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The Neon Museum

By Jeff Langlois

The four-hour drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas consists mostly of the pristine and sprawling landscape of the Mojave. Travelers who make the trip after work and into the night know they’ve crossed into Nevada when the subtle glow on the horizon becomes increasingly stronger. This glow shines from Vegas’ unique neon signs. The iconic Vegas neon signs are more than glowing advertisements, they are pieces of history, and a nonprofit institution called The Neon Museum celebrates them.

Many of these historic works of art have been donated to The Neon Museum. One of these donations is the eighty-two foot tall Gibson Les Paul known as the Hard Rock. Another shining relic that can be found at the museum is the Andy Anderson sign of the neon milkman. Anderson Dairy was a staple in Las Vegas ever since its establishment in 1907 and the deliverymen were the source of fresh milk, since citizens of Las Vegas didn’t yet have refrigeration. Some signs ironically look like modern art sculptures, like the pool player made of sheets of metal, welded together to advertise Doc & Eddys pool hall. These monumental pieces of history transport visitors to a vintage version of the Las Vegas strip.

The Nevada Arts Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Nevada Humanities are among the various organizations supporting the space; which also can hold weddings, photo/video shoots, and events in general. For all ages, The Neon Museum has proven to be an unmissable intersection of Vegas history, rugged Americana, and creativity. Stroll through the museum for a uniquely retro stroll that will be sure to brighten your evening!

neon museum, 360 magazine, vaughn lowery
neon museum, 360 magazine, vaughn lowery
Mavic 2 Pro, drones, 360 MAGAZINE, Jeff Langlois

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

By Jeff Langlois

The outdoors have become much more visually interesting in recent years, extending the vantage point of hikers, city-goers, and overall creatives alike. One central point of concern for landscape photographers is the weight of their packs, and how much equipment they’re willing to bring, versus the reward. The fact that an option for high-resolution aerial images can be nestled in the top compartment of a backpack is a technological revolution alone. Lifting a Hasselblad camera high in the air just a few years ago would have cost a pretty penny. Now DJI is doing just that with the Mavic 2 Pro, but at a modest price of $1,800.

One of the drone’s most impressive capabilities is reflected in conditions in which creatives can fly it. As every outdoorsman knows, the more scenic areas come often with high winds e.g., coastlines, high peaks, and sprawling deserts. While it’s easy for the wind to blow and disrupt a 32-ounce Mavic 2 Pro, the gimbal stabilization system counterbalances those tilts and turns to keep the 4K image smooth and steady. DJI offers a smart controller with a viewing screen, but when it’s important to preserve weight, plugging a smartphone into the basic controller will operate the drone to its full capacity.

There’s an option to purchase the Care Refresh Package to insure any damages on the drone for the year, so these creators can feel more comfortable pushing the envelope to get dynamic shots. This $150 yearly policy was good to have when shooting Ethan Solu surfing in Morro Bay, or capturing the unforgiving and exotic sand dunes of the Mojave Desert. The Mavic 2 Pro is proving to surpass expectations in terms of image quality, transportation, and price. Creatives are eager to see what DJI has in store for the future.

Anthony Sovinsky, Jeff Langlois, Polaris SLINGSHOT, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery, auto, motorcycle

2020 POLARIS SLINGSHOT

By Anthony Sovinsky × Vaughn Lowery

Our first encounter with the ostentatious 3-wheeled Polaris Slingshot in 2018 was nothing short of sensational. We swept the Los Angeles landscape from the top of Culver City to Downtown. We instantly became famous as trails of head turns, bystanders taking secret photos and the occasional stranger asking for a ride as if they knew us became all too normal. The Minnesota native was breaking all the rules with its prototype, leaving those in its presence dazed and confused, but wanting in on a piece of the action.

Fast forward to 2020 and all the electric appeal remains the same, but with some favorable enhancements; most of which have been geared toward performance, drivability and ergonomics.

