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Keeping your car spotless

September 27th, 2017 Comments off

Your car is your primary means of transportation. Its importance in your everyday life is probably unmatched, except by your house. Yet so many people neglect their cars, often only washing the outside and leaving the inside poorly maintained. Now consider this, when you wash the outside and leave the inside unattended you are basically posturing for the public; you want us to think that your car is actually clean but the reality is different. A really ‘clean’ car is spotless inside and outside, and it’s actually the inside that matters more.

Here are two useful tips to keep your car spotless:

Keep the car carpet dry. The car’s carpet is probably one of the filthiest places in any motor vehicle. Partly this could be because cleaning car carpets can be really hard. There are nooks and crannies where dirt creeps into and defiantly refuses to clean away. The areas under the seats are notoriously hard to get to and clean thoroughly. Dust and dry dirt can be vacuumed off, or blown off, but wet dirt is a real menace. Moisture leads to grime, and grime attracts, even more, grime to accumulate. Shall we talk about the smell? No amount of air freshener will kill the damp and dirty smell of the grime trapped in your carpet.

Don’t smoke in your car. “But I smoke with the windows open!” Yeah, but smoke does get blown inside the car. Cars have a lot of fabric, and fabric absorbs smells then holds those smells for a really long time. Smoking inside your car is a definite no-no if you want to maintain a clean and fresh-smelling car. If you must use tobacco then it would be much better to use a substitute like Swedish Snus, which incidentally has also been found to help smokers stop smoking.

Whatever you do, prevention is the best cure. Make a conscious effort to prevent your car from getting dirty in the first place because once the dirt is there removing it might be the challenge that you are not prepared to undertake.

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Famous Car Collections

June 11th, 2014 Comments off

The classic lines and beauty of cars can become an obsession for many and there are a number of organizations and individuals that have built up impressive collections. Some of the most famous around the world include the following.

Museum

Fans of movie cars will find plenty to keep them interested at the Miami Auto Museum. Its car collection includes a James Bond exhibit that features six Aston Martins and a Hollywood section that includes Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Delorean from Back to the Future, and the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters. As well as this it has many US and European classic cars on show to give an auto enthusiast much to see.

Sport

Formula 1 fans can view some of the most famous racing cars from the sport at the Donnington Grand Prix Collection. Located at Donnington Park, it is set out over five halls and has over one hundred exhibitions. F1 championship winning vehicles on show include those driven by Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill. Visitors can also see the cars of other famous names from the sport and this includes Ayrton Senna, Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio.

Private Collectors

Some individuals have built up impressive car collections, with the Lingenfelter Collection being the pride and joy of Ken Lingenfelter. It has around 150 vehicles that include Corvettes from the 1950s to the present day, 1960/1970 muscle cars, and exotics from the 1970s onwards.

It is housed in a 40,000 square foot building that is occasionally open to the public. Jay Leno is as celebrated for his car collection as he is for his TV career. His Big Dog Garage is home to over 200 vehicles, with some of the best including a 1909 Stanley Steamer, a 1955 Buick Roadmaster, and a 2007 Ariel Atom. Cars are a part of most people’s lives and for those that become enthusiasts the collections shown above are some of the best around.

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Must have tools for the car enthusiast

June 9th, 2014 Comments off

Every car enthusiast loves to spend time working on his car and will take every opportunity he gets to enhance the speedster, be it a small tweak to boost performance, a new coat of wax for his latest masterpiece, or a full-scale overhaul.

There are two completely divergent categories for car enthusiasts, the ones who want to rehabilitate the former glory of their car, restoring them to their original state, and the enthusiasts who prefer to leave their mark on the cars and create tailor-made versions of their rides. Either approach involves investment, commitment and loads of elbow grease.

Tools

Luckily, there are many tools that can make your hobby seem like a walk in the park. Tools can ease you through the restoration process, and make it a real joy for you to work on your project, even after a hard day at work. There are many trustworthy tools in every car enthusiast’s garage, tools that no mechanic can do without, no matter how much of a DIY expert he may claim to be. Here are the five tools that ensure a good restoration:

Mechanics tool set

No garage is complete without a tool set, unless you like your screwdrivers and wrenches scattered and roaming freely all around the garage. Having a tool set is important if you like to be organised, and you dislike wasting precious time looking around the garage for your trusty wrench. The tool set comes in handy for a variety of quick fixes or cranking jobs like swapping burnt spark plugs or breaking loose rusty bolts.

Lift service jack

This tool is very helpful when you want to change a tyre, or want to work on the brakes or the steering system. A good, trustworthy jack allows you to get under your car and make tweaks and spare part replacements a piece of cake. Buy a solid one, because a leaking jack is no one’s idea of fun, especially if it starts leaking just as you’ve mustered up the courage to get under the car despite your latent claustrophobic episodes.

