Chopper Charter Branson's flights range from aerial photography to scenic tours and hands-on instruction and training. Each student learns on the Robinson R44 helicopter, touted as the most popular helicopter in the world. The FAA-certified air carrier meticulously maintains their choppers, taking all safety precautions and plopping them onto a treadmill for at least 30 minutes, three to five times a week.
Inspired by the same brainwaves as the Build-A-Bear Workshop, RIDEMAKERZ allows visitors to construct a customized toy car from the axles up with dozens of options that add up to more than 649 million unique combinations. Guests begin by choosing a body from a stock of Vipers, Corvettes, Mustangs, trucks, and hot rods that can then be accessorized with free stock parts or specialty chassis, tires, rims, and oil slicks. The hot-lava Chevy Camaro sports a metaphor for the rubber it plans to burn with orange flames on its sides ($32), and the jewel-blue RZ Rascal body pairs its smooth curves with working headlights and taillights ($22). Sets of multicolored or racing slick tires ($4 for two) maintain traction while being pushed across carpets or hardwood floors. Glistening hubcaps ($3–$4 for two), undercarriage glow lighting ($10), and other car accessories offer further customization, and sound-effect chips ($3–$4.50) relieve vocal cords strained by persistent engine imitations. Builders can also upgrade to a radio-controlled street chassis ($25) to assert hands-free control over the vehicle's movements.
Powersports of Joplin purveys ATVs, dirt bikes, scooters, accessories, and more to intrepid motorists and aspiring athletes alike. Dealing in recognizable name brands such as Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki, Powersports supplies both new and previously owned mountable funmobiles and everything needed to pilot them safely and effectively. Feminine riders may become enamored of the women’s rogue jacket by Icon, a sporty tear-resistant canvas creation with zippered sleeves and a removable waist section, perfect for changing up styles and acquiring irresistible half-torso tans ($250.85). F-16 gloves by Fly Racing protect prehensile throttle-grippers in a variety of colors, such as black, blue, red, and yellow ($18.95–19.95), and a youth sentinel roost guard by Thor offers young daredevils the protection they need and the Power-Ranger nostalgia they deserve ($74.95). Or, opt to translate dreams into tangible realities by applying this Groupon toward a 2011 Suzuki RM-Z250, a peppy motocross bike with 249 cc of mud-muddling engine ability ($7,299+).
A full-line Honda, Polaris, Suzuki, and Kawasaki dealer, Neosho Powersports' equips bikers and four-wheelers of every stripe with the gear necessary for successful two-wheeling. Mount a Gmax helmet ($49.99) on a helmet hanger ($19.95+) by the front door for handy head-gear access, or invest in the future of your limbs with Thor static knee guards ($49.95). Track and trail glove designs fuse with a pair of black, red, or blue Thor impact gloves ($39.95+) constructed with a light and flexible design for finger freedom and implementing tougher off-road features to keep knuckles scab-free when riders tear through cotton-candy forests. This Groupon may also be applied toward services such as a routine oil change and 13-point inspection ($99.99), essential for maintaining tip-top motor condition, or at least for keeping the oil pump from achieving zen-like oneness with itself.
At Gary Wood Chrysler Dodge Jeep, a fleet of new and preowned vehicles awaits purchase in the showroom while busted cars, trucks, and SUVs of all types find healing in the service department. Master-certified Chrysler technicians fix whatever’s broken, confident in their training in diagnostic and repair techniques and the Chrysler company secret handshake. As mechanics protect pistons with infusions of new oil or overhaul engines with extensive repairs, a well-connected parts department ensures that vehicles receive top-shelf, original-manufacturer replacement parts.
Presiding over each of Creative Car Audio's five area locations, the auto-outfitting staff of Mobile Electronics Certified Professionals helped lead the auto electrifier to a berth in Mobile Electronics' 2010 Top 100 Installers. Wielding automotive add-ons by manufacturers such as Alpine, JL Audio, and Kicker, talented technicians outfit motor carriages with everything from radar detectors and subwoofers to full-window tints and dashboard snow-cone machines. Technicians also breach the bounds of the shop’s auto-centric moniker with additional mobile services for boats, RVs, and power-sport vehicles as well as dockside service for in-need watercraft.