For the most part celebrities and pro athletes have always had the good fortune to drive nice cars and the car they drive is often a reflection of that car manufacturer in the market place (except for basketball players and Tahoe’s). Audi has become the car celebrities and the movie industry want to drive and recently pro athletes. We have to remember that this select group of people can afford to drive any vehicle they want and the car they drive represents them like everyone else. For a pro athlete, celebrity or actor to choose to drive an Audi is nice pat on the back, not to mention good press. Audi recently sponsored a pro soccer team and let them test the cars before taking delivery at the Audi Driving Experience in the snow, and the Audi’s performed flawlessly. We should all be proud of the Audi brand, especially if you own an Audi and if you don’t yet, make sure before getting your next car to see what Audi has to offer.
Is anyone tired of seeing pictures of Audi R8’s yet??!! We hope the answer to that question is no – especially because this is an R8 GT and is in a pretty unusual color. We love it and what we love even more, is that if you look closely, this is an Audi surrounded by other Audi’s! We wish this was a parking lot we parked in everyday as we could hardly imagine the inspiration we would take from such an event daily! What inspires you?? We’d love to hear about it and we would certainly love to see it, especially if it looks like this. Enjoy your day and be inspired!
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After nine consecutive wins in the Le Mans 24, Audi was outdone by Peugeot in 2009. This year they are intent on reclaiming their title at the top with the introduction of the R15 Plus. This new super machine will avenge the rankings of its predecessor, the R15, with some added beefiness and aerodynamics and will make its debut April 11 at the 8 Heures du Castellet.
Below is an article outlining some of the highlights of the new machine and when it will have its first show down with the Peugeot during the 2010 Le Mans series.
After a score of eight wins in the competition which was ultimately stemmed in 2009 by Peugeot, Audi returns to endurance racing this year with a brand new challenger, the R15 Plus. The newcomer is poised to make its debut at the 8 Heures du Castellet on April 11.
Following the defeat of the new Audi R15 at Le Mans in 2009, the Ingolstadt-based squad lost no time returning to the drawing board in a bid to improve the efficiency and the reliability of its diesel-fuelled prototype.
But it is a brand new car the R15 Plus that will defend the colours of the German brand in 2010.
The newcomer’s aerodynamic package marks a significant shift compared to its predecessor as the team seeks to make up for the fall in power due to the latest regulations that apply to turbocharged diesel engines (lower turbo pressure). The front wing that caused a certain amount of controversy in 2009 has also been revised, as have the cooling system, engine, transmission – and lighting system.
Audi’s engineers have also been working closely with Michelin’s development and technical staff with a view to producing a competitive and more durable range of tyres for the car.
The first run of the ‘definitive’ version of the Audi R15 Plus took place on March 3, in Neustadt, Germany, and Audi and Michelin will continue their work in Florida during the test days that follow this weekend’s 12 Hours of Sebring as they further their preparations for June’s visit to Le Mans.
The official competition debut of the new German prototype will be the eight-hour race at Le Castellet (April 11), in the south of France, which kicks off the 2010 Le Mans Series calendar.
The car’s first direct clash with the Peugeot will follow a month later at Spa-Francorchamps, ahead of what promises to be a thrilling showdown in the world’s most famous endurance race in La Sarthe.
Well to start with I wish I had more time to play video games because I love them. My wife has always been great with my love for cars, computers, gaming and late nights; I am very lucky to have that kind of support. Audi & Forza Motorsport 3 have teamed up, and with the list of over 50 car manufacturers and almost 400 models to choose from its a real distinction for audi to be on the cover of the package. Forza Motorsport 3 will be out very soon and it will be an incredible, game as long as you choose the Audi that is.
In less then a week from now I will be attending the Central Launch Training for the all new 2012 Audi A6 in Munich, Germany. Coincidentally, today Benjamin (a great friend of mine!) forwarded me this picture sent to him by a co-worker of his who happens to be in Germany right now. The picture is of the 2012 A6 launch bus – Audi really spares no expense when launching a new vehicle. When I saw this picture of the Audi A6 launch bus it reminded me of the bus on Universal Soldier , one of my favorite childhood movies – so needless to say I am very excited to ride in it! If there is anything you want to see while I am in Germany at the launch event, please don’t hesitate to ask and I will do my best to capture it and share.
