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EmpireCovers Halloween Car Cover Contest

There’s nothing scarier than bird droppings on a clean car… or is there?

This Halloween, EmpireCovers is hosting a hauntingly creative contest. Students from local high schools and universities have been selected to participate in the craziest contest yet, EmpireCovers Halloween Car Cover Contest.

EmpireCovers Halloween Car Cover Contest

Philadelphia area students are challenged to design a Halloween-inspired creation on an EmpireCovers’ car cover. The only rule is: there are no rules. Artists have full control to bring their ideas to life.

EmpireCovers has increased the prizes to add more thrills! A top prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winning cover. Second and third place will receive $500 and $250, respectively.

If you are a Philadelphia art student and interested in participating, here is all you need to know:

How to enter:

  1. Fill out our entry form. Eligible entrants will be chosen to bring their design to life.
  2. Those chosen have until October 21st to create and submit their masterpiece.
  3. Voting begins on October 22nd, so share your entry on social media, blogs and wherever else you want!

How to win:

  1. Share your entry.
  2. Earn the most votes!


  • Students have until October 4th to fill out the entry form to be considered for the contest.
  • Participants must submit their car cover creation by October 21st
  • Voting closes October 31st
  • Winners will be notified on November 1st

Not a student but still want to participate? From October 22-31, EmpireCovers’ Facebook fans will vote to decide the best design. One lucky voter will win an EmpireCovers vehicle cover!

Disclaimer: EmpireCovers does not recommend painting or drawing on the car covers while it is in direct contact with the vehicle.

EmpireCovers Sponsors A Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Last month, the EmpireCovers crew was racing around in Ferarris and Lamborghinis. This month, we’re interviewing our Porsche racing driver, Tim Holt. That’s right! EmpireCovers is the official sponsor of Tim Holt Racing’s 2007 Porsche GT3 Cup.

EmpireCovers Porsche

When we arrived at Holt Motorsports, we were immersed in a sea of polished Porsches. Among the red, the white and the silver beauties, we saw a black Porsche with a need for speed and EmpireCovers written all over it, literally. After walking through the showroom, we sat down with Tim to talk racing and how he protects his assets.

Do you remember your first race?

Clearly. Yes. Absolutely! It was at Pocono Raceway. It was completely different car that was 1,200lb and 200 horsepower. I was 15 years old and a little nervous because I had just got my racing license and I was racing against guys that were 35. I thought I wouldn’t do well at all but then I ended up winning! That’s when it all happened and the addiction started. Everything I’ve done since then has been to get more tires, racing fuel and faster cars. I remember that day clearly. It was a great day, all thanks to my dad.

What is the biggest challenge transitioning from salesman to racer?

That’s a really good question. That one is really making me think. Racing is mental and physical. I have to prepare for races physically and mentally. I usually ride my bike at least 30 miles every day and I hit the gym. I can sit in the office all day and answer calls and sell Porsches. It isn’t easy to sit in the car while you race. It’s hard physically because of the adrenaline but mentally, too. I am inches away from the guy next to me, thinking, “he better not mess up. I hope he doesn’t mess up,” then I think, “Well I better not mess up!”

How do you care for the Porsches you race?

After every race I change all the fluids, brake pads, rotors and other wear items. Every other race, I disassemble the car down to the motor and make sure everything is in spec and it working correctly. This is all done with the help of Holt Motorsports, Dawe’s Motorsports Devlopment and of course, EmpireCovers!

IMG_0026What is your favorite part about your EmpireCovers’ car cover?

Well the best part is that is actually fits the Porsche. Some Porsches have whaletails, but the EmpireCovers’ Porsche one is bigger than that. I was hesitant that the cover would fit, but it actually fits great. I look at other Porsches I compete against, and their covers don’t look as good as mine.

There was one race, where there was a downpour. It was storming bad. When I got to the track, I figured the cover would be gone because that’s what happened with other covers I’ve used before. Not only was my cover securely on the car, my car was also completely dry. Other drivers had mildew starting to grow because their covers couldn’t handle the storm. I mean it rained hard. I was shocked that my [American Armor] cover held up.

Check out Tim put on his American Armor EmpireCovers car cover:

Choosing A Waterproof Car Cover

When you think of things that damage your car, the last thing on your list is probably water. After all, you do use it to wash your car.

Exposing your car to water over a long period of time can cause irreversible damage to its exterior. Acid rain can erode your vehicle’s finish. Condensation on your car results in mold and mildew. All of which can cause your vehicle’s paint to chip and exposed metal to rust.

