Import and domestic vehicles stand poised on the lots of Nexar Auto Repair, where an ASE-certified staff of technicians bolsters rides with Pennzoil lubricants, official state inspections, and myriad repairs. Pre-owned cars from BMW, Mercedes, and Chevrolet receive extensive quality-control inspections before awaiting the opportunity to show off their road prowess and encyclopedic knowledge of the Industrial Revolution to new owners. In-house technicians also nurture visiting vehicles by swapping damaged oil for clean lube, balancing and rotating tires, and checking vitals with computer diagnostics. Additionally, the facility doles out official Texas state inspections with quick in-and-out automated systems that authorize healthy autos to legally flex their muscles on the open road.
Auto Exotic Rental’s storeroom of high-end vehicles makes dreams of luxury-car ownership possible on the short-term scale. Lamborghinis, Bentleys, and Porsches tickle cruising fantasies with plush amenities and powerful engines, and a selection of spacious Rolls-Royces classes up a Sunday drive. The slew of roadsters also includes Cadillacs, which carry multiple passengers or cardboard-cutout families in style.
W Exotic Car Rentals places clients in the driver’s seat of a high-powered sports car, releasing man and machine onto the streets of Houston in a one-hour excursion. Rein in the force of a Porsche Carrera S Cabriolet, a luxury carriage able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, making it faster than a Hot Wheels car launched from a cannon. Or buckle up and command the power of an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, a sleek roadster housing enough get-up-and-go to reach speeds of 180 mph. The Bentley Continental GT gifts customers with sophisticated speed, sporting a premium interior, a GPS system, and a body as sculpted as a weightlifter's replica of Michelangelo's David.
Ben Chen has experienced his share of success in his nearly 30-year photography career—his work has been published in such publications as Cosmopolitan, The Los Angeles Times, and ESPN Magazine, and he has lent his expertise to some of the nation's largest corporations, including Procter & Gamble and The American Red Cross. In 2006, the photographer began to notice that more and more novices were purchasing complex DSLR cameras, and that gave him an idea. Chen decided to share his wealth of knowledge with aspiring photographers by creating the 4-Hour Newbie Photography Boot Camp, which teaches students how to shoot manually with their DSLRs and create artistic, professional-quality photos. Since then, more than 5,000 students in 20 cities throughout the country have benefitted from these classes. In 2013, he acquiesced to student demand and created Part II of the class, which goes beyond photography basics by diving into post-production techniques. Nowadays, students can take both Part I and Part II in the same day, helping them go from student to master in less time than most action-movie montages.
The courteous, sharply dressed chauffeurs at Vogue Limo Houston ferry passengers through town in style with a fleet of luxury vehicles. Each comfortable ride, from the four-seat Town Car Executive L Series to the Hummer H2 stretch limo with space for 20, boasts its own slew of amenities such as fiber-optic lighting and leather seats. Leading the pack is the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter everyone from prom dates to bachelor and bachelorette partiers, Vogue Limo Houston’s well-appointed fleet safely carts groups door-to-door.