Centurion Run 2017 Recap

The first ever Centurion Run was built with one goal in mind, provide the best possible experience for our members. Our team stopped at nothing to make sure the Centurion Run was jam packed with motorsport events and luxury hotel accommodations along the way. From the driver’s challenge that took place at Lime Rock Park to the full private track day at Summit Point Motorsports Park, all of the drivers participated in an experience driven rally from day one. Not to mention all the swag, grab and go breakfast and the latest copy of duPont Registry for each driver and co-driver at the morning start point.

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DAY ZERO / PRE-RALLY

Whether drivers took the optional extra night stay before the start of the rally or not, everyone pulled into the Boston Park Plaza with smiles on their faces ready to shake hands and spend some time with their new petrol-head friends. All of the drivers got to experience Boston with each other while their incredible cars were detailed and dressed up with the official Centurion Run livery set overnight for the early morning start.

Centurion Run 2017 Recap

DAY ONE

Rise and shine to a gorgeous day in downtown Boston filled with people stopping on their way to work engaging in conversation with the drivers and photographers frantically snapping pictures of the exotics all morning. Needless to say, with perfect weather and both man and machine fuelled up, the day was off to a great start with the target destination of Lime Rock Park for an afternoon of tire screeching.

Centurion Run 2017 Recap

Upon arrival to Lime Rock Park, The Dream Ride Experience’s Jeff & Scott greeted the drivers with an overwhelming welcome and a group of lucky special needs athletes that got their own private exotic car show and trackside view for the Centurion Run driver challenge.

Centurion Run 2017 Recap

After a healthy dose of tracking and spending some time with the good people from The Dream Ride Experience, the driver’s set off to New York City where they would spend the night in anticipation for day two.

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DAY TWO

After a night in New York City’s Hilton Midtown hotel, the drivers set off for lunch at McLaren Philadelphia. The McLaren staff were gracious in providing a fully catered lunch and meeting spot for the Centurion Run group. Lunch at McLaren Philadelphia gave drivers the opportunity to catch up with each other about their night in New York City as well as their run at the Lime Rock Park driver experience event. Goodbyes to the McLaren Philadelphia staff and the drivers were off to the incredible Mandarin Oriental in Washington, DC.

Centurion Run 2017 Recap

Tours of the city, dinner plans and overall relaxation in part with the hotel’s extremely hospitable staff were all on the agenda for the members of the Centurion Run. Groups separated to tour the monuments and enjoy the nation’s capital. Eventually, the drivers met at the W hotel’s rooftop patio bar overlooking the Whitehouse with plenty of drinks and impromptu dance-offs for a great end to the night.

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DAY THREE

No exotic car rally is complete without someone doing something off the wall so without further adieu, our very own Sal painted the sky with a colorful smoke show as he peeled off into the beautiful Washington sunlight to mark our departure from the city in style.

Centurion Run 2017 Recap

Everyone was now on their way to the big track event at Summit Point Motorsports Park, a full day of tracking on a private course for the Centurion Run group complete with blistering straights and technical corners allowing drivers to push their cars to their limits. Summit Point Motorsports Park hosted a variety of friendly competition amongst seasoned drivers, a platform to get that need for speed and instructions for the new to track drivers that were looking for a way to push their car without that first timer’s stress.

Centurion Run 2017 Recap

After a long day of pushing our cars to the limit, we embarked on our final stretch to end at the beautiful Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Pittsburgh where we all spent a final night with each other and reminisced about the memories that were collected along the way.

Centurion Run 2017 Recap

Our team gave a heartfelt thank you before a final night spent in the boutique hotel together. Drivers said their goodbyes and made off on their way home after one final night of partying and a good night’s rest.

Overall the Centurion Run was a great success that brought like-minded people together for a great cause and it turned out to be a favourite of quite a few members that have participated in other rallies before. We couldn’t be happier.

THE AWARDS

What’s the point of doing something without being awarded for it? We would like to present 4 awards to the deserving members of the first ever Centurion Run.

Centurion Award

The Centurion Award is presented to an individual who represents the full spirit of what we stand for. This individual helped others in times of need or presented themselves as a shining example of giving back to the community.

We would be honoured to present this award to Scott Smith of The Dreamride Experience for all of his and his team’s support for the first ever Centurion Run. Thank you so much for making this all possible!

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Best Car Award

Self explanatory, this award goes to the driver with the best car as chosen by other Centurion Run participants. With that being said, we would like to present this award to Khurrum Dhanji and his Black Ferrari F12.

