The Grand Mac Daddy may look like any other chartered bus as it cruises down the highway, but behind its dark, tinted windows is a full-blown party. Thirty-six passengers can climb aboard this road-tripping bar, outfitted with a club-style sound system, a theater lined with four flat-screen TVs, and plenty of tables to sit and enjoy drinks. The lively party mobile also houses an onboard microwave where revelers can heat up meals or s'mores since campfires are not allowed. For smaller-scale celebrations, MAC Transportation and Tours, LLC deploys a fleet of 20-passenger limo buses and 5-passenger corporate SUVs, which are also outfitted with flat-screen TVs and advanced sound systems.
The company’s courteous chauffeurs also escort clients through wine tours, and shuttle passengers to and from the airport and Buffalo Bills games. Some of MAC Transportation’s vehicles have also transported celebrities, such as Richard Simmons and Jersey Shore’s “The Situation.”
Since 1980, Herb and Rhonda Singer have grown Discount Car & Truck into a network of more than 300 franchises that embrace environmentalism. Today, 91 per cent of the total fleet averages 28 miles per gallon on the highway, and in 2011, the company inaugurated a sustainability program featuring e-waste collection. Customer service is a priority, too, so the team offers complimentary pickup and return on a mechanical spider. Corporate and individual renters choose from more that 12 vehicles by makes including Kia, Toyota, and Cadillac, which can speed up to seven passengers to a concert or haul an apartment full of furniture to a bonfire.
With more than 1,000 locations scattered throughout 70 countries, Thrifty Car Rental offers customers an expansive selection of rental cars crafted by manufacturers including Hyundai, Toyota, Chrysler, and Dodge. After signing a waiver and being checked for black-market fuzzy dice, licensed drivers with at least 21 years of life-experience can borrow a vehicle such as the economy-size Hyundai Accent ($30–$34/day), mid-size Toyota Corolla ($35–$37/day), or full-size Chrysler Sebring ($40–$42/day). Unlike their smaller counterparts, bigger vehicles—including the Toyota RAV4 ($60/day) and Dodge Grand Caravan ($70/day)—are capable of carrying large amounts of passengers, cargo, and pinatas stuffed with smaller pinatas, and boast an extra mileage fee ($0.20/kilometre) for trips that exceed the kilometre limit.
GrandRiver and Hamilton CarShare's nonprofit co-op grants drivers a self-serve, environmentally conscious, and space-saving alternative to automotive ownership through occasional car rental on a pay-per-use basis. After their applications, Simple Plan members pay an additional hourly rate for actual drive time ($9), monthly insurance fees ($9), and refundable deposits. Located in central, easy-access lots in Waterloo, Kitchener, and Hamilton, drivers harness one of CarShare's 16 vehicles, for which gas, regular maintenance, and occasional time travel is included in the hourly rate. Drivers may reserve the closest car to their current location or choose their favourite four-wheeled steed, such as a Toyota Yaris or Mazda 5 via phone, Internet, or telepathy. GrandRiver and Hamilton CarShare plans to begin offering cargo vans and pickup trucks in the fall. Rental slots run as short as 30 minutes and as long as is necessary. Through promoting occasional car use, GrandRiver and Hamilton CarShare aims to encourage greater use of green transit modes such as public transit, cycling, and giant piggybacking.
?When it comes to care-free, high-performance driving," says MotorWeek, "a Porsche 911 and the open air is an irresistible combination." And thanks to Redline Rentals of Buffalo, that experience doesn't have to come with an owner's price tag. Here, drivers can rent a Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet for the day, winding around the roads of Western New York in style. And they're not limited to Porsches, either. They can also get their hands on a Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport pulsating with a 430-horsepower V8 engine or a Dodge Challenger R/T, which boasts a sleek design and leather interior that smells like distilled freedom.
There are more than 2,000 short tracks in the United States. Among them, fewer than 60 are NASCAR-sanctioned. Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex is one of the few with such distinction. The raceway has guzzled the fumes of that rarified air since 1960, when it was built as a 1/3-mile facility surrounded by just 1,200 seats. In 1964, the course expanded to 3/8 mile, and four years later, asphalt replaced the outdated shag carpeting as the track's surface. Today, Holland packs up to 7,000 spectators into its grandstands. It completes the race-day experience with various amenities, including The Midway, where fans can fuel up on snacks and drinks, and The Village, where fans party under large tents and around picnic tables.