“Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone”: Bruce McLaren

McLaren marks 50th anniversary of the death of Bruce McLaren with a private ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Woking, Surrey, UK


McLaren remembers the life and achievements of Bruce McLaren, who in 1963 founded Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd, the company that has evolved through almost six decades to become today’s McLaren.

Brands Hatch, Great Britain.
17 March 1968.
Bruce McLaren (McLaren M7A-Ford Cosworth), 1st position, portrait.
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Half A Century

June 2, 2020, marks half a century since the death of the pioneering racing driver and engineer, who was killed in 1970 while testing one of his Can-Am racing cars at the Goodwood Circuit in West Sussex, UK. In commemoration of her father, Amanda McLaren – a McLaren Automotive brand ambassador – unveiled a life-sized statue of Bruce McLaren during a short private ceremony at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey, UK.

Fifty lighted candles were also placed around a 1970 McLaren M8D displayed at McLaren’s headquarters. The ‘sister car’ to the M8D in which Bruce McLaren was killed, it was driven to championship victory in the 1970 Can-Am race series by Bruce’s team-mate and fellow Kiwi racer, Denny Hulme. This was the second time Hulme had secured the championship, McLaren himself taking the honours in 1967 and 1969. The McLaren team dominated Can-Am racing from 1967 for five consecutive years.

“It is an honor to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Bruce McLaren by unveiling this wonderfully crafted statue to commemorate his life and achievements. When my father died in June 1970 – just 12 years after coming to the UK from New Zealand – he had already done so much to realize his ambitions, but the best was still to come. McLaren’s accomplishments over more than 50 years in Formula 1, the landmark victory at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans race and the supercars and hypercars designed, developed and built under the McLaren banner, all stand as his legacy. 

“June 2 is always an emotional date for us and that’s particularly true this year. Having ‘Dad’ looking out over  McLaren is incredibly moving and I know that he would have been so very proud of the achievements made in his name.” Amanda McLaren, daughter of Bruce; McLaren Automotive Ambassador

The bronze statue of Bruce McLaren was created by painter and sculptor, Paul Oz. Globally recognized for his motorsport-inspired art, Oz was previously commissioned by McLaren Racing to produce a sculpture of Ayrton Senna that is also at the MTC. Senna drove for McLaren for six years, winning all three of his Formula 1 World Championships at the wheel of a McLaren in 1988, 1990, and 1991.

The Legacy of Bruce McLaren

Bruce McLaren himself debuted the newly formed McLaren team in Grand Prix racing in 1966, competing in Monaco. He also delivered the maiden McLaren Grand Prix victory, winning in 1968 at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. This was Bruce’s fourth Formula 1 victory, adding to the three he recorded driving for Cooper.

Race winner Bruce McLaren (NZL) McLaren, celebrates victory on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, 9 June 1968.
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The team that still bears his name has since achieved a total 182 race wins, bringing 12 Drivers’ Championships and 8 Constructors’ Championships to become the second most successful team in Formula 1.  McLaren also has three Indianapolis 500 victories to its name and earlier this year the team returned to full-time IndyCar competition for the first time in 40 years.

While Bruce McLaren himself never produced road cars in any number, the McLaren name was further cemented in automotive history with the introduction in 1992 of the McLaren F1, the car famously going on in race guise to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in 1995 at the team’s first attempt.

McLaren Automotive, today the largest part of the McLaren Group, was formed in 2010 and now produces a portfolio of GT, supercar and hypercar models for the road, with competition cars in the GT4 and GT3 classes and equivalent supported by McLaren Customer Racing.


Further information about McLaren is available at mclaren.com.

A Short Explanation of How the Porsche Crest Was Created

The history of the Porsche Crest. Focus on horsepower

While the Porsche logo had already been used on the brand’s first vehicle in 1948, the Porsche Crest was not created until 1952.

In March 1951, Porsche launched a competition for German art academies, offering the generous sum of 1,000 Deutsche Mark for the creation of a company logo. However, none of the designs met the management’s expectations. Towards the end of 1951, Ferry Porsche visited New York and was asked for a logo by the American importer Max Hoffman, with the result that work on a logo also started internally within the company.

