On August 8, 1963, an ex-British Army truck and two stolen Land Rovers were part of one of the most famous heists of all time, the Great Train Robbery.
A well-known burglar and mastermind of the Great Train Robbery, Bruce Reynolds, and 14 other men stole nearly $7 million. Inspired by American westerns, the men held up a train headed for England. They tampered with line signals in order to get the train to stop. After ambushing the train, the men loaded 120 bags filled the loot and took off in the Land Rovers and ex-Army truck.
Police eventually tracked down the Land Rovers and arrested 12 of the men. A majority of the loot was never recovered. The men were sentenced to a total of 300 years; one of the men, Ronnie Biggs, escaped prison after 15 months, underwent plastic surgery and eluded law enforcement until voluntarily returning in 2001 to serve the remainder of his sentence.
Prevent your car from being involved in future heists with an EmpireCovers vehicle cover! Not only do car covers protect your paint job, they are also a great theft deterrent. While our car covers are easy-to-use, thieves want a car that is easily assessable. They also want to see what’s inside the car before breaking in to it. A car cover is the perfect solution, especially one with a cable and lock kit.
The summer is already half way over! While boating season is in full swing, you may start thinking about storage options for the fall. A trailerable boat cover may be the best option for you, whether you keep your boat in a garage, storage area or out in the open.
EmpireCovers stocks a variety of affordable, semi-custom boat covers. Choosing an EmpireCovers boat cover has a variety of benefits for owners and boats.
Built for Affordability: Our semi-custom boat covers provide ultimate protection for hundreds of dollars less than wrapping your boat or paying for storage.
Built to Last: Our boat cover fabrics are made with the most durable material and warranted to ensure protection for years. They also provide exception durability, with taped seams and protective sleeve for buckle and vent.
Built to Protect: EmpireCovers boat covers are vented to provide superior air circulation and protection against mildew, dampness and musty odors. The UV treated material protects boats from extreme sun and heat. The covers also protect against debris and other elements while on the road, as well as the snow and rain.
Easy to Use: In fact, our boat covers are so easy to use, a kid (or three) can do it!
Your boat cover must be securely tied down and snug before proceeding on the road. If the cover begins to flap in the window, please tighten the cover securely to the boat before continuing.
Our boat cover size selector suggests sizes based on manufacturer specs. For the best possible fit, please take a contoured measurement of your boat and chat with our customer service department via live chat or by phone at 888-872-6855. If your boat has a bimini top that cannot be removed or folded down to flush with the rails of your boat, these covers will not fit your boat.
EmpireCovers is all about the latest trends and family values. We’ve earned our seat as the vehicle protection experts by keeping your vehicles covered. Now we’re trying to help Anthony Weiner.
Mr. Weiner has received a lot of grief recently for his vicarious ways. EmpireCovers is here to say, “Don’t worry Anthony… We’ve got your Weiner covered!”
On July 29, 1909, General Motors Corporation (GM) acquired the Cadillac Automobile Company, for $4.5 million.
In 1902, Cadillac was formed after the departure of the founder, Henry Ford. Ford’s need for perfection clashed with his partners’ eagerness to put passenger cars on the market. Shareholders called in Detroit machinist Henry Leland to assess the company’s assets for a plan to sell the company. Leland convinced them to stay in business. His idea was to combine Ford’s latest frame with Oldsmobile’s single-cylinder engine.
During its first year in production, Cadillac assembled nearly 2,500 cars. By 1904, Leland’s son, Wilfred, joined Cadillac and established the brand’s reputation for quality. Cadillac made the top 10 in overall US auto sales every year from 1904 to 1915.
In 1908, William C. Durant created the General Motors Corporation. One year later, it had already acquired Buick and Oldsmobile. On July 29, 1909, Durant convinced Wilfred to sell Cadillac for $4.5 million in GM stock. The Lelands also kept their management positions, granting them full responsibility for automotive production. Three years later, Cadillac produced the world’s first (successful) electric self-starting car.
The Lelands left Cadillac in 1917 and formed Lincoln Company. Unfortunately, Lincoln went bankrupt and was later acquired by Ford Motor Company.
Over the years, Cadillac has maintained its reputation as a leader for luxury and innovation. It was the first automaker to standardly equip power steering and automatic windshield wipers on all its vehicles.
EmpireCovers has also maintained its reputation as a leader in innovative and luxurious vehicle protection products. The eCommerce company recently added carports to its extensive product line.
Like boats, bimini tops come in many shapes and sizes. From bass fishing to pontoons, we’ve got you covered.
EmpireCovers’ bimini tops come partially assembled, with clear directions, to guarantee easy installation. Proper measurements provide a near custom fit with our 2 bow, 3 bow or 4 bow bimini tops. Choose a blue, burgundy, tan, white or grey bimini top for your boat.
Measuring What Size Bimini Top Fits Your Boat
The first thing to consider when measuring your boat is what portion your want your bimini top to cover. This area will vary depending on personal preference and use. Use a measure tape to determine the length and record this amount.
Find the center mounting points for your bimini top. Measure the distance between these mounting points to determine the width. Please note, this measurement is not the same as the beam width of your boat. Choose the width that is closest your mounting point measurement.
Now, measure the desired height of your bimini top. This measurement should be taken from the mounting point to the desired height, not from the floor of your boat. This measurement should be the minimum headroom clearance you prefer.
EmpireCovers created a bimini top selector to help choose a bimini for your boat, however, this selector only takes the manufacturers’ maximum stated beam widths of your boat. This width may or may not be the same as where you prefer to mount your bimini. It is important to use your own measurements when selecting a width for your bimini top.
We cannot stress enough to measure the length, height and beam width before placing your order. Also consider color when choosing your bimini top. EmpireCovers takes pride in selling high quality bimini tops. Due to the packaging having many small parts, bimini tops have a 20% restocking fee, to ensure it will be fit for re-sell. Please read EmpireCovers’ return policy with any questions.
