Prancing Ponies Foundation to Hold First All-Female Car Show at Monterey Car Week

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—(Marketwired – August 14, 2017) – On the heels of its first all–female Ferrari European fundraising rally from Milan to Monaco, the Prancing Ponies Foundation is set to hold yet another first — an all–woman car show with a cause in iconic Carmel–By–The–Sea, California on Wednesday, August 16, 1pm to 5pm.

The event is the first time since the inception of The Monterey Car Week that women will have their own car show. It will showcase women–owned, eye–catching collection of rare, restored, and/or beautifully–maintained Classic, Muscle, Super, and Hyper cars. The open–to–public car show will have live music and free T–shirts to girls under 18–years–old. It will also honor “The Unique Ladies,” the first all–women lowrider car club in the U.S. that challenged the male–dominated cultural phenomenon of low riding by using their vehicles as art–filled expressions of working class feminism to build their community, as well as their club. The Car Show will conclude with an award ceremony for the best owner/car presentation in each category, as well as one best–in–show winner that will be determined by the car show's distinguished judges.

Similar to the Ferrari Rally, the all–female car show is a fundraising event for the Prancing Ponies Foundation and its Leadership–Abroad Academy. It provides an opportunity for young girls to be inspired to pursue careers in the automotive/motorsports industry and be empowered to become future leaders by seeing other women car racers, enthusiasts, and industry executives. Through registration fees and sponsorships, the Foundation raises money for its summer Leadership–Abroad Academy, engaging underprivileged but promising young girls in cultural immersive activities that aim to develop their self–esteem, self–confidence, and leadership skills.

“We believe that you have to know how to lead yourself before you can lead others,” said Chanterria McGilbra, Prancing Ponies Foundation Executive Director. “Through international travel experiences, we aim to build a strong sense of self and the confidence to take action towards their goals laying the foundation for our girls to become future leaders.”

This year, the Foundation selected its first Leadership–Abroad Academy scholars. Four promising College–bound girls went to Paris, France for 7 weeks: Ixchel Q. Ramirez, Paige Bentum, Michelle Marcial, and Ugochi Egonu. See their profiles here.

“Through this car show, and other Prancing Ponies Foundation activities, we aim to raise funds to be able to send 10 girls next year in Italy,” said Chanterria. “We are so excited to host this event and look forward to 'Creating Women Leaders One Girl at a Time'!”

About The Prancing Ponies Foundation

The Prancing Ponies Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on increasing girls' self–esteem and self–confidence through international travel and cultural immersion. Our mission is 'Creating Women Leaders One Girl at a Time.' The Prancing Ponies Foundation sends college bound girls abroad for seven weeks of cultural immersion and leadership training. The goal is to teach the girls how to lead themselves before they become leaders to others.

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Silver Air Now Managing and Operating One of Largest Citation X Fleets in U.S.

SANTA BARBARA, CA—(Marketwired – August 10, 2017) – Silver Air, the private jet manager and charter operator, has added a fifth Citation X to its managed fleet making it one of the largest Citation X management companies in the United States.

Leading with its PURE Management model, Silver Air continues to grow strategically while serving an expanding charter base and more owners who are benefiting from the company's owner–advocacy approach.

“Now having one of the largest Citation X managed fleets in the U.S., Silver Air is filling a great need for our jet owner partners and our expanding charter client base,” said Chuck Stumpf, Silver Air executive vice president. “There continues to be an increasing need for charter aircraft in the super–mid category, and with the five Citation X models now in operation, along with our G200 and CL300, Silver Air is filling that need for charter brokers. Silver Air will continue to thoughtfully expand its fleet adding aircraft under the PURE Management program while providing consistently meticulous service and support to our jet owners and charter clients.”

Silver Air's Citation X models are fast and feature–rich corporate jets ideal for cross–country business or personal travel. Complete with a well–appointed, roomy cabin designs for conducting business or relaxing en route, the Citation X models feature complimentary in–flight domestic Wi–Fi, as well as a full service galley featuring a high–end assortment of DEAN & DELUCA snacks and select Central California wines.