In early 1952, Franz Xaver Reimspieß, a highly talented designer who had already designed the Volkswagen logo in 1936, created a fantasy crest. It symbolizes the roots of the company and at the same time illustrates the quality and dynamics of its products, with a prancing horse taken from the seal of the city of Stuttgart depicted within the contours of a golden shield. Together with the name of Stuttgart above it, a clear commitment is made to the home of the company, while the surrounding red and black state colors and the stylized antlers are taken from the traditional crest of Württemberg-Hohenzollern. Finally, the Porsche logo forms a protective arch over the entire design.

After registration with the German Patent Office, the Porsche Crest was first seen on the horn button at the end of 1952, before being incorporated into the characteristic hood handle of the Porsche 356 Speedster in November 1954. As of 1959, it also adorned the hubcaps of the Zuffenhausen sports cars and, since then, every Porsche vehicle has featured this seal of quality on its hood.

In the meantime, the copyright-protected Porsche Crest has become one of the most famous trademarks in the world and may only be used commercially with the express permission of Porsche AG.

911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, 2020, Porsche AG

The Porsche Classic crests: true to the original design and with proven quality

The original Porsche Crest is available from Porsche Classic for a wide range of historic models and is manufactured with special tools according to original drawings. As in period, it is gold-plated and the application of its colors and enameling are performed by hand. Unlike today’s crest, the Porsche logo at that time was only embossed and not also finished in black. In addition, the red color used to tend more towards orange, as in the state colors of Württemberg-Hohenzollern.

In order to meet high-quality standards, the new release of the classic Porsche crest was subjected to extensive testing, including a climatic cycle test carried out at the Porsche Research and Development Centre in Weissach.

Over the years, the Porsche Crest has undergone careful design changes. The crests available through Porsche Classic are differentiated as follows:

  • From 1954 for the Porsche 356, and from 1964 for the 911 also in another size. For design details, please see Page One.
  • From 1974, the Porsche logo shines in gold; Stuttgart is embossed on a recessed background and the color in the Porsche Crest radiates a red-transparent glow.
  • From 1994: the Porsche logo is characterized by slim Black letters. the word Stuttgart is recessed; the Porsche Crest is red-transparent and the horse is portrayed elegantly.

Gold-colored logos: a distinguishing feature of all Heritage Design models

With the gold-colored logos on the rear and on the Targa bar, Porsche is recalling another historic design feature. While the first Porsche models still carried silver-colored logos, they were gold-colored on the rear from the mid-1950s onwards, creating an exclusive appearance.

With the introduction of the Porsche 912 in 1965 and the Porsche 911 T in 1968, the gold-colored logos were gradually replaced by silver and black anodized lettering.

However, the gold-colored logos are now making a return as a distinguishing feature that will embellish all future Heritage Design models.


Story courtesy for Porsche Newsroom.

PORSCHE FANS GATHER TO CELEBRATE SPORTSCAR TOGETHER DAY

Park Place Porsche and Porsche Club of America – Maverick Region Celebrate Iconic Brand’s 72nd Anniversary at Keller’s Drive-In


What a difference two years makes. But even in the event-starved Covid-19 era, people long to get together to celebrate the people and things they have in common.

 

Two years ago, Park Place Porsche Dallas teamed up with the Porsche Club of America – Maverick Region to help clients celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 1948 Porsche 356 “No. 1” Roadster with a “Sportscar Together Day” at the Lemmon Avenue dealership.

This year, the celebration looked very different, but Porschephiles turned out in force on June 8 to catch up and celebrate the 72nd anniversary at Keller’s Drive-In on Northwest Highway in Dallas.

“Porsche drivers are passionate about their cars,” explained Patrick Huston, Park Place Porsche Dallas General Manager. “We couldn’t let this important occasion pass us by. So, we invited the Porsche Club – Maverick group to join us for a great burger and fellowship. Everyone had a great time.”

