How to Prepare Your Luxury Vehicle for Summer Road Trips

Summer is almost here, and for many of us, that means setting out on a road trip with the family. Before you take to the road, you will want to prepare your Porsche to meet the demands of driving for long hours in hot weather. Here are a few tips on how to prepare your luxury vehicle for summer road trips.

Prepare Your Luxury Vehicle for Summer Road Trips - Gossett Porsche - Memphis, TN

  1. Perform simple maintenance checks on your vehicle: Before packing up your vehicle and setting out, you will want to check your car’s oil and fluid levels, including power steering fluid, windshield wiper fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and coolant. You should also check your tires and make sure they’re appropriately inflated and have adequate tread depth, as good tires help keep you confident, in control, and safe while on the go.
  2. Check your car’s air conditioning system: Nothing is worse than being stuck in a stuffy, hot vehicle for long hours, so you will want to thoroughly check your car’s air conditioning system before setting out.
  3. Clean out the interior, pack charging cords, and have music/entertainment options on hand: You will want to clean out your car’s interior and make sure you have all the charging cords to keep everyone’s devices charged up while on the road. You should also think about what entertainment options you will want to be available to you while on the trip, including downloading your favorite music playlists, podcasts, and your family’s favorite movies if you have a rear seat entertainment system.

There are few feelings better than hitting the open road in the summertime, particularly when you do so at the wheel of a Porsche or Volkswagen vehicle. To set yourself up for maximum summer fun, stop into Gossett VW Porsche and set up your test drive.

 

How to Have Fun in Memphis this Winter

Just because the holidays are over, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything fun to do. In fact, you can have tons of fun in Memphis this winter with of these events below.

fun in memphis this winter - Gossett VW Porsche - Memphis, TN

  • International Blues Challenge. Kick your winter blues by listening to some blues. The 32nd International Blues Challenge will take place January 16-20 at clubs up and down Beale Street. These solo and group acts compete for cash prizes and more.
  • Fences. Watch the dramatic on-stage performance of this Tony Award-winning play. It runs at Theatre Memphis through February 4th.
  • Basketball. Spend an evening at the FedEx Forum and catch a basketball game.
  • Polar Bear Plunge. If the idea of jumping into freezing cold water excites you, sign up for the Polar Bear Plunge. It will take place February 3rd at Mud Island River Park. After everyone takes the plunge, there will be a chili cook-off to warm everybody up.
  • Pink Bride Bridal Show. If you know someone who is planning a wedding, be sure to make a stop at this bridal show held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center on February 4th.

Which of these winter events would you like to attend this year? If you are looking for a new car this year, be sure to come visit us here at Gossett VW Porsche.

Time-Saving Christmas Hacks for Busy People

If getting things in order before Christmas day arrives is stressing you out, you’re in luck. Use these easy Christmas hacks from Gossett VW Porsche and make preparing for the holidays a breeze this year!

 

Freeze whipped cream for a perfect hot chocolate topper

What’s better than a warm cup of hot chocolate on Christmas morning? This year, take things to the next level with some homemade hot chocolate toppers. All you need is some cookie cutters and room in the freezer.

 Christmas hacks

Reuse Thanksgiving decorations

Why put your Thanksgiving decorations away when you could use them again for Christmas? If you still have autumn gourds leftover, use some white paint to quickly turn them into festive winter snowmen. Of course, you might want to find something else if they’re starting to rot!

 

Pin the nose on the reindeer

Looking for an easy way to keep the kids out of the kitchen while you finish up the cooking? Repurpose an old tack board to create a fun “pin the nose on the reindeer” game that will keep the kids happy and busy while you finish up dinner.

 

If you’re short on time this holiday season, don’t sweat it—take advantage of these awesome Christmas hacks and get ready for the easiest holiday season ever.

Local Holiday Events in Memphis

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means Memphis, Tennessee, is preparing for the holiday season by offering plenty of fun things to do. Check out these local holiday events in the city for a day of fun with the family.

 

Starry Nights at Shelby Farm Park

Want to see a dazzling light display? Hailed as the largest light show in the Mid-South, Starry Nights features more than just Christmas lights, with hot chocolate and s’mores, a petting zoo, and more.

