The Garage: Classic Car Talk - Car Shows/Events http://classiccars.lelandwest.com insight, assistance, ravings and rants from a (car) fanatic to other (car) fanatics en-us Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:30:00 -0800 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:36:00 -0800 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss matt@lelandwest.com matt@lelandwest.com matt@lelandwest.com no The Differences Between Antique, Classic, and Vintage Cars http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2014/8/The-Differences-Between-Antique-Classic-and-Vintage-Cars <p>to many people, the words antique, classic, and vintage all mean the same thing: old! but when it comes to classic cars, there are actually slight but key differences between these three terms. before you begin collecting cars, it's important that you learn which cars are antiques, which are classics, and which are vintage especially in regards to how state laws affect each class.</p> <p><strong>antique cars</strong></p> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e5/1904-auburn.jpg' target='_blank'><img src='http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e5/1904-auburn.jpg' style='height:283px; width:400px' /></a></p> <p>state law often defines exactly what is considered an antique car. in fact, many states will require collectors to use a special license plate for their antique cars. one of the basic guidelines that many states use is the car's age: any car over 45 years old is considered an antique. antique cars also should be kept in as close to their original design and specifications as possible. this means owners may have to special order parts, especially if many parts are no longer produced. they also need to have <a href='https://www.lelandwest.com/agreed-value-on-your-classic-car.cfm' target='_blank'>car insurance old car</a>, especially if they drive the vehicle. the guidelines that decide what is classified as an antique car do vary from state to state and country to country, so be certain to get a copy of the regulations that apply to you. also note that an antique car can be a car, truck, motorcycle, or even something like an old farm tractor.</p> <p><strong>classic cars</strong></p> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file:porsche_911_turbo_(2).jpg' target='_blank'><img src='http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/ac/porsche_911_turbo_%282%29.jpg/800px-porsche_911_turbo_%282%29.jpg' style='height:283px; width:400px' /> </a></p> <p>classic cars, which of course need <a href='https://www.lelandwest.com/'>antique cars insurance</a>, are sometimes defined in the same way as antique cars. however, many people define classic cars as those that are between 20 and 40 years old. once a car's age is over 40, it moves into the antique category. again, a classic car should be kept as close as possible to its original specifications and manufacturer design. if it's modified or altered, the car may lose its classic standing. another guideline that some use is that classic cars cannot have been built before 1925. many <a href='https://www.lelandwest.com/why-use-an-independent-insurance-agent.cfm'>independent car insurance companies</a> will have their own guidelines. classic cars include corvettes, convertibles, muscle cars, sports cars, and more.</p> <p><strong>vintage cars</strong></p> <p style='text-align:center'><a href='http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/file:hupmobile_touring_1924.jpg' target='_blank'><img src='http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/26/hupmobile_touring_1924.jpg' style='height:182px; width:400px' /> </a></p> <p>finally, a vintage car designation may also overlap with the antique car category. not all vintage cars can be classified as antiques, though. this category, more than any other, really varies from state to state and between different car insurance old car companies. often, a vintage car can be said to have been built between 1919 and 1930. some, though, consider 1925 to be the cutoff year. being modified or altered from the original design doesn't always mean a car isn't vintage, either. this is the category for vehicles like customized cars, street rods, and exotic cars.</p> <p>so what is your car? is it an antique, a classic, or vintage? no matter what it is, make certain that you understand the regulations for that category. you'll need to be sure you have the right license plate, the correct type of classic car insurance, and that your car is actually street legal. also make sure you haven't modified your car too much--too many changes and it may no longer be considered antique or classic.</p> Car Shows/Events Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:36:00 -0800 http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2014/8/The-Differences-Between-Antique-Classic-and-Vintage-Cars Donating Towards Car Preservation - Events and Resources http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2013/9/Donating-Towards-Car-Preservation--Events-and-Resources <p>many people like to preserve and <a href='https://www.lelandwest.com/restoring-your-classic-car.cfm'>restore classic cars</a>. these cars are more than just methods of transportation; they have become an integral part of our history. here is all the information you need to know about <a href='https://www.lelandwest.com/planes-trains-automobiles-the-history-of-transportation.cfm'>history of transportation</a>.</p> <p>classic cars can give us a sneak peek into the industrial revolution, world war ii manufacturing, and popular culture. if you're interested in preserving your own cars (be sure to have <a href='http://www.lelandwest.com' title='vintage car insurance'> vintage car insurance</a>) or want to make a donation to those who do , here are some events and resources that will help.</p> <h2>classic car preservation events and resources</h2> <ul> <li>support the <a href='http://simeonemuseum.org/'>simeone foundation automotive museum</a>. the museum is located in philadelphia, pa, and features both permanent exhibits and rotating exhibits. the museum hosts several fundraisers throughout the year, plus ticket sales help keep, preserve, and expand the collection. they have over 60 different cars, including several from the early 1900s. their oldest car is a 1909 american underslung used in a number of races.</li> <li><a href='http://www.bloomingtongold.com/'>bloomington gold corvettes usa</a> certifies corvettes that have been preserved, not restored, and offers classes in preservation. one of their goals is to recognize corvettes that are the same or almost the same as the vehicle was when it left the factory. that means no extras or new parts--these are historic preservations, not restorations or vehicles that simply look original. they hold a number of events and classes to teach preservation, including their annual gold school convention.