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In my younger days I was ambitious because I wanted to enrich my own life and that of those I loved and cared about – friends and family. I succeeded and I’m grateful for the opportunities that allowed me to do so.
Nowadays, I’m ambitious because I want to enrich the lives of others. I want an opportunity to be the best boss in the world. I want to hire people for jobs they enjoy and find stress free, at least for the most part.
I want to give my employees daily missions – and if those missions are accomplished early, congratulate them and ask why they’re still sitting at their desk on a sunny day in South Florida while the beach is calling their name – and send them on their way – with a full day’s pay…
I hope to provide education through experience as well as opportunities that unlock the financial capability of furthering their education outside of our office. I hope to mentor young, ambitious people who have a desire to succeed in reaching their goals – and achieving their dreams…
These are some of the things that keep me “driven” today. I hope to achieve these goals through “Cars Connected” – which I’ve been working on for several years now.
As of 2017 I now have a business partner, two employees and one more on the way. I’m still working toward the goal of having a brick and mortar office, hiring lots of ambitious people, and making my new aforementioned dreams come true – which in turn makes their dreams come true…
When we started Cars Connected we didn’t want to be another Facebook – or the same as every other social network out there. We intended for this place to actually bring automobile enthusiasts together – in real life – in real time. You know – to meet, shake hands, race, look at nice cars in person. We do realize that some of you want Clubs that ALL the members of your organization can participate in – and we’re thinking of a way to introduce this into Cars Connected without disrupting the flow of our original concept – of actually bringing people together…
Perhaps our Club owners can build state-specific “chapters” of their clubs in Cars Connected – and then we can LINK them all together in an upcoming version. So fear not. We’re listening to your ideas and we’re thinking of new ways to make your experience at Cars Connected second to none…
I feel we often go to large world-wide social networks like Twitter and Facebook to interact with like-minded individuals because we don’t realize how many of those people are actually right in own back yard. It’s our belief that if we provide the right platform for you to meet these individuals all around you – you’ll feel less inclined to search outside your general vicinity FOR them.
In any event – stay tuned! And thank you so much for installing our app – and using it! It’s been a long and extremely challenging road to get where we are right now. And it would NOT be worth the trouble without you… Spread the word! It’s only going to get better…
Sal Colascione III
Founder, Cars Connected
I’m a car nut. A genuine, certified (if certification were possible) car nut. A true automobile “enthusiast”. A lot of people say the same thing about themselves, but most of the time that’s not exactly accurate. Not that there’s anything WRONG with that – it’s just something “different”. Me? I love ALL cars. I can find something I like about ANY automobile on the road. Even a Yugo.
Most people like the make or model THEY own. I see it all the time. People calling themselves automobile enthusiasts – yet hating cars like the Dodge Challenger/Charger Hellcat. If you’re a true automobile enthusiast – you cannot hate the Hellcat. Period. Same goes for “enthusiast cars” like the twin turbo Toyota Supra, Nissan 300ZX or Mazda RX7. If you can’t appreciate somebody modifying an Acura Integra Type R, twin turbo Audi S4, Camaro SS or Mustang GT – how can you be an automobile enthusiast?
Even so, I still find it AWESOME to see people so passionate about the make or model THEY own. The only thing different about me, as an enthusiast, is I like my car, your car, his car and her car. I like them all… I like the lowrider with the thirteen inch wheels. I like the car with the twenty-five inch spinners. I like cars from Japan, Germany, of course America, Australia, China, Russia, India. I like sports cars, luxury cars, full-size SUVs, wagons (or Avants) and everything in between.
I like automobiles (I’ll just call them “cars” from now on) so much that I’ve got a bunch of websites and forum communities dedicated to all kinds of makes and models. And now I’m finally finished (I use that word lightly) developing an “app” for car nuts like us.
