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Petrolheadonism Live pulls in to Knebworth House

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Petrolheadonism Live

Petrolheadonism Live is the brand new, ultimate celebration of all things automotive. The huge two-day family event, set in the beautiful grounds of Knebworth House in Stevenage on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September 2021, will welcome up to 10,000 people per day and bring over 1,000 cars together, including Supercars, Classics, Americana, Highly Modified and much more. Guests will be awestruck at the Hypercar Enclosure with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a stunning selection of exclusive, cutting-edge cars worth over £50 million.

What’s happening at Petrolheadonism Live?

With special guests including Guest of Honour, Richard Rawlings (owner of Gas Monkey Garage and star of Discovery’s Fast ‘n’ Loud TV show) flying in from the USA for his first ever UK automotive event, the Lewis Hamilton Petronas Formula One Simulator, the Superbike enclosure, free entry to Knebworth’s adventure playground, and a host of other entertainment, this is an unmissable weekend for petrol heads and their families.

Petrolheadonism Live has well over 50 car clubs already confirmed to attend. Enthusiasts will be able to engage with car owners to learn more about the incredible array of classics and modern classics on show. Then the Hypercar Enclosure awaits, featuring cars such as the Koenegsigg Regera worth £3.5m, the Mercedes 300SL Gullwing worth £4m, and the Ferrari F50 worth £1.65m to name but a few. Totalling over a staggering £50m of unforgettable, breath-taking cars, the Hypercar Enclosure presented by Zach’s Garage is a true highlight of the Petrolheadonism Live weekend.

Petrolheadonism Live

The Main Arena will provide entertainment throughout the event and hosts the ‘Petrolheadonism Elite 2021’ competition. Richard Rawlings will be on stage each day and will also judge the competition as seven incredible cars from seven different classes parade across the catwalk each day giving guests the chance to check out these elite cars up close.

Petrolheadonism Live: Guest of Honour Richard Rawlings

Richard Rawlings will be speaking on the Live Stage and making special guest appearances throughout the day, together with his much-loved sidekick, Big Chris. In 2002 Richard Rawlings opened Gas Monkey Garage creating automobiles for customers worldwide. The enterprise became the subject of Discovery Channel’s ‘Fast ‘n’ Loud’ series from 2012 – 2020 turning Rawlings into one of the global automotive scene’s biggest and most influential characters.

He now co-hosts Garage Rehab on Discovery and the Gas Monkey Garage brand extends across a variety of products and genres, even an energy drink. There’s no bigger name out there for petrolheads and his first ever UK car show is a special moment, not to be missed.

For those who have ever watched Lewis Hamilton race and declared ‘I could do that’, the Lewis Hamilton Petronas Formula One Simulator will be at the event. Guests can experience the same training regime as Lewis Hamilton himself and taste the thrilling speeds of Formula One.

The wonderful charity Sporting Bears will also be at Petrolheadonism Live, providing Dream Rides in some amazing cars to raise money for wishes that will be granted by Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity – every penny of every dream ride will add to the £2.5million the Sporting Bears have already raised to date.

There are few better locations than Knebworth House for Petrolheadonism Live. The event will take place right next to the Grade II listed, Tudor Gothic style country house, spreading out to its 250 acre deer park. Knebworth House has hosted huge concerts from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Oasis, and Elton John, and now prepares to welcome the UK’s most fanatical petrol heads and some of the world’s most spectacular and desirable cars.

For those guests bringing kids, the ticket includes on-site parking but also free entrance to the Knebworth adventure playground where kids can enjoy a zip wire, dinosaur trail with 70 life-sized dinosaurs, a maze, water features and much more. When it’s time to recharge the batteries there are plenty of street food and drinks traders on site (and a licensed bar for mum and dad).

Petrolheadonism Live tickets

Tickets for the two-day event cost just £39.50 + b/f (kids £15 + b/f) or £25 + b/f for one day (kids £11.50 + b/f). Available from Event Brite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/general-admission-spectator-tickets-petrolheadonism-live-tickets-157878804755

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The V1ce card review one year on: New interface and price changes

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V1CE Business cards replace traditional cards

When we do reviews, we tend not to go back but we thought we should for the V1ce Card given that we gave the business cards such a positive review. Our previous V1ce card review focused purely on the design and functionality of the card themselves. We have been using our cards for over a year and with news of a new interface and price changes, we felt it would be good to create the V1ce card review one year on.

