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Photo Release — VWerks Brings Out the Big Guns in Moab

ADRIAN, Mich., April 3, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Venchurs VWerks used the annual Jeep Safari event in beautiful Moab, Utah – home of some of the toughest trails in North America – to take the wraps off its latest ultimate off-road vehicle, the JK8 Recon. The military inspired pickup features a VWerks Hemi V8 conversion, VWerks trail-ready bodywork, VWerks heavy-duty coil suspension that gives the Jeep 1.5 ton hauling capacity, 7/16 bed armor plating and a 360-degree rotary mount machine gun turret in the bed, as well as a full complement of military grade weapon mounts, tools, lighting and ammo boxes.


A photo accompanying this release is available at

Engineered as a rolling test bed for VWerks’ line of off-road and military hardware, Recon is a follow up to the Red Jacket Firearms Jeep JK8 the company debuted at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas that was built for the cast of the Discovery Channel television show Sons of Guns. While Recon started life as a standard 2011 Wrangler JK four-door, it was completely disassembled and rebuilt in the VWerks engineering and fabrication department at Venchurs Vehicle Systems headquarters in Adrian, Michigan as a heavy-duty, trail-ready pickup with V8 power and an array of military hardware.

Highlights include a VWerks Hemi Conversion, which will soon be available to the public featuring a 5.7L VVT Hemi making 390 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 407 lb/ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm, backed by a five speed 5-45RFE automatic transmission upgraded for heavy-duty off-road use. Also of note is the suspension, which not only features a 4-inch lift thanks to the VWerks lift kit, but is now Super HD rated for extreme cargo hauling. Massive 39-inch BFG Krawler Tires are mounted on 17-inch Hutchinson Bead Lock Rims.

Other VWerks exclusives include a Rear Military style Bumper with Clevises and Shackles, a Military trailer Pintle Hook Hitch Combo, Rock Rails, front and rear Genright fenders, a functional cowl induction hood with additional static side vents – all of which are now available to the public through the VWerks website and select dealers.

Inside the Mopar half-doors, the interior features Katzkin leather with dark graphite backing and forest green stitching and VWerks floor mats. Mil-grade switches operate the 9.5ti Thermometric Self-Recovery Warn Winch and PIAA 520 ATP (All-Terrain Pattern) lantern. A custom VWerks canvas cover that shrouds the bed and full roll cage allows occupants to have a complete field of vision outside the vehicle while maintaining operation cover for bed occupants.

A VWerks 7/16 bed armor plate protects occupants and provides a perch for the gunner in chase scenarios, and a full bed cage provides overhead protection, cover and a wide array of mounting points for tools, storage and hardware. Military gear includes a MK93 Machine Gun Mount w/ ammo can, M240 adaptor for a 600-round ammo can and a 360-degree rotary mount with a M2 Ma Deuce Replica machine gun – all by Crane Technologies.

Climbing trails, hauling hardware through tough terrain around the world, the Recon JK8 is further proof that VWerks is on the forefront of premium off-road technology. To learn more about VWerks parts, accessories and complete turn-key vehicles, visit .


Venchurs, Inc. a successful minority owned business located in Adrian, Michigan has been serving the automotive OEM and aftermarket industries for more than 30 years, specializing in kit-packaging, order management, and service based logistics. Combining employee longevity with industry experience, Venchurs provides high quality projects and exceptional customer service. Their newest division, Venchurs Vehicle System incorporates a variety of vehicle programs, including VWerks, which manages, develops and markets specialty vehicle assembly and sales programs and CNG conversions for Ford as a QVM (Qualified Vehicle Modifier). For more information visit or .


