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WEST TEXAS

By: Jennifer Simonson
The skies over West Texas are the area number four of the seven best spots on Earth for stargazing making it the perfect place for an amateur photographer like myself to attempt to capture the Milky Way on film. I opted to bypass the uber trendy town of Marfa and stay in the more laid back town of Marathon about half-a-hour north of Big Bend National Park. I arrived in Marathon near 5 pm and checked into the whimsical Eve’s Garden Bed and Breakfast.

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The brightly colored domes and arches of the bed and breakfast create a feeling described as “Through the Looking Glass.” Fragrant roses, bougainvillea and seasonal flowers fill the open-air atrium between rooms. After unloading my suitcase I set out to explore the town of 400 people. Two hours is more than enough time to wander through the local art galleries, gift shops and 27-acre gardens.

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The Gage Hotel is the town’s historic hotel. Built by a ranch owner in 1927, the boutique hotel offers a heated pool, spa and full-service restaurant to revive weary travelers. The mission-style adobe building decked out in cow skulls, suede blankets and leather hides will not let you forget you are in Texas.

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The cloud build up from storms blowing through ensured I would not be taking photos that evening. Instead I headed to the Gage’s White Buffalo Bar to relax with an El Carranza, the house margarita, before moving in to the 12-Gage Restaurant for dinner. I originally eyed the Blackened Scallops over a Black Eyed Pea Fritter, but thought given the cow-hide covered leather chairs and cowboy decor the Beef Tenderloin Filet with green chili scalloped potatoes would be a more appropriate entree choice.

I woke up early the next day to head into the park. More than 800,000 acres spread out over the high desert terrain of the Chisos Mountains. The park is simply too big to explore in a day. A park ranger told me to start at the Santa Elena Canyon. West Texas 5

The canyon straddles the United States and Mexico border. With 1500-foot canyon walls, it is considered one of the the most dramatically beautiful areas in the park. Many visitors canoe the 20-mile portion of the Rio Grande River that runs through the canyon. While others, like myself, hike down to the river then walk along the canyon walls while occasionally taking a dip in the water.

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That night I drove to the nearby ghost town of Terlingua to set up for photos. The evening was cloudy, so after checking Facebook (thank goodness for the Chevy’s Wi-Fi capabilities) I took a nap in the back of the truck. I awoke just before 5 a.m., as the Milky Way began to rise over the horizon. The clouds had dissipated leaving behind a blanket of stars filling the night’s sky. I spent the 90 minutes adjusting my shutter speed, moving the tripod to capture the best angle trying to take as many shots as I could before the sun rose. But for a few minutes I put aside my camera aside, stared into space and thought about how at one point in time people used the stars to guide their travels, navigate their ships, plant their crops and find their place in the world. I tried to take it all in before the stars retreated in sun’s first light. Then I packed up the 2018 Suburban for the long and dusty drive back to Austin.

2017 FORD EXPLORER PLATINUM SERIES

photos × story: Vaughn Lowery

No one wants to recieve the dreaded call that a loved one has transitioned. As of late, I received that call. My father had passed and thus; I had to dessiminate the news to my 4 older siblings. Once funeral arrangements were planned, we all hurried down to Detroit to be reunited for his services.

Because our father drove and highly revered his 1983 scarlet red Ford Fairmont with matching interior, we resolved to reach out to Ford about possibly testing one of their models in his honor – the 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum Series

This variant of the Ford Explorer is arguably one of the most gorgeous in their lineup. Their engineers and designers, by using sustainable textiles and green manufacturing, have raised the bar. Ruby red enamel coats the exterior alongside a set of 20″ bright machine faced wheels. The grille appears to be refreshed, adorning LED foglamps and power folding side view mirrors. The overall look and feel of the vehicle is classy and a great deal more sophisticated than previous configurations. 

Underneath the hood is a 3.5L V6 twin turbo ecoboost powerplant – pushing 365hp with 350lb-ft torque. Drivetrain has a terrain selector for gravel, sand, snow and grass. Sport mode can be activated via pedal shifters behind the heated steering wheel or shifter box. Weighing in at around 5000lbs, this husky vehicle gets around 16mpg city, 22mpg highway and 18mpg combined – this came in handy as we chauffeured family members to and from the airport.

