Sparky, Mad Jack, and Ogre, the shop's trio of automotive technicians, strive to source their vehicular upgrades and implants exclusively from American and Canadian manufacturers. Sparky—an electrical engineer with experience developing laser technology—illuminates roadways with seven-color light kits, while Mad Jack, the master fabricator, bolts on custom vertical doors and instills leather seats with the gift of life. Ogre rounds out the distinctive team with an aptitude for rugged modification designs for cars from British racers to off-road utility vehicles. Autos roll off the lot with fresh features⎯from low-profile body kits to kick panels⎯designed to reflect the personality of each motorist.
For more than 35 years, the highly trained technicians at Precision Tune Auto Care have been the sworn enemy of check-engine lights around the globe, battling auto troubles with a full array of maintenance and repair services. They tackle problems both cosmetic and mechanical on sedans, SUVs, minivans, and even hybrids, which require special care since they’re half car and half human. From 350 locations in six countries, these car clinicians hone their expertise by servicing 2.5 million vehicles each year.
Drivers who have sped around the track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca would be hard pressed to forget about its most distinctive feature: the Corkscrew. Located at turns 8 and 8a, this hard-left, hard-right combination takes vehicles on a thrilling zig-zag that drops a total of 59 feet in elevation over a scant 450 feet of track length. The 11-turn road course currently measures in at just over 2.2 miles total?courtesy of an extension long after the track originally opened in 1957?and has hosted numerous races over the decades, including rounds for events such as the American Le Mans Series, Superbike World Championship, and Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. When the sounds of roaring engines, squealing tires, and lost drivers asking for directions aren't filling the air, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca allows visitors to tour the facilities and take in its sweeping ocean views.
Watsonville Auto Body’s technicians bring diverse training and certification—ASE and I-Car Gold Class Professionals, to name a few—to every damaged car that limps into their facility. Seldom do vehicles limp out, though, thanks to the techs’ meticulous collision repair and finish matching that returns frames, finishes, and fenders to their straight-from-the-factory glory. Structural ailments aren’t the only ones they remedy, though; onsite detailers also combat aesthetic blemishes on the inside and outside with washing, waxing, and buffing services. Watsonville Auto Body offers a lifetime warranty on all of their repairs as well as courtesy transportation within the immediate vicinity.
The average person reportedly uses nearly 116 gallons of water to clean their car. Professional car washes don't fare much better, relying on over 40 gallons per vehicle. But thanks its special organic, plant-based formula, Wetless Wash and Detail requires a mere two to four ounces of water to clean a single automobile. Their blend of soap and surfactant rids surfaces of dirt, while polymers help defend rides against scratches from errant pebbles or confused DJs. And those little ounces saved really add up—all in all, Wetless Wash and Detail's certified, mobile team helps save more than 21,000 gallons of water a year.
Carmel Village Inn hosts visitors amid the scenic, seaside village of Carmel with spacious king rooms and a welcoming bottle of burgundy vintage. Wanderers luxuriously collapse onto down comforters, which are bolstered by a row of five pillows marching along the casual country headboard, or ease into full baths to transform organic bath products into soap-bubble tiaras. Come morning, chefs whip-up a breakfast buffet, served from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., consisting of warm and cold dishes such as ham frittata, waffles, and sliced pineapple. Guests can dine alongside a flickering gas fireplace at clusters of wicker tables or grab a coffee or gourmet tea for a trip down Ocean Avenue to the Carmel Beach City Park for a one-on-one volleyball match.