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ADLX TV in HD on YT

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By Gunnar Heinrich | YouTube

HIGH DEF is a beautiful thing.

Over the past two years, we’ve uploaded our televised segments for online consumption and have done so with files shot, edited, and presented in the original Latin HD.

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And the old YouTube, bless its former v. 1.0 self, would take our lovely product in true fillet form and downgrade it by, oh, a few gigabytes or so into a high-processed web gruel that made SD footage seem the very definition of “crisp”.

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But the sun set on that tired day and a new one dawned where YouTube viewers could watch our programming in HD.

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And a marvelous new day it is.

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If you’re new to Automobiles De Luxe check us out. If you’re well acquainted, you’ll appreciate this program now brought to you in its original format.

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ADL TV | A Day At The Races

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As seen on CPTV | Copyright © 2009 Heinrich Rogers Productions, LLC

WHAT a day.

It was July. The forecast called for possible showers or thunderstorms. Humidity felt something like ninety-nine percent.

Then the sun came out. And the humidity stayed as glued to hillsides of northwestern Connecticut as our sweat-soaked shirts stayed glued to our backs.

Race weather, in other words.

I can’t remember watching one of my uncle’s NHRA races on a day when the air wasn’t so hotly thick with the smell of gas and burning rubber. Being at Lime Rock – a very different kind of course – with Joe Ficca as he took to the track brought back some of those childhood memories.

As did fond recollections of all those Porsche and Ferrari club meets I’d witnessed at Lime Rock over the years.

This day, we brought a range of BMWs and one Cadillac to the track to experience Lime Rock’s famous twists and turns for ourselves. Following a renovation, the track was freshly paved with an extra turn carved into the hillside following the back straight.

But our time was as limited as the Park’s was valuable (memberships cost $100K) so we set out to answer a number of questions.

Which of the BMW convertibles we tested would prove fastest?

Could an E65 550i beat an E39 M5?

Would an XLR-V out perform a gang of M-powered BMWs?

TRT: 09:27

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Credits

Executive Producers: Gunnar Heinrich & Neil Rogers
Line Producer: Tiffany Hopkins
Editors: Neil Rogers  Production Assistants: Kevin Kusina | Larry Henrikson
Camera: Neil Rogers | Chris Reo | Ben Winchell | Jan Hering
Writer | Host: Gunnar Heinrich
Special Thanks: BMW | GM|  Lime Rock Park | Dres. Ward Heinrich, Sr. & Jr.| J.M. Ficca

ADL TV | BMWs on Block Island

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DECISIONS, decisions.

Sometimes life presents the nice kind of hard choices.

Harvard or Yale? Paris or Rome? Oil or gold?

If you had to boil the benefits of both down to experiencing just one long term – and both presented impeccable qualifications to justify your expenditure of time and money… how could you choose?

Would you opt for Yale only to miss Beantown’s nightlife? Would you vie for Paris and do without Villa Borghesi? Or what if you put all your chips down on gold only to watch oil futures rocket beyond the horizon?

The debate between which BMW convertible the 1-Series or 3-Series, presents a similarly luxurious dilemma. To buy both would be a foolhardy expenditure of $100K. And at $100K, there are many more enticing cars that you should be considering- used Aston Martins and Ferraris come to mind.

So sense and sensibility dictate that you should opt for just one BMW drop top for your garage. Trouble is…or was… I just couldn’t. Whether it was color choices or amenities or character – both the 1er and 3er present strong, if endearing cases.

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That’s why in this segment, we took the 128i and 328i to Block Island (a scenic spit of hills off Rhode Island’s coast) and asked SoCal native and one-time Infiniti owner Alexandra Harbushka to judge which convertible might entice her to switch to a roundel badged car.

To say the least, we were surprised by her choice. TRT: 09:30.


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Credits

Executive Producers: Gunnar Heinrich & Neil Rogers
Line Producer: Tiffany Hopkins
Editors: Neil Rogers | Kevin Kusina
Camera: Neil Rogers | Chris Reo | Ben Winchell
Writer | Host: Gunnar Heinrich
Special Thanks: BMW | Block Island Chamber of Commerce| Dres. Ward Heinrich, Sr. & Jr.| J.M. Ficca

ADL TV | GM @ 100 Yrs: Cadillac

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“MISTER EARL”

There’s nothing quite like having the man who designed the Corvette Sting Ray tell you, the interviewer, that you’re not giving GM’s larger-than-life chief designer Harley Earl enough respect.

My question: “Did you ever work with Harley Earl back in the day?”

Bob Veryzer: “He was around. It was never Harley Earl. It was always Mister Earl.”

To which GM’s VP of Global Design Ed Welburn added, “It was only until recently that people started calling him Harley Earl.”

Apparently, GM’s artistic duo hadn’t seen any of Buick’s “My name’s Harley Earl” TV spots. Nevertheless, at this gala in honor of Cadillac, clear respect for an icon was the order of the evening.

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Last summer we drove up to Saratoga Springs, New York where instead of placing bets on horses we braved the worst tempests that the Hudson River Valley could throw our way to tape a story about Cadillac’s past and where it might fit in GM’s tomorrow.

GM had turned 100 years old and the Saratoga Auto Museum threw a party in honor of Cadillac. Many GM big wigs were there, including GM’s G.M. for Cadillac, Jim Taylor.

