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It's no secret that I'm a fan of Toyota's SCION division, having been an early-adopter who custom-ordered an original Scion xB back in 2004 (I'm driving it today, actually). Now, ten years into the game, Scion continues their support of all-things-metal with the announcement of a special  “Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC” for thrash titans SLAYER, which will debut along side the “Scion x Riley Hawk Skate Tour xB” at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 4-7, 2014.

Real Supercars. Real Racetracks. Real Instruction. That's the mantra for the Xtreme Xperience, the premier touring supercar driving experience, which returns to the Chicago area this weekend for two days at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet. There, car enthusiasts or budding racers can get behind the wheel of some of the world's finest vehicles, from a fleet that includes the Lamborghini LP560-4, Ferrari F430, Ferrari 458 Italia, Audi R8, Mercedes SLS AMG, Nissan GT-R, and McLaren MP4-12C, among others. Under the instruction and guidance of seasoned professionals, amateur drivers can learn racing fundamentals and safety procedures, all while having the the experience recorded through onboard cameras. While three-lap packages is where it began, this weekend, the action gets even bigger with the introduction of the half-day Supercar Academy, which compliments extended 10, 15, and 20-lap experiences.

Wednesday, September 10 2014 23:01

[CLOSED] Giveaway: The Step2 2-in-1 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor!

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The Rock Father is a 2014 Step2 Brand AmbassadorWhen I recently paid a visit to The Step2 Company's HQ out in Ohio, one of the highlights of the trip was checking out the new Step2 2-in-1 Ford® F-150 SVT Raptor. Since then, my girls now have one to call their own (more on that soon), but the response on social media has been so overwhelmingly positive, Step2 has teamed-up with my fellow Ambassadors Thrifty Nifty Mommy (check out her review of the Raptor) and Viva Veltoro to get a giveaway going, and now THE ROCK FATHER is in on that action! We're getting one lucky reader (or, their kids) ready to roll in one of the coolest rides you'll ever see!

Updated: The full webcast can now be viewed below.

I know that there's at least a few car enthusiast readers out there that will dig this, so I apologize for the short notice. TODAY (September 8, 2014) at 1:30pm Rock Father HQ time (that's Central Time), the all-new JAGUAR XE will be unveiled at a secret location somewhere in London along the Thames. The whole thing will be webcast LIVE via this link.  Here's more on what to expect, direct from the Jaguar crew...

I've really been getting into the art of "Toyography" lately - a love of toys and photography coming together for fun results. Many of my photos involve toy vehicles, and they're usually posted on Instagram and Facebook for immediate viewing. It's no secret that we have a big love of Mattel's Hot Wheels line here at Rock Father HQ, and one recent photo I snapped even snagged the attention of the Hot Wheels team themselves, getting reposted on all of their official social networks. Since people seem to enjoy viewing these just as much as I enjoy taking them, I think it's only proper to share them here on THE ROCK FATHER on occasion, and today I'm starting with this - The Hot Wheels Pop Culture Series Hanna-Barbera Scooby-Doo '70 Chevelle Delivery. This photo was taken this morning, with the full Mystery Inc. Gang present to stand guard...

Halloween 2014Yes, it's still technically summer, but as you may have heard me mention a time or two in the past, when it comes to Fall and/or Halloween, you can never be too early in talking about it - only too late.  With just a hair over two months until the big day, the Halloween news has begun flowing, and tonight I've got details on a cool little item from the Mattel Hot Wheels Monster Jam collection. For the first time ever, there is a Halloween Edition 1:64-scale diecast version of Grave Digger being offered, but it's exclusively available through Feld Motorsports' official Monster Jam Superstore. Check it out below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

THE ROCK FATHER is a Step2 Brand AmbassadorAfter working with Step2 for almost two years as a Test Driver and now, Brand Ambassador - I finally got the chance to visit Step2 HQ in Streetsboro, Ohio last week, where I got an inside look on all the hot new toys they've got headed for retail over the next year or so. One of them is rolling out (quite literally) right now, with the new 2-in-1 Ford F-150 Raptor SVT about to hit the streets. With the ability to turn from a parent-powered push buggy into a kid-powered ride-on toy, the Raptor looks to be a must-have for kids 18 months and up as we enter the Fall season. Check it out...