Recon Specs

Base Vehicle: 2011 JK Wrangler


  • 5.7l Hemi Conversion – 2011 DS VVT Engine with 390 HP @ 5,600 rpm along with 407 ft-lbs of torque @ 4,000 rpm
  • 5-45RFE Transmission upgraded to all Steel plates and bands
  • Atlas II Dual Stick Transfer Case


  • Axles – Dynatrac complete high clearance, high pinion ProRock 60 front assembly with ARB air locker, competition axle shafts and CTM u-joints. The rear axle was a Pro80 with a Detroit locker and it also has our competition axle shafts. Both axles have a 5.38 Ratio
  • VWerks 3″ drive shaft and Rear Drive shafts


  • VWerks 4.0″ lift kit
  • 1.0″ Body lift by JACK-IT
  • Super HD coil springs that can handle the additional payload on top of the manufactures recommended weight.
  • Front coil

    Load=1250 #’s @ 13.305″

    Rate=191 lb./in.
  • Rear coil

    Load=1967 #’s @ 11.170″



  • Front master Cylinder upgrade from Teraflex
  • FoxShocks:

    Ø 2.0 Body and reservoir

    Ø 5/8 shaft

    Compression damping adjuster

    Race oil and high temp seals

    High pressure air valve

    Heavy valving to accommodate extra weight of the vehicle

    Black zinc plating


25.69″ extended

9.00″ travel (16.69″ compressed)

Mounting: Stem top and bottom Teflon lined spherical bearing


26.12″ extended

10.00″ travel (16.12″ compressed)

Mounting: top hourglass bushing bar pin, bottom Teflon lined spherical bearing

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National Car Rental Gives Fans a Chance to Win a VIP Experience during a 2012 …

ST. LOUIS, MO, Apr 03, 2012 (MARKETWIRE around COMTEX) —
National Car Rental, a premier automobile let code for business
travel and a Official Rental Car of The PGA of America, is inviting
National Car Rental Facebook fans to enter a “Score a Ride to the
Ryder Cup” sweepstakes for a possibility to win a four-person VIP package
to a 2012 Ryder Cup golf tournament.

Between Apr 1 and Jun 30, 2012, fans can register to win a grand
prize of 4 tickets to a 2012 Ryder Cup, $5,000 money for travel
expenses and lodging, Executive Elite standing in National’s Emerald
Club for 12 months, along with daily instant-win prizes.

Based on their membership tier level, Emerald Club members can earn
up to 15 additional sweepstakes entries per subordinate let from

“The Ryder Cup is one of a singular golf tournaments where individual
golfers work as a team, and we wish to give a Emerald Club members
and Facebook fans a event to knowledge a disturb of the
Ryder Cup first-hand,” pronounced Patrick Farrell, Chief Marketing and
Communications Officer for Enterprise Holdings, that owns and
operates a National Car Rental brand. “Sponsoring a Ryder Cup is
a good approach for National to support The PGA of America’s goal to
grow a diversion of golf, that is a value we also share with our
business transport customers.”

National announced a three-year partnership with The PGA of America
and central sponsorship of a 2012 Ryder Cup in January. The Ryder
Cup, a biennial golf tournament, pits veteran golfers from the
United States and Europe opposite any other in a team-format over
three days of competition. Alternating between venues in Europe and
the United States, a 29th Ryder Cup will be Sept. 25-30, 2012, at
the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill., nearby Chicago.

National is a Official Rental Car of a PGA Championship, Senior
PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, an Official Partner of the
2012 and 2014 Ryder Cup and a pretension unite of a National Car
Rental PGA Assistant Championship.

Last year, National warranted a “Leading Edge Award” from Executive
Travel repository noticing a association as a tip let automobile service
in a transport industry. In addition, National was comparison as the
winner of a “2011 Best Rental Car Loyalty Program” in a second
annual Editors’ Choice Awards by SmarterTravel, a largest online
travel apparatus of eccentric consultant recommendation for a budget-conscious

Visit a National Car Rental Facebook page for some-more information and
to see a central sweepstakes rules.

