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Ready for the travel season?

Summer road trips, what could be better? As car guys we love summer road trips. Some of the most memorable are the ones that did not go as planned. Finding yourself in a new city, or a place off the beaten path is a great part of the adventure of life. If you ever need advise when you are not in town please call us. We have a great ability to help you with your roadside questions. Happy hunting on finding your new road.

Closed for the Holidays!

Hey Audi Volkswagoners, you will be missed!
We will be closed from December 21st to January 5th enjoying the shit out of the holidays. You should enjoy yours too!
Not sure if we believe it, but some say it is supposed to snow on Christmas! Send us a picture of your Audi or Volkswagen in the snow. The submitter of the best photo we get by January 30th will get a $20 gift card to Rooster and Moon a cafe bar in the baker-ish area of downtown.
Send photos to Steve@saltamotorsports.com

Happy Holidays!
-Salta

Advice For A Rainy Day

imageMost of the time, Audis are unaffected by inclement weather.  They’re more than capable of handling in the snow, which is generally a good thing…  That is, unless you’re looking for an excuse to take the day off work because your car is supposedly stuck in the driveway.  If your boss knows you drive an Audi, this excuse will never work!

As far as weather is concerned, your Audi can manage almost anything Mother Nature can dish out, but some occasions require a bit of attention.  The rain in Colorado doesn’t seem to be letting up, and so with this in mind, we at Salta would like to make sure your car is unaffected.

•Check your rain tray…  There is a plastic channel under the hood near the front windshield.  Often times, it can become clogged with leaves and debris, causing water to overflow onto the car’s interior floorboard, and in extreme cases, this can cause damage to some of the electronics.  It takes minutes to clean, but if you’re uncomfortable doing it on your own, you’ve got some friends at Salta who would be happy to help.

•Replace your windshield wipers…  The cold weather causes warping to the wiper blades, a brand new set will greatly increase your visibility and our factory wipers are an exact fit at a great price.

•Don’t get stranded…  A check up is free, so there’s no reason to get stranded in bad weather.  Be mindful of upcoming services, your car will thank you for it!

•Most of all, drive careful… It’s crazy out there right now!

Four Wheeled Friends

imageMy first car’s name was Orton. It was an 80 something Chevrolet Cavalier that was given to me by my aunt. By the time I inherited Orton, he was a little lackluster, though I have to wonder if there was ever a point in time when a Cavalier was considered sexy or even attractive. His clear coat had worn through, making his dull grey exterior that much more dull. His carpet was grey, his seats were grey, he was about as glorious as a winter day in Cold War Russia.

Orton’s namesake was a bank teller in downtown Denver. A dull man with no real emotion to speak of. Orton the bank teller probably drove a Cavalier just like mine, but I doubt he had the creative energy to go through with naming his car. He probably didn’t even name his children. He was the perfect namesake for my nondescript little car.

I didn’t even really want a car when Orton came into my life, but it didn’t take long to succumb to the ways of automotive dependency. In the beginning, I wasn’t so attached to Orton, I couldn’t even be bothered to check or change his oil. But over time, I grew to appreciate and maybe even love Orton…

He drove me safely through bad weather and bad neighborhoods, and because he never caught the eye of anyone, we could speed right past cop cars with all the confidence in the world that we were in fact, invisible.

Most cars are given recognition for being fast or beautiful, but Orton’s crowning achievement would be the day that I sold him. He provided me with the funds I needed to move to New York City, so, you could say that Orton had provided me with a future I could not have afforded otherwise.

There have been many cars since Orton, and all of them have had names and personalities of their own. Yes, personalities. Take, for instance, Klaus, my Audi Avant… Klaus, the no-nonsense German never failed me. He was functional, reliable, and if he had the ability, he would have been disappointed in my constant lack of punctuality.

Over the years, I have come to realize that our customers also affectionately name their cars. There’s Jeffrey the Volkswagen Jetta, Peppy the Touareg and there was even an Audi A8 called the Doctor.

At Salta, we always do our best to consider that we’re not just fixing any old car… For a lot of our customers, we recognize that there is an emotional bond there, a genuine concern for the well being of their four-wheeled friend. We get it. We’re the same way. And we’re always happy to help a friend in need, whether it’s a car or not!

Salta Rally

imageNever a dull hill climber…

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If a hill climb is a race unlike any other, you must also assume that a hill climber is also quite unique. The race venue is always set in a typically beautiful Colorado mountain town, but being that it’s Colorado, there’s bound to be some erratic weather. Hill climbers can accept that they’ll either be roasting in their race suits or shivering on a mountain side. They can probably even deal with driving on the wrong tire for half the race because of how quickly the climate can change the road.

Joseph and Steve are both fine examples of what hill climbers should be… They spent the weekend driving on muddy roads and bogging around an equally messy service area. The good news was that Joe’s rally car had no problems over the course of the entire weekend. There would be no mud bog transmission swaps, nor were there mud crusted Salta techs in the service area. Just a fluid check and tire pressure monitoring and then back to racing!

While the mud may have posed a problem for the bulk of the other race classes, this was not a problem for the rally class. In fact, there’s nothing more exciting than bad weather when you’ve got a rally car. (The same is true for most Audi owners!) While at first, Joe was tentative on the sloppy surface, Steve ensured him there was plenty of grip and the boys ended up with a ten second gain on their nemesis.

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imageAnyway, back to racing…

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It takes a lot of trust to sit in the passenger seat of a race car, and an equal amount of concentration to actually navigate. It’s not just important to navigate, but to navigate well is a real benefit. *Perhaps I should have said that to navigate well is imperative, but that’s what safety equipment is for. For instance, in the unfortunate event that the navigator calls out a left 1 when in fact, the road is making a tight right, well, my sympathy goes out to all involved, but most especially to the poor navigator. A simple error can be a big deal for a nav and it’s a tremendous responsibility to take on.

The Land’s End hill climb was Steve Bis’ first race as a navigator. Usually in the driver’s seat, Steve was not only able to navigate the course, but was able to pull from his prior driving experience to guide and encourage Joe into making faster runs up the road. As I understand it, Steve was an ideal navigator, it was a definite benefit that he had so much previous race experience. And it definitely didn’t hurt that he’s one of the best Audi/Volkswagen service techs that Salta has. *You’ll notice that I said he’s ONE of the best and not THE best… Well, it’s just not nice to play favorites, now, is it?

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The Service Vehicle

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It’s kind of funny, but if you want to race cars, you’re going to have to buy a truck. You won’t even really want the truck, but you’ll need it for sure. And it won’t be the high performance race car that gets all the miles, it will be the clunky old pick up truck that you will come to depend on. It’s a bit of a disappointment, but a necessary evil that all racers must come to terms with… The service vehicle.

It’s especially hard to accept that the service vehicle is not going to be half as desirable as the Audis and Volkswagens that we work on. It won’t even come close. It’ll be loud, it’ll belch smoke out of the exhaust and more than likely, it will have a mismatched door or panel here or there.

Now that Joseph is a race car owner and driver, it’s no coincidence that he’s also the proud owner of an old Dodge pick up truck. I’m giggling a little as I write this because what Joe may not yet realize is that his pick up truck is incredibly useful in so many ways… He can now help his friends move giant sofas across town, he will be able to haul engines down to the recycler and he’ll be able to pull a friends car out of a ditch in the middle of a snow storm. Oh, and he’ll also be able to tow his race car. ;)

 

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