete in Silver State Classic Challenge

15 09 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact
Landon Communications
PR Representatives for Team Hall & Nass
+1.702.940.9632
Berry@LandonCommunications.com

Team Hall & Nass to Compete in Silver State Classic Challenge

Father and Son to compete together in a race-prepped 2007 Corvette Z06 on NV 318

LAS VEGAS, Nev., September 15th, 2011 – Team Hall & Nass today officially announces its entry into the field of the longest running open road race event in the United States, the famed Silver State Classic Challenge, to be held on Nevada Highway 318 on Sunday, September 18th, 2011.

In a twist on the usual driver/navigator configuration of Team Hall & Nass, this Silver State Classic Challenge effort will consist of road rally driver Berry Lowman serving as navigator alongside his father, unlimited powerboat legend and open road racer, Lanny Lowman. The father and son duo will work together as they attempt to win the 150 MPH class in their race-prepped 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

To accomplish this challenge, Team Hall & Nass must quickly get up to speed from a standing start, focusing on their ultimate quest to average a perfect 150 MPH, while staying underneath their class-maximum technical speed ceiling of 165 MPH. They must navigate the many long straits and winding corners of two-lane blacktop that comprise Nevada Highway 318 for a grueling, but lightning-fast, 90 miles. The car in their class closest to a perfect 150 MPH average over the 90 mile distance will win the class trophy.

It is not the first time this particular duo have joined forces in open road racing. This father and son combo have worked together before to compete in the Nevada Open Road Challenge in the 110 and the 125 MPH classes, with tech speeds up to 165 MPH. The Lowmans have also previously seen success at the Bonneville 100 in the highly competitive 110 MPH & 140 MPH classes with tech speeds up to 168 MPH.

Team Hall & Nass driver Berry Lowman said, “The Silver State Classic Challenge is the original and longest running event of the 100% legal open road races held annually in the United States. While this event offers a bit of something for everyone, the 150 MPH class at Silver State demands a much greater level of skill, cooperation and competition to win than any other open road racing event because it often comes down to a couple thousandths of a second separating a 1st place victory from a sorry 2nd. Plus, racing through the canyon known as ‘The Narrows’ poses a whole other level of psychological challenge that tests the abilities of veteran open road racers to the maximum. Silver State is truly a unique event, and one we intend to win!”

About Open Road Racing

While this type of racing is commonly referred to as “Open Road Racing,” it actually occurs on sections of temporarily closed public highway during the actual racing events. There is no risk to the general public, no oncoming traffic, no section of the road outside of the watchful eye of race command communications, and most importantly, no location on the course in which a race vehicle is ever more than one mile away from a course safety worker. There are typically ambulances with specially trained EMT crews located at each end, or in the middle of the course. There is also typically a life flight helicopter on standby at the midway point of the course at certain venues, but not at all.

Even though regular OEM passenger automobiles are eligible to enter, and they typically comprise upwards of 75% or greater of each open road racing field of cars, this is in no way a typical Sunday drive. With speed classes typically ranging from as low as 95 MPH all the way up to unlimited classes at some venues, it is not unheard of to see open road racing vehicles averaging speeds over 200 MPH for up to 100 miles with straightaway speeds in excess of 220 MPH on two-lane blacktop highways with less than optimal curves, not on perfectly smooth, banked corner race tracks.

Safety is paramount to the successful operation of open road racing events and the continuation of the sport. There are varying levels of safety gear required for all cars that enter these events. The faster the speed class, the greater amount of technical safety gear required. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot simply “run what you bring” without adding at least some measure of safety gear to your car and passing a rigorous technical safety inspection.

Due to the nature of this type of racing, it has been deemed “the most dangerous form of motor sports in the world”. It also happens to be the most exciting for participants.

