saturday: changing out headlight lightbulbs, touring matt crafton’s hauler

On Saturday, my first order of business was to head over to SYLVANIA’s tent in the fan mid-way area for a demonstration on how to change out your headlights. I was particularly interested in this because I’m one of those people that will go to the dealership, or to whatever car repair place I’m going to these days, and have them do it because I’d rather it be done right for sure than by me.

But the product managers on hand from SYLVANIA showed that it was a piece of cake and now I have no doubt that I can make those changes by myself without any problems. The majority of the battle is just figuring out how to get to your headlights. Once you’ve got that sorted out it’s a matter of putting on protective goggles (halogen lights can build up pressure, so be safe!), pulling the old ones out and snapping the new ones in. Easy-peasy.

Inside the hood of a Pontiac Solstice

Inside the hood of a Pontiac Solstice for the SYLVANIA headlight lightbulb change-out demo

The biggest & coolest thing I learned over the weekend from SYLVANIA was that they aspire to make the whitest light (their SilverStar zXe product is the whitest halogen lightbulb on the market). Why? Whiter light allows you see better because it mimics the light created by the sun. It’s easier on your eyes which causes less strain and fatigue, and allows you to see more obstacles and potential hazards on the road. Pretty interesting, right? C’mon! It totally is! Science is fun. (Go here for more info)

After the demo, I headed back to the garage to catch the last Sprint Cup Series practice session of the day. It was pretty boring.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers enter the garage during practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 24, 2011

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers enter the garage during practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 24, 2011

After that I caught up with the SYLVANIA group again to take a tour of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Matt Crafton’s hauler. It was fun to get to have a private audience with a driver, even if it was in the closest of quarters in the hauler. I got to interview him after the tour and I’ll be posting that later, so stay tuned for that. Turns out Matt is from Tulare, California, the same hometown as my brother-in-law. Small world.

Matt Crafton (center) speaks with the meda gathered inside his hauler at NHMS

Post hauler tour I decided to just go back to my hotel and take a nap. I know I should have stayed for the truck race but I couldn’t muster the energy for it. The nap was awesome and set me up for an interesting Sunday.

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