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Empire’s Favorite “Famous” Cars

Here at EmpireCovers.com, we know cars. During our visit to the Media Car Show, we saw a few cars that looked extremely familiar.  After some research, we realized that a few of the cars were used on popular TV shows and in movies. That got us to thinking to well known cars in Hollywood, so we compiled a list of our favorites:

EmpireCovers.com Favorite #3: Chevrolet Impala

The Chevrolet Impala is a long time favorite of Hollywood. Featured in shows and films such as Drive (2011), Cars (2006 ), Big (1988) and recently, The Killing (2011), the famous Chevy Impala has shared the screen with actors and actresses for decades.

Classic red Chevrolet spotted in Media, PA

Our favorite Chevrolet Impala is the 1967 Chevy Impala featured in the CW’s spooky series, Supernatural (2005). Starring Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, the series centers around two brothers who are always on the road in search of demons, monsters, and other unworldly beings. Nicknamed Metallicar by fans, the show’s classic Chevy is in nearly all the episodes.

1967 Chevy Impala used in Supernatural.

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EmpireCovers.com Favorite #2: Volkswagen Bug

Spotted in Media, PA- The Volkswagon Bug

 Another Hollywood favorite is the quirky and loveable VW Bug. Featured in films and television shows such as Woody Allen’s Sleeper (1973), the CW’s One Tree Hill (2003), Road to Redemption (2001), USA Network’s Psych (2006) and Cars (2006). Of course, our favorite is the 1963 Volkswagen Bug used in the infamous Love Bug films from Disney. “Herbie” the creamy white VW Bug starred as a free-thinking race car that featured a sunroof, racing stripes, as well as a characteristically sunny demeanor.

“Herbie” from the classic Love Bug movies.

 

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EmpireCovers.com Favorite #1:  Chevrolet Camaro

The Classic Chevy Camaro

Another Chevrolet favorite is the Camaro, a sporty automobile with a sleek exterior. The Camaro has been featured in films such as Remember the Titans (2000), A Walk to Remember (2002), Christine (1983), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), and television shows like The Vampire Diaries (2009), Overhaulin (2004) and Monster Garage (2002). A long time consumer favorite, Camaros are infamous for being the ultimate American sports car. 

Classic Chevy Camaro spotted in Media, PA

Our favorite Chevy Camaro is the unrefined 1977 yellow Camaro used in Transformers (2007) to portray the protective and mysterious Autobot “Bumblebee”. In Transformers, Autobot Bumblebee takes the form of an old, beat up Camaro to befriend human Sam and his love interest, Mikaela. Eventually, Bumblebee transforms into a different year of Camaro, the newer and sleeker 2009 Chevy Camaro. The model used in the film was a concept, as the car had not been officially released by Chevrolet.

Megan Fox and Shia LeBeouf in Transformers, along side of the 1967 Chevy Camaro used to portray Bumblebee.

 What are your favorite cars from film and TV?  

No matter how famous your vehicle is, EmpireCovers.com can provide you with a high-quality cover for your car.

The Army Jeep: A GI’s Best Friend

Here at Empire, we love classic cars. Besides the bright, stunning exteriors and meticulously clean and fashionable interiors, we love to learn the history behind vintage and antique automobiles. That’s why we were so excited to see these vintage Army Jeeps during our visit to the 2012 Media Car Show.

Ever wonder where Jeeps came from?

Nowadays, Jeep is known as a worldwide brand of economy sized 4x4s and SUVs. From sleek SUVs such as the Compass and Patriot to rugged 4x4s such as the Wrangler and Liberty, Jeep has established their brand as affordable and family friendly. Although current Jeeps are great for daily use, during WWII, Jeeps were created in order to fulfill a need for military automobiles.

During WWII, Army officials were in need of transportation for their soldiers. The Army needed a lightweight alternative to heavy duty tanks and trucks that could withstand nearly any environment. Seeking a solution, the U.S. Army called upon  the automobile industry to submit prototypes for consideration. Only a few companies, Willy Overland Motors, the American Bantam Car Company and Ford entered designs.

Although American Bantam Car Company’s prototype was initially selected, the company lacked the resources to meet the demand of vehicles needed. As a result, Willy Overland Motors, American Bantam,  and Ford all competed for the lucrative U.S. Army contract. Due to timing, the military rushed to test vehicles from all three companies. After necessary changes were made, the models all received new names- Willy’s previous “Quad ” became the “MA”, American Bantam’s “Blitz Buggy”  was now the “BRC 40″, and Ford’s Pygmy became the “GP”. Willy Overland Motors “MA” was selected in July 1941.

It was just in time. The U.S. Army was in dire need of vehicles, as WWII was already underway. The MA was shipped to the Allies overseas, and GI’s response was extremely favorable.  In order to keep up with demand, Ford was called upon to produce additional vehicles. During the remainder of the war, MAs were transported by plane and glider to troops in battle. General George C. Marshall, US Army Chief of Staff called the vehicle, “America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare”.