About National Car Rental

Founded in 1947, National Car Rental is a premium, internationally
recognized code portion a daily let needs of a frequent
airport traveler via a world. With National, time-sensitive
customers in a United States are means to fast select their own
vehicles, formed on their allege reservation and requested car
class, and afterwards simply expostulate divided from a airport. In addition,
National’s frequent-renter program, Emerald Club, also was awarded a
2010 Business Traveler Innovation Award — sponsored by a National
Business Travel Association (NBTA) and The Wall Street Journal — for
expediting a transport routine and enhancing preference and

St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings owns and operates a National
Car Rental code in North America. With annual revenues of $14.1
billion and some-more than 70,000 employees, Enterprise Holdings also
operates, by a informal subsidiaries, some-more than 1 million cars
and trucks, creation it a largest and many extensive automobile rental
service provider in a universe totalled by revenue, employees and
fleet. National also is partial of a tellurian vital fondness with
Europcar, formulating a world’s largest automobile let network. For more
information about National, visit or . This news recover and other
National Car Rental announcements are accessible during a Enterprise
Holdings press room.

About The PGA of America

Since a first in 1916, The PGA of America has confirmed a
twofold mission: to settle and rouse a standards of the
profession and to grow seductiveness and appearance in a diversion of
golf. By substantiating and elevating a standards of a golf
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By formulating and delivering world-class championships and innovative
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        For some-more information, contact:
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        Email Contact

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Israel Tour Guide Service Offers Luxury, Custom Private Tours

Jews and Christians Alike Enjoy Religious, Adventurous and Special Interest Vacations

Led by Touring Israel

Jerusalem, Israel (PRWEB) April 03, 2012

From traditional religious sites to SCUBA diving, and from architecture to food and wine, Touring Israel customizes trips to fit the interests of groups and individuals. Whether families are celebrating a Bat or Bar Mitzvah in Israel, a church or synagogue is planning a group trip, or those making a return trip to Israel are seeking a unique, off-the-beaten-path experience, Touring Israel creates custom itineraries with travelers’ specific interests in mind.

“I believe that a smooth, hassle-free tour from start to finish with an experienced, charismatic and engaging guide is the key to your Israel experience, and that is what Touring Israel provides,” said Joe Yudin, Owner/Founder of Touring Israel, 2011 Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for Israel, and Jerusalem Post online columnist. “We specialize in luxury Israel tours — you are the boss. You decide, with our input, what is best for you, and we get it done as you want it. Our unique offers, such as helicopter tours, desert jeep safaris, fine dining, and meetings with journalists, business leaders and government officials, are extra special events that can make your trip to Israel an experience of a lifetime.”

The Land of Israel – Any Way You Like It: Touring Israel’s guides are seasoned, English-speaking professionals who are licensed by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. Their varying areas of expertise make them the right fit to lead unforgettable tours of Israel:

  •     Jewish Tours: Jewish tours are designed to allow travelers to see the Promised Land through the eyes of the patriarchs, matriarchs, sages, Kaballists, and Zionist forefathers, and explore birthright in their own land. Sites include Kotel (Western Wall), mystical Tzfat (Safed), Masada at sunrise, and the Elah Valley.
  •     Christian Tours: Israel Christian tours enable travelers to walk in the footsteps of the Hebrew prophets, disciples and Jesus. Sites include Capernaum (Peter’s hometown), Jerusalem, including the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Nazareth, Bethlehem and the Sea of Galilee.
  •     Archaeology Tours: Explore, dig, discover, debate and learn at both famous and lesser known archaeological sites, including the Casesaria Aquaduct, Bar Kochba Caves, Caesaria Roman Theater and the “Solomonic Gate” at Megiddo.
  •     Adventure Tours: Bike, hike, sail, trek, surf, rappel, climb, paraglide, swim, raft, dive, and more. Some options include a dive safari in the Red and Mediterranean Seas, hiking through national parks, rappelling at the Ramon Crater and descending Yehudiya Canyon into a running stream filled with crystal clear mountain water.
  •     Lifestyle Tours: “An Israel tour guide service like ours enables travelers to see the best that the country has to offer in recreation, spirituality and culture,” said Yudin. Designed for the more discerning traveler and connoisseurs of the finer things in life, these tours offer an insider’s view of Israel’s best-kept secrets, including Israeli wine and cuisine, secret hideaways, meditation and yoga in the desert, and cultural and performing arts.
  •     Cruise Excursions: Touring Israel offers a selection of single or multi-day shore excursions for cruise ship passengers visiting both Haifa and Ashdod ports with a private guide. Highlights include taking a dip in the Dead Sea, visiting the Bahai Shrine and Gardens, Jewish Jerusalem, and Christian Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
  •     Private Day Tours: Whether in Israel for business or pleasure, Touring Israel can help travelers who only have a day or two to actually do some touring by offering a wide range of single-day tours that allow travelers to tour Israel and get the most out of their day.