About the Silver State Classic Challenge

The Silver State Classic Challenge is perhaps the best known of the four events left on the annual schedule of ORRs and is the oldest open road race in continuous operation. Having began in 1988 as a truly open road race event with no classes, gear limitations or safety rules, the Silver State Classic Challenge gained momentum over the years as the place to go test your medal (and your metal) against the open road in the ultimate time/speed/distance race on a public highway. As the race grew in size, it also grew in rules and regulations, evolving into what is today a series of progressive speed classes ranging from 95 MPH all the way up to the granddaddy of them all, the Unlimted class.

The 2011 event features four days of activities, with technical inspections and a welcome luncheon at Sam’s Town Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, September 24th, on site technical inspections and a “Parade of Cars” in Ely, Nevada on Friday the 16th, a public car show of all race vehicles on Saturday the 17th, and the 24th running of the Silver State Classic Challenge on Sunday, September 18th, with an awards banquet back in Las Vegas at Sam’s Town Casino on Sunday night.

The Silver State Classic Challenge is held due to the participation of over 100 race teams from around the globe, generous volunteer help from the Las Vegas Corvette Club, volunteer workers from all over the state of Nevada, and the permission and cooperation of the Nevada Department of Transportation. For additional information on the Silver State Classic Challenge, please visit SilverStateClassic.com.

About Team Hall & Nass

Established in 2009, Team Hall & Nass has quickly become one of the premiere open road, rally racing and automotive performance review blogging teams in the United States. With a lighter, more humorous side than many involved in the automotive racing scene, their zany personalities tend to generate a lot of buzz and interest at each event they compete in. Decals bearing their beloved “anti-Hamthrax” (speeding ticket-avoiding) mascot, Pirate Pig, can be found on street vehicles and race cars of fans and competitors alike around the globe.

With a team philosophy to have as much fun as possible with fans and fellow competitors, while making every effort to get the most out of each event they enter (or at least have the most fun trying), their tagline is as much a tongue in cheek sentiment of fun as it is a statement of fact – IF YOU’VE JUST BEEN PASSED, THEN YOU’RE NOT HALL & NASS!

For additional information on Team Hall & Nass, visit TeamHallnNass.com, view team videos on YouTube.com/TeamHallnNass or interact with them directly on Twitter at Twitter.com/TeamHallnNass.

Please note that Team Hall & Nass will be conducting pre- and post-Silver State Classic Challenge interviews with select media outlets as time permits. If you’d like to schedule an interview in person or via phone, please contact their media firm (listed above) with your request.

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Team Hall & Nass Picked for the 2011 Mopar MoVenture Rally

14 07 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact
Landon Communications
PR Representatives for Team Hall & Nass
+1.702.940.9632
Berry@LandonCommunications.com

Team Hall & Nass Picked for the 2011 Mopar MoVenture Rally

Team Hall & Nass was selected by Mopar Fans to Represent Team Fiat

DALLAS, Texas, July 14th, 2011 – Team Hall & Nass today officially announce they are in the field representing Team Fiat for the first ever Mopar MoVenture Rally, to be held on 2,000 miles of highways and byways across the United States from Detroit, MI to Golden, CO, July 15th – 21st, 2011.

Team Hall & Nass are both lucky and humbled to be one of only ten teams selected to compete in the Mopar MoVenture Rally. They were voted into the field by Mopar and Fiat fans around the globe on Mopar.com/MoVenture, subjected to a full physical and DMV background check, and then approved by the Chrysler Group and Mopar for participation.

Mopar MoVenture Rally is a weeklong 2,000 mile road rally competition between Detroit, MI and Golden, CO held from July 15th – 21st, 2011. The MoVenture continues after the finish line as teams will be given the VIP treatment by Mopar at the NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals, July 21st – 23rd.

The entire Mopar MoVenture Rally will be performed using ten different Chrysler Group automobiles, two from each of their Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep and Fiat brands. Each of the ten teams will be driving the same vehicle they are assigned by respective brand from rally start to finish. In addition, all team members have been informed they will have access to drive one of every new vehicle within the five Chrysler Group brands upcoming 2012 lineup somewhere along the route at select venues, including all of the upcoming new SRT vehicles. That is a pretty sweet deal.