Centurion Run 2017 Recap

Road Renegade Award

The Road Renegade Award is awarded to the driver that doesn’t quite know where his or her wheels may have been at all times. This award goes to none other than Dillon Kovljenic for shooting a smile at the on-track cameras every time his back end slid out, which was pretty much every turn.

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Joker Award

Last but not least, the Joker Award goes to an individual that not only gets away with outrageous pranks, but also manages to crack a smile on everyone’s face, even if we’re left scratching our heads. This joker is none other than the famous Sal (Nick) Naylor for his well packed bag of party tricks.

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Graphics Installer Partners For Success

August 16, 2016 | 3M Canada

3M Preferred Graphics Installer and owner of Autokloak, Dillon Kovljenic, shares how a chance encounter with 3M at a trade show helped build his car wrap business.

 

If necessity is the mother of invention, then opportunity may be the father of entrepreneurialism.

For Dillon Kovljenic, the experience of shopping around for an automotive wrap for his first car proved to be an eye-opening experience.

“I had always loved cars as a kid – always begged my parents to customize our cars,” says Dillon. “After I bought my first car and began to gather quotes on a full wrap, I was shocked at what came back. I had no idea it was so expensive.”

So the finance and business school grad embarked on a new path – investigating how he could do it himself.

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After contacting wholesalers and discovering the cost of materials, he saw an opportunity to embark on a new business venture – to install the wraps not just on his own ride, but for customers as well

Dillon and his crew employed trial and error in an attempt to master the craft of graphics installation.

When they were able to wrap Dillon’s Porsche in solid gold, he found that both he and his business got a charge out of the flashy exterior as he took it out on the road.

“I thought, ‘what a marketing tool!’” he says.

People began to take notice and his business, Autokloak, was formed in 2013.

However, there was still a lot for the young entrepreneur to learn.
Growing the Business and the Brand through Acquiring Graphics Installation Expertise

“I had no idea when I started that we were trying to do the most difficult task by trying to wrap a whole car,” says Dillon. “Many other installers had started out with smaller jobs like decals, but the idea of installing accent graphics hadn’t even occurred to us until we started attending automotive trade shows.”

So, Dillon began to look for ways to grow his business and his brand, recognizing that to do so, he’d need to build his in-house expertise too. It was at a trade show he connected with Jeff Uzbalis, a knowledgeable 3M sales representative who mentored Dillon as he built his business.

“Looking back, I think that my only underestimation with building the business was the human capital,” says Dillon. “I’ve now learned that having the same mindset doesn’t necessarily equal the same skillset.”

In an effort to harness his staff members’ abilities while providing quality workmanship, Autokloak enrolled in the 3M Certified Graphics Installation Training Program.

graphics van

“I could have gone to anyone to get training,” says Dillon. “But having had a relationship with my 3M salesperson, Jeff, and knowing that 3M was a leader in the industry, I signed up for their program.”

Personal Connection Brings Business to the Next Level

Since enrolling in the training, Dillon has now completed the courses to the highest level possible and has become a 3M Preferred Graphics Installer.

But that doesn’t mean he’s stopped learning.

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Keep Your Vehicle Graphics Clean.

By Phil Aquin on February 2, 2018

Protecting Your Vehicle Wrap Investment
Maximizes Your Return on Investment

One big reason to keep your vehicles clean and your graphics in perfect condition – maximizing your return on investment! But to do that there are two major things that make maximizing your return on investment possible.

Fleet Graphics Represent Your Brand & Business

First, by making sure your vehicle and graphics are clean all the time makes your brand look great. And secondly, regularly cleaning your graphics has been known to extend the life of the graphics – saving you money in the long run. It amazes us every time we see vehicle graphics that are not properly cared for. Your wrapped vehicles are a direct reflection of your company.

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The first impression many prospective customers have of your company is the quality of graphics on your wrapped vehicles. What kind of service would you expect from a company that doesn’t care enough to keep their vehicles clean and the graphics looking great? By making sure that your vehicles are clean and professional looking, you project the care you take in operating your business and taking care of your customers.

Encourage Your Team to Keep it Clean!

For most local or regional fleets, the vehicles are cared for by the staff or crew who drive them. Some of these crew will keep their vehicles washed and spotless, where others are indifferent to the condition of their vehicles and may not even notice when the vehicle is dirty.
You’ve made a big investment in vehicle graphics to put your brand on display everyday to build your reputation and business. And you want to keep those graphics looking great for as long as possible. We recommend our clients consider adopting a policy for vehicle cleaning to ensure compliance.

 

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