If you have any questions about your bimini purchase, please call our customer service department at 888-872-6855.
Each year, the EmpireCovers’ team gives back to the community. This year, the crew took a tour of the popular City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and participated in community service by helping paint the next mural.
The Mural Arts Program began in 1984 as a component of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network. Amateur graffiti artists were taught how to create art with paintbrushes instead of spray-paint. The program now encompasses at-risk youth, incarcerated adults and people from surrounding communities. Philadelphia now has over 3,600 murals, which is more than any other city in the world.
At the end of the tour, the team was able to paint sections of a mural that will be displayed in Philadelphia in the next couple of months.
The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is a local organization that EmpireCovers is proud to support.
Not all car covers are made equally. EmpireCovers’ car covers are designed to fit most vehicles and budgets. The material a car cover is made of and the elements your vehicle may be exposed to are important to consider when purchasing a protective cover.
Standard Car Cover
The Empire Standard Car Cover is made from a single layer of spunbond polypropylene to protect your vehicle from the elements. The polypropylene based material is exceptionally strong yet light. The cover is also UV treated to help protect your paint from fading and fully breathable to allow moisture to evaporate. The Empire Standard Car Cover is an economical option and great for indoor use and occasional outdoor use. Its built-in grommets and full elastic hem make it easy to use.
High Quality Car Cover
The EmpireCovers Titan Quatro 5L cover is made from 5 ultra-thick layers. The four outer layers are made from a waterproof Polypropylene material. The inner layer is made from a nonabrasive fleece lining. This cover is ideal for all-weather protection, including rain, sun, snow, dust and dirt. This cover is equipped with a full elastic hem and built-in strap and buckle for added security.
Premium Car Cover
EmpireCovers American Armor cover is ultra-lightweight yet extremely protective. This cover’s outer layer is made of DuPont Tyvek, a durable material that offers 99% UV protection and is 100% waterproof. Its inner layer consists of a soft micro-fiber lining that is breathable to prevent mold and mildew growth. The American Armor cover is ideal for all-weather protection against rain, sun, snow, dirt and dust. It features a full elastic hem with grommets to keep it secure even in the harshest weather conditions. This is an all-American product, manufactured entirely in the USA and is exclusive to EmpireCovers.
It is important to protect your vehicle, whether it’s parked in a garage or always exposed to the elements. Understanding the material a car cover is made of makes purchasing a cover even easier. From indoor covers to keep your stored classic car in pristine condition to outdoor covers to protect your vehicle from any climate’s elements, EmpireCovers offers the best car for your vehicle at the lowest rates.
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On July 11, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Aid Road Act.
Discussions for a federal road program began at the turn of the 20th century, especially after Henry Ford introduced the Ford Model-T. The affordable price of the Ford put more Americans on the road than ever before. Farmers wanted all-weather roads to transport their crops and urban motorists wanted smoother, long-distance highways.
Times were rough and the roads were rougher. America was two years into World War I. Horse and buggies shared trails with Model-T Fords and other vehicles. Sometimes mud and sometimes muck, drivers often risked getting stuck during their travels. At the time, a “tow truck” consisted of some men, blocks and ropes.
Wilson was an advocate for good roads. He spent about two hours each day in his automobile to relax and clear his mind of the stresses of being the president.
Wilson realized the need for smoother roads and signed the $75 million act. Upon signing the act, he said, “The happiness, comfort and prosperity of rural life, and the development of the city, are alike conserved by the construction of public highways. We, therefore, favor national aid in the construction of post roads and roads for military purposes.”
Think about the “man”ual tow truck and lack of roads the next time you’re stuck in construction. The $75 million price tag in 1916 is the equivalent to over $1.5 billion today. Now, it roughly costs $75 million for a single roadway improvement, but at least we have cell phones and Empire car covers!
EmpireCovers specializes in manufacturing and selling high quality covers for cars, trucks and other vehicles. Currently, EmpireCovers sells over 600 state-of-the-art protective covers.
Our customer service department answers a variety of questions about EmpireCovers’ product line on a daily basis. A common question that customers ask is the difference between our American Armor cover and our Titan Quatro 4L cover. The first difference people notice between the two covers is the price, but don’t be deterred if you’re looking for full vehicle protection.
Titan Quatro 4L
|100% Waterproof||100% Waterproof|
|All Weather Protection||All Weather Protection|
|Full Elastic Hem||Full Elastic Hem|
|10 Year Warranty||10 Year Warranty|
|UV Resistant DuPont Tyvek||UV Resistant material|
|Microfiber Inner Lining||Soft Fleece Inner Lining|
|Gust Guards ($14.99 value)||Built-in Grommets|
|Mesh Storage Bag ($9.99 value)||Storage Pouch|
|Made in USA|
EmpireCovers American Armor cover is ultra lightweight and ultra-soft. The cover is 100% waterproof and features an incredibly soft micro-fiber lining. The American Armor outer layer is made of DuPont Tyvek, a durable material that stands up to strong UV rays and downpours. The American Armor cover is an all-American product, manufactured entirely in the USA and is exclusive to EmpireCovers.
The EmpireCovers Titan Quatro 4L cover is made from 4 ultra-thick layers. The three outer layers are made from a waterproof Polypropylene material. The inner layer is made from a nonabrasive fleece lining. This cover is ideal for all-weather protection, including rain, sun, snow, dust and dirt.
Both car covers offer a wide variety of protection for your vehicle. It is important to know where you will use your cover and what you want to protect your vehicle from before choosing the cover that’s right for you.
If you still have questions about any of EmpireCovers’ product line, call 888-872-6855 or live chat with our customer service department.