</li> <li>the <a href='http://www.shvps.org.uk/'>south hants vehicle preservation society</a> is just one of the many groups dedicated to preserving cars. this one is based in the u.k., but there are many other preservation groups around the world.</li> <li>the <a href='http://www.iamc-isvp.org/index.html'>international society for vehicle preservation</a> also works to make certain those early models and classic cars are kept preserved for future generations. they host a number of events each year and offer awards to members of the classic car preservation community that have gone above and beyond in preserving automotive history.</li> </ul> <p>these are just a few great events and organizations that work to make certain cars are preserved for generations. but what if you want to preserve your own car? some people do own classics that are only getting older. if you have a car that you want to preserve, here are a few resources that might be able to teach you a few new tricks.</p> <p><img alt='1949 vw beetle' src='../blog/1949_vw_beetle.jpg' /></p> <h2>resources for preserving your own classic car</h2> <p>if you're going to be storing your cars long-term or want some tips on preserving them, there are great resources available to help you on your journey. of course, having the right <a href='https://www.lelandwest.com/eligibility/classic-and-antique-car-insurance.cfm'>vintage car insurance</a> will always be an important first step, but there are a few factors in your control that any good vintage car owner should be aware of.</p> <p><img alt='resources for preserving your own classic car' src='../blog/1930_cadillac_452_v16_fleetwood_sport_phaeton_(3828514399).jpg' /></p> <ul> <li>if you have a mercedes benz, <a href='http://www.scottgrundfor.com/classic-car-mercedes-benz-services/classic-car-preservation.php'>scott grundfor co.</a> offer a number of different preservation services. they will assist you in keeping your benz in great shape by providing top notch cleaning, protection, and refinishing services.</li> <li>need to restore your carburetor? how about your fuel pump? <a href='http://www.classicpreservation.com/carandtruckmainpage.html'>hal's classic preservation coalition</a> has links to a number of pages for component restoration. he will even help you find rebuilding kits and classic parts.</li> <li><a href='http://www.classicrestodenver.calls.net/index.html'>classic restoration</a> offers some great videos, pictures, and services for those who are trying to preserve or restore their classic cars.</li> </ul> <p>remember, the classic car in your driveway or garage is a part of history. in addition to supporting the organizations that preserve these icons of our past, we must all do our part to restore these treasures for future generations. <a href='http://www.lelandwest.com/why-leland-west/contact-us.cfm'>contact us</a> to learn more about how you can do more to pass these resources on for your children and children's children.</p> Car Shows/Events Fri, 6 Sep 2013 11:10:00 -0800 http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2013/9/Donating-Towards-Car-Preservation--Events-and-Resources Carmel Concours on the Avenue: SCCA Arrival http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2013/8/Carmel-Concours-of-the-Avenue-SCCA-Arrival <p>i came across another cinematic masterpiece shot on my cell phone at this year's carmel concours on the avenue. this was the arrival of one of the scca race car contingents which the california highway patrol escorted over via highway 68 and then city streets from nearby laguna seca raceway.</p> <div><iframe frameborder='0' height='315' src='//www.youtube.com/embed/idvs9cjfmko' width='420'></iframe></div> <p>in this vid i missed the fanfare-laden arrival (sirens blaring and red lights blazing). our movie starts just afterwards as i fumbled my phone out to start recording. if you get bored listening to the engines chug, skip forward a bit to where i take a short walk across the intersection and down the street to eyeball more of the running cars up close. next year i'll be better prepared!</p> Car Shows/Events Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:07:00 -0800 http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2013/8/Carmel-Concours-of-the-Avenue-SCCA-Arrival Carmel Concours on the Avenue 2013 http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2013/8/Carmel-Concours-of-the-Avenue-2013 <p><iframe frameborder='0' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/vho-gbphsec' width='560'></iframe></p> <p>recently, concours week came and went for the monterey bay area.</p> <p>premiere events such as the pebble beach concours d'elegance never fail to grab the media spotlight, but the entire week is chock-full of a variety of events in the monterey bay area - all devoted to the love of things unique and automotive. i have to admit that, despite being a resident of the area, there is an event that has stayed completely off my radar... until now.</p> <p>as such things go, the seventh annual carmel concours on the avenue hasn't been around for long, but for me its going to become the highlight of the week.</p> <p>a friend clue'd me in on it, and having been before he knew the smart way to see the show.</p> <p>we first stopped by the parking lot in the valley where a lot of the cars were being prepped, off-premises.</p> <p>this gave us a chance to chat with the owners and hear some of the cars running as opposed to a static display.</p> <p>from there, we drove into town and parked near the actual staging lane for the show.</p> <p>this was the real treat. as dozens of cars arrived one or two at a time, they staged up into a 4-wide queue where, when arriving at the front of the line, were driven to their assigned spot on the closed-off streets of carmel by a pair of volunteers riding one of what must have been dozens of golf carts commandeered for the occasion.</p> <p>as i mentioned, this was the real treat of the show. why? because the cars were moving. with the owners inside and the motors running.</p> <p>it completely changed the character of the event. i and others happily walked up and down the queue, chatting directly with the owners sitting behind the wheel of their unique rides.</p> <p>afterwards of course there was the outstanding show itself. this was my first time attending the concours of the avenue but i look forward to making it a staple of car week on the monterey bay.</p> Car Shows/Events Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:55:00 -0800 http://classiccars.lelandwest.com/listing.asp?2013/8/Carmel-Concours-of-the-Avenue-2013