3 Years/36K Miles Bumper to Bumper Team Hall & Nass #Motorama LIVE All Access Movie

5 12 2012

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Welcome to the 3 Years/36K Miles Bumper to Bumper Team Hall & Nass #Motorama LIVE All Access Movie, celebrating our 2 Year Anniversary of #Motorama LIVE on Twitter! 3 Years/36K Miles Bumper to Bumper takes you on a journey of fast cars, cool people and amazing events with Team Hall & Nass and Motorama LIVE from the first week of December 2009 through the first week of December 2012.

This 42 minute feature movie contains a LOT of never before seen footage from our Team Hall & Nass years and the best of the best clips so far from our Motorama LIVE years. We could have gone back further and included a LOT more footage, but if we didn’t cut it where we did and condense it down to these 42 minutes, it might have become ‘Gone With the Motorama’, and let’s face it, no one should watch that much of our foolishness in one sitting.

So gather your friends and family around the computer, television or your mobile device, get some salty snacks, some frosty cold beverages, and enjoy some of the craziest, zaniest “best of” moments captured in the 3 Years/36K Miles Bumper to Bumper Team Hall & Nass #Motorama LIVE All Access Movie!

Thank you to EVERYONE who has supported us over the last several years, from our friends and families, our fans, our sponsors, our OEM friends, reps, event managers, everyone who has ever used the #Motorama hashtag on Twitter, and last, but certainly NOT least, our amazing #Motorama LIVE staff members, without ALL of whom none of this would be possible. I cannot thank each and every one of you enough.

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Team Hall & Nass Drive the 2011 Cadillac DTS

25 04 2011


Team Hall & Nass Drive the 2011 Cadillac DTS

Preface

When Team Hall & Nass learned that 2011 would be the last year of the Cadillac DTS, we decided we just HAD to do a review of one before that last big Caddy build by the “old GM” sailed off into the sunset. Why? Because we like big, old school Cadillacs!

This review also happens to technically be a Team Hall & Nass review, but we also conducted it with our Motorama LIVE audience in mind. If you’re confused by all of this, visit both the TeamHallnNass.com site as well as the MotoramaLIVE.com site for more information on what both entities are all about.

Be sure to check out our 2011 Cadillac DTS videos, coming soon on our Team Hall & Nass YouTube channel YouTube.com/TeamHallnNass. Yes, a bit of hoonage of the DTS will ensue!


DTS – The Last Cadillac DeVille

While the “new GM” has done a superb job of cranking out cool new cars under the Cadillac brand, such as the CTS sedan/coupe/wagon, the ground pounding uber Cadillac CTS-V sedan/coupe/wagon, and the ultimate new Cadillac SRX crossover, the DTS has kind of been relegated to second class citizen/afterthought status. The big bodied Northstar V8-powered Cadillac DeVille Touring Sedan (DTS) is the last of the big Cadillacs still being produced by GM that has been around since the “old GM” was cranking out profits on SUVs and DotComs were still considered a wise investment. Because of this, the DTS is often thought of as the “old man car” or “airport limo service car.”

But the DTS roots run much deeper than just a long-in-the-tooth platform car that has fallen behind its siblings in terms of power, options and design. It’s also the last in a long, storied history of the DeVille moniker, a badge worn proudly by big bodied Cadillac cruisers for half a century. In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that when you heard the word Cadillac, the Coupe DeVille or Sedan DeVille was likely the first car that came to mind (except for maybe the Eldorado).


Cadillac holds a special place in my family, and it all started with the DeVille. Growing up, we always had GM cars, but in 1980, my dad, my great uncle and my cousin all decided they wanted to step it up beyond just owning Corvettes and pickup trucks. So they walked into our local Cadillac dealer and bought all three cars sitting on the showroom floor. My great uncle got a red Sedan DeVille, my cousin got a black Coupe DeVille and my dad got a blue Coupe DeVille for my mom. In true old school fashion, they all paid cash and drove them right off the showroom floor. Thus began my family’s long run of driving Cadillacs.

Those three Cadillac Coupe DeVilles were true classic Caddys in every sense of the word. They were big, they were long, they had 500-cubic inch big block motors, they would light the rear tires up with a flick of the right foot, they rode like you were floating on a cloud, they had enough body roll to scare you to death, but they were indestructible. But more than anything, when you rolled up in a Coupe DeVille, people noticed. Why? Simple. Because it was a Cadillac.

Sadly, 2011 is the last year for the Cadillac DTS. Instead of being updated or refreshed, Cadillac has plans to launch an entirely new car to replace the DTS for 2012, under a completely different moniker. While there is little doubt the new car will be awesome like the rest of the new Cadillac line, it is also sad, because this may be the last car to ever be badged as a Cadillac DeVille. So in short, we HAD to review this car before it heads off into the sunset. In a way, it was almost like saying goodbye to a family member.


