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 |  Nov 27 2010, 9:04 AM

If the idea of sleeping on the cold ground doesn’t appeal to you, then Napier has the tent for you. The company has just released their new Sportz SUV 82000 Tent and the Sportz Truck Tent.

The redesigned Sportz SUV 82000 Tent has got you covered with its full length rain fly,  an easy to set-up frame structure and the patented removable vehicle sleeve that fits hundreds of CUVs, SUVs and minivans. Offering shelter for up to five happy campers, this model measures 9 x 9 feet, and wraps around the cargo area of your vehicle – this gives you more sleeping space or more gear storage. The tent fits hundreds of different size vehicles, so all you have to so is adjust the tent’s vehicle sleeve to form a custom fit to your vehicle. It can also be used as a stand-alone tent, if you want to leave your vehicle behind.

Also getting a redesign is the Sportz Truck Tent. This tent gives you the option of letting you camp right in the back of your truck. For added convenience and flexibility, it comes equipped with new features such as an access panel to the cab and freestanding awning. Available in six models to fit almost every truck on the market, the Sportz Truck Tent is great for hunting, fishing and off-road adventures.

With room for two people, it offers increased interior area with over 5.6 feet of headroom, as well as a patented sewn-in floor. It also comes with a full rain fly, two side vents and two large windows with middle divider to allow for optional ventilation, and a rear access door that gives you access the truck’s cab for additional storage space.

The Sportz SUV 82000 retails for $299.95 and the Sportz Truck Tent comes with a price tag of $239.95. You can pick one up in December – perfect timing for the holiday season.

 |  Nov 23 2010, 8:42 PM

If you’re looking for a cool holiday gift to give the youngsters on your list, consider wrapping up an Automoblox car and trailer.

A cool way to introduce a child to icons of the automotive past, these hot rods are fun to play with (and an acceptable excuse for you to get down on the ground and play along with them). Previously, only the mini versions were available, but this year sees the addition of three hot rod styles as full-size Automoblox cars. This includes the red HR1 ($45), the yellow HR2 ($50) and the blue HR3 ($50). There’s also a new Hot Rod Trailer set ($120) that’s making its debut and includes a full-size hot rod, pickup and trailer.

The full-sized Automoblox cars are only available on the company’s website – you can shop for them here.

[Source: Automoblox]

 |  Nov 22 2010, 2:39 PM

It’s time to start padding your holiday wish list, and you’re in luck, because we’ve found some great toys to ask for when you’re perched on Santa’s knee.

If you love the retro speedsters, you’ll want to get your stocking stuffed with 2011 Hot Wheels Vintage Racing Line. Just a few of the classics include the Hemi Darts of Dick Landy and Shirley Shahan, Dick Landy’s ’70 Challenger, Dave Strickler’s ’70 Camaro RS, a ’73 Sox & Martin Duster, and more. Under the Trans-Am line, there is Dan Gurney’s ’68 Cougar, AJ Foyt’s ’65 Mustang, George Follmer’s #16 ’70 Boss 302, an AAR Cuda, and other to be named soon. Other cars that will fill out the 30 in the series include vintage NASCAR pieces, like Richard Petty’s record-setting ’67 Plymouth.

And if you do fin a set of these beauties under the tree, we won’t judge you if you decide not to share them with the kids.

[Source: Hemmings Blog]

 |  Nov 13 2010, 4:26 PM

If you’ve ever wanted a watch that would get your style racing, strap on the Pirelli PZero Disk_O wristwatch – it’ll take you from 0 to cool in 10 seconds flat.

Better known for their tires, Pirelli has been releasing plenty of branded swag overseas. The company has put out everything from clothing and sneakers to sexy calendars and films. This time (pun intended), Pirelli has launched collection of watches inspired by the industrial elegance of disk brakes.

The PZero Disk_O’s case is made of anodized aluminum that is designed in the shape of a ventilated brake disc, while the button cluster mimics the shape of a caliper that stops the disc. Its case comes in either black or steel gray. This watch has Swiss chronograph quartz movement that will ensure accurate time-keeping.

What’s cool about this timepiece is its anodized aluminum bezel rotates through the caliper just like a real brake disc. And, just like the brakes on the supercars, the caliper can be ordered in different colors: red, yellow, black or steel gray.

You won’t find any steel bracelets or leather bands on the PZero Disk_O – it’s held on by a rubber strap that has been styled after racing slicks.