With thousands of sites, activities and attractions travel in Israel can be a different experience with each visit. Touring Israel can help those seeking a luxury travel experience find things to see and do that fit their specific interests, as well as take care of their hotel reservations and all other logistics, from start to finish.

About Touring Israel: Touring Israel began as the brainchild of Joe Yudin in 1997. As a native born American, Yudin had grown up in the retail business, served in the Israel Defense Forces as a Sergeant Major in the Paratroop Corps, and began his career as a Sales and Marketing specialist before delving into the world of tourism. His love of the land led him to become intimate with it and its people. Today, Touring Israel specializes in luxury private tours for families, individuals and groups. It offers custom-tailored, private tours of the Land of Israel with expert tour guides. Touring Israel’s premium services focus on offering flexibility and the highest levels of customer service and satisfaction. It is a full service tour operator that can take care of all logistical issues from arrival until departure. More information can be found at,,!/TouringIsrael, Touring Israel Blog, or calling toll free 1-877-778-8644.

Nancy Nuzzo
Touring Israel
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The Flying Cars Are Coming… to a New York Auto Show

Photo: Terrafugia

There’s a drifting automobile entrance to a New York International Auto Show this week. The Terrafugia Transition is a two-seat aeroplane with foldable wings, 4 wheels and spin signals. Over a past few years a Massachusetts association has called a origination a “roadable aircraft” and lately, a “street authorised airplane.” But forward of a Transition’s initial entrance during an automobile show, it’s maybe some-more suitable to simply call it what it is: a drifting car.

Terrafugia and a Transition have been around for several years, yet until now a association has mostly stranded to a aviation community. But Terrafugia co-founder and CEO Carl Dietrich says that looking during a people who have placed orders for a $279,000 vehicle, they suspicion it would be value looking outward a aviation world.

“We’ve beheld in a sequence reserve there are indeed a satisfactory series of people who are not now pilots who are putting deposits down to sequence a Transition.”

So a association is entrance to New York to sign seductiveness in a drifting automobile from a non-pilot zone of a public, anticipating a captivate of a drifting automobile can emanate a few pilots and many importantly, customers.

Development of a Transition is surpassing and final month Terrafugia finished a initial moody of a prolongation prototype. Dietrich expects moody contrast to continue by 2012 and deliveries to start subsequent year.

The dream of a drifting automobile has been around for a long, prolonged time. And in new years we’ve seen a dune-buggy-turned-car that flies like a powered parachute directed during accessing remote tools of a building world, and even aerospace guru Burt Rutan explored a concept in his final days during Scaled Composites.

Just currently a Dutch association announced a successful initial flights of a PAL-V, a single-seat three-wheeler that’s also a gyrocopter. But as is a box with many inventions that try to mix dual already grown products, one and one does not customarily equal two.

