7 Activities to Entertain You on Your Summer Roadtrip

Summer roadtrips are fun, but everyone gets a little tired, grumpy and bored after sitting in the car for too long. So, what’s a classic remedy for car boredom? A roadtrip game! Car games are perfect for all ages and can be just as fun for a group of friends heading to the beach as they are for a family en route across state lines.

Here are a list of the top 7 roadtrip activities you’ll want to play this summer. Choose a few favorites, hit the open road and let the fun begin!

1. Find the Vehicle

Car enthusiasts love this game! Choose a car you want to find — it can be a rare model, make from a particular year, a type of car or anything else you find interesting. Players get points for each vehicle spotted. To up the stakes, add details to the car, like certain specific license plates or colors. The first person to find the car gets to choose the game’s next vehicle to find.

2. I Spy with My Little Eye

I Spy can get a little tricky in a cramped car, but it’s perfect for wasting away few minutes on a long roadtrip or when you’re stuck in traffic! One person in the car will choose an object around them, inside or outside the car (but no cheating by choosing an object you’ve already passed!), then they say: “I spy with my little eye, something…” The person then gives a clue about the object, stating either it’s color, the first letter of the name of the object or some other creative hint. The first to guess the object correctly is the next person to spy a new item.

3. The Banana Game

This one is simple — the first person who spots a passing yellow vehicle gets points! If you want to make it a little more competitive, vary the number of points awarded based on the size or make of the car, a yellow SUV might be worth two points and a yellow motorcycle might be worth one, for instance… or you can put a time limit on the game! Tally up your points once your time is up and the person with the highest score wins!Yellow BMW Motorcycle

Hint: Do you have a favorite color car? You can play this game with any color you want… think The Orange Game or The Granny Smith Apple Game! 

4. License Plates

This is a classic travel game and is best for long, cross-country trips. Play as a team or individually, just try to spot license plates from all 50 states before the end of your drive!

American License Plates

Hint: If you’ll be on the road for a while, you may want to grab a piece of paper and choose one of your passengers as score keeper! 

5. The Picnic Game

Test your fellow road-trippers’ memories with The Picnic Game. It’s easy (at the beginning) and fun! The first player starts the game by saying, “I went on a picnic and brought…” then names an object you’d bring on a picnic that starts with the letter A. The next player repeats what the person before them said, while adding another picnic item that starts with a B, and so on. For example, if player one says, “I went on a picnic and brought apricots,” player two would repeat, “I went on a picnic and brought apricots” and then might add “bread.” If you forget an item, you’re out, and the game continues until the player with the best memory wins.

Apples and Bread

Hint: You can play variations of Memory with grocery items, states, sports teams, animals, cars or any other category you like!

6. Fortunately-Unfortunately

Here’s how it works — one player could make the statement, “Unfortunately, there’s a massive swarm of bees following us.” A second player would counter with a positive statement like “Fortunately, I packed bee-proof suits just in case this happened.” Go around in a circle until everyone gets a turn, then reverse. Silly statements make this game fun for everyone, so go on, say something crazy and let the laughter begin!

7. Team Storytelling

Creativity is the name of the game in Team Storytelling. This is the perfect game for a family outing or a large group. One person starts the story by creating the opening line. It can be a simple “Once upon a time…” or something crazy like, “The fire was ablaze!” Each person in the car adds a line, and the story builds upon itself. A fun way to make storytelling more exciting is to make a rule that all of the lines rhyme, or, instead of going in a circle, call on people to come up with a line. Go on, get your creative juices flowing!

So, which are you going to play first? Find The Vehicle is our favorite… we always have our eye out for shiny new BMWs! Do you have a favorite roadtrip game we didn’t mention here? Please share your ideas with us right here in the comments or on the Ultimate Drive App Facebook page! We hope you all have safe and happy roadtrips this summer.

4 Amazing American Racetracks You Can Drive Yourself

Have you ever hopped in your car and pretended you were driving in a big race at a famous circuit? Well, that dream can now come true… with the exception of actually racing the courses! Below is a list of roads which have hosted serious championship races in the past, as well as the present, that are now open to the public! So what are you waiting for? Fire up your engine and go for a drive! Which one will you choose first?

1. Road America Elkhart Lake, WI

While most people think of the purpose-built racing circuit when they hear the name Road America, the truth is, racing in the small town of Elkhart Lake, WI, began on public roads in the 1950’s, just down the street from the modern day race track. To preserve this history, the town has put forth a tremendous effort to maintain the original circuit’s roads and has even posted signs indicating the original racing course! Start planning now so you can squeeze in a race at the modern track and a scenic drive through the Wisconsin countryside!

Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI

2. Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, NY

Much like Road America, New York’s Watkins Glen began by hosting races on public roads (with a course that crossed railroad tracks twice per lap!) before building a permanent race track. At 6.6 miles, it is longer than most and a breathtaking site, but there’s another perk of visiting this New York track — many of the roads leading to Watkins Glen are worthy of praise themselves!

Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY

3. Pebble Beach Road Race Circuit Pebble Beach, CA

The third cornerstone of the SCCA championship in the 1950’s was the Pebble Beach Road Race Circuit. This tight and twisty circuit was raced from 1950 until 1956, replaced soon after by the Laguna Seca circuit off nearby Highway 68. The track is essentially a 17 mile drive, through the forest, next to the renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course.

Pebble Beach Road Race Circuit, Pebble Beach, CA

4. Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Colorado Springs, CO

Pikes Peak in Colorado, also known as The Race to the Clouds, is unique on this list for two reasons: not only is the road still raced every July, but it is a one-way uphill course as opposed to the usual closed loop circuit. This 19 mile highway takes drivers to an altitude of over 14,000 feet, a spectacular drive offering amazing views and some twisty turns the whole way up and down the mountain. Situated just outside Colorado Springs, a bonus to this course is virtually every road or highway to the area is a great drive in itself.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Colorado Springs, CO

Have you ever driven down one of these historic racetracks or are you planning a trip with a few other race car enthusiasts? Fill us in on our Ultimate Drive App Facebook fan page – we want to know what kind of fun you’re getting into this summer!

Summer 2012 Car Events You Don’t Want to Miss!

Here’s a list of 2012 summer events that will blow you away. These are some of the biggest automotive parties in all of America and every one of them can be considered a “must see” — the best part is that it’s not too late to plan a trip to any of them! There is something for every automotive taste, so we recommend picking one (or more!) and planning a trip out to enjoy some time around amazing cars with fellow enthusiasts.

1. Road America – July 12-15, August 16-18 and more

This isn’t a single event, but most anything on the schedule at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, is a guaranteed good time. This historic circuit is nestled about an hour from Milwaukee in the beautiful resort area of Elkhart Lake. Well-known as a race track for the true enthusiast, any race weekend is sure to bring the rare mix of racing, cool street cars and automotive camaraderie that cannot be found elsewhere. We recommend the American Le Mans event for those serious about racing and the vintage weekend for those crazy about antiques, rare models and racing cars. Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

2. Woodward Dream Cruise – August 18, 2012

Held just outside of Detroit, MI, the Woodward Dream Cruise is exactly what it’s name states — a dream cruise of amazing classic cars. The Cruise is the world’s largest one-day automotive event, drawing 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars to the 16 mile stretch of Woodward Avenue. Naturally, due to the Detroit location, the event is heavy on American-made cars, trucks and hot rods. The event is held annually on the third Saturday in August and admission is free for spectators!

Woodward Dream Cruise, Detroit, Michigan

3. Monterey Car Week – August 13-19

This event is the biggest (and most exciting, in our opinion) of the bunch! The week of August 13-19th, there is so much automotive activity on the Monterey Peninsula in California that it will put your mind in overdrive. There is simply too much going on to list here, but over the course of the week there are concours, collector car auctions, historic races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, cruises, car club meets and much, much more. If you have to pick one event to attend this summer, this is it!

Monterey Car Week, Monterey Peninsula, California Monterey Car Week, Monterey Peninsula, California

4: BMW CCA Oktoberfest  September 17-23

Not quite a summer shindig, but how could we possibly leave America’s largest BMW event off the list? Held this year at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH, the event features everything a BMW lover could ever dream of, including a concours, rally, track time, races, driving schools and a few other added bonuses like a delicious BBQ!

BMW CCA Oktoberfest, Lexington, O hio

Which events caught your attention? Do you already have plans to attend any of these or other events put on just for car enthusiasts like yourself? Share your favorite memories, plans and excitement for upcoming shows on the Ultimate Drive App Facebook page. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Convertible Hair: 5 Ways to Tame That ‘Do This Summer

Ah summer… you know what it means — trips to the beach, lazy afternoons and best of all, cruising around in the convertible! Nothing feels better than the freedom of the open road with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair, but driving with the top down takes a toll on our do’s and results in the inevitable phenomenon we like to call convertible hair. Have you ever suffered from any of these convertible hairstyles?

The Electric Fizz:

 The Cockatoo:

The Cousin It:

The Cousin It

The Rorschach:

How to Fix It:

As you can see, convertible hair is a tough look to pull off, but we’ve got some solutions for you! Instead of dealing with a messy tangle next time you step out of the car, try one of these fashion-forward tips to keeping your hair in place while still enjoying your drop-top!

1. Put your hair in a ponytail. Low or high, either will do!

2. Braids are all the rage right now, especially ones that are a little messy. Pull it tight to start and let the wind do the rest.

3. Wear your hair in a bun. The wind will give you that natural messy-bun look.

4. Wear a scarf. Choose one made from silk or another thin material and secure it tightly to your head so it doesn’t blow away.

5. And for the guys out there — wear a snug fit hat, just be sure it doesn’t fly off in the wind!

The exhilaration that comes from cruising in a convertible should be enjoyed to fullest, not with you preoccupied about your hair thrashing in the wind. So, which of these tips will you try this summer? Post a photo on the Ultimate Drive App Facebook page of you how you combat convertible hair or, just for fun, show us your au natural post-convertible hairdos!

We hope you enjoy this first day of summer… now go out for a ride!