Busa Queen Creating Huge Buzz in the Sports Bike Community

The Godfather of Soul, James Brown (RIP) once belted, “This is a man’s world”.  As if to add an exclamation point in case you missed it initially he repeated, “This is a man’s  world”! But if you were to tune out at this point in the record, you would have missed the key point in the song. With further intensity he sings as a follow up, “but it would be nothing, nothing without a woman or girl“!  This is also a lesson very easily understood by observing the honeybee.  Honeybees understand that “having a queen in the hive always produces something sweet in the end”.

There is something very valuable added when you have resourceful, intellectual and influential women within certain groups and organizations often viewed as male centric. On the surface the appeal factor is what’s often noticed upfront. Members in her circle however, easily recognize and appreciate the intrinsic value she brings to the unit as a whole through her charisma, organization and social skills. Often times she is referred to as The “Queen B” and in the world of Sports Bikes, there exists such a lady!

It’s a pleasure to introduce to some and present to others, CJ “Busagirl” Jamison.  More than just another pretty face, CJ and other female riders like her, stand out among their heavily male populated peers in the world of cruisers and crotch rockets. Their appeal and attraction continues to generate excitement and multiply the biking community.

(Whip Appeal): For those who may not be familiar with CJ “Busagirl” Jamison, describe yourself to our readers in your own words?

(CJ “Busagirl” Jamison): I’m the owner of a 2006 Suzuki Hayabusa.  I’ve been riding and drag racing Hayabusa’s since 2001 and I have a true passion for the motorcycle world. I am also a business owner/entrepreneur, community activist for peace, author of my first book titled “The Ride” and I am the founder of Busa Fest which is a motorcycle festival designed to highlight sportbikes. I have recently been introduced to modeling and I look forwards to future projects in front of the camera with my bike.

(Whip Appeal): Sounds exciting. Tell us when and how you were introduced to the motorcycle world and how your involvement in the bike community has grown, changed and evolved since that introduction

(CJ “Busagirl” Jamison): I was introduced to motorcycles at a young age by my father beginning with dirt bikes. My parents were bikers. My father taught me at 15 years old the basics of safety and riding a motorcycle. I bought my first bike in my early 20’s and I’ve been riding since then. I’ve since then developed an interest in community awareness and I was a contributing member of the Nationwide Ride for Trayvon Martin bike ride that was done simultaneously on Easter Sunday 2012, which opened my eyes to organizing rallies for peace, justice and letting the voices of bikers be heard loud and clear that we stand for positive unification in our communities.

(Whip Appeal): Tell me more about your attraction and passion for bikes, specifically the Suzuki Hayabusa?

(CJ “Busagirl” Jamison):  I have loved motorcycles since my childhood years. I can remember waking up early on Saturday mornings to the sound of my father rushing the motor on his old school Harley Davidson hard tail. I was filled with excitement as I would hurriedly jump into my clothes so that I could have the chance to go outside and watch as he worked on his bike either cleaning it or servicing it. I realized I had a true passion when I would stop and listen when I heard a motorcycle in the distance roaring by and I could almost always tell what kind of bike it was by the sound of the pipe. I remember going to the drag strip for the 1st time and thinking “I can do that. I want to race” and I loved the smell of burnt rubber and exhaust as the bikes raced down the track. I knew then that I would be a biker girl for life

(Whip Appeal): Briefly explain to our readers what a Suzuki Hayabusa bike is and also how you came to be identified as “Busagirl”?

(CJ “Busagirl” Jamison): A Suzuki Hayabusa is the fastest bike in production by Suzuki which is the GSX1300R. Busagirl became my name after drag racing a Hayabusa in 2001. And I fell in love with the ride of the bike.

(Whip Appeal): I understand there is more to it than just the name “Busagirl” and that you dont take this name lightly, expand a bit further about what comes with it.

(CJ “Busagirl” Jamison): I remember when I started riding Hayabusas, it was pretty rare to see other females on Hayabusa’s back in 2001 so being the “Busagirl” means I’ve been riding this bike for a long time and I’ve earned my name honestly. What I represent for other women Hayabusa riders is that you can be sexy, have fun and enjoy life as a female rider. I would like to continue to organize rides for the females of the bike community and show people that the ladies are a powerful voice in the bike world.

(Whip Appeal): Women and bikes definitely go together, often times however, its lovely ladies modeling next to bikes in photo sessions. Are women riders more common than many folks are aware of? If so, in your opinion what’s fueling the trend and explosion of women riders?

(CJ “Busagirl” Jamison): Yes, women riders are growing more and more each day. I can recall just last year my neighbor was learning to ride for the first time. Now, its common to see her leaving for work each morning even when its raining out with her rainsuit on. She really rides that bike and she loves it. I think more women see lady riders on the road and that encourages them to get a bike. Safety rider courses at local community colleges are also a contributing factor because some people do not have the patience or the expertise to “teach” a new learner how to ride and its less stressful to take a class with an instructor. Plus we are doing a great job as lady riders out here on the streets so WE are the driving force.

(Whip Appeal): Any unique moments or note worthy memories you’d like to share as a lady Hayabusa rider?

(CJ “Busagirl” Jamison): I met a guy years ago at a bike function that asked me to take a ride on the back of his Harley. I declined his offer but instead offered to ride with him on my own bike. He said I was too pretty to ride and that I didn’t “look” like a biker. I had to to prove him wrong so we lined up side by side in what I thought would be a general short ride to prove to him that I could ride a motorcycle. He suddenly leaned down and revved up his motor in a taunting way. Unbeknownst to him, I had already earned the title as the “Girl that does burnouts” so I proceeded to smoke the tire on the bike until I disappeared in thick white smoke. He quickly took off on his bike trying to outrun me and I let the throttle out and creamed him. To this day he still tells people the story of how he got “beat by a girl” on a Hayabusa.

