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  • The Unholy Trinity: Charger, Challenger, Chrysler 300

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    Charger, Challenger and Chrysler 300 - New Product Launch!

    We at WindRestrictor® are God-fearing people. But, like everyone else, we have a side of us that likes to get a little over the edge. This Friday we do just that by unleashing three Mopar glowplates for people who like to get wild. I'm talking about the Charger, Challenger, and Chrysler 300.

    What do we know about these cars? Are they all flash and no dash? Are they able to burn another muscle car off the stoplight? A flash in the pan or a car with a rich history? Well, we'll find out today.

    I'm going to lay it out for all these sexy Chrysler cars today! We're giving you all the who, what, when, where, why's and how's.  So, buckle up and go for a ride with me through the history of the Charger, Challenger, and Chrysler 300.

     

    NEW PRODUCT DETAILS 

    The new Glow Plate launches 2/8/2018 Friday for pre-sale.

    You can order yours through the following links.

    Dodge Charger Glow Plate

    Dodge Challenger Glow Plate

    Chrysler 300 Glow Plate

    This new product is manufactured in Dallas, Texas USA at the Windrestrictor® facility. It is a Mopar Licensed Product with multiple patents through the USPTO. Product highlights below.

    • Fully personalized - Custom graphics/logos available. In house graphic designer will work with you to come up with a one-of-a-kind design for you through email.
    • Multiple Mopar Licensed graphics to select from including Scat Pack, R/T, SRT, Chrysler, Dodge, Charger, Challenger etc.
    • Multiple illumination colors are available including the color changing with remote control.
    • Easy installation - Mounting tabs are secure between rear seats and panel. Mounting is not visible only the glass piece is seen after installation. All wiring is totally hidden as well.
    • Power from interior lights or battery pack. Wiring is simple and a step-by-step video will be provided with all orders to follow along. This product is a DIY, self installation. Not difficult.
    • Lifetime warranty. Our PMMA Proprietary blended glass is guaranteed to never fade, turn yellow or tarnish over time. Rear visibility is not hindered and the product is fully transparent. Charger

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    The Dodge Charger is a car that has a rich history. Far from being the new kid on the block, this vehicle has been around for over 50 years. Now in it's seventh generation, the charger remains a force for those who like cars that perform like they look, tough.

    In 1966 the First Generation Charger was introduced to the scene. It was a two-door fastback and it was intermediate sized. It had a V8 318 cu in 5.2 liter engine. Even larger engines were optional. As you can tell from the beginning, it was all about ripping up the roads!

    The Second Generation was introduced in 1968. It was based on the Chrysler B platform and the sales started increasing substantially. It didn't perform as expected in race leagues, like NASCAR, so in response a more aerodynamic model came about in the form of the Charger 500.

    Introduced in 1971, the Third Generation was modified to meet emissions and safety regulations. An increase in sales was evident when Dodge eliminated the Coronet. Leaving the Charger as their only two-door intermediate-sized premier model.

    Rolling off the assembly line in 1975, the Fourth Generation was debuted. Trying to gain ground in the luxury car market, the Charger was restyled. At this time a Daytona model was introduced with stripes that extended through the length of the car.

    Yet, another totally restyled Charger came to life in 1981. The Fifth Generation morphed into a subcompact hatchback. A turbo model was available, but only with a manual transmission. Also, in 1983, a Shelby Charger was offered. This was the last model available it seemed because the next generation model didn't take shape for nineteen more years.

    Finally, in 2006 the Sixth Generation came to be. This generation's model was a four-door sedan and was built using the Chrysler LX platform. It resembled the models from the 60s and 70s. It came with the choice of V6 or V8 engine and it came with an SRT8 equipped with a 6.1 L Hemi engine.

    Now for the present! In 2011 the Seventh Generation was introduced. With new exterior and interior, the Seventh had major advances and brisk sales. Driver visibility was improved and so was performance. A new Pentastar was put into place which replaces the previous V6. The '12, '13, and '14 models were the years when the Super Bee was available. Accessories and badges that harkened back to the 60's and 70's were made available on this model.

    Challenger

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    The Challenger, like the Charger, has a pretty storied history of it's own! It's been around for quite a few years and has quite a few fans! Let's go through the generations all the way to today to check it out!

    The limited edition Silver Challenger was made available to the public in 1959. It was made only in silver (of course) and in a two-door body style. Interestingly when the name rights lapsed, Studebaker made it's own Challenger model in 1964. Although, none of these are considered First Generation.

    The First Generation was the 1970 model that was made available to the public in 1969. This classic car was one of Chrysler's E-Body cars. The other one was the Plymouth Barracuda. It had an ungodly amount of options and trim variations to compete directly with the Mustang and Camaro. The exterior design was done by the same man who did the 1966 Charger. If you see any comparable features, this is the reason.

    The Second Generation came around in late '77 for the '78 model year. It was, in fact, an early version of the Mitsubishi Galant Lambda. It was the exact same vehicle as the Plymouth Sapporo except in color and trim. It was sold until '83 and was replaced by the Conquest and the Daytona. Such an untimely demise for a great model.