Post WWII, Willy Overland and Ford pursued ownership of the “Jeep” name, which was awarded to Willy Overland. Another version of the vehicles was mass produced for farmers and civilians. Since, civilian 4x4s have continued to be produced by automobile companies worldwide.

Although the military continued to use Jeeps after WWII, they eventually progressed to the HMMWE, created by American automotive company AM General. The HMMWE was a heavier, more durable vehicle, and is still the primary automobile for the U.S. Army.

To read more about the rich history of the Jeep, visit the official JEEP website. Be sure to check out EmpireCovers.com to find high-quality, affordable covers for your Jeep, truck or SUV.

*Active duty and veterans receive 15% off at EmpireCovers.com using coupon code USMIL15.

 

The particular Jeeps pictured below, authentic U.S. Army Jeeps, were on display by the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum.The non-profit museum, also located in Media, vows to “tell the stories of America’s conflicts” through the experiences of veterans. You can follow the PVM on Facebook

Empire Covers at the Media Car Show

Media is a small town outside the city of Philadelphia, with a homey, close-knit family feel. Practically out of a Norman Rockwell painting, downtown Media has a variety of local, family owned businesses. Media has all the makings of a classic American town, and is credited as America’s First Fair Trade Town.

Hundreds of family friendly events are hosted in Media every year. The Temaki Sushi bar on Olive Street has a Bring Your Dog to Dinner night. Every Thursday from May 10 through November, there’s a local Farmer’s Market, featuring fresh fruit and vegetables. On July 15th, 2012, EmpireCovers.com checked out the 2012 Media Car Show.

Hundreds of classic cars were lined up and down the city blocks, enchanting the visitors and car enthusiasts alike. Even to someone who isn’t familiar with classic cars could appreciate the beauty of a shiny, near mint 1966 Ford Mustang.  For classic car gurus, it was a paradise of circa 1960 & 1950 automobiles, ranging from Chevrolet, Ford, Porsche, Dodge, and many more.

The car show featured automobiles from local classic car owners. Car clubs such as Delco Cruisers came to show off their impressive collection of vintage automobiles. Founded in 2007, Delco Cruisers is an all-inclusive club that allows members with all make/models of classic cars to join.

Check out the classic cars we saw at the 2012 Media Car Show. Be sure to visit EmpireCovers.com to find quality covers for classic cars.

 

Bikers Take Over Gettysburg for Bike Week

Historic Gettysburg, infamous for the Civil War battle, has been invaded by motorcycle enthusiasts. They came in groups, loudly humming, playing music and revving their engines. Gettysburg welcomed them with open arms, as this week is the annual Gettysburg Bike Week.

Gettysburg plays host to the yearly festival that welcomes bikers from all over the country. Bikers flock here by the thousands, visiting the town’s historic sites, such as Cemetery Hill and the Gettysburg National Military Park. In addition to the downtown’s charming attractions, bikers also have four days to check out Gettysburg Bike Week, held at the picturesque Granite Hill Camping Resort.

Granite Hill, a secluded resort about 10 minutes from downtown Gettysburg, features an inground pool, RV hookups, public facilities, and campsites. Many bikers strapped their motorcycles behind their RVs, and come stay for the entire week. At Granite Hill, vendors offer everything from fried pickles to leather vests. There’s also daily events, such as concerts, contests and Poker Runs, differing from day to day.

The event is packed with beautiful bikes, delicious food and drinks, as well as friendly people. Bikers greet each other like old friends. Throughout the day, bikers are catching up, getting their bikes serviced, and even detailed as they check out the festival.

Even if you don’t have a motorcycle, Gettysburg Bike Week is a great family friendly event. Offering a little bit of everything, Gettysburg can please even the pickiest traveler. From bars to wineries, ice cream shops to diners, Gettysburg is a foodie’s paradise. History buffs can wander the downtown area, local parks and memorials. Historical buildings and museums are plentiful, nearly on every street. Vistors can also choose from a variety of shops and find Civil War themed gifts, antiques, and Gettysburg Bike Week momentos.

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Empire Covers: Gettysburg Bike Week Bound

EmpireCovers.com is going on the road! We’ll be attending the 2012 Gettysburg Bike Week, a week long event that calls motorcycle enthusiasts to the historic Gettysburg, PA. From July 12th-15th, bikers can enjoy planned events such as the Parade of Chrome, daily Poker Run, Tattoo Contest and the 1st Annual GBW Bikini Contest. The event will be held at the Granite Hill Camping Resort, also known to host events such as the Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-off.

Gettysburg, while known for hosting the annual bike week, is also known for one of the most infamous battles in U.S. History. The Battle of Gettysburg started the morning of July 1st 1863, and continued for two more days. Many credit the battle for being the start of the end of the Civil War. There were over 50,000 casualties over the three day battle, resulting in a Union victory. In the following November, President Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address. While it was only a few minutes long, the Gettysburg Address is known to be one of the greatest speeches of all time.

