It’s pro football time as the NFL kicks off a landmark season … and you can play, too
The Big 5 – 0. Whether an anniversary, a mark of years in business, a birthday or time together as a musical group (we’re looking at you, Rolling Stones), the number 50 has some serious significance. The National Football League will be celebrating this magnificent milestone at the end of this season as the Super Bowl is hitting its golden anniversary. This year’s march to Super Bowl 50 at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, starts Thursday, September 10, with the New England Patriots versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now that the first week of college football is in… Read More

Audi A8 speeds back to the silver screen in “The Transporter: Refueled”
The Audi A8 returns to the big screen this week to star in “The Transporter: Refueled,” the latest installment in a series of films created by Luc Besson, which exists to fulfill petrolheads’ need for high octane car chases. As with the film’s predecessors, the armored reinforced, tech-enhanced Audi performs stunts which are equal parts wreckage defying and inducing; weaving, peeling, and drifting its way into and out of harm’s way in order to deliver the driver and his package to their destination. Even in the previews for the film the A8’s stunt performances promise the viewer a caliber of… Read More

The start of a new season and that college football feeling
Maybe it’s just me, but the popularity and hype seems to grow every year. Everywhere I turn lately, there are promotional items, billboards, advertisements, magazine covers and peanut butter cups adding to the excitement. The fact that there are entire cable networks dedicated to the topic is evidence enough for me to see the impact. I’m speaking of college football, and this week marks the official start of the 2015-2016 season. Big games are on the Week 1 schedule with Alabama taking on Wisconsin in AT&T Stadium, Michigan and new coach Jim Harbaugh visiting Utah, North Carolina versus South Carolina,… Read More

Making the most of tailgating, some dos and don’ts
  Now that you are all settled in at school, it’s finally time for game day and the fun that is tailgating! Here are some tailgating tips that I have learned from my experiences attending a variety of game days. Do: Bring sunglasses On an extremely sunny day like many game days, sunglasses are a basic necessity. Bring a cute pair to compliment your burnt orange, red or whatever color outfit you may be sporting. A good pair of sunglasses will help you see the game action without an intense glare in your eyes and they look good, too! Don’t:… Read More

Back to school basics – Part 3
In my previous articles (Part 1 and Part 2), I discussed traveling to school and moving in to your college campus, respectively. Now that you are all settled, it’s time for classes to begin. I think everyone knows what the first day of school feels like − exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. As a college student myself, here is some advice I have for students about to embark on that first day. Do Pack your bag the night before. Grab a spiral or two, laptop, a few pens and pencils and put them in your backpack the evening… Read More

Back to school basics – Part 1
As myself and millions of other students prepare to head back to school, we hope to be ready for the entire year ahead without any bumps along the way. From my experience in college, here are some dos and don’ts to consider when getting ready to head to school. Do Get your car checked out by an experienced mechanic -- especially if you are embarking on a long road trip to school. Make sure your car is properly prepared to get you to school safely and, hopefully, avoid having problems come up while you are away at school where you… Read More

“Mission: Impossible” – Cruising in for repairs
  “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” is the next installment in the M:I series and brings with it a new round of action, thrills and fast cars. Keeping with tradition, Tom Cruise and others in the movies are doing many of their own stunts, including hanging from the outer door of an airplane during takeoff and fast ascent. So that’s happening.     To celebrate its release, we've put together a list of some of… Read More

Austin is feeling the Tour de France spirit
As I’ve mentioned before in the RoadLoans blog, cycling is a huge part of the Austin, Texas, community. The residents are big on enjoying outdoor activities, the accessibility to bike lanes is great, and there is a beautiful lakeside route that provides a backdrop for the cyclists I see all over Austin on a daily basis. Austin bike month really brought out the spirit of cycling, and now with the Tour de France nearing its end this weekend, I can see this spirit emerging again. The Tour de France has been a competitive cycling showcase since 1903. Every year, sports… Read More

Top car names for babies
The ultimate homage to your newborn or vehicle? If you’re an expectant mother or father having a hard time choosing a baby name, but you love your car, problem solved. Yahoo! Autos has researched a list of names given to newborns in 2014 that are also car brands and models. Justin Hyde, the Managing Editor, carried out the analysis of some 33,044 baby names registered with the U.S. Social Security Administration (to get on his list the name had to be used at least five times), which threw up some interesting results. Inspiration from the auto world Some are more… Read More

Memories on the road during the Fourth of July
For most of my summers as a young teen, I had the pleasure of spending my Fourth of July on the lake. I would pack up for the weekend, and take the easy drive to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The ride never felt long because I always traveled it with friends, food and good music. Unlike many road trip vacations where the ride seems to never end, this particular trip was enjoyable – almost a part of the vacation. The drive was easy. Leaving my house, I simply drove a few minutes to get onto… Read More