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It's been pretty-much determined that it was Disney•Pixar's CARS that inspired the love of vehicles that both of The Rock Daughters™ share with daddy here at Rock Father HQ.  It started with Addie fairly early into things, an interest that spread to little sister Finn - who just may be the more octane-inclined at this point. Regardless of who has the bigger "need for speed," our daughters have a collection of Hot Wheels, Matchbox and CARS vehicles that has already eclipsed that of my own youth, and these girls are just 4 & 7. One common thread is that all of those brands are produced by Mattel, and something that came to us recently through Mattel's Play, Rate & Review program is the Disney•Pixar CARS Piston Cup Collection - an 11-car box set of fan favorite vehicles from the famed Piston Cup Championship.

The Rock Father is a paid ambassador for the #KBBDads program, brought to you by Life of Dad and Kelley Blue Book. As always, all opinions are that of James Zahn.

Over the past few years, I've spent a fair amount of time testing new cars and sharing my experiences here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. The qualities that make a good car great can be a subjective thing, but I have some specific points that I'm always looking at any time I get behind the wheel of a new ride - a mix of style, function, performance and price: four key points. My friends at Kelley Blue Book also have four key points that they look for on new cars (occasionally a fifth, "Special Circumstances" i.e. payload on a pickup), but under each - Driving It, Living in It, Living With It and Owning It - they dig even deeper, with five sub-points to keep things consistent across the board, their team doing detailed reviews on over 300+ vehicles each and every year, the most of any site out there. That experience and detail makes Kelley Blue Book the trusted resource for new (and used) car buyers to make the best possible buying decisions, and this month I went hands-on at the KBB headquarters in Irvine, California for a look behind-the-scenes at how it all comes together.  I joined the first-ever crew of #KBBDads to hit the road in the five vehicles that KBB has chosen as their Top Picks for Dads this year - each hand-picked from KBB's list of the 16 Best Family Cars of 2016, putting the KBB picks against The Rock Father method to see how they all stack-up.

Thursday, August 04 2016 09:49

Five Essentials for a Late Summer Road Trip...

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In just a few weeks, the school bells will be ringing as kids prepare to rock the halls for another year of learning. While that means that the Back-to-School season is officially upon us as families shop for school supplies and new clothes for fall, it also means that we're just about to "the dog days of summer" - a time when families will be out there rockin' the road once more for a late summer road trip. Whether it's a far-off locale or a quick weekend run to a fun spot just hours away, it's always important to hit the road prepared - both the family and the ride. For me, that means a trip to the Walmart Auto Center for an oil change

Thursday, August 04 2016 09:20

An Accidental Encounter with the KARMA REVERO...

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Living in Northern Illinois, an in-development prototype vehicle is not something I'd ever expect to come across in the wild. In fact, I'd only previously seen "spy pics" of black-and-white-wrapped development rides through enthusiast sites that spotted them in far more exotic locales. Last Thursday, however, I was in Southern California working on a special project for Life of Dad and Kelley Blue Book (stay tuned!) when I came across my first - the Karma Revero.

The much-anticipated launch of 2016's Holiday Wish Guide™ is looming on the horizon here at Rock Father HQ, and while I prepare to unleash it's digital pages for browsing here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, I'm also sharing a few early sneak-previews of some items you'll find when the Wish Guide arrives next month. One item is a new radio-controlled entry that I first got a look at during the recent Sweet Suite portion of Blogger Bash in New York City last month - Wicked Cool Toys' Xtreme Cycle RC and Moto-Cam. It's a reintroduction and improvement on "the #1 selling radio control motorcycle of all time," with two models - the Xtreme Cycle Moto-Cam and Xtreme Cycle RC hitting major retailers this Fall. Check out a preview below, and look for our hands-on feature very soon!

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