Monthly Archives: November 2014

America – Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

Having just celebrated Veterans Day, a day we honor those who have served our country in battle and times of peace, we want to reiterate the importance of supporting this great nation.  Many have given their lives to defend the freedoms that so many of us take for granted.  They have sacrificed themselves and the happiness of their friends and family in order to keep us safe within our land.  They have voluntarily gone on our behalf and given up the comforts of home so that our nation could continue on as we know it.

We often take their sacrifices for granted, living as if we innately have our rights.  We forget that our freedom costs someone else their life.  May we continue to honor, not just one day the men and women who serve so that we might live in freedom and peace.  Let’s not forget the spouses who raise children alone while their husbands or wives are at war.  As the holidays approach, let’s be thankful for the families who spend them without loved ones who are on duty.

Around the world, many others do not have the choices we have here in America.  We choose our education, religion and what careers we pursue.  We buy and sell at will online or in stores across the globe.  We forget that while the world is at our fingertips, many other nations are confined inside their borders simply because they lack the means or opportunity.  Many nations solely support themselves on what little means they have.

America however, is a land of opportunity!  We have a plethora of choices to choose from.  Just take a walk down any American grocery store aisle and see the variety of cereal boxes to choose from!  So why purchase goods from other nations – supporting them and their economy at the expense of ours?  We can choose to purchase what we want, where to purchase it from, and how much we need – that is our right.  But it is also our responsibility to support the American business owners and manufacturers so that our economy continues to grow.  Who else around the world cares if America continues to thrive?    If we don’t care, no one else will!   Products made within our borders stimulate economic opportunities for future generations and it is our responsibility to do so.

At Backyard Buddy, we are committed to buying American made products so we can continue to fuel the economy.  We value the quality and excellence required in North American goods, and by using them exclusively within our products and components, we do OUR part to support those who are sacrificing themselves for our great nation.  We show them respect as we do our patriotic duties by committing to support the U.S. economically.

Our national anthem ends by stating that our flag waves “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”  We are grateful for the men and women who bravely serve our county day in and day out to keep this great land free.  We are committed to supporting this great nation by manufacturing products made solely within America.  Won’t you join us by making purchases that are American made?

Top 10 Impressive Car Collectors

Most people enjoy looking at or driving sports cars or luxury vehicles while only dreaming of owning one.  These top ten collectors from around the world are the proud owners of several within their amazing collection.  Here are the world’s top 10 car collectors and some of what they own:

10. Hip-hop sensation Wyclef Jean & Pink Floyd’s Drummer Nick Mason have a great love for music and cars!  Together, they own more than 40 cars.  Wyclef’s collection includes a McLaren F1, Ferrari, Italian Pagani Zonda, Cadillac, Humvee and a customized Hummer which he keeps in Miami.

Mason enjoys the Italian super sports cars that have historical significance such as a Bugatti T35, Aston Martin LM18, Ferrari 213T3, McLaren F1, Porche 962, and a 23M-pound Ferrari 250GTO.

9. Fashion mogel and trend setter Ralph Lauren has an amazing collection of all red cars, over 60 in all that he displays in a black carpeted NYC garage on white platforms.  This impressive collection includes:  Ferrari’s, Alfa Romeo roadsters, Bugatti, Mercedes, Bentley, Jaguar and McLaren F1 to name a few.

8. Grammy award winning English singer, Jason Luiz Cheetham also known as Jay Kay owns at least 68 cars and is still collecting.  His collection includes:  Porche’s, Ferrari’s, Rolls Royce’s, Lambourghini’s, Mercedes, Bugatti’s, Maserati’s, Aston Martin and one of Coco Chanel’s Mercedes 600.  What an impressive collection he is working on!

7. Dmitry Lomakov is a Russian museum owner and the current President of Retromoto.  He has an unparalleled love for antique cars, anything of historical excellence.  He owns at least 120 motorcycles and antique cars some of which include:  a 1914 Peugeot motorcycle and a 1977 Chayka GAZ-13.  He made the news when purchasing Adolph Hitler’s Mercedes Benz at a private auction.  This was used during Hitler’s reign.