 

Sun Trust Zoo Lights

Head to the Memphis Zoo to experience this beautiful event alongside the animals, a ride on the LED ferris wheel, a live reindeer event, and even artificial snow in the Courtyard.

Local Holiday Events

Christmas At Graceland

Graceland goes all out for Christmas, which was the King’s favorite holiday. Stop by for the Holiday Concert Weekend to experience live music as you enjoy the life-size Nativity and beautiful decorations.

 

Peabody Memphis

This local hotel always features fun decorations and great food, from a 30-foot Christmas tree and life-size Gingerbread House to the chef’s delicious desserts.

 

If you’re looking for something to do this Christmas season, local holiday events in Memphis have you covered. Take your family to see any of these awesome events or explore the city for even more.

What to Know When Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

Many people go to their relatives’ homes for the holidays. But if you’re in charge of hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, you might find that you have a little more on your plate than usual. Here’s some advice from Gossett VW Porsche on how to survive the big day.

 

Prepare in Advance

Some dishes will have to wait until the last minute, but if you can make a few dishes in advance, do it in order to save yourself some stress. Meal-prep what you can’t cook so that it’s as simple as possible on the day off, meaning you’ll have more time to catch up.

 

Stick with The Tried-And-True

Thanksgiving is about tradition, so you don’t have to go wild with some experimental meals in order to wow your guests. Stick with what you know people like: turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, candied yams, cranberry, stuffing, and, of course, pumpkin pie.

 

Set the Table Beforehand

It may seem silly to set the table the night before, but doing so leaves you with one less task that to do while preparing the next morning. Or, if you have a lot of young ones running around, put them to the task and keep them occupied.

 

Not Everything Has to Be Homemade

Buy pies from a bakery or get premade gravy to help cut down on work. You don’t have to tell anyone that you bought it from a store—they probably won’t notice the difference anyway, and it’s unlikely that they would be hurt even if they did because of how much effort you’re already putting into everything else.

 

Schedule Your Shower

You need to look good for the celebrations, too, so make sure to leave time for you to get ready. Pick out some nice, semi-business casual dress and set the expectation that your table guests should look somewhat nice as well.

 

Ask for Help

Last of all, don’t be afraid to delegate tasks and bring in some assistance. Too many cooks in the kitchen can be a problem, so set your friends and relatives to minor tasks to keep them occupied and keep you less busy.

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner

While hosting Thanksgiving dinner, remember not to get too stressed out. After all, it’s about spending a holiday with the people you love. It may seem like a lot of work in the lead-up, but the end-goal is well worth the struggle.

Rarest Porsche Models as Chosen by Porsche

Porsche 924 GTS driving offroad
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Porsche recently released a video that detailed what its employees have found to be the rarest Porsche models ever made. Counting down from fifth rarest to first rarest, the video is a great watch not just because it’s informative but for a closer look at these rare gems.

Dieter Landenberger, manager of Porsche’s Historical Archives, goes for a walk through an enormous garage full of old Porsche models covered in sheets and uncovers the five most unique models one by one.

The fifth most uncommon Porsche is the 911 Turbo S (964), created in 1992. Only 86 were made, despite the fact that a brand new paint color was created especially for it.

Next is the 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS, which was designed for private racing. Only 50 of these were ever built, 49 of which were red and the very first of which was white.

Coming in at no. 3 is the Porsche 911 GT, which was designed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Only 21 were built, which was partly due to its high sales price of over a million dollars in the early 1990s.

The second rarest Porsche ever is the 1984 911 SC/RS, of which 20 models were made for rally sport. And finally, #1 is the Porsche America Roadster, of which only 16 were built.

Watch the video here for a look at these fascinating cars!

Volkswagen LEGO Journey Display Shown at Chicago Auto Show

2017 Atlas at the Chicago Auto Show

As part of its display at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show in February, Volkswagen assembled a 20,000-piece LEGO journey display that demonstrated the evolution of Volkswagen design throughout the years in honor of the 2018 VW Atlas, the brand’s all-new full-size SUV.

