Team Hall & Nass Enter the Dustball Rally 1500

4 08 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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PR Representatives for Team Hall & Nass
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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

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PR Representatives for Team Hall & Nass
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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!” :@)~





Team Hall & Nass Super Fun Marketing Descriptions of the 2010 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

29 01 2010

Team Hall & Nass Super Fun Marketing Descriptions of the 2010 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

Preview

As a wrap up to our Team Hall & Nass Cadillac Week coverage, we just couldn’t help but throw this last post in. It’s admittedly outrageous and a bit over the top, but at the very least, we think it will entertain many of you. Enjoy!

This is So Not Official GM Language

The “official” GM wording used within the pages of the 2010 Cadillac brochure describes the CTS-V Sedan as “the fastest V8 production sedan in the world.” Yes, in as few clean, sane, safe words as possible, we couldn’t agree more. It certainly is.

However, there are corporate sanitary product descriptions … and then there are the Team Hall & Nass product descriptions. We were not asked to provide language to be placed within the brochure of the 2010 CTS-V. However, if we had been, the following are examples of what we feel best describe what the true driving experience is really like albeit in a tongue in cheek sort of way. Better strap in now … this will get a bit curvy!

CTS-V Sedan – Turn Ons Delivered

We’re relatively certain that you have all witnessed the all too cleaver commercials Cadillac filmed for the launch of the second generation CTS sedan. You know the one. “When you turn your car on, does it return the favor?” In a word – priceless!

However, when the current generation CTS-V Sedan was unleashed on the world, we feel GM missed a wonderful opportunity to take one of the best brand commercials they’ve ever done to the next level. Something a bit bolder, a bit spicier, that would represent just how much hotter the V performs over the already amazing base model.

So without further adieu, here is a glimpse of what Team Hall & Nass might have done.

The Actress – A slightly younger, more attractive, voluptuous blonde behind the wheel.

The Female Narrator’s Statement(s) – “Remember when we introduced you to the seductive new CTS and simply asked, ‘when you turn your car on, does it return the favor?’ Well, if she didn’t get your attention, meet her younger, enhanced, more powerful sister, V. With a lot more umph and vavoom under her hood, she simply takes your breath away. The Cadillac CTS-V. Can you handle it?”

“Remember when we introduced you to the seductive new CTS and simply asked, ‘when you turn your car on, does it return the favor?’ Well, if she didn’t get your attention, meet her younger, enhanced, more powerful sister, V. She asks a simpler question – ‘Think you can you handle it?’ Breathtaking performance. The Cadillac CTS-V.”

CTS-V Sedan – Family Friendly Synergy

Here’s a new idea for a “new GM.” Cross-brand family oriented marketing strategies to address the changing needs of performance-oriented expecting families. Trust me, there are big numbers hidden here. How many people out there (admittedly, mostly men) have to go through the agony of selling their Corvette when a wedding or baby comes into the picture? Sure, you can sell them a Tahoe, but seriously. No self-respecting Corvette owner wants to give up driving something that fun just because of life changes. Why not put a cross-brand synergistic strategy in place to help? Create targeted CTS-V Sedan materials and place them inside of Chevrolet dealerships. Then offer the dealers a cross-brand monetary incentive program to cross-sell. Here are a couple of examples of language that could go inside a Corvette to CTS-V “family conversion” marketing piece.

“Getting married? Having kids? Own a Corvette? Not all of life’s big changes have to be so drastic. Welcome to the 2010 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan. It’s like a Z06 with a back seat. Performance you’re used to in a family-friendly package. Child seat optional.”

“Getting married? Having kids? Own a Corvette? Not all of life’s big changes have to be so drastic. Welcome to the 2010 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan. Performance you’re used to in a family-friendly package. Now, driving your family can be fun too.”

Team Hall & Nass Cadillac Week Coverage

We hope y’all have enjoyed our Team Hall & Nass Cadillac Week coverage as much as we enjoyed the privilege of being able to provide it to you. It’s truly been the “Cadillac” of weeks for us!

We would also appreciate it very much if y’all would take a moment and let us know what you thought of all this. Did you like it? Did you not? Was it worth reading? Was it detailed enough? Too wordy? Too spicy? Want more paprika? Do tell! You can let us know via comments on our blog, Tweets on Twitter (@TeamHallnNass) or email us at TeamHallnNass(at)yahoo.com. It’s your turn to talk. Team Hall & Nass is listening!