Before his untimely passing in 2002, Joe Strummer of THE CLASH was a noted car enthusiast. On September 9, 1987, Strummer scored a 1963 Ford Thunderbird - an original California double black-plate Bullet body style T-bird - for just $4,200. While the car has surfaced since his death a time or two (records of a 2003 auction still float around), those wishing to own the ride of a certified "Rock Father" now have the chance, as the car is in the hands of the Beverly Hills Car Club and has just been put up for auction on eBay, with the sale set to close on what would've been Strummer's 62nd birthday, August 21, 2014.

This adventure is brought to you by Walmart. THE ROCK FATHER is a Socialstars 2014 #WalmartAuto Ambassador. The Armor All products featured in this story are all available at your local store or at Walmart.com.

Ten years ago, SCION made it's debut here in the U.S., and I - deeply embedded in the entertainment world at the time - found myself enamored by the Scion XB, aka "The Box" after seeing it on the streets of California, where it arrived early. I ordered one brand-new, completely loaded and set to be delivered in June of 2004. In fact, I'm told it was the first black version to be delivered and sold in the state of Wisconsin (and imported to Illinois), but I've never been able to confirm that. I had it decked out with red LEDs to capture that KNIGHT RIDER vibe I dig so much, along with racing pedals, additional performance features, and the top-of-the-line Pioneer sound system. Upon arrival, I bestowed upon it a red Autobot insignia, displayed proudly on it's rear window... a throwback to the TRANSFORMERS debut in 1984. The car and I were ready for adventure, and many adventures were had. Now, in 2014 - I still have the Autobot in my driveway, but things are different. The bazooka tube is out of the trunk (room for a stroller), and in the back are a pair of car seats. 160,000 miles later, my Scion is still rockin', and it's Daddy and Addie that keep it that way.

Toy State Test DriverThe crew over at Toy State have really been rolling out some sweet new rides of late - many of which have emerged due to their partnership with Mattel to create vehicles based on the iconic HOT WHEELS brand. As a 2014 Toy State Test Driver, I've been able to try out many of these with my girls, right here at Rock Father HQ - and this week there's sort of a "Baja" theme, as we just reviewed one Baja from their Engine Power line - and here we have the Team Hot Wheels Baja Truck from the Energy Can R/C collection

Toy State Test DriverWhat exactly are "Skidders," you ask? Part of the Road Rippers line from Toy State, the Skidders are electronic vehicles that have lights, sound, music and motion - all working together to get the rides rockin' down the road before coming to a dramatic, fish-tailing stop or "skid." In other words, they're a kid-magnet, and while the line has been out for a few years now, as a 2014 Toy State Test Driver, the girls and I have been able to take the latest model for a spin, right here at Rock Father HQ. New for summer 2014, the Mini Cooper Countryman WRC joins the Dodge Ram Power Wagon, Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang 5.0 in the Road Rippers Skidders fleet. Recommended for Ages 3+, check out Little Finn playing with hers...

Toy State Test DriverIt's always interesting to see what kids will latch onto, and when it comes to HOT WHEELS, Addie has particular affection for a model known as the BONE SHAKER. I'm not entirely sure why that is, but I think it goes back to when we started reviewing Mega Bloks Hot Wheels sets here on the site a year or so ago. We did one set with Bone Shaker, and then did another - one in which we did our own custom rebuild to create a version of what's known as the "Baja Bone Shaker." At this point, whenever we come across a version of the car (the recent TEAM HOT WHEELS: THE ORIGIN OF AWESOME comes to mind), Addie is all over it... like when we were in Toys R Us a few months back and she just took it upon herself to drop a $39.99 Hot Wheels Engine Power R/C Baja Bone Shaker into our cart without asking. But Daddy happens to be a 2014 Toy State Test Driver, and guess who makes that one? Yep, Toy State in partnership with Mattel... so I told little Addie to hold off for a bit and see what THE ROCK FATHER could do. Fast-forward to June, and the beast had arrived here at Rock Father HQ among my latest items for testing. Rock and Roll!

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