Tailgating Gadgets: Make Your Next Pre-Game Celebration a Touchdown

Football season is officially here, which means lots of you out there are probably gearing up for some tailgating sessions in your very near future. Are we right?

Though the tradition of tailgating at sporting events is nothing new, it has over the years developed into quite a phenomenon – and is now more a part of American culture than ever. Over time, this sports pre-game celebration has morphed into an affair that includes barbecuing, friendship-making, beverage-swigging, game-playing, recipe-exchanging, music-playing, and lots of merrymaking!

To get the art of tailgating just right, (yes, it’s an art according to the American Tailgater’s Association), you need to plan and pack accordingly. Before you hop in the car to watch your favorite team toss the pigskin this season, be sure to pack these awesome tailgating gadgets.

igrill thermometer

Grill to Perfection

It wouldn’t be a tailgate without your favorite grilled delicacies cooked to perfection on the barbecue. The iGrill² is an advanced Bluetooth Smart grilling thermometer that lets you know from your mobile device when your food is ready by connecting to the iDevices® Connected App. It includes two heavy-duty meat probes, measuring between -22°F and 572°F, designed for extreme grilling and smoking. Leave the probe in the meat while it cooks, and the iGrill²  will summon you back from your tailgating activities when it’s ready!


ION Tailgater

Tune In or Sing Your Heart Out

Whether you want to set the stone for your group with some festive music or you want to keep tabs on the game, the ION Tailgator AM/FM Portable Speaker System with 30-pin iPod dock has you covered. Plug in your iPhone or Ipod playlist or tune in your favorite sports radio station.



tailgater hammock

Take a Load Off

Relax in these dual tailgater’s hammocks, which set up on a trailer hitch. The 600-denier polyester hammock chairs have hanging footrests, so tailgaters can kick back and recline in comfort. What’s more, they store easily for portability and transportation.




Backpack-Cooler-ChairKeep Everything Conveniently Accessible

This multi-functional backpack cooler chair is the perfect addition to your next tailgating event. The chair features a cooler that attaches to the left armrest and has high-density closed cell foam insulation that will keep either 24 12-oz drinks or 35 lbs worth of food cold for hours. It also includes a side table  that folds out from the right armrest and has an integrated cup holder and a two-tiered under mounted canvas shelf that provides convenient storage for reading material and snacks. The chair and cooler can be conveinently transported as a backpack.


blacktop 360Barbecue on the Go

Get on your way to barbecuing bliss with the Blacktop 360 Premium Party Hub Grill. It’s got everything you need to get your grill on; cook burgers, hot dogs, and fries all in one place with this combination deep fryer, grill, griddle, and warming plate set-up. Featuring a cutting board, 452 square inches of porcelain-coated cooking space, and 24,000 BTU’s total cooking power!


go plateEat While You Play

We know you don’t want to miss out on a moment of tailgating fun. The handy go-plate lets you enjoy your food and drink, while keeping one hand free to play some corn hole. Just slide the plate over your can, bottle, or plastic cup, load up your plate, and you’re good to go!



hitchnview03Bring the Game to You

For those times you want to tailgate but don’t have tickets to the game, you need the Hitch’N’View. Weighing in at just 14 lbs for convenient transportation, it securely attaches to your vehicle for your game-viewing pleasure. Watching your favorite team has never been easier – they’re practically within arm’s reach!





We hope this gives you some ideas for how to kick this seasons’ tailgating up a notch! As always, Hoffman Auto Group reminds you to drive safely and responsibly. That means never drink and drive!




In Loving Memory – Joseph C. Borawski

joe borawski

Joseph C. Borawski * 1953 – 2014

The entire Hoffman Auto Group family is saddened to announce the passing of Joseph Borawski, a beloved long-time employee and friend who served as a technician for Hoffman Porsche. Joe dedicated 33 years to serving Hoffman customers as a courteous and genuine professional. Joe was taken from us unexpectedly and much too soon on September 3rd. He was a loving husband, beloved friend and dedicated coworker. He was passionate about his work and was particularly fond of the air-cooled Porsche. Joe was an avid fan of the UConn Huskies basketball and football teams as well as the New England Patriots. He will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Joseph’s funeral service will be held Sunday, September 7 at 4 p.m. at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington, preceded by calling hours from 2 to 4 p.m. at Newington Memorial.

