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Rides: Xtreme Xperience Speeds Back to Chicago for more Supercar Action...

Real Supercars. Real Racetracks. Real Instruction. That's the mantra for the Xtreme Xperience, the premier touring supercar driving experience, which returns to the Chicago area this weekend for two days at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet. There, car enthusiasts or budding racers can get behind the wheel of some of the world's finest vehicles, from a fleet that includes the Lamborghini LP560-4, Ferrari F430, Ferrari 458 Italia, Audi R8, Mercedes SLS AMG, Nissan GT-R, and McLaren MP4-12C, among others. Under the instruction and guidance of seasoned professionals, amateur drivers can learn racing fundamentals and safety procedures, all while having the the experience recorded through onboard cameras. While three-lap packages is where it began, this weekend, the action gets even bigger with the introduction of the half-day Supercar Academy, which compliments extended 10, 15, and 20-lap experiences.

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90s ReSURGEnce? Coca-Cola Brings Back SURGE Soda (but I'm not trying it)

Oh, the late-1990s were such a strange place, indeed. In 1997, the same year I met the girl who would eventually become my wife and the mother of my children, the Coca-Cola Company unleashed their citrus-tinged SURGE as a competitor to reigning "extreme" beverage, PepsiCo's Mountain Dew. The commercials were the epitome of late 90s culture - embracing a mix of the "Nu-Metal" look and extreme sports lifestyle (including cross-promo with WCW Nitro) while bearing a soundtrack featuring artists like Fatboy Slim. I drank more than a few cans and bottles of SURGE in that time, but by 2003, SURGE was done. Now, thanks to a grassroots effort known as the SURGE Movement, the beverage is back - available in a first-of-its-kind deal, exclusively through Amazon.

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Giveaway: The Step2 2-in-1 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor!

The Rock Father is a 2014 Step2 Brand AmbassadorWhen I recently paid a visit to The Step2 Company's HQ out in Ohio, one of the highlights of the trip was checking out the new Step2 2-in-1 Ford® F-150 SVT Raptor. Since then, my girls now have one to call their own (more on that soon), but the response on social media has been so overwhelmingly positive, Step2 has teamed-up with my fellow Ambassadors Thrifty Nifty Mommy (check out her review of the Raptor) and Viva Veltoro to get a giveaway going, and now THE ROCK FATHER is in on that action! We're getting one lucky reader (or, their kids) ready to roll in one of the coolest rides you'll ever see!

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Rides: Watch - The new JAGUAR XE unveiled via live webcast #FeelXE

Updated: The full webcast can now be viewed below.

I know that there's at least a few car enthusiast readers out there that will dig this, so I apologize for the short notice. TODAY (September 8, 2014) at 1:30pm Rock Father HQ time (that's Central Time), the all-new JAGUAR XE will be unveiled at a secret location somewhere in London along the Thames. The whole thing will be webcast LIVE via this link.  Here's more on what to expect, direct from the Jaguar crew...

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The #FallFixUp of Rock Father HQ: Slashing. Trashing. Packing. Refreshing.

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media® and Rubbermaid. All opinions are that of James Zahn aka THE ROCK FATHER. #weavemade #FallFixUp  http://my-disclosur.es/RgFrEH

Having not lived anywhere but the Midwest on any year-round kind of basis, I can't be certain but tend to think that Fall fix-up and Spring clean-up are two things that have a parallel relationship only for those who live in regions that go through a proper four-season cycle. In the Fall you get the place all cleaned-up before winter, and then after the snow melts, you've got a whole load of surprises to clean-up in the Spring. But I love it. It's a chance to refresh things, and I'm ahead in the game this season.

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Giveaway: CONTIGO West Loop Travel Mug 4-Pack #BestGotBetter

Last week, I shared some thoughts on the redesigned Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Travel Mugs and how the #1 selling line of spill-proof travel mugs was able to improve upon what I already thought was perfection. Well, the #BestGotBetter, and after deeming the new mugs "Rock Father-Approved," Contigo and I have teamed-up to get one lucky reader hooked-up with a four pack of 16oz mugs (ARV $85!). With Fall pretty much here and the season for Pumpkin Spice upon us, it's a great time to refresh your mug selection with the best of the best!

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