There were a wide range of Porsches on hand, representing classic models from the 1960s to the new 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S, Porsche’s first hybrid sportscar. The new four-door sports sedan will go from 0-to-60 mph in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph and a driving range of up to 200 miles, all with the incomparable handling, dependable quality and world-class styling of the iconic Porsche brand.


Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 by Ken Schnitzer with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership in Dallas. For the past 33 years, the company has been engaged in the community supporting the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy and education. Park Place employs more than 1,500 members and operates 18 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Koenigsegg, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, Maserati and Aston Martin. For more info, visit parkplace.com.

 

 

Lexus Introduces the New 2021 Lexus IS, Debuting Lexus Driving Signature

The new 2021 IS, which is expected to arrive in dealerships in late fall of this year, looks to expand upon the legacy it has carved out in the compact luxury sports car segment over the previous two decades. Truly a global vehicle, it will be available for sale in approximately 40 countries around the world, including the US, Japan, and other countries in Asia.

Read more for a quick summary of the new Lexus IS or click here for a full press release from Lexus. 


The Development of the Lexus Driving Signature

With the new 2021 Lexus IS, Lexus looked to further cement the bond between driver and vehicle by providing an enhanced linear driving characteristic that provides direct feedback to the driver. But to do this- Lexus Engineers went to work to creat the right tool. 

The Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama is key to the focus on the connection between driver and car. This asphalt track signals a change in Lexus’s development course and commitment to their human-centric approach. By using their resources and establishing a uniform Lexus Driving Signature across the entire lineup, the hope is to continue propelling the brand’s evolution and reinforce its identity in the luxury space. The latest IS represents the first step down a path that has evolved into a uniquely Lexus tarmac testbed that will affect the trajectory of every Lexus product that comes next.

“What we had foremost in mind in developing the new IS was to make it a car that excelled in communicating with the driver regardless of the road conditions or driving situation,” said Chief Engineer Naoki Kobayashi of Lexus International. “We aimed to make the new IS a Lexus compact sports sedan that provides high-quality riding comfort while offering a high level of vehicle control.”

Key Performance Upgrades of the New 2021 Lexus IS

  • Enhanced body rigidity by reinforcing the radiator side supports, increasing the number of front-side-member weld points, and optimizing reinforcement structures to help reduce noise and vibration while also improving riding comfort and driving performance.
  • Availability with larger 19-inch wheels to improve the corning force. Overall two different 19-inch wheels are available on F SPORT models, including a unique BBS wheel specific to the F SPORTs equipped with the Dynamic Handling Package. Standard 18-inch wheels will replace the outgoing 17-inch wheels on all other models.
  • Use of Hub Bolts to allow for improved fastening strength and increase rigidity to improve braking and handling. The use of hub bolts sheds about 2 pounds of unsprung weight
  •  F SPORTs will only be offered on the IS 350 powered by the 311-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine.
  • Lower, wider proportions with muscular fenders to enhance and accomodate the larger available 19-inch wheels. 
  • New slender headlamps are fitted on the IS that feature daytime running lights with a sharp L-shape signature that runs across the lateral axis just above the newly developed compact and lightweight lamp units.
  • There are five new exterior colors available on the 2021 IS, including Iridium, Cloudburst Gray, Matador Red Mica, Infrared*, and Grecian Water.
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Enhanced Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+ 2.5)

The rear-wheel drive IS 300 features a 2.0-liter, turbocharged and intercooled inline four-cylinder engine, which is set to deliver 241 horsepower. The IS 300 AWD is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 260 hp and 236 lb.-ft. For buyers who crave maximum power, there’s the IS 350 in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 311 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of peak torque.

Watch the Official Launch of the 2021 Lexus IS 

New 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 43 4 Door Coupe Provides New Level of AMG Accessibility

New in the U.S. for model year 2021, the AMG GT 43 4-Door Coupe, starting at $89,900*, further expands the AMG GT family, combining AMG-developed dynamics with everyday usability, seating for four and a more accessible point of entry.


Striking to look at and a powerful drive, the newest AMG GT 43 is being offered at a starting price point to ad dan additional (more accessible) entry point to the Mercedes-AMG family.