In a departure from its main area of expertise, German car maker Audi announced it has started the Audi Urban Future workshop in London, a competition which will witness six international architectural firms battling to develop the city of the future, which combines mobility, architecture and the city itself. Rupert Stadler, Audi chairman of the board, explains why the car maker ventured into a realm it has little expertise in.
“In shaping the future of the automobile, it is important to analyze trends and look beyond one’s own back yard. The exchange with pioneers of another discipline – but one which has many parallels to automotive engineering – is proving to be very inspiring. In particular, because the architects come from very different cultural backgrounds.”Audi will seriously get involved in the project, with architects from the six firms taking a trip to Ingolstadt where they received tips and tricks from Audi’s experts from Technical Development, Design, and Brand and Corporate Strategy.
The firms raking part in the project are Alison Brooks Architects (London), Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen), Cloud9 (Barcelona), Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York), J. Mayer H. Architects (Berlin) and Standardarchitecture (Beijing). They will work on the project until August, when the projects (installation as well as models and images) will be shown at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. “The Audi Urban Future Award is no ordinary competition,” Stylepark Director Christian Gartner added. “Despite the competition of ideas among the architectural firms, the aim is to develop perspectives collectively.”
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We’re dreaming of garages and man-caves today!! One thing this grey and rainy weather makes us want to do is retreat into our caves for hibernation. A little tough for us today as we live in an apartment, but there is nothing wrong with a little ‘living vicariously through others,’ and that is where all of you guys come in! Send us some pics of your garages where your beloved Audi’s are housed! We would love to see them, and post them of course. We hope everyone is having a great day!
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Recently I was lucky enough to find myself in beautiful Sonoma, California at the new Audi Forum located at the Infineon Raceway. While there for Audi Product training, I was introduced to one of the most stunning examples of Audi engineering, the RS4. At first glance the RS4 appeared to be only a more refined version of the A4 with huge fender flares, eloquently placed RS4 badging and enormous brakes all the way around.
As I studied the RS4 in more detail it became very clear this was no ordinary four-door sedan. With its race inspired engine technology taken from the Lemans Champion R8, it produces a gripping 420 horse power to all four wheels. I knew there was only one way to see what this vehicle was made of.
After putting my helmet on, I opened the door and sat inside. Situating myself into the proper seating position, I felt the interior wrap around me. With the Recaro leather seats at my back and switchblade Audi key in my hand I was definitely ready.
I placed my foot on the aluminum clutch pedal and felt the resistance, knowing this clutch was there to hold up to some serious power. With the key in the ignition I turned my wrist and then it happened, the beautiful sound of eight cylinders dancing to the rhythmic deep tone of the dual exhaust underneath my seat. The smile on my face was ear to ear and I was off down the first stretch of the Infinion Race Track. Not knowing what to expect, I took the first swooping uphill left turn with caution. This car was taking a corner at 55 miles an hour without any body roll or tire noise and I knew at that moment the RS4 would be the one in control.
Racing into the second corner at great pace, I hit the brakes and did they ever work! This corner was considerably steeper but the RS4 offered no hesitation. With no down shifting the vehicle was almost stopped before coming into the turn from speeds of over 65 miles per hour in what felt like no distance at all. By this time I was into the fifth right hand corner, only now was I getting a true feeling for what a monster the RS4 was and why Audi had put such detail into things like the ceramic coated engine manifold, carbon fiber interior trim, aluminum hood, fenders and the trunk bonnet. The RS4 was meant to be driven.
I pushed through this very steep right hand corner with the Quattro drive train harnessing the brute power from the engine. I knew I was in good hands and felt in complete control knowing I could do this in the dry, wet or even a snow covered track (with appropriate winter tires mounted, of course). Continuing on with great confidence my speeds increased and my skill behind the wheel of the RS4 did as well. As our first dance around the beautiful course came to an end I was not fatigued at all and neither was the RS4, as a matter of fact it was just getting warmed up.
know now, after proper introduction the first time I had approached the RS4 I was in great disillusion of what power it truly possessed. To come to grips with the RS4’s true potential, time has to be spent behind the wheel and a relationship has to built with the machine.