Simply adding a 100% waterproof car cover is a great way to prevent these effects from happening to your vehicle. It is important to do your research when looking for a waterproof cover. Many companies sell water repellent covers, which trap condensation and damage your car. To ensure the best protection for your vehicle, purchase a 100% waterproof, breathable car cover.

EmpireCovers has three 100% waterproof car covers:

American Armor: If you read our blog, or you’re an EmpireCovers’ customer, you know all about our all-American car cover. This is our top-line, all-weather protector. Its Dupont Tyvek outer layer holds up against the harshest weather conditions, and a microfiber inner layer to protect your paint job. The cover is also breathable to prevent mold and mildew growth.

Titan V 5L: This cover has five ultrasonically welded layers to ensure 100% waterproof protection. Made of waterproof Polypropylene material, this cover can withstand downpours. It is also breathable to stop mold and mildew.

Empire Waterproof Car Cover: It is all in the title. This waterproof cover’s micro-pore technology protects against rain and allows condensation to escape as evaporated gas. Most “waterproof” covers are actually water repellent. Water repellent covers stop water from entering but trap condensation, which damages your vehicle’s paint.

Choosing the right car cover for your needs is simple. Enter the make, year and model of your vehicle on our website and we’ll choose the best size. To the right of each product is a protection level scale. Consider where you live and what elements your vehicle is exposed to. You can hover your mouse over the product for more information or click on the product for full details. Once you’ve picked your favorite, simply add the item to your cart and go through EmpireCovers’ fast, easy checkout.

3 Tips To Get Tree Sap Off Of Your Car

Removing tree sap from your vehicle can be a pain. It is sticky and removal risks damaging your car’s paint. Don’t let your car fall victim to Mother Nature!


There are many steps that can be taken to prevent tree sap damage, such as buying an EmpireCovers car cover, not parking your car under a tree or living in a place that doesn’t have all four seasons. If your car has already been exposed to tree sap, here are some tips to get the tree sap off your car:

1. Nail polish remover. Generously apply nail polish remover on a cotton ball and wipe it on the sap. Once the sap is removed, wash the area with a mixture of baking soda and water.

2. Bacon Grease. Make delicious bacon for breakfast, or dinner. Once it has cooled down and your finished eating, take the leftover bacon grease and apply it directly on the sap. Let it sit until you notice the tree sap dissolving. After you notice the tree sap dissolving, rub off the rest of the sap.

3. Car cleaning products. There are plenty of tree sap remover products on the market. Search Google or your local automotive supply store for the best products for removal.

Some of these suggestions may work better than others. Prevention is the best option. The damage tree sap can do to your car is huge compared to the cost of an EmpireCovers car cover. Choosing the car cover that will provide the best protection for you depends on where you live, where you park and what you want to protect against.

Carport Kit Dimensions for Campers and RVs

Purchasing a carport for a camper is a great way to store your RV in the off-season. EmpireCovers carports offer superior protection and are more affordable than a garage or permanent metal structure. The size of your RV and area you live help determine which carport kit is right for you.

EmpireCovers has three unique carports sizes to fit Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, camper trailers and folding campers. These large carports can also be used to store multiple smaller vehicles. Below are the camper carport kit dimensions:

Small Camper Carport Kit

Measuring at 12’W x 24’L x 10’H, this EmpireCovers carport is great for Class B RVs, small trailers, toy haulers and foldup campers. Its steel frame is made from a 9 oz. polyethylene fabric that is water and UV resistant. It can also provide storage from vehicles, motorcycles, tractors, equestrian needs and more.

Class B RV Carport Kit


This carport’s dimensions are 12’W x 28’L x 10’H. This RV port fits Class B RVs, camper trailers and folding campers. It is made from the same fabric as the small camper carport kit. Like all EmpireCovers RV carports, this shelter is made for maximum strength, rust deterrence and zippered panels for easy accessibility.

Class A & C RVs Carport Kit

EmpireCovers largest carport measures 14’W x 36’L x 12’H. This carport is perfect for Class A & C RVs or multiple vehicles. It is made from 10.3 oz. polyethylene fabric and galvanized steel for guaranteed year round protection. This shelter also includes two zippered 10’6” W front and rear door entry.

After you’ve decided which carport kit dimension is right for you, it is important to choose a peak or round frame top. The peak carport frame is best for areas that receive a lot of rain. The round carport frame is great for snowy weather conditions and larger vehicles and equipment.

Assembling your EmpireCovers carport is quick and easy! All you need is a toolbox, ladder and friend! Never assemble a carport alone. Read the directions to properly assemble your carport. Watch our carport assembly video for added support!