After decades of winning the admiration of stock-car racing fans with his aggressive driving strategy and off-track charisma, Rusty Wallace now gives others the chance to experience the rush of racing. He joined forces with Sodikart to roll out the Rusty Wallace Kart Experience, pairing kart with driver at some of the country's most celebrated racetracks. Racers can hop in a custom RT8 (or its kid-friendly counterpart, the LR4) and hit the gas, tearing up everything from the versatile road courses and speedy main track of the Atlanta Motor Speedway to the challenging lava pits of the Milwaukee Mile.
But this go-karting business has a big brother?the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. It's a high-speed trip into the pro-racing trade, with breathtaking ride-alongs and racing experiences in stock cars. Guests buckle up and sit shotgun alongside professional drivers as they fly down straightaways and around curves. They can even get behind the wheel themselves, finally feeling what it's like to be a professional driver.
Each day presents a new challenge to Mathew Levin. He could be installing new brake pads, diagnosing a mysterious engine rattle, or fixing faulty wiring. The combination of mechanical prowess and electronic expertise is what drew Mathew to auto repair in the first place?that and a lifelong love of cars.
Growing up in a small town taught Mathew the value of a spotless reputation, and he couldn't stand to see garages treat customers dishonestly or watch dealership salesmen delivery faulty advice. After becoming an ASE-certified Master mechanic, Mathew founded Integrity Automotive Service on the principle of honesty. Mathew supervises his team of two mechanics, though he takes it upon himself to deal with every customer directly. He'll frequently offer to test drive vehicles for free to make an accurate diagnosis and make sure he explains exactly why each repair is needed before completing it. Mathew's thoughtful, honest approach to car repair has ensured him a steady stream of repeat customers and cars that wag their exhaust pipes when they see him.
The automotive aestheticians at Genius Car Wash and Detail enlist a speedy and thorough 90-foot conveyor to help them scrub cars clean. Each automated wash employs a three-step process—a high-pressure prep wash, Smart Foam residue remover, and two modes of water treatment—to free roadsters of bugs and weather-related build up. Drivers can lavish their rides a little longer with three types of detailing packages, or opt for à la carte services such engine degreasing or a machine buff and clay-bar treatment. To avoid gridlock caused by pedestrians gawking at newly vacuumed upholstery, car owners can drop off their steel chariots for tinting services, which darken window panes in a host of shades.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Complete auto-detailing packages
Pro Tip: Detailing a vehicle well takes time. Plan for 5?7 hours without your vehicle.
What makes your business stand out?
OCDetailing LLC is different than most detail shops. We offer a guarantee that you will be happy with your vehicle. This means that if you see anything that is not up to your standards as a customer, we will be more than happy to correct the problem.
What inspired you to start or run this business?
We wanted to give the Fox Valley an affordable alternative to paying $250.00 for a complete detail package.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
We've had customers that have been speechless with the appearance of their vehicle. Our reviews on our Facebook page, Google Places and Thumbtack.com best voice our customer's experience.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Taking the time to look over a vehicle until it is perfect.
While the S.S. Badger has been honored with a placement on the National Register of Historic Places, its beginnings were humble. First setting sail in 1953, the Badger originally carried railcars, along with a few select passengers, across scenic Lake Michigan year round. Now the last of the United States’s coal-fired steamships, the 410-foot vessel ships cargo of a different kind, transporting guests and their vehicles across Lake Michigan with the comforts and amenities of a modern cruise ship, with efforts to improve their ship environmentally in the near future.
While the boat embarks along between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, guests amble through the open deck for views of the scenic shorelines or set up shop on deck chairs, armed with a cool drink and a Mermaid-to-English dictionary. The ship’s shaded interior entertains with movies, guests shouting at celebratory bingo, and arcade games giving off musical tones as kids set new high scores. For a more muted ride, private staterooms let guests snooze away the hours, and a quiet room elucidates the ship’s history in hushed solitude. An in-house bar blends, shakes, and stirs ingredients into a range of refreshing cocktails, while the café showcases artfully crafted sandwiches like a deli hall of fame.
The full-service oil change includes up to 5 quarts of Mobil oil, a new oil filter, and a freshly lubricated chassis. Mobil1 Lubes’ experienced technicians will check and, if needed, fill the following parts and reservoirs: air filter, crankcase breather, PCV valve, transmission fluid, power-steering fluid, clutch fluid, windshield-washer solvent, antifreeze, battery electrolytes, wiper blades, lights, vehicle belts, tire pressure, and brakes, extending the lifespan of the vehicle and careless squirrels. Just when you thought the checklist champion reached for the belt, the exterior windows are washed, the interior is vacuumed, and any problems that need further maintenance will be explained. If your road baby demands oil opulence, you can top off oil between services for free.