Hot August Nights in Reno

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Attention all car and music lovers! The best way to beat the hot summer nights is by attending this cool event in the American Southwest. The Hot August Nights will feature car shows, drag races, and live musical entertainment. Witness the streets of Reno, Sparks, and Tahoe South get filled with classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars and 60’s fashion. It’s just like entering the movie set of “Grease” or “The Blues Brothers”.

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The nostalgic event will begin on July 25 and end on August 3, so it’s going to be a week-long bash of car and music overload. Hot August Nights celebrates America’s love affairs with cars and rock n’ roll, but have you ever wondered how this annual event started? Here’s a brief history of one of Nevada’s most colorful events:

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Paris Named VroomVroomVroom Destination Battle Champion

 

Last month, VroomVroomVroom held its biggest contest ever, with a prize pack valued at around $1,000 including an iPad Mini, a GoPro camera, and Philips headphones! With no purchase necessary & open to anyone worldwide, the pack was won by Kerren Hutchison of Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia.

Tied into the drawing was our first-ever Destination Battle, where we asked our followers on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) to choose the most attractive world city that you would love to visit!

facebook-photoHere now is a brief look back at the 32-city tournament, and the shocking upsets that stunned many of our customers as well as many of our car rental experts here at VroomVroomVroom!

In the first round, 32 popular & beautiful cities around the world were paired off and the simple question was, “Where would you rather…?” These matchups included the very first Destination Battle, in which the USA’s Honolulu, Hawaii triumphed over Queenstown, New Zealand. Moscow then survived a match against Dubai, and the tournament was well under way…

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Terms and Conditions..

If someone wanted to drive your new car, what would be your conditions?

Car-Dealership-2As I collected a car rental this last week I actually thought to myself, if I had a brand new car and someone wanted to borrow it, would I let them?

At first I thought yes sure if someone needed to borrow my new $20,000 investment, I would be okay with that.

Then I thought about it a bit more …

Would I seriously just hand over the keys to my new car, to a complete stranger, with no conditions? Having some insight into the car rental industry, I know that for the most part, people who hire cars genuinely want to get from Point A to Point B and would prefer to use a car rather than public transport or taxis.

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Breaking news: F1 Legend Michael Schumacher “Out of Coma”

Seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher has been released from a hospital in Grenoble, France, after emerging from a coma that followed a skiing accident 6 months ago.

Michael SchumacherSchumacher, who turned 45 in January, was born in West Germany and is considered one of the greatest drivers in F1 history. He was called “statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen” by Formula One on its official website.

Schumacher was placed in a medically induced coma following a traumatic brain injury suffered while skiing in Meribel, France, in December.

He holds the F1 records for most championships, most career race wins, and most race wins in a season (13 in 2004, later matched by Sebastian Vettel in 2013).

Schumacher is said to be continuing rehabilitation at an undisclosed location, according to a family statement quoted by the BBC. His family thanked the doctors, nurses and therapists who have treated him, as well as fans and others for the outpouring of support. “We are sure it helped him,” the family said.

VroomVroomVroom sends our best wishes to Mr. Schumacher during his recovery.

UPDATE: The BBC reports that Mr. Schumacher has been moved to Lausanne university hospital in Switzerland.

Musk: Tesla Motors Will Open its Patents to Everyone

American electric car and powertrain company Tesla Motors announced Thursday that it will open its patents to everyone, according to a report by Jerry Hirsch and Tiffany Hsu in the Los Angeles Times.

The surprising move comes just a year after the public company, traded on the NASDAQ stock market as TSLA, announced for the first time it had turned a profit. The gain in the first quarter of 2013 was very positive for the decade-old company. But Tesla’s stock price tumbled 26 percent in November in the wake of 3 headline-grabbing incidents of Tesla Model S luxury sedans catching fire over a 6-week period in the U.S., as reported by ABC News.

2014 Tesla Model S

2014 Tesla Model S

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Interview with Shane Dallas – The Travel Camel

Do you want to become a travel blogger? Have you been inspired by a story of someone who gave up their 9 to 5 job and now travels the world, getting paid along the way?

I had the opportunity to talk with Shane Dallas, an Australian who lives the life of a travel blogger, exploring the world. He shares his experiences through his blog The Travel Camel and also appears as a guest speaker around the world.

He definitely inspired me to see more of the world!

To follow Shane on his adventures, visit TheTravelCamel.com, Shane Dallas on Facebook and @TheTravelCamel on Twitter.

Tia Hippolite is Content Manager and a car rental expert at VroomVroomVroom. As Shane Dallas did for 20 years, Ms. Hippolite resides in Brisbane.

Hertz Dream Cars rental car program adds more BMW cars

BMW 650i Convertible

BMW 650i Convertible

Hertz Corporation, which operates the car rental companies Hertz, Dollar, Firefly and Thrifty, has announced that it is expanding its “Dream Cars” program by adding 3 new models from BMW: the M5, the 650i Gran Coupe, and 650i Covertible. The program already included the BMW M3 Convertible.

Hertz Dream Cars are available in select U.S. markets, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, and 32 others.

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Facebook removes 14 fake Jetstar Australia pages at request of Jetstar Australia

JetStar Facebook warning to avoid scammers

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As reported on Monday by Karthick Prabu of Tnooz, 14 fake Jetstar Australia pages and profiles came to the attention of the company. The offending scam artists have subsequently been removed from Facebook, but the low-cost airline — founded in 2003 and owned by Qantas — warns its customers to be aware and said, “… no major Australian airline has been immune from these types of scams and it’s a fair bet they aren’t going to disappear anytime soon.”

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