Presently, Gettysburg sees millions of visitors every year. Besides being rich in history, Gettysburg is also rumored to be one of the most haunted places in the United States. Visitors and ghost hunters report seeing ghosts of Union and Confederate soldiers in “Devil’s Den”, a collection of boulders within the Gettysburg area. Although we don’t expect to see many ghosts, we’re looking forward to seeing some great looking motorcycles.

What’s your favorite part of Gettysburg?

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Restoring a ’48 Dodge Truck- Interview

Here at Empire, we love finding people that are passionate about what they do. In this case, we got the opportunity to talk to John, a car enthusiast out of Rochester, NY. Read his interview about his plans to restore a classic ’48 Dodge Truck, his feelings on custom cars, and why he dislikes car snobs.

BTC: How long have you been working on custom cars?

John: I’ve been doing brake jobs, oil changes, tire changes etc when I was ten or eleven. As for heavy-duty restoration/repairing/rebuilding, that started this summer. To be able to rehab a part that most people would simply replace is not a skill that really exists anymore, but once you have knowledge of metalworking and welding and grinding and so on, you can pretty much fix anything.

BTC: What are your favorite make/models of cars?

John: I love small Japanese or British roadsters. Miatas, S2000s, MGs and Triumphs. I also love almost everything vintage. Cars from the 20′s and 30′s just oooooze style and charm. My absolute favorite car would probably be a Ford GT40. Rear engine, massive power, incredible styling – it was created to beat Ferrari in races, and it did. That’s all. Its a machine with a mission, and its not trying to win style points.

BTC: How long can it take to completely rebuild a vehicle?

John: Rebuilding a car can take years, proper restorations can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, more than the car could ever be worth, probably. I’m not trying to restore cars to win trophies at car shows, I’m trying to rebuild cars so that they don’t simply rot in a field somewhere. In cases like this, the mechanical bits take precendece over the paint and finish and shininess. To get everything in good working order, it will probably take 2 summers of intermittent work. If this was my full-time job, a few months. This particular truck, a 1948 Dodge, will probably take a year.

BTC: So far, what’s been your favorite car restoration project?

John: My favorite project . . . my favorite project is one I haven’t started yet. I really want to make a completely custom, totally self-designed and home-made race car. Tube-frame chassis, custom suspension components, hand-formed body panels, something low and sleek and sexy like the rocket-shaped F1 cars of the 40′s and 50′s. That’s the sort of thing I’m working towards.

BTC: What kind of skill set do you need to rebuild a car?

John: I have to keep accumulating knowledge of old-time techniques, because that is the kind of car I want to build. Something old-timey, simple, computer free with no ABS or traction control or GPS navigation. Cars are expressions, and everyone has something different to express.

BTC: What’s your favorite thing about rebuilding cars/ cars in general?

John: I love the off-road scene, big monstrous Jeeps and old lifted pickups with winches and floodlights. Also drifters, people who race and thrash their cars.I basically love people who use cars for their intended purpose and don’t care if it picks up a few dings and dents along the way. I’m a big fan of the import scene, but I also love American muscle and European grace. If its cool, I like it. I don’t like the people who hate on cars because “I would never do that to my ride! It looks so stupid!”

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Three Weeks in a RV: The Ultimate College Tour

Here at Empire, we’re like a tight-knit family. We celebrate birthdays, encourage each other’s successes and occasionally check out our local happy hour. Recently, when discussing our alma maters, we got down to talking about the actual college selection process. Our social media manager, Melissa, shared her unique experience.

At the beginning of her college selection process, she was invited by a family friend, Rebecca, to join her own college search. For over three weeks, they toured 22 colleges up and down the East Coast, along with Rebecca’s parents. Starting in Southern New Jersey, the trip spanned across West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and ended in Florida.  Their mode of transportation? Rebecca’s family RV, a Class C RV nicknamed “Sally”.

“Sally was named after the song ‘Mustang Sally’,” Melissa says. “We listened to that song over and over the entire time.”

To keep track of the colleges, Melissa made a rating sheet. The two judged colleges on a point system, based on their location, size, housing, and extracurriculars. On some days, the girls toured the campuses on a tandem bike- a bicycle built for two. Out of all of the universities, High Point University in in High Point, NC gained the highest score.

“High Point had a really homey feeling,” Melissa recalled. “The campus wasn’t too big, and they gave us free t-shirts on the tour.”

The University of South Florida also had a high score.  Melissa remembers the campus being “really aesthetically pleasing” with “beautiful, clean facilities.”

But their college tour wasn’t just about universities. During the process, they visited famous attractions and sites such as the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, Skyline Drive,  Dollywood, and Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL. The girls favorite stop was Myrtle Beach, where they parked at the Ocean Lakes Campground. The campground, boasting consecutive wins of “RV Park of the Year” by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, provided direct beach access.

In the end, Melissa chose to attend Temple University in Philadelphia. As for “Sally”, Melissa says she’s securely parked at her home in New Jersey, taking occasional road trips. While parked, Sally is kept clean and protected with an Empire RV Cover. 

“It was an amazing experience,” Melissa says of the trip. “I really got to see parts of the country I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. I had never been in a RV before that.”