2014 Seattle Auto Show rolls into CenturyLink Field

The 2014 Seattle Auto Show rolls into CenturyLink Field this weekend, Oct. 15-19.  (Image courtesy of the Seattle Auto Show)
The 2014 Seattle Auto Show rolls into CenturyLink Field this weekend, Oct. 15-19.
(Image courtesy of the Seattle Auto Show)

Photos by Robert Isaacs.

This weekend, the annual Seattle Auto Show will highlight almost 500 vehicles from car manufacturers around the globe, along with local auto-centered companies, engaging your gearhead nature and providing great entertainment for your friends or family (or both).

You'll have to come out to the show to see the 2015 Corvette Stingray. This piece of American Muscle can go from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, but at the show, it'll be standing still so you can get a better look.
You’ll have to come out to the show to see the 2015 Corvette Stingray. This piece of American Muscle can go from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, but at the show, it’ll be standing still so you can get a better look.

From Subaru, Honda, and more showcasing the latest in sedan, SUV, and Cross-over goodness, to Jeeps’ new Renegade and the Chevrolet Colorado, to high end cars you’ll only (usually) get to see on a showroom floor or on a movie screen, such as a McLaren MP4-12C or the Corvette Stingray.

Check out the many alternative fuel vehicles – from the Nissan Leaf to the Chevrolet Spark to Tesla’s Model S, and more – for the more eco-friendly car enthusiast in the PNW.

For those wanting a more hands on experience, about a dozen manufacturers will be offering free test drives of the latest models. After you’re done looking in and around names like Scion and Toyota, you can head out to the garage and sign up for a free roll around the block – trip comes with free, in-car auto-rep.

When you’re done looking at all the new cars and trying out your select few, head over to Tacoma’s very own LeMay America’s Car Museum exhibit to take a look at the custom rods, classic Fords, and cool cars from across the eras.

The Seattle Auto Show really has something for everyone – if cars isn’t your thing, let your gearhead friend drag you along so you can get your hands on some new Microsoft products at the Xbox One tour car, featuring the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 computers.

Tickets for the Seattle Auto Show are $14 for adults and $11 for seniors over 62, while children under 12 get in for free. E-tickets can be purchased online for easy admittance.

CenturyLink’s doors open for the Seattle Auto Show at:

Thursday from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

While the Seattle Auto Show may not have the pomp and circumstance that Paris or New York auto shows may have, it will still get your gearhead heart pumping. Check it out this weekend only at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Note: Some Mazda fans may be disappointed to not see the ND Miata, however, since there’s only one or two in existence currently, it’s hard to blame anyone. The 2016 Miata is a hot commodity! (And by that we mean it looks amazing [in images].) You can still romp around in the roomy and beautiful 2015 Miata and check out the full ZoomZoom-fun Mazda lineup.

 

 

Tire legalities versus recommendations

Note: This article is intended to enlighten consumers to relevant terms and sales tactics. It is not legal advice. If you have legal issues and need to speak with someone about the laws in your state, please contact a licensed attorney. 

Any driver in Washington State has had to wonder about tire legalities at least once in their lifetime, but most likely much more than just once. When looking into tires, it is important to know the difference between the legal limit and the manufacturer recommendations for tire wear.

The tread on my front tire indicates that the tread is still good under state law – the top of Lincoln’s head is covered by tire tread. However, the inner part of my tire (not shown) is a little more worn down than I would like.

First off, in Washington State, there is a legal tire tread limit of 2/32 of an inch – or about the distance between the edge of a penny and Abe Lincoln’s head. If you can’t see the top of Abe’s head, you’re usually ok for tire tread, by state law, as taken from the “any two major tread grooves at three locations equally spaced around the circumference”.

One of the major differences between Washington’s RCW’s and the recommended guidelines from the manufacturers is where the measurement is taken from.

“A tread depth of less than 2/32 of an inch measured in any two major tread grooves at three locations equally spaced around the circumference of the tire, or for those tires with tread wear indicators…” as stated in RCW 46.37.425 of the Washington State Legislative Codes.

In Washington, that distance is legally from the tire’s two main tread grooves, whereas manufacturers recommend from the lowest tread point, even secondary tread grooves. You should also check for inner layers of rubber that indicate tire wear or the wear bars.

“If you can see all of [Pres. Lincoln’s head], you should buy a new tire,” states the RMA’s tire brochure. “Built in tread wear indicators, or wear bars, will appear on the tire when tread is down to 2/32 of an inch.”

Now, if your tire dealer tells you that your tires are under the ‘legal limit’ make sure that you talk to them about that, as not only are some tire dealers paid on commission (meaning they try to up-sell you to get more money in their pockets), but legal limits are different between states.

One of the helpful signs at a local Discount Tire Store about the differences in tire tread.
One of the helpful signs at a local Discount Tire Store about the differences in tire tread.

There may also be confusion between ‘legal limit’ and ‘manufacturer recommendation’.

