Watercooler: Shaggy and Sting Showcase the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, Truckers Gather to Pay Tribute to Burt Reynolds, and More
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5Shaggy and Sting Showcase the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth
The Fiat 124 Spider Abarth takes a starring role alongside Sting & Shaggy in the official music video for their new track, “Gotta Get Back My Baby” – the latest single off their album, 44/876, which has spent 17 weeks atop the Billboard Reggae chart.
The official YouTube music video, which amassed over 2.3 million views in just a few days, was filmed in the vein of ’80s and ’90s buddy cop television series and movies including “Miami Vice” and “Bad Boys,” and was directed by Michael Garcia. The video pairs Sting and Shaggy as two Miami detectives who convince their Captain that they’re “going to need the Spider” – meaning his prized Fiat 124 Spider Abarth – as part of their South Beach stake-out for “the most dangerous woman in the country.”
“We continue to strive for the unexpected in our marketing efforts across all FCA brands, and certainly here, the FIAT brand’s fun-spirited personality gives us the opportunity to be just a little bit more adventurous and playful in our approach with our music partners,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of the FIAT Brand, FCA. “The Fiat 124 Spider Abarth is incredibly honored to play the role of side-kick to such legendary and audacious artists as Sting and Shaggy in their latest music video.”
Sting & Shaggy have extended their collaboration to the road for a lauded world tour, combining their respective bands to perform their greatest hits as well as new songs off 44/876, together.
4Truckers Gather to Pay Tribute to Burt Reynolds
Small Business in Transportation Coalition (“SBTC”) President James Lamb announced today that truckers from across America met up in Texarkana, TX at the Texarkana Convention Center during the September 29-30, 2018 weekend late last month to pay homage to the late great mega movie star Burt Reynolds. Reynolds passed away in Florida on September 6th at the age of 82.
According to Lamb, the tribute event included a memorial ceremony and film festival honoring Reynolds’ life and career, which were open to the public. Films including “Smokey and the Bandit,” “The Cannonball Run,” and “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” were played throughout the day for Reynolds’ fans. The memorial program was attended by the Honorable Mayors Bob Bruggeman and Ruth Penny-Bell of Texarkana, TX and Texarkana, AR, respectively.
Reynolds was best known and beloved for his role as “The Bandit” in the classic 1977 movie “Smokey and the Bandit” and the sequel films that followed. In that original American action comedy film, which was the second highest-grossing domestic film of 1977, Wealthy Texan Big Enos Burdette and his son Little Enos seek a truck driver willing to bootleg Coors beer to Georgia for their refreshment. Truck drivers who had been hired previously had been caught and arrested by “Smokey” (CB slang for highway patrol officers, referring to the Smokey Bear–type hats worn in some states) who is played by Jackie Gleason. The Burdettes find Reynolds’ character, the legendary trucker Bo “Bandit” Darville, competing in a truck rodeo at Lakewood Fairgrounds in Atlanta. They offer the Bandit $80,000 to haul 400 cases of Coors beer from Texarkana, Texas back to Atlanta in 28 hours.
3Tesla Owner Plans to Drive Through All 48 States
Arizona resident Steve Sasman is currently 42 states deep into a 48 state trek across the USA in his 2012 Tesla Model S which now has almost 170,000 miles.
Who says you can’t take a Tesla on a roadtrip? “Not only can you road trip, it’s hands down the best road trip vehicle in the world,” said Sasman. “At most charging stops, the car is ready before you’re done eating, using the restroom or catching up on some work. You arrive feeling relaxed and refreshed, not fried & frazzled especially if you use AutoPilot. The fact it costs nothing is an amazing bonus.”
He’s currently driven 10,000 miles on the trip… all at no cost thanks to the free lifetime SuperCharging that Tesla offers.
Since Tesla doesn’t advertise, very few people are aware that Free SuperCharging for Life (with an owner referral) ended. This is one of the reasons Sasman is on the trip. He doesn’t want anyone to miss out on this incredible perk. Sasman says, “If another automaker offered free gas for life, they would sell millions of cars the first week.”
However, it’s amazing how many people don’t know Tesla offers the equivalent of free gas. Yes, Teslas are a bit more expensive up front, but cost almost nothing to use and maintain.
Not only has Sasman already saved about $1200 in gas on this trip, but thanks to Tesla’s “Camper Mode” he’s also saved about $1200 on lodging on the first 38 nights of the trip. Camper Mode allows the Tesla to keep the A/C or heat on all night so you can sleep in perfect comfort on the airbed with the back seats folded down.
Sasman will be the first person to drive his Tesla to all 108 Tesla stores in the lower 48 States.
2Sunoco Wins Guinness World Record for Most Vehicles Refueled in One Hour - Thanks to an App!
On October 27th, 2018, Sunoco succeeded in its attempt to prove that its new app is the fastest way for consumers to fill their vehicle’s tanks and pay for fuel. The team set an Official New Guinness World Record title for most vehicles refueled in one hour – a grand total of 148 vehicles. The record-setting feat took place during a NASCAR-inspired event complete with a NASCAR pit crew fuelman, pace car, spotters, and Lap Counter Board.
“We’re thrilled to have set a new Guinness World Record title to prove that our new Sunoco app is the fastest way to fuel,” said Sandy Deiters, Senior Marketing Director at Sunoco LP. “The app is free to use, and customers can just tap, pump and go.”
At 12:01 pm, a string of vehicles began lining up at 12 designated pumps at Sunoco (134-45 Cross Bay Blvd) in Jamaica, Queens, New York, looking to score a free tank of gas and to be a part of Sunoco history. At 1:00 pm, the official one-hour countdown clock was initiated, and each spotter prompted the Sunoco app for payment. The official pumper, John Gianninoto, raced to beat the clock as each spotter waived a green flag when a vehicle at their designated pump was ready to be filled. Once the tank was filled, the spotters waived a checkered flag, signaling for John to close the pump and cueing for the next vehicle to drive up. In order to qualify as a fill-up, at least half a tank of gas was pumped for each car. At 2:00 pm, an air horn signaled the end of the event.
11998 Subaru Forester Maxes Out at One Million Km
Since buying a first generation Subaru Forester in 1998, musician Jerner Jung from Slovenia has driven a lot. To be exact, he has reached 1 million kilometers – the equivalent of driving 25 laps around the world.
Jerner, also known as Jerry, recalls the moment he reached 1 million kilometers while driving in his hometown of Ljubljana as the car’s odometer clicked round and got stuck on 999,999 kilometers: “I was constantly checking the odometer because I thought it would be automatically restarted to 0 kilometers. So I took pictures before because I expected no one would believe me. To my pleasant surprise, it got stuck at 999,999 kilometers.”
In the two decades he’s had the vehicle, Jerry has never seen his Forester break down. “I always paid attention to its regular maintenance, and this car still retains about 70% of its original parts to this day.” Subaru Europe President and CEO, Masamichi Kudo said: “We congratulate Jerry for this great achievement and also for taking good care of his Subaru. This Forester reaching the 1 million kilometer mark is further proof of our cars’ longevity, built to last longer.”
Subaru has established a reputation for making tough cars to withstand the effects of both the elements and time. Over 97% of the Subaru vehicles sold in Europe in the last 10 years are still on the road today, according to a review of IHS Markit European vehicles in operation in December 2016.