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Featured Luxury Cars: 2018 NY Auto Show

Featured Luxury Cars: 2018 NY Auto Show

The New York Auto Show is one of the most popular in the US regarding paying consumer attendees and is one that is sure to please. Featuring new models of best-selling vehicles, the Big Apple puts on a show that offers fresh concepts and supercars. Each auto show brings its appeal and has its share of automobile standouts. Here are top luxury cars from the 2018 New York Auto Show.

Koenigsegg Agera Regera – Anyone following the New York Auto Show is somewhat familiar with the Koenigsegg models, as they have been featured on flyers for the auto show for years running. Considered to embody automotive perfection, this car model can be expected to be seen for more years to come. Loaded with carbon fiber, this Swedish supercar produces 1,500 hp with a twin-turbo DOHC 5.0-liter V8. It’s no surprise it runs for 2.34 million USD.

Maserati Levante Trofeo – This new high-end SUV provides the safety, functionality, and comforts of an SUV with the performance just short of a hypercar. The new Maserati features 590 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque, powered by a 3.8 liter Ferrari V8 enabling it to reach 60 mph in 3.7 seconds with a top speed of a little over 187 mph.

Mercedes-AMG C 63 – German luxury automaker, Mercedes, introduced its new C 63 in sedan and coupe body styles, each featuring a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 with 503 hp (depending on trim) and a 9-speed automatic transmission. Looking like the interior of the future, the car features a 12.3-inch digital dash that can be configured into three different display modes. Prices will be announced in the fall and arrival of the vehicles to the U.S. is expected in early 2019.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS – Sporting it’s “Lizard Green” color, this German sports car was the favorite out of the manufacturer’s automobiles at the auto show. This rear-wheel drive automobile hits 520 hp, a top speed of 193 mph, and goes 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds. While its starting price is far from affordable ($187,500), the Porsche 911 was shared with the masses at the New York auto show.

Genesis Essentia EV Concept – The Genesis Essentia Concept was THE car to see at the New York show, and with its transparent hood and roof, carbon-fiber body, and butterfly doors, it is no wonder why. The interior and exterior are designed in a retro-future appeal with biometric fingerprint and facial recognition scanners as the key.

Bugatti’s Chiron Sport – Debuting for the first time in the United States, the Chiron Sport is one well-regarded hypercar. The Chiron is known for is 1,500 horsepower and overall high performance that hits 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, and the new Chiron Sport is faster than its predecessor making it one of the quickest production cars in the world.

Golf Grips: What They Are and How to Change Them

Golf Grips: What They Are and How to Change Them

It happened again. You almost had the perfect swing, but something is keeping you from hitting that shot. You just can’t seem to get it right, and you don’t know what you’re doing wrong. Many professionals say it might be your grip.

“Having a great swing with a bad grip is like having a great automobile with a bad engine,” says PGA Master Professional Dennis Clark. You need both to be operating smoothly in order to be successful.

What kind of grip do I have?

There are three main types of golf grips: neutral, strong, and weak. Each grip has a unique effect on your swing and thus, your game!

You can tell what kind of grip you have by grasping your club as if you are setting up to swing, and evaluating your hand placement. Be sure to pay special attention to the location of your thumbs.

Grips are determined by where your hands lay in relation to the center of the club. Generally speaking, a neutral grip indicates that both of your hands fall squarely in the middle of your club. Strong grips place your hands slightly to the right, and weak grips place them slightly to the left.

It’s important to note that you must account for both of your hands when assessing your grip. Your left hand may be in neutral position, while your right leans towards strong. You can adjust each hand individually, thereby manipulating your swing to impact the direction of your ball.

Which grip is the best?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Changing your grip can be beneficial or detrimental depending on the current location of your ball, and the direction you’d like for it to go. The trick is to choose the correct grip for each situation.

A strong grip is often best when attempting to hit from the inside. It creates the potential for a draw or hook. Conversely, a weak grip is best when attempting to hit from the outside, as it creates the potential for a fade.

Neutral grips are considered more versatile and, according to the Grateful Golfer, are best used by players that have perfected all other aspects of their swing.

When should I change my grip?