    Just when you thought it was over! In 2008 the newest Challenger was made available to the public. Many design ideas were taken from the 1970 Challenger R/T. This was going to be a pony car that reminded you of the old days! The Third Generation outdoes itself in quality and design. From the 2010 Dodge Detonator Challenger R/T Classic to today's SRT Demon, it's hard to find a better guilty pleasure!

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    Chrysler 300

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    While it might not have the storied history of the Charger or Challenger, the 300 is a car that makes you wish you were driving it! The First Generation wasn't until the mid 2000's, but it burst on the scene like a one-of-a-kind should! Let's go in depth with the short but storied history!

    First Generation Chrysler 300s arrived in 2005 and was produced until 2010. It's a interpretation of the Chrysler C-300 for modern times. The styling was very similar to the '98 Chrysler Chronos concept car. This is where the chrome accents, tortoise shell finished steering wheel, and the shifter knob derived from. While many models and variations were available (including a station wagon), my favorite was the SRT8 equipped with a 6.1 liter Hemi. Can you say 0-60 in 4.9 seconds? Yalza!

    The Second Generation arrived in 2011. It was somewhat redesigned as a four-door notchback. Also, available as a five-door station wagon. Some changed included were; the windshield was more raked, bi-xenon HID projector headlights, daytime LED running strips within the headlights, and new LED taillights. Several special edition were available as well. The 300s Alloy Editions, 300 Motown Edition, 300s Glacier Edition, Mopar '12, and the John Varatos Edition (kinda cool to have an edition named after some guy) were all examples.

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    Thanks so much for reading another one of my posts! If you see any mistakes please let me know! You can email me paul@windrestrictor.com is the way to go. Heck, if you have time just drop me an email saying hi!

    Interested in our product? You can click here to save 5% on your purchase! We sell products for all this models listed in this post and many more. Check out our Universal Glow Plates and Universal Lighted Door Sills for your car today!

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  • WindRestrictor® and Chrysler Crossfire

    Chrysler Crossfire Wind Deflector - Mopar Licensed

    As you know, we're very proud here at WindRestrictor® to be officially licensed Mopar. I did a whole blog post on just Chrysler and a bit of their history. But, I'd like to write a post specifically focusing on the Chrysler Crossfire.

    When talking about American classics, Chrysler is often overlooked. We hard loads about both Ford and GM. Why not concentrate on a Chrysler model that will turn heads and get people noticing?

    The Crossfire has long been a car that we're more than happy to be able to produce a high-level wind blocker/wind deflector for. So, let's take some time and find out a little more about this awesome car that everyone confuses for a Mercedes-Benz SLK 170. How long have they been on the road? Are they still manufactured? What are their sales numbers? We'll answer these questions and more right now!

    The Early History

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    The Chrysler Crossfire was first introduced as a concept car in 2001 at the North American International Auto Show. Later, in 2002, the mass-produced version (a 2004 Chrysler Crossfire) was first introduced at the Los Angeles auto show.

    It was a venture set in place during Daimler-Benz's ownership of Chrysler. Which more than explains the comparisons with a fine Mercedes drop top. Because Benz was, in fact, making Chryslers.

    It shared 39% of its parts with Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Chrysler technicians and engineers actually had to get different tools and parts to properly service the vehicle. Quite a switch for those who were used to working on Jeeps, minivans, and subcompact cars.

    The vehicle was originally styled by industrial and automobile designer, Eric Stoddard. Eric has a very impressive and varied résumé. He's worked on the Sebring, Dodge Viper, and even an odd folding bike known as the Zoomla. The man's talent continues to be shown.

    Years and Models

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    The XF ( Crossfire ) came in a few different varieties of course. We're big fans of all of the convertible models, naturally. They had, of course, a roadster, a limited roadster, and the SRT-6 Roadster.

    Unfortunately, the car was only around for three years. From 2005 until 2008. A victim of restructuring by the Chrysler Corporation. I don't know about you, but I for one am so tired of seeing great convertibles coming and going so quickly. The Chrysler Crossfire is a unique and stylish ride.

    For those of you who don't have Mercedes money, the XF could be the car you waited for and forgot to purchase! You can find them for under 10k. Very reasonable for such an eye-catching drop top.

    That's a Wrap!

    Thanks so much for checking our blog entry about the history of Chrysler Crossfire. We hope you enjoyed it! A quick reminder, if you have any suggestions, ideas, or corrections I'm only one email away. You can reach at paul@windrestrictor.com . I love hearing from customers, even if they may not 100% agree with me.

    Interested in buying one of our products? No problem! Simply click this sentence and use the coupon code, "Paul 5". You'll receive 5% off hanging out reading about Chrysler. It's truly that easy.

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  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month with WindRestrictor®

    ctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

    At WindRestrictor® two of our most precious women are

    Breast Cancer SURVIVORS!

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    Meet "Granny" - Charlotte Pennington, President of WindRestrictor® - Grandmother to our Founder - Queen of all support systems - Master of all things organized - and most importantly, our #1 Prayer Warrior!  Granny has been WindRestrictor®'s backbone since day one when Robert was cutting out his very first prototypes on her and Granddaddy's back porch!  She is our absolute greatest blessing!

    Granny has been cancer free since 2015!