Inside the cabin is a step in the right direction for Ford: signature leather seats/floor mats, branded scuff plates, dual moonroof, second row middle console with bucket seats and third row power folding back seats (60/40 split). Furthermore, this car has loads of brains – keyless entry, remote start, cruise control, parallel park assist. The 8.2 inch display infotainment unit is powered by Sync 3 with larger icons/interface. It possesses Bluetooth capabilities, audio control, app screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Audio. 

Standout features which were reminiscent of a Range Rover – highly adaptive headlights and 180 degree front/back camera. This gave us additional comfort while we darted back and forth from downtown Detroit to Bloomfield Hills – some of the roads tend to be dark, wooded with limited street lamps. In addition, being able to load the vehicle with a simple foot swivel under the back tailgate easily allowed us to pack our dad’s ashes.

In short, the full-size six-passenger 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum Series lent excellent support to our family during an extremely tough time. And at a cost roughly $55,000 USD for all of the technology and innovation, it’s well worth every cent.

POLARIS SLINGSHOT

Story: Vaughn Lowery × Anthony Sovinsky 

Photos: Tyren Redd 

You’ve been working all winter for a chance to display the fruits of your labor during the hottest time of the year – summer!  What better way to stunt than in a new 2017 Polaris Slingshot SLR on a sunny California day. Sure, a motobike is a great option, but if you don’t possess a motorcycle license and/or the skills to drive one, it can be a very daunting process.  Problem solved – the Slingshot slightly encompasses the aesthetics of a motorcycle with less red tape (in the state of California) because it can be operated with a basic driver’s license (search licensing requirements in your state here and/or contact your local law enforcement agency for details).

What exactly is the Slingshot? It’s a three-wheeled car, delivering an emotion which can’t be evoked by any car or motorcycle – it’s in a league of its own. In the rear, its opened frame sits on one 20″ 305mm wide rear Kenda Tire attached to an enormous swing arm which rides on a color matching coilover. Up front, they’re two 18″ wheels attached to two forged aluminum control arms, making it 77.2 inches wide and creating a longer wheelbase than a Lamborghini Huracan. 

With 0-60 MPH in 5.3 seconds, the SLR is propelled by a 173HP 2.4L DOCH 4-cylinder engine with a 5-speed manual transmission (approximately 1762lbs with 163LB-FT torque). The vehicle is light enough for quick acceleration and maneuverability. Even with a passenger, there’s an occasional sideways take off with an aggressive 1st to 2nd gear shift alongside of a slight burnout. 

On the other hand, the breaking and suspension is soft so allow yourself a few hours to adjust. And, if you decide to travel on an interstate highway with trucks, the short windguard isn’t enough to protect your face against rocks and debris. We recommend wearing protective headwear; or at minimum, rock some shades alongside of a folded bandana wrapped around the forehead. Moreover, you should use tons of sunscreen to combat harsh UV rays. Lastly, if it rains, don’t fret because the interior is completely waterproof with small openings in the floor to release access water.

The SLR comes in 2 distinct colors, Orange Madness and Turbo Silver, both showcasing eye-catching full body graphics. The interior contains two race-inspired bucket seats with 3-point harness and Sparco touch points that include the steering wheel, shift knob as well pedal covers. Ergonomic seats and adjustable steering wheel allow you to create an optimal driving experience. Also, comes standard with locked key storage cabinets behind both seats for your helmet (wearing protective headgear is optional within the state of California) and/or small cargo (light jacket, a bag of groceries, etc.). 

For late night excursions, SLR has an ambient interior LED lighting kit (toggles between white or blue) to add some visibility inside the cockpit. This sporty trimobile also features a premium Rockford Fosgate speaker system which drowns out most engine noise while also allowing bystanders to enjoy your music taste levels. The 4.3-inch screen display shows media that’s currently being played and back up display automatically turns on when vehicle goes into reverse, remedying tons of blind spots. In addition, the infotainment system comes with Bluetooth capability for both audio/smartphone coupled with USB connectivity which can be retrieved from inside glove compartment. 

The 2017 Polaris Slingshot SLR is undoubtedly one of a kind, giving you an unmatched driving experience with the thrill of a motorcycle but the drivability of a mini roadster (or a convertible Mazda Miata). At around $28,499 USD, the SLR is an attractive choice for this summer’s automotive toy to share with both your friends and family. 

