Friday, September 28, 2012

Episode of Hot Rod TV Featuring Kindig-It Design & Apolo Ohno's Classic Cadillac DeVille

In case you were unable to view the premiere episode of Hot Rod TV that featured Salt Lake City based Kindig-It Design, we found the episode posted by a fan to YouTube.

The episode features Dave Kindig working with Olympic speed skating champion Apolo Ohno on the design and build of Ohno's 1964 Cadillac DeVille convertible.  The Kindig-It Design shop is shown preparing the Cadillac and a couple of other vehicle for the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas.

The episode is presented in two installments.


Friday, September 21, 2012

National Plug In Day to Feature Electric Vehicle Test Drives

Sunday is National Plug In Day!  Sixty cities all over the country will be holding events to celebrate and provide free test drives of electric cars.

Here in Utah the Salt Lake City event will be a music festival with a wide variety of electric vehicles on site.  It will be a great time to learn more about these vehicles.

There are at least a dozen EVs on the market right now for lease or purchase including pure electrics, extended-range electrics and hybrids.  They include the Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Plug-in Prius, Ford Focus EV, Honda Fit EV, Fisker Karma and the BMW ActiveE Coda.

The Plugged-In Music Festival and EV Drive planned for the Gallivan Center from noon until 6p.m. on Sunday, September 23rd will feature many of them.

A possible star of the show could be the new full size "Volt style" electric pick-up truck and SUV that averages over 100 MPG by VIA Motors, a Utah based EV manufacturer.  This Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) enables larger 4WD vehicles, including SUVs and light trucks, to drive the first 40 miles in all-electric mode with near zero emissions, and a full range of 400 miles on a single fill-up. For most drivers, this means a full range of over 100 MPG in typical local daily driving.  The VIA Motors E-REV powertrain can be applied to a large variety of light trucks, SUVs and delivery vehicles, making it ideal for fleet vehicles. This E-REV powertrain was designed to work in popular light trucks such as the GM Silverado, the Ford F-Series and the Dodge Ram series of trucks.

You can learn more about the Plugged-In Music Festival and EV Drive here:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Last Call VW Car Show to Be Held at Volkswagen SouthTowne

The Utah Transporters Association, in partnership with Volkswagen SouthTowne, will be holding its 3rd annual "Last Call" air cooled VW car show this Saturday at the VW South Towne dealership in South Jordan, Utah.

As one of the show sponsors again this year, we are looking forward to another great show. And if last year's show is any indication, it is going to be a ton of fun!

This is a free show that starts Saturday, September 22nd at 9 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m.  Besides close to 100 or more great vintage air cooled VWs on display, you can expect to see 25 awards handed out, tons of raffle prizes given away, vendors, pin striping, great music and lots more!

All the raffle proceeds this year will be going to benefit the UTA's annual "Bussin' for Santa" efforts.

As their website states:  The Utah Transporters Association was created by a group of friends who love Volkswagens; driving Volkswagens, looking at Volkswagens and talking about Volkswagens!  It is a free club for people who would like to cruise to shows and hang out together!  It's a bus club by name but all Air Cooled Volkswagens are welcome.

The Courtyard by Marriot, 10701 South Holiday Park Drive in Sandy, Utah is offering special rates Friday and Saturday.  Phone 801-571-3600 and mention Last Call Car Show when booking.

Volkswagen SouthTowne is visible right off the west side of I-15 at 11000 South 290 West (Frontage Road) in South Jordan, UT.

We hope to see you there...and please stop by our booth and say hello!

To help you get in a vintage Volkswagen state of mind, leading up to the show, here are a couple of videos from last year's Last Call.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Kindig-It Design to Host History Making RodFather GoodGuys Road Tour

This is going to be such an amazing sight.  Tomorrow, September 14 over 100 hot rods will begin a history making tour, driving over 2500 miles from the Bonneville Salt Flats to Indianapolis for the Goodguys 2nd WIX Filters Speedway Nationals.

Andy "The RodFather" Brizio and Gary Meadors, founder of the GoodGuys organization are just two of the famous hot rodders that will be making the journey.  For Andy Brizio, this will be the last time he will be driving his hot rod across country so you will not want to miss it!

The RodFather GoodGuys Road Tour 2012 will go through 15 states:

New Mexico

...stopping at over 25 destinations.

The first stop will be at Kindig-It Design, one of North America's premier Hot Rod and Custom shops, right here in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Kindig-It Design has been building incredible vehicles for over 13 years, pulling down accolades like winning America's Most Beautiful Street Rod, 2011 and building the 1964 Cadillac Coupe DeVille convertible for Olympic Speed Skating champion, Apolo Anton Ohno.  This beautiful caddy is a must see and is still on display at the Kindig-It Design showroom.

The open house for these pre-1949 street and hot rodders will begin at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 14th and last for 2-3 hours.  Kindig-It Design's 27,000 square foot facility is located at 164 East Hill (4050 South), Salt Lake City, Utah  84107.

"This will be one to remember", Gary Meadors is quoted as saying in this promotional video:

You can keep up with the tour daily via video recaps, photos and blog entries at:

To learn more about the event in Salt Lake City, contact Sherri at 801-262-3098.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Football Trick Shots Co-Starring the 2013 Hyundai Sante Fe

Football is back!  And to celebrate, we want to share this awesome video of football trick shots from the guys over at Dude Perfect.  This newest set of complex trick shots makes use of the very capable 2013 Hyundai Sante Fe and some very talented stunt drivers.  You know, one of those "don't try this at home" type situations.  Check out the drifting on a football field!

You can see football-style skeet shooting and moving target long shots that are absolutely amazing.  Watch Tyler Toney pass the football and hit a target even as the Hyundai Sante Fe has it moving at speeds up to 40 MPH.  There is even a giant panda bear doing some Tebowing near the end.


Friday, September 7, 2012

Pain at the Pump

There's certainly not a shortage of videos on YouTube of people doing dumb things.  Security cameras catch people in what proves to be less than their finest hour.  Both of these videos came to our  attention this morning and prove that keeping your wits about you is a necessity while filling your tank at the gas station.

This women forgets one small detail and ends up almost taking the entire gas pump with her!  A calm attendant comes to her aid and reminds her to turn off her vehicle.

And this guy commits the cardinal sin at the pump when he decides to look into his gas tank by lighting a match!  Would you call him a candidate for the "Darwin Award"?

Have a great weekend.  And be careful out there!