Today I found something new I did not want to keep from you. Today I bought my first custom lapel pins after doing some research online. I am a car freak and found that you can order custom designed lapel pins easily online. I can now wear my favourite cars right on my lapel on formal events or car meetings which I still visit regularly.
Custom lapel pins are amazing!
I just received my order through one of the shops I found on www.custom-lapelpins.net and you can see the result below:
I will be looking at more options to get some classic and sports cars made into custom lapel pins. Ordering the pins is easy but it will take some time to receive your order. You could always just choose one of the designs that are already available as lapel pins but nothing beats the custom lapel pins as you will have your own unique design!
Great for trade shows
I would recommend these pins too for the popular trade shows. Not many use them but they are a great marketing tool and could spread the word on the event quickly and bring in some extra revenue too.
1931 Rolls Royce Phantom II 64GX Merlin Special DHC
Today I saw this beauty driving through our little town. A real 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom II 64 GX Merlin Special. I did even get the chance to talk to the owner and he told me he had it in his collection for over twenty years already! I will leave you in this post with the photo of this amazing Rolls Royce Phantom II
Recently I had to bring our two year old Honda Civic for a service to our local dealership. My wife is quite the coupon freak and found Honda service coupons online at our local dealership. Turns out you can get some very nice discounts when servicing your vehicle that I wasn’t aware of. She is used to finding coupons for everything online these days but I wouldn’t guess they existed for a car service too.
Turned out we could save over $100 on the service doing the wheel alignment, free break inspection and a oil change. They even had a coupon that gave you a discount on the total bill which in our case was another $30.
This time our car service was a lot cheaper than it was ever before. Curious me decided to have a look online and see if there are really so much offers online. Just a simple search on Google revealed that these coupons are really the hype of the moment and this also confirmed that I was living under a rock for the last few years.
Now I am sure I am not the only one as there are mostly men reading my blog, so make sure the next time you bring your car to the dealer for service to check the internet first. You can also have a look at the website of your local dealer since most of them have the coupons listed on their website.
Anyone who’s lived in London, or even visited the city, retains an affection for the famous “London Taxi.” It is the most recognised, and by far the best, taxi in the world. Once out of service, car collectors buy and maintain them, thus every retired London taxicab becomes a classic. The vehicle in our photo is the newest model, the TX4, launched today, built by LTI Vehicles which traces its history back to Carbodies in 1919. The new TX4 has a cleaner, more efficient Euro IV compliant diesel engine from VM Motori, new transmissions, the addition of anti-lock braking, a smoother ride, user-friendly interior equipment and facilities for the disabled, and still has the famous 25-foot turning circle required by the Public Carriage Office. It is not unusual for a London cab to cover over 1,000,000 miles in a 10 year period. My particular favorite is the Buckingham, which carried luggage on a platform beside the driver, who sat in a one-person cockpit.
Though best known for its high-end events in the United States, Canada’s RM Auctions annually conducts a classic car sale at the International Center in Mississaugua, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. This year’s event takes place October 20 through the 22nd and promises to be the best yet. Not surprisingly the list of consignments is heavy on muscle and pony cars but there are some notable exceptions, including a 1937 supercharged Cord Phaeton and this restored 1954 Chevrolet Corvette. I’m one of those who feel the original is the most attractive of all Corvettes; as well, I like the compact dimensions and if I were bidding on one I wouldn’t be put off by the 3-carb inline 6-cylinder Blue Flame engine. In fact, I’d rather enjoy being different from all those V-8’s out there. If you’re a seller, registrations are still being taken, so get in touch with RM Auctions via their Web site or call 1-800-4371.
Wandering past the Blackhawk exhibit at Pebble Beach I came upon not one, but two, restored Amphicars, presumably up for sale. Introduced in the 60’s when people were into small runabouts but couldn’t always afford both a boat and a car, the German Amphicar married the two modes of transport. It was best used on rivers and relatively small lakes, as the freeboard (the amount of hull above the waterline) was quite small and waves could easily swamp the craft. 3837 Amphicars were manufactured and it is estimated that half survive and between 300 and 600 still swim. I was reminded of the Amphicar when perusing an article in The Truth About Cars that asked for nominations for “the car most likely to attract women.” The author, Stefan Wilkinson, suggested that the usual “studly Italian V12’s, check-out-my-package Teutons, midlife-crisis American roadsters, horny-royal Astons and phallic-as-you-wanna-be XKE’s” wouldn’t cut it next to an Amphicar. The moment I buy my I’ll put that theory to the test, but I suspect Stefan is correct.
Directly behind my condo complex is a Travelodge motel. I often walk through the motel parking lot, using it as a shortcut. Today I was surprised to spot several antique automobiles parked there, including a 1911 Stanley Steamer. It was the first time I’d seen a steam-powered car on the road as prior exposures had been in museums. Ah, but the best was yet to come. I dashed home to grab the Nikon and after a brief conversation with the owner, Vern Welburn, was asked if I’d like to go for a ride. Would I? What a thrill! A steamer is quite unlike a normal car as no gears are required, though the driver must be adept with the throttle lever and various other controls needed to maintain power. The brakes were better than expected and one of the delights was the chuffing sound of the engine, rather like a steam locomotive. At idle there was no sound whatsoever. This Stanley Steamer was bought new by the City of Vancouver and at one time was owned by Vern’s father, Gerry. Original except for the boiler and tires (and an extra water tank) it cruises at 35 and has a range of 40 miles. That’s Vern posing with his Stanley but what you can’t see is the mile-wide smile on my face.
It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for British cars, even those that followed the American design fad of adding fins to the rear fenders. So this 1963 Sunbeam Rapier quite naturally caught my eye when I spotted it at the Steamworks Concours. Sunbeam, once a proudly independent producer of sporting automobiles, had been taken into the Rootes empire, after which it slowly turned into a badge-engineered Hillman, though not before giving us the exquisite Sunbeam Alpine of movie fame. The Rapier was one of those Hillman take-offs, adding colorful paint jobs, upgrade interiors, and its own unique grille. In hardtop guise, as seen here, it’s as pretty as it is rare.
Over the years I’ve read about the Horch automobile and viewed many photos but this was the first time seeing one in the metal. And what a shock it was, because at first glance I thought it had to be a Mercedes, one of those mammoth 500K’s Nazi leaders liked to be chauffered in before the war! The marque has a fascinating history, dating back to August Horch’s first car in 1901; unfortunately a falling out with the directors of his company in 1909 led him to create a new auto manufacturer named – are you ready for this? – AUDI. Meanwhile the Horch, minus August, established a reputation for quality engineering which frequently put it in competition with Mercedes. At the 1939 German Motor Show Horch displayed some spectacular automobiles, including the rare120 hp, straight-eight, Model 853 seen here in the Steamworks Concours. The “sale” sign was not intended for the Steamworks Concours but seemed an appropriate background
This is the middle of the long weekend and I’ve only just returned from viewing the 2006 Steamworks Concours d’Elegance in Vancouver. As usual, it was an eclectic collection of vehicles from the birth of the automobile through the decades, including imports, customs, muscle cars, and vintage motorcycles. During the next few days I’ll be uploading photos of potential class winners, but as always at this event I was stymied by the photographic conditions. Aside from the usual spectators walking into the shot, a photographer must deal with awkward lighting in the narrow street and shadows caused by the trees lining Vancouver’s historic Gastown district. Which made this beautifulseem almost ghost-like. Appropriate, perhaps, as it was as much an experiment as a production car. The first Fiat with all-independent suspension, its 1996 c.c. V-8 engine delivered 105 hp.