Starting at $89,900

The Mercedes-AMG GT 43 is powered by an efficient and intelligent 3.0 liter inline-6 turbo engine, for 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. For an additional 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, the 2021 variant is equipped with an EQ Boost System. 

It’s a perfect example of AMG’s compelling driving experience mixed with everyday usability, sporting the key highlights of AMG’s top-tier GT 4-door coupe models like light-weight construction, 4MATIC+ All-Wheel Drive with variable torque distribution, and the distinctive AMG exterior/interior design and aesthetic. 

Available Late 2020

The AMG GT 4-door is the third model to be developed directly by Mercedes-AMG, following the 2-door GT and SLS AMG. This new model sports the same high level of standard equipment found in the AMG GT 53, including:

  • AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-Speed Transmission
  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive modes
  • AMG Ride Control Sport Suspenson 
  • Silver painted 6-piston front brake calipers
  • Burmester surround sound system
  • electronically deployable rear spoiler
  • MBUX infotainment system (newly standard for ’21 AMG GT 4-door models)

There are a variety of customizations available, so you can easily configure and individualize the new AMG GT 43 to fit your needs with familiar AMG options and packages.  For example, there is a variety of interior configurations such as the standard two-place individual rear-seats or the optional executive rear-seat package, numerous wheel options, and the incomparable Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound System.

And yes, even with all of this the new AMG GT 43 4-Door variant has ample space for up to four passengers.  Can you say Road Trip ready? Contact one of our four Park Place Motorcars locations for more information on your Mercedes-AMG GT options.


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Teacher Appreciation is Personal at Park Place

It’s a small world, after all.

 


Connectivity between people pops up in the most unlikely places. Like on the service drive at Park Place Lexus Plano. That’s where two fellow team members, who didn’t know each other from Adam, first discovered that they shared a surprisingly meaningful connection- and no, it wasn’t that they both worked at Park Place.

It All Started with a Vowel (read more to see “Y”)

 

One sunny morning back in 2013, Brandon Gillespy, body shop manager at Park Place BodyWerks, was at the service drive at Park Place Lexus Plano, picking up a client vehicle for transport to the body shop in Dallas.

“This guy comes over to me, big smile, introduces himself and asks if I’m related to Jamie Gillespy,” Brandon recalls.

The guy was Don Mitchell, sales experience manager at Lexus Plano. The unusual spelling of Brandon’s last name, with a “y” instead of an “ie,” caught Don’s eye.

“My daughter Meredith was always raving about a wonderful teacher at Plano’s Jasper High School named Jamie Gillespy,” Don explains. “Jamie taught an elective course in ASL, or American Sign language, and Meredith absolutely adored Jamie and I remembered the unique spelling. So Brandon and I both remarked on what a small world it was.”

In most cases, a random coincidence like that results in a pleasant conversation and that’s the end of it.

But then something else happened. Two somethings, in fact.

Jamie-Mania

First, Brandon became increasingly aware that his wife was starting to enjoy a kind of Jamie-mania.

“Since that moment, it seems like anywhere we go, a store or a restaurant in Frisco or Plano, we hear someone yell, “MISS G!” And then a former student runs across the room to give my wife a giant hug. Don’s story first opened my eyes to this phenomenon, and since then it’s been nonstop. And a lot of fun for both of us!”


Jamie Gillespy, ASL teacher at Frisco Centennial High School with husband, Brandon Gillespy, Body Shop Manager at Park Place BodyWerks

Second, Jamie’s impact on Meredith carried on well past the classroom into adulthood. After graduating from Plano Senior High, she went on to earn an education degree at the University of Arkansas and is, in fact, now a teacher at a Title 1 school in Springdale, Arkansas.

Don Mitchell, Sales Experience Manager at Lexus Plano with daughter and teacher Meredith.

“Meredith was already starting to show a passion for teaching, and Jamie really reinforced a lot of the values that made teaching a compelling career choice,” says Don. “My mother was a teacher, and just like Jamie, her example had life-lasting positive impacts on her students, too. Meredith is that same kind of person, that same kind of teacher.”

