Christmas Present for Craig

If you’re looking to get me a Christmas present this year, here are some of my favorite cars. They might set you back a couple of bucks, but what the heck? I’d like it :-)

To start with, I like the BMW 650i convertible. They had it at the Boston Auto Show and I took some photos. BMW says: “Merging the refined style and fiery spirit of the legendary 6 Coupe with the open-air freedom of a convertible, the stunning 6 Series Convertible seizes the imagination as boldly as it captures the eye. A muscular 4.8-liter V-8 power plant delivers 360 horsepower and a riveting 5.6-second launch to 60 mph*. A choice of three 6-Speed transmissions and BMW’s Active Roll Stabilization (ARS) ensure dynamic performance and level cornering on even the tightest curves. With the top up, the convertible roof gracefully mirrors the pleasing proportions and aggressive lines of the Coupe. With a push of the button, the top comes down for the most rewarding and exuberant drive under the stars. The 6 Series Convertible. A new perspective on pleasure.” Wow!

BMW 650i Convertible

My next favorite car is the Bentley GTC convertible. This car is a bit of a cross between German engineering and British racing history. Bentley has been well known over the years for its street racing prowess, and combining this UK platform with German engine and drive-train has made an incredible car!

Bentley Convertible

Next up is another British car. This one is 100% British (well, as close as you can get in these days of multinational corporations and manufacturing). The Auston Martin DB9. Wow.

If you saw the recent James Bond Casino Royale movie, one of its features was this incredible car. Aston Martin has been well known for decades as one of the best on-road performance cars — and their dealers respect looky-loos, which makes it nice for people who can’t afford one yet (or whose friends/listeners haven’t chipped in enough yet).

Aston Martin DB9

According to the Aston Martin site:

DB9 is a thoroughbred sports car with GT levels of comfort and refinement. Its design philosophy is uncompromising and brings together everything that makes a sports car great with that unique Aston Martin character, borne out of craftsmanship and use of the finest quality materials.

“So what is it that makes a great sports car?

“Most cars are a series of compromises. The result is usually rational – even impressive on paper – but often bland and soulless in reality. Sports cars should be all about character and driver involvement. They need to look great, sound great and have power and performance to stir the soul..”

Boy, are they right!

Suzuki’s Brand New Cross-Over Concept Car

Well, it’s out in the open. Kinda. Suzuki‘s newest concept car was shown again this week at the International Auto Show in Boston and it’s everything people had hoped. Although Suzuki isn’t one of the best loved Japanese brands, it certainly is starting to make some real waves.

This new topless mini-cross-over concept car may well hit the US shores soon — particularly if the public’s interest continues. I spent some time on the Suzuki web site and didn’t find photos of this beautiful little car, but did find quite a bit of press talking about how many people truly love this new, little car.

I’m including some photos of the car below. The white/grey-blue color combination makes it quite a stand-out and its interesting trunk design could make access to that heavy picnic basket a sinch!

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Travis Kvapil at Boston International Auto Show

I was at the Press day at the Boston International Auto Show this week. There were lots of cool new cars, design ideas and overall neat stuff.

Ford was there along with Roush Racing showing off their brand-new Con-Way/Roush Racing 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Northern Tool + Equipment NT99 Roush Racing CapTruck #6. There were dozens of press there for the unveiling which took place on Wednesday. I’m including some photos of (boy, is he young), the announcement and the interior of the truck!

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New England All Service Academy Holly Ball

Attention New England Service Academy Graduates/Midshipmen/Cadets.

If you are a Tech Talk With Craig Peterson show listener, you know that I’m big on volunteering. My wife and I have been co-presidents of the Northern New England Parents’ Association of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. That means we were elected as co-chairs of the Holly Ball…

This year is the 30th anniversary of the New England Holly Ball. For the first time ever, the United States Merchant Marine Academy‘s New England Parents association is hosting the ball, and boy is it tons of work! I’ve been putting some of my Marketing Talent into play and we’re sending out post cards, formal invitations and even email blasts!

If you’d like to help welcome in the New Year in Boston, check it out — buy a ticket (or donate a ticket for a Midshipman or Cadet by selecting “Will not be able to attend” when you buy your ticket). We’ve got a great dinner lined up, dance and more.

A quick summary:

  • Formal Pictures available
  • Formal Dress Uniform for Midshipmen and Cadets
  • Black Tie optional for Parents and Guests
  • Door Prizes

Schedule of Events

  • Festivities Begin at 6:30 PM with a Reception Hour
  • Grand Entry of Midshipmen and Cadets at 7:20
  • Pledge of Alligence and National Anthem
  • Innvocation
  • POW-MIA Remberance Service
  • Battle Standard Moment of Silence
  • Dinner Service at 7:45
  • Recognition of First Class Midshipmen and Cadets 8:30
  • Cake Cutting Ceremony 8:45
  • Desert Service 9:00
  • Drawings 9:15
  • Dancing 9:30 – 12:00

Female Cadets may bring Formal Gowns for the Dance
(A changing area will be provided)