6. Self made entrepreneur Gerard Lopez was born in Luxembourg.  He is the managing director of CS Fola Esch Football Club and was the chairman of the Lotus F1 team & co-owner of Genii Capital and Mangrove Capital Planters.  He has a vast collection of cars ranging from hot rods to race cars.  Some of his collected favorites include:  Porche’s, Peugeot’s, Bugatti’s along with  other European beauties.

5. Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani is the co-owner of the Indian Premier League Team and is one of the richest men in India.  He resides in a mansion in Mumbai and has a passion for fast, sporty and elegant cars.  His collection of 168 European cars includes a Bentley, Mayback, Bugatti, Mercedes and Porche.

4. The United States based owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, Ken Lingen Felter owns 20 Lamborghini Reventons and over 150 American muscle cars along with a grand collection of Corvettes, Mustangs, Bugattis and Porches.  He uses a 40,000 square foot building in Michigan to store these fine beauties.

3. Comedian and former Tonight Show Host, Jay Leno has an amazing hobby of collecting cars.  He owns over 200 including many vintage cars that are perfectly maintained and still running today.  Some of these are a 1909 Baker Electric, 1931 8-liter Bentley, 1909 Stanley Steemer, 1934 Phantom II Rolls Royce, 1927 Duesenberg Model X, 1925 Hispano-Suiza, 22 Steam Powered vehicles and 25 classic cars.

2. Billionaire member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling elite, Sheikh Hamad Bin Haman Al Nahyan is known for his color collection of 7 Mercedes S-Classes each in a different color of the rainbow.  He also owns several other cars.  A unique fact about his collection is that he keeps them stashed in a pyramid.  Besides his Mercedes, he has customized Mercedes Monster Trucks, a group of  Jeeps, the largest Bedouin Caravan and a Dodge Power Wagon.

  • Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is worth a whopping $20 billion with an impressive royal palace claimed as the largest in the world.  He is also the proud owner of some 7000 cars including:  209 BMW’s, 574 Benz, 452 Ferraris, 179 Jaguars, 382 Bentleys, 134 Koenigseggs, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, SSC’s, Cicero BDB Maestro and more!

American Made – A Promise We can Deliver

With any election, we see campaigns and promises made by politicians throughout the country.  Promises are made to make things better, to create a stronger economy by creating new jobs, and to fix the failures of the previous person in office.  The list goes on and on.  Often times we become jaded as Americans as we see failure to deliver on those promises.  We begin to see a broken system and throw our hands up thinking, “What’s the use?”  Yet we continue to see more and more people crossing our borders, hoping to become part of this great nation.

In order to help our economy, not only do we need to be committed to creating new jobs, we must also commit to buying American made products.  As we purchase goods, we must consider where our money is being invested.  Are we giving our money to other countries in order to satisfy an immediate need?  Do we even consider that what we purchase directly supports the business and manufacturer from which we buy?  Or do we simply live as uneducated consumers, not caring where our money goes as long as our individual need is met?

Hopefully, as citizens of the United States, our answer is yes, we do care!  And that we care not only about today, but also for the future of our nation and our country.  We should value supporting the business owners within our nation so our economy can grow, and so our children have a profitable future.

Quality and excellence in our American made products is a high value at Backyard Buddy.  We know that American made products are held to a higher standard than other parts of the world.  We are committed to supporting and investing in products that are structurally sound.  All of our products and components are made within North America.  Our lifts are fully comprised of American-made steel and hardware found within the United States or Canada.  We value investing in our own economy and furthering the growth of business within our industry.

As we invest in our nations products, we create a cycle of economic growth within our nation.  Whether you fully agree with the government and structures of our system or not, as a citizen of the United States, promoting growth where you live is wise to further the opportunities for your own life and your future.  Investing your dollars in America is smart, and it’s a commitment we’ve made at Backyard Buddy – A Promise We can Deliver!

Won’t you consider joining the campaign to buy American Made products and commit to growing our economy?  Buying American Made products is a commitment that helps your future!