In celebration of all things “Throwback Thursday” or “Flashback Friday” related, I thought about some of my favorite classic cars discovered down through the years. No matter what kind of cars you prefer, foreign vs domestic, hard tops or convertibles – we can all agree that nothing can quite compare to the classic automobile of yesteryears. From the buxom, confident frame to the pomp and circumstance flair fit for dignitaries and celebrities, every year I get reminded about my love for the great classic car (and this year is no different.) In years past, I’ve been front and center at the annual Woodard Dream Cruise in Detroit, MI – however, this year, I missed out due to conflicting travels and found myself face to face in what could be considered the elusive 1939 Diamler Eighteen.
So it’s only fair that the Diamler Eighteen kicks off the list of my favorite classic cars on my “I Want To Drive Before I Die” wish list below.
1939 Diamler Eighteen
Diamler Eighteen. This regal beauty leaves a lasting impression that only something British made could. Spotted in Saratoga Springs at the Saratoga Raceway (on race day, hence the fascinator derby hat) – this beautifully made 4-door tourer caught my eye and since then has held my heart as one of my favorite classic cars created.
Mercedes Benz 540K. If you’re looking for a curvaceous classic car, then look no further than the Mercedes Benz 540K. This classic coupe features sleeker and curvier bodywork, along with a larger, more powerful straight-8 engine. What I would give to ride in this ultra-luxe classic in it’s hay day.
Austin-Healey 3000. Clearly I have a trend of being in love with historic roadsters. The Austin-Healey 3000 is a touch larger and heavier than other British roadsters of its day. By today’s standard, though, it’s still a compact featherweight – which means it’s light on the road and a speedster after my own heart.
For more classic cars to fill your hearts desire, check out my top five favorites in its entirety on DivasDriveinHeels.com.
So it’s Fall and you’re already stressing out about getting your car winterized (wasn’t it just summer yesterday?) Automobiles come with responsibilities like oil changes, headaches like dead batteries, and mild anxiety about getting scratches and smudges your new (expensive) toy. Whether you’re a professional driver, auto aficionado, worried parent, or 16 year-old who’s yet to be in a bind, these five gadgets will help put those fears to rest.
World’s thinnest car battery jump starter keeps your automobile and mobile devices powered up when you need them
- Lightweight lithium polymer battery houses an impressive 6,000 mAh capable of jumping a completely dead car battery in minutes
- 5V 2.1A output charges power hungry devices such as smartphone, cameras and tablets
- Features a built-in LED flashlight for working in the dark
- Compact device measures 5.5” x 3” x .6” and weighs in at a mere 7 ounces
- Sleek battery pack fits perfectly into any purse or luggage case
- Available at: JunoPower.com | Price: $99.99
Toddy Gear: Toddy Smart Cloth
Carefully handcrafted microfiber cloth provides effective, scratch-free cleaning for iDevices, windows, lenses and other sensitive surfaces
- Built for cleaning extremely sensitive surfaces including iPhone, glasses, windows, car surfaces
- Protected with the AEGIS Microbe Shield® technology – a durable, environmentally friendly way to instantly wipe away dirt and smudges
- Plush microfiber material on one side to clean and silk microfiber on the other side to buff and polish
- No messy/damaging sprays or fluids necessary
- Features an antimicrobial coating, protecting the cloth against microorganisms that contribute to mold, mildew, and other negative effects
- Available at: toddygear.com | Price: $9.99 (5×7) $14.99 (9×9)
Blackfire: Clamplight Junior
Innovative and versatile LED flashlight lights up every situation by clamping to virtually anywhere, making chores easier and play better
- Quality grade CREE LED’s provide 100,000 hours of bulb life and up to 100 lumens
- Resilient spring clamps securely to shelves, doors, pipes, branches and a plethora of other objects, keeping both hands free and flashlight out of the way
- Two axis swivel head pivots and directs light where you need it
- Nonskid feet lock open and convert into a stand when there’s nothing to clamp to
- Braced with high impact ABSplastic with non-slip TPR for a comfortable yet rugged look and feel
- Maximum portability allows you to fit in a belt, pocket, or anywhere else
- Available at: Blackfire-usa.com and various retailers | Price: MSRP $18.99
Bracketron: Mi-T Grip Mount
The perfect universal mounting solution for your smartphone or other portable device
- Features Temporbond, Bracketron’s patented, breakthrough technology that allows you to mount the holder on any smooth or textured surface including your dash and windshield
- Allows you to view your device hands-free in portrait or landscape mode
- Provides full access to all device controls and ports
- Unique grip with rotating head securely holds your device with or without a case
- The mount’s compact size makes for easy portability from car to car or when traveling
- Available at: Bracketron.com | Price: $29.95
Lemur Monitors: BlueDriver
Turn your smart device into a professional-grade auto diagnostics tool
- Allows users to wirelessly read and clear diagnostic trouble codes without having to spend money at the mechanic
- Download the free BlueDriver app and plug in the BlueDriver – it’s that easy!