The PAL-V One from Holland. Photo: PAL-V

The math doesn’t utterly work out on a Transition either, yet it’s arguably a many critical try during producing anything tighten to a unsentimental drifting car. It’s a decent aeroplane and as a automobile it can get we from A to B. The biggest plea is anticipating a niche that can be served by a Transition that is conjunction a good aeroplane nor a good car. Terrafugia’s Dietrich says that marketplace competence be people who tumble in between a prolonged pushing invert or brief aeroplane flight.

“If you’re drifting 1,000 nautical miles, you’re substantially going to wish a aloft opening aircraft” he says. “But if you’re drifting 100, 200 or 300 miles, this competence be ideal.”

With a tour speed of 105 miles per hour, a Transition is faster than a car, generally deliberation it can mostly transport in a loyal lines frequency accessible on a road. But it’s slower than many other Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), many of that fly during speeds closer to 135 mph. And comparing it to other new LSAs, a Transition is during slightest $100,000 some-more than many models.

But what Terrafugia believes is a value in a Transition is a preference of always carrying a choice of pushing if a continue or some other emanate prevents a protected flight. It’s loyal that one of a biggest hurdles ubiquitous aviation pilots face is being grounded since of bad weather. Many tiny aircraft can fly in severe weather, yet it requires some-more training and mostly some-more apparatus to do so safely. So Terrafugia is touting a fact that a comparatively elementary light competition aircraft won’t force we to wait, or have to lease a car, only to finish a trip. Just overlay adult a wings and continue your tour on a ground.

Of march afterwards you’ll be pushing a rather ethereal $279,000 automobile down a road. Little has been pronounced about a cost of somebody subsidy into your folded wing. Something as elementary as a teenager fender-bender might be a bit some-more costly than simply replacing a bumper.

Terrafugia’s Transition in flight. Photo: Terrafugia

Despite any intensity drawbacks, Terrafugia has found a patron bottom that believes a drifting automobile creates sense. Dietrich says about two-thirds of their existent business are looking during a Transition as a unsentimental form of transport to fit their specific needs. Examples embody a surveyor who could transport fast to jobs around a state and a genuine estate developer who likes a thought of being means to director new sites from above and give aerial tours to customers. The other third simply see a Transition as a fun automobile and like a thought of owning a drifting car.

For a rest of a race there are copiousness of ground-bound vehicles to demeanour during this week in New York and lots of copiousness of airplanes to see during shows like Airventure in Oshkosh. So a plea will be to confirm either or not a $279,000 Transition is a improved choice than a $100,000 Porsche Carrera and a $160,000 Flight Design CTLS (leaving some additional money for those automobile rentals).

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10 Kidtastic Family Adventures for Summer 2012

WILMINGTON, DE–(Marketwire – Apr 3, 2012) – With summer break approaching, Kensington Tours is offering parents relief from the stresses of vacation planning with their collection of thrilling, educational and inspiring ‘Kidtastic’ Family Adventures. As a tour operator specializing in customizable private-guided journeys to over 90 countries worldwide, Kensington crafts trips for families looking to go beyond the beach and embark on once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences that celebrate their distinct interests, appetites and styles.

From wild safaris for animal enthusiasts and active adventures for families with kids who love to move, to mouth-watering culinary lessons for aspiring chefs and educational encounters disguised as old-fashioned fun, these enriching travel experiences can transform a family’s annual trip into a family legend.

Top 10 Kidtastic Adventures for Summer 2012

Kenya – Authentic Hakuna Matata
8 Days from $1,999 pp

The kids will go wild for elephants, lions, hippos, flamingos and leopards on this exotic safari through Nairobi, Laikipia, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara. While not on game drives, visit an elephant orphanage, giraffe center, traditional Masai villages, chimpanzee refuge, a rhino sanctuary and more.

Myanmar – Prayers, Pagodas, Adventure Art
10 Days from $3,200 pp
Discover this time-locked land’s gentle people and mystical highlights as you tour Yangon, Inle Lake, Mandalay and Bagan. Children will love biking tours, encountering leg rowing fishermen, cooking classes, balloon ride, a temple of snakes, meeting a fortune teller and serving lunch in an orphanage. Uncover Myanmar’s arts scene and learn to make batik paintings, earthenware and jewelry.

