New Colors for 2017 Ram Laramie Longhorn

Ram Truck today unveiled a new exterior color shade for its luxurious and capable Laramie Longhorn line of pickup trucks.

RV Match Walnut Brown will serve as the model’s new two-tone contrast color, replacing White Gold.

“The Ram Laramie Longhorn has deservedly become the world’s benchmark for upscale, capable pickup trucks,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global. “The Laramie Longhorn has earned the title Luxury Truck of Texas from the Texas Auto Writers Association and there’s no better place to show off these updates than at the Dallas Auto Show.”

The luxurious Laramie Longhorn-edition model is available across the Ram pickup truck lineup, including 1500, 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty models.

With more than 30,000 pounds of trailering capability, Ram Heavy Duty Laramie Longhorn editions have become a popular choice among buyers who rely on their truck to tow a camper or recreational vehicle. In fact, the new RV Match Brown was chosen to closely match or complement a shade of brown that is frequently used in the exterior design of RV travel trailers, including premium fifth-wheel models.

Ram Laramie Longhorn edition models are known for distinctive exterior badges. A chrome metal Laramie Longhorn edition badge with painted accents is mounted to the tailgate while eye-catching, model-specific (1500, 2500 or 3500) Laramie Longhorn edition badges adorn the doors.

Ram’s RV Match Walnut Brown lower-body two-tone, wheel flares, painted front and rear bumpers and running boards complement a bright chrome grille and painted tow hooks.

Two-tone Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn editions are equipped with 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with brown-colored pockets, while monochromatic versions roll on polished silver aluminum wheels. Ram 2500 and 3500 (single rear wheel) models get 18-inch polished aluminum wheels with brown-colored pockets, while monochromatic versions roll on polished silver aluminum wheels. Twenty-inch wheels are optional. Ram 3500 duallies get polished silver aluminum wheels with Laramie Longhorn edition-badged center caps.

RV Match Walnut Brown is available as a two-tone combination with nine exterior colors, including Black Forest Green, Bright Silver, Bright White, Brilliant Black Crystal, Delmonico Red, Granite Crystal, Maximum Steel, Pearl White and True Blue.

Ram Laramie models will continue to be offered in an optional Bright Silver two-tone contrast, but for 2017 will also be available in two-tone RV Match Brown color. Non-two-tone paint is standard on Ram Laramie models.

Ram RV Match Walnut Brown models will go on sale in Q2 2017.

Kim Lewis' 77 F-150

Texas-based designer Kim Lewis, no stranger to the spotlight, has come to appreciate the value of iconic design. As a production designer on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” Lewis helped design and renovate more than 120 homes across America over the course of six years.

“No pressure there,” laughs Lewis, sitting on the back of her treasured workhorse – a vintage 1977 blue-and-white Ford F-150 Ranger she calls “Pearl.” She bought the truck after moving back to Austin from Los Angeles to launch Kim Lewis Designs, and it’s become an integral part of her global design business.
Lewis, hailing from a longtime Ford truck family, learned to drive in her grandfather’s 1978 Ford F-150. That truck remains in the family to this day, and is what inspired her to find her own vintage Ford truck. “All around Texas, people know Pearl – we’re two peas in a pod,” says Lewis. “She’s exactly what I needed to start my business and has become part of my brand. My Ford truck was built for life and built for my work.”

In 2006, working as a marketing manager for a furniture company, Lewis seized on an opportunity to design for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Her first project, which took her all the way to Alaska, was a success. Within two years, she would take over managing the show’s entire design team.
“I was constantly running to and from the airport to work on projects all around the country,” says Lewis. “It was a modern-day barn-raising, as we worked with local communities to help raise people up and inspire them.”

Today, Lewis designs restaurants and tiny homes all around the world – using Pearl whenever possible to travel to job sites or to deliver furniture and accessories. She recently worked on a Thanksgiving Day makeover of Dallas Fire Station No. 43 with the Dallas Cowboys, Fox Sports, Leary Firefighters Foundation and Ford Motor Company, which donated a 2017 F-Series Super Duty to the firefighters.
Lewis has also launched an accessory line to provide women in places like Ethiopia, Ghana and Honduras with sustainable economic opportunities. She frequently travels to developing countries to train and assist women, finding new inspiration for design along the way.

