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2010 San Francisco International Auto Show

2010 Camaro SS: @ Neil’s Car Wash

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By Gunnar Heinrich | IMG Neil Rogers

WITH the Fourth of July nearly upon us, it’s only fitting that whatever car(s) we have in our stables are shined up and looking good for when they make their fair weather debut tomorrow. In our case, our orange with black stripes 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS needed a good wash.

Lucky for me, my co-producer Neil was only to happy to oblige taking over washing duties.

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Not that it was that dirty. But any excuse would do.

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Any at all…

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The beauty of washing cars is that you’re able to soak in all the details…

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And see how well the design channels and deflects the elements…

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It’s kind of like performing your own kind of informal R&D test, if you will…

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The end benefit of this “test” is you get a clean car.

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Glossier than ever…

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…and ready to rock & roll.

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.

BMW E23 7-Series Video

By Gunnar Heinrich

THREE boxed and all Teuton, the BMW 733i segment is back online and by popular demand.

This story (TRT: 8:41) is about how a small, niche car company (BMW in the 70s/early 80s) produced a luxury performance sedan in an economic climate bereft of both profit and cheap fuel.

In the 80s, luxury meant wallowy rides on straight roads and performance meant bone jarring ride and deafening cabin noise. The first generation of the flagship 7-series line was a blend of the benefits of both automotive genres sans their respective detractions.

As an aside, film buffs will be keen to note that this the same model Bimmer that starred in the Dan Aykroyd flick Nothing But Trouble.

A shark among whales. Enjoy.

ADL & CPTV

By Gunnar Heinrich

A number of people have been emailing me with various degrees of concern that ADL’s videos are offline.

One person’s email even started with, “ALARM!”

There’s no cause, friends.

I should have (but didn’t, sorry) explain before we took them off YouTube that many of the segments will premiere in a pilot series on CPTV, the PBS affiliate for Connecticut.

For the record, CPTV is the same station that brought you Barney, the purple dinosaur.

Unfortunately for our online audience, ADL’s current televised commitment means that many of the segments you’ve seen and ones that you haven’t  (this summer’s romps with the BMW drop tops and the Caddys) will not be viewable online until some time after this season’s broadcast dates.

Our first show, which will contain the BMW enthusiast and NYIAS segments, is scheduled to air October 26th at 6PM. If you’re in the Connecticut market, tune in!

And be not alarmed.

Thanks again for your support and interest.

Automobiles De Luxe Promo

By Gunnar Heinrich

JUST over a minute long, this promo serves as a fast abstract of what Team ADL has accomplished over the course of the last 12 months.

It’s also teaser on what’s to follow.

You may recognize clips from the 733i, the Silver Cloud, Silver Spur, M5 Enthusiast Segment, and New York Auto Show, but you’ll also see more than a bit of what we’ve captured recently this summer with segments featuring the Cadillacs CTS and XLR-V along with the BMWs 1 and 3 series.

BMWs on Block Island

By Gunnar Heinrich | IMG by Kevin Kusina and Neil Rogers for Automobiles De Luxe

SETTING up a time-lapse shot can be a bit of a pain.

When you’re dealing with the elements, time, and herds of Block Island tourists who switched off their reason and rational faculties when they boarded the ferry at Port Jervis, it can be a royal pain.

Luckily, we had the patient and diligent Benjamin Winchel at work to capture the magic of a summer’s sun setting over Block Island Sound.

It was beautiful.

The Bimmers – flame surfaced though they were – looked captivating.

Our man Kevin Kusina shot this image and with a little doctoring from Neil Rogers – voila – you have the image that I’m now using for my desktop.

As for the time lapse footage, well, let’s just say it was worth it.