Silver Air's PURE Management model treats jet owners as partners rather than assets, creating quality management plans at the best value. Unlike traditional jet management companies that act as multiple service providers, Silver Air does not profit from selling fuel, maintenance, hangers or other fixed costs back to jet owners. Instead, Silver Air expertly manages the multiple service vendors on the owner's behalf ensuring a cost effective and transparent relationship.

Silver Air's fleet features light to large–cabin jets including: Gulfstream GIV–SP, GIV, Dassault Falcon 2000, G200, Challenger 300, Cessna Citation X, Astra SPX, Lear 60, Beechjet 400A, Citation CJ3, Citation CJ2, and Phenom 100 models.

Silver Air's charter operations have earned the ARGUS Platinum and IS–BAO ratings for their demonstration of the industry's highest safety practices. Silver Air manages privately owned aircraft around the U.S. from Southern California to the Bay Area and Dallas.

Learn more about Silver Air's private aircraft management here: vimeo.com/112879717.

More information at www.SilverAir.com. For more information on Silver Air's fleet, or to request a quote, visit http://www.silverair.com/fleet.html.

Follow Silver Air at www.facebook.com/FlySilverAir, www.twitter.com/FlySilverAir and https://www.instagram.com/flysilverair/.

About Silver Air
Silver Air is a pure private jet management service provider that delivers a transparent, owner–advocate approach to management creating valuable partnerships with private jet owners. Founded in 2008, the company is based in Southern California with corporate offices in Santa Barbara. Silver Air manages a comprehensive fleet of luxury aircraft from light to long–range heavy jets and a global network operating around the clock, 24–hours–a–day. Silver Air is ARGUS Platinum and IS–BAO rated and is a member of the National Business Aviation Association.

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Axis Wake Research Launches New A24 for 2018

LOUDON, TN—(Marketwired – August 03, 2017) – Today, Axis Wake Research launched the all–new 2018 A24, debuting a sleek new profile and making the Power Wedge II hydrofoil available for the first time on the Axis product. Designed, engineered and handcrafted by Malibu Boats (NASDAQ: MBUU) in the U.S.A., Axis delivers cutting–edge technology and superior quality with an extraordinary performance–value equation.

With an alluring new design that recalls the original A24 design in a striking way, the 2018 Axis A24 leaps ahead of the competition. Onboard, a new multi–position Sliding Skybox Seat maximizes versatility in this 17–seater, which features an exceptionally spacious front lounge area and plenty of storage for a full day's activities on the water. The largest boat from Axis, the A24 handles with the brand's renowned outstanding agility.

“There's no question that the Axis A24 is the best value in its class,” said Eric Bondy, Malibu Boats Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The A24 makes an amazing family boat offering something for everyone. You can take a big crew out on the water, and the A24 can customize wakes and waves for any rider. With the addition of Power Wedge II, the infinite wake and wave adjustability previously only available on Malibu takes Axis to a new level.”

Power Wedge II

The Axis Performance Surf Package™ (P.S.P.), a comprehensive system of wake and wave technologies, gains a significant advance for 2018 with the debut of the Power Wedge II hydrofoil as an option for all Axis models. The Power Wedge II hydrofoil can instantly add up to 1,500 pounds of additional wake–carving capability. With the widest range of adjustment on the market, the Power Wedge II makes it easier than ever to customize the size, length and shape of the wakeboard wake or surf wave, from Beginner to Advanced.

Combined with the standard Wake Plus hull and up to 3,370 pounds of ballast, the Power Wedge II enables the A24 to generate enormous wakes that have made this Axis model a favorite among pro wakeboarders. The high–speed, hydraulic Surf Gate™ customizes the wake into a big, barreling surf wave on either side of the boat, and, combined with Power Wedge II provides unlimited adjustability of the wave.

A panel of soft–key switches puts major controls at the driver's fingertips. With the Surf Band wrist remote, the rider can adjust the Power Wedge II, Surf Gate, boat speed and tower speaker volume right from the water.

The A24's stereo, which includes helm and transom remotes and multi–zone volume control, routes Surf Gate signaling to the rider through the audio speakers. That way, the rider and the crew know when a side–to–side transition is about to happen. The A24's striking dash design features glowing white 3–in–1 gauges, giving the cockpit a classic sporty look.

As with all Axis models, the standard 6–liter Monsoon engine provides an enormous 450 lb–ft of torque, with an electric shift for easy control. The A24, the Axis brand's largest boat, handles with stellar agility, a brand hallmark.