Due to new FTC guidelines, please note that GM didn’t pay us to write any of this, nor did they ask us to. (After reading some of this, 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!” :@)~





Team Hall & Nass 2010 Cadillac Week Challenge Twitter Contest

28 01 2010

Team Hall & Nass 2010 Cadillac Week Challenge Twitter Contest

As you are aware (or should be if you are reading this post), we recently attended the Cadillac Culinary Media Tour, an event for select members of the Texas automotive media to experience what life is like for the “typical” Cadillac owner. We enjoyed the experience so much that we decided to dedicate an entire week of coverage to different aspects of the event, and to the amazing Cadillac vehicles we experienced.

As a fun way to say thank you to all of our loyal Team Hall & Nass fans for your amazing support of our Cadillac Week coverage, we are conducting an exciting #CadillacWeekChallenge contest to see who is enjoying our daily #CadillacWeek content the most. The winner will receive a cool “Cadillac-related prize!”

Snapshot Review of How to Play (explained in much greater detail below)

– Follow @TeamHallnNass on Twitter so you can play along and be eligible to win!
– As soon as you see us Tweet a contest question (a Q followed by #CadillacWeekChallenge), be the first to Tweet us via @ reply only with the correct answer and you win that round!
– Remember to tell us what Q you are replying to (Q1, Q8, etc.) and place the #CadillacWeekChallenge hash in your answer (if there is room).
– Remember that ALL of the answers to all of the contest questions are either within our TeamHallnNass.wordpress.com Cadillac Week posts, within our @TeamHallnNass Cadillac Week Tweets, or within one of our four Cadillac Week YouTube.com/TeamHallnNass videos.
– If you are truly stumped, @ reply us and say “I’m Stumped” and we may Tweet out additional hints.
– Don’t stress or give up! We aren’t going to make this THAT hard.
– Have fun! That’s what Team Hall & Nass #CadillacWeek is all about!
– Remember to keep following and RTing our #CadillacWeek coverage through Friday.
– Be sure to tell all of your friends as well! We love new picking up new fans! We do all this craziness for y’all!

When the Contest Will Occur

Our Cadillac Week Challenge Twitter Contest will take place beginning on Thursday, January 28th 2010 at 8 PM EST and will conclude on Friday, January 29th 2010 at 8 PM EST. Be sure to tune in to @TeamHallnNass on Twitter during this 24 hour period as questions can occur at any time (though we may have to sleep somewhere in there too!). Most of the contest questions will occur on Friday during US daylight hours, but not all!

The winner will be announced on Twitter AND on the TeamHallnNass blog! The winner must be able to be reached via DM (which is why you have to follow @TeamHallnNass) in order to discuss shipping. Afterward, your prize will be shipped to you the following week from our super-secret Team Hall & Nass location.

How to Play (in much greater detail)

To keep things as simple as possible, we are going to ask a series of questions (via Twitter) and the first person who responds to us via Twitter with the correct answer to each question (via an @ or DM) will be acknowledged as having won that round. The person who wins the most rounds by the end of the contest week will win the “Cadillac-related prize.”

To make things easier, we’re going to be providing several hints on what areas (posts, vids or Tweets) the answers to the questions are located in. So if you’re stumped, @ or DM and say, “I’m stumped!” The more people who are stumped, the easier/more obvious we’ll make the hints and/or the questions. We want this to be fun for y’all, not work!

All contest questions Tweeted out by us will be designated with the hashtag #CadillacWeekChallenge. It is a good idea to place this hashtag along with the numerical designation of the question you are answering (i.e.: Q1, Q5, Q10, etc.) in your response along with your answer to alleviate any potential confusion on either end (ours or yours).

Example:

Us – TeamHallnNass #CadillacWeekChallenge Q1. What week are we celebrating?
You – @TeamHallnNass The Q1 answer is Cadillac Week #CadillacWeekChallenge
Us – TeamHallnNass @BIGHallnNassFan You are correct! You’ve won round Q1!

See how easy that is?

How and Where to Find ALL of the Answers

Each day this week, there has been at least one new Cadillac-related post daily on our blog. In addition, be sure to review every Cadillac-related Tweet this week (beginning on Monday, January 25th at 12:01 AM EST through Friday, January 29th at 8 PM EST, or up until the last question of the contest, whichever comes first). Last, but certainly not least, make sure you view all four segments of our CTS-V ride and drive review that will be posted on our YouTube page on Thursday, January 28th. Be sure to listen to all of the things that are said out loud within these videos.