TrendLife Magazine reviews V1CE Business Cards

V1ce card Prices

When we did our first V1ce card review, the entry card was the V1CE One Card is currently price at £25.00. The next card in the range wass the V1CE Transparent One Card and this was also priced at £25.00. The Walnut Bamboo ECO One Card was £39.99.

The Vice One card is now called the Add Your Name card and the price is £25. The V1CE Transparent One Card has been removed from the range and replace with a new selection of cards that include the Blue PVC One Card and the Red PVC One Card.

We reviewed the Walnut Bamboo ECO One Card which was £39.99. The price has remained the same but a new selection has been introduced which include:-

  • Bamboo ECO One Card – £39.99
  • Black Bamboo ECO One Card – £49.99
  • Sapele Bamboo ECO One Card – £39.99
  • Cherry Bamboo ECO One Card – £39.99

V1ce interface

In our first review, we didn’t show or talk about the interface in which you setup your Vice card. All your V1ce card settings are managed here. We haven’t beta tested the V1ce V2 interface but it looks visually better than the first already. We will do a comprehensive review and update on the new additions and bug fixes

V1ce V2 interface

V1ce card durability

We haven’t noticed any issues with readability and the cards we ordered have kept their appearance despite heavy use. No warping or loss of colour in the print. Aside from some scratches on the Metal Hybrid Card caused by a too many debit cards in a Secrid wallet. There are new style cards and new accessories in the range which you can view at v1ce.co.uk.

V1ce card discount codes

At the present moment, we don’t have any V1ce card discount codes but you could try using “TrendLife” in your checkout. Visit v1ce.co.uk to see what you can save.

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Bang & Olufsen Bicester Village opens in time for Christmas

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Bang & Olufsen Bicester Village

This week, on Saturday 12th November, Danish audio specialists, Bang & Olufsen, will open the doors to its latest boutique store at Bicester Village, the UK’s luxury open-air shopping destination. Joining a collection of over 160 leading global brands, the company aims to make the store a renowned shopping destination for the finest audio products on the market.

The Bang & Olufsen team has worked tirelessly over the recent months to ensure that the store will open with the very latest store concept, whilst adhering to the government guidelines put in place for retail in the wake of the recent COVID-19 lockdown. Upon entering the store, the distinctive interior is synonymous with the brand’s heritage and the aesthetic embodies Bang & Olufsen’s timeless Danish design philosophy – a sanctuary for any shopper.

Bang & Olufsen Bicester Village
Bang & Olufsen has been pioneering audio and video innovations since 1925 and has always had a strong presence across the UK. This latest store opening shows yet further commitment to providing customers with the opportunity to see, hear and feel the company’s iconic products.

Bang & Olufsen Bicester Village

“We are delighted to share the news of our new store in the year where we celebrate the brand’s 95th anniversary. The UK is one of our six core markets and strategically important for our growth strategy, and opening this new store indicates our ambition to continue to strengthen our presence, also in psychical retail, and further improve the experience for our UK customers,” says Scott Anderson, Director UK & Ireland at Bang & Olufsen.

We believe in providing interactive and memorable experiences for customers shopping for high-end audio and televisions. To do so effectively, we are committed to delivering these ingredients across both digital and physical environments. Customers are able to research our products on the Bicester Village website, place orders via the virtual shopping service and visit us in-store ” says Anderson.

James Simons, Head of Retail UK & Ireland at Bang & Olufsen adds, “Online has changed the retail landscape no question, but we believe an omnichannel approach is key to delivering the best customer experience. Customers will want to see our distinctive designs, immerse themselves with superior sound performance and feel the rich materials that set our products apart, with expert guidance on hand to help them with their requirements.”

Bang & Olufsen welcomes shoppers to their new store in Bicester Village. The doors will officially open at 09:00 on the 12th December 2020 and customers are invited in on the opening day to explore the new store and collect a complimentary memento.

In the first week of opening, all visitors to the store will be in with a chance to win the award winning Beoplay H9 active noise cancelling headphones. To enter, visitors will simply need to register their interest in receiving news and information about forthcoming product launches and events.

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