As grim as Caddy sales looked last July, the financial markets had yet to crash and the General was still almost a year away from filing for bankruptcy protection. We were in, if you like, the eye of the perfect storm.

In this segment with a T.R.T. of 07:15, we watch some of the best and worst of Cadillac’s past; hear comments from the marque’s fans; and get a real sense that in the midst of the celebration, GM’s top brass knew what was to come.

“This is a new world we’re going into,” Mr. Taylor notes, “Quite frankly I don’t think anybody realizes how big a difference there’s going to be. Until you wake up in four or five years and realized what happened.”

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Credits

Executive Producers: Gunnar Heinrich & Neil Rogers
Editors: Michael Russell | Neil Rogers | Kevin Kusina
Camera: Joshua Schnitzer | Gregory Dwyer | Neil Rogers
Writer | Host: Gunnar Heinrich
Special Thanks: GM | Saratoga Auto Museum | Dres. Ward Heinrich, Sr. & Jr.| J.M. Ficca

Automobiles De Luxe on CPTV Tonight From 6-7PM

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By Gunnar Heinrich

AIRING back to back from six to seven tonight, Sunday, May 10th, Automobiles De Luxe is on WEDH, WEDN, and WEDW – the three glamorous stations for CPTV, the Nutmeg State’s PBS member station.

Just in time for Mum’s Day…

- About CPTV -

CPTV and WNPR serve the entire state of Connecticut–reaching an estimated 750,000 television viewers and more than 180,000 radio listeners each week. The company operates with a $20 million annual budget, funded in large part through community support from individuals, corporations and foundations.

CPTV and WNPR’s community-supported, statewide public broadcasting networks are dedicated to serving diverse communities with a mix of educational, news, public affairs, children’s, and entertainment programming and services.

ADL Airs @ Six O’Clock on CPTV

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By Gunnar Heinrich

SOMETIMES you just can’t get enough ADL…

Automobiles De Luxe airs tonight (Sunday, May 3rd) six o’clock on WEDH, WEDN, and WEDW – the three glitzy stations for CPTV, the Constitution State’s PBS member station.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking, that’s the same li’l network that could and did bring the world Barney, the purple dinosaur along with Thomas & Friends.

From our P.O.V., the giddy T. Rex and self confident choo-choo should be so honored.

Tune in!

- About CPTV -

CPTV and WNPR serve the entire state of Connecticut–reaching an estimated 750,000 television viewers and more than 180,000 radio listeners each week. The company operates with a $20 million annual budget, funded in large part through community support from individuals, corporations and foundations.

CPTV and WNPR’s community-supported, statewide public broadcasting networks are dedicated to serving diverse communities with a mix of educational, news, public affairs, children’s, and entertainment programming and services.

Shanghai Lady Drives Off With Tow Truck… In Tow

By Gunnar Heinrich

MAD props to “Shanghai Lady,” whoever she is.

Apparently, a Chinese woman who (in good company) was about to watch a tow truck driver take away her Chevy Captiva, decided to take matter into her own hands when the guy couldn’t be reasoned with.

So, she did what so many of us would’ve longed to do.

She got in her all wheel drive SUV and drove off with his tow truck thanks to all that torque going to the grounded front wheels. Hilariously, all the tow truck driver could do was watch in disbelief and then, finally, chase after her down the street!

Shanghai Lady, you rock.

[Linked: YouTube]

ADL Videos Online

By Gunnar Heinrich

AUTOMOBILES DE LUXE videos are back online following a brief hiatus for our pilot series launch on CPTV, the PBS affiliate for Connecticut.

For more than a year, Team ADL has braved the elements, mapped the northeastern corridor, and clung to our artistic and editorial integrity to bring viewers in TV land and the Internet a new and quite unique perspective on de luxe automobiles.

In the posts that follow, you’ll see direct YouTube links to our original online broadcasts. First time viewers are encouraged to leave feedback either in comments or for those more circumspect  emailing – gunnar [at] automobilesdeluxe [dot] tv.

Enjoy.

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Video

By Gunnar Heinrich

WITH all the tragicomic melodrama of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Automobiles De Luxe’s review of the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud is back online.

This story (TRT: 9:51) covers no ordinary “standard steel” Cloud, but rather a Series I, long-wheelbase, aluminum trimmed saloon was built -custom tailored if you will – by coachbuilder James Young expressly for its original Palm Beach patron.

Hewn from an era of cast iron engine blocs and solid craftsmanship, the Silver Cloud and this particular Nimbus is a testament to over-engineered, over-the-top luxury.  A grand car.

Enjoy.

New York Auto Show In The Year 2008

By Gunnar Heinrich

OUR New York Auto Show segment is back online following its televised premiere on CPTV, the PBS affiliate for Connecticut.

For those who never saw it, this story (TRT: 10:22) takes the auto show through ADL’s unique perspective.

Rather than giving the viewer a dry recount of yet another auto show, we decided to give it the theme of one of New York’s fashion events. After all, the auto show is as much about style as it is about the brass tax of selling cars to an often indifferent public.

The segment covers events such as the Saab Bio Hybrid concept party,the Lamborghini Press launch of the LP560-4, and interviews with GM execs and Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez.

Enjoy.