(Whip Appeal): Great story. Sounds like the element of surprise worked in your favor. Tell us about this awesome event you’re promoting called  Busa Fest 2012. It’s coming up real soon I hear.

(CJ “Busagirl” Jamison): Busa Fest is a bike festival event designed to show tribute to the Suzuki Hayabusa but yet its open to all riders and all bikes with contests for everyone. The idea of doing an event like this came to me in a dream and I’m a huge believer in following through on your dreams. Some highlights of the weekend are on Friday a VIP party that promotes Southern Hospitality. On Saturday there will be a high energy fast paced event with contests, games, awards, bike shows, an all Hayabusa line up and photo shoot, a photo shoot for the Busa Fest 2013 calendar, models, live bands and performers, a custom bike shop build off, custom bike builders with bikes on display to answer questions show off their best work, vendors, magazine coverage and video interviews.  There will be female bike clubs in attendance and we actually have an all female club from Florida called Phat Ryders MC that will be coming.

(Whip Appeal): Sounds like Busa Fest 2012 is going to be a blast!  Well CJ, what’s next for the Busagirl? Where do you go from here?

(CJ “Busagirl” Jamison): I can only continue to grow from here. My long term goal is to become a minority female owner of a Suzuki motorcycle dealership, complete part 2 of my book and continue to promote women in a positive way.

(Whip Appeal): Good luck to you on the dealership as well as all your future goals. Any final thoughts or comments?

(CJ “Busagirl” Jamison): For more information on Busa Fest please go to www.busafest.com or for vending/sponsor information send an email to busacity@yahoo.com for an info packet. I’d like to thank the Busa Fest Street Team for their hard work and dedication to this project and the sponsors of the event for believing in me. Go TEAM BUSA FEST!!! Muahhhh!

(Whip Appeal): CJ on behalf of WhipAppeal, it was a pleasure conducting this interview and writting this article. We wish you much success for Busa Fest 2012 and your future endeavors for the biking community.

As the father of 4 daughters, I’m reminded of what seemed to have been a theme song around our home for a time. It was a tune my girls often sang to the top of their lungs by their favorite artist who by the way is referred to as, you guessed it…“Queen B”.  Beyonce asks on one of her hit singles “who runs the world”?  In almost the same breath she answers, with an exclamation point of course, “girls”!

The good news for the biker world is CJ’s aim is to attract riders and add to the brother and sisterhood of bikers, not to create gender battles within it. To accomplish this task, CJ as well as her committed team of supporters and sponsors have joined forces to  host the 1st annual BUSA FEST 2012!

Busa Fest 2012 is an event designed to celebrate the Hayabusa, yet honors ALL RIDERS (Cruisers and Sportbikes).  You are invited to attend and display your love of motorcycles!  There will be trophies and awards for ALL STYLES of bikes.

It’s going to be a biker blowout so hop on your two wheel toys and join the swarm of riders buzzing down the highway like a horde of hornets, for 3 days of fun and excitement!

CLICK LINK BELOW TO ENJOY THE “BUSAGIRL” PRESENTATION:

http://youtu.be/6XS0Lp5urgs

Until next time,

D. Smith/Whip Appeal Blog & Whip Creamz Car Wax Collection

Important: Please tell us what you think about this article. Also if you are in a car, bike or truck club, have an upcoming custom car show, or offer custom products or services to the custom car community and would like to be featured in Whip Appeal, contact us today! Email D. Smith at glossboss201@gmail.com or call 713.2355.0670

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Street Toys; Rollin’ Straight Outta Compton

Who has not heard of Compton California? After all, it gained national prominence as the home to pioneering rap group NWA, after they exploded onto the hip hop scene in 1988 and totally changed the course of rap with “Straight Outta Compton”, their debut CD. The group’s acheivements were astonishing to say the least. No other rap group can boast of having had the first album ever to reach platinum status without any airplay or major tour support! Let’s again turn the spotlight back to the place that gave birth to what many have termed, “gangsta rap”.

This time however, the focus is not on hip hop but an humble band of 10 brothers and 2 sisters collectively known throughout LA County as Street Toys Car Club. Although the members are not truly siblings, their passion for and connection to customized cars swang’n on chrome throughout those same Compton streets as Easy E’s (RIP) Ruthless Records label mates, could not be stronger.

Whip Appeal caught up with Street Toys CEO “JT” to discuss how the club is not only changing the west coast whip game in the streets, but also how they are postively impacting the community, achieving club goals, collecting awards and looking good doing it.

(Whip Appeal): So JT, tell our readers more about StreetToys Car Club. How did the club originate?

(JT): Street Toys Car Club was founded October 2006 in the city of Compton, California. It was formed by myself and 3 other non-current members. We all had a passion for cruising and we were from the same neighborhood. We all had different connections and when we hung out, we did it all together. After a while, we just decided to start a club. The original founding members are all in good standing with Street Toys, they simply relocated and priorities changed.

(Whip Appeal): Talk about the growth and expansion of Street Toys. Are there any branches outside Compton in other cities or states?
(JT): The way Street Toys has grown is unbelievable inspite the fact we do not have any outside chapters. We chose not to branch out because we are a close knit family and we are about the quality of the person first and not the quantity of cars in the club. We pride ourselves on the quality of each individual member.

(Whip Appeal): What are some of the goals, aspirations and achievements of Street Toys? How has the club given back or made a positive impact to the community?

(JT): We make plans to work and then we set out to work the plan. As a car club we stretched our expectations and set a goal to bring home a trophy from a major car show within 5 years. This year, we acheived that goal and brought home a trophy from the DUB Magazine show this past March 2012. It was a major accomplishment because originally we were a car club that evolved to the show scene, we did not start out on the show scene.

Street Toys also take pride in community involvment. We have hosted toy drive car shows to help raise and donate toys to local churches. We have also participated in a number of back to school drives, family and friends fun fairs and we are now initiating an annual program that will raise and donate clothes as well as food to the homeless on skid row.

