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Have a Great 4th of July Weekend

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IMG_0941The 4th of July is almost here, and hopefully you will be able to spend time with family and friends. We just wanted to take a few moments to thank all of you who supported our Spirit of Stahls team with donations to the Race Against Autism. Enjoy your weekend everyone. Be safe as you celebrate the birth of this great nation.

We couldn't have had such a smooth rally without the help of our Superman, Tony. Thank you for all your support and patience!

We couldn’t have had such a smooth rally without the help of our Superman, Tony. Thank you for all your support and patience!

Of the hundreds of photos we took, this is one of our favorites, taken in front of the Route 66 Museum.

Of the hundreds of photos we took, this is one of our favorites, taken in front of the Route 66 Museum.

The Stars and Stripes was not only popular with fans, it also received the Best in Show Award at the Great Race 2015.

The Stars and Stripes was not only popular with fans, it also received the Best in Show Award at the Great Race 2015.

Welcome Steve to GroupeSTAHL

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Please join us in welcoming Steve Bobowski to the GroupeSTAHL team.

Please join us in welcoming Steve Bobowski to the GroupeSTAHL team.

We are very pleased to announce the addition of Steven Bobowski as GroupeSTAHL Vice President of North American Sales. When we first met Steve, we weren’t surprised to learn he is ranked the #1 trainer in the world for the Dale Carnegie Sales Advantage and Leadership Programs. He is also a Certified Dale Carnegie instructor specializing in the “How to Win Friends and Influence People-Skills for Success” program. His friendly vibe and leadership skills, combined with decades of customer-driven experience make him the perfect fit to lead our North American sales team. Most recently, Steve was President of Equity Management, Inc., a top trademark licensing agency, whose client list includes General Motors and other Fortune 500 companies. Previous to EMI, Steve held senior management and sales positions at Playboy, Marvel Entertainment, Riddell and IAMS. And one more thing we really like about him, he was captain of the football team at Northwestern--where he graduated with a Masters in Management– and was voted Most Valuable Defensive Player! We’re looking forward to having you on our team now Steve. Welcome to GroupeSTAHL.

Heat Printing Showcase

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Mike Wacker printed these creative designs using FashionFilm Lite.

Mike Wacker printed these creative designs using FashionFilm Lite.

We’re back from the Great Race and want to catch up on what’s been going on with you while we were gone. Thanks to all of you that continue to share your work with us on Facebook, we really enjoy your creativity and dedication to heat printing excellence. What are you doing this summer to keep your customers happy? Here are a few photos that may inspire you. Looking for more ideas, tune in to StahlsTV.com for heat printing education and the latest in marketing ideas for your business.

Mike Wacker adds ThermoFILM numbers to t-shirts, creating an inexpensive uniform.

Mike Wacker adds ThermoFILM numbers to t-shirts, creating an inexpensive uniform.

Ronald Ramlogan uses Premium Plus to heat print custom aprons. (Client's name blocked out)

Ronald Ramlogan uses Premium Plus to heat print custom aprons. (Client’s name blocked out)

Kelley Trautwein Waltz uses Silver Shimmer for a fun summer camping pun.

Kelley Trautwein Waltz uses Silver Shimmer for a fun summer camping pun.

Mike Vestal Jr. uses a Roland Printer Cutter and Express print for these colorful and unique team shirts.

Mike Vestal Jr. uses a Roland Printer Cutter and Express print for these colorful and unique team shirts.

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Edward Schimmoeller shares a design made for a high school using white, black and red GlitterFlake.

These caps made by Gail Reeser will look great for the Fourth of July. Heat printed using GlitterFlake.

These caps made by Gail Reeser will look great for the Fourth of July. Heat printed using GlitterFlake.

 

California Dreaming!

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We made it! The Pacific Ocean breezes were so refreshing after the 100 degree temperatures in the desert.

We made it! The Pacific Ocean breezes were so refreshing after the 100 degree temperatures in the desert.

It’s official. The Great Race 2015 has come to an end. Our good friends Doug and Howard Sharp are the 2015 winners, with the best overall cumulative score. Congratulations to them on a well deserved finish, and to all the Great Race teams– it was an honor to have shared this experience and journey with you. Driving out on the pier was a fitting finale to the end of our 2400 mile journey from Kirkwood, Missouri. It was great to see all the fans welcoming us and cheering as we crossed the finish line. Later in the evening, we celebrated at the awards banquet, where Trevor and Josh accepted their award for finishing first in the Rookie Class and the Stars and Stripes won Best in Show. But they wouldn’t have even finished the race if it hadn’t been for all the help we received in fixing the transmission, especially from team Sharp. That’s what the spirit of the Great Race is really all about. Ride, repair, repeat. We can’t wait to experience it again next year. Thank you to everyone who supported us along the way and who followed along on the adventure. We also appreciate the donations to support the fight against autism. If you would still like to make a donation, just click on the link on the upper left hand side.

Congratulations to our friends Doug and Howard Sharp for finishing in 1st place overall. The Stars and Stripes team couldn't have finished without their help and spare transmission.

Congratulations to our friends Doug and Howard Sharp for finishing in 1st place overall. The Stars and Stripes team couldn’t have finished without their help and spare transmission.