Again, all of the answers to all of the questions in the contest can be found within our TeamHallnNass.wordpress.com Cadillac blog content, OR within our YouTube.com/TeamHallnNass page Cadillac videos, OR within our @TeamHallnNass Cadillac Tweets on Twitter. There are no ringers, no tricks, and no hidden answers. Everything is (or will be) posted in plain sight for all to see!

Plus, remember that we’re going to be providing several hints on what areas (posts, vids or Tweets) the answers to the questions are located in. So if you’re stumped, @ or DM and say, “I’m stumped!” The more people who are stumped, the easier/more obvious we’ll make the hints and/or the questions. We want this to be fun, not work!

The Prize

One lucky winner will be awarded a “Cadillac-related prize” by Team Hall & Nass. What is it exactly? Well, we don’t want to spoil the surprise, but let’s just say it’s something not very expensive, but actually pretty cool. No, it’s not a Cadillac (we wish!). But it is a Cadillac-related item, provided to us by General Motors (not for this contest, but as a personal gift to us). We just love and appreciate our fans so much that we want one of you to have a chance to win it! So play for laughs and play for fun, but answer to win!

The Rules

You MUST follow @TeamHallnNass on Twitter to be eligible to win. Don’t worry, you can always unfollow us after the contest should you choose to, but we hope you’ll stick around for our continued hijinx for the 2010 season and beyond.

The person who responds on Twitter to @TeamHallnNass (via @ reply only) with the most correct answers first (round winners) at the end of our Cadillac Week Challenge will be the winner!

Not a Twitter user? Sign up today at Twitter.com and follow @TeamHallnNass to play!

Due to only having one prize to award, there can only be one prize winner. All decisions on the contest, the rules, judgments, etc. will be determined by Team Hall & Nass, and our rulings and decisions will be deemed final.

Tie Breaker (if necessary)

In the event of a tie, those who are tied for the lead will be notified via Twitter and a playoff will be held. If necessary, the playoff will be conducted beginning at 8 PM EST on Friday, January 29th 2010. The playoff will consist of a series of bonus Cadillac Week Challenge questions will be asked one at a time until the tie is broken (by the same conventional challenge rules listed above). It will be a sudden death playoff round, so you’ll have to be at the ready to answer quickly and correctly.

Exclusions

All of our fans and followers are welcome (and encouraged) to play. However, any employee (or affiliate) of General Motors or Cadillac are (unfortunately) ineligible to win. This is only because y’all have an unfair knowledge advantage of all the questions we are going to ask within this contest!

Furthermore, Charlie and Nick from Burnout Radio are not eligible to play, win, or even to shout answers out, since they participated in this event with us. They know too much, and therefore, must die! (JUST KIDDING)!

We hope you enjoy the #CadillacWeekChallenge and wish you all the best of luck! Let the games begin!





Team Hall & Nass Review the 2010 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

27 01 2010

Team Hall & Nass Review the 2010 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

Preface

Team Hall & Nass recently attended the Cadillac Culinary Media Tour, an event for select members of the Texas automotive media to experience what life is like for the “typical” Cadillac owner. At the event, we got a little crazy. Alongside of our good friends Charlie and Nick from Burnout Radio (@BurnoutRadio on Twitter), we managed to get behind the wheel of a brand new 2010 CTS-V Sedan and put it though some real world driving paces. What transpired once we “commandeered” the CTS-V was most likely not typical of many Cadillac owners, especially in rush hour traffic, unless your name just happens to be Andy Pilgrim.

While the CTS-V was just one of the Cadillacs we experienced at the event, we had so much to say about our impression of driving this particular machine that simply including those thoughts in one section of our overall event blog post(s) wouldn’t do. Plus, as an added bonus, we filmed all the action of our Team Hall & Nass and Burnout Radio ride and drive critique with not one, but two cameras. We’ll circle back to that in a bit.

After you read this post, we also encourage you to read our companion two-part blog post titled “Team Hall & Nass Preview the 2010 Cadillac Lifestyle, Parts 1 & 2.” Within those posts you will learn more about the overall event, how we managed to “steal the V” and what happened when we got busted for it!

So, without further adieu, we hope you enjoy our impression of what life is like behind the wheel of the “fastest V8 production sedan in the world.”