Don Mitchell, Sales Experience Manager at Lexus Plano with daughter and teacher Meredith.

“I felt inspired to learn how much my wife meant to Don’s daughter,” says Brandon, noting that Jamie is now the ASL teacher at Frisco Centennial High School as well as Student Council Sponsor. He’s especially proud that the school created a video about what her days are like during this time of uncertainty. Check it out.

Park Place Cares

Don and Brandon’s story alludes to just one of the reasons why Park Place has been such a passionate supporter of education over the past 30+ years. After discovering their small-world connection and shared values, these two members are even more gratified that their chosen place of work, Park Place, actively supports education as a corporate initiative, sponsoring the Teacher of the Year program in nine local school districts. The company is also active in the Plano ISD Education Foundation’s Grants to Educators program.

“I was amazed when I first learned of the connection between Don and Brandon, as well as Jamie and Meredith,” says Anam Ali-Hashambhai, Experiential Marketing Manager at Park Place.

“It really brought home to me that the Park Place commitment to education is all about connecting people, ideas, inspiration and creativity. These kinds of connections are out there, and makes our Teacher of the Year sponsorship even that more special and personal.”

Thank You, Thank You

“I was honored to attend a ‘Teacher of the Year’ event where I represented Park Place, says Don. “But I was even more honored and proud to be the parent of a teacher.”

“Showing educators that they’re valued is outstanding,” adds Brandon. “I’m really glad that Park Place is willing to show this kind of commitment. Especially since I married into a family of teachers. Jamie’s mother, aunt and grandmother are all or were teachers. It’s important that we honor teachers for the lifelong impact they have on their students.”


So has this connection also spawned a friendship between Don and Brandon?

“Oh yeah,” smiles Brandon. “We’re good pals.”

“Who do you think sold Jamie her Lexus?” teases Don.

And it all started with a “y” instead of an “ie.”

The power of vowels, indeed.

 

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Carter BloodCare and Park Place Dealerships Team Up to Potentially Save 339 Lives Through Blood Drive

Carter BloodCare says their ability to provide blood to hospitals for urgent transfusion needs of patients has been in severe jeopardy. Recently, Carter BloodCare and Park Place Dealerships came together for a blood drive that has potentially made the difference in 339 lives. 

Members from Park Place Motorcars in Arlington Participate in the #ParkPlaceCares Blood Drive

“The members at Park Place Dealerships are extremely generous with their time and resources, including their blood,” noted Dave Evans, Chief Marketing Officer for Park Place Dealerships. “We asked members if they would like to participate in this event and we had an overwhelming response. We were happy to know this event made the difference for people in need.”

Members from Park Place Motorcars in Arlington Participate in the #ParkPlaceCares Blood Drive
Members from Park Place Motorcars in Arlington Participate in the #ParkPlaceCares Blood Drive
Members from Park Place Volvo Participate in the #ParkPlaceCares Blood Drive

Park Place Dealerships hosted the blood drive over two days at seven locations with 114 donors and 113 units collected equating to about 339 lives saved. Park Place encourages more Dallas/Fort Worth companies to organize blood drives throughout the summer, especially during the period of critical need.

Park Place Porsche General Manager, Patrick Huston, leads the charge to donate blood during the #ParkPlaceCares Blood Drive
Members from Park Place in Dallas Participate in the #ParkPlaceCares Blood Drive

IMPORTANCE OF A BLOOD DRIVE

The pandemic’s impact on the blood supply has been profound and sudden. Blood drives were cancelled after businesses, school, universities and houses of worship shut down. Giving blood is essential with or without the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blood donors are the only way to provide for transfusions because blood cannot be manufactured. Since the state of Texas has reopened, hospitals are trying to resume a full capacity of medical and surgical services. Six hundred to 800 patients a day require transfusions.

SIGN-UP WITH CARTER BLOODCARE

Companies and the community can get more information or sign up to give blood at carterbloodcare.org.


Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 by Ken Schnitzer with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership in Dallas. For the past 33 years, the company has been engaged in the community supporting the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy and education. Park Place employs more than 1,500 members and operates 18 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Koenigsegg, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, Maserati and Aston Martin. For more info, visit parkplace.com.