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    Meet Lisa Pennington - our go-to gal for.... well - YOU NAME IT, She's done it!! Super Star in purchasing, mad shipping & receiving skills, and if there's a special errand to run, you can consider it done.  She was our late Founder, Robert King Pennington's Aunt and she's been helping his business grow since day one!

    Lisa has been cancer free since 2000!

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    At WindRestrictor® we support various charities all year long through many different avenues, but the month of October certainly hits close to home for us!

    If you feel led to give, Susan G Komen is an amazing organization that you may wish to learn more about.

    From the website (https://ww5.komen.org/)  -- "In 1980, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became the Susan G. Komen®organization and the beginning of a global movement. What was started with $200 and a shoebox full of potential donor names has now grown into the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. To date, we’ve invested more than $2.9 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 60 countries. Our efforts helped reduce deaths from breast cancer by 38 percent between 1989-2014 and we won’t stop until our promise is fulfilled."

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    We also have had many opportunities to create personalized graphics for cancer survivors. This one in particular has been at many Corvette shows, you may have even seen it on the popular Netflix series Corvette Nation!

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    Check out all of these Breast Cancer supporting vehicles we found while doing some research on Breast Cancer Awareness month, and thank you for supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

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  • Keep Winter Warm With WindRestrictor®!

    Fall is only a few weeks old, and winter is right around the corner. WindRestrictor® is a company that prides itself on fun in the sun! You think of the top down, radio going, and our beautiful product shining out of the back. But, unfortunately, summer doesn't last forever.

    It's near Christmas, and nobody's at the beach. Your bathing suits are traded in for warm jackets. From suntan lotion to salons. It all changes! Why would anybody by our products this time of year? Good question!

    In this blog post, I'd like to point out the best reasons to buy our products during the fall and winter months. There are reasons that you've never imagined to do business with WindRestrictor® in the coldest times of the year!

    Like always all of my opinions are my own and doesn't necessarily reflect those of this fine company. Let's take a look, shall we?

    You Live in Australia/New Zealand

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    G'day mate. You know why you aren't cold in December? You're in Oceania. Our friends Down Under live in the Southern Hemisphere and are frolicking on beaches while we're freezing our sweet petunias off.

    In Sydney, the average temperature is 78 degrees Fahrenheit during Christmas time. Santa's reindeer covered in frost are replaced by kangaroos in bikinis. Remember, we ship internationally. So, if you're wondering if we ship to your neck of the woods...We certainly do!

    Unseasonable American Warmth

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    You don't have to go to the land of the Koalas to be warm during the winter months. If you're American, you live in a big and beautiful nation full of different climates and weather patterns. Our states are like different nations. You can go from frosty to tropical during a short plane ride!

    In Tucson, Arizona the daytime high is near the 70s. In the Florida Keys, they had 12 days of 80+ degrees. Tired of shoveling snow in New England? Well, the Gulf Coast was 76 degrees on New Year's day last year. Another great advantage of being a Yankee Doodle Dandy!

    NOT the Daily Driver

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    For some people driving around in a tricked-out ride is a weekend thing. They aren't pushing their way through frost in a Camaro or Mustang during the winter months. Maybe, taking it on for a special event or meet-up with like owners.

    Why wait until the very end to trick it out? Get in your warm garage and get us going before the first day of Spring! Who wants to miss all those precious warm days (for some people not nearly enough days at that) by fiddle-faddling with wires? If you get it done January, it will be ready in June!

    Keep The Top UP

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    Unless you're a member of The Polar Bear Club, it's often just way too cold to put the roof up in your convertible. Forty degrees with the increased wind? Forget it. You'd be insane to drive around freezing to death trying to show off your custom wind blocker/wind deflector.

    Luckily, most drop-tops today come with a retractable roof. As you can see in our picture, this Mercedes-Benz SLK is more than ready to stay warm while showing off. We're not just a warm-weather product. We can light up a winter night too!

    Our Sills Are Indoors!

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    Need to pimp your ride but don't feel comfortable braving an Arctic Blast to do so? Want to show off without catching a case of pneumonia? Do you feel like lighting up the night would just remind you of how warm a fire would be?

    Well, you can show off a lot more than your wind blocker with us! The lighted door sills above for the Crossfire are available for many models now. Heck, we even have a universal option that fits loads of different types of automobiles. Couple that with our edge-lit art, lighted wheel ring and puddle lights...Your options are limitless no matter the time of year!

    Time For The Coupe

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    For some a rag top just isn't enough to block the cold in your area. We're in a warmer part of the country, however people in places like Minnesota don't want to hear our crap about just raise your roof and go out and party like you live in Southern California. Heck, I wouldn't want to hear it either.

    When a coupe is essential, our Glowplates fill the bill. We already make several Glowplate models (for cars like Corvettes and Mini Coopers), but now have a Universal Glowplate that will show off your motto or logo with laser-etched perfection. Keep the heater on while advertising for your business or club. It's always the right time.

    Great Promotions!

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    Ever notice you can find a great deal on a warm winter coat is Spring? Sometimes, the things you want cost way less at an off-time of the year. Get your football gear during basketball season, because during football season, you'll pay the full amount.

    We realize our sales are slower during the colder months. At WR we have massive promotions throughout the year and you can save loads on one of our new custom models. Just like those cleats you buy in May, the WindRestrictors® sold in February can save you a pretty penny on your purchase.

    Because Christmas

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    I can't think of a better reason to go shopping than Christmas. It's as American as apple pie and reality television. There's hot cocoa, malls full of people, Christmas Carols, and very happy store owners.

    Need something unique this holiday season? Look no further. You car lover will absolutely go crazy for our one-of-a-kind products. Forget stick-on decals, get the art that won't peel off! Couple that with a lifetime warranty and there's not a better gift for your automotive enthusiast!

    Let's Wrap It Up

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    Thanks so much for hanging with us for another blog post! Remember, you can always save 5% on our products! Simply click here and use the code Paul5. You'll be happy you did!

    Have an idea to make my blog posts better? I don't care! Mind your business! Just kidding! You can email me, paul@windrestrictor.com . I'll get back to you in no time!

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  • Corvette Funfest 2017

    We make it no secret at WindRestrictor® that we are huge fans of the Corvette. We've made products for the 'Vette for years now, and love the owners as much as we love vehicles themselves. So, why on earth would we want to miss an event entitled the "Corvette Funfest" ?

    In all actuality anything that calls itself, "Funfest", really put pressure down on the hosts to deliver. But, if we're talking a fest for Corvettes, nobody is more qualified than Mid America Motorworks to make such an event happen. Tons of parts for Corvettes from our wind blockers all the way down to 1953 exterior body trim. This is a company that's dealt in excellence since 1976.

    WindRestrictor® makes it a habit to partner with the leading suppliers of fine automobile accessories and will definitely be in attendance to show our support for this awesome event in lovely Effingham, Illinois. Make sure you come by and say hello!

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  • Best Cars of 2017: Consumer Reports

    WindRestrictor® is the producer of thousands of automotive accessories per year. While happy to be a manufacturer, we're very much car enthusiasts. We've done tons of automotive blog posts. Possibly, nothing is more important than the top cars of 2017. You can have the biggest or fastest automobile, but if it's broken on side of the road after a few miles, what good is it?

    A lot of car magazines have their favorites based on things like looks or top speed. We're going to look at the picks of a popular magazine known for really putting products to the test, Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports has been in operation since 1936. They're well-known for their journalistic integrity and refuse outside advertising. So, if CR says it, it isn't because they're getting their strings pulled. They put devices, machines, good and services through rigorous testing. Then print their findings in their issues.

    Intrigued by a company that goes to such lengths, and obsessed with anything automotive, I decided what better post than something combining these two things? We're going to take a look based on five things: Overall score, road test, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety. If you'd like to read their full article, check it out here. If you don't have a 2017, there's a link in the article to several other years covered. It's sort of a tradition there and may become one here. So, let's take a look, shall we?

    Subcompact Car: Toyota Yaris iA

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    More and more Americans are going subcompact to save on fuel and space. If you too decide to go sub, it's hard to get better than the Toyota Yaris iA. The Yaris iA was graded on (as were all cars today) overall score, road test, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety. Scoring high in all five. This Mazda developed, Scion launched automobile is the subcompact with big value.

    Compact Car: Chevrolet Cruze

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    The Cruze has gotten high marks from not just Consumer Reports, Cars.com and Autoblog both gave it 5 stars. The Cruze has enough space for a family of four, but is small enough to be reasonable on gas. The 153-hp four-cylinder has some get up and go for a car its size. So you can have a little fun while weaving in and out of traffic. Yet, your bank won't break with an astounding 47 miles per gallon. Midsized Sedans (which we'll also cover) you might've met your match!

    Compact Hybrid: Toyota Prius

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    Do you have a friend who has hippie tendencies? When you're making fun of him/her do you go for the hemp backpack? What about the Yoga classes? No, you more than likely try to hit them straight in the Prius. If you're going to go hybrid though, you'd be hard pressed to find a better vehicle than this masterpiece by Toyota. We're talking 52 mpg. Long gas lines and high fuel prices are a thing of the past. If you're the ecologically conscience type, this is your dream vehicle made real. Now with better handling and more rider comfort! No wonder CR handed this green hybrid a spot in this feature.

     Sports Car: Mazda MX-5 Miata

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    Admittedly, I was very pleased to see this pick. We've been making Mazda Mx-5 Miata wind blockers/wind deflectors for quite some time. I have to say they're among my favorite customers. Their irreverent style and zany modifications keep me in stitches. But, these owners are more than just zany roadster riders. These people know a great deal when they see one. This roadster has pinpoint accuracy on hard turns, a sleek body style, and super smooth shifting. Combine that with a reasonable price, heck, this car sold itself in 2017.

    Midsized Sedan: Kia Optima

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    Reliable and rated highly for its safety features, the Optima is what most families want in a car that reliably gets your family from point a to point b. It also comes with tons of options that you usually see on higher priced models. Value is a big deal nowadays and this vehicle screams it. Plus, the stylishness makes it look sleek and fun. You can see a young professional or a family of four cruising the highways in this cool ride from Kia.