For details on Ford’s 40 Years Tough series, including more on Lewis and Pearl, or to share your F-Series story, visit

Palm Springs Weekend Getaway

Sometimes you just need a weekend off and there is no better place for a weekend off than Palm Springs. So when the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs invited me out for a few days I jumped at the chance to unwind in one of my favorite cities. Palm Springs is located just over 100 miles from both Los Angeles and San Diego making it a popular getaway in Southern California. Known as a mecca for biking, golf, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, and tennis, it is a very active city. I, however, planned on enjoying some 4-wheel-drive activities out in the surrounding desert thanks to Jeep.

Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the Hard Rock Hotel is within walking distance to top restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, meaning you can drop your car off at the valet and not need it again until you check out.

Rockstar Suite

Rooms at the Hard Rock Hotel are spacious, especially if you step up to the Rockstar Suite which features a full living room, lounge, bedroom, and kitchen. Major celebrities and real life Rockstars have stayed in this room. Every room at the HRH Palm Springs is stylish and feature subtle design elements that point back to Hard Rock's musical roots.

Rockstar Suite Living Room
Music really is at the heart of the Hard Rock Hotel brand, from being able to check out a guitar to take to your room for jam sessions to incredible live music events, if you love music, you'll enjoy your stay at Hard Rock Palm Springs.

Sotomayor Rocking at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

HRH isn't just about heavy metal and hair bands, on the weekends in the club, they host local bands and international musicians like electronic artists Sotomayor  from Mexico City who played while I was there and rocked. With great music, drinks, and a relaxed vibe it's a great club just steps away from your room. We planned to go out and check out some other local bars.But we ended up just staying at the hotel and enjoying some really amazing performances. 

HRH Palm Springs Lobby / Club
Walking around the hotel you will see memorabilia from countless musical celebrities including Lady Gaga's Vespa, Frank Sinatra's jacket, Bono's Guitar, etc. Around every corner, you discover more art, collectibles, and musical treasures. As you explore the property you will pick up that there is a soundtrack playing in all the public area, that music is curated by the hotel's "vibe manager" who makes sure that it's always playing at the perfect volume, loud enough to enjoy, but soft enough you can still have a conversation as you sit in the lounge. 

Lady Gaga's Vespa
The top notch on-site restaurant 'The Kitchen' serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Every Sunday Morning they have a Drag Show Brunch, it is Palm Springs after all. But if you can't find your way out of bed and down to the restaurant, room service is just a phone call away. 

Biscuits & Gravy at The Kitchen 
Staying at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is a treat, not just because of the cool rooms, awesome shows, and great food, the staff is what really stands out. From the valet and front desk to the bar and restaurant every interaction was professional, polite, and made me feel like a Rockstar.

For more information on Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs or to book a stay visit

Art is everywhere at the HRH Palm Springs

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Pictorial: Life on Nicaragua's Frontier

I spent a week deep in the jungles of Nicaragua, in the heart of the Miskito tribal lands, it is the wild west, complete with Cowboys, Indians, and Outlaws. It is a beautiful place but also a place of conflict. Working with an NGO in this region requires building trust within the community I am excited to return again to do more work within the Miskito tribal lands.

Casino in Siuna

Airstrip in Sinua

Local watching the plane landing at Siuna airstrip

Man riding horse in El Empalme  
Horse along the road to Alamikamba

Traditional Miskito homes

Girl stretching after doing laundry along the banks of the Prinzapolca River

Boat operated by the NGO Harvest Initiative on the Prinzapolca River 

End of the Road

Horses run loose around the outskirts of Alamikamba

Boy hoping for work digging out stuck vehicles near Alamikamba 

Slowly being taken for parts

Women doing laundry along the banks of the Prinzapolca

Traditional Miskito dugout 

Downtown Alamikamba 
Remains of a forest recently harvested, likely illegally.