#PolarisSlingshot is #360Recommended for #GoodTimes!!!

For additional information on Polaris Slingshot SLR visit here.

About Polaris
For millions of people around the world, Minnesota’s Polaris has become synonymous with adventure and passion, in both work and play. For more than 60 years, they’ve been making high-quality, breakthrough products—whether it’s launching the snowmobile industry, reinventing ATV categories year after year, developing the first purpose-built military vehicles or introducing a radical 3-wheel moto-roadster.

From their entrepreneurial roots as a mechanical shop, they’ve grown into one of the world’s largest Powersports companies. And in recent years, they’ve expanded beyond Powersports into adjacent markets, like commercial and military vehicles, where they can add value. Today, Polaris offers a diverse portfolio of best-in-class brands.

http://www.polaris.com 

SLINGSHOT INTRODUCES 2018 MODEL LINEUP

INDUSTRY-LEADING RIDE COMMAND® INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM 

New Slingshot SLR LE Headlines Expanded 2018 Model Year Lineup

Featuring Enhanced Performance and Styling

Slingshot®, the three-wheeled, open-air cockpit roadster that has taken the industry to the edge since its introduction in 2014, today announced its 2018 model lineup with select offerings boasting its industry-leading Ride Command® infotainment system. Headlining the 2018 models is the all-new Slingshot SLR LE. Representing the biggest improvements since its introduction, the new Slingshot lineup takes style, performance, and technology to a whole new level. 

The 2018 Slingshot lineup consists of Slingshot S, SL, SLR and SLR LE. The all new, industry-leading 7” multi-touch Ride Command is available as an accessory for Slingshot S, and comes standard in SL, SLR, and SLR LE models. Ride Command is equipped with great features like phone integration, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and customizable vehicle information screens. Additionally, Ride Command offers turn-by-turn navigation in the SLR and SLR LE models as standard equipment and can be added as an accessory upgrade to the S and SL models.

Slingshot’s ultra-premium SLR LE packs a suite of offerings, including BILSTEIN 10-way adjustable suspension, 200w Rockford Fosgate® audio, premium sport seats with color-matched side bolsters, two-tone Ghost Gray with Lime Squeeze painted accents, and special edition graphics. 

“The introduction of Ride Command merges modern conveniences of today’s latest technology with Slingshot’s high-adrenaline riding experience,” said Kevin Reilly, VP, Marketing –Slingshot. “The addition of the SLR LE rounds out our vehicle offerings with a premium model for those who demand the absolute best.”

Slingshot’s 2018 models offer an unmatched riding experience at a variety of price points that will begin to reach dealers in September 2017. The Slingshot S will be available starting at $19,999 in Gloss Black, an entry-level price point making it a more affordable means to experience an exhilarating driving experience only Slingshot can provide. Starting at $25,499, the SL will come in Navy Blue and Sunset Red, while the SLR starts at $28,999 and introduces a new Electric Blue color to the line-up. The popular SLR Orange Madness will continue for 2018. In a limited run, the Slingshot SLR LE will be available starting at $30,999 in a two-tone Ghost Gray with Lime-Squeeze painted accents.

Owners can personalize and customize their Slingshot with dozens of Slingshot Engineered Accessories, including premium 200-watt Rockford Fosgate audio kit, quilted comfort seats or add custom style with the all new rear fender*. Additionally, owners can add Slingshot’s industry-leading Ride Command system to their Slingshot S, or enhance their S or SL’s capabilities by adding the Ride Command Navigation system. Most of the vehicle accessories are offered in a variety of factory color-matched options, which allow consumers to truly customize their Slingshots.

*Rear fender only available in the United States.

For more information about Slingshot visit PolarisSlingshot.com. Follow us at Facebook.com/PolarisSlingshot, @Slingshot on Twitter and @polarisslingshot on Instagram.

About Polaris    

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader that has been fueling the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 60 years. With annual 2016 sales of $4.5 billion, Polaris’ innovative, high-quality product line-up includes the RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; the Sportsman® and Polaris ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, Switchback®and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets globally include military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electricvehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. 

Visit www.polaris.com for more information.