Deutsche Marque Concourse d’Elegance

Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Porsche enthusiasts will be gathering  May 5th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Nottoway Park in Vienna, Va.  Several judging categories will be determined based on actual turn out, and the coveted “Spirit of the Deutsche Marque Concours Award” “Spirit of the Deutsche Marque Concours Award” will also be up for grabs.  Additionally, there will be a non-judged “car corral” for other enthusiasts looking to show off their rides.  Food trucks will be making an appearance, as well.

Cars and Coffee Lehigh Valley Season Opener

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The season opener for Cars and Coffee Lehigh Valley is set to take place 8:00 am on April 28th at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pa.  More information can be found on their Facebook page.  Events are typically once a month from April until September, and previous themes have included British and German, American Muscle, and Truck/SUV/Jeep.

Audi Connect Prime Adds Green Light Info to Tech Suite

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Imagine catching all the green lights during your commute. Audi is helping drivers reduce stress and ease the guesswork of doing so. Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory, or “GLOSA”, is a reworking of Audi’s traffic light information technology and is part of their Connected Prime technology suite.

 

Starting in  2017, this vehicle-to-infrastructure communication was initially offered on the A4 and Q7.  It  offered “time-to-green,” which tells the driver sitting at a red light how long they have until the light changes.  For 2019, it is available on many Audi’s, less the A3 hatchback, TT , and R8. The system computes recommendations by calculating the distance to the next light and the signal timing data, obtained via on-board data connections. The vehicle will display information to aid in catching more green lights and recommend a speed to do so. At this time, over 4,500 intersections and more than a dozen cities, including Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington, DC are able to utilize this program.

 

Programs such as this are just one facet of an increase in semi-autonomous driver aids that are becoming more commonplace in our technologically advanced vehicles. Many companies are working towards boosting the speed and efficiency of traffic in congested areas. Audi stance on the system is a stress-reduction tool for drivers. By smoothing out the commute, it allows them to keep a steady pace can make that time more pleasant.

Halogen vs Xenon HID vs LED

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Headlights play a major role in our lives behind the wheel. We’ll take a quick look at the major types of lights in the current market.

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Halogen bulbs have long been the standard.  They are easy to find and cheap to replace.  These bulbs have a typical lifespan of 400-1,000 hours, with about 800 hours being the average.  Halogen bulbs are sensitive to loss of gas and filament breakage.

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High Intensity Discharge or xenon bulbs made their appearance in the early 1990’s.  They are filled with gas like halogen but operate similar to a neon sign with electrodes at either end.  They are about twice as bright as halogen bulbs, putting out 3,000 lumens vs 1,400 lumens. Typical lifespan of HID bulbs are between 2,000 and 8,000 hours.  The downside to xenon is their price and tendency to produce a lot of glare for drivers coming in the opposite direction.

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LED bulbs are new in the automobile world. Despite being around about as long as xenon bulbs have been, they didn’t start making ground until into the 2000’s. LED’s are more efficient than halogen and xenon, and produces cleaner light without glare. They have a nearly unlimited lifespan in an automobile. Aside from the cost to convert, LED’s are susceptible to heating issues in the wiring connections and require a lot of cooling in the lamp itself.

 

Xenon and LED are both becoming more popular over halogen bulbs.  Whether xenon or LED is better is dependent upon ones specific needs for night driving.  The difference between the light produced and the beam length of xenon and LED are competitive, both being an improvement over halogen.

How To: Find Paint Codes

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It happens to all of us: A shopping cart, kids playing, the neighbors dog…Scratches happen.  While nail polish can get you by in a pinch or at the very least protect the metal below from moisture, it’s a temporary fix.  When it comes time to order touch-up, one thing you’ll need is the vehicles’ paint code. Below are a few spots some manufacturers like to hide them.

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Mercedes-Benz makes life simple by putting the paint code on the VIN plate located in the driver’s door jamb. They are not explicitly marked as such, but in most cases there will be a three or four digit code near the date.

BMW:

BMW likes to put their paint codes on the VIN plate as well, however they are not always there. If not in the door jamb, BMW will place a sticker in the engine bay. They are usually on the strut towers, around the perimeter of the engine bay, or on the underside of the hood.

AUDI:

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Audi does a printout that includes a lot of information specific to your  individual vehicle.  The sticker almost looks like a receipt.  It is usually placed in the well with the spare tire.

Porsche:

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Following in Audi’s footsteps, Porsche has a similar highly detailed sticker that is found in the front storage compartment or near the spare.  Additionally, a sticker is placed in the owners manual.

In the event there is no information or you purchased a vehicle that has been repainted from its original color, there are other ways to get touch up paint.  While most body shops like working from paint codes, some will match the color.

The Lighter Side of News

With the workweek drawing to an end, here are some interesting news stories to help get to the weekend:

Florida man steals Jeep from driveway, gets caught by coming back to look for his phone. According to Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the accused returned to the scene from where he stole it and asked if anybody found his cellphone. Details seen here.

Rhino poacher completes the circle of life as he was killed by elephants and eaten by lions. Kruger National Park in South Africa is a game reserve of about 7,500 square miles. The preserve is home to Africa’s big five which include elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, and cape buffalo.

Mississippi driver Livestreamed Mustang speeding event, arrested on felony firearms charges.  In a previous video, he is stopped by Deputies after driving recklessly and can be seen and heard on the video denying the actions he had just recorded. YouTube is not the only means of social media used to incriminate himself, according to police. Investigators were provided screen shots showing possessing numerous weapons. Sheriff’s Office’s post 

17th Annual Palm Beach Auction Presented By Barrett Jackson

 

04081904The South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach will host Barrett Jackson’s 17th annual Palm Beach Auction from Thursday, April 11th through Saturday, April 13th.  Beginning with over 600 cars at no reserve, additional entertainment includes hot laps with professional drivers, sponsor exhibits and marketplace, automobilia auction, and more.  It has been noted that the auction has seen an uptick in Japanese import sport coupes the from the 1990’s such as the Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7, and Mitsubishi 3000GT.  There will be several examples on the auction block.  Discovery and MotorTrend TV crews will be looking to fill about 18 hours worth of live coverage from the event.