Describing the 2011 Cadillac DTS

Many adjectives are associated with the DTS by today’s luxury car buyers and the enthusiast community alike. Most are less than kind, and we feel that is a shame. Why? Well, for starters, the DTS may be long in the tooth, but it’s still got more bite in terms of classic Cadillac style and comfort than anyone remembers. After all, when was the last time anyone took the time to review a DTS? Exactly. So let us refresh your memory of a true gem.

The DTS is the last Cadillac that instantly reminds you of what driving a Cadillac used to mean. It is big. It is plush. It rides like you are floating on a cloud, absorbing pot holes and bumpy roads like a dream so you barely notice as you cruise along. (We are convinced the powers-that-be in Dallas who can do something about the ridiculously bumpy roads must all drive Cadillac DTSes and thus not be able to feel how rough the roads are!) The hood on the DTS is long enough to play golf on, and its trunk is big enough to take your entire wardrobe on a road trip, while still allowing room for your golf clubs, the kitchen sink and anything else you might have riding around back there. We’re talking old school room and comfort at its finest here.

But isn’t all this talk of “old school” exactly what’s wrong with the DTS? In a word, NO. It is exactly why the DTS is the hidden gem of the 2011 Cadillac lineup. The CTS is a great car in any flavor. The CTS-V is the ultimate American uber sport luxo dream car come true. It’s like a Corvette Z06 with a backseat in a stealth wrapper! The SRX is a car any soccer mom or family on the go can enjoy. But only the DTS reminds you every second you are inside of it that you are in a Cadillac. Old school, new school, any school. The DTS is a true Cadillac no matter how you drive it, use it, or enjoy it. It’s got what the others, awesome as they are, seem to lack just a bit of – that classic Cadillac style.


We weren’t the only people who thought this, either. Just ask any of our Team Hall & Nass neighbors. These are the people who are always checking out the various automobiles that grace our driveway each week. There is quite often a brand new something out in front of our house, and believe me, the neighbors all notice. It’s not that uncommon to go outside and find someone looking over whatever we’re driving and asking questions about it. Until now, the Corvettes are always the crowd favorite. Well, guess what may have taken the crown?

We had more people stop by and ask us about the Cadillac DTS than anything shy of a Corvette. No, we’re not kidding. For starters, no one had to ask “what is that?” Just like they all know what a Corvette is, they all know the DTS is a Cadillac. But it didn’t stop there. Requests to sit inside and to take a spin around the block rivaled the last Corvette we had. You can’t make stuff up like this, folks. Young and old, guys and girls, they all wanted to check out the big Caddy. Once inside, they were amazed by the space. The air-conditioned seats. The massage chairs. The smell of the leather – that distinctive Cadillac leather smell. They loved the whole nine yards. We’d let them fire it up, and when the Northstar V8 rumbled to life, more than a few revved the throttle and grinned. They reacted exactly like they do when we have a Corvette on display. Only they could actually see themselves owning and driving the DTS. It was like having a magic carpet sitting out in front of our house for two weeks. Everyone wanted to take a ride! That’s the magic of an old school brand new Cadillac. Even we were surprised. VERY!


Driving the 2011 Cadillac DTS

For starters, if you haven’t heard the sound of a Northstar V8 lately, then let me reassure you, you need to. Most luxury car makers try to make their cabins quiet inside. While the Cadillac DTS is fairly quiet, there is no mistaking the sweet sound of American muscle when you turn the key in the ignition and the Northstar rumbles to life. Pull the Caddy into gear and the growl invites you to stand on the throttle just so you can hear it. Go to wide open throttle and the combination of the roar through the firewall and the rush that propels the big DTS forward is, quite honestly, both surprising and addicting! So much so that we shouldn’t even tell you what our around-town MPG average was. It’s really not fair considering every single time we left a stop sign, a traffic light, or just felt the need to drive it like we stole it, we immediately went to wide open throttle and held it there as long as conditions would allow. We did this at EVERY opportunity.

While we had the DTS for two whole weeks, we sadly didn’t have a chance to do a lot of highway driving. What little bit we did resulted in fuel consumption just shy of 20 MPG with highway cruising average at 70 MPH. Of course, that was with my gal behind the wheel. I never saw better than 16.7 MPG, and far worse in town. It was just too hard to resist the urge to dig into the throttle and roll out every time. It sounds and feels that good!