    Large Sedan: Chevrolet Impala

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    When I was a much younger guy, I was a fan of hip hop. One of the cars on my looking too cool for school list was definitely the famed Chevy Impala. It screamed classic. Who would think twenty years later my love for this auto would remain. Albeit, for different reasons. The roominess, handling, and smooth ride are a real pleasure. From bumping booming bass to soothing my aching joints, the Impala was and still is a ride that car buyers who know what's in want.

    Small SUV: Subaru Forester

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    While not the type of SUV you'd get for a big family, the Forester is very roomy. A great ride for a young person too. You want to look cool without spending a mint? This smaller classic by Subaru could be for you. Aside from looking sharp, this SUV has remarkable visibility when turning sharp. Throw in automatic emergency braking and you have a smart, safe buy in a stylish package.

    Midsized SUV: Toyota Highlander

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    In my opinion, the Highlander is the most family friendly of rides. Very good size and space, reasonable towing ability, and all-weather traction. Heck, that's perfect for a long weekend road trip. You also get advanced safety equipment standard and 25 extra horsepower from 2016. Toyota seems like it really wanted to pack this SUV with features to make it a great buy. You know what? Mission accomplished.

    Luxury SUV: Audi Q7

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    The Audi Q7 is for the more well-to-do SUV drivers. A lot of times a pricier vehicle is all fluff. You'll pay for a name or an auto maker. This isn't one of those times. It comes with an infotainment system, more than ample space, high-engineered brakes, and amazing handling. Yes, you're paying for all of those goodies. What do you get in return? Only the very best in its class.

    Compact Pickup: Honda Ridgeline

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    Being a guy from the Southern United States, I'm always happy to cover pickup trucks. They're the preferred chariots of my folks. The Ridgeline however, is more than a dented up hauler in your Uncle Cooter's garage. It's fuel economy is nothing short of astounding. The handling makes it a real pleasure to drive too. It gives a car feel in a truck body. I'm not sure I'd see the day when Honda makes such a great lil' truck. But, it seems that time has indeed come.

    Let's Wrap It Up

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  • Chrysler, Fiat, and Mopar

    WindRestrictor® is in the business of extending our brand of products as much as possible. Recently, we've decided to make glowplates for the Charger, Challenger, and Chrysler 300. This begs the question, what do we know about Chrysler?

    Known as one of the big three, Chrysler has long been a staple in the auto industry. Since coming under the Fiat banner, it's only gained steam. Let's take some time out to see what exactly made this company such a force in the automotive industry and its roots in American ingenuity that has since expanded to global engineering masterpieces. Remember, these are all my words and not necessarily those of WindRestrictor®. So, let's get into it!

    Chrysler Beginnings

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    The Chrysler Corporation was started in 1925 by Walter Chrysler. Walter (who once worked for General Motors) took controlling interest in the faltering Maxwell Motors and instantly started improving their vehicles. Another interesting piece of nostalgia is Mr Chrysler took the unprecedented step of marketing to women.

    Walter made some important acquisition shortly after taking over Maxwell Motors. With his purchases of the Dodge Brothers Company and Fargo Trucks. Fargo and Dodge later came together as what we know now as Dodge Trucks. Later, Plymouth and Desoto were established under the Chrysler banner. The company was on its way up and a number of brilliant business moves were far from over.

    After World War II Chrysler found itself in a tough spot due to decreased sales and market share. The decision was made to borrow 250 million dollars from Prudential. This lead to further expansion, updated designs and greater employment opportunity for the leading engineers of the time.

    Later, Chrysler opened up a Chrysler Europe division. However, this was later sold to PSA Peugeot Citroen. The spread into Europe was an untimely overreach and ultimately proved to be a costly mistake.

    The 70s came and so did more economic issues. A partnership with Mitsubishi proved somewhat beneficial and Dodge and Plymouth vehicles were sold that were actually the Japanese manufacturer's vehicles. The economic woes were still there, however, and a loan from the U.S. government of over one billion dollars was the only thing that saved them from bankruptcy.

    Iacocca To The Rescue

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    The company was very much on the ropes and the only thing that saved them was their new CEO Lee Iacocca. Iacocca was well-known for his development of the Mustang and the super fabulous king of legendary American cars, the Pinto. In all seriousness, he's seen as one of the greatest CEOs in American history. This fact would show with his leadership at Chrysler.

    One of the things Lee brought with him from Ford was the mini-max project. The mini-max project had been shut down by Henry Ford but was brought to Chrysler with great success. Seeing Toyota have great success in Asia and Latin America, Chrysler proved the Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan to be certified successes.

    Later in the '80s, Iacocca led Chrysler took over AMC. This merger led to the creation of the Eagle division (which was short-lived) and the wildly successful Jeep. The Grand Cherokee's introduction coincided with the retirement of Lee Iacocca. This, however, was not the end of Lee's involvement at Chrysler.

    An attempted hostile takeover of Chrysler was attempted by Iacocca and billionaire Kirk Kerkorian in 1995. Kerkorian as an Armenian-American businessman and philanthropist most famous for mega-buildings in Las Vegas. The most well-known of those being the MGM Grand. Unfortunately, the takeover was a flop. This led to a five-year gag order against Lee and Kirk.