Memorial donations may be made to Protectors of Animals, 144 Main St., East Hartford, CT 06118.

To share a memory with Joseph’s family, please visit www.newingtonmemorial.com.

Hoffman Audi East Hartford’s New Robot Featured on Fox61

MU9A0005Jim Altman, from FoxCT news, visited Hoffman Audi East Hartford on Tuesday, August 26 to see ART in action. Take a look at the Fox61 news story here.

We recently introduced you to our new “employee” named ART (Audi Robotic Telepresence). Our state of the art technology provides instant access to Audi engineers when the occasion arises that needs additional troubleshooting. You can see our recent post about ART here.

10 Easy DIY Projects to Organize Your Car

If you’re like us, between weekend road trips, days at the beach, and the constant traffic of small feet and paws, summer has done a number on our vehicles. Now’s the time to get ‘em back in tip-top shape again!

We’ve scoured the web for the best DIY projects to organize your car, and though there were many, we think these 10 take the cake. Reclaim your car interior (and your sanity!) with these top recommendations.

1. Corral Paperwork in One Fell Swoop

via Elementary Organization blog

via Elementary Organization blog

Free up precious glove compartment, floor, and seat space in favor of an accordian file that holds all of your pertinent car paperwork (think: registration and insurance papers, maps, receipts for automobile services, coupons, etc). Store your folder under your front passenger seat for easy retrieval!



2. Compartmentalize Your Kids’ Stuff


via IHeartOrganizing blog


via IHeartOrganizing blog







We LOVE this compact method for organizing all your “kid things”. Simply use mesh bags to store and visibly organize everything from games to snacks to crafts to first aid items and more. Stow it all in a sturdy basket for safekeeping and accessibility.

3. Repurpose a Dollar Store Shoe Organizer

Shoe Organizer turned Baby Organizer via Decor-ganizeCrafts.com

via Decor-ganizeCrafts.com

We were also amazed by the simple genius of this dollar store shoe organizer.

Use these small shoe organizers, which can be found at your local Dollar Store, for housing baby/toddler essentials like sippy cups, sunscreen, extra diapers, baby wipes, and more.

With everything in arm’s reach, you can put the kibosh on any mishaps before they occur.




Car trash idea via Budget101.com

Car trash idea via Budget101.com

4. Use a cereal canister as a mini trash receptacle

Line a cereal canister with a plastic shopping bag and VOILA! You’ve got makeshift trash bin.

Wrappers and receipts on the floor? Not anymore!

And it’s so easy to just remove the plastic bag and get rid of the trash. Even a kid could do it…..maybe! (probably depending on their mood…)




Reuse coffee creamer canisters as snack containers (via StockPilingMoms.com)

via StockPilingMoms.com

5. Simple Snack Storage

There’s nothing worse than a cranky, hungry kid (or adult, for that matter) when you’re stuck in traffic.

Keep hankerings at bay by storing snacks in your car. Use a leftover CoffeeMate creamer for holding small munchies like Cheerios or Goldfish. The pourable spout makes noshing a breeze. Keep items fresh with the snap of a cap!




via Lookie What I Did blog

via Lookie What I Did blog

6. Fast Food Caddy

For those crazy-busy days (e.g. long days at the office, road trips, shepherding kids to and from sports practices and lessons) that necessitate a down-and-dirty fast food run, this shower caddy-turned-meal holder is fantastic.

You’ll never have to worry about finding that rogue, months-old french fry buried in the seat again!



via Tater Tots and Jello blog

via Tater Tots and Jello blog

7. Shopping Bag Central

Use empty baby wipe containers to store your surplus shopping bags (because let’s face it, they ALWAYS come in handy).

Just  stick on some cute contact paper and throw it in the glove box for safe keeping!



via MeMakeyThings.com

via MeMakeyThings.com

8. Organize Your Console

A desk or purse organizer easily doubles as a console command station.

Use this handy organizer to keep your wallet, phone, lip gloss, lotion, brush, and other necessities right where you need them – no fishing necessary!



via Power Home Solutions blog

via Power Home Solutions blog

9. Harness the Power of Command Hooks

Command hooks – aka one of the greatest organizing inventions known to man – need not be restricted to only home projects.

Use them inside your car to keep your purse, umbrella, and shopping bags in order.






via Life of a Modern Mom

via Life of a Modern Mom

10. Be Prepared for Emergencies

And last but not least, ward off anything that comes your way by creating your own Car Emergency Kit. All you need to make yours is a clear plastic container and lid (find one at Target, Wal-Mart, etc) and a label maker. Here are some ideas for items to include: flashlight, batteries, duct tape, general First-Aid kit, matches, hat/gloves/socks, jumper cables, tire gauge, Swiss Army knife, hand warmers, blanket, water bottles, kleenex, poncho, glow stick, hand sanitizer, etc).

So what are you waiting for? Start spinning those DIY wheels and you’ll be in organized car heaven before you know it!

Retro Family Road Trip Games…No Electricity Required

family road trip hands It may seem hard to believe but back before the Dawn of Digital, parents kept their kids entertained on long drives to Disney, Yellowstone, Ocean City, and Sesame Place without the assistance of built-in DVD players, cell phones, iPads, video game consoles, and the like. Impossible, you say?

It’s not only possible (after all, our parents and their parents managed well enough), but we highly encourage it as a way to unplug from the constant electronic stimulation in our lives and engage with loved ones.

Why not use your vacation trek as an opportunity to spend some quality time with your family – instead of as isolated icebergs who just happen to all be sharing a vehicle?

Here are 10 ideas to keep your kids occupied en route to your destination – no electricity required.

  1. I Spy: So simple, yet so entertaining. One person picks something from their surroundings and the other people in the car has to guess what that thing is. The person picking the object says to the group “I spy with my little eye something” that’s a certain color (e.g. “I spy something with my little eye something that is blue”). Whoever correctly guesses what the other person spies gets to go next. You can limit the items to what’s in the vehicle or make things a bit harder and play I Spied, selecting items that you’ve already passed.
  2. The Car Next Door: Take turns inventing stories about the people in the car next to yours. Where are they from and where are they going? What do they do for a living? What’s their favorite food? Get really specific, giving them names, hobbies, pets, and so on. Take a vote on whose story is most fascinating.
  3. License Plate Bingo: Every passenger gets a bingo card with different state license plates (check Pinterest for some free templates). Players cross off a square when they pass a state license plate; whoever gets 5 in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally first wins the round.
  4. 20 Questions: One player thinks of a famous person, place, or thing (you can pick a theme for the group if you like, e.g. famous rock stars). Everyone else getsto ask the player 20 questions, which the player can only respond “Yes” or “No” to. Whoever guesses correctly gets to go next.
  5. Hum that Tune: One person hums the tune to a song of their choice, and the rest of the group has to guess what that song is. If you guess the song correctly, the turn passes to you.Globetrotting car holiday vacation
  6. GHOST: Player 1 says a letter out loud, followed by Player 2, Player 3, and so on, alternating letters to spell out a word (for instance, Player 1: C, Player 2: L, Player 3: 0, Player 1: S, Player 2: E). Whoever cannot avoid finishing off the word (Player 2 in the above scenario) gets a “G”, followed by an “H”, and so forth. The player that spells out “GHOST” first loses.
  7. Alphabet Game: Players try to see if they can find letters from highway signs (excluding license plates). Whoever can complete the alphabet first wins.
  8. I’m Going on a Picnic: This alphabet-based memory game starts when the first player says “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…” followed by something that begins with the letter “A” (e.g. apples). The second player must repeat what Player 1 said and then add something that begins with a “B”. The game continues through the alphabet with each person repeating everything that has been said in order alphabetically. If someone forgets, they are out. The game ends when the alphabet is completed.
  9. Spot the Car: This is a fun version of a scavenger hunt for families with older kids. Instead of looking for different license plates, see if you can spot different car models. You can find a printable game sheet here.
  10. Journey Journal: Buy cheap journals (or use plain notebooks or create your own journal easily using construction paper, a hole punch, and yarn) and have your kids draw pictures of what they see on the drive toward your destination. You can even bring along some magazines, glue, and scissors, and let them cut and paste pictures into their journals illustrating what they’ve seen along the way (e.g. cars, horses, trees, etc).

So pack your cooler with some yummy snacks, load your luggage, strap your kiddos in, and take this list of fun road games with you. You’ll be in vacation paradise before you know it!