 

 

 

Member Spotlight: Dreams Changed for Malcolm Gage as Doors Opened for New Opportunities

Malcolm Gage Enrolled in Pre-Med Courses at SMU until a Part-Time Job Led Him Down a Different Road

Malcolm R. Gage Jr., current General Manager at Park Place Motorcars Arlington, never envisioned a career in the automotive industry. In fact, he was in a Pre-Med program at Southern Methodist University in 1997 when his college roommate suggested he could get Malcolm a job at a Lewisville Ford dealership during his college break.

“My friend thought my quick wit and personality would be a good fit,” recalled Gage. “Reluctantly, I took his advice, and they hired me the same day I interviewed. I fell in love with the job, and changed my focus to a career in the automotive industry. Now, 23 years later, I know it was the right decision.”

A Journey to Automotive

In 2005, Gage joined Park Place Dealerships as New Car Sales Manager at Park Place Motorcars Bedford, which is now located in Grapevine. Gage quickly rose up the ranks at Park Place, where he spent the past five years as New Car Sales Director at the Park Place Premier Collection in Dallas, representing luxury brands Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Maserati, and McLaren. He was recently named General Manager at Park Place Motorcars Arlington.

“The automotive business is unlike any other,” said Gage. “I’ve made some amazing contacts, and it’s given me opportunities I never could’ve imagined. Having the opportunity to work in state-of-the-art facilities with world-class brands, and interacting with professionals of the highest caliber, one cannot put a value on that. I consider myself blessed to have reached this point, but I credit a lot of mentors and managers that have supported me and given me guidance to reach this point.”

Rolls-Royce Sales Manager of the Year, Coach of the Year, and SMU Alum

Some of his greatest accomplishments are being named Coach of the Year from two different Park Place dealerships, and being part of teams that were recognized as Dealerships of the Year, both nationally and internationally. Gage was also named the first-ever Rolls-Royce Sales Manager of the Year by Rolls-Royce Motorcars North America.

“As leaders of this organization, we try to predict future trends based on metrics and the past,” explained Gage. “But there are so many external factors that can affect it at any moment. Hiring and retaining the best talent is a challenge, but we pride ourselves on our industry-leading retention rates. I think the biggest challenge is probably the pressure we put on ourselves to exceed expectations.”

Gage graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Affairs and Corporate Communications, and he is still involved with the SMU Alumni Association. He is an Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Lifetime Member, and he volunteers with Equality Texas, the Human Rights Campaign, the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and several other organizations.

“I’m involved with these organizations to give back to the Dallas/Fort Worth community that has given so much to me. Much of my success in this industry has been from networking and forming relationships with business and civic leaders in the area. I’ve always believed in dedicating time to serve others.”

Featured on the Food Network, Too!

Food Network fans may remember Malcolm Gage and Ophelia’s New Soul co-owner Cordey Lash as winners of the acclaimed TV show’s Food Court Wars. Formerly located in Plano’s Collin Creek Mall Food Court, Ophelia’s New Soul launched in 2014 and specialized in modern interpretations of classic soul food dishes served in a fast, yet relaxed, atmosphere.

“We have been approached by fans of the restaurant asking if we were going to open a new location,” Gage explains. “But I think my time in the restaurant industry has passed. We achieved great success and national recognition with Ophelia’s New Soul, and it allowed us to create a franchising plan for someone who might want to continue the brand. Who knows what the future holds? It’s still a treat to see the episode on Food Network at times.”


Park Place Motorcars Arlington is located at 4201 Beltway Place off I-20 at S. Center Street. Founded in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn in Dallas, Park Place Dealerships also represents luxury brands Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Maserati, McLaren, Koenigsegg, Lexus, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover. For more information, visit parkplace.com.

 

Park Place Dealerships to Purchase Aston Martin Dallas

Park Place Dealerships will purchase Aston Martin Dallas from John Eagle Auto Group for an undisclosed price. The deal includes the purchase of assets from the Lemmon Avenue store.