As for me, there will be the many endless laps spent and a great bond built with the RS4 throughout the rolling hills of Infineon Raceway and beyond.
I took these photographs to capture what will be the last of a brand new B7 RS4. I will continue to showcase original content in order to be your top source for Portland Oregon Audi.
Well, for anyone who doesn’t already know, I Am Audi is heading to Shanghai first thing this morning! We are off to visit Kansas’s brother and see the world through his eyes, which will inevitably be an amazing trip!! We can’t wait to show everyone our pictures and capture some Audi’s from that side of the world, but mostly we can’t wait for the food! Hope everyone has a great two weeks – we will be updating the site when we can. Enjoy!
As if the 2010 Supercharged Audi S4 was not enough STaSIS, one of the premiere performance specialists has made it even more capable. With the ability to out handle a Porsche GT3 and pick up your family from the airport the 2010 Audi S4 could be pretty close to the perfect balance. Look at the statistics below and see for your self what can be done with the right vehicle, Audi Wilsonville & Sunset Audi of Beaverton are the exclusive STaSIS distributor and installer in the Portland area, call us with any questions.
“The driver of this Audi R8 was involved in a police chase after a domestic dispute with his wife somewhere in Germany. The police ended up shooting 37 times at the car. Somehow, the guy survived even after being shot 4 times.” The source of this article is Wrecked Exotics a pretty entertaining website if your into that sort of thing. Its like Lil Wyane says in the song “If I Die Today” – “I gotta Chopper in the Car!”, the owner of the R8 should have listened.
Well as always after Audi introduces a new vehicle they will inevitably introduce the S-Line Model. The S-Line model is the Sport model and the Q5 was no exception. Audi nailed the look of the new S-Line Q5 with the 20 inch wheels wrapped in a sport tire; just keep in mind it will not handle quite as well in the wet. Here in the North West we do get snow and rain, almost more commonly than sun so a second set of tires would be nice if you plan on driving up to the mountain. Now in most cases I would choose the S-Line over the standard model Audi, like the A4 and the Audi A5 however, with the Q5 and its diverse capabilities the standard model works great. Some of the touches I do like on the S-Line Q5 are the paddle shifters on the steering wheel and the contemporary look of the brushed aluminum over the wood trim. As you all have probably noticed I love Audi and no matter what model you throw my way I will inevitably enjoy the change and the progress and growth of the Audi Brand.
The New for 2009 Q5 will be Audi’s first cross over sport utility. The Audi Q5 will combine the sporty dynamic of a sedan and the versatility of a utility vehicle. Being offered at first with a potent and fuel efficient 3.2L FSI engine, Quattro all-wheel drive and a multi-functional interior. This on and off road vehicle is loaded with technology without ever sacrificing comfort and drivabiliy. The new Q5 is perfect for anyone who needs functionality without sacrificing fun. I should also mention, even before being releaed into the market, the Q5 has won the Golden Steering Wheel Award. The Q5 will be available the first quarter of 2009 for pre-orders or for more information feel free to “Contact Me Here” and I will get back to you.
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If the Devil drove an Audi, this would be it, the Underground Racing Twin Turbo V10 R8! This has to be one of the most sinister looking Audi’s to ever come out of a tuner shop and without question it can back that look up with mind boggling performance. Watch the video of this Twin Turbo Audi R8 and listen to it scream, we promise you’ll be impressed by its acceleration and the digital speedometer climbing in increments of 8-10 MPH even past 120 MPH. We cant see what you come out with next Underground Racing, keep up the great work! #WantAnR8
Happy Friday!!! We thought it fitting to remind everyone that the snow season is upon us and that soon mountains everywhere will be open for Ski season!! Of course, you can disregard this message if you already have a mountain near you ready to rock… but we just can’t contain our excitement! This Audi RS4 Avant is the perfect ride to get you where you need to be, and in this bright blue color, you will be sure to be seen along the way! Enjoy your weekend and thanks for another great week!