China – Kung Fu Monks, Pandas, Wall Warriors
10 Days from $2,750 pp
Packed to the brim with thrills for kids of every age! Families tour Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu and Shanghai with the luxury of a private guide. Featuring Kung Fu monks, a panda reserve, biking, river cruises, acrobatic show, train sleepover, Terracotta Army, Great Wall, tea ceremonies, the Himalayas Mountains, Szechwan cooking class and more!

Galapagos – Where The Wild Things Are
8 Days from $3,120 pp
Kids can waddle with penguins, swim with seals and meet 100-year-old tortoises on this active adventure. Discover the legendary wilds of the Galapagos — the isles that inspired Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Led by a naturalist guide, get up close with lizards, flamingos, and blue-footed boobies. Visit the equatorial line, hike lava fields, go biking, enjoy boat cruises, and delight in spellbinding stargazing.

Italy – La Dolce Vita Family Style
8 Days from $3,300 pp
This ‘kidtastic’ take on Rome, Florence and Venice is action-packed with Italian history, cuisine and culture. From cooking Tuscan delicacies with a celebrated chef, an afternoon at gladiator school and scrumptious chocolate and gelato tastings to gondola cruises, Venetian mask making and a family photo at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, this trip will be remembered for years to come.—Family-Adventure

Morocco – Tales Of 1001 Arabian Nights
10 Days from $3,545 pp
From sunrise camel rides, Bedouin camp sleepover and biking through an oasis, to a cooking class with a dada, High Atlas Mountains hike, dinner with locals, exotic souks and the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi — if you’re after an extraordinary journey, this is it! Led by expert private guide tour Marrakech, Skoura, Erfoud, Merzouga and Ouarzazate with plenty of family flair!

Costa Rica – Volcanoes, Rainforests, Monkeys Beaches
7 Days from $1,730 pp
Give in to the call of the wild with this thrilling tour of San Jose, Arenal and Manuel Antonio! Get the adrenaline pumping with ‘kidtastic’ action like zip-lining, exotic animal safaris and volcano hikes. If that’s not enough, enjoy a river cruise, thermal pools and mud baths. With plenty of time for snorkeling, surfing and playing on the beach, get ready for a whole lot of Pura Vida!

Fiji – Island Hop By Helicopter
10 Days from $2,000 pp

Just plain fun for the family, escape from the rest of the world with this ‘kidtastic’ take on sun-kissed Fiji. Play on tropical beaches, go wild on a dolphin safari, snorkel through coral reefs, attempt to climb a coconut palm, stay in exotic bures (Fijian huts) and fly from island to island in a helicopter. With tons of time to play at the beach or by the pool, this South Pacific paradise is sure to be a family favorite!

India – Tigers, Temples Taj
9 Days from $2,799 pp
A multi-dimensional land of sweet spices, snake charmers, green jungles and timeless temples! Nothing compares to exploring the treasures of India. Featuring tiger safaris, elephant rides, a hot air balloon flight and of course the Taj Mahal, this journey through Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur makes for an exotic adventure like no other.

Croatia – The Playground of the Adriatic
10 Days from $3,099 pp

Experience the “Playground of the Adriatic” firsthand with this ‘kidtastic’ tour of this European hotspot showcasing Zagreb, Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik. From hiking, sea kayaking, time at the beach and dinner with the locals, to storybook villages, age-old ruins, mystical Neolithic caves and medieval castles, Croatia is a great mix of history, art and culture with tons of outdoor fun!

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Men(eqnx:)s Health Reinvents a American Road Trip

NEW YORK, Apr 02, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) —
–The goal: To go fast–by negligence down.