    By the mid-2000s Iacocca had returned as a Chrysler pitchman touting their employee pricing program, along with many other celebrities. Instead of normal compensation for his services, Lee's foundation "Iacocca Foundation" for the treatment of diabetes was donated one dollar for every automobile sold.

    Fiat To The Rescue

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    Even more issues with finances caused the company to go through different hands before landing in the hands of Fiat (the Italian carmaker) on January 1st, 2014. The company reorganised and is now known as FCA US LLC.

    Fiat started all the way back in 1899. After the merger with Chrysler, FCA is now the seventh largest automaker in the world. Not too shabby for a company that was on the brink of not existing just a few years ago. Currently, FCA houses many notable makes and models including; Fiat, Chrysler, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Ram and Maserati.

    The company ran into a little bit of trouble only a few months ago concerning emissions regulations policies, however, the company is going strong again due to great new leadership, continued excellence in engineering, and a revitalised market. The sky seems to be the limit for one of the big three American Automakers!

    Mopar

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    Mopar is the wing of FCA that makes the parts, handles the customer care and actual servicing of the vehicles. Mopar is an amalgamation of the words "motor" and "parts". It is now used in a bigger sense for FCA cars. For instance, Fiats now are Mopars.

    Many groups, organisations and clubs have been made in honour of Mopar. The presence of Mopar on the world-wide web is extraordinary. Any quick search on Facebook or on a broader scale Google returns 100s if not 1000s of results. Proof that FCA is making a huge splash among younger enthusiasts as well as keeping loyal followers.

    Let's Wrap It Up

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  • WindRestrictor - Vet's & Corvettes

     

    This week the WindRestrictor family had the honor to work with a very special Vietnam Veteran Sgt. James McDermott on a custom project for his C6 Corvette.

    The time is always right to remember these folks for their unwavering sacrifice and service to our beautiful country, but what better time to be able to do this than Memorial Day to remember the fallen and get to know the survivors?James McDermott WR Wall PicMcDermott Purple Heart Plate

    We were honored to meet Sgt. McDermott and to all have a part in working with him to listen to some of his memories of service and be able to help him tell his story in this beautiful custom art that he can always have with him. Our hope is that this brings a smile to his face every time he looks in the rear view mirror and that it affords him many opportunities to share his story as he goes to Car Shows where it's sure to be noticed.

    Here are some of the highlights from our visit with Sgt. McDermott while he was having his WindRestrictor installed at our office in Dallas.

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    Duster Quads & Searchlights                                    The Second First ( Second Artillery)

    29th Artillery                                                                 Purple Heart

            Sgt. Stripes                                                                    II Field Forces Vietnam

    (WR) Does your car have a name and/or a story behind it?

    Not yet, but I’m kinda thinking about something like “Silver Bullet” but there is already one of those locally. I will come up with something though.

    (WR) What’s under your hood and want to tell us about some of your
    favorite mods?

    No Mods yet except for the WindRestrictor but some are coming. The car is a C6 2008 convertible and (thankfully) has the LS3 engine, which was an upgrade for the 08 model and has 430 HP . As my first performance mod, I’ll be doing the air intake system at the front.

     

    Here's a video we put together with a favorite song from the Vietnam Era. "Leaving on a Jet Plane".

    (WR) You chose to go with a “Custom” design, can you tell us about your
    design selections and what each means to you?

    The design is “one of a kind” which I put together on the fly and with a lot of help from Stephen. It all has to do with my Vietnam experience. My unit had three unique weapons. The Duster was a Twin 40mm Bofors Cannon . Navy "Pom Pom" guns in an open turret on a tank (a modified M41 and designated the M42A1). The quads were a mount with 4 .50 cal M2 machine guns. The mount could turn 360 degrees and elevate to about 90 degrees. The gunner sat inside the mount. The mount could be towed, but was mostly mounted on a deuce and a half (2.5 ton) or later 5 ton trucks. Firing the guns was shaking the deuce apart. The mounts were also placed on mountains and hills and used in a semi-permanent ground role.

    Another interesting fact is that a lot of ammo was needed to feed those four .50 cal machine guns, so the bed of the truck was filled completely with .50 cal ammo cans.

    The searchlights were Xenon lights mounted on jeeps. The jeeps were M151A1 type (new ones) with a 100 amp electrical system. The lights had about 1.5 million candle power and were switchable between white light and infrared light. We had special binoculars for the infrared, which was used mostly to find targets (VC, NVA). Once located, and when backup weapons were ready (artillery, mortars, cobra gun ships, etc.) we switched to white light and lit up the night. I enjoyed my time ( 9 months) on the searchlights very much.

    I was the trouble shooter for the unit and went wherever there was a problem so i got to travel extensively and i always had transportation, no walking was required.

    (WR) Tell us about your experience working with the Graphic Artist? Any
    room for improvement in that process?

    My time spent with Stephen was just great! We went through at least 6 versions before finalizing it. I asked Stephen to do a few things which I thought were impossible, but he always came through with flying colors.

    (WR) What was your overall purchasing experience like with
    WindRestrictor and how can we improve that experience?

    I can’t think of when I’ve have ever had a nicer time buying something. Everyone was courteous, professional and accommodating and I know they went “above and beyond” in their treatment of me. I really don’t know of anything I would change.