The new 2018 Axis A24 is available now at Axis retailers, and it's ready to make waves.

ABOUT AXIS WAKE RESEARCH:

Built in the U.S.A. by Malibu with unstinting dedication to the same legendary craftsmanship, Axis Wake Research is all about pure performance and astonishing affordability. Axis has seen explosive growth in the watersports industry in the seven years since its founding, quickly reaching fourth in market share — and showing no signs of slowing down. Together, Malibu and Axis easily lead. It's all because Axis Wake Research is centered on you — and built to make waves.

INFINITI Donates More Than $1 Million to Charity

NASHVILLE, TN—(Marketwired – August 02, 2017) –

  • INFINITI donates $724,785 to Coaches vs. Cancer, a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
  • INFINITI donated another $349,000 to various philanthropic organizations individually selected in the INFINITI Coaches' Charity Challenge.
  • John Beilein, head coach at University of Michigan, won the INFINITI Coaches' Charity Challenge, and the ChadTough Foundation received a check for $100,000.

This year, INFINITI has donated more than $1 million to a variety of coaches' charities as part of the brand's ongoing corporate partnership with the NCAA® and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Phil O'Connor, director Marketing Communications and Media, presented the checks to the winners at INFINITI Americas Headquarters in Tennessee.

“We are pleased to have INFINITI as a partner in support of NCAA student athletes and higher education values,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president for basketball. “Having a strong brand such as INFINITI as a part of our NCAA Corporate Marketing Program indicates that the company believes in student–athlete success, both academically and athletically.”

INFINITI donated another $349,000 to various philanthropic organizations that were individually selected by the other NCAA Division I basketball coaches in the INFINITI Coaches' Charity Challenge. Head Coach John Beilein and the University of Michigan Wolverines fans won the annual INFINITI Coaches' Charity Challenge for the second year in a row, and the ChadTough Foundation received a check for $100,000.

“For seven years, INFINITI has been a proud supporter of the NABC and the Coaches vs. Cancer program, and the Coaches' Charity Challenge is an excellent way to bring coaches, athletes and fans together in the fight against cancer,” O'Connor said. “Congratulations to Coach Beilein and the Michigan Wolverines, who once again rallied to win the Challenge in support of the ChadTough Foundation; we are proud to make a donation to such a deserving organization.”

INFINITI also donated $724,785 to Coaches vs. Cancer, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the NABC. As the largest corporate donor for Coaches vs. Cancer, INFINITI pledged to make a charitable contribution to the program each time a fan participated in the INFINITI–sponsored Round by Round bracket game during NCAA March Madness®.

In conjunction with Coaches vs. Cancer, INFINITI presented the second annual Hardwood Heroes basketball game in April, giving two teams of cancer survivors the opportunity to play on the same floor as Final Four participants at University of Phoenix Stadium to raise awareness in the fight to end cancer. Two of Hardwood Heroes players were present at INFINITI Americas Headquarters for the donation presentation.

Since the partnership began in 2009, INFINITI has donated more than $7 million to a variety of philanthropic organizations.

About INFINITI:

INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with representations in 50 markets around the world. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi–Shi (near Yokohama), London, San Diego and Beijing. INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver–assistance technologies. From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula One team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

More information about INFINITI and its industry leading technologies can be found at www.infiniti.com. You can also follow INFINITI on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

INFINITI Reports July Sales

NASHVILLE, TN—(Marketwired – August 01, 2017) –

    2017   2016   % Change
July Sales   10,840   9,945   9.0
Total Sales   89,983   74,923   20.1

INFINITI today reported July sales of 10,840 vehicles, an increase of 9.0 percent. For the year, INFINITI sales are up 20 percent to 89,983.

The all–new Q60 sports coupe increased 1,134 percent to 765 vehicles delivered. Overall, INFINITI coupes and sedans are up 10 percent for the month, and are up 18 percent in 2017.

With 620 vehicles delivered, the QX70 performance crossover had an increase of 156 percent. INFINITI crossovers and sport–utility vehicles are up 8 percent in July, and increased 21 percent for the year.

