Car Care Tip: Try Paint Protection Film to Keep Your Car From Chipping in Florida

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This may seem like a no-brainer, but we suggest you invest in a clear bra! Or rather, have paint protection film “clear bra” applied to your car and protect your paint from road debris chipping the paint.

In South Florida, while we don’t experience the changes in weather like some of the colder parts of the country, we do however have interesting hazards that cause paint chipping on our automobiles.  You would not believe some of the things that we see in terms of car damage that comes into our shop.

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Mercedes Coffee Cup Holders and German Design

Top of the Line Ceramic Mercedes Coffee CupIs overkill a German word? I ask that question because the Germans do tend to overdo it, in most things. Take the cup holder in my Mercedes 240c, and it is the reason that I purchased the car. Yes, that right, the cup holder closed the deal!

Most cup holder put out from the dash or are covered by a top that you pull up, and I would never pay the least attention. But on the Mercedes, the cup holder made me laugh out loud, and charmed me to boot. It work like this, you pull the top cover, then press down on the top of the word “CUP”. This will release the spring-loaded lock, and the entire arm pops up six inches. At the same time, the top flips up 180 degrees to the right and the top becomes the bottom of the cup holder. This leaves you with a round three inch hole to place you cup.

But being German, there is a spring loaded sidewall to the holder, so that it puts tension on the cup. Can’t have your coffee cup moving around inside the holder. Without the tensioner, your hot coffee from Mickey Dee’s might lead to a law suit, after some painful operation! By the way all this takes place in the blink of an eye. After careful examination of the cup holder, it seems that there are about seven bearing surfaces on the move, at any one time.

I usually open and close it a couple just to see and hear it work, before putting the coffee cup inside. This German talent for over doing it can be charming, and sometimes it’s a blessing. In WWII, they built a super tank that was unstoppable, but it weighed 60 tons! The shells from the Allies couldn’t stop it, nor penetrate its armor, but every time it cross a bridges, the bridge would collapsing under it, due the weight. Once it crashed into the river it wasn’t going anywhere.

Like I said, overkill. Be sure the coffee is not too hot! Michael.

P.S.  TopoftheLine.ca designed the Mercedes Ceramic Coffee Cup:

Top of the Line advised Mercedes-Benz to brand an eco-friendly, reusable, ceramic coffee cup that could can easily remain in a vehicle’s cup holder as a constant token of appreciation.

Auto Races: Le Mans or Indy 500 ?

Le Mans Race 2011Yes, I know that it’s apples and oranges, but to me, the INDY 500 is the world’s greatest race. Which by default make La Mans the second greatest auto race in the world. Oh yea, you disagree? well sacra blue to you too, buddy! Any way just because it’s the 2nd greatest race, doesn’t mean that it not fun. As a matter of fact the race can be downright wonderful and interesting, especially if you have, as they say down south “a dog in that fight”.

For me it was watching my true hero Phil Hill in an American car, running down the Mulsanne straight flat out through the Kink, before hitting the brakes hard into the hairpin. Or, Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt cruise to an All-American victory in1967, beating the might of Ferrari.

This weekend will be the full 24 hours of Le Mans, and thanks to the magic of TV or cable, you can watch it in the comfort of your living room, without the rain at midnight, nor the cold in the morning when your stiff as a board after sleeping in the car, and your mouth feels like the ‘vin ordinar’ was really, really ordinar! Anyway, if you’re interested, check out the following web sites:

http://www.spotterguides.com/le-mans-2011-guide
http://www.clubarnage.com this is a great source of information.
http://www.stopstream.tv/ch5.html this last link is for live stream.
There is also an iPhone app for those “on the go” http://bit.ly/jJzHxA

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