Car movers

And now to one of the most absolute must-have piece of equipment you need for your car is a mover. Don’t have one? Well, what do you plan on moving it from one show-room to the next with, then, silly? Don’t fret, here’s an idea: get a hold of a business card from Stringo and keep it in your glove compartment. And give them a call, by all means, because the Stringo 360 won’t be waiting around for you forever. The nice chaps at Stringo will be sure to brighten your day if the mere sight of your splendid speedster hasn’t already.

Creeper

After lifting your car, you could find that it is pretty annoying to crawl under there. To make it easier for yourself, get a creeper, slide under your car and add those finishing touches that are bound to make your ride handle and sound better than ever. Don’t underestimate the creeper, it is a very important tool for every mechanic, and it also guarantees fewer elbows scrapes, something the missus will appreciate.

Sandblasting kit

Sandblasting is the most important steps in prepping a car for a paintjob. A good sandblasting kit will guarantee complete removal of all contaminants and left-over paint from the car’s body and frame. Make sure to wear your protective equipment at all times, including earplugs, especially if the afore-mentioned missus is particularly chatty.

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4 Famous car museums

June 6th, 2014 Comments off

There are numerous fascinating car museums around the world, some of which are private-owned. However, only a handful bring out the best of automotive art that covers anything from beautifully curated classics to the latest and most technologically advanced vehicles.

The following is a list of 4 of the most popular car museums in the world that cover most of these aspects:

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The Volkswagen Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany

This automotive museum hosts some of Germany’s most iconic vehicles, which include the original Beetle and the 1934 Audi. That said, Volkswagen and its partner companies-Skoda, Audi, Bentley and Lambourghini have their own showcasing buildings in this complex. The museum also has engrossing interactive features, including consoles that enable you to design your own car model.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany

Being a car maker for more than 125 years, Mercedez-Benz undoubtedly deserves a museum. The museum, which was designed by UN Studio has a dedicated one hundred and seventy eight square feet of space for exhibitions. It hosts more than 160 cars, ranging from the 1920’s classics to futuristic offerings.

Casa Enzo Ferrari museum in Modena, Italy

The Ferrari name has, since the company’s inception, been synonymous with racing-pedigree performance. As such, the Casa Enzo Ferrari museum strives to embody this essence with a mix of both the historic and the contemporary. However, it also hosts Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Maserati vehicles.

The Toyota Mega Web in Tokyo

Being a history museum, science museum, and amusement park all rolled into one, the Toyota Mega Web in Tokyo has something for everyone. While there, visitors can enjoy riding in the computerised driverless cars, see Toyota models not available for sale in certain regional zones and learn about the latest Toyota car technologies.

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Coveted cars for Enthusiasts

June 5th, 2014 Comments off

Collecting cars is definitely an expensive hobby. However, for serious enthusiasts, updating their collections is always a satisfying and enjoyable experience, irrespective of the price!

That said, there are some who are interested in vintage models while contemporary variants also go down as valuable investments, especially in the books of the younger generation. Here are a few models, both old and new, worth considering.

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Ferrari F40 (1987–1992)

This car has many distinctions to its credit. Being the very first street legal model to cross 200 mph, the F40 was the last model personally cleared by Enzo Ferrari. An aerodynamic carbon-fibre body, backed by 471 hp, is definitely a neat blend of stylish looks and brilliant performance.

Buick GNX (1987)

The Buick is any day a prized possession from the 80’s. This spruced-up version with a hotter turbo, packed with 276 hp and 380 lb-ft torque, and reaching speed limits of 60 mph in just under 5 seconds, was a limited edition with just 547 units hitting the markets. The GNX (in impeccable shape) even today commands a high value.

VW Vanagon Camper Syncro (1986–1991)

A solid and reliable camping unit, this model – very similar to other models with four-wheel drives – sports a powerful engine and a five-speed transmission system with really slow first gear speeds. Optional locking for both front and rear differentials made the model quite safe for camping almost at any place. Other collectibles from VW include Type 2 VW Microbus, the later models of Westfalia campers.

Contemporary models such as Ford GT (550 hp, 0-60 in 3.7 sec), Porsche Carrera GT (605 hp, speeds of up to 205 mph) also vie for attention.

For those interested in vintage car models, it’s worth noting that the recent Bonhams’ Collector’s Motor Cars and Automobilia sale reportedly witnessed Aston Martins’ and Bentleys’ values clearly beating expert estimates, indicating their popularity among collectors.

A 1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Tourer was the prize catch, with the selling price topping estimates by over $100,000. Other vintage models that bagged attention include the Aston Martin DB6 Vantage (1966), Bentley S-Series Continental (1956), Lamborghini LM 002 4X4 (1987), and the Jaguar E-Type 4.2L Series 2 Roadster (1967).

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