“Aston Martin is an iconic British brand that fits perfectly into our Park Place Premier Collection,” said Ken Schnitzer, Chairman of Park Place Dealerships. “The brand is known as a marque that blends craftmanship, art, design, and the latest technology to produce some of the world’s most ultra-luxurious vehicles. Our customer base will appreciate the passion, beauty, and speed of each model.”

Aston Martin Dallas is located at 5333 Lemmon Avenue in Dallas, directly across the street from Park Place Premier Collection which features Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Maserati, McLaren and Koenigsegg.

Founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford in 1913 in a small London workshop, Aston Martin has grown to become an internationally admired luxury brand. The brand is the world’s only independent luxury car group with more than 100 years in its rearview mirror.

Coming out in 2020 is the Aston Martin DBX, a landmark model for the brand, taking Aston Martin into a new segment of the global luxury market.  Built on an all-new, dedicated SUV platform, the car has received early praise and enjoyed a rush of preorders. Although it is not a traditional Aston Martin sports car, the DBX is everything an Aston Martin should be: beautiful, hand-built and technologically-advanced.

Schnitzer has built one of the largest privately-owned luxury dealership groups in the country by focusing on personalized experiences and exceptional service. The company has been recognized by numerous organizations and manufacturers for its outstanding processes and commitment to quality and performance. Clients consistently rank Park Place extremely high in customer satisfaction.


About Park Place Dealerships

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 by Ken Schnitzer with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership in Dallas. For the past 33 years, the company has been engaged in the community supporting the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy and education. Park Place employs more than 1,700 members and operates 18 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Koenigsegg, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, Maserati and Aston Martin. For more info, visit parkplace.com.

Rolls-Royce Challenges Young Designers to Envision Their Dream Rolls-Royce for the Future

International Winner will Receive a Rendered Illustration of their Design. One North Texas Winner will Receive a Ride to School with Best Friend in a Rolls-Royce.


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is always looking to the future. And they’re challenging young designers worldwide to envision a futuristic Rolls-Royce. Children under 16 are invited to design their dream Rolls-Royce as a way to take their minds off the isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a great opportunity for young designers to show off their creativity and imagination,” said Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas General Manager Heath Strayhan. “Kids from all over the world will be competing to design the next generation of the World’s most iconic luxury automobile.”

HOW TO ENTER

Young designers must share their innovative designs for a future Rolls-Royce at

http://rolls-royceyoungdesignercompetition.com

Multiple entries are welcome, but please submit only one design per submission. The deadline for entering is 6 pm CST on Monday June 1, 2020. For any questions relating to the competition, please email corporate.comms@rolls-roycemotorcars.com.

THE GRAND PRIZE

The overall winner will receive a once-in-a-lifetime prize: a fully rendered illustration of their design. Runners-up will receive a certificate individually hand-signed by Torsten Müller-Ötvös, the Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

“In addition to the international winner, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas will select a winner from North Texas,” said Strayhan. “Our local winner will be treated to a ride back to school, along with their best friend, in a Rolls-Royce Phantom this fall. We’ll also invite our local winner for a personal tour of our Dallas dealership.”

Rolls-Royce designs and builds the world’s most extraordinary cars, each a unique express of the owner’s personality, imagination and creativity. Aspiring designers entering the competition are encourage to draw on their own creativity and desires to imagine the design of their very own super-luxury car.

“We’re delighted by the sheer inventiveness, vision and detail we’re seeing in the children’s designs,” said Gavin Hartley, Head of Bespoke Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Hartley will be judging the entries, together with members of his team. “Some of the ideas are truly extraordinary and have really got us thinking. It’s inspiring us as a design team to see things differently and challenge our own notions of what’s possible. We’re really looking forward to the judging process, but it’s going to be a huge challenge to pick our winners.”

Located at 5300 Lemmon Avenue near Love Field, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas is part of the Park Place Premier Collection, which also includes luxury brands Bentley, McLaren, Maserati and Koenigsegg.


Founded in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn, Park Place operates 18 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Maserati. For more info, visit parkplace.com.