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.
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Urban legends speak of an abandoned Chevy dealership filled with hidden treasures. Myths say the shop was locked decades ago, without an explanation. As with any tale, this story is filled with truth and imagination.
In 1946, Lambrecht Chevrolet Company opened its doors in a small town in Nebraska. For over 50 years, the husband and wife team of Ray and Mildred Lambrecht sold Chevys at the best prices around. In 1996, the couple decided to retire and the dealership was closed.
While it has only been 18 years since the doors were officially closed, VanDeBrink Auctions revealed the timeless treasures inside. An extensive inventory of “brand new” classic cars emerged from the dust. Below is a list of the cars highlighted in the video:
- 1958 Cameo with one mile on the odometer and plastic on the seats
- 1978 25th Anniversary Corvette with four miles on the odometer and plastic on the seats
- 1964 3-speed Impala with four miles on the odometer and plastic on the seats
It is a near miracle to find low mileage classic cars, especially with factory plastic still on the seats. Even though no one had been in the garage, dust had accumulated among these treasures, causing irreversible damage. Covering these classics with an indoor car cover, would have put the urban legends to rest.
Although it has not been “many decades,” since the dealership closed, the doors to Lambrecht Chevrolet have been opened and the contents inside will soon be auctioned.
The auction takes place September 28 and 29 in Pierce, Nebraska. It is set to feature more than 500 collectable cars, including 50 vehicles with less than 10 miles on the odometer.
Which car do you think will auction off for the most money?
Frequent visitors of EmpireCovers.com may have noticed an addition to the site. EmpireCovers is constantly broadening our areas of expertise while creating products to ensure the best vehicle protection on the market. We’re now selling carports!
Our multifunctional carports come in a variety of sizes, that can comfortably store cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, jet skis, bicycles, scooters and more. Carports are a simple way to create a semi-permanent, protective structure and assembly may be easier than you think.
To make the most of your EmpireCovers carport, you will need to know how to assemble it properly. We cannot stress enough that you must read the detailed instructions that come with your carport for the best results. Here is our brief version of the instruction manual:
- Grab your toolbox, a ladder and a friend; Do not assemble alone.
- Organize all of the parts and read all of the instructions
- Begin constructing the arches
- Attached the legs and horizontal poles to the arches
- Stand up the frames and have a friend help you attach them
- Install cross support poles for structural integrity
- Attach second set of horizontal poles
- Attach the rear arch to the rest of the structure
- Assemble the top horizontal support pole
- Attach the middle
- Attach the ends
- Congratulations! The frame is now complete!
Now it is time to install the covers.
- A few bolts will need to be undo to slip-on the front and read covers
- Pull the drawstrings as tight as possible
- Put caps on the poles so critters don’t get in
- Install the top cover
- Make sure to tie the drawstrings as tight as possible
- Tie the rope to your end loop
- Thread the rope through the holes and pull very tight
- Again, make sure the ropes and drawstrings are pulled as tight as possible.
- You are finished assembling your Empire Covers carport!
- Stand back and admire your handy work.
Check out our instructional video on how to assemble an EmpireCovers carport!
If you still have any questions, call 888-872-6855 or live chat with our customer service department.
In honor of the Fourth of July, we’re giving away an all-American product! The American Armor cover is made from an ultra-lightweight, ultra-soft DuPont Tyvek® material. This cover is fully waterproof and features micro-fiber lining.
One lucky entrant will win an American Armor cover for his/her car, truck, SUV or motorcycle! All entrants will receive a 30% off coupon code to use toward their next purchase at EmpireCovers.com or EmpirePatioCovers.com so everyone is a winner!
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On May 11th, the Loafers Car Club held their 18th Annual Loafers Car Club Car Show at Hannibal, MO’s Central Park. Hundreds of car aficionados gathered in the park to admire the 300 some vehicles on display – and there was plenty of car “eye candy” to go around.
The show consisted of over 30 judged classes of cars, which included street rods, street machines, trucks, Corvettes, Mustangs, Classics, Pro Street, Rat Rods, Imports, and many more!
The Loafers Car Club is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of preserving and enjoying historical and special interest automobiles, all while giving back to the community. Free to the public, the Loafers Car Club holds three main events every year: The Hot Dog Cruise-in, The Loafers Car Show and The Reunion Cruise-in.
All donations received during these events are used for various communal purposes, including but not limited to Leaps of Love and a college scholarship for two high school students that will be majoring in a subject pertaining to auto mechanics.
As a leading providers of car covers, Empire Covers acted as a major sponsor for the 18-TH Annual Loafer’s Car Club Car Show – and we even got our name on some pretty sweet t-shirts!
To see more pics from the 18th Annual Loafers Car Show check out the video below:
Here are a few inexpensive ways that you can show your boat some love
The first step in protecting your boat is a boat cover. It is essential for keeping your boat in good condition. Boat covers shield your boat from the sun’s dangerous rays, prevent rain and snow damage, and deter thieves.
My Empire Boat Cover has really helped keep my boat out of the harsh elements. It is strong and durable, and it holds up great in the rain and snow. Having a good boat cover is crucial to resale value when storing a boat outside like I do. Even for those of you storing a boat inside a covered area or garage benefit from a boat cover that will keep the dust off the boat. On overnight trips you need to cover the boat to keep off the dew and frost in cold weather. A dry boat is much more comfortable to fish out of.
