by Roger Garbow... In a perfect world, we enthusiasts would exclusively drive our choice of British roadsters, German sport sedans, Italian exotics or American muscle cars. Unfortunately, back here on Planet Reality, we sometimes need more practical vehicles, especially for folks with families. If that’s you, read on. Chrysler reportedly spent $2 billion creating their all- new Pacifica and it shows. The body structure is nearly twice as stiff yet lighter in weight than the 2016 Town & Country minivan which it replaces in the lineup. The extra stiffness rewards the driver with car-like response, ride and handling. A large part of the improved handling prowess can be attributed to a stiffer front suspension and a new independent rear suspension. It may be hard to believe for a vehicle like this, but with the new platform rigidity and suspension design, the 2017 Pacifica is actually fun to drive. If driving excitement is not your thing, you’ll still be happy: the seats are seriously comfortable and the Active Noise Cancellation technology creates a very quiet cabin. The 287hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is responsive, making the Pacifica feel quick both off the line and in mid-range passing maneuvers. The engine’s Variable Valve Timing combined with the new 9-speed transmission is rated at 28mpg highway, but for a quick trip to Boston and back, I saw over 30mpg. For those seeking even better efficiency, the Hybrid version returns 80 MPGe, up to 30 miles on electric power alone and has a range of up to 530 miles. On the outside, the Pacifica make a bold statement with exterior styling that is fresh, fluid and much more attractive than anything else in its class. It is a fine [...]
We've helped some great companies create identities to reflect their brand and all it stands for. But even if you just just need a simple logo for a new product, service or a promotional campaign, we can do that, too. Coachtrim is one of America's premier custom interior shops. We created a logo for them incorporating leather and aluminum to illustrate the handcrafted nature of their business. Farnbacher Loles Motorsports was a multifaceted company, incorporating a top-level professional Porsche racing team and a high-end street performance business. For Coastal Coachworks, a high-end California-based custom limousine manufacturer, we created a unique identity that captures the coast's legendary surf and the energy of the SoCal car scene. The Colonial Bronze Company traces its roots back to 1927. The company wanted a brand mark to illustrate the lifetime guarantee on their metal finishes. Matching Baggage Productions is a husband and wife TV production company. The name came to them during their frequent travels. We kept the design light and fun to match their personalities. Mastercard needed a modified version of their iconic brand identity for a season long MLB promotion. The result was a hit with fans in ballparks across the country. Toce Brothers has been in business since 1924, specializing in truck and heavy equipment tires. They wanted a new brand identity that looked like it belonged on the front of a big rig. John Howard is a former Olympic cyclist, 4-time national road cycling champion and set the cycling land speed world record at 152mph. John asked us to create a brand identity for his sports performance company. For a brand identity for an online wine retailer geared towards wine aficionados, we kept it simple: pouring wine and a glass. Bottoms up. The icon [...]
We were tasked with showing the new McLaren MP4-12C on the track at Monticello Motor Club... before any of these British supercars had even been there. Image 1: McLaren MP4-12C photo shot by Jason Thorgalsen for Miller Motorcars. Image 2: 1982 Porsche 911 SC owned by David Rose photographed by Roger Garbow on Monticello Motor Club's north pit straight.