    Jul   Jul   Monthly   CYTD   CYTD   CYTD
    2017   2016   % chg   2017   2016   % chg
                         
INFINITI                        
Total   10,840   9,945   9.0   89,983   74,923   20.1
Q40   0   1   –100.0   0   59   –100.0
Q50   2,596   2,805   –7.5   22,199   23,059   –3.7
Q60   765   62   1133.9   6,703   747   797.3
Q70   375   507   –26.0   3,658   3,654   0.1
QX30   729   0   —–   10,122   0   —–
QX50   1,190   1,360   –12.5   9,145   9,984   –8.4
QX60   3,505   3,701   –5.3   21,784   24,673   –11.7
QX70   620   242   156.2   5,392   3,416   57.8
QX80   1,060   1,267   –16.3   10,980   9,331   17.7
Car   3,736   3,375   10.7   32,560   27,519   18.3
CUV/SUV   7,104   6,570   8.1   57,423   47,404   21.1
                         

About INFINITI

INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. INFINITI plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017. INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi–Shi (near Yokohama), London, San Diego and Beijing.

INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver–assistance technologies. From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula 1® team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

More information about INFINITI and its industry–leading technologies can be found at http://www.INFINITI.com/. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

INFINITI Reports July Sales

NASHVILLE, TN—(Marketwired – August 01, 2017) –

    2017   2016   % Change
July Sales   10,840   9,945   9.0
Total Sales   89,983   74,923   20.1

INFINITI today reported July sales of 10,840 vehicles, an increase of 9.0 percent. For the year, INFINITI sales are up 20 percent to 89,983.

The all–new Q60 sports coupe increased 1,134 percent to 765 vehicles delivered. Overall, INFINITI coupes and sedans are up 10 percent for the month, and are up 18 percent in 2017.

With 620 vehicles delivered, the QX70 performance crossover had an increase of 156 percent. INFINITI crossovers and sport–utility vehicles are up 8 percent in July, and increased 21 percent for the year.

    Jul   Jul   Monthly   CYTD   CYTD   CYTD
    2017   2016   % chg   2017   2016   % chg
                         
INFINITI                        
Total   10,840   9,945   9.0   89,983   74,923   20.1
Q40   0   1   –100.0   0   59   –100.0
Q50   2,596   2,805   –7.5   22,199   23,059   –3.7
Q60   765   62   1133.9   6,703   747   797.3
Q70   375   507   –26.0   3,658   3,654   0.1
QX30   729   0   —–   10,122   0   —–
QX50   1,190   1,360   –12.5   9,145   9,984   –8.4
QX60   3,505   3,701   –5.3   21,784   24,673   –11.7
QX70   620   242   156.2   5,392   3,416   57.8
QX80   1,060   1,267   –16.3   10,980   9,331   17.7
Car   3,736   3,375   10.7   32,560   27,519   18.3
CUV/SUV   7,104   6,570   8.1   57,423   47,404   21.1
                         

About INFINITI

INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. INFINITI plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017. INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi–Shi (near Yokohama), London, San Diego and Beijing.

INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver–assistance technologies. From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula 1® team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

More information about INFINITI and its industry–leading technologies can be found at http://www.INFINITI.com/. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

Colorado: The Best Place in the Nation to Ride a Bike

DENVER, CO—(Marketwired – August 01, 2017) – Cyclists from across the world recognize Colorado as a premier bicycling destination due to its natural beauty, variety of terrain and notable bike rides and races. For more information on cycling in Colorado, please visit http://www.colorado.com/articles/6–ways–colorado–biking–best.

What's NEW for Cycling in Colorado:

At Your Pace Cycling Tours in Loveland. Taste the flavor of local craft brews on the new Loveland Bike & Brews Guided Day Tour with At Your Pace Cycling.

Boulder Bike Tours' New Organic Farm Tours. Riders will learn about organic farming and take in sweeping views of the Front Range on Boulder's new Organic Farm Tours. Tour options include a wood–fired pizza dinner or a four–course farm brunch.

The Colorado Classic (August 10 – 13). Pro–bicycle racing returns to Colorado with the 2017 Colorado Classic, a four–stage race accompanied by a new companion music, food and crafts festival dubbed “Velorama” in Denver.