When you decide to change your grip will depend greatly on your current game. Some golfers change their grip prior to each shot, allowing them to maneuver the ball in the desired direction based solely on their position of play. Other golfers choose and stick with a single grip that seems to work for them the majority of the time.

If you decide to try a new grip, it’s best to start at home. Practice the new grip as often as you can without swinging. When it feels like second nature to pick up the club with your new grip, begin practicing on the course.

It is only through trial and error that you will learn how the change might affect your game. If you find that your ball is performing in a way you didn’t expect, be sure to evaluate the rest of your swing before giving up on your new grip.

A Travel Guide: Western Europe

A Travel Guide: Western Europe

Whether you’re looking for the ultimate summer travel location, somewhere to soak up the local history, or eat cultural food and drink some of the best wines, Western Europe has it all. Taking a solo trip, gathering up some friends, or taking the whole family are all great ways to experience these beautiful country. Here are some of the best places to see.

Tuscany, Italy
The region of Tuscany is known for its picturesque landscapes and rich foods. The many wineries and pastarias will have you saying Buon appetito! The largest city in this region is Florence. Florence has many historic churches, most commonly known is the city’s Duomo. The medieval and renaissance periods flooded the city with famous artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Just north of this region is the Italian Riviera. This is where you will find Cinque Terre, a charming collection of five coastal villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.

Athens, Greece
Athens is home to many historical sites. Plan your day early to beat the mediterranean heat and hike up to the Acropolis. Here you’ll see the ancient ruins of the Parthenon. From this site, you can also look down on the Temple of Olympian Zeus. While you’re here, be sure to stop by a street cart for an authentic gyro. And for those stateside, it’s pronounce like “YEE-ro.”

Paris, France
If the city of Paris isn’t on your bucket list, add it right away. Some of the most famous sites to see in Paris are of course, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Notre Dame cathedral. After touring all these historic sites, you’re sure to work up a hunger. The word “cuisine” is French for the kitchen, and its reputation for food precedes it. The neighborhood restaurants and bistros pride themselves on exquisite taste and presentation of their dishes or pastries.

Berlin, Germany
The city of Berlin has been shaped by many of the famous and historical figures who have passed through its streets, but also, it has been known to shape the people as well. The city is textured by history in every turn you make. Additionally, the locals are known for their seeking of a good time. For those who say New York is the city that never sleeps, I can tell you they have never been to Berlin!

About JB

JB Hoover is the Founder and Principal of National Quality Construction in Tustin, Orange County, California. Prior to starting his own business, JB spent over ten years as Vice President of Construction at a Custom Boutique Homebuilder. JB mainly focuses on real estate rehabilitation, which consists of flipping foreclosed homes into dream houses for young couples or people buying their first home. Other than his passion for his professional endeavors, JB is also passionate about golf, travel, and cars.

As a student at Whittier College in Los Angeles, JB Hoover enjoyed cars so much that he used to flip and customize them to earn extra money. However, he found few cars that he loved too much to sell and decided to keep them instead. Today, JB’s car collection includes seven rare vehicles — some of which include a few Mercedes-AMG cars, which are modeled after racing cars and are known to be characterized by the company’s courage and passion in the car-making industry.

In fact, JB’s passion for cars is what inspired him to get into the construction and development business. He noticed one of his frequent buyers had a large collection of exotic vehicles, and questioned the buyer about their career. The buyer said he was a successful construction developer in the area, and built residential real estate for families and young couples. JB became fascinated by the business, and decided to pursue the same career path by earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in real estate. He then combined his two passions of flipping cars and construction into a business that creates affordable homes for everyday buyers.

When JB Hoover is not on the job, he enjoys traveling internationally. With four continents and dozens of countries visited under his belt, JB has truly experienced the different cultures, cuisines and different climates that he’s exposed to on his travels. He particularly enjoys Western Europe in countries like Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

In addition, JB Hoover enjoys golfing on several of the beautiful golf courses that overlook the Orange County skyline. As a player of over 20 years, JB is no longer the talented golfer he used to be, but that doesn’t stop him from enjoying time outside in the California sunshine and attempting to become a scratch golfer again. Inspired by watching golf on TV and observing his grandfather and great-grandfather play the sport, JB Hoover played golf in high school and college and hopes that he, too, can play the game well into his 90s as his grandfather and great-grandfather did.