Well installed by NGO being tested in Llanos de Palmera

Traditional home in Llanos de Palmera

Government funded Aquabus project that sees little use along the Prinzapolca

Small cattle ranch

Boys swimming in the Prinzapolca outside of Alamikamba

The remains of yet another cleared section of forest

Tio's Tacos

Just down the road from the historic Mission Inn is another Riverside landmark, Tio's Tacos. When you first arrive at Tio's you are greeted by owner Martin Sanchez's unique artwork that takes recycling to another level. Giants, fountains, skeletons and a host of other characters created by Sanchez over the years all created from what most people would consider garbage. While at first, the city wasn't a big fan of Martin's eclectic art, over the years it has become a cultural landmark in Riverside's downtown.

The most important piece to Sanchez is the chapel, which he built as a gift to his wife, it's even been consecrated by the Catholic Church and had its fair share of weddings and quinceaneras hosted within the tiny chapel.

No matter how many times you visit you always find something you never saw before. But his artistic endeavors also extend into Tio's kitchen where flavors are bold and portions are generous. If you are in Southern California Tio's Tacos is worth the drive for some fun folk art and some amazing tacos.

Tio's Tacos is located at 3948 Mission Inn Avenue Riverside, CA 92501.
(951) 788-0230

Land Rover and the Winter Equestrian Festival

Land Rover North America is proud to announce its continued partnership of the Winter Equestrian Festival, and support of the Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase. The Winter Equestrian Festival is held over 12 weeks, from January to April, with the Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase held Week Four, February 3 – 4, 2017.

Land Rover North America has been at the heart of equestrian sport for over two decades and has an established repertoire of prestigious events across the U.S.

The Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase is held in the unique setting of Wellington, Florida (Palm Beach County) and attracts equestrian’s most talented eventers who will battle it out across two days for the $100,000 prize money on offer. Included in the line-up is top U.S. Eventing Team Rider, Boyd Martin, who returns as defending champion for the second year running having won this competition in both 2015 and 2016. Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt, who miraculously recovered from a life-threatening head injury in late 2015, plus eventing legend from New Zealand, Sir Mark Todd, will be hoping to end Boyd’s clean sheet and claim his first victory in Wellington. The horse and rider combinations will not only have to demonstrate their skills in the dressage arena and the show jumping ring, they will also have to navigate a challenging cross-country course which includes galloping through the VIP hospitality tent.

“We’re thrilled to continue our support of the Winter Equestrian Festival and to support the Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase during Week Four this year”, said Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. “WEF is one of the biggest events on the equestrian calendar and offers a unique backdrop for us to showcase our latest Land Rover line-up. Land Rover’s long standing commitment to the equestrian community is firmly established and WEF provides the ideal opportunity for us to interact with the active equestrian audience that attends this incredible event year-after-year.”

Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions, the management company for the Winter Equestrian Festival, commented, “Land Rover is synonymous with the eventing discipline in equestrian sport and is the perfect partner of the Wellington Eventing Showcase. We are so pleased to welcome them back and are truly grateful for their continued support this year.”

Along with the Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase, world-class show jumping will also be on offer with highlights including, the Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments®, benefiting local Palm Beach County charities, which takes place on Saturday evening and will raise $1.5 million to raise the eight-year total of more than $10 million donated, and on Sunday, 5 February, the $216,000 Ariat® Grand Prix CSI 4.*

Land Rover will have its full line-up of vehicles on display at the Winter Equestrian Festival including the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Discovery Sport and the recently debuted 2017 Land Rover Discovery.  The all-new Land Rover Discovery SUV features unparalleled versatility, seating for seven adults and offers very unique optional activity features including Advanced Tow Assist*, which makes the task of towing a trailer as simple as possible and makes full use of the new Discovery vehicle’s towing capacity of up to 8,201 lbs.

To learn more about the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Wellington Eventing Showcase please visit: