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Refreshing or Revolting: 2020 Porsche 911

Motortrend Magazine News - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 4:00pm

Every generation since the original Porsche 911 has gradually evolved the model’s sleek fastback design, and the latest model, dubbed the 992, is no exception. Though it may not look much different from the 991 it replaces, the 2020 Porsche 911 shares no body panels with its predecessor. In fact, looking at them side by side reveals a number of subtle differences. Take a look for yourself below to see how the 992 further evolves the 911’s classic shape.

Starting in the front, we can see the 2020 model features a different front fascia with wide intake openings covered by horizontal slats. The new model also features more prominent cut lines for the hood, front bumper, and fenders, which arguably make it look less streamlined than the 991. The headlights have been redesigned, though they retain Porsche’s characteristic four-point LED light signature.

From the side, the new 911 isn’t easily distinguishable from the model it replaces. The greenhouse shape is about the same as before, and as expected, the 911’s iconic profile hasn’t changed much. The door handles are now flush with the body, and the new taillight shape can be seen from the side if you look closely, though both lamps appear equally slender. One big change is the new standard 20-inch wheels and available 21-inchers. Large-diameter wheels have been available on top trim levels for years, but now 20s will be the norm. It’s also worth noting that the 992 is slightly longer than the 991 thanks to bigger overhangs.

In back, it’s easier to tell the new 911 apart from the old one. The first giveaway is the horizontal light bar that spans the entire rear end. The taillights are also more three-dimensional with deeper recesses carved out. Additionally, the lenses are now smoked for a blacked-out look. The rear valance mirrors the front, with vents at both corners in a wide black portion of the bumper. The dual exhaust tips have spread out a bit from their more central position on the last-gen Carrera. Lastly, all 911s will now be just as wide as the previous Carrera 4 and GTS in the back thanks to fatter wheel arches.

The interior is where you’ll notice the most differences. According to Porsche, the 992’s interior is inspired by the 911 of the 1970s. You can see this influence in the new model’s simplified dashboard design, which features more straight lines compared to the 991’s dash. While the previous model’s center stack flowed into a sloped center console, there’s now a more distinct separation between the two pieces. The central infotainment screen has been moved up in the dash, and is now wider than before. And of course, we can’t talk about the 992’s interior without mentioning the small, rectangular gear selector that resembles a Braun electric shaver.

What do you think of the 2020 Porsche 911’s design? Does it advance the model’s styling enough or is it just more of the same? Tell us in the comments on Facebook.

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Latest LEGO Technic Kit Is A C7 Corvette ZR1

GM Authority News - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 3:32pm

Need a late christmas gift, anyone?

The New Pacific Blue Metallic Color For The 2019 Chevy Colorado

GM Authority News - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 3:18pm

It's one of three new hues for the 2019 Chevy Colorado pickup.

Nissan Juke Concept Makes Tracks for Tokyo

Motortrend Magazine News - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 3:00pm

The match is set and Nissan is ready to serve up its latest concept vehicles at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon next month. Brand ambassador and Japanese tennis Grand Slam champ Naomi Osaka helped design a funky X-Trail—you know it better as the Rogue—compact crossover SUV that looks like it may have rolled off the set of a Marvel movie. Apparently, the little SUV’s matte black and gold exterior was inspired by one of Osaka’s favorite hats, and it also sports a black interior with tan leather accents.

Also on display is another partnership with the tennis star, but this one will be offered to the public: a limited-edition Nissan GT-R in Midnight Opal, a tasty shade of dark purple with a tan and black interior that Nissan says Osaka helped choose.

It’s also available in white or black, and Nissan says it will build 50 of the special GT-Rs. It features LED high-mounted brake lights on its carbon-fiber rear wing and gets a numbered gold plate under the hood. The car will only go on sale in Japan and pricing will be announced at the show.

Nissan also created the wacky Juke Adventure concept complete with snow tracks and a white, black, and neon green livery that looks like bit like a leftover from Nissan’s Star Wars tie-up. It’s the latest in a string of tracked vehicles Nissan has created over the past few years. The Juke is no longer available here but continues to be sold elsewhere in the world. The Japanese automaker will also show a boxy “Elgrand Sports Premium Concept” minivan, a Nissan Formula E car, and a handful of other cool toys that will probably never make it to our shores.

Source: Nissan

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New Corvette Coloring Book

Corvettes Online News Feed - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 2:52pm
Now enthusiasts both young and not-so-young can keep their Corvette enthusiasm "colorful" with this new scribble-safe book by Fireball Tim.

Volkswagen Prepares Mobile EV Charging Stations

Motortrend Magazine News - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 2:30pm

To say Volkswagen has ambitious plans for electric vehicles may be an understatement. The automaker projects it will produce 15 million vehicles on its new MEB platform in the first wave of its EV assault, and it will invest 9 billion euros in the new VW I.D. family through 2023. The namesake brand will have 20 electric models in its lineup by 2025, up from just two entries now. To support this barrage of new EVs, Volkswagen is getting ready to introduce mobile quick charging stations.

The charging columns are based on the battery pack used with the automaker’s MEB platform. These stations can be set up in public parking lots, at a company building, or at large events, then removed if no longer needed. VW says the charging process takes an average of 17 minutes. With a battery storage capacity of 360 kilowatt-hours, each station can charge up to 15 electric vehicles. As many as four vehicles can be charged at the same time, two with DC quick-charging connections and two with AC connections. Charging stations that have depleted their energy storage would be exchanged for new ones.

When linked up to a power supply, however, the mobile station can be recharged constantly. The charging stations can be juiced up via solar or wind energy, providing C02 neutrality. Furthermore, VW suggests reusing batteries from electric vehicles to power the stations.

VW hopes the flexibility provided by the temporary stations will accelerate the development of the charging infrastructure. “The mobile charging stations are a decisive step toward an efficient network of charging points,” said Thomas Schmall, chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components, in a release. “Cities can, for example, find out the most suitable places for a permanent charging point before making major investments in developing the network. In addition, it will be possible to set up a large number of charging stations temporarily – exactly when and where they are needed.”

The first mobile charging stations will appear in Wolfsburg, Germany, in a pilot project as early as the first half of 2019. From 2020, the charging stations will spread to other cities.

Source: Volkswagen

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Bloomington Gold to Welcome Camaros for 2019 Event

Corvette Blogger - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 1:46pm

Big news out of the Bloomington Gold camp this week! After several years of contemplation, the show will be expanding to include Chevrolet Camaros in addition to Corvettes for the 2019 show. This is the first ever that another mark has been part of the Bloomington event.

Camaro owners will have many of the same opportunities as Corvettes throughout the June 20th – 22nd event.

Continue reading Bloomington Gold to Welcome Camaros for 2019 Event at Corvette: Sales, News & Lifestyle.

Are Autonomous Cars Bad, Or Is It The Self Driving Car Industry?

GM Authority News - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 1:14pm

The self-driving car industry appears to have some cultural issues.

McLaren Creates Three Design Themes for Speedtail

Motortrend Magazine News - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 12:04pm

McLaren has pre-sold all copies of the Speedtail, but customers still need to personalize their individual sports cars. To gives them some ideas, McLaren has created three design collections.

The first, titled “Urbane,” gives the McLaren Speedtail a gloss 1K carbon fiber exterior finish with brushed light blue anodized aluminum brightwork. Platinum badging with carbon inlays can also be found. Inside, there is a light blue driver seat and light grey passenger seats, complemented by navy stitching and more brushed aluminum.

“Visionary” was inspired by the U.K.’s nautical heritage, although it may not seem that way at first glance. If features a bright orange exterior accented by a silver pinstripe, as well as gloss 1K carbon fiber finish and 18 carat white gold  badging with carbon inlay. The interior has navy seats finished in nubuck leather for the passengers and full aniline leather for the driver.

The third collection is called “Dynamic,” and it features a red exterior. It also gets gloss black diamond cut wheels with light copper edging and silver brake calipers. The cabin gets a full aniline red leather central driver’s seat and white seats in semi-aniline leather, and carbon quartz white accents can be seen on the steering wheel, paddle shifters, and window and door bezel surround.

The three-seater features a gas-electric hybrid powertrain good for 1,035 hp. It’s the fastest and quickest McLaren ever built, capable of hitting 186 mph in 12.8 seconds. Top speed is 250 mph.

McLaren is making 106 copies, the same number of original F1s sold between 1993 and 1998. The first deliveries are expected in early 2020, with prices around $2.3 million plus tax.

Source: McLaren

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[GALLERY] Black Friday! (47 Corvette photos)

Corvette Blogger - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 10:55am

Happy Black Friday Corvette fans!

It’s final Friday of 2018 and so we’re sending it off with special image gallery dedicated to Black Corvettes

If you would like to see your Black Corvette in a future Black Friday photo gallery, email your photos to keith@corvetteblogger.com.

Do you have a favorite Corvette photo from this Black Friday photo gallery?

Continue reading [GALLERY] Black Friday! (47 Corvette photos) at Corvette: Sales, News & Lifestyle.

This Chevy Pickup Had The BedStep Before The 2020 Silverado HD

GM Authority News - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 10:26am

And that truck isn't sold in the United States.

How Much Can Buyers Save With The Chevrolet Employee Discount For Everyone Incentives?

GM Authority News - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 9:13am

The bottom line: it depends, but there are substantial deals to be had.

Mid-Engine Corvette May Get Trick Power Doors

GM Authority News - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 8:53am

A new patent application could shed light on a nifty feature coming to the mid-engine Corvette.

China Holds The Keys To Success At General Motors With Electric Cars

GM Authority News - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 8:29am

The U.S. market hasn't jumped on the EV bandwagon, but China has.

[AMAZON] LEGO Technic Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 42093 Building Kit (579 Pieces)

Corvette Blogger - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 7:00am

Recreate engineering excellence with this LEGO Technic 42093 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 replica. Developed in partnership with Corvette, this exclusive model really captures the essence of the iconic supercar and comes with an authentic orange and black color scheme, black spoked rims with low-profile tires, large rear wing and 4 tailpipes. This collectible model car also features working steering and a visible detailed V8 engine with moving pistons.

Continue reading [AMAZON] LEGO Technic Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 42093 Building Kit (579 Pieces) at Corvette: Sales, News & Lifestyle.

2019 Cadillac CT6 2.0 First Test: Plain Luxury

Motortrend Magazine News - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 4:00am

The 2019 Cadillac CT6 is living on borrowed time. But before General Motors discontinues it along with five other cars, we wanted to see what the updated luxury sedan has to offer with its new turbo-four base engine. Mostly unchanged since its introduction, the big Caddy is an alternative to the usual full-size luxury suspects such as the Lexus LS, but it’s priced like a midsize sedan. However, there’s more to an aspirational premium vehicle than value; it must distinguish itself, appealing to the heart as much as it does to the mind, especially in today’s crossover-obsessed world.

The first thing you’ll notice about the 2019 Cadillac CT6 is its massive footprint. Thankfully, the exterior dimensions translate well once you get inside. The cabin is airy with large windows, excellent visibility, and enough room for you to cross your legs in the rear seat, perfect for long stints on the road. Although there are many soft, squishy surfaces, there’s an equal number of components right out of the GM parts bin, such as the turn signal and wiper stalks, putting the CT6’s fit and finish a notch below cars like the Lexus LS and BMW 7 Series. Additionally, the dash layout is dated, and the gloss black plastic trim is a magnet for dust and fingerprints.

Cadillac’s CUE interface is better than its earlier iterations, but to operate the haptic feedback buttons, you’ll have to take your eyes off the road. Features you interact with frequently such as media, navigation, climate controls, and radio are integrated within the 10.2-inch touchscreen but require you to go into multiple submenus and lack redundancy. Thankfully, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are well integrated, and it only takes a step or two to change what’s playing via voice commands. An optional 34-speaker Bose Panaray audio system rounds out the multimedia experience, but like many Bose units, it’s bass-heavy and muddled at lower volumes.

At the track, the 2019 CT6 sprinted to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and finished the quarter mile in 15.7 seconds at 89.2 mph. That’s 1.1 seconds slower than a 2017 model we tested to 60 mph and a second slower in the quarter mile. The culprit is GM’s new 2.0-liter turbo I-4, which is down 28 hp and 37 lb-ft of torque versus the outgoing unit. Power delivery is smooth, and turbo lag is minimal; however, the new engine is barely adequate for a 3,930-pound car like the CT6. The 10-speed automatic is also poorly calibrated; in typical GM fashion, it shifts quickly but immediately goes to the highest gear, preventing you from taking advantage of the engine’s midrange torque. Road test editor Chris Walton noted that the engine likes to short shift well below the engine’s 7,000-rpm redline and sounds labored when pushed hard. There is a fuel economy payoff, though; our friends at EQUA Real MPG achieved 23.5/38.5 mpg city/highway during their tests. That’s a smidge lower in the city but significantly higher on the highway versus the EPA’s official 24/34 mpg rating.

Like many of its competitors, the 2019 Cadillac CT6 prioritizes comfort. The ride is compliant even over broken pavement, and the cabin is well-isolated from exterior noise. Body control and handling are commendable for its size, and floatiness is minimal over road imperfections; steering, on the other hand, feels disconnected. The CT6 finished the figure-eight course in 26.6 seconds with a 0.67 g average and generated 0.86 g on the skidpad. Testing director Kim Reynolds noted that the car is balanced but defaults to understeer when pushed hard. Stopping from 60 mph took 120 feet with minimal fade resistance. However, Walton noted that the pedal felt “wooden then springy.” Both Reynolds and Walton also observed that the CT6 nose-dives excessively during hard braking.

A suite of active driver assists, which includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert, comes standard on the Premium Luxury trim and higher. Most of those systems work discreetly in the background with the exception of lane keeping assist, which ping-pongs you in your lane, and an oversensitive rear cross-traffic alert system. Super Cruise, a semi-autonomous driving feature, is available only on all-wheel-drive-equipped CT6s on the Premium Luxury and higher grades.

The Cadillac CT6 has all the virtues you expect out of a big, luxurious sedan: comfortable, quiet, and spacious. However, when you put the sum of its parts together, it feels generic. The Audi A8 oozes cutting-edge technology and the Kia K900 punches way above its sticker price. Those looking for a luxury sedan with American style can consider the Lincoln Continental, and the Jaguar XJ remains eye-catching despite its age, driving with the agility of a smaller vehicle. With the exception of Super Cruise and the CT6’s angular exterior design, it’s hard to distinguish the Cadillac from its competitive set.

2019 Cadillac CT6 (Premium Luxury) BASE PRICE $59,090 PRICE AS TESTED $68,815 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan ENGINE 2.0L/237-hp/258-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 10-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,930 lb (50/50%) WHEELBASE 122.4 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 204.0 x 74.0 x 57.9 in 0-60 MPH 7.5 sec QUARTER MILE 15.7 sec @ 89.2 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 120 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.86 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.6 sec @ 0.67 g (avg) REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 23.5/38.5/28.5 mpg EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 24/34/28 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 140/99 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.70 lb/mile

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Celebrity Drive: Randy Stine of Straight No Chaser

Motortrend Magazine News - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 4:00am

Quick Stats: Randy Stine of Straight No Chaser
Daily Driver: 2013 Audi S7 (Randy’s rating: 9 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other cars: See below
Favorite road trip: Chicago to Colorado
Car he learned to drive in: 1983 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser
First car bought: 1997 Mercedes-Benz E 420 sedan

Straight No Chaser’s Randy Stine thought a lot before he took the plunge and bought a 2013 Audi S7. Before this, he was driving an Acura RL, but since he’d made it in the successful a cappella group, he decided to buy a splurge car.

“I kept thinking I want to go back to a German car, I missed having a V-8,” Stine tells MotorTrend. “I was on the fence about getting the Audi S7. I couldn’t force myself to think about spending the money.”

His brother-in-law’s car was totaled and he’d asked Stine if he would consider selling the Acura. “[The Audi] was my dream car, but I thought it’s just a little too financially irresponsible to do unless I had a good reason, and suddenly that reason presented itself,” he says. “I was helping out my brother-in-law and going for the car I’d always wanted.”

Stine rates the Audi a 9. “If it had all of the space and usability to make it a 10, it would take away from the appearance and the sporty feel if it [had] a more spacious back seat,” he says.

With his dad, he went to a marketing event Audi held at a track outside Chicago. Both fell in love with the S7. “We drove the S6, S7, S8 and R8, and RS 5 on a racetrack,” he says. “Did a bunch of hot laps for the day, both with ourselves driving and having a professional driver take us around and really show us what the cars could do, and from that moment forward, I knew I wanted to get an S7.”

His father ended up also buying a car after that event—the A7. “It really is an impressive way to experience a car rather than just leaving a dealer lot and doing a five-block drive around the block and thinking, ‘Do I want to spend tens of thousands on a car after that little drive? I’m not quite sold.’”

What sold Stine on the Audi was the car’s stability. “It felt more planted and more secure on the track than the S6. I wasn’t planning to track it, but the way it drove, to me, felt sportier and more secure even than the S6, which is the car I was looking at,” he says. “I was like, ‘Do I pay extra?’ The back seat’s a little more cramped, but just the appearance of the car was enough to push me over the edge.”

He loved the way it looks. “I loved the design, and the hatchback was a more practical way of having more storage instead of a conventional trunk,” he says. “So those were the things that really got me—the look of the car, the design of the interior, and of course the performance, that V-8.”

The only downside is that the backseat has begun to feel more cramped in the last year, when he tries to secure a rear-facing child seat for his 10-month-old son. So they often go in his wife’s 2018 Acura MDX for longer drives. “We’ve had a lot of great road trip memories and trips in that car, but [when] that child seat goes in, the front seat’s not nearly as comfortable sitting so upright to make room for it.”

Stine has always test-driven cars for fun, and he thought a dream job would’ve been to work at an automotive brand like MotorTrend.

“I’m that much of a car nut,” he says. “I’ve been getting MotorTrend since I was 12. I remember going to Osco drug store with my dad, and I saw MotorTrend in the magazine rack. I picked it up and [asked if I could get it.] All of a sudden I had a subscription. I had every car magazine organized on my bookshelves or in boxes.”

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Stine researches everything, to the point where friends ask him what car they should buy. “At least once a week I get a text from someone. I always wanted to know all things about cars even if it wasn’t the most exciting model,” he says, adding that he used to read minivan reviews, even as a kid.

Car he learned to drive in

Stine grew up in Naperville, Illinois, and learned to drive in his parents’ 1983 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser wagon. “A silver station wagon. No wood paneling. Which was pretty in vogue at the time,” he says with a laugh.

Both his parents took turns taking him around. They’d talk through what he should be thinking about and watching for at an intersection.

“My dad would tell me that you’re always watching the other cars even when you’re stopped. Try to think of an exit route if there’s an accident, if there’s going to be a car coming toward you, if you see someone coming out of their lane,” Stine says. “He always had me paying attention to what possibilities were there, even if you thought you were in a totally safe spot and stopped.”