The display featured both the new Atlas and the classic VW Microbus, showing the similarities and differences in design over the multi-decade gap. The display was set against a backdrop of a city setting, which transitioned to the great outdoors to show the versatility and “go-anywhere spirit” of the Volkswagen brand.

The LEGO Atlas model was made of white LEGO bricks and features front and rear Volkswagen badging as well as black rims, roof rails, a trailer hitch, and a distinctive grille. What’s more, the model also highlights the utility of the Atlas’ seven-passenger seating.

The Microbus was lovingly crafted from blue and white LEGOs to accurately reflect the real thing, including its two-tone exterior, the V-shaped front fascia design, rounded headlamps, a curved bumper, and VW badging.

If you’re interested in the new Atlas SUV, it hits dealerships later this year, so keep an eye out or give us a call at Grosett VW Porsche and ask us to keep you updated!

Memphis Holiday Events to Get You into the Winter Spirit

While winter weather means the holiday season is cold, it shouldn’t stop you from getting into the holiday spirit. In Memphis, there are a number of great events to check out during the holidays. Here are a few of our favorite Memphis holiday events that are sure to get you into a jolly mood.

Memphis Holiday Events

Snowy Nights at Memphis Botanical Gardens

Stroll through “falling snow” as you take in numerous holiday light displays at Snowy Nights at Memphis Botanical Gardens. There are a number of themed light displays, including a musical light show. You can even plan in the giant Snow Globe and decorate icicle ornaments! There are a number of family-friendly activities to enjoy at Snowy Nights. This event is open nightly December 2nd and 3rd; December 9th and 10th; and December 16th through 23rd from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Tickets cost $8 for MBG members, $10 for non-members, and are free for children under the age of two.

Enchanted Forest: Festival of Trees at Pink Palace

See some of the most beautifully decorated Christmas trees in Memphis at Enchanted Forest: Festival of Trees at Pink Palace. This event features trees that are decorated by professional designers, individuals, and local organizations. This event is open on December 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 9 am to 9 pm. You can also take pictures with Santa until Christmas Eve.

Memphis November Events

November is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to start choosing what events you’ll attend before the holiday season truly begins. There are plenty of events taking place during the month of November here in Memphis which means it’s time to start planning! Here are some Memphis November events that you should check out as recommended by us here at Gossett VW Porsche.

  • Indie Memphis Film Festival – Take in a movie directed, produced, and performed by upcoming actors here in Memphis. In all, over 180 of the best independent films will appear on screen. Other events include filmmaker panels and live music. The Indie Memphis Film Festival runs from November 1st to the 7th so be sure to get your tickets today!
  • Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention – There’s never been a better time to be a fantasy and comic fan! The Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention takes place from November 18th through the 20th at the Hilton. Gaming, music, entertainment, and a gothic ball are just a few of the highlights to come.
  • Graceland Holiday Lighting Ceremony – Elvis Presley’s home will light up the sky on November 17th. This event features the lighting of traditional Christmas lights through Elvis’s Birthday Celebration next year. Santa will pay a visit and special guests will make an appearance as well. Stop by the Graceland Holiday Lighting Ceremony to take in the beautiful home.

What Does a Car’s Torque Mean?

Gas PedalMost drivers know that horsepower is a good standard to judge how fast a car is but what about torque? What does a car’s torque mean? That’s a question many drivers interested in performance vehicles find themselves asking and the answer can get rather complicated. Fortunately, we at Gossett VW Porsche have a simplified answer of what a car’s torque actually means.

Put simply, power is how fast something can reach a certain point while torque is the ability to do work. That remains true in modern cars. Horsepower determines how fast a car can reach a certain speed while torque is how fast the car can actually accelerate.

The torque listed on a vehicle specification page is how much torque the engine can produce. That isn’t necessarily how much torque reaches the wheels. Either way, higher torque means faster acceleration.

Larger engines produce more torque due to the amount of air flowing into the engine. That air is combined with fuel and compressed in a combustion chamber to produce horsepower and torque. Trucks are a perfect example of how torque works. Since most trucks are designed to tow, they need more torque to accelerate while pulling heavy loads. Thanks to their larger engines, trucks are capable of gaining speed even though they may be pulling thousands of pounds.