Describing the 2010 CTS-V Sedan

There are many words I could use to describe what driving the CTS-V is like, but few would truly do the car justice. If you’re a fan of the car, then no doubt, you’ve already heard the big numbers it puts up. But just in case you haven’t, I’ll share them with you here (from memory, no less). GMs supercharged all aluminum LSA small block making 556 horsepower at the flywheel and generating 551 foot pounds of torque. Six piston Brembo calipers out front, four piston Brembos out back. A six speed manual transmission (or, in the case of our media car, a six-speed automatic). 0-60 in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 198 miles per hour (limited to 175 miles per hour in the automatic). The list goes on and on, but those are the baseline things you need to know.

I’d love to tell you all about the amazing interior of the car, the many creature comforts, the styling, the details, and all that jazz. Truth is, due to the nature of the event, we had to grab it and go. From that point on, all I did was adjust the mirrors, the seat, the wheel and drive. I’m sure it has amazing ergonomics that I could go on and on about. We just didn’t have time to fully experience all of that. Perhaps if we’re very lucky we’ll get more hands on time with a CTS-V sometime again real soon so we can take our time and explore all of the details. I, for one, would like to explore the driver information system and get detailed on the types of real time vehicle performance and operation information available to the driver, how it is accessed and the manner in which it is displayed. But like I said, there wasn’t time for all of that. We had to grab it, take it, and just drive it. After all, isn’t how it drives what you want to know about this car anyway? Yeah, we thought so.

Driving the 2010 CTS-V Sedan

First things first. No, sadly, we didn’t get to test top end or downforce effects at sustained higher end speeds. I know, I know. However, even though we were unfortunately stuck in horrific rush hour traffic, we still managed to have some fun. This car is so viciously quick on the throttle (and the brakes) that you can drop back and then fill up the hole in the flow faster than anyone else can realize there was ever an opening to contemplate getting into. Want to break triple digits inside a long city block? This car will do it. Want to light the tires on fire? HA! As amazing as the traction control system is (truly, it’s that good), melting rubber is still easy to achieve at any speed. Just plant your right foot and hold on! Want to elicit shock, disbelief and awe from a new Porsche 911 owner (and his passenger) by merely letting him hear the sound of the engine revving? Been there, done that.

Since we did have to navigate some very heavy rush hour traffic and a few side roads in between discovering (or creating) patches of clean road to enjoy, the entire drive was treated as a rolling interview. If you’re familiar with the regular podcasts done by Burnout Radio, then you know what to expect. However, if you’re not, then know that we discussed and critiqued the car on the fly for the entire ride. It helps that both Charlie and I like the sound of our own voices as well, but hey! That’s a whole other story (way too long to post on here)!

Keeping the Power on the Pavement

Former Indy 500 winner and current Rally X driver Kenny Brack did an excellent job at the 2009 Summer X Games of reminding everyone in the racing and extreme sports world of a very simple, but long held, principle in the world of motorsports. Tire smoke and drifting a car sure looks cool, but every second your wheels are not in solid contact with the pavement, you’re not putting maximum power to the ground. Thus, you’re losing time. Remember, all the horsepower in the world doesn’t matter if you can’t make the tires put the power on the pavement.

The aforementioned traction control system is beyond amazing on the CTS-V. With 556 horsepower on tap, you would expect the car to be near impossible to drive hard without it constantly breaking the tires loose. Wrong. Even when I tried to powerslide it out of the parking lot, it held the pavement amazingly well and launched us forward. Sure, we slid a little, but not like we would have if I’d have turned the traction controls off.

It also doesn’t hurt anything that the car comes equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport tires, either. Yes, the same rubber found on the Corvette ZR1 and on any serious sports car owner’s rims that values supreme street traction over high replacement costs. They’re so sticky, they are almost like having racing tires for the street.

Driving this car is in many ways comparable to driving the 505 horsepower Chevrolet Corvette Z06. In fact, I’ve stated publicly (many times) that the CTS-V Sedan is a lot like a Z06, just with two extra doors and a back seat for ten grand less. It definitely shares that immediate rush of endless power and torque that will propel the car forward at a rate most people have never felt, and frankly, that many can’t handle.

Is it that quick? Yes. It pins you back deep into the seats as if you’ve been shot out of a cannon. The car accelerates as quickly as a big block Chevelle that can pick its front tires up off the ground. In fact, it takes off just as well from a standing start as it does rolling along at 70 mph (or greater). Just point, aim and shoot! But how does it corner? Does it feel nimble when you throw it around or does it feel like a big, heavy sedan? The answer, in every category we experienced, was you quickly forget you are in a sedan. It didn’t take me long to go into Corvette mentality.