You don’t need to be an “enthusiast” – all you need to do is like cars. Your own, somebody else’s, one you might own in the future, or one you simply WANT. My app is sort of a way for me to keep my finger on the pulse of everything “car” related. It keeps me “connected” with all of you. Because whether you’re a true enthusiast or not – you’re passionate about cars – and that’s very cool in my book…
Originally I came up with the app idea because I was home alone on a Thursday night while my wife was visiting family out of state. I looked for meets and shows online and came up empty. I really WISHED there was an app out there that would help me find other enthusiasts online and either meet up for an event or, perhaps, create one of my own and then invite all the car nuts around me.
Since there’s nothing out there like this – I had to create it. It’s been almost three years in the making and it’s finally ready (at least for the most part). If you don’t have an iOS or Android device you could always check things out at our very BETA website: https://carsconnected.com (the “true design” isn’t quite ready yet). You might have already guessed, it’s called Cars Connected. Cars Connected brings car lovers together in real life – in real time. Of course, it’s free.
Once you download the app you can see what’s going on with other enthusiasts everywhere as they post status updates to the community – sort of like Twitter or Facebook. When you sign up you’ll see what’s going on in YOUR general vicinity – which is determined in your settings. If you leave everything as is it’ll show you what’s going on within a 300 mile radius.
You can create a profile for yourself and then sub profiles for your vehicle(s).
When things get going and I can actually start marketing the app to everyone – you’ll see a list of local clubs. Join a club and you’ll get to see what’s going on inside (pictures, videos, meets, status updates, etcetera). Or create and manage a club of your own. It’s easy.
The same goes for local events. You’ll see a list of events going on in the area. RSVP and you’ll have the same access to see discussions, pictures, videos and more. Or start your own event, meet, car show – whatever. It’s easy.
There’s a spot for local classified ads too.
When clubs or events are created in your area (within that radius I mentioned) you can be notified if you want (check your settings). Same goes for classifieds…
Oh and my favorite – set your account as “Race Track Ready”. This will throw up a racing flag and let other people in the area know you’re looking for a race. Of course, “race track” is the key term here. No street racing, people…
All that being said, the iPhone app, Android app and website are up and running but are constantly being improved. We only just launched and there’s a few bugs here and they’re that we’re working on RIGHT NOW. I took a quick break to write up this message as I’m excited to see everything beginning to come together.
Anyway. Check it out! Give it a shot. It’s a REALLY cool app and there’s a LOT more interesting features coming your way. Trust me. You’ll like what’s coming. But I think you’ll love what’s already in place…
Let me know what you think!
Cars Connected was originally perceived on Thursday, October 1st of 2009. The next day, the domain name carsconnected.com was purchased. The site was originally run on social networking software very similar to Facebook.
On December 31st of 2011, I decided to shift most of the attention from the “web” and go mainly “mobile” with apps for iPhone and Android smart phones. After several months of planning and strategizing, app development began on July 8th of 2012.
On August 28th of 2013, Cars Connected was approved in Apple’s App Store – though iOS 8 came about shortly after and that meant lots of code changes. On February 4th of 2014 – Cars Connected was officially approved for iOS 8 – and we consider this “day one” of our new automotive social network.
On December 31st of 2014, Cars Connected was approved in Google Play. Since then we’ve lightly marketed both versions to get real world testing before going full blast in the second quarter of 2015. Until then we’re working on making improvements to stability and user experience as much as possible.
It’s taken well over 5 years bringing Cars Connected from concept to reality. I hope you download the app, use it and enjoy it. While we do have a website at carsconnected.com for a “desktop” experience – the final design has not yet been implemented. We’re working on it…
I’ve been spending a majority of my time on the weekends going around to local car shows and capturing the diverse car scene in South Florida for Cars Connected. It is amazing to see the level of passion that us local enthusiasts have for this hobby. We spend countless hours working on our cars through blood, sweat and beers only to wake up early Sunday morning to share our automotive endeavors over coffee. It’s a passion that few understand but the beauty of it is that anyone can appreciate a well-crafted automobile.