Men(eqnx:)s Health, a world(eqnx:)s largest men(eqnx:)s magazine, announced today
a launch of a 2012 Electric Car Challenge, a cross-country adventure
designed to assistance maximize a intensity of electric vehicles (ev(eqnx:)s),
emanate a healthier, some-more satisfying, and some-more sparkling highway trip
experience, and lift income for an critical cause. The cross-country
march will start in New York City and finish in Los Angeles.

The group will leave a New York International Auto Show on Apr 11 and
will stop between 40 and 55 times to recharge a battery of a 2012
Ford Focus Electric, a new electric automobile that recently warranted a 110
mile-per-gallon homogeneous (MPGe) rating from a EPA for city driving.
This creates it a many fit 5-seater in a U.S. With any charging
stop holding between 2 and 4 hours–and with a drivers surpassing in
shifts around a clock–the group expects to arrive during Santa Monica Pier
in Los Angeles 10 to 12 days after a Challenge commences, possibly
nearing on Earth Day, Apr 22. At that point, they will settle the
record for a fastest coast-to-coast expostulate in an electric car, creating
a aim for others to kick as battery record improves and charging
options expand.

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In further to Adams, a group consists–at varying points during the
drive–of X-Games bullion medalist Tanner Foust, co-host of Top Gear USA;
IndyCar and American Le Mans racer Martin Plowman; and former Navy SEAL
commander Coleman Ruiz, executive executive of Carry a Load, a
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around a drive. Also on house for several days each, to provide
opposite perspectives on a road-trip experience: Men(eqnx:)s Health
Girl Next Door columnist Naomi Piercey, Miss Indiana 2009 Nicole
Pollard; and Carry a Load spokesmodel Katie Cwynar.

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Website offers cheaper shore excursions for cruisers


Cruise lovers who hate being stuck with the expensive shore excursions offered by their cruise line can now find better value alternatives, thanks to a website launching today: Viator Shore Excursions.

The site, run by activity booking engine Viator, pledges discounts of up to 60 percent off the price of more than 500 comparable ship-arranged excursions.

Until now, cruise lines have had a near monopoly on the sale of shore excursions, which make up about 25 percent of a typical cruise line’s profits. Viator’s service amps up the price competition. There are other sources for deals out there worth trying, too, especially and

Searching for a shore excursion is straightforward. Enter your cruise ship name and sailing dates, and check the types of activities you prefer, such as jungle safari, privately led shopping tour, or a photography class. The site then shows you tours that sync up with your ship’s itinerary. It works at more than 80 ports for all of the major cruise lines, such as CarnivalHolland America,Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)Princess, and Royal Caribbean.

For instance, the site is touting a Hilo, Hawaii, shore excursion to Volcanoes National Park to see active volcanoes Mauna Loa and Kilauea as well as the gorgeous Rainbow Falls, from $59 a person. The comparable tour on NCL is currently $89 a person.

Viator’s new site guarantees an on-time return to your ship or else it will pay the full costs of transporting you to the next port in time to catch up with your ship. In another perk, the company pledges that if you find a lower price for the tour elsewhere, it will refund the difference.

Tours are typically available to book up to a day in advance of arrival in port. In many cases there are no penalties if an excursion is canceled days ahead, though travelers should read the fine print on any offer before booking. In comparison, most cruise-arranged excursions can be canceled for a refund up to 36 hours in advance. Through April 30, 2012, bookings on Viator Shore Excursions that use the code SHOREX10 receive a 10 percent discount.

We hope the launch of the new site leads to a price war on shore excursions, which would be good news for anyone who likes to cruise affordably.

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Man Killed After Police Ask Him To Return To Denver


Police: Shots Fired From Stolen Jeep Found Abandoned

DENVER — Denver officials are apologizing after a man asked by police to return to city limits to discuss an altercation was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Officers received a call at 4:15 a.m. Sunday about an altercation between people riding in a car and a red Jeep in the area of 10th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard.