However, a key difference between the Caddy and the Z06 Corvette is that you can put the power to the ground a lot quicker and keep it planted throughout the first three gears in the CTS-V. I’m talking wide open throttle. In a Z06, um, well, without racing tires or launch control, not so much. No matter how skilled you are, launch a Z06 at wide open throttle and most of that power goes up in tire smoke. Very expensive tire smoke. Shift and repeat, shift and repeat again. Needless to say, I strongly believe the Z06 should come from Chevrolet wearing Pilot Sports as well (ahem, if you’re listening GM, please and thank you).

Another interesting point is that while the CTS-V has 51 more horsepower than a Z06, it also weighs roughly a thousand pounds more. Those extra pounds probably help keep the rear tires planted when you dig into the throttle. Yet even with the extra weight helping with traction, you’d still expect a car with 551 foot pounds of torque to be a handful to drive. It’s not. But don’t let that lull you into comfort, either. One good stab of the throttle at the wrong time, in a curve or on wet pavement, can (and eventually will) override any traction system that’s trying to save you from yourself.

However, while the amount of “hold back” or “saving grace” of the system almost defies physics, it also lets you have enough freedom to thoroughly enjoy the massive power of the car without feeling overly restricted (at least on the street). There were clearly more engineering hours devoted to this area than the guys in the white jackets will likely ever get credit for. To all of them, we say it here. Kudos!

Key Difference in Driving a CTS-V Sedan Versus a Traditional Sports Car

With all this talk of horsepower, traction, acceleration, etc., it’s almost easy to forget what car we are talking about or why we were invited to this event. The point was to experience what life is like for a “typical” Cadillac owner. So in that spirit, I offer this explanation of (at least in my mind) what is likely the key difference most operators will experience between driving their CTS-V Sedan and driving a two-door sports car.

When you purchase a sports car of any similar performance level, you are more likely to drive it on twisty back roads or on a track than to go, say, pick up the groceries. You go into the purchase expecting it to behave like a sports car. Therefore, every time you strap into it, you mentally prepare yourself for what you are about to do behind the wheel and how you plan to do it. At least, we hope.

However, when you purchase a Cadillac, even the uber fast CTS-V Sedan, you may expect it to be fast, but you also have to keep in mind that most of these customers will probably be driving it to dinner, the airport, the opera, etc., far more often than in a competition-type setting. So, unless the owner actually understands what driving a 556 horsepower car is like (which few people really, truly do), then you don’t want them to unpleasantly “surprise” themselves too often. They aren’t going to think “race car” when they strap in each time. In fact, more often than not, they are going to think pedestrian thoughts. It’s a different approach to entering a similarly capable supercar animal.

So while on the one hand, having a 556 horsepower sedan is the coolest thing on earth, you also have to remember that Cadillac is charged with serving it up in a package that is much more civilized than a race car, enabling function to match form. This is another area where the traction control system on this car is phenomenal and key to the safety of the car. It keeps the car planted and in control in situations where cars of similar power to weight ratio would be sideways and/or all over the road, enabling you to drive your kids to school, your significant other to dinner, or even making a run to the grocery store, all without (as much) constant threat of getting sideways or taking out the guardrail. Essentially, it is as much about preventative safety and going “slow enough” as it is about putting down power and going “fast enough.”

Sometimes it’s hard to remember, but the CTS-V Sedan was not built to be a race car, per se (just don’t tell Andy Pilgrim that). It was built to be a luxurious daily driver. It is a car that most “typical” Cadillac owners, with a little bit of diligence and common sense, can probably handle driving everyday without fear. Though a little healthy fear wouldn’t hurt (just saying)!

Extreme Stealth Value

One of the key attributes that I’m fairly certain Cadillac or GM is not likely to tout (but that this car delivers buckets of) is what we like to call “stealth value.” That is, to the untrained eye (which includes roughly 98% or more of the general populace), the CTS-V Sedan blends in. Especially if you order yours in a non-flashy color (such as white, silver or charcoal). On face value alone, it looks like a typical Cadillac family sedan.

What? But why oh why would anyone want their awesome hot rod Caddy to blend in? Two words – Hamthrax evasion. You see, no one expects this car to take off like a rocket ship or to be comfortably cruising down the interstate at triple digits. Not that most of you would do that very often (yeah, riiight).

