AutoMatters+: MOTHERS at the SEMA Show and 'Interstellar'

Billed as “the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world,” the 2014 SEMA Show featured "nearly 2,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.”

SEMA Show week has also become a big draw for major motorsports events. In Las Vegas, I covered SCORE BAJA 1000, qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s off-road course, Red Bull Global Rallycross at the LINQ and Robby Gordon’s SPEED Energy Off-Road truck racing Powered by Traxxas. Check back here in the coming weeks and you’ll see some truly incredible racing photos.

Today we will focus our attention on one of the thousands of exhibitors on one of the exhibit floors of the SEMA Show.

Car Care Products

There was a time when taking care of the appearance of a car involved little more than washing it when it was dirty, applying some paste wax (with a lot of elbow grease) to keep it protected and shiny, and an occasional vacuuming. A can of paste wax would last me forever — probably because it took so much time and effort to apply. I hardly ever used it. Since then, many specialized, improved and easier-to-use car care products have been introduced.

If you looked carefully among the sea of banners, signs, products and people in one of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s spacious exhibit halls, chances are you would have seen one of the MOTHERS banners above their large exhibit space. For over 40 years, MOTHERS has sold premium-quality car care products.

The MOTHERS California Gold line includes synthetic paste wax that promises to be easy to apply and effortless to remove, neither of which were true back when I first started using paste wax. It can be applied in direct sunlight, and “features ultra-fine polishes to bring out the gloss and luster of your paint.” “Specially formulated microencapsulation polymers form a chemical bond to preserve and protect” the shine.

The MOTHERS “Back-to-Black” family now includes a heavy-duty trim cleaner kit. It is designed to deep-clean any color of exterior trim.

Plastic headlight lenses tend to yellow and fog with age, significantly decreasing the light output. MOTHERS’ NuLens do-it-yourself headlight renewal kit is intended to restore all types of plastic headlight lenses to “crystal clarity.”

MOTHERS also has liquid wash and wax products, contaminant-removing clay bars, glass cleaners, PowerBall and PowerCone polishers, leather treatments, marine products, accessories and more, along with informative how-to videos and car care tips. You can see them at www.mothers.com.

Interstellar

According to the producers, “Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.” They have been forced to try this in an attempt to save the human race from likely extinction.

What differentiates "Interstellar" from other sci-fi films is its heavy emphasis on using sound scientific theories to theorize about what might realistically be possible in the not-too-distant future. As such, "Interstellar" should fascinate those who are knowledgeable in science. It blends this with intense drama, fine acting by a stellar cast and a well-written screenplay, all of which result in an entertaining and thought-provoking film that will also appeal to the rest of us sci-fi buffs.

"Interstellar" presents a disturbingly believable scenario for the future if we head down a road that is unfriendly to our environment. It serves as a wake-up call and a warning. While this vision of the future is not bright, it does provide hope.

The effects are realistic and the panoramic visuals in 70mm IMAX are breathtaking (well worth the premium theater ticket price). Together, they reminded me of seeing the '70s movie "Earthquake" in Sensurround. As it did then, my theater seat shook — this time as the spaceship took off. I also couldn’t help but compare it to “2001: A Space Odyssey,” except this vision of the future seemed more plausible and less like fantasy, with Keir Dullea’s lead character replaced by Matthew McConaughey.

At almost three hours, "Interstellar" is a long movie, but I could easily have enjoyed watching more. It is an amazing cinematic achievement — highly entertaining and thought-provoking. Watch for it at the Oscars. Needless to say, "Interstellar" receives my highest recommendation.

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