As our local group that goes to Cars and Coffee found out one Saturday morning on the Dallas North Tollway, the DTS will accelerate a lot faster than anyone anticipates. It was fun blowing past a line of BMW Dinan Stage 3 cars and Burnout Radio’s Challenger SRT-8 in the DTS. Needless to say, when we pulled into Cars & Coffee with the Caddy in the lead, everyone in our group had a newfound respect for the Cadillac DTS. Seeing it get up and move also stopped the “old man car” comments.

Granted, most people who buy the 2011 Cadillac DTS will not drive it like they stole it. But they will be amazed when their big floating cloud of a Caddy takes off like it was shot out of a cannon and corners without the body roll they would have experienced in the Cadillacs of old. This big Caddy is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.


A couple of things shocked us about the DTS. After a few days, we popped the hood to clean it up for a photo shoot. Not only was the Northstar V8 sitting wrong direction in the engine bay (that’s right, the DTS is a front wheel drive), but upon inspection of the Cadillac.com website, we discovered that big Northstar V8 in the DTS is only putting out 292 horsepower. WHAT?!? That’s right. It has less than 300 horsepower, and it is putting it to the pavement through the wrong wheels. Obviously, we hadn’t really pushed the Caddy hard through a corner in the first few days, but there seriously wasn’t a hint of torque steer to give away that the DTS was front wheel drive. It took off like it was shot and rolled out quickly no matter how long you stayed in the throttle. It feels like you’re driving a 350+ horsepower rear wheel drive car, not a 292 HP FWD sedan. You might call this an engineering feat, but we have another word for it – amazing.

In Summary

Just because the 2011 Cadillac DTS is near the end of its long production run doesn’t mean it’s any less than a great car. In fact, it means they’re had quite a long time to refine it into one sweet ride. This Caddy is absolutely loaded! The DTS has a great sounding Bose stereo system with in-dash navigation and XM satellite radio, OnStar, plush comfortable front seats with two-position push button memory combination driver seat, tilt/telescopic heated leather steering wheel with wood grain, power mirror settings, three-position driver and passenger seat air conditioning, three-position driver and passenger seat upper and lower zone heating, and last but not least, massage seats that allow you to alternate the heating and cooling for relief of back or leg discomfort on long road trips. The options carry into the roomy back seats with three-position heated rear seats, flip down leather center arm rest with two large cup holders, and separate rear passenger HVAC heating and cooling controls.


The DTS is the last car that Cadillac makes that actually looks, rides and feels like an old school Cadillac. It has a long hood, a massive trunk, floating ride, and big V8 growl. It is plush, it is comfortable, and even though it weighs nearly three tons, it will flat out get up and haul. After spending two weeks behind the wheel, the better-looking half of the Team Hall & Nass duo coined the DTS “the Cadillac of Cadillacs.” I couldn’t agree more.

Team Hall & Nass Buy, Wait or Skip Rating

Based on our impressions of our time behind the wheel of the Cadillac DTS, coupled with other enthusiasts, friends and neighbors we showed the car to, we’re going to give the 2011 Cadillac DTS a ‘Buy’ rating. Cadillac has gone in a different direction with all of their new cars, and while they are all pretty awesome, there is something special about this last of the old school Caddys. We wish it wasn’t front wheel drive, but then again, it doesn’t drive like one. We’re not entirely sure what Cadillac is going to replace the DTS with (ATS, XTS, ???), but no matter what they come out with next, this is likely your last chance to buy something remotely close to a true Cadillac DeVille. That alone is reason enough to buy this car in our book. After all, the DTS is “the Cadillac of Cadillacs.”

When you visit your Cadillac dealer to test drive the DTS, do us a favor and tell them Team Hall & Nass sent you. If you do buy a DTS, please let us know! We always love hearing about our fans’ rides, and so does GM when we tell them about you. In turn, it makes them feel better about giving us access to their cars to review and share with you. We appreciate your support!

Team Hall & Nass and Motorama LIVE Cadillac DTS Coverage

We hope y’all have enjoyed our Team Hall & Nass 2011 Cadillac DTS coverage. Be sure to check out our videos on the 2011 Cadillac DTS, coming soon to our YouTube channel at YouTube.com/TeamHallnNass. Stay tuned as we continue to share our experience of what life is like behind the wheel of other exciting new vehicles on TeamHallnNass.com and on MotoramaLIVE.com.

Our 2011 Cadillac DTS Was NOT a GM Media Car

This is usually where we publicly thank our friends at GM and on the GM South Central US Communications Team for allowing us to review another one of their cars. However, this particular car didn’t come from the GM media fleet. In fact, to our knowledge, GM no longer has Cadillac DTS sedans available for media reviews since this model is near end of life. Because we wanted to review this car before it drives off into the sunset, we rented it from the Hertz Rental Car Company. It was only a month into service and had just over 5,000 miles on it when we picked it up. Granted, coming out of Las Vegas, it was filthy beyond belief inside and out, but after the healthy dose of detailing elbow grease and car care products we applied, it was (almost) back to looking as good as new.