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When did Lexus start building super cars? Maybe the more appropriate question is, have they? When I first heard about Lexus LFA I thought of LOL (laugh out loud for those living on another planet). And laugh, is the first thing I did when I saw the LFA. It looks like different people designed every body panel and then decided to put them together. A little Corvette, some MR2 and a dash of Ferrari, but not one creative line on the entire car and even with the sexy concept, the final product just does not work. The decision is unanimous for me; Audi takes the cake here without even much contest! What do you think?
First off, we just want to say a big Thank You! – we could not have done it without all of your support. Today I Am Audi surpassed 1,000 Likes on its Facebook Page! We are very proud of this accomplishment and want everyone to know how much this means to us – it means the World! We are happy to share this day with all of you and can’t wait to hit the next milestone with all of you!!!
Have you ever been late for dinner because you were stuck in traffic? Never again – with Audi’s Live Drive Traffic Updates! This system offers up-to-date traffic information right at your finger tips. So before you leave the office or your house in the morning, you’ll know the quickest route there! Audi offers a free three month subscription on new cars with 3G navigation. We’re so sure you’ll love it, you’ll want to extend the service and that is as simple as a phone call.
To extend the service after the trial period call Sirus Care at: 1-888-539-7474
This morning we got all the details from UK Autoblog on the unfortunate at accident at the 2010 Race of Champions, UK Autoblog said “Formula One driver Heikki Kovalainen lost control of the Audi R8 GT he was driving at the Race of Champions on Saturday and smashed straight through the wall between the two tracks. It is hard to say which came off worse of the wall or the car, but thankfully Heikki was able to emerge unscathed after the incident. Fellow F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher finished as the eventual winners of the whole competition, which took place in Dusseldorf over the weekend. The video below shows the moment Heikki loses control while heading down the straight.” Kovalainen, though shaken up and unconscious is recovering well from the accident.
Thank you Daily Mail – UK for the images used.
We don’t write very much about the Audi Q7 and we really should. Check out this bad-ass rig that’s actually decent on gas. It might just be the perfect pairing of industrial strength and classic luxury, with a touch of new economy intuition! The Q7 V12 TDI really is a trifecta of epic proportion. We dare you to find anything that compares!! Have a great day everyone and be very sad that this beast is only available for our European friends.
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A gorgeous Portland fall day… we are truly lucky to be enjoying sunshine so close to November!
For every trim combination or color combination you could ever dream up from Aviator Blue, Ash natural brown, Bamboo inlays, sport, S-Line or Titanium – you can have it for the 2012 Audi A6 . These options come from Germany, so there is no guarantee that you can get them all in the US – but some of these options are just amazing! Audi really spares no imagination in thinking of some of these configuration’s – these are truly some of the best of the best! Take a look and let us know which ones are your favorites!
Truth in 24 documents the Audi racing team and their pursuit to win their fifth consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans. This documentary captures all the excitement of this nearly devade-old race and the teams trying to win it. Truth In 24 airs nationally on ESPN Friday March 20th, 2009 at 8:00 PM Eastern time. Make sure to check your local listings because Truth in 24 is not something you want to miss.
I wanted to share the Truth In 24 trailer so no one misses this Le Mans documentary. I will continue to showcase exciting content in order to be your top source for Portland Audi.
Not surprisingly the folks at Audi are always trying to think of new ways to share the Audi experience through social channels. Most recently a campaign on Twitter: #RemarkableAudi aims at having professionals that love the brand share their stories. It is this type of forward thinking that we think makes Audi stand out from most others, not only in the cars themselves, but the people who love them. Check out Photographer Jim Fets take on this; and our favorite line, referring to the new Audi S8 as “rolling architecture.” We couldn’t agree more and we can’t wait to see what keeps rolling in from the very creative and talented minds of Audi lovers worldwide! Be sure to check out the video and let us know what you think. Have a great day!
A few weeks ago we wrote an article highlting Channing Frye and his new 2011 Audi A8L titled – Channing Frye – The Rising Sun . Today some close friends of ours Mr. Diggles & Brino headed down to Phoenix to celebrate how well Channing is playing (if you missed the Suns vs: Lakers game, triple overtime – it was amazing!) We asked Channing how he was liking his new Audi and he told us “I love my Audi, I had always been into Mercedes but this is so much nicer from the handling to the way the car feels inside, it is all around the best and most fun car I have ever had”
We then asked Channing if anyone else on the Phoenix Suns drives an Audi? He laughed and said “I’m not really sure but they’ve all asked to drive my new A8 after practice, seriously they all want to try Audi” We figure its time everyone on the team drives an Audi. Well Portland misses you Channing and we are always excited for when you play at the Rose Garden. We love your Audi A8L as we love your wife’s 2011 Audi Q7 – It’s awesome your a 2 Audi family!
The Torque Report just published this article on the ABT tuned Audi Q3 – looks to us like they did an awesome job! The German tuning company ABT Sportsline has unveiled its latest tuning kit for the Audi Q3 crossover. The kit includes a new front grille, bumper with large air inlets, rocker panels, a rear apron that features quad tail pipes and a rear spoiler. ABT also provides power upgrades to the Q3’s engine lineup. The 2.0L TSI engine gets a bump in horsepower from 211-hp to 250-hp, while the 170-hp version gets a power upgrade to 210-hp. The 140 horsepower 2.0L TDI engine gets 170 horsepower and the 177 horsepower 2.0L TDI puts out 195 horsepower. ABT also adds a new lowered suspension and there are various wheel options ranging from 18 to 20-inches. There’s still no official word if the U.S. will ever get the Audi Q3.
A picture says 1,000 words and with all the social opportunities around us like Facebook , Twitter and Youtube , it can be difficult to decide where to invest your time. We have a new recommendation!! No matter what your flavor – check out Instagram and of course, I Am Audi on Instagram ! Instagram is constant feed of images being uploaded all the time from around the world. I Am Audi + Instagram = Audigram! So if your into Audi’s like we are make sure to follow us – we promise never to disappoint!!
Like every open-top Audi the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro has a cloth top – an uncompromising solution for a high-performance sports car. The soft top’s approximate weight is a mere 66.14 lb; it thus keeps the vehicle’s total weight and center of gravity low. The top takes up little space when open and is a harmonious design element when closed. It tapers off to two slim fins extending to the trailing edge of the car, emphasizing the elongated silhouette.
The electrohydraulic soft top opens and closes in 19 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 31.07 mph. When opened, it folds like a Z into its storage compartment over the V10 engine. The compartment cover opens and closes automatically. The heated glass window, which is separate from the cloth top, is lowered into the bulkhead. It can be independently raised and lowered at the press of a switch, with the top up or down. An additional net-like wind deflector comes standard and can be latched into the bulkhead behind the seats in two easy steps says RS Sports Cars – by far one of my favorite non Audi websites to get the straight facts.
We love this fantastic picture! Perhaps that is because we can relate to what this looks like on a pretty much weekly basis here in the Pacific Northwest – but we have to say that if we had these cars waiting outside our door for us, we would brave the rain too and be taking them for a spin!! Anyone else have any rainy day Audi pictures they would care to share?? Have a great day – and enjoy the lack of rain we are having!!
I Am Audi was off the grid for a while and for that we apologize, but now we’re back! Mysteriously our listing was removed from Google places as #1 for Portland Audi – It stands to reason no one likes to be second! I Am Audi is on Four Square so if your in the SW Waterfront or in the Portland area make sure to check in on your cell phone. Thank you everyone for all of your support, lets make 2011 a big year!!!
Valeo’s Tri-Xenon lighting technology is being launched as a world first on the new Audi Q7. In addition to traditional high and low beams, the module has a “highway” function activated at 115 km/h which doubles the range of conventional Xenon low beams (from 80 m to 140 m), without dazzling other drivers.
Please don’t hate me I am just going sharing what I found and giving my opinion. AOL Autos published an article from a study done by Dr. Wolf of Germany’s Ruhr University on how men are “better” at parking them women. Now I don’t think it is fair to say that men are better simply because they park quicker then women, as long as they both get the job done then I have to say they are equal. Alright I have only been married for two years so I want to make sure the door is unlocked when I get home. Read the article for yourselves, thank you Ruhr University for choosing to conduct this study in the worlds #1 selling mid-sized vehicle, the Audi A6.
Good Morning Everyone! And happy Monday! There’s plenty to be happy about this week; like Thanksgiving, a short work-week, and of course, the silly season fast approaching! We thought this matte black Audi RS3 could serve as a useful reminder regarding Black Friday, and that no item is worth fighting each other over… Nope, we cant think of one. We happened to witness a fight over a turkey yesterday and it got us thinking about all the things we have to be grateful for, and the fact we love this season so much, yet it seems to bring out the worst in people more often than it should. So, let us know what you are thankful for, and remember, the true spirit of the season is all about giving, not decking someone for the last turkey or 75% off some useless item you likely won’t be using the week after the holidays anyways. Have a great day!!
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We are spending some time up in Canada so I am super relaxed and going to speak freely. Undoubtedly I am so happy that Audi took the gold at Le Mans, “Vorsprung Durch Technik” took on a life of its own and the Brand is stronger then ever. Leading up to Le Mans my heart was filled with excitement knowing Audi was putting their best foot forward with Social Media and doing everything possible to promote the Le Mans. How brave a company is to create an application for a race they might not win, Audi took a chance with the iPad app. As we found leading up to this years Le Mans people love interaction, people love standing for something and people love the social aspect of their passion. So why is this article titled “Time To Drink Your Own Koolaid?” It’s simple – The brand itself is so far ahead of the retail level in terms of the peoples impression of the company. Why do dealers discourage social media, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and any other form of interaction with people? You may think this is crazy, you may not believe this, but at one time I worked for an Audi store that banned laptops and any use of wireless internet, why??? It seems to me that Audi should insist, like any other brand standard, that their stores utilize all technology available and interact with clientele on every level. The industry is changing and if dealers continue to let their Facebook, Twitter and Youtube accounts run stagnant, they will suffer. Audi, I commend you for being at the forefront, however I ask why do you let dealers fail when it comes to something as important as social media? I would love to hear back from anyone who works at a store that discourages or simply ignores the world of social media and from anyone that works at a store, that has found success in social media and how they have done it.
Audi gave owners of Apple’s iPad a chance to attend last weekend’s “24 Hours of Le Mans” auto race. At least virtually. The effort made Audi sponsor of real-time race coverage on SkyGrid, an app that aggregates real-time news for the Apple tablet. Audi has won the race eight times in the past eight years and has promoted its involvement with such efforts as an NFL Films and Chicago-based Intersport-produced documentary, “Truth in 24.” The new program involved high-definition iPad content that included live streaming of the race from inside Audi’s three cars racing in the 24-hour event.
Doug Clark, general manager of social media and marketing for Audi, tells Marketing Daily that the automaker worked with Speed Channel to offer live coverage of the race for the five and a half hours that it was not on Speed TV. He says the in-car footage from the race was also be at AudiUSA.com. “We have had a history of looking for innovative ways to share our performance story; the iPad, with its large image, graphics and sounds, seemed an ideal place to marry Audi performance with the forward-thinking folks who find iPad interesting
Well to start with we are spending some time up in Canada so I am going to speak freely. I am so happy that Audi was victorious at Le Mans “vorsprung durch technik” came to life! Audi
technology,” he says, adding that the concurrent FIFA games won’t have an impact on peoples’ interest in the race. “Motorsports fans will tune into Le Mans, and given the fact that that it goes for 24 hours and soccer is a lot less, you can capture both.”
The race began on Saturday at 3 p.m. in central Europe (9 a.m. Eastern). Clark says Audi’s branding at the Live at Le Mans section of SkyGrid’s platform was on two places with Audi-specific content. “One is where you are able to see the 5.5 hours of coverage from Speed and can then, through that area, get to some of the Audi of America content. The other is in-car coverage. Per Clark, over 100,000 have SkyGrid. A spokesperson at Audi of America says Audi last year scaled back its presence in U.S. versions of Le Mans because of the economy. “We have increased our participation, but are not full bore to where we were two years ago.”
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This shit is so funny! Not a lot to do with Audi although, it’s always nice to see one, especially being cleaned! Haven’t seen Bridesmaids yet – but Melissa McCarthy is pretty funny! “Melissa McCarthy is announcing the Primetime Emmy Nominations live this Thursday and she’s freaking out. For advice, she turns to her predecessor Joel McHale. He puts her through training that includes folding his laundry, washing his Audi , getting punched in the face, and chasing a chicken. Why? Only he knows.”