(Whip Appeal): JT describe to our readers what it takes to become a member of Street Toys. What does the intake process look like?

(JT): Becoming a member is definetly a process but in the end, it’s well worth it. There is a probationary period however but even before that, we encourage potential prospects to hang out with the club for us to get a feel for them. It’s important, even before starting the initial process, to determine if they are a good fit for the club and vice versa. As I mentioned earlier in the interview, the people and personalities come before the cars. Once the probationary period commences, prospects must make 2 modifications to their vehicle, attend 2 consecutive meetings as well as 2 events. Once they complete these tasks, they qualify for their probationary sticker which they place on the side window of their vehicle. After the prospect completes the 3rd modification to their car and has attended all meetings and events, they are then inducted in to the Street Toys Car Club as a full fledged member. This is when they are eligible to receive their full front windshield Street Toys logo.

(Whip Appeal): Street Toys has accomplished so much since inception in 2006 as a car club, what’s on the current calendar in terms of car cruises and shows?

(JT): Look for Street Toys at many upcoming events not just in our local area and state but quite possibly a show near you. Our 2012 calendar includes the Spring Classics Car Show in Las Vegas and the DUB Magazine Car Show in Phoenix, Arizona this October. We attend numerous cruise nights around the city on a regular basis. In August, Street Toys will be shining in our hometown for the DUB Magazine Show at the L.A. Convention Center. We are also planning on heading out to Texas next year to show’em how we swang in Cali.!

(Whip Appeal): JT, what are some of your best memories as part of StreetToys Car Club?

(JT): It’s hard to simply pick out 1 memory and say that’s the best one. Every moment as a Street Toys club member is a different experience but ends up being a great memory. The video shoots we have been involved in, car shows and other events, they all create special memories. It’s a bus load of fun and memories being apart of this club. If I just had to pick a memory that stands out however, it would have to be the messages that we placed at a show where you have to compete on the highest level possible in order to place.

(Whip Appeal): Thanks for sharing your best memories, now describe what you like best about car club life overall and why?

(JT): There are several things that stand out that I like about Street Toys, dedication is one of them! The members dedicate themselves whole heartedly regardless of the odds. That’s a trait that in my opinion, cannot be found anywhere else. Other things I like most include the diversity of the club and various personalities. The most important thing however is the family aspect we all adhere to. No matter the problem big or small, no matter the argument or disagreement, we all love each other and treat each other as if we were all actually brothers and sisters.

(Whip Appeal): In closing, what have we not covered or discussed that you would like readers to know about StreetToys?

(JT): We have covered quite a bit about Street Toys. The only thing left to do is show that we talk the talk but also walk the walk. We are very humble but we also know the real deal. If anyone wants to know more about us please visit:WWW.CARCLUBLIFE.NET, FACEBOOK.COM/STREET.TOYS.7. Check out these youtube channels as well: Wiiplok and CarClubLife.

You can also yahoo or google search Street Toys or Street Toys Car Club.

Finally you can send us an email at STREETTOYSCARCLUB@YAHOO.COM.
(Whip Appeal): JT, any final acknowledgements you’d like to make?
(JT): Street Toys would like to give a special Thanks to all the shops we deal with including; Riding Dirty Upholstery, Fineline Auto Body Shop, HP Motor Sports, New Era Customs, Curly’s Pinstripping, Manny’s Auto Art, 310 Kreations Audio, Monster Graphics, Big Daddy Sign Works and Cutting Edge Graphics.
Also, thanks so much for this opportunity and the time because we know it takes alot to do this. Finally our motto is; “If it ain’t a toy, it don’t belong on the streets…Street Toys, Say What?!!!!

(Whip Appeal): Again we want to thank JT for speaking with us on behalf of Street Toys about the car club scene and lifestyle. Good luck on your future endeavors and events.

CLICK LINK BELOW TO ENJOY THE STREETTOYS PRESENTATION:

Those of us with an appreciation for custom cars understand low lows (term for lowriders) are a beloved staple, not only out west but in every part of the country where the car culture thrives. Easy E once rapped about crusing down the street in his 64 and other west coast rappers as current as Snoop Dogg and as far back as King T, keep the signature G-ride front and center through their music and videos. Street Toys is the evolution to what we’ve come to expect from the Wesside. Dub’d out Impalas, Monte Carlos, even Hondas, Altimas and Pontiac G6’s are commonplace in the club. Street Toys is definetly elevating the custom car game in Cali literally and figuratively.

They are bold enough to show the street scene that there is enough room and creativity in the custom car world to enjoy the low life (low riders, hydraulics, bagged rides) or take the high road (donks, raised kits and big wheels) plus everything in between. The key is do you and make it look good!

Street Toyz, rollin Straight Outta Compton and quite possibly a show near you real soon.

Until next time,

D. Smith/Whip Appeal Blog & Whip Creamz Car Wax Collection

Important: Please tell us what you think about this article. Also if you are in a car, bike or truck club, have an upcoming custom car show, or offer custom products or services to the custom car community and would like to be featured in Whip Appeal, contact us today! Email D. Smith at glossboss201@gmail.com or call 713.2355.0670

All Roads Lead I-45 South To Battle Drag; Let The Show Begin!

In 1836, The Republic of Texas and Mexico met in battle near present day LaPorte, Texas. It was a meeting that ultimately resulted in freedom for Texas and the retreat of Mexican forces south of the Rio Grande. That conflict is known as the Battle of San Jacinto. Another meeting at the same historic site took place well over a century and a half later. The outcome would also be significant however, it could not have been more contrasting.

In 2005, at the birthplace of Texas Liberty, Edward Torres and Brandon Leath had a meeting that would ultimately bring people together in fun, excitement and entertainment. At the core of this gathering were hot rods, dropped trucks, muscle cars, bikes and street customs, most of which were modded with custom air suspensions. From that day forward, the annual meeting became know as Battle Drag, one of the hottest car shows in Texas.