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    (WR) Have you taken home any trophies at shows , tell us about them?

    The car is still pretty new to me. I bought it last August. I did go to a show called the “First on the 1st” on January 1st and I got a trophy (for me, not the car). It was for my first Corvette show.

    Bonham Car Show after installation – taking the “OUTSTANDING” category!!

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    People were impressed with the graphics also. And for the category of cars 1970 and newer, I got the "Outstanding" trophy. And there were several new Corvettes there as well as a few other newer than '70 cars.”

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    “When I left you yesterday, the top was up, but I put it down at the first light, and drove all the way home. This is a testimonial that your product works better than advertised. Cruising at 75 mph, I didn't have to worry about my hat blowing off, or my beard blowing up in my face, or stuff on the passenger seat blowing out of the car. It was great. And I drove home from Bonham after the car show with the top down. I'm really loving it.

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    (WR) Thank you again for your selfless service to our country, for your valued business and we wish you many miles of safe Top Down Driving!
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  • Fastest Cars In The World

    The WindRestrictor® blog tells car stories. But, we've neglected one aspect of the automotive industry that everybody talks about...Who makes the fastest cars. Let's be honest, nobody is at lunch in high school talking about what car has the best gas mileage. Everybody wants to know what hot rod wins off the line.

    NASCAR and automotive racing in general, is watched worldwide by millions. There's a primitive side of us that wants to know at what speed will our chariot carry us from point a to point b. In this post we'll look at the cream of the crop. Who in fact is the fastest and what will these vehicles set you back. Spoiler, most of these cars are the cost of a nice sized house in a great neighborhood. But, since its fun to dream...Let's get into it!

    10. Noble M600

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    Starting out list at number ten is the Noble M600. The M600 has a top speed of 225. More than enough to get you where you need to be in record time. It can get to 60 mph in three seconds and will set you back a whopping $520,000. If you want this British super car, you're going to pay a hefty fee.

    9. Zenvo ST1

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    Zenvo ST1 goes even faster than our last pick at 233 mph. Where is the Zenvo manufactured? Denmark of all places. How much do they cost? 1.8 million. That's right, you have to be a millionaire twice over to even attempt to buy one. This expensive vehicle is more than just a speed machine, it's a unique status symbol.

    8. Pagani Huayra BC

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    Pagani Huayra BC is in at eight with 238 mph for a top speed. A fine looking vehicle, it pushes a mind-blowing 789 hp. Italian automakers have long been producers of awesome autos, and the Huayra BC certainly stays true to the lineage. You pay for more speed though, try 2.5 million dollars. That's more than a nominal fee for a top-notch speedster.

    7. McLaren F1

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    McLaren was known for years in the F1 scene, so it's no surprise they built an automobile that kicks most other's tails in the speed world. How fast? Very. It has a speed of 241 mph. How costly? They were tagged at $600,000 but have gone for as high as twelve million dollars. I can't even fathom that! You could dang near buy every other car on this list for that much. But, you can't get mad at a company for selling something some people are obviously buying. Bravo, McLaren.

    6. Koenigsegg CCR

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    The CCR was for a time the fastest car in the world. It still isn't something to sneeze at with a top speed of 242 mph. When you think of super fast cars you don't usually think of Sweden. However, those crafty Swedes certainly made their mark with this high-end masterpiece. The latest version carries a price of five million dollars. While WAY more expensive than most can spend, it's a bit of a bargain in the world of automotive wonders.

    5. Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

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    Will an American super speed dynamo make our list? Look no further than the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo. One of the quickest of quick rides, it tops out at 248 mph. It's good to see the good ole' USA to add such a marvel to its line of classic vehicles. Best part about this amazing vehicle is you can get one for under a million dollars! At 750,000 dollars this is the best dollar for speed value.

    4. SSC Ultimate Aero

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    Ladies and gentleman another American car has made our esteemed list. The SSC Ultimate Aero comes in at number four with a speed of 256 mph. Shelby Supercars (nothing to do with Carroll Shelby) produced these high engineered rides at a cost of $750,000 another great deal on fast wheels!

    3. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

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    I have a sneaky suspicion that the whole "speed for value" thing is about to come to a wheel burning, screeching halt. This is the Bugatti Veyron. Not only a super-sick looking ride, it stops at 268 mph. But, rappers don't drop the name Bugatti because it's a great car for a reasonable price. You're look at 2.6 million dollars. If you want the heat, you're paying for it here.

    2. Bugatti Chiron

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    Another Bugatti comes in at number 2, the Chiron. The Bugatti Chiron tops out at 261 mph. The insane speed goes with a sleek body style that Bugatti is known for. How much will it cost? Are you ready? How about 2,700,000 dollars? The expense comes with a lot. Prestige, speed, and awe are included. I suppose they better be for almost 3,000,000 USD.

    1. Hennessey Venom GT

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    Every list must have a number one, and on ours the king of speed is the Hennessy Venom GT at a top speed of 270 mph. How long do you think it will take for cars to top 300? It isn't far off for sure. This ruler of the roost costs 1.2 million dollars. So, not the most expensive by far. Way more than the average driver can pay however. Then again, this car is far from average. We salute you Venom GT, the ruler of rev is you!