One time, they were at a stoplight when Stine was 13, and an accident happened in the intersection in front of them.

“We were the first car at the red light. Someone blew a red light and T-boned, and the one car spun and slid right past the front of our car just missing us by inches,” he says. “[My dad] just told me, ‘You always have to be aware; you never know what might happen. As soon as the light turns green, doesn’t mean you step on it. You still look both ways because there might be a car that disobeyed the signal.’ He always taught me to be a very aware driver, which I appreciated.”

Stine’s old station wagon was a popular butt of jokes for his friends in high school. “People joked, called it the ‘grocery getter,’ the joke was it was the ‘honey wagon’ because you weren’t really going to pick up girls in a station wagon,” he says, with a laugh.

But it ended up being a popular car because it could transport nine passengers. “Any time there was a home football game or a school event, everyone was like, ‘Let’s just take your car!’ I think my parents didn’t really love that idea because they didn’t like the idea of the new driver having the liability of nine people in a car. But it was a great car for high school life, and I have fond memories of it.”

Although it wasn’t the coolest car in high school, Stine was thankful for it. “A lot of people aren’t lucky enough to have a car passed down to them,” he says. “It wasn’t the car I would choose if I could pick a car, but I was happy to have wheels and to be able to drive to high school and school events and give people rides.”

First car bought

After he’d worked a bunch of summer jobs in college and saved up, Stine was looking at the classifieds for a car during his senior year and came across a 1997 Mercedes-Benz E 420 sedan.

“The price just seemed way too good to be true,” he says. “I looked at the price. It was in the mid 20s. It was way off. I took it to my parents, and it was at a dealership that was 60 miles from us, so we drove up there. When it came time to negotiate the price, their price was not at all what was advertised. I pulled out the newspaper and said, ‘This is why I came in.’ They looked at the ad in the paper and the price was not correct in the paper. Much, much, much lower.”

The dealer sold other brands, and Stine’s dad looked around and the sales guy came up with a solution. “They said, ‘We’ll honor this price in here if you guys agree that you’re going to buy your next car from us.’ My dad said, ‘That’s pretty honorable. If you’re going to stick to the pricing mistake, then we’ll do that.’ My parents ended up buying their next two cars from that dealership.”

Stine had enough to buy a car that was around $20,000 because he’d saved up from working odd jobs in high school and college. “I used to detail cars, I ran my own detailing business in summers, and I worked at Best Buy and Structure, and a restaurant as well, I bussed tables,” he says.

It was unusual to have a car on campus, and he liked that it was silver and didn’t attract a lot of attention. “It was a car that really sparked my love for German cars in general,” he says.

Up to that point, his family had only owned GM cars. “We had a Pontiac Bonneville, the station wagon, a Chevy Suburban,” he says, but “I had so few problems with [the Benz] and enjoyed it so much that my father ended up buying an E-Class for the first time. The way that they drove was so night-and-day different compared to what I’d experienced with U.S. models up to that point.”

The family tried to write GM because they had to replace a timing belt three times before one of their cars reached 100,000 miles, he says, adding that the car once died in the middle of an intersection while his sister was making a left-hand turn. His dad wrote GM a letter listing 15 cars he’d owned that were GM models, but Stine says, “GM responded with ‘Here’s $250 off a Cavalier,’ and we’ve never bought a GM vehicle since.”

Favorite road trip

“In ’92 I was still in high school, and once [my parents] passed the station wagon down to me, they bought a Chevy Suburban,” he says. “We spent four or five years going to the dealership looking at Suburbans in the showrooms, thinking about them, not buying one.”

His dad always wanted to do a big road trip, so the following summer, after they’d finally gotten the Suburban, the family went on a 6,000-mile road trip, covering 18 states in 21 days.

