Up the River with Avis – Exploring Ohio in a Toyota Avalon

An Autumn-esque Adventure in the 2016 Toyota Avalon

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While Florida was bracing for Hurricane Hermine, I was helping to liberate a 2016 Toyota Avalon from the path of the storm.  That weekend, I had an event to photograph for one of our automotive clients in Cincinnati, and so we journeyed north with this deep-maroon Toyota Avalaon from Avis to photograph while on our adventure.  Our mission was to capture autumn themed photos.  But what do you do when you need fall photos and fall has yet to arrive?  Take advantage of dusk and dawn – where the sunlight takes on a golden hew and gives even bright green trees a touch of autumn glint.  I’ll let you be the judge of the results.

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So, what was it like to put 2,000 miles on a 2016 Toyota Avalon?  To be honest, it was a bit of a mixed bag – especially when you consider that it’s Toyota’s flagship sedan.  As with all Avis cars, the Avalon was nicely equipped, with extras such as a big infotainment display, dual heated seats, rear ventilation, and a sports package, complete with paddle shifters.  Add to that, it was comfortable, smooth, roomy, stylish, and had surprising performance for a car that seems to have been typecast with the ever-dreaded “old person car” moniker.

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But there were a few frustrations on the drive as well – most notably the smart phone-based navigation solution that proved anything but…  Unlike Apple Car Play, which our last Avis car, the 2016 Chevy Corvette sported, Toyota employs a third party app called Scout GPS.  Not only did the app fail to connect about 60% of the time – even when it did connect, the navigation information was minimal.  The app offers only turn by turn information, but without standard options like a browsable map (or any map at all – aside from one static map that shows your entire route, reminiscent of the old systems you could used to track your progress on an airliner), lane assistance, or the ability to download offline content.  This proved a big headache – especially in rural areas where our cell signal was often non-existent – but the connectivity issues between the car and the app were just as frustrating.  Beyond my tech frustrations, the fuel economy was also only okay – with highway mileage struggling to get above 31 mpg.  All in all, the car was just that – okay.  There were many nice features, but several issues you just wouldn’t expect from a can in 2016.  In my estimation, Toyota’s attempt to make the Avalon a performance car, a luxury car, and a tech-savvy car, all while keeping it affordable, resulted in a car that doesn’t quite hit the mark in any of those categories.  But then again, if you’re looking for a car that checks off all those boxes with excellence, the price tag’s going to be quite a bit higher.

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Up the River with Avis – Exploring Ohio with the Toyota Avalon

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A Different Sort of Muscle: Jaguars Car Show Invades EverBank Field

Celebrating 4-Wheeled Athletes at the Jaguars Car Show

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So, as time allows, we’ve decided to do our part to highlight the amazing car scene here in Jacksonville, FL – such as the Jaguars Car Show from this past weekend.  Sure, Jacksonville is known for our connection to the Navy, being a hub for industries like logistics, banking and healthcare, and of course for having a bridge for each day of the week spanning the St Johns River – but the area is also known for a rather splendid, albeit diverse, car culture.  From the amazing automotive spectacle that is the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, to grass roots movements such as the popular Cars and Coffee meetups arranged by Automotive Addicts – Jacksonville is full of folks that have 10W30 with their cereal in the mornings and go to bed with the sounds of throbbing V8s dancing in their heads.  So, it was no surprise to see a great collection of cars at this weekend’s Jaguars Car Show.

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Ranging from late model sportscars and exotics, to a vintage Porsche and a race-spec Shelby Mustang – there was something for pretty much anyone – unless you hate cars – but that’s your own fault…  As is often the case, we had a busy Saturday, so our trip to the show was shorter than I would have liked, but it was a great time to catch up with old friends, make a few new ones – and see some great metal!

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Our First Visit to Jacksonville’s Cars and Coffee

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Our New Automotive Promotional Video – What’ya Think?

Some of Our Favorite Automotive Images Set to Music

It’s official!  We’ve finally entered the 21st century!  Yes indeed, we’ve put together our very own promotional video featuring some of our favorite automotive images from over the years – set to some catchy music.   We’ve divided the short promotional video into a few sections to highlight our automotive expertise and capabilities: including boom, event, light painting, motorsports and advertising.  We’ve also included a few of our favorite automotive HD wallpaper images below for your viewing and downloading pleasure.

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Our First Visit to Jacksonville’s Cars and Coffee

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Our First Visit to Jacksonville’s Cars and Coffee

A Long Overdue Trip to Cars and Coffee

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For being as car crazy as I tend to be, you may be surprised to know that I had yet to visit Cars and Coffee – our city’s monthly gathering of gearheads and their manifold rides along the scenic St Johns river.  After spending this past Saturday morning at Cars and Coffee, I really regret taking so long to finally make it to one!  But alas, past regrets aside, I did manage to bring my camera along and couldn’t resist taking a few – well a few hundred photos…

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I was quite pleasantly surprised at the number and diversity of vehicles at Cars and Coffee.  From hot rods to exotics, antiques to modern muscle – the list of cars was all over the board.  Many cars had been nicely restored, many of the modern vehicles had any number of modifications, and there was even a good helping of cars, like my TR6, that were in varying stages of restoration – so I felt right at home.  Though the TR6 is a relatively rare car in the States, I was surprised to discover not one, but two other TR6’s at the meet-up.  All in all, it was a great event, and one I will certainly make an effort to be a part of much more often!

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Our First Visit to Jacksonville’s Cars and Coffee

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Summer Wanderings Part 1: Maine

Down East in the Heart of Maine

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As has become our tradition, we dedicated much of our summer to exploring the eastern bits of our fine country, among visits to family and friends.  This year was no exception – with a trip, perhaps a bit longer than we would like – to explore Northern New England, Cape Cod, Rural Vermont, and central Appalachia.  For your viewing pleasure, we’ll be publishing one post for each state we photographed: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia and Tennessee.

Above, is one of our favorite shots from a pair of loons we’ve been photographing for the past several years.  They spend their summers on Rangeley Lake, located in northwestern Maine, a handful of miles from both the New Hampshire and Canadian borders.  The birds have developed a bit of a pattern, and can be found most mornings and evenings along the strip of lake where we stay.  Unfortunately, this year they were not accompanied by a chick, but hopefully they will have more luck again next season.

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While in New England, we also took a day trip to Boothbay, Maine.  Located about an hour north of Portland, this area of Maine offers a wide variety of tourist-oriented adventures, from puffin tours, to the Boothbay Railway Village (pictured above).  This was our first time to this part of Maine, and the park proved especially enjoyable, offering vintage train rides, a collection of several dozen historic structures, many of which you could tour, a large collection of antique cars, and an extensive model railway.

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Summer Wanderings Part 1: Maine

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