    Rest Of The Best

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    There's a few more contenders that are worthy, but didn't quite make the top ten. I'll name then and their top speeds.

    Apollo Arrow 223 mph

    Lamborghini Veneno 221 mph

    Aston Martin One-77 220 mph

    Jaguar XJ220 217 mph

    McLaren P1 217 mph

    Ferrari LaFerrari 217 mph

    Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 217 mph

    Ferrari F12 Berlinetta 211 mph

    Porsche 918 Spyder 210 mph

    Ferrari GTC4Lusso 208 mph

    Wrapping It Right!

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  • Tuners and WindRestrictors®

    WindRestrictor® is a company based on the modification of your finer vehicles. Naturally, we try to keep up on the current trends, and I for one have long been a fan of tuners, and more specifically the import scene.

    We do make wind blockers/wind deflectors for two of the most popular tuned imports around, Honda S2000s and Miatas. I'd like to take some time to talk about the Miata and the Honda S2000's history and the history of import tuners in general.

    Tuner History

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    Tuners have become increasingly popular due to the film franchise, " The Fast and the Furious". This movie franchise has been one of the highest grossing franchises in the history of motion pictures. With a worldwide gross of over five billion dollars. But, tuners have been around a long time before this or any move franchise.

    Car modding itself became heavy in the USA in the 1950s and 1960s. Drag racing hot rods was a popular past time. Making them faster and cooler grew to be just as popular. They were running quarter-miles in Southern California. How many cool things came out of California? Its almost not fair!

    Years later, in the same region, Japanese vehicles started gaining in popularity. Hondas, Mazdas, Toyotas, and Datsuns (later Nissans) were all the rage. Young Asian-Americans led the street racing charge and the popularity was spreading throughout the region.

    The same as the 1950s, more and more drivers were modifying their cars for an edge in the high speed racing. Later, cosmetic changes as well. Things like eccentric paint jobs and hood scoops became more and more common. The vehicles started looking like something out of a science fiction movie. Forget race cars, they started looking like spaceships.

    American racing crews started popping up as the fever spread. As did pink-slip racing and crews getting into physical altercations. Whenever you have speed and testosterone present, things can tend to get wild.

    The mainstream started catching on and pretty soon tuned out imports were appearing in television and movies. The craze was official when in 1995 a Manga series popped up that later developed into anime called Initial D. The Japanese who manufactured the cars that started the craze, took notice and paid homage in an original Japanese form of art. The circle from Asia to North America went back overseas.

    Naturally, American and Japanese companies started making accessories for this booming community. WindRestrictor® saw the rapid expansion and decided we'd produce models for the two of the most famous tuner cars. The Honda S2000 and the Mazda Miata.

    Honda S2000

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    Honda has long been a leader in the auto, motorcycle, and recreational vehicle industry in the United States. Their Goldwing cycle is a brisk seller world wide, as are their CR-V SUVs and the Civic. As you can probably imagine, such a popular brand certainly has its hand in the burgeoning tuner end of the automotive industry.

    Honda's famous roadster had a ten year run from 1999 until 2009. It was first shown as a concept car at the world famous Toyko Auto Show in 1995. Many variation appeared at several auto shows for years to come. The S2K was finally officially launched on the 50th anniversary of Honda.

    It went through several variations during its run, and was heavily modded out almost immediately by the tuner community. Japanese racers liked the sleek design and the horsepower packed into such a small compact frame. The dollars per horsepower ratio is very hard to match.

    Like many models, the automotive crisis put an end to production of this one-of-a-kind roadster. However, there's still many on the road. Tricked out and fast as hell. Suffice it to say, the S2000 is a classic tuner car. A combination of speed and looks that'll be hard to replicaate in the future.

    Mazda Miata

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    If we're talking about classic imported roadsters ready for tuning, the Mazda Miata (aka the Mx5) need to be in any conversation. Still in production today, you can't find many vehicles with the cult following of this imported classic.

    Miata fans are rabid and LOVE to modify their vehicle. I've personally seen a cow spotted Mx5 with a made-to-order license plate that said, "MOOATA". The tuner community is no exception to the rabid rule either. They turn Miatas into jets from the future in look and performance.

    The Miata was first produced in 1989. The name MX5 literally means Mazda Experiment 5. Designed at a time when roadsters were starting to go the way of the dinosaur, this light-bodied reasonably priced convertible was a major hit from its debut.

    Now four generations in, you see still several on the road or at the midnight races. Production has slowed down from its peak but overall one million plus Miatas have been sold during its nearly thirty year history. Making it one of the most sold car models in all of history. A very prestigious accomplishment for a vehicle considered to be an experiment.

    Your Tuner

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    Do you have one of the many tuners not listed here? No, problem. We realize there's many more than two kinds of tuners on the road. We now have a Universal Glowplate that fits several types of cars. Customizable to your specifications, you can etch the name of your team, group, or car model and have it shine through the night from your window.

    If just a Glowplate wasn't enough, get a matching set of Illuminated Door Sills (full personalization available here too) to finish off the look. But, we don't stop there! We also have Illuminated Wheel Rings AND Puddle Lights. We're ready to serve you with more options than ever before!

    Wrapping It Up/Rolling It Up

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