“I was keeping a log while we traveled, all the places we visited, and having to stop and get an oil change during a road trip was crazy to me at the time,” Stine says. “I was 15 and had my learner’s permit so my dad let me drive as practice in every state. By the time I was 16, I’d practiced driving in 18 states.”

They stopped at all the obligatory tourist places including Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, ski towns in Colorado, white-water rafting on the Snake River, the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, and Wall Drug on the way back.

“At times I had my headphones on and I wanted to be back home with my friends, but looking back, I’m so very glad that my parents took us on that trip and I hope and plan to take a similar trips with my wife and kids someday,” he says.

The long hours and moments of family bonding made the trip memorable. “It was so family focused, rather than when you go to a theme park, you’re more focused on doing the rides, and this was seeing places that my sister and I had never seen,” he says. “It was a fantastic trip. I have some fond memories of my parents and my sister experiencing things for the first time. It was an overall very fun trip, because you spend so many hours in the car with each other. There were stories that my parents would tell that I hadn’t heard before.”

Even though there were times he felt like he was probably a whiny 15-year-old, looking out the window during a lull in the drive, that was part of the experience.

“This was the whole family doing new things together, and there were times where you said, ‘Dad, yep, I can’t believe how high this corn is, either.’ As a kid you’re bored, but at the same time this was a trip for everyone, and back then the Suburban was the perfect road trip car because it seemed so huge,” he says.

The spacious Suburban was great because his sister took the back row, the middle row was for whoever wanted to take a nap, and he and his mom would alternate sitting next to his dad, who did most of the driving.

“I joke about that being the start of National Lampoon’s Vacation, where he’s got the computer and trip laid out. My dad had a 20-page document, this many miles between the hotel on this night, and the second day we have to cross all of Nebraska, having it all planned out,” he recalls. “On a trip of that length you really do have to do that in order to see all the sights you’re trying to get to.”

Straight No Chaser’s album One Shot

On the new album One Shot, the a cappella group tells their story through song, highlighting moments from their start at Indiana University in 1996.

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“Half of us were in the music school, but there was no a cappella group. One of the reasons I switched out of the music program was I didn’t want to be an opera singer,” Stine says. “A couple of us got together and said they have these groups out on the East Coast.”

They were also doing it for fun to get free food and meet girls, he said. “In 2006, they had a 10-year anniversary for us, and I threw these old clips on YouTube, and they were Betamax tapes just for us to share, and 18 months later, it went viral on New Year’s Day 2008,” Stine says. “I got a phone call from the CEO of Atlantic Records, ‘Can you get everybody back together and tour?’ I was like, ‘Who is this?’ Is one of my friends making this voice? Five days later I flew to Los Angeles, had dinner with them, and we’ve been doing this for a decade now. We uprooted our lives and took the plunge of quitting our actual steady real jobs, and health care and everything else that came with that, to take the chance on this working.”

Today, Stine is thankful for the opportunity to be making music full time, although he would still find a way to be doing music if the group had never made it from the viral video.

“There’s something fulfilling in the performance, even those playing piano at home,” he says. “If I wasn’t doing this, I would want to be involved in some way.”

When the video went viral, it went beyond anything he could have planned. “Before this happened, I was with a group loosely in Chicago, and I ended up quitting that group and I said to my girlfriend at the time, ‘The only way I could do a cappella is if I could get back together with my old group,’ and then two weeks later the video went viral,” he says. “I was like, ‘It’s an Oprah moment, you put it out in the universe.’ I have plenty of friends that are much more talented than I am, and I know they would want to tour as much and get to play to as many people as we do. I know how many people would love this lifestyle and get to play music for a living.”

Stine says it’s been fun to work with legends on their albums such as Paul McCartney and Elton John.  “We performed at the Hollywood Bowl two summers ago with Al Yankovic, Michael McKean tweeting—‘Great concert.’ It’s always fun to see who comes backstage at the show.”

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