Even for those who like to drive at 20 over the limit (or so) but are always concerned about getting pinched by the Hamthrax (ahem, any color Corvette + speed = instant attention), this car offers the perfect solution. Cops aren’t looking for family sedans. They are looking for the guy in the Corvette, the Camaro, or those other high horsepower coupes that are all trying to slip under the radar … and failing miserably.

In these times of empty state coffers, the fuzz are out in force, going after the easy revenue now more than ever. But if you factor in potential savings over the life of the car by avoiding tickets and insurance rate increases, that “stealth value” could really add up to substantial savings in operating costs! Hey, Team Hall & Nass is just looking out for you! It’s what Pirate Pig, our Hamthrax-avoiding mascot, likes for us to do. Viva la Pirate Pig! :@)~

Easy to Lose Yourself In

After enjoying the CTS-V far longer than we probably should have, but not nearly as long as we’d have liked to, the moment came to return the car. A few miles before reaching our destination, the Four Season Resort in Las Colinas, I handed over the controls of the car to Charlie. He got to do a few hard launches from the lights and dove on the brakes plenty, but not much in the way of speed runs. There was too much traffic!

For the record, I do feel bad for hogging up the majority of the drive time. Feel bad for Charlie, that is. Honestly, I was enjoying driving this car so much that had he not reminded me to pull over and switch off, the thought of getting out of the car would have never occurred to me. Sorry Charlie!

The one thing Charlie got to do that was a real defining moment on our drive (and on the video) is when we pulled up at a light behind a new Porsche 911. With a little encouragement from me, Charlie put the Caddy into neutral and cleaned the throttle out a couple of times. What played out in front of us was priceless. First, the heads of both the driver and the passenger immediately jerked up and around. Then, the driver reached for his rearview mirror, adjusted it, and we could actually see his eyeballs bulge in the mirror’s reflection. That’s right, bud. That deep roar that just shook you and your Porsche to its very core? Yeah, that came out from under the hood of the Cadillac sedan parked on your rear bumper. The reaction was priceless! This is not your mother’s Cadillac. This is the big bad wolf in sheep’s clothing that is going to outrun the whole flock (and your grandmother too).

In Summary

We love the CTS-V. It’s the first sedan ever considered truly worthy of the Team Hall & Nass garage. In fact, given how we typically drive (even on a daily basis), it is probably the best overall car for us to own. It is so much more than just (as stated by Cadillac themselves) “the fastest production V8 sedan in the world.” We believe it is also “the most fun you can have in a car with four doors. Period.”

However, we’d really like to spend a full day (or a few) behind the wheel where we can explore the capabilities and characteristics of the car somewhere other than in Dallas rush hour traffic. I could spend at least a few hours just examining the interior features of the car and plenty of time under the hood as well. There is really just so much car there for the money. At $70,000 and change (very well equipped) that’s a tall order, but this is one of those rare cars that can deliver loads of performance and value for the big price tag.

It’s no secret that we hold the C6 Corvette platform up as our personal standard for what any performance car should be like. While that may seem unfair to many, in this case, it is not, as this is a true and worthy competitor to all four flavors of the current C6.

If the car is missing anything, we only have one request. Bring back the ducks on the Cadillac emblem. Only this time around, put them in a V formation. The Cadillac CTS-V. It doesn’t just quack, it honks!

In summary, the best thing we can say (other than we want one) is this: You don’t have to ask if this car will return the favor. Just save the “after smoke” for the tires.

“We’re SO Not Worthy … THANK YOU GM”

Though we said this in both parts of our Cadillac Lifestyle posts, and it certainly bears repeating again here. We’d like to publicly thank Donna McLallen (@GMTexas on Twitter), Vicki Cosgrove and everyone on the GM South Central US Team for being kind enough (and crazy enough) to invite us to this event. 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 owe you a big one (as well as some brake pads linings and perhaps a bit of tire tread too …)!

Team Hall & Nass Cadillac Week Coverage

We hope y’all have enjoyed our Team Hall & Nass Cadillac Week coverage thus far. Tune in tomorrow for what may be our most exciting post of the week, titled, “Team Hall & Nass and Burnout Radio CTS-V Sedan Drive – Caught on Camera(s).” It’s a post of few words … well, of the written variety. Remember the two video cameras I mentioned at the top of this post? That’s right! Better dig out your driving gloves, zip up that fire suit and tighten down those belts. You’re going with us on a wild and crazy ride!

Due to new FTC guidelines, please note that GM didn’t pay us to write any of this, nor did they ask us to. (After reading some of this, 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!” :@)~