Top Three Classic Car Museums to Visit

Posted by Steve White on Dec 25, 2014

It’s wintertime, and that means you’re usually not able to enjoy your classic car out on the road. Still, there’s no reason why you can’t take off on an expedition here and there to visit some of our country’s greatest classic car museums. Today, we’d like to talk about three of the best ones in the US, and we recommend you schedule a visit.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum

Do you love race cars? If speed is your thing, then you have to put this one on your to-do list for this winter. You’ll be amazed at their collection, and you’ll love every minute learning about some little known facts in racing history.

Nethercutt Collection at San Sylmar in Sylmar, California

If you’ve never heard of the late (but great!) J.B. Nethercutt, you must make sure to pay a visit to this incredible museum. He had a wonderful collection of classic cars, including some classics you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll also love their restoration center.

The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan

This one is a must-see for anyone who calls himself a classic cars enthusiast. It’s recently been completely remodeled, and you’re sure to find more than Fords.

Which classic car museums are your favorites? We’d love to hear all about them. Be sure to check back for more information and tips on the classic cars you love right here at www.oldcaronline.com.

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Three Great Christmas Gifts for Your Classic Car Buff

Posted by Steve White on Dec 18, 2014

Need some help shopping for the classic car aficionado? Well, why not buy them the vintage car they’ve always really wanted? But if you’re looking for something a little smaller, we suggest these thoughtful and unique gifts:

Classic Car Grill Wall-Mounted Shelf

Make a big splash with wall shelving inspired by real classic car grills! These vintage car shelves feature a glass shelf that mounts on top of a highly detailed replication of the front end of many favorite autos. This gift will really complete a unique den or office for a big-time classic car buff.

Vintage Tin Signs

Help your car lover show off their favorite cars and retro style with vintage tin signs. Look for designs of specific makes and models, or find themed signs for hot rods, roadsters, Route 66 and other Americana. Consider it masterpiece artwork for the automotive-inclined.

Car-Themed Clocks

Wall and desk clocks add wonderful decoration to a classic car buff’s home or office. They’ll think of you whenever they check the time! This reclaimed engine timing gear clock makes a fun conversation starter and you can also find retro-inspired options like these metal and neon vintage car clocks that pay homage to the Camaro, Trans Am and other classics.

Don’t forget to show your car-loving friends and family some love these holidays by telling them about www.oldcaronline.com when you’re chatting about vintage autos!

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Upcoming Classic Car Shows

Posted by Steve White on Dec 11, 2014

Just because it’s winter, that doesn’t mean you can’t attend some of the country’s best classic car shows. If you’re in the mood to show off your classic cars, here are some upcoming shows you won’t want to miss.

Orange Swap Meet – If you’re in California, you’ll be enjoying the sun while much of the rest of the country is covered in snow. Take your classic cars to this great event on February 16, 2015.

Zephyrhills Winter AutoFest – Florida is a great place to escape to when you want to avoid those cold, northern winters. Don’t miss out on this show, happening on February 19-22, 2015 if you’re in the area.

Preparing for a classic car show is a lot of fun, and you don’t necessarily have to store your classic cars for the winter. If you have a new restoration project you’re dying to show off, these shows offer you the perfect opportunity to do just that.

If you need details and contact information on any of the above shows, you’ll find the information at www.oldcarsweekly.com/showcalendar. Be sure to check out all of the car shows near you!

Do you know about any other upcoming classic car shows in your area? Let us know so we can pass that information along. Make sure you stay updated on all of the classic car shows you love. Check back often right here at www.oldcaronline.com.

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What Makes a Car Show Winner? An Excellent Display

Posted by Steve White on Dec 04, 2014

With the cold weather here, you’ve probably either put your classic car away for the season, or you’re working on a restoration project to prepare for car shows in the spring and summer. Car shows are a lot of fun, but it takes more than a great-looking car to bring home that first place trophy. Your display is often just as important as the car you present. The question is, what goes into a great display?

Manuals – If you have any manuals for your classic car, these make great display pieces. People love to look through them and discover some of the features your car offers.

Brochures – If you have a classic car, chances are pretty good that there’s a classic brochure or two out there somewhere. If you can get your hands on some, you’ll show the judges that you’re willing to go the extra mile to bring some added interest to your display and to your car.

Photo AlbumRestoration projects take a lot of hard work. Have someone around who is willing to snap some photos of your restoration. Make sure you arrange them chronologically in a photo album so people can see the entire transformation from start to finish. This gives your car a unique story of its very own.

Preparing for car shows can be a great hobby, and we’re here to help you do it right. For more tips on getting ready for upcoming shows, be sure to check back right here at www.oldcaronline.com.

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A Little History on the Batmobile

Posted by Steve White on Nov 27, 2014

The most famous superhero car is the Batmobile, which some might say is the epitome of classic cars. However, there’s probably quite a bit you don’t know about Batman’s stunning getaway car.

The Batmobile got its beginnings as the Lincoln Futura, a product of Ford Motor Company. It was never mass-produced, yet Ford had high hopes for this futuristic vehicle. It was nineteen feet long, but the interior was only big enough for two people. The Futura might have had a promising future if the country had not been entering the biggest recession since the Great Depression. According to an article in the New York Times, automobile sales dropped by about one-third from 1957 to 1958.

In 1965, the television network ABC decided to move forward with the Batman series, and they needed a Batmobile. The Lincoln Future had everything they were looking for, and it was clear that it wasn’t going to make it into the hands of consumers. They purchased it from Ford for a dollar, and its transformation began.

Black and fluorescent red paint were used to detail the car as you saw it on the show, and many other upgrades were added to make the car appear more bat-like. When it was finished, it was only slightly recognizable as the Futura. It was a remarkable facelift and it remains a part of television history.

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