Police said the argument between the people inside the two vehicles continued northbound on Sheridan Boulevard.


Police received a second call from a person in the victims’ car saying their windows had been broken out by men in the Jeep, police said.

Denver police dispatchers told the victims’ car, which had left the city limits, to return to a Denver location where officers would meet them, said Denver Police Spokeswoman Raquel Lopez.

The car, with four people inside, returned to West 29th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard and stopped to wait for police, Lopez said.

As the people were standing outside the parked car, the red Jeep, carrying about four men, drove by and opened fire on them, shooting a man in the back, police said.

The Jeep then sped away from the scene.

Officers arrived and the shooting victim, a black man in his early 20s, was transported to Denver Health Medical Center, where he died shortly after 5 a.m., Capt. Ron Saunier said.

“I can tell you at this time our victims do not appear to belong to any gangs,” said Saunier.

Saunier said at one point, the victims were following the suspects, possibly to get their license plate information after the car windows were broken out.

Dispatch recordings state that the suspects were using bottle rockets.

Saunier said the victim and others in the car were relatives returning from a family gathering.

The victim’s name has not been released by police, but friends identified the victims as Jimma Reat, an immigrant from Sudan.

“He was a good guy. He didn’t deserve to get shot,” said Mike Martinez, who had worked with Pal. “I’m pretty sure that it was something stupid. You know, a little argument or something.”

Later, police were called to the 200 block of South Zuni Street on reports of gunshots fired in the area, and found an abandoned red Jeep which police were calling the suspect vehicle. Saunier said the Jeep appeared to be “undriveable.”

The Jeep was reported stolen Sunday morning, police said.

Police have said they did not have a good description of the suspects.

At the news briefing, Ernie Franssen, the Denver 911 operations manager, apologized that victim was shot and killed after being directed to return to the area by a dispatcher.

Franssen said in violent incidents people typically are not asked to return to the Denver area, because police can travel to meet them outside the city.

Communications officials are reviewing recordings of the 911 calls to determine why dispatchers asked the victims to come back into Denver, Franssen said. He said they want to make sure department policies and procedures were followed.

“We’re absolutely apologetic for the circumstances of the call,” said Franssen. “We want to give due diligence to the employee and make sure that we did or didn’t follow the policies as they are written, and we want to take a look and listen to it ourselves and be able to speak to the employee.”
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Arizona: One-way automobile rentals from Hertz start during $5 a day

Each open Hertz runs a one-way let offer: Pick adult a compress or economy automobile in Arizona, dump it off in California and compensate $5 a day for a rental. Bigger cars are enclosed in this understanding too during equally low rates.

The deal: we took Hertz adult on this offer final year and spent 13 days pushing some-more than 3,400 miles around a Southwest in a Nissan Versa. Sound insane? Maybe, though my automobile let cost totaled $65, not including gas. Hertz creates this offer to reposition let cars that have amassed in warm-weather states during a winter.

With a Arizona Drive for $5 deal, one-way rentals might be returned to a Hertz plcae in California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah or Texas. The automobile comes with total mileage and a limit let duration of 14 days. Use a graduation formula “DRV5” when creation a reservation.

When: The offer is good from Apr 4 by Jun 30, formed on availability.

Tested: we checked accessibility for a cheapest rate for a automobile that would be picked adult during Tucson International Airport on Apr 23 and forsaken off during Los Angeles International Airport on Apr 30. we found a Kia Rio or Chevy Aveo accessible for $25 a week (cheaper than a $5 per day rate) and taxation and fees. With this deal, weekly one-way rentals for bigger cars cost $74.99 for a Chevy Malibu and $80.99 for a Ford Escape. (Prices don’t embody taxation and fees.)

One caveat: Make certain we check a pick-up or drop-off locations before we go. we found a Hertz plcae during Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport adds  $42 in additional fees.

Contact: Hertz, (877) 826-8782

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