Brandon Card with Empire boat cover
Protect the Hull
Hull protection is a must for fiberglass bass boats. The keel of the hull will take a beating from concrete ramps, rocky banks, and various other shallow water hazards. A Keelshield is the only way to go. It is an adhesive shield that sticks directly to the keel and is really easy to install. It comes in a variety of colors, so it will match any color of hull. I speak from experience when I say that you have to get this. I didn’t have one on a previous boat and my fiberglass was cracked and chipped everywhere. It looked like a beaver had a heyday on the bottom of that boat. For just under $200, this is a must have.
Protect the Engine
Like most people, I do the regular maintenance every year like spark plugs and lower unit oil. But two things that I think matter more than that are how hard the engine runs and keeping the ethanol out of gas. I try to only run my Suzuki 250 at full throttle during tournament situations. 4000 to 4500 rpm is the prime cruising range when I am practicing or fun fishing. Fuel economy will be the best in this range, and the engine will not have to work very hard. If it is not working hard, it will last longer.
Ethanol is detrimental to outboard engines, and there is an easy fix out there. I have been adding fuel treatments to my gas since the whole ethanol scare started, and I haven’t had a problem. Biobor EB is an ethanol treatment that stabilizes the ethanol/gasoline mixture and also prevents corrosion and wear. $20 a bottle treats 240 gallons and is a pretty fair bargain to prolong the life of an engine.
Remember these inexpensive ways to care for your boat, and your boat will spend less time in the shop and more time in the water. More time on the water is what we are all after. You can’t catch them unless you are out there!
Our boy, Brandon Card caught some serious fish on the Douglas Lake last week at the Bassmaster Southern Open. The 3-day tournament took place in Dandridge TN, from April 4th to the 6th. A total of 180 boats competed throughout the weekend. Card placed 77th in the Pro Anglers, weighing in at a total 14.9 pounds.
Brandon Card Weigh In Shot
Growing up only a few miles from Norris Lake, TN, Card started fishing for bass at a very young age. At age 14, he competed in his first bass tournament, and bought his first bass boat at age 16. After high school, Card attended the University of Kentucky where he became the president of the UK Bass Fishing Team. Throughout college, Card competed in a number of national championship events. However, it wasn’t until he won the Ultimate Match Fishing College Edition tournament in 2007, that he gained national exposure.
Since then, Card has been distinguished as a force to be reckoned with in the pro fishing world – and rightfully so. He competed in the 2011 BASS Southern Opens where he posted 4th, 9th, and 13th finishes in all three of the Southern Open tournaments. Card also finished 2nd place in Angler of the Year standings and received an invitation to compete in the 2012 Bassmaster Elites Series. In 2012, Brandon’s first year on tour, he won the Bassmaster Rookie of the Year title.
This March, Card placed 7th at the Bassmaster Elite series on Falcon Slam. Currently, Card is leading the Toyota Bassmaster 2013 Angler of the year race with 185 pts. At age 26 and in just his second Elite Series, Card is the youngest angler in the hunt for the AOY title.
For over a year now, Card has been a loyal supporter of Empire Covers and uses our waterproof boat covers to protect his pro fishing boat during both the on and off seasons. Thanks for the support Brandon, and best of luck on your journey for the AOY title – we’re rooting for you!
Checkout some action shots of Brandon Card on Douglas Lake below:
Brandon Card on Douglas Lake
Brandon Card on Douglas Lake
Empire boat covers protecting pro fishing boats after a long day on Douglas Lake
It’s cold. It’s icy. It’s wet. Winter weather can really make not only your life miserable but also the roads treacherous to travel. With the slush, snow, and ice covering the streets, it’s important to maintain your car throughout the winter. Here are five quick and easy tips to remember to not only have a safe winter season, but to have your car come out of the cold months in the best shape possible.
Check The Tires:
More specifically, two aspects of the tires: Pressure and tread. As the temperature goes down so does the pressure in your tires. It’s important to maintain your tire pressure to get optimum gas mileage and prevent excess tire wear. It’s just as important to check the tread depth of your tires to prevent excess wear. Using a quarter for the tread test works the best. Place the quarter in the tread of the tire you should NOT be able to see the top of Washington’s head. The higher the tread on the tire the better traction you will get when driving through the snow and ice.
Keep It Clean:
With all the salt and slush on the roads, your car is in danger of rusting. To prevent the corrosion and rust, routinely wash your car.
Check That Battery:
Take notice to the battery clamps for corrosion and make sure the clamps are tight. If there is a white powdery substance around the clamps you will want to clean them with baking soda and water. If your battery is older you may want to consider buying a new one, as it’s recommended to replace your battery every 3 to 5 years.
Have an Emergency Kit Prepared:
A just-in-case box to have all the essential items for, well, just-in-case. Things that should be included in your emergency kit:
• First-Aid Kit
• Windshield Scraper with Brush
• Jumper Cables
• Extra Batteries
• Salt (in case vehicle is stuck in ice)
• Pocket knife
Note The Fluids:
Any type of liquid in your vehicle should be checked, but most importantly the big four: Antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, oil and gasoline. If the levels are low for any of these, there’s a risk of the liquid freezing. Make sure all of the liquids are adequate so there is no danger of being without any one of them in the cold.
Follow these suggestions and you and your car should have a safe and happy winter season!
Does your car need protection from Old Man Winter? Get the perfect cover from EmpireCovers.com