Colorado Trail Explorer. Colorado's Governor John Hickenlooper hatched the idea for a comprehensive online statewide trail map of hiking, biking and motorized trails.

Gunnison County's TrailQuest Bike Challenge. Gunnison County has designed a new app (CBG Trails App by GoMaps) to track mountain bikers' trail exploration and enter users into the ultimate trail biking competition: TrailQuest.

Outerbike Comes to Crested Butte Mountain Resort (August 18 – 20). Outerbike will offer participants the opportunity to demo as many bikes as they choose. This is the first time Outerbike will take advantage of Crested Butte's world–class mountain biking.

14erfest in Buena Vista (September 29 – October 1). 14erfest is a new, free, three–day mountain festival happening in Buena Vista and will encompass a range of trail activities including, but not limited to mountain biking.

Must–Experience Colorado Bike Trails and Rides:

Bike–friendly Fort Collins. Road cyclists will appreciate the 285+ miles of relatively flat, wide bike lanes, trails and paths, including three main bike trails offering 19 miles of paved surface.

Blue River Trail in Silverthorne. The Blue River Trail is Silverthorne's link to the county–wide paved trail system. The 3.5–mile, hard surface paved trail begins at the top of the Dillon Dam and ends at North Pond Park.

High–Desert Biking in Eagle. Over 100 miles of singletrack mountain biking trails and paved recreational trails are accessible year–round in this high–desert climate.

Maroon Creek Road in Aspen. Few bike rides in the world can match the drama of this 8–mile road ride. Riders will round a bend and suddenly view the iconic Maroon Bells, two 14,000–foot peaks striped with snow year–round.

Mineral Belt Trail in Leadville. Leadville's famous Mineral Belt Trail gives riders views of the towering Sawatch Range and remnants of 1880s silver mines, all on a paved, 11.6–mile loop around town.

Monarch Crest Trail in Salida. Thanks to the diverse ecosystem in Salida, there's always great singletrack to be ridden year–round. The Monarch Crest Trail should be included on the Colorado mountain bike bucket list.

Trailheads in Niwot. The 6.4–mile Niwot trail system is composed of easy trails and provides breathtaking mountain views and shady cottonwood–lined paths along irrigation canals.

Winter Park, Aka “Mountain Bike Capital, USA”. With over 600 miles of cross–country trails and two downhill bike parks, Mountain Bike Capital USA™ has it all. For any kind of cyclist, there are a variety of events and trails to choose from.

Fruit & Wine Byway in Palisade. Choose from three different loops from 5 to 25–miles–long through mapped points of interest for those who want to stop and experience the agriculture and industry of the area.

7–Eleven Olympic Velodrome in Colorado Springs. The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome is the official training venue for U.S. Olympic and Paralympic track cycling and USA Roller Sports. The Velodrome is open to the public and features a 333.3–meter banked cement cycling track.

Upcoming Bike Races and Organized Rides:

The Breck Epic (August 13 – 18). Now in its ninth year, the six–day Breck Epic is North America's premier mountain bike stage race that traverses the width and breadth of Summit County. This rapidly growing event attracts pro and amateurs alike.

Moots Biking Opportunity in Steamboat (September 3 – 9). The Home Ranch has partnered with Moots Cycles to offer the opportunity to test ride their bikes and tour the Steamboat factory where the handcrafted bikes are manufactured. The visit also includes biking North Routt County, one complimentary massage and guided rides.

Salida Bike Fest (September 14 – 17). The 6th annual Salida Bike Fest, a four–day festival, will feature everything from free group rides, bike films, a chainless race, the Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race and more.

Pedal the Plains (September 15 – 17). Pedal the Plains creates an opportunity for cyclists to learn about farming and ranching, while experiencing first–hand the culture of Colorado's high plains. This year, Pedal the Plains brings riders on a tour through Weld and Morgan Counties.

Bikes & Brews (September 23). The 5th annual Bikes & Brews festival in Cañon City offers three separate scenic bike races: The Royal Gorge Century (Total ascent 7,900 feet), Metric Mash (Total Ascent 5,300 feet) and the Red Canyon 50k (total ascent 2,400 feet).

Tour of the Moon Grand Cycling Classic (September 30). Starting and ending in Grand Junction, this 61.5–mile road ride circles the Colorado National Monument and the town of Fruita.