Within a few years, Battle Drag outgrew it’s origin at the San Jacinto Battle Grounds and all the candy painted, frame laying, wheel watching fun had to pack and head south. This time it was I-45 South to the Gulf Greyhoud Park in LaMarque, Texas, where the grounds are large enough to accomodate the crowd.

Whip Appeal caught up with Edward Torres to get the lowdown on the layed out rides and all that goes into putting on Battle Drag.

(Whip Appeal): What’s the story behind Battle Drag? How was it formed and how has it evolved over time?

(Edward Torres): In July of 2005 I attended Texas Heat Wave as I have always done since I’ve been old enough to drive. A club member of mine had run out of compressed air for his truck but luckily there was a vendor on site filling compressed air bottles. I tagged along with him and some other friends to fill his bottle. Next to the compressed air booth there was a young guy trying to talk a club member of mine into buying a slim cased dvd. That young man ended up being Brandon Leath of Weekend Celebrity Productions, formally Crime Pays Video. I struck up a conversation with the gentleman and he mentioned that they were starting a DVD company and were looking for a club to feature in the DVD. We exchanged info and his partner contacted me online later. I set something up for my club to get together at our regular meeting spot. With my club being friendly with many other people in the scene some members asked if they could invite their friends to the gathering. I had no objection. By the time the gathering took place we had about 125 vehicles involved. I was asked to host the event annually and the rest is history. Eventually we outgrew the initial venue and were asked not to return. With a new venue came new costs so it went from a practically free event to a paid event. I’m not the type of person to “half-ass” things so the show gets bigger and better each year.

(Whip Appeal): What’s the meaning behind the name Battle Drag and it’s significance to the event?

(Edward Torres): The first three years of the event were held at the San Jacinto Battlegrounds Monument. The event was for vehicles with air suspension and after the get together there was occasionally some dragging on the highway. Chris Brull of Weekend Celebrity Productions is responsible for the name Battle Drag.

(Whip Appeal): Describe the perfect Battle Drag? What does a successful event look like to yourself as well as the staff?

(Edward Torres): First off is the one thing I have no control over… the weather. A few years ago we had the best weather anyone could ever ask for. Sunny and 70 degrees. We always have wind because we are so close to the coast so that will never change. Great weather would be the best thing to happen to our event. Besides that I would just love it if everyone in the area and the people who are nice enough to travel to our event to show up early, get judged, park and have fun with old friends and make some new friends. That would make it the perfect event.

(Whip Appeal): Expand on differences between Battle Drag and other custom car, truck and bike shows? Point out Battle Drag’s strong points when compared to many other car shows.

(Edward Torres): The first difference is that I come from a background of showing my own vehicles. This isn’t my way of making a living. I do this because I love it and the scene needs more shows like mine and Lone Star Throwdown. I care about each and every vehicle that rolls through into the show grounds and every person that walks through the gates. I want everyone to leave happy and feel like they got way more than their money’s worth. I try to keep the show family friendly. I don’t allow cruising so that no one gets in any accidents and so that spectators have a chance to see all of the vehicles. I keep the prices as low as I can and still cover costs. I price control all of the vendors and any of my merchandise. For a show the size of mine I’m about $20 less for gate fees and $10 less for a t shirt. Plus I let kids, military, police, firefighters and emergency first responders in for free.

(Whip Appeal): Battle Drag has been covered by many of the industry/car culture publications, name a few of the most recognizable magazines that covered the event in the past and may potentially cover the event for 2012.

(Edward Torres): Crime Pays Video / Weekend Celebrity Productions has covered every single Battle Drag and is responsible for the event being in existence. Minitruckin Magazine was the first magazine to give us a shot and has been covering our event since 2008. We also have coverage from Surface DVD and Solo Films DVD. This year we should also add coverage from Truckin and Street Trucks Magazines.

(Whip Appeal): Battle Drag recognizes many of our nations service men and women, including first responders like the fire fighters, our military, EMT, police officers and more, explain how that came about and why it is important to Battle Drag to acknowledge them as a part of the show.

(Edward Torres): I saw an opportunity to give a little back to the people that sacrifice for us while asking for nothing in return. It’s the least I could do. My favorite moment of Battle Drag 6 was having two giant fire trucks pull into the parking lot and having an entire fire house come enjoy the show. At first I thought they were coming to shut the show down. I ran up to them as they were coming across the parking lot and they told me they were there to see the cars. After the initial shock wore off I felt like a little kid seeing the fire trucks up close.

(Whip Appeal): Would you describe Battle Drag as a family friendly event or for mature audiences and why?

Battle Drag is definitely a family friendly event but once the sun goes down then it’s time to put the kids to bed. During the show all of our events are family friendly. We have adult tricycle races, a pickle eating contest, tug-o-war, ride alongs in real drift vehicles on a closed course. The after party is another story. With your weekend pass wrist band you get free entry to the local gentlemen’s club. Lots of our attendees take full advantage of this offer and meet there to have a few alcoholic beverages and take in the sights.

(Whip Appeal): What final thoughts or comments would you like to mention that perhaps I have not covered at this point before we close out this interview?

(Edward Torres): I really hate to end the interview with speaking of a gentlemen’s club. That’s not what the show is about. Battle Drag is my obsession. From the second I wake up to when I go to sleep every free moment I have goes into making Battle Drag the best show possible for everyone who attends. If anyone has any constructive criticism about the show I am open to listen to it. I love to hear honest feedback. Like I mentioned before I’m not in this for anything except the scene. I’ll leave you by saying that I’d like to thank my amazing girlfriend for sticking by me through all the hard times that I put the both of us through because of the show and my club Damage Inc for all the hard work and dedication in the last eleven years we’ve been around.

Whip Appeal would definetly like to thank Edward for taking the time to speak to us about the event. Let me also add that like most Texans, I remember the phrase and battle cry “Remember the Alamo” from our Texas history books . I’ll venture out on a limb to say, if Edward and staff have their say, this years event will have a textbook ending and all in attendance will be remembering Battle Drag 2012 for some time to come.