Design

As of late, the Slingshot remains nearly identical to its previous models except with upgraded premium paint jobs and graphics for added flare. It has a superhero like demeanor that resembles the updated Batmobile as seen in “The Dark Knight,” 2008. The front of the vehicle posses a race car like stance with a ground clearance of 5.4 inches and a wheelbase of 105 inches. This helps keep the roadster confidently planted no matter your driving style. Next, we are met with large aggressive fender flares that allow for the updated cast aluminum 18 inch wheels to fit flawlessly. It has three updated LED headlights; two traditionally placed in front of each tire and one dead center for enhanced illumination of the road. Moving to the rear, we are made aware of the motorcycle inspired design. One 20 inch cast aluminum wheel encased in a 255 / 35R20 Kenda SS-799 tire is attached to a swing arm that delivers its power similar to a motorcycle while also making up most of the rear end appearance (tire sizes are slightly beefier for the R).

Performance

The performance upgrades and drivability make the 2020 a must have. First, the new engine has been engineered in-house and boasts up to 203 horsepower, up from 173 in the R version and up to 178 horsepower in the SL version. Torque figures are a bit lower coming down from 166 lb-ft to 144 lb-ft in the R and 120 lb-ft in the SL. However, the new engine a.k.a Prostar is much more lively generating peak horsepower in the red zone at 8250rpm in the R model and a whomping peak horsepower at 8500rpm in the SL. Moreover, the delivery of power is much more performance oriented than the previous GM Ecotech engine used in years prior. Equally important, the suspension and steering have been retuned to quickly translate driver input accurately and confidently on to the road. The tripod is now well suited for curvy mountain cruises or a round about on the track.

The most notable evolution to the 2020 Slingshot is the AutoDrive transmission. The earlier models were only available in a manual transmission. This inherently excluded those interested in the unruly auto cycle who didn’t possess that particular skill set. So, Polaris leveled the playing field by equipping the SL version with a single clutch, five-speed Magneti Marelli-sourced automated manual transmission as a standard option; and a $1700 option for the R. What’s exceptional about this particular automatic transmission is that you get the best of both worlds – it maintains the performance like shifting of a manual transmission minus all of the extra foot and hand work to go with it. And, it doesn’t stop there, turn on Slingshot mode with a touch of the red button located on the steering wheel and throttle maps and gear ratios adjust for increased responsiveness to the drivers demands. Not to mention, you can enjoy all this performance at 28 miles a gallon with a range of 200 miles per tank.

Ergonomics/Tech

Very little has changed in configuration of the interior except for added comfort and utility. First, the bucket seats and steering wheel are now wrapped in all weather leather finish for a more luxurious feel. The cup holders have been positioned for easy grab and go placement of beverages while En route to wherever your destination. The center console now has an updated place holder that can accommodate today’s larger cell phones and is intuitively placed below the infotainment system. For storage, there is a glove compartment that can hold small items up to the size of a hand bag and two larger storage spaces located behind each seat. All storage spaces have security locks if the vehicle is left unattended.

Several technological enhancements have been addressed to make the Slingshot a viable option for everyday use in todays modern market. The infotainment system is now a 7-inch touch screen and features navigation, rear view back up camera with parking guidance, Bluetooth audio, phone connectivity and displays key logistics of the vehicles condition. In addition, keyless ignition makes it incredibly easy to get in and go or park and leave with the key fob never leaving your pocket or fanny pack. Additionally, auditory pleasure not only comes from the press of the throttle but is now powered by a 100w Rockford-Fosgate sound system. It projects loud enough to easily hear through a helmet and more than enough for your new fans to enjoy your taste in music as you pass by. Furthermore, the steering wheel comes complete with multifunction switchgear to safely control the infotainment system while in motion and a cruise control option for longer highway commutes.

