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Classic Car Covers 

Posted by Wendy Keith on Apr 25, 2018 2:30:00 PM


Car covers are a wonderful investment that often go overlooked when considering some of the best things a classic car owner can purchase.

During the winter season, those without the luxury of a garage often utilize car covers as a means to avoid the snow and ice build-up on our cars during the winter months. And as for those who do have access to a garage, they still use car covers as they do a phenomenal job at protecting the vehicle's paint from dust and other debris.

But when spring and summer roll around, classic cars are exposed to damaging elements just the same. If you don’t have a garage to store your classic vehicle, you may be unknowingly exposing your classic vehicle to rain, dust, dirt and the underestimated foe – the sun.

Although rain, dust and dirt can mostly affect the exterior of the car, the sun, can damage the outside and more so the interior of the classic car.

When the UV rays and the temperatures reach extreme levels, the vehicle’s interior vinyl or leather oil dries up, which leads to discolouration, drying and worse still - cracking.

So, with this in mind, when it comes to choosing outdoor car covers, not all are created equal or even, for the same purpose.

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Topics: Ownership

Do I Need Seat Belts in My Classic Car?

Posted by Doreen Addorisio on Apr 16, 2018 2:00:00 PM


Back in 1963, thanks to the introduction of the seat belt in North America, “buckle up!” became synonymous with getting into cars and driving off. As of 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson’s Highway Safety Act made the seat belt mandatory for manufacturers and ultimately, “buckling up” became law for drivers and later, passengers as well.

Although this Act impacted the United States, the imported cars and their standards flowed into the current Canadian standards. The first province to require their mandatory use was Ontario, on January 1, 1976. Now, fast-forward to present day, and all provinces have strict primary seat belt laws. Meaning, that you will get pulled over and fined for not wearing one.

So, this raises the questions, “If my car was made before the 1960s, am I obliged to install seat belts to make it compliant with the road safety laws of today?”

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Topics: Ownership

Can Classic Cars Be Ergonomic?

Posted by Julie Lant on Apr 16, 2018 11:00:00 AM


For those of us who have spent time driving a classic vehicle, we know that it’s more about how we fit into the driver’s seat of the car than how the car fits us. 

Car designs and manufacturing have come a long way in the past few decades, namely in technological advances, but also in their ability to cater different levels of comfort to the driver.

The ability to adjust the driver’s seat closer or further from the steering wheel was the first real acknowledgment of accommodating the driver. Only later came the ability to adjust the steering column position as well as multi-directional seating adjustments.

These are small luxuries that are simply absent in the classics.

Some older models of classic cars even lacked the feature to adjust the position of the driver’s forwards and backwards in case their height didn’t work with the vehicle. Or in the case of Hot Rods, the 1920's or 1930's era vehicles with their small and narrow seats, aren't exactly comfortable by today's standard. And if you happen to be driving these with a passenger beside you - constant touch is guaranteed. However, this is often a sacrifice most are willing to make, as these vehicles suit their personalities and style.

But...does it have to be a sacrifice? As it turns out, the answer is no. You change change/update your classic or collector car's seats or the steering position to render the ride a little more comfortable. 

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Topics: Ownership

People We Meet at Car Shows

Posted by Mike Wilson on Mar 29, 2018 12:00:00 PM


People are funny in the sense that when they love something, they have wide-ranging ways of showing their appreciation for it. And for our purpose, that “something” is classic cars… and where best to find a gathering of enthusiasts than at a classic car show?

Some of us are quirky and eccentric, wearing our best branded apparel while others learn as much detail, or statistics, as possible about the classics.

Here are the top 5 types of people we meet at classic car shows.

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Topics: Event Coverage, Top Lists

Finding Friends With Common Interests

Posted by Mike Wilson on Mar 7, 2018 11:30:00 AM


It’s always best when you can find new friends that share a common interest. The question we look at today is how to best find new friends that share your love for classic cars.