The RCW actually states nothing about the tire being bald or bare of tread at non-tread areas, either, so long as the main two treads have the 2/32’s of an inch, you’re set. As long as you aren’t showing wear bars, part of your tire could (technically) be bald, so long as your tire’s treads have the 2/32 of an inch.

Of course, no one wants a partially bald tire, so monthly inspections of your tires will help you figure out if you are running low on tread overall, not just at the main grooves.

As I found out this week, while my tires still pass the state’s legal limit, but the outer edge is starting to go bald (seems I need an alignment, too). As per state laws, I’m good to go, but the recommendations from the manufacturers says differently.

For those who don’t quite have the money up front to pay for tires, check out other opportunities to ensure that you have safe tires for the road, such as working out a deal with your tire provider, financing for tires, used tires still in good repair, or rent-to-own tires (such as from RNR in Puyallup).

Another great way to ensure that your tires are safe is to just talk to the local tire dealer – after a quick conversation about tires from my local Discount Tires, I was given a quote for some Kumho’s (my fave) for less than online prices.

Local is better!

While most of our monthly checks are on our main treads of currently attached tires, don’t forget to check that spare – you never know when you’ll need it and you don’t want to be stuck with out a pressurized or working spare when your main tire gets toasted.

For more information, check out the Rubber Manufacturer Associations free guides about tire wear and care, many of which are free for digital download.

Be Tire Smart, Tire Safety Brochure
Tire Care and Safety Booklet

For more information about Washington State RCW’s concerning tires, head to RCW 46.37.425.

2016 Mazda Miata Livetweet Stream!!

This article has been updated (9/3/2014).

BwprVv5CUAAA3FuI’ve been waiting for this moment for what seems like a billion years.

I’m absolutely in love with my the official media car of AON Media, the Mazdarati – a 1996 Mazda Miata M-Edition (in Starlight Mica Blue). I have gone scuba diving (though I couldn’t bring my dive buddy in the same load), she’s gone on Canadian dirt rally roads, and safely transported me and my husband everywhere we need to go.

As Mazda Unveils their newest incarnation of the MX-5, I’ll be live-tweeting the event from @AON_Media:

My initial misgivings about Mazda not listening to the enthusiasts who have really stuck with the brand (Cough). The new design really showcases that they not only listened, but they acted on those comments.

We already knew the chassis would be lighter when Mazda revealed that a few weeks back, what we didn’t know is what kind of body would be set ontop.

The new look really shows off the return to simplicity. It doesn’t look bloated like the NC (but I’m also looking through it on my computer screen). It doesn’t seem too tall or too bulky…

BwpymASCMAAYH8cAnd I absolutely love the lines on the side profile. Those lines are clean, they are curvy, they are beautiful!

I’m really stoked. I can’t wait to see how the new Miata compares to the current Media-Miata, aka the Mazdarati, that AON Media uses for all coverage.

I know mine can handle Canadian wildernesses… Can yours, Mazda? Can the new one?

If you’d like to watch the live stream of the 2016 Mazda Miata unveiling yourself, head here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze5GPxABcMs

Flee Shopping Madness at Carkeek Park

Photography by: Deanna Isaacs

This piece of artwork, called 'Projections and Reflections on the moment' created by Ken Turner, will be live at Carkeek Park until October.
This piece of artwork, called ‘Projections and Reflections on the moment’ created by Ken Turner, will be live at Carkeek Park until October.

When you’re done wading through the crowds of crazy shoppers hungry for Labor Day sales and you need to get away – quickly – then head down to Carkeek Park, just west of the Northgate Mall in Seattle. Continue reading Flee Shopping Madness at Carkeek Park

Labor Day Weekend Rundown!

In this edition of the Weekend Rundown we look at what to do during your last weekend sans-school with your children, the last time that you’ll be able to head out to the hills for one last weekend of summer, the last time that you’ll be asked with interest – ‘so what did you do this weekend?’ and be able to reply with something out of this world amazing. (Ok, that last part is a lie. Here at AON Media, we approve of and inspire year-round weekend awesomeness!)

Here’s a short rundown of things that are AON Media approved for your final weekend of Summer.

Continue reading Labor Day Weekend Rundown!

Weekend Rundown for August 23-24

As you look outside from your offices as Friday comes to a close, here are a few activities in the inaugural “Weekend Rundown” from AON Media! Enjoy these activities from your car, your feet, or with your neighbors!

Continue reading Weekend Rundown for August 23-24

Chariotz, Part III – Customizing Chariotz to meet your Gearhead needs

(Note: This article has been republished with permission from Gearbox Magazine, www.gearboxmagazine.comgbxm.tumblr.com)

Many people may look at Chariotz and think that it’s just a place for shops to show off what they can do – and they’d be partially right. Where they are wrong is that many of the shops are doing this on order – it’s gearheads requesting this work.

Continue reading Chariotz, Part III – Customizing Chariotz to meet your Gearhead needs

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