The exact route and challenges that await all competing MoVenture Rally teams are being kept under closely guarded secret by Mopar staff. However, Team Hall & Nass have learned a few previously non-disclosed details they would like to share with their fans. The MoVenture Rally will begin at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Detroit. MoVenture will be a true points championship event based on a combination of points earned via time/speed/distance target accuracy between checkpoints, physical competitions at select stops, vehicular competitions at racing and off-road venues, and a few other “surprises” thrown into the mix. Also discovered is that teams will lose points for arriving at checkpoints too soon in an effort to keep road rally speeds at acceptable OEM levels.

As Team Hall & Nass fans are aware, with a rich background in time/speed/distance Open Road Racing, timing the checkpoint arrivals won’t be a new challenge for Team Hall & Nass to conquer, even if the physical challenges get down and dirty. So competitors beware! Pirate Pig has put you all on notice. Team Hall & Nass will be first at every checkpoint no matter what!

In addition to the Mopar MoVenture Rally, Team Hall & Nass fans have a lot to follow this month, as they are participating in both the Bullrun Live Rally and the Dustball Rally during the month of July, as well as their own Pirate Pig ROOT 66 fun run during the first week of August from Las Vegas, Nevada to Oklahoma City, and then on to Dallas, Texas for a total of more than 10,000 miles of road rallying. May the car gods have mercy on their souls!

Team Hall & Nass would like to publicly thank all of the fans who voted them into the Mopar MoVenture Rally, and to thank all of the fine folks at Mopar for the opportunity to participate. With friends like these, and mad rally skills to boot, keep an eye on Team Hall & Nass, as they will no doubt be in it to win it!

About the Mopar MoVenture Rally

The green flag is about to drop on the first ever Mopar MoVenture Road Rally, as ten two-person teams pilot a wide range of 2012/2011 Chrysler Group LLC vehicles over the course of 2,000 miles in seven days.

Beginning at – of course – the Chrysler Museum in Detroit, Michigan, the teams will set off on their journey on July 15 and reach the finish line on July 21, in Golden, Colorado at the NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals. Along the way, they’ll visit iconic scenes of Americana, face fast, muddy and surprising challenges, and battle for the chance to be crowned MoVenture champion!

Over twenty teams were crazy enough to compete for this grueling road trip, so you know there must be a pretty sweet Grand Prize at stake. The winning team of two will win $5,000 in Mopar parts and accessories!

After a very difficult selection process, we’re proud to introduce the contestants who have been chosen to participate in MoVenture this summer! Visit Mopar.com/Moventure/Teams to meet the lucky winners, and special thanks to all the Mopar fans that submitted so many great video applications.

MoVenture will be a high-octane test of power, speed and wits. Follow along with our daily feeds and video highlights to see which team comes out on top. Who knows, we may even see you at one of the stops! For additional information on the Mopar MoVenture Rally, visit Mopar.com/MoVenture

About Team Hall & Nass

Established in 2009, Team Hall & Nass has quickly become one of the premiere open road, rally racing and automotive performance review blogging teams in the United States. With a lighter, more humorous side than many involved in the automotive racing scene, their zany personalities tend to generate a lot of buzz and interest at every event. Decals bearing their beloved “anti-Hamthrax” (speeding ticket-avoiding) mascot, Pirate Pig, can be found on street vehicles and race cars of fans and competitors alike around the globe.

With a team philosophy to have as much fun as possible with fans and fellow competitors, while making every effort to get the most out of every event (or at least have the most fun trying), their tagline is as much a tongue in cheek sentiment of fun as it is a statement of fact – IF YOU’VE JUST BEEN PASSED, THEN YOU’RE NOT HALL & NASS!

For additional information on Team Hall & Nass, visit TeamHallnNass.com, view team videos on YouTube.com/TeamHallnNass or interact with them directly on Twitter at Twitter.com/TeamHallnNass.

Please note that Team Hall & Nass will be conducting pre- and post-Mopar MoVenture Rally interviews with select media outlets as time permits. If you’d like to schedule an interview in person or via phone, please contact their media firm with your request.

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