- Generate vehicle specific information such as code definition, possible causes and repair recommendations
- Check for whether or not your vehicle is ready for local emissions test
- BlueDriver is the first line of defense for today’s mechanic and is an affordable diagnostic tool for that fits in your pocket
- Works with all makes and models (sold in U.S. and Canada) that are 1996 or newer
- Pairs via Bluetooth with Apple devices (running iOS 7.0+) and Android devices (running Android 4.0+)
- Available at: lemurmonitors.com | Price: $99.95
What are some of your favorite gadgets that you keep in your car at all times? Share your favorite must have auto tech below.
You can’t mention then 20th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival without mentioning Ford Motor Company. The automaker took over New Orleans throughout the entire ESSENCE Fest weekend!
As the automotive-exclusive sponsor for the sixth-consecutive year, Ford activated on-site at the Earnest N. Memorial Convention Center providing fun giveaways including the chance to win the keys to the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang in addition to continuing its support of breast cancer awareness within the community.
As a premiere sponsor of the weekend, Ford partnered with SiriusXM Satellite radio for a live broadcast with celebrities all weekend long. Ford also took R&B Songstress Sevyn Streeter on a road to ESSENCE Fest journey celebrating her birthday weekend with dinner and a live streamed power-packed performance from the ESSENCE Festival Ford Superlounge.
If that wasn’t enough, Ford’s philanthropic arm was in full swing donating $20,000 to ESSENCE Communications for local community use, a million-dollar donation to the African American Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC and a 2015 Ford Mustang giveaway to an ESSENCE Fest attendee.
This past weekend, I got the chance to get behind the wheel of the 2014 Ford Mustang in New Orleans, check out my ride and drive experience below.
Discover more of how Ford celebrates ESSENCE Festival all weekend long below…
photos by Chris Mitchell / CME 3000 / DivasandDorks
A few weeks ago, I received an amazing invitation for an experience of a lifetime compliments of Lincoln Motor Company. Excited for a weekend introduction to the all new Lincoln MKC, I embarked on a cross-country journey to Santa Barbara, California with a very special invited guest… my mother.
Sure I’ve gone on family vacations with my mother, siblings, nieces and nephews – but never have I journeyed on a first-class travel experience like this with my mother before. A luxurious retreat at the Belmond El Encanto, a technologically advanced drive up the coast in the new Lincoln MKC coupled with moments of relaxing and reflecting in lavender fields and more filled our days of bonding and exploring while visiting California together for the first time.
First stop in beautiful Santa Barbara, our first west coast road trip to the beautiful Clairmont Lavender Farm in Los Olivos, CA. During our experience at the Clairmont Lavender Farm, my mom and I walked the fragrant lavender fields, sipped on lavender lemonade and basked in the beauty of the Lincoln MKC with interior designer, Dillon Blanski .
Next stop, a sweet date with mom at Birkholm’s Bakery & Cafe in Solvang, CA. Known for a striking resemblance to small towns found in Denmark, this Danish bakery found in the middle of the tourist attraction of Solvang offered mom and I a great afternoon of delicious treats in a unique town that we’ll never forget.