One of the easiest ways, of course, is to look for an active auto club in your area. And by active, we mean those that have scheduled, organized shows or events, preferably on a regular basis.

These regularly scheduled events not only demonstrate gumption, but also offer opportunities for you to get out and see the beauties that other enthusiasts are showing off and meet their owners.

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Topics: Insider

Kim’s Trip of a Lifetime: The 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction

Posted by Mike Wilson on Feb 2, 2018 1:00:00 PM


Our first ever “Refer a Friend” contest run in partnership with Hagerty Canada, was a huge success. The lucky grand prize winner, Kimberly Brown-Petitti, whose name was drawn from over 200 entrants and had the opportunity to attend the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona earlier this month, billed it “a trip of a lifetime.”

When Kim found out that she had won our contest, she was in shock. She joked that she’d never won anything in the past - except for a Tim Horton’s coffee, so this was both unexpected and emotional. The latter, more so, because of what classic cars meant to her.

The proud owner of a 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible, which was left to her when her father passed away in 1996. She’s had such a happy history with what she calls her “classic family car”, she understood what a trip to Scottsdale meant - it was essentially every car lover’s dream come true.

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Topics: Spotlight Stories

How to Fix Your Noisy Exhaust System

Posted by Shelley Cole on Jan 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM


If you’ve got a classic muscle car on your hands, you’re probably in love with how it throatily roars when you hit the gas. And that engine, when opened up, is a sight of pure beauty. Sometimes though, we’re faced with having a wonderful classic on our hands that doesn’t sound as it should, it’s simply... loud.

The question, then, is “how should we go about fixing the exhaust system on a classic car?”

Thankfully, fixing a noisy exhaust system on a classic car isn’t that different from fixing an exhaust system on a more recent one. Exhaust systems, for the most part, have remained pretty static, save the catalytic converter and centre resonator developments.

If you’ve got a noisy system, there’s likely a hole or perforation somewhere along the exhaust pipe, the muffler or even the tailpipe. Even a pen-sized hole in the muffler will have a noticeable impact on the sound. Note: This is not to be confused with a “weep hole”. The weep hole is always in a precise location as it allows water to be evacuated from the muffler.

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Topics: Ownership

Top 5 Small Screen Classic Cars

Posted by Doreen Addorisio on Jan 26, 2018 12:30:00 PM


We can all appreciate the wonderful world of classic cars through the eyes of our favourite car-featuring TV Series. The likes of Knight Rider and the Dukes of Hazzard had even non-car enthusiasts starting to take notice of how awesome the classic cars were.

Here are the top 5 classic cars from the small screen from around the world.

  1.  The Jaguar MK II


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Topics: Top Lists

Rust-Proofing Your Classic

Posted by Wendy Keith on Jan 15, 2018 11:30:00 AM


If you’re in Canada, or any other place with a beloved northern climate, you may think that rust-proofing your classic isn’t really all that important if you’re not driving it in the winter months. We, the people of the north, have become accustomed to associating rust-proofing and winter, due to the slush, snow, ice and salt that slather our roads.

While it’s true that winter conditions create the perfect storm for producing rust, prevention is the best solution. That said, rust-proofing is simply another smart way to protect your investment and shouldn’t just be left to those vehicles braving the wintery road conditions.

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Topics: Ownership

Classic Cars and the R-Word

Posted by Mike Wilson on Dec 19, 2017 10:30:00 AM


If you’ve been around classic cars, you’ve probably noticed a few that need a little TLC, whether it’s just to fix up the interior, restore the paint to its original lustre, give that classic a tune up or remove one of the scariest words out there… rust.

Rust removal and repair can be a huge undertaking for a classic car if the rust significantly corroded the affected area. And although no one likes rust, it doesn’t have to be scary to remove.

There is a slew of cost-effective options for light rust removal such as using apple cider vinegar (really!) to brake fluid for car trims, to a variety of off-the-shelf products that work exceptionally well.

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Topics: Ownership