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Empire Covers Favorite Pro Angler Brandon Card is Fishing His Way to the Top….

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.

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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:

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Brandon Card on Douglas Lake

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Brandon Card on Douglas Lake

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Empire boat covers protecting pro fishing boats after a long day on Douglas Lake

Take Care of Your Car This Winter with 5 Easy Tips

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
• Flashlight
• Extra Batteries
• Radio
• Flairs
• Blankets
• 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

Behind the Scenes at the Philly Auto Show

The Philadelphia Auto Show just held it’s annual event at the Philadelphia Convention Center and Empire HQ sent out the Behind The Covers crew to get an exclusive behind the scenes look at the action.

The yearly car gala is one of the oldest and most popular gathering of automobiles in the country. The first Philly Auto Show was organized way back in 1902. The variety of vehicles and the amount of people who frequent the event each year has increased dramatically over the past 111 years. The show currently brings in over 200,000 guests and has over 700 vehicles filling in the 550,000 square feet of the Center City, Philadelphia building.

We sat down with Kevin Mazzucorla, the Executive Director of the Philly Auto Show who has been involved with the event for the past 15 years, to get to know what makes this event so special.

EMPIRE COVERS: “What’s the best aspect the Philadelphia Auto Show has going for it, right now?”

KEVIN MAZZUCORLA: “Everything. Everything is perfect. But seriously, for one, the tradition of the event is phenomenal. It’s one of the oldest shows in the country. Kids who have come to the show with their grandparents become grandparents and then take their grandchildren. It’s amazing. You see generations that have been coming to the show for, well, generations.”

EC: “How has the show changed over time and, more specifically, within recent history to where it is today?”

KM: “A lot has changed. For one, the size of the show. The building is bigger, more people are coming, the interest is stronger than ever. That doesn’t even count for how much the technology has changed and how much the industry has grown over the years. A larger automobile culture means more companies want to get in the door to show off their product. This year we have over 700 vehicles on the show floor.”

EC: “How big of an influence does the Philly Auto Show have?”

KM: “A great deal, actually. The Philadelphia market is top 4 in the auto industry in terms of sales of vehicles alongside New York, LA and Chicago. This area alone generates about $3 billion in revenue per year. 30% of all vehicles in the Philadelphia market are influenced by this show, so we have a lot of pull going for us.

“The beauty is, there is no selling going on at the actual show. People come in, see what they want to see and make decisions later. For the most part people will come in and view something they didn’t know existed or never thought of before and will tend to at least research into that specific vehicle more, if not purchase it at a later time.

EC: “Are you in competition with other big shows around the country?”

KM: “We obviously want to have the best car show in the world, but yes, sometimes the wind is pulled out of our sails. Detroit is a huge show and is right before us, so naturally if car companies want to unveil something brand new or an incredible unique concept, they’re going to do it there because it’s the first big show of the year. Just the way it is.”

EC: “Would you like us to cover all of your cars for next year?

KM: “Absolutely!”

Thanks to Kevin for taking the time out of his busy schedule to speak to us. Photos of the event and the beautiful cars are below, but before we run out of covers supplying the 2014 Philadelphia Auto Show, you may want to stock up for your own good. Check us out at EmpireCovers.com.

Sweet Rides From the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

2014 Chevy Silverado

Every year the Detroit Auto Show features the best and hottest cars about to hit the market. 2013 was no exception as dozens of brand new concepts were brought to the international stage. Thousands will flock this year to the show that runs from Janurary 14-27, but if you’re not lucky enough to make it, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up the sweetest rides we’ve come across from this year’s car extravaganza for your enjoyment.

Acura NSX Concept

The Acura NSX concept car’s shell stayed mostly same, there’s actually an interior