In short, the 2020 Slingshot is the perfect iteration of half sport bike-half sports car and now more user friendly then ever before. Several custom options are available to hook up your rowdy roadster but the base model SL starts at $26,499 and the juiced up R comes in at $30,399.

Pre-order NOW.

(Photos By Jeff Langlois)

Jeff Langlois, Jaguar F Type R Dynamic, 2020, 360 MAGAZINE

Jaguar F-TYPE R-Dynamic

Written by Vaughn Lowery

Photos by Jeff Langlois

Since its inception in 2013, the Jaguar F-Type has been responsible for revolutionizing the sports car industry. With it’s obnoxious exhaust and robust styling, this has come to be one of the most sensual vehicles in the chronicle of the automobile industry.

Design

Reminiscent of an Aston Martin Vantage roadster, this vehicle is sleek and seductive. Caldera red exterior with scarlet red interior. The race-inspired seats cup your derrière with the same type of firmness which NFL players display once a teammate makes a touchdown. Everything along the dashboard is loaded and takes on a minimalist approach to decadence. Contrast stitching intertwined with ambient cabin lighting pushes the driver’s vision. You literally feel like you’re in the cockpit of a fighter jet. LED designer head and tail lamps add a touch of menace to the overall skeleton. 20″ inch wheels on this vehicle’s small frame screams Matchbox hot rod. The infamous R package is badged on the front, sides and back. The skirt, ground effects and active spoiler (which deploys at 70mph) give it an aggressive stance.

Technology

The F Type 10″ infotainment screen is bright and easy to use. With Bluetooth and navigation capabilities, permits the driver to feel even more linked up. 380 watt Meridian stereo system provides a premium sound which mimics an Arclight movie theater experience. Retractable vents on the instrument panel go flush once AC/heating is turned off. The climate control package comes with heated/cooled seats, heated steering wheel and windshield. For 2020, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and front parking sensors are now standard on this manikin.

Safety

With adequate sensors for the driver, lane departure and cruise control keep the vehicle tucked in between the lines of road every bit well as ample space away from vehicles while on extended road trips.

Performance

Behind the wheel of this enthusiast’s ride is a dream come true. The sports seats are outstanding for long distances. The 3.0L supercharged V6 AWD vehicle delivers 380hp and 339lb-ft torque. Agile, responsive and brawny are the best adjectives to describe the overall handling and Powertrain. The steering is accurate and nicely weighted. Of course, the torque vectoring and braking is on par with many of its competitors but nothing to boast about. Let’s face it, if you are seeking a rambunctious roller coaster ride, you may desire to blast out another 50,000 USD for the SVR. And, if you’re in the mood for a manual transmission, then this may not be the sleigh ride for you as it’s no longer offered on this crop.

In short, if you’re in the marketplace for a sybaritic yet sassy vixen that’s just under a 100,000 USD – then this is the car for you. Strong curb appeal, decent gas mileage (mpg: 23 city/30 highway) apace with enough amenities to keep a ‘gadget head’ feigning. The 2020 Jaguar F-Typer R-Dynamic is the benchmark for come-hither coupes, especially with all-wheel drive.

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Jeff Langlois, 360 MAGAZINE, The Mill, LA, photography, fine arts

Jeff Langlois

It took a one-way road trip for Jeff Langlois to cultivate a passion for photography. The adventure to LA brought forth stunning deserts and mountainous peaks, as he drove from Minneapolis through the Rockies – in a 2002 Honda Civic; eager to jumpstart a career at a commercial house called The Mill. The best way to balance out the fast-paced, unpredictable, and ever-changing environment that is advertising, was to break away and see what the west coast really looks like. Traveling solo allowed him to arrive in beautiful destinations and wait for these locations to unveil their scenic characteristics. Jeff notes that the best shots always come unexpectedly. Now while still mainly shooting the outdoors, he plans just enough to get him out and moving around, but his best and most memorable shots come unexpectedly. It’s about showing up and being patient and receptive to what’s going on.