The Stars and Stripes team crosses the finish line with Corky Croker.

The Stars and Stripes team crosses the finish line with Corky Croker.

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The crowds on the pier greet the racers.

The crowds on the pier greet the racers.

The finish line for the Great Race 2015 is on the Santa Monica pier.

The finish line for the Great Race 2015 is on the Santa Monica pier.

We made it!

We made it!

Kaitlyn applies a sticker.

Kaitlyn applies another ACE to the GTO. That’s four altogether. 

Frank from Wildside presents Mary with a bouquet!

Frank from Wildside presents Mary with a bouquet!

Applying our last "ACE".

Applying our last “ACE”. 

The Santa Monica pier is our final destination.

The Santa Monica pier is our final destination.

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Thomas and Benjamin cross the finish line.

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Trevor and Josh accepting the award for 1st place in the Rookie Class. Well done team Stars and Stripes.

Trevor and Josh accepting the award for 1st place in the Rookie Class. Well done team Stars and Stripes.

Trevor and Josh with their awards, which included Best in Show for the Stars and Stripes. We are honored and thankful for the recognition.

Trevor and Josh with their awards, which included Best in Show for the Stars and Stripes. We are honored and thankful for the recognition.

The Heat Is On for the End of the Great Race

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The burros of Oatman, Arizona have roots that go back to the gold mining days. Even though the last gold was mined in 1924, the burros are still here.

The burros of Oatman, Arizona have roots that go back to the gold mining days. Even though the last gold was mined in 1924, the burros are still here.

The heat in Lake Havasu City, Arizona was not kind to some of the cars.

The heat in Lake Havasu City, Arizona was not kind to some of the cars.

With temperatures in the 100’s for the last few days, the heat has really been on as we traveled from New Mexico into Arizona and into California, with the route taking us through the Mojave Desert. Honestly it is hard to imagine how drivers and their cars survived the heat and conditions along Route 66 in the 1920’s and 30’s. The Stars and Stripes team has experienced what it would be like to break down, find parts and work on repairs through the night. It was truly inspiring how many people stepped up to help the team get the car repaired. After an announcement was made to the crowd that specific parts were needed, we were able diagnose the problem and install the new parts. Special thanks to Bert Colita for letting us use his garage to get the work done, as well as the mechanical geniuses Magic Dave and “Do it All Dan.” As they say, it takes a village. Along the way, the burros of Oatman, Arizona were a highlight of the trip and a living metaphor for the tenacity and toughness of the Wild West and the survival of a town on Route 66. Even though there is sometimes a problem with the donkey “patties” that need to be avoided on the street, the burros are what helps keep the tourists coming, and many businesses embrace their presence. With just one more day until we cross the finish line in Santa Monica, we are thankful for all that we have experienced and endured. And even though our teams are doing well, it’s not about the scores we have achieved, it’s more about the people we have met, the friends we have made and the relationships we have strengthened. We’ll see you at the finish line.

The kindness of strangers  who opened their garage to the Stars and Stripes team so that they could get the repairs done.

Grateful for the kindness of strangers who opened their garage to the Stars and Stripes team so that they could get the repairs done.

 

It's a brand new day and the Stars and Stripes is ready to hit the road after working on it all night. Bert Colita you are a life saver!

It’s a brand new day and the Stars and Stripes is ready to hit the road after working on it all night. Bert Colita you are a life saver!

Thank you Magic Dave for hanging in with us until 4:30AM.

Thank you Magic Dave for hanging in with us until 4:30AM.

Josh, Magic Dave and "Do It All Dan" helped to make it happen.

Josh, Magic Dave and “Do It All Dan” helped to make it happen.

Almost every business in the town of Oatman is dependent on the burros to bring in business.

Almost every business in the town of Oatman is dependent on the burros to bring in business.

Dan helps the team from Japan review the directions for the day.

Dan helps the team from Japan review the directions for the day.

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Trevor tries to keep cool with some ice.

Trevor tries to keep cool with some ice.

Rally instructions.

Rally instructions.

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We enjoyed seeing this t-shirt shop on Route 66.

We enjoyed seeing this t-shirt shop on Route 66.

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The hood was removed to help keep the car from overheating.

The hood was removed to help keep the car from overheating.

Thomas and Benjamin getting ready to hit the road.

Thomas and Benjamin getting ready to hit the road.

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Rolling into Kingsman, Arizona.

Rolling into Kingman, Arizona.

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Another business in Oatman, Arizona.

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The Stars and Stripes is ready to ride after a long night in the garage.

The Stars and Stripes is ready to ride after a long night in the garage.

High five for great teamwork and another ACE after a long, hot day on the road.

High five for great teamwork and another ACE after a long, hot day on the road.

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Thanks to the crazy car aficionados in Havasu, we were able to find the parts that were needed to repair the transmission on the Stars and Stripes. It was another long night of repairs.

Thanks to the crazy car aficionados in Havasu, we were able to find the parts that were needed to repair the transmission on the Stars and Stripes. It was another long night of repairs.

We've had a little more experience with the slogan, "Ride, Repair, Repeat" than we would have liked this year.

We’ve had a little more experience with the slogan, “Ride, Repair, Repeat” than we would have liked this year.