As many of you are aware, Team Hall & Nass rent a LOT of cars from Hertz every year for business and personal travel. Thanks to our Hertz Presidential Status, we obtained a Caddy that usually rents for well over $100 per day for less than $600 for two weeks. That’s right. We spent our own hard-earned money to rent a fully loaded brand new Cadillac DTS from Hertz just to review. Ever hear of any automotive review team doing that? Well, we’re anything but conventional, and we hope y’all enjoy that about us, too!

Disclaimer

Due to FTC guidelines, please note that GM did not pay us to write or film any of this, nor did they ask us to. After reading this and/or watching our videos, they may even prefer that we hadn’t. The same could probably be said for the fine folks at the Hertz Rental Car Company! We sincerely thank all of you, our amazing fans for taking the time to read all about it. We appreciate you all!

This site entry has been approved by Pirate Pig, official mascot of Team Hall & Nass. Learn more about Pirate Pig at TeamHallnNass.com. Pirate Pig offers hamthrax protection for all, and would like to remind you, “IF YOU’VE JUST BEEN PASSED, THEN YOU’RE NOT HALL & NASS!” :@)~

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Team Hall & Nass Pair Up with DSTROYR for the Dustball Rally

4 08 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact
Landon Communications
PR Representatives for Team Hall & Nass
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Team Hall & Nass Pair Up with DSTROYR for the Dustball Rally

Johnny Hall & Taylor Nass look to DSTROY the competition in a stylish way

DALLAS, Texas, August 4th, 2010 – Team Hall & Nass today officially announced their alliance with one of the coolest emerging clothing brands in the United States, DSTROYR, for their run in the upcoming Dustball Rally 1500, to be held on the highways and byways of the Southwestern United States, August 13th – 15th, 2010.

DSTROYR was started by artist Jon Chase as a blog, with a mission to shine a spotlight on the local art scene and events happening in and around the community of Riverside, California. Today, the DSTROYR site covers a wide variety of artistic endeavors and helps spread the word about the latest, coolest things coming out of Southern California 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. Whatever you desire to excel at, kill it, own it, DSTROY it!

Driver Johnny Hall said, “DSTROYR is one of the coolest enterprises we’ve encountered out on the automotive/speed/rally lifestyle scene. Their designs are on the cutting edge, which is exactly where Team Hall & Nass likes to be. We believe in the philosophy Jon founded his enterprise on and support the cause. Pairing up with DSTROYR for the Dustball Rally 1500 will enable us to both look and be that much better as we seek to 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-Dustball 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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Team Hall & Nass Enter the Dustball Rally 1500

4 08 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Team Hall & Nass Enter the Dustball Rally 1500

Johnny Hall & Taylor Nass are back with an agenda … to win the elusive Dustball Rally

DALLAS, Texas, August 4th, 2010 – Team Hall & Nass today officially announced their entry into one of the most challenging gimmick rally events in the United States, the Dustball Rally 1500, to be held on the highways and byways of the southwestern United States, August 13th – 15th, 2010.

Hailed among automotive enthusiasts as the “last great American gimmick rally,” the Dustball Rally is one of the most challenging and most exciting events held in the world of automobile rallying. The Dustball Rally is an annual, multi-day, multi-stage gimmick rally, played out over a 1,500 mile predetermined route known only to the event organizers. Competitors are handed a packet of information at each checkpoint containing a quiz sheet. Teams learn of their next destination only by solving a series of riddles, mathematical problems, and by locating a series of clues along the route to fill in the blanks on their quiz sheet. Those answers ultimately reveal the direction they need to head in to reach their final destination each day. It is nothing short of automotive driving and navigation madness at its best.

Driver Johnny Hall and Co-Driver/Navigator Taylor Nass made quite an impression on the 2009 Dustball Rally when they piloted their 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZHZ Z51 convertible to the front of the field each day. That event ran from El Paso, Texas to Las Vegas, Nevada and back to El Paso via a maze of back roads, twisty mountain passes and desert straightaways. For 2010, Team Hall & Nass have entered the Dustball Rally with a “mystery car” with plans to unveil their new machine on the starting grid. No one knows for sure what they are bringing, but if history is any indicator, it will be something unexpected, and without a doubt, it will be fast.

