Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
When it was founded in 1959, Ziebart’s business model hinged on a single service: its innovative rust-prevention procedure. However, the chain has diversified its auto treatments throughout the last five decades. Though the team of certified technicians continues to safeguard vehicles against corrosion, they also protect paint jobs with Z-Shield and Diamond Gloss coatings and render interior fabrics stain-resistant with their house Ultra Fabric Protector formula. They clean and disinfect ride interiors, and hand-wash and machine polish exteriors to a sparkling shine. Beyond up-keeping vehicles, they stock an arsenal of car electronics that run the gamut from remote car starters to in-dash navigation systems, which can help drivers find their way back home without relying on a trail of breadcrumbs.
Eight bags. Two platforms. Two six-inch holes. One distinctly American game. The origins of cornhole are shrouded in mystery. Some say it derives from a German game, while others claim it is a descendent of a similar sport played by Native Americans. But one thing is certain—it's serious business. That's why the American Cornhole Organization was formed in 2005. By setting the rules, establishing annual tournaments and competitions, and firmly banning the practice of using trained birds to dunk bags, these referees have codified the sport and elevate it to a professional level.
Whiteland Raceway Park has acquainted patrons with the thrill of the race for more than half a century via its slate of go-kart rentals and classes. A fleet of Birel N 35-X rental karts with Honda 9HP OHV engines zips around two tracks whose layouts shift weekly to keep young riders on their toes and rental vehicles from getting bored and partying in the motor-oil storage vault. Sponsored by the Tony Stewart Junior Racing League, the park's instructional program gears classes toward students from age 5 to adult. Meanwhile, speedsters at least 16 years of age can captain rental karts for invigorating rides that last 6-7 minutes apiece.
The founder of Rayburn Revolution Tires wanted to spur a new movement in the auto-care industry, one based on not only mending cars, but also ensuring their longevity. He and his staff start with the most important component, bumper stickers about honor students, and continue on to focus on tires. Each time they install tires, they also check alignment and include new rubber valves. The crew performs a range of preventative maintenance beneath shelves brimming with products certified by the Society for Automotive Engineers.
Tire Discounters’ auto specialists have been mending tires and servicing engines for 35 years. The 90-minute car physical treats beleaguered engines to a fresh oil filter and a crisp draught of up to 5 quarts of semi-synthetic Valvoline DuraBlend oil (a $34.95 value). Car physicians then focus on the treads, granting three years’ worth of wheel alignments (a $149.99 value), and a lifetime of tire rotations and balances keep handling crisp and reduce uneven tread wear (a $99.95 value). (Vehicles that require after-market modifications may not be eligible for alignment services.) To top things off, Nitrogen gas ($23.80 for four tires) keeps tires inflated for up to 25% longer than regular air and makes tires run cooler to reduce the risk of failure or overcooked hubcap omelets.