Click Here To View Battle Drag Presentation: http://youtu.be/BK2x2vAxgdQ

Battle Drag 2012 takes place October 12-14 at the Gulf Greyhound Park, located at 1000 FM 2004 Rd, LaMarque, Texas 77568. To view the official flyer, video commercial or for more information visit their website at: http://www.battledrag.com/

If you have an upcoming custom car show, street rod project or offer custom products or services to the custom car community and would like to be featured in Whip Appeal, contact us today! Email D. Smith at glossboss201@gmail.com or call 713.2355.0670.

Until next time,

D. Smith/Whip Appeal Blog & Whip Creamz Car Wax Collection

5 Reasons Why Maintaining Your Vehicle’s Appearance Is Not Vanity, It’s Common Sense!

5 Reasons Why Maintaining Your Vehicle’s Appearance Is Not Vanity, It’s Common Sense!.

5 Reasons Why Maintaining Your Vehicle’s Appearance Is Not Vanity, It’s Common Sense!

With the price of investing in a new car these days, why would you NOT put forth effort to maintain its appearance and operation?  As a matter for fact, because vehicles are so expensive these days, many car owners are simply holding on to their vehicles years longer than they would have in the past.  Regardless if you are considering purchasing a brand new automobile or keeping yours longer, proper car care is not only a must, it’s truly common sense.

As an auto detailer, I have compiled some of the questions my clients have asked me over the years and wanted to share the answers with you. Hopefully it will also help you make or continue to hold your position on the quality decision to maintain your vehicle’s appearance going forward.

1. Why remove scratches or restore the shine and luster to paint?

BEFORE: Swirl Marks AFTER: Swirl Marks Removed

Polishing is the step in the detailing process that yields the most dramatic difference in your paint. The objective of polishing is to remove imperfections in the paint, such as swirls, scratches, water spots, etchings, and oxidation. Having these imperfections in your paint means that light that passes through gets refracted, ultimately dulling the finish, yielding less gloss and depth, less reflections, and can turn into an eye sore. When these imperfections are removed, your paint will have the highest level of gloss and reflections are mirror like, with sharp accurate detail.

2. Why shampoo/steam clean the carpet, seats and upholstery?

BEFORE: Carpet Shampoo AFTER: Carpet Shampoo

Caring for your interior is just as important as your exterior. You spend the most time inside your vehicle and your passengers often take notice of how clean, or not so clean, your interior is. It’s important to protect your interior trim and leather from harmful UV rays that can potentially dry out and fade your interior. Keep your interior looking like new so you enjoy getting into your vehicle each and every time.

3. Why polish wheels?

Wheels can drastically change the appearance of any vehicle, which is proven by the huge after market offering. Having wheels covered in brake dust is a complete eye sore and can take away from the overall look of any vehicle. Wheels that look brand new, on the other hand, can turn heads and really show off your car. Rims are also very expensive to replace, therefore caring and protecting them is always the smart economic decision.

4. Why restore cloudy or foggy headlights?

BEFORE: Cloudy Headlight AFTER: Headlight Restored

One of the more important parts of the car to consider are the headlights. Good headlights are considered a vital safety feature for driving at night and even in places where there are poor lighting conditions. Over time however, your headlights are exposed to the suns rays, flying debris, salt… you name it. Your headlights become scratched, pitted, and oxidized. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety mentions that an average of 9 out of 10 cars has seedy or cloudy headlights.This, in turn, is responsible for poor vision, which could result in a vehicular accident.

Not only does a cloudy headlight make the car look bad and is a safety hazard, replacing headlights are expensive and can easily cost upwards of $300 each from the dealer. Therefore, headlight restoration can be a less expensive but very effective alternative.

5. Why is it so important to maintain the appearance of my vehicle?

(Audi Image courtesy of Mann On The Move Mobile Detailing in conjunction with WhipCreamz Car Wax)

This one is real simple. Regular cosmetic car care protects the value of your investment! This translates into more money for your car once you decide to sell or trade it in. Proper auto appearance care is the best action to take  to recession proof your vehicle.

Maintaining your vehicle does not have to be a chore. If you are in the Houston and surrounding areas, I want to partner with you to help you protect what is, in many cases, your second most expensive asset after your home. 

Check us out on the web at TheGlossBoss.Com today or contact me at 713.235.0670. Ask to speak with D. Smith, the owner/operator.

Was this article helpful, please let me know one way or the other by leaving your comments. All views and feedback is welcomed and encouraged.

Until Next Time,

D. Smith

The Lone Star Throwdown (LST); The Custom Car Show that’s Doing it Big in Texas!

There’s a popular American song that resonates with most Texans and amplifies what it means to have Texas pride. The first verse starts out; “The stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas”. On February 24-26, 2012 however, it was the custom painted steel, chrome plated wheels and highly polished power plants that lit up the city of Conroe, TX, just north of Houston.  The event was The 1st Annual Lone Star Throwdown,  a super-sized custom car and truck show that brought out hundreds of spectators, car clubs, extremely modified vehicles, vendors and sponsors.

The Lone Star Throwdown (often referred to as LST) is the brain child of Lonnie Ford and Todd Hendrex (Radar). Whip Appeal Custom Auto Blog was excited for the opportunity to catch up with Lonnie Ford to find out more about this awesome event, how it came about and what we can expect for LST 2013. Lonnie was cool enough to oblige!

(Whip Appeal): Tell us more about LST. How was it organized and formed?

(Lonnie of LST): LST started when Radar (Todd Hendrex) and I (Lonnie Ford) talked about doing a show to bring back that old school mix of people just hanging out and talking about their vehicles. It didn’t matter what club or who you hung out with, we are all into the same thing. It had been a dream of ours to do a show and took almost three years to jump into doing it. We really didn’t know where to start but we knew that we wanted everyone to be apart of it though. We started printing flyers and it snow balled into what it is today. Radar and I have been in Negative Camber (truck club) for over 15 years and our clubs 20th anniversary was coming up and we decided to have our anniversary at LST 2012.

(Whip Appeal): Describe what you believe makes LST different from other car shows? Are there special themes, specific causes or a different focus from year to year?

(Lonnie of LST): Radar and I are just two truck guys that wanted to put together a show. Not sure if we are different in anyway but we feel that a show is only as good as the people that come. In the end it’s the people that make a show.

(Whip Appeal):  What’s the farthest you’ve heard someone has traveled to take part in LST, either as a participant, spectator or both?

(Lonnie of LST): With Negative Camber having their 20th anniversary we had club members come from Australia, Mexico, California, Florida and Maryland. Plus we had three different cruises coming from the west, east and north to the event. It was nice to see so many different clubs and people join the cruises.

(Whip Appeal):  When and where will LST 2013 take place?

(Lonnie of LST): LST 2013 will be Feb 22-24, 2013 at the same spot (Lone Star Expo center in Conroe,TX.)

(Whip Appeal):  What will make LST 2013 even more special than last year?

(Lonnie of LST): We learned a lot from our first show and hope to have a bigger and better show than 2012. We hope to have even more people from all over the country come to LST 2013 and make this the best throwdown anyone has ever been to!

(Whip Appeal):  What noteworthy sponsors are already on board for LST 2013 ?

(Lonnie of LST): Everyone from LST 2012 has jumped on board and we have even picked up new sponsors, so where do we begin? Pick up one of our 2013 flyers and you will see just how much support we have and we want to thank all of our sponsors for all their support. With out the sponsors we couldn’t have made this event what it was and will be.

(Whip Appeal): What is the contact information for someone wanting to be apart of LST 2013, either as a sponsor or show car registrant?

(Lonnie of LST):  You can email us at: lonestarthrowdown@yahoo.com or visit our web site at www.lonestarthrowdown.com

(Whip Appeal):  Any final thoughts or comments on LST before we close?

(Lonnie of LST):  We would like to thank everyone that came out to support us and all the sponsors/vendors for their support as well. We would also like to thank our families for helping us with this event. They did an awesome job working all weekend to help us put this event on.

 

Whip Appeal would like to once again thank and congratulate Lonnie, Radar and the entire LST staff for putting on this great car show.

In closing, a different verse of the same song I opened with says;  “Reminds me of the one I love, deep in the heart of Texas.  Well I am going to spin it this way. LST definetly reminds me of the shows I loved back in the day. They were cool gatherings, no drama and brought like minded people together from all walks of life based on our common interest, the love for custom cars and trucks.

The Lone Star Throwdown…Texas Proud!

(Click to View LST 2013 Presentation and Flyer)

Until next time,

D. Smith aka TheGlossBoss.Com

(Cool Whipz Feature) Karbon Kreationz; The Hot Boyz of Hot Rod Renderings

Karbon Kreationz; The Hot Boyz of Hot Rod Renderings

“Begin with the end in mind”. What a quote and one of my favorites!

This philosophy proved invaluable when I decided to restore my truck and also build a custom trailer to match. I took heed to past lessons learned that, “failing to plan is planning to fail”.

Taking on this project as a novice meant I needed to have as clear a vision up front as to what I was attempting to build. Once the picture was crystal clear, I could then take the necessary steps to successfully build the project I had in mind. After sketching out my design, as best I could on paper, I was able to communicate the goal visually to the paint and body, audio and interior shop of what I was attempting to accomplish. Sharing my sketch with the team put us all on the same page and gave us the best chance for success. I worked the vision out on paper upfront to avoid wasting time and money hiring builders and buying parts and accessories. It took a few years from start to finish but, I was able to stay on task to completion because I knew exactly what I wanted the end result to look like. Ahh…the thrill of victory!

I’ve seen all too often however, guys excited and passionate about building their projects only to be met with failure, due to poor planning up front. As enthusiasts taking on projects alone, we miss the target at times because we don’t have a clear image of what we are aiming for. The problem compounds and we can end up wasting precious time stopping mid-way through a build to tear down, only to begin again in a new direction. The snowball effect starts to develop. The budget is blown and we have to spend additional money as a result of taking a new direction. Once frustration sets in and the finances dry up, what is often left is a trail of unfinished projects we attempt to unload on craigslist for a fraction of what we sunk into this shattered dream. That’s exactly what it becomes when the dream is not written down, or rendered in this case, therefore it became an expensive and glorified wish instead of a sustainable project with a clear target, (deep sigh)…the agony of defeat.

Hot rodders and custom car enthusiasts have no fear, the dynamic duo, Bill and Scott Denham are here!

Bill and Scott are brothers whom I’ve termed, the hot boyz in hot rod renderings. They own and operate Karbon Kreationz, an automotive design and graphics firm formed in 2010. Their mission is to equip the custom car community of builders, fabricators and enthusiasts with high quality digital renderings that will arm them upfront for a successful build in the end. The brothers are very passionate about capturing the ideas and dreams of their clients and then transferring them into works of art. Karbon Kreationz is a young company however Bill and Scott are not neophytes when it comes to rods and custom cars. Their involvement in the car culture can be attributed to their father Bill, who passed the torch and love for modified cars that have both the show and the go, on to his sons.

Karbon Kreationz is high performance, just as the automotive renderings they create and design for clients. The company is growing fast and in 2011, their first year of operation, the firm garnered the attention of Truckin’ Magazine and was featured in the December 2011 edition of  this industry leading publication (click to view).  The momentum from 2011 propelled them into the new year and already they are well into their 2012 SEMA build; Carter’s SS Trailblazer (Click to view).

Bill and Scott are thankful for such a successful start off the line but don’t plan to stare much in the rearview. Instead, they’re looking forward, focused on helping their clients turn dreams to reality as demand pushes them into a promising future.

Karbon Kreationz is a high intensity graphics design company that’s pushing the creative envelope. If you are contemplating building your dream ride or planning to update your street rod, Bill and Scott will help you crystallize your idea by providing you with a tangible and high quality rending of what your ride will resemble when complete. To find out more about Karbon Kreationz and their full line of services here: (Karbon Kreationz Site).

View this slideshow presentation of renderings by Karbon Kreationz here: (Karbon Kreationz Slide-Show Presentation)

 

Until Next Time,

D. Smith/aka TheGlossBoss.Com

Wrap It Up If You’re On The Road Alot!

Wrap It Up; Benefits of Vehicle Wrapping and 10 Houston Companies that Can Do It For You

 If you are like me, an entrepreneur with a mobile business, you are always searching for cost effective yet highly efficient ways to promote your product or service. I have advertised on radio, cable TV as well as print media but if my research proves correct, these media types can’t measure up, reach times cost per advertising dollar spent, to commercial vehicle wrapping.

Since my next move is vehicle wrapping and I have already started researching the benefits and companies around town that can potentially provide this service to me, I again wanted to share it with those of you that read my blog.

A vehicle wrap, when well thought out and correctly applied, can be invaluable in getting your company name, service, new product or upcoming event out quickly and effectively. The concept is quite simple, the more you drive your vehicle around town to various client appointments, the more your brand gets seen and your message gets out. Keep in mind, not only are drivers noticing your vehicle wrap but predestrians also.

One vehicle wrap can generate between 30,000-70,000 impressions per day. If you drive your vehicle an average of 15,000 miles annually, you will have placed your message in front of 9 million vehicles. This figure  is not  even taking into account the number of passengers in those vehicles or even the pedestrians that may have noticed your brand as it passed. When compared to some of the other forms of media I mentioned earlier, including radio and cable, in which I paid monthly and billboards which can cost $1,000’s per month,  a vehicle wrap is a one time payment that can last from 3-7 years. Below are a few additional metrics to consider.

You can save 90% or more with a vehicle wrap vs. a billboard! A vehicle wrap can return 2,520 impressions per dollar spent on advertising. That figure represents 5600% better than radio spots, 7,200% better than a fixed location billboard and 252,000% better than those postcards that often gets trashed. What a way to impact your budget when you absolutely must get the biggest bang for your limited bucks!

A vehicle wrap empowers you to take your advertising with you out on the road. It gives you the control of putting your brand and message in front of the people. Now traffic jams are not a burden or hassle but another opportunity for your product or service to get noticed.

If you are located in Houston, TX and are looking for a few companies that provide vehicle wrapping services, check out these 10 I have listed below.

 10 Vehicle Wraps Companies in Houston 

  1. Graphix Emporium: http://gfxwraps.com/
  2. Image Graphix: http://vehiclewrapshouston.com/index.html
  3. Xtickers Design: http://xtickers.com/vehicle-wraps.html
  4. WrapItUSA.com: http://wrapitusa.com/
  5. HoustonWraps.Com: http://houstonwraps.com/
  6. Chameleon Wraps and Graphics: http://chameleonwraps.com/
  7. Wraps of Houston: http://wrapsofhouston.com/
  8. Two Way Signs and Graphics: http://www.signsbannerswraps-houston.com/
  9. Wrap Stars: http://www.thewrapstars.com/
  10. Houston Custom Wraps: http://houstoncustomwraps.com/

 Until Next Time,

D. Smith aka TheGlossBoss.Com (Luxury Mobile Detailing)

“For A Shine You Can’t Refuse”

(Cool Whipz Feature) A Hot Bike Born from Adversity-Built for Victory: GAME OVER

Defeat is not always bad especially if you can process it correctly. Never under estimate the heart of a champion. A champion will transform a trial into triumph, a stumbling block into a stepping-stone and ultimately the agony of defeat into the thrill of victory! Such was the case for Mike Pruss of South Florida Choppers. After losing at a bike competition to a bike with a friction drive, Pruss challenged himself and his team to return with a vengeance. The end result would be a twin turbo charged chopper (did I mention it had a friction drive) that would place 12th overall on the biggest stage, the World Championship of Bike Building. The bike went on to grace the cover of Hot Bike Magazine in 2006. From that point on, not only has this bike changed the game, it’s Game Over!

Game Over has blazed many trails over the years including the path from Florida to Houston, Texas and into the garage of its most recent owner Davilon Carter. Carter, an avid custom car and bike enthusiast and owner of SouthCoastOnline.Net, a motorcycle accessory e-commerce site, has owned Game Over for a few years and has made modifications of his own to the bike.

Carter recently sold “Game Over” and is currently in the beginning stages of building a new “Cool Whip” that we will also be profiling soon.

Be sure to visit SouthCoastOnline.Net for your motorcycle acessories and apparel.

Click on the link below for more photos and the slide show presentation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFzMK-2xEQc

Below are the original build specs as well as current modifications.

Bike Name: Game Over

Year-Make-Model Of Bike: 2007 South Florida Chopper

Owner Name: Davilon Carter of SouthCoastOnline.Net

Fully Customized by: SFC/ Davilon Carter of SouthCoastOnline.Net

Total build time: 3 months

Wheels and size on front and back: Speed Point one-off custom: Front-21×3.25 Rear-18×10.5 w/ 10” offset

Exhaust: One-off custom 2 into 1 Hot Shot Jet Coat

Custom paint by and color: Timberland Green/ Frost Pearl

Painter: Mike Pruss

Frame: Modified Martin Brothers Trend Kill

Motor: S&S Evo 96″

Transmission: Custom Chrome RSD six-speed (suicide/ jockey shift)

Drive: Custom friction drive

Suspension: Tricky Air/ Rigid

Hand/ Foot Controls: Performance Machine

Brakes: Pro Fab Trans Brake (no caliper/ rotors)

Newsworthy Info: Game Over was featured on cover of Hot Bike Magazine. Placed 12th overall out of 158 entries in the AMD World Championships of Bike Building. Won numerous awards and shows. Twin turbos were removed and replaced by a PSI Genesis Big Air carb.

Until Next Time,

D. Smith/aka TheGlossBoss.Com

***Do you have a custom car, bike, truck or suv? If you would like it profiled on our blog, send an email to D. Smith of WhipAppealBlog at: glossboss201@gmail.com***

The Ecolution is Not Being Televised; Green is the NOW Color of Clean!

3 Specific Eco-Friendly Solutions to Traditional Car Wash Water-Waste, Toxic Run-Off and Harsh Chemicals

Just in case you have not been paying attention, many industry sectors are taking more responsibility for their products and processes and are focusing on more eco-friendly ways to produce their goods or deliver their services. The auto detail industry is no different and is also following suit. Habits are being changed both by choice as well as out of necessity.

Three problems exist with the traditional method of washing cars. They are as follows:

  1. Water-waste
  2. Toxic/Storm Water Run-off
  3. Harsh Chemicals

As it relates to water waste, the traditional commercial car wash uses approximately 45 gallons of water per vehicle to wash. The average person uses between 80-140 gallons of water to wash their automobile at home (International Car Wash Association). The traditional methods of car-washing requires an enormous amount of water and in many areas where drought and lack of reliable water supply is a concern, new laws and legislation are forcing improvements. Drought and other types of water restrictions will increasingly play a role in limiting the amount of water available for you to wash your vehicle.

Another major issue in the car wash and auto detailing industry are the chemicals and soaps used to clean the exteriors, interiors and engines of automobiles. Many of the buffing products contain a high degree of solvents, some wheel cleaners have acids and many of the all purpose cleaners and degreasers have a high ph concentration of alkaline. Not only are these harsh chemicals bad on the environment, they are no good for you either. There are alternative products available that will reduce or cut out your exposure altogether, to many of these dangerous chemicals and will deliver the same or even better clean and shine to your vehicle.

The biggest issue environmentally is contamination. What happens to all the harsh chemicals that run off the vehicle and on to the ground after the car wash process? The polluted water runoff containing solvents, grease, oil, debris and metals that come from both the soaps and chemicals used and off the cars being washed are often rinsed into the storm drains right from the driveways and parking lots where the washing takes place.  The toxic discharge often finds its way from the drains into the rivers and water ways where it can have adverse effects on the ecosystem.

There are 3 specific alternatives, to the traditional car wash method, I use at my company, Gloss Boss Luxury Auto Detailing, that can reduce or cut out water waste, harsh chemicals and contaminated water run-off.

1.     Optimum No Rinse:

http://www.optimumcarcare.com/onrwns.php

No Rinse Wash & Shine is the most technologically advanced car wash system that only requires 1-2 gallons of water to wash the entire car. No Rinse Wash & Shine does not require rinsing since there are no soapy surfactants to wash off into the storm drains.

This unique product contains substantive polymers which bond to the paint and protect it during the wash. Therefore, No RinseWash & Shine offers greater protection and lubricity than conventional car washes leaving a sleek & glossy finish behind afterwards. The waste water in the bucket can be used to water the lawn or disposed of into a sink, where it will be treated!

Additional benefits are faster washes, ability to wash anywhere at anytime including washing inside the garage during the cold months, no messy water runoffs, and greater looking car finishes.
No RinseWash & Shine can also be used to wash motorhomes, motorcycles, boats etc.

Directions: Add 1 oz. of Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine to 2 gallons of water in a bucket. Soak a plush microfiber towel into the wash solution and wash one section at a time till it is completely clean. Dry the section using a clean plush microfiber towel.

2.     Therma-Kleen Vapor steam cleaning:

http://www.therma-kleen.com/vapor_steam_cleaners/ts_10.html

Vapor steam cleaning is new and improved technology that is specifically designed for cleaning automobiles inside and out. The Vapor Steamer uses a high pressure steam, produced by the pressure-adjustable efficient boiler to quickly blow off the dust, smear and dirt on all kind of vehicles surface. Probably the most unbelievable quality about this machine is that it has no water run-off and only uses an amazing 2 liters (1/2 gallon)! That’s less water than some of us drink in a day. There is no water discharge or run-off with this steamer so, there is no need for a drain or collection tank (a lot of places around the Country, requires (by law), for a mobile car wash / detail unit to have it).

Vapor Steam machines are safe and mild enough to use on all car surfaces and finishes. The car is sprayed with safe steam using a temperature approximately of 60 degrees C (140 F), leaving it clean and without HARMING or SCRATCHING it. This is normally used with cars that have daily uses (work, home, school etc…) with mild dirt on its surface.

3.     Freedom Waterless Car Wash

http://freedomwaterlesscarwash.com/

Freedom Waterless Car Wash products are water-based, readily biodegradable and an “Eco Friendlier” option from soap & water and the mess it creates. This option saves Water, Time, Money and Effort. It gives a superior shine lasts for weeks…maybe even months. It’s the safer, “greener” option to soap and water.

Freedom Waterless Car Wash has been designed as a high-end car-care product for use on any car, truck, bike, boat or plane. It is made with the finest ingredients available. Our waterless car wash product s allows you the ability to clean without using soaps, buckets and water hoses. All you need is two towels and a bottle of our product.

How to use Freedom WaterlessWash

  • Spray waterless car wash product onto surface and onto a damp, folded microfiber towel
  • Gently rub in the waterless car wash product with this first damp, folded microfiber towel
  • Quickly buff off with a secondary clean, dry, folded microfiber towel, before it dries.
  • Repeat steps 1-3 until car is clean. Follow detailed instructions on the bottle.

The Ecolution in the car wash and auto detailing industry is not being televised however, if you pay close attention you will notice the subtle changes occurring all around you in condo parking garages, mall parking lots and next door neighbor drive-ways all acrossAmerica.

Until next time,

D.Smith aka TheGlossBoss.Com.

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