[Must Read: Five Ways To Live Like A Danish Native In Solvang]
Final stop of the Lincoln MKC experience, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Santa Barbara, CA. Established in 1911, the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is the third oldest polo facility in the United States and is world renowned for its four lush polo fields and international outdoor competition.
Want to see more of our mother/daughter Santa Barbara adventure? Discover more from behind the wheel of our unique Lincoln MKC experience on the auto channel, DivasDriveInHeels.com and check out the stories behind our entire travel adventure on DivasOnDestinations.com. Thanks Lincoln Motor Company for a life changing experience that this mother-daughter duo will never forget.
If you’re looking forward to the New York International Auto Show this weekend, you’re like many Tri-State area fans! More than one million car enthusiasts will descend upon the Jacob Javits Center for that moment to touch, feel and snap selfies with the hottest rides imaginable. I’ve walked more than the 950,000 sq. ft. show floor just to find the top 10 selfie worthy rides from the Auto Show. Discover which rides will knock your socks and which rides you can’t leave without snapping a good selfie with below.
3. Toyota FV2
Looking for more concept cars, million dollar cars and more? Find more selfie worthy rides from the New York International Auto Show at DivasDriveInHeels.com.
The show kicks off at Jacob Javits Center from April 18 – 27, 2014 and has some of the hottest cars and trucks ever seen all under one roof. For more information visit autoshowny.com or connect with the auto show on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube today.
The good people at Chrysler brought hundreds of automotive journalists and social savvy bloggers into historic Louisville, Kentucky to discover the all new 2015 Chrysler 200. The 2015 Chrysler 200 debuted a beautiful exterior design featuring the new “face” of the Chrysler brand. While the interior offers the Uconnect Access system leveraging advanced embedded cellular technology with the largest, intuitive and easy-to-use 8.4-inch touchscreen in its class.
With their hands on the wheel, Chrysler 200 customers also can use Uconnect Access to tap the power of the cloud. When a compatible (check UconnectPhone.com for device compatibility) Bluetooth mobile phone with the Message Access Profile (MAP) is paired, Uconnect Access will:
• Announce receipt of incoming texts
• Identify the senders
• “Read” the messages aloud
To respond or compose any new text, drivers need to simply dictate a message of 140 characters or less. The Uconnect system will send the message to a “cloud-based voice-recognition server,” that converts spoken words to text and “reads” it back for accuracy before sending verbatim. And it can all be done handsfree, without having to memorize any pre-approved messages. Drivers unsure of their destination and looking for popular locations around them can use their voice to conduct a Yelp search and simply say what they are looking for.
In Louisville, I linked up with Ashley Underdale with Uconnect Marketing to talk about the system and demonstrate how easy Uconnect can pair the power of your smartphone with the Chrysler 200 for the ultimate driving experience. Check out “How To” plug into Uconnect below:
Say hello to good music and great road trips this summer! Chevrolet announced at South by Southwest that it will expand its in-vehicle entertainment offerings by integrating the new Beats Music streaming service into the Chevrolet AppShop, which will be available on select models later this year.
Beats Music, which officially launched earlier this year, provides listeners with a blend of digital innovation and human-created playlists from music experts across all genres for a truly personalized and curated experience. The result is a streaming music service that delivers the right song, at the right time, for every listener.
A seamless data connection for the Chevrolet AppShop will be possible thanks to the availability of high-speed 4G LTE connectivity and data plans through OnStar on most Chevrolet vehicles later this year. Chevrolet expects to offer the broadest deployment of 4G LTE connectivity of any automotive brand.
“Our customers are looking for choice and we’re giving them a great opportunity to customize their music by bringing the Beats Music app into our vehicles,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director. “Beats is a well-established brand, and its music service brings unique capabilities to the table that our customers will really enjoy.”
Chevrolet will incorporate a version of Beats Music tailored for in-vehicle use. This includes such staple features as the Just For You personalized recommendations and the Highlights staff recommendations. Users will also have access to all of the playlists they’ve saved or created through their mobile accounts and can choose from dozens of specially tailored playlists for all drive times – from road trips to traffic jams to Sunday cruising and more. A trial or paid Beats Music account will be required. Features that require a large amount of attention – such as those that use a keyboard – will be unavailable while the vehicle is in motion.
The Chevrolet AppShop will begin to roll out later this year on select 2015 models in the U.S. and Canada with MyLink technology from the Cruze to the Colorado. Check out how easy it is to connect with 4G LTE inside Chevy vehicles with our friend Stefan below.
Starting this summer, Chevrolet will have some of the fastest vehicles on the roads, and that has nothing to do with horsepower. Chevrolet drivers will be enjoying high-speed data – made possible by a new OnStar 4G LTE connection in the vehicle, running on AT&T¹s network, the nation¹s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network.
Last night at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Chevrolet announced that the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt d will be the first General Motors vehicles to come optionally equipped with OnStar 4G LTE. They will be followed by the Equinox, Silverado, Silverado HD, Spark and Spark EV. In the Canadian market, OnStar with 4G LTE will be introduced on the Chevrolet Trax as well. The majority of the 2015 Chevrolet lineup in the U.S and Canada will have a 4G LTE connection built-in at vehicle launch. More models will be announced later this year.
Chevrolet took infotainment personalization to a new level with Chevrolet AppShop. Accessible through an icon displayed on the available MyLink screen that allows owners to view all available apps and download them directly to the vehicle, then organize, update or delete them. Available apps will connect drivers to music, news, weather, travel information, vehicle data and more and should help keep smartphones in pockets.
For live photos from last night’s event and more details, check out DivasDriveInHeels.com – Chevy Adds 4G, AppShop and PDR.
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In celebration of the Los Angeles Auto Show, celebrity and automotive style came together as Best Man Holiday actress Nia Long hosts an “Evening of Style” with Lincoln Motor Company.
The event, which took place at Hollywood’s Siren Studios, played host to the celebration of art, design and culture as well as the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC small premium utility vehicle. The “Evening of Style” was hosted by actress Nia Long and guest attendees including friend Daphne Wayans, Zena Foster, Kel Mitchell, Pooch Hall and many more. Additionally, Lincoln MKC Brand Manager Jeff Reid also held an in depth discussion moderated by Automotive Rhythms president and publisher Kimatni D. Rawlins.
The actress gushed about her love of luxury, from enjoying good chocolates, designer shoes and spa treatments – as well as dished on her upcoming film project “The Single Moms club” celebrating a journey that she’s closely familiar with, being a single mom herself. Nia Long also shared her love of the new Lincoln MKC, noting the unique ambient lighting inside made her last minute makeup touch up “a breeze”. The 2015 Lincoln MKC was originally introduced last week at a private NYC media event (check out the video from DivasDriveInHeels) and has garnered attention as a standout at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Check out more red carpet photos and the behind the scenes video on DivasDriveInHeels.com soon.
Lincoln Uptown Journey Series
“Life is a journey, not a destination.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Earlier this week, Lincoln Motor Company and Uptown Magazine took Los Angeles on a journey of self-discovery, acceptance and celebration kicking off the Lincoln Uptown Journey series at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel. Hosted by media personality Bevy Smith, the networking and panel event highlighted the different journeys within the arts of clothier/designer Woody Wilson, TV/Music Powerhouse Carmen Murray and TV/Film producer Mara Brock Akil.
The Lincon Uptown Journey series will make several U.S. stops including Houston, Atlanta and Washington D.C later this year highlighting the journeys of tastemakers and trailblazers that we’ve come to know and love.
The rebranding of the All New Lincoln MKZ served as a constant reminder of what everyone in the room searched for, the rediscovery of their own journey and path towards greatness. To learn more about the event and the Lincoln MKZ visit DivasDriveInHeels.com.
Photos via Lincoln Motor Co.