Driver Johnny Hall said, “The Dustball Rally 1500 is the most unique event I’ve ever driven in. We’ve raced in a bit of everything over the years, but nothing comes close to the challenges that await those who are brave enough (or crazy enough) to enter the Dustball Rally. It is an awesome event that no rally team in the world should ever miss!”

Team Hall & Nass’ amazing (and sometimes almost unbelievable) tales of adventure were chronicled in a series of nineteen posts, released throughout September 2009 on TeamHallnNass.com. The tales they shared read not so much like those of a typical gimmick rally team, but more like a real life Smokey and the Bandit meets Cannonball Run story with a gimmick rally thrown into the mix.

Even though the Dustball Rally is “a rally, not a race,” Team Hall & Nass is gunning for the overall win that eluded their grasp last year after a valiant, multi-day front-running effort was robbed from them by the rogue forces of the evil Hamthrax who quite literally blocked their path to victory. For 2010, Team Hall & Nass have made special Hamthrax evasion preparations for the event to ensure they are both highly competitive (and highly invisible when need be) in their quest for victory.

About the Dustball Rally 1500

Hailed among enthusiasts as the “last great American gimmick rally,” the Dustball Rally 1500 is one of the most challenging and most exciting events held in the world of automobile rallying. The Dustball Rally is an annual, multi-day, multi-stage gimmick rally, held on a predetermined route known only to the event organizers. Dustball is a 100% legal gimmick rally, held on open, public roads throughout the Southwestern United States. It is billed as “a rally, not a race.” In reality, it is the world’s craziest scavenger hunt spread out over 1,500 miles, mostly by skilled rally teams in specially prepared exotic and high performance automobiles.

Unlike many underground road races, Dustball Rally winners are not determined based on time, speed or distance. Rather, the winner is the team who successfully solves the most riddles, finds the most clues, and navigates their way across 1,500 miles of highways and byways in time to reach the finish line. This type of an event demands a much greater level of skill, cooperation and competition versus the more typical “find the checkpoint in ‘X’ town and state” format used by most major rally events. The addition of searching for clues in both directions of the course poses a whole other level of psychological challenge that tests the abilities of even veteran rally teams.

The Dustball Rally is organized, produced and promoted by rally veteran Andrew Medley of El Paso, Texas. In addition to the annual Dustball Rally 1500, the franchise also holds an annual one day rally event, the Dustball 500. For 2010, they added a GPS coordinate-based event to the mix, the Dustball Challenge. For more information on the Dustball Rally 1500, or any of the other Dustball series events, please visit DustballRally.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-Dustball 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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Team Hall & Nass Enter the Bonneville 100 Open Road Race

15 06 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Team Hall & Nass Enter the Bonneville 100 Open Road Race

Father and Son to compete together in a race-prepped 2007 Corvette Z06 on US 93A

LAS VEGAS, Nev., June 15th, 2010 – Team Hall & Nass today officially announced their entry into one of the most challenging open road race events in the United States, the Bonneville 100, to be held in Wendover, Nevada, June 24th – 26th, 2010.

In a twist on the usual team configuration of driver Johnny Hall and co-driver/navigator Taylor Nass, this Bonneville 100 effort will consist of driver Berry Lowman competing alongside of his father, unlimited powerboat legend and open road racer, Lanny Lowman.

The father and son duo will work together as a driver/navigator team, attempting to win the Grand Sport 3 (GS3) class, averaging 140 MPH in their race-prepped LeMans Blue 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. To accomplish this feat, they must quickly get up to speed from a standing start, then begin their ultimate quest to average an as close to perfect 140 MPH, staying underneath their class-maximum technical speed of 168 MPH, and above their class-minimum speed of 110 MPH. They must navigate down the many long straits and winding corners of two-lane blacktop that comprise Nevada public highway US 93A for a grueling, but lightning-fast 50 miles. Then they re-grid their car and race back up the same course, in the opposite direction, for another 50 miles. Their time/speed averages in both directions will then be combined, and the car in their class closest to a perfect 140 MPH will win the GS3 class trophy.

It should be noted that this is not the first time this particular duo have joined forces in open road racing. This father and son combo have come together before to compete in the Silver State Classic/Nevada Open Road Challenge in the 110 and the 125 MPH classes, with tech speeds up to 165 MPH. The Lowmans have also seen previous success at the 2008 Bonneville 100, taking home 3rd place in the highly competitive 110 MPH class.

Driver and navigator Berry Lowman said, “The Bonneville 100 is a truly unique event. It is the only 100% legal open road race in the western United States that allows competitors to switch drivers and navigators in between the stages, combining the average times and speeds of both drivers, in both stages of event competition, to determine class winners. This demands a much greater level of skill, cooperation and competition versus the more typical single driver/navigator teams and single-stage runs found at other open road racing events. The addition of racing in both directions on the course poses a whole other level of psychological challenge that tests the abilities of even veteran open road racers to the maximum. It is an awesome event that no open road race team in the world should ever miss!”

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 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.

Even though regular 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 to participate in.

About the Bonneville 100

Hailed among the open road racing community as one of the most challenging, and most exciting events in the world of speed, the Bonneville 100 is a two-stage race held on a 50 mile section of US 93A, a public, two-lane highway in extreme northeastern Nevada. The event borrows its name from the storied racing mecca, the Bonneville Salt Flats, which are located a scant few miles east of the starting line, just outside the town of Wendover, Nevada, on the Utah side of the state line.

The 2010 event features three days of activities, with technical inspections on Thursday, June 24th, a public car show of all race vehicles on Friday, June 25th, the running of the Bonneville 100 on Saturday, June 26th and an awards banquet on Saturday night.

The Bonneville 100 is organized, produced and promoted by open road racing veteran Michael Borders of MKM Racing in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is held due to the permission and cooperation of the Nevada Department of Transportation. For more information on the Bonneville 100, or MKM Racing, please visit OpenRoadRacing.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-Bonneville 100 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 First Impressions of the 2011 Buick Regal

27 05 2010

Team Hall & Nass First Impressions of the 2011 Buick Regal

Preface

Team Hall & Nass recently attended not one, but two Buick events – the Buick Remix and the Buick Regal Drive Away. The Buick Remix event was held for members of the Texas automotive media to get an up close and personal look at the rebirth of an American icon, the Buick Regal, before the rest of the public gets a chance. The Buick Regal Drive Away event, however, was held for Texas Buick dealers and a very select group of extremely lucky Texas automotive media. It was part introduction of the Regal to each dealer, part parade of cars to celebrate the rebirth of the Regal, and part official hand-off delivery of one new 2011 Buick Regal to every Buick dealer in Texas by GM. Basically, 50 Buick Regals took over a Texas highway as the police (or Hamthrax as we like to call them) cleared the way for us. As an added bonus, yours truly from Team Hall & Nass lead the charge behind the wheel of a black Buick Regal, designated as car #1. Yes, we quickly dubbed our Buick Regal “Back in Black.”

At both events, we got a little crazy with the camera. At the Remix event, alongside of our good friends Amber Walters (@AmberWawas on Twitter) and Nick Malone from Burnout Radio (@BurnoutRadio on Twitter), we managed to climb inside of a brand new 2011 Buick Regal sedan, as well as the highly anticipated, upcoming Buick Regal GS. We spent a good deal of time looking the cars over (including searching for any hidden or misplaced keys so we could drive away in one) and managed to shoot two video first impression reviews (albeit slightly impacted by a bit of foolishness from the effects of the event’s generously open bar). Be sure to check out our 2011 Buick Regal 1st Impression Summary video, and our further reaching (and comedy-filled) 2011 Buick Regal 1st Impressions video, featuring special guests Amber and Nick, on our YouTube.com/TeamHallnNass channel.

However, at the Buick Regal Drive Away event, we managed to not only get behind the wheel of a 2011 Regal and drive it in the rolling display parade, but we also managed to go a bit rogue and put it though some Team Hall & Nass real world driving paces. What transpired once we broke away from the pack was NOT what the rest of the Buick dealers and journalists on hand got to do. Yes, a bit of on camera hoonage ensued (more on that below).

So, without further adieu, we hope you enjoy our impression of what life is like behind the wheel of the “quietest, smoothest, best new production sedan in the world for under 30 grand.”

Describing the 2011 Buick Regal Sedan

There are many words we could use to describe what the new Buick Regal is like, but we’ll start off with the attributes that jump out at us immediately. Clean, smooth, quiet, roomy, well built, luxurious, and downright sexy. Yes, sit down in one, close the doors and all of these words (and more) will likely surface in your mind before you even turn the key.

For those who desire a better, quieter, smoother mid-class sedan than the market previously offered, or for those who have longed to see Buick return to the former glory and respect they commanded on the roads long ago, the new Regal is the car for you.

We’d love to tell you all about the amazing interior of the car, the many creature comforts, the styling, the details, etc. Truth is, due to the nature of both events, we didn’t have a lot of time to examine everything. At Remix, we did go a bit deeper into some design elements of the Regal on camera (granted, sans keys to activate, try or use anything). However, at the Drive Away, all we had time to do was adjust the mirrors, the seats, the wheel, and drive. It has amazing ergonomics, is velvety smooth and feels A LOT more expensive than it is. We will be sure to take our time and explore all of the details to share with you when we do a full review on the car later this summer. After all, because this is a first impression piece, and since we are one of the few people in the US that have actually driven the new Regal to date, isn’t how it drives and handles what you really want to know about this car anyway? Yeah, we thought so.

Driving the 2011 Buick Regal Sedan

First things first. If you were a fan of the Regal back in 1986 and 1987 when it ruled the road and the local drag strip in all of its beautiful, black, 3.8 liter turbocharged V6 Grand National trim (and in the rare, Corvette-beating, pumped up GNX trim), then no doubt, you must be anticipating the release of the turbocharged GS model this fall. If you aren’t excited (yet), then go read up on Buick.com and get yourself ready. If the GS runs half as well as it looks, then Buick fans are in for a long-awaited treat (albeit in sedan form).

However, if you were once a fan of the classic Regal in its non-turbocharged form, then this car will transform all of your old memories in ways you can’t even imagine. We’ve driven many of the cars that are supposedly in its modern-day class (under 30 thousand dollar sedans). The Regal is heads and tails above all of them. In fact, it is quieter, smoother and just overall better on the road than most sedans in the upper 30 thousand dollar range. Sure, there may be others that are a bit quicker, but none do it with as much style, finesse or luxury. None do it with only 4 cylinders while getting 30 MPG, either.

Sadly, we didn’t get to test the Regal at extended highway driving and/or at higher speeds. We were, after all, supposed to be in formation as part of the parade of 50 Regals that took over the road two-by-two from downtown Fort Worth all the way to Grapevine, Texas. We did, however, manage to get a few miles of spirited twisty back road driving in (while still arriving safely in our spot at the head of the pack at the Main Street Days festival). Check out our 2011 Buick Regal First Drive video to witness how our rogue Regal Drive Away played out.

The Regal is quiet and smooth on the road, but it will get up and run surprisingly well for a vehicle of its size with a naturally aspirated four cylinder. It will also go through rough corners on uneven two lane blacktop while hugging the road at speeds much better than we anticipated. We tried not to over rev the engine while running it up through the gears from a standing start (since it did only have 38 miles on it when we started out AND since the dealer taking delivery was riding shotgun). That said, he encouraged us to hoon it a bit, so of course, we did. The Regal carries its speed well through the corners, brake fade (as tested) was fairly minimal, and the amazing part of all of this is how quietly it executed everything we did in it. The roads were not smooth anywhere we drove, but the Buick Regal was smooth everywhere on the road regardless of the surface.

In Summary

As a first impression, I have to say what we saw and experienced in our brief time inside and behind the wheel of the 2011 Buick Regal was very impressive. It is the first under 30 thousand dollar sedan we’ve ever been this impressed with. No loose, cheap plastics on the door panels, no squeaks and rattles over the bumps, no ugly panel gaps, no poor fit and finish, and best of all, no gimmicks. The Buick Regal performed at a level that far exceeded our initial expectations.

Granted, given how we typically drive (even on a daily basis), the Regal is not what we’d call a performance vehicle by any stretch of the imagination. However, in all fairness, this model is not supposed to be. It is far better than any entry level luxury cruiser, yet is delivered at an economy value class price. We will reserve our judgment on true performance driving until after we spend some quality time behind the wheel of the upcoming turbocharged Regal GS. After that, we’ll declare whether or not the Buick Regal Grand National should still be longed for … or if it is truly a Back in Black sedan.

In summary, there are many things the Regal delivers in luxury, style and grace that no other sub-30 thousand dollar sedan on the market today can or does. Period. If the 2010 LaCrosse made the proclamation that Buick is back, then the new 2011 Regal drives the point home that this revived band of GM players is no one hit wonder. We believe Harley J. Earl would be proud.

“We’re SO Not Worthy … THANK YOU GM”

We’d like to publicly thank Vicki Cosgrove, Gloria Tostado, and everyone on the GM South Central US Team for inviting us to these two Buick events. Without their kind, good faith invitation, we wouldn’t be able to bring you, the wonderful fans and followers of Team Hall & Nass, this incredible tale to enjoy. We’d also like to thank Matt Fisher, Internet Sales Manager at John Crow Buick GMC in Canton, Texas for not only allowing us to drive their new Regal, but encouraging our hoonage as well. Well done!

Team Hall & Nass Buick Regal Coverage

We hope y’all have enjoyed our Team Hall & Nass Buick Regal First Drive Impression coverage. Be sure to check out all three videos in our series on the 2011 Buick Regal on our YouTube channel at YouTube.com/TeamHallnNass. Stay tuned later this summer as we get behind the wheel of the 2011 Buick Regal for a more extensive and through review, as well as the much anticipated turbocharged Buick Regal GS.

Disclaimer

Due to new FTC guidelines, please note that GM did not pay us to write or film any of this, nor did they ask us to. (After reading this and/or watching our videos, they may even prefer that we hadn’t)! They simply provided food, drinks and access to their cars and, in turn, we had quite the “Regal” experience. We sincerely thank everyone at GM, Buick and GM South Central Region marketing who made this possible, and all of you, our amazing fans. We couldn’t do this without you. We love you all!

This blog entry has been approved by Pirate Pig, official mascot of Team Hall & Nass. Learn more about Pirate Pig at TeamHallnNass.com. Pirate Pig offers hamthrax protection for all, and would like to remind you, “IF YOU’VE JUST BEEN PASSED, THEN YOU’RE NOT HALL & NASS!” :@)~





Team Hall & Nass and Burnout Radio CTS-V Sedan Drive – Caught on Camera(s)

4 02 2010

Team Hall & Nass and Burnout Radio CTS-V Sedan Drive – Caught on Camera(s)

If you read our recent post titled, “Team Hall & Nass Review the 2010 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan,” then you experienced our impression of what life is like behind the wheel of the “fastest V8 production sedan in the world.”

However, after we went back and read all the pretty words we used to describe the CTS-V, we still felt it just didn’t do the car justice. So this time around (because we love our fans so much), we’re not going to just tell you … we’re going to show you.

Do keep in mind what you are about to see isn’t some sterile trackside show or closed course challenge. Oh no! This is real world driving. Want to witness the real fun quotient of how well a CTS-V can perform in daily traffic with four adults in the car from the ticket-free comfort of your own chair? Actions (or in this case, actions on video) speak louder than words.

Please check out (preferably, in sequential order) all of the video segments of our Team Hall & Nass and Burnout Radio CTS-V ride and drive on our YouTube channel(s): YouTube.com/TeamHallnNass and YouTube.com/BurnoutRadio.

Please note that Burnout Radio (for their own self-preservation reasons) posted select, edited, somewhat “sanitized” parts of the events captured on their camera. While their videos are shorter, they leave out some of the speed antics and much of the humorous commentary.

However, being the crazy, experiential junkies we are here at Team Hall & Nass, we’ve posting ours in a format more like you’d expect from us. It’s raw and unedited (except for splitting it up into four segments to fit within YouTube’s file size restrictions), but deliver the full flavor and experience of the run. Make sure you watch them all. Believe me … you’ll get your money’s worth!

While there is a lot of talking (since it is a rolling interview), fear not! All that yakking is interspersed with the sweet sounds of LSA-filled roars, Pilot Sport squeals, and visible passenger reactions as we let this puppy run as safely as possible in and through traffic. We hope you enjoy the show!

Warning/Disclaimer Section

Please, for the love of all that’s holy, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME, in traffic, or on your own. Laughable as it may sound, we are somewhat “trained professionals” (granted on a non-closed course, risking life, limb, and media car, but hey, we signed the ‘you brake it, you buy it’ paperwork). Also, please keep in mind that we were VERY well behaved most of the time and honestly didn’t have the car, its occupants, or anyone else around us in any strain at any time.

Also, if you happen to work for GM, Cadillac, or (God forbid) any of its insurers, then we highly recommend sticking with viewing Charlie’s “edited” videos on the Burnout Radio YouTube page. Otherwise, please continue to our TeamHallnNass YouTube page, strap yourself in, and enjoy the ride!

Team Hall & Nass Cadillac Week Coverage

We hope y’all enjoyed this late addition to our Team Hall & Nass Cadillac Week coverage. Optimally, we had planned on launching this post and these videos during Cadillac Week, but thanks to some unforeseen (and highly unfortunate) connectivity issues with our ISP in our Dallas location (read AT&T is officially on our POO list) we simply couldn’t upload them in time. Since they are too good to let go to waste, we hope you enjoy them now!

Due to new FTC guidelines, please note that GM didn’t pay us to write any of this, to film or to post footage of this. They did not ask us to either. (After watching our videos, they may even prefer that we hadn’t!). They simply provided dinner and access to their cars and, in turn, we had the “Cadillac” of experiences. We sincerely thank everyone at GM and Cadillac South Central Region marketing who made this possible, and all of you, our amazing fans. We couldn’t do this without you. We love you all!

This blog entry has been approved by Pirate Pig, official mascot of Team Hall & Nass. Pirate Pig offers hamthrax protection for all, and would like to remind you, “IF YOU’VE JUST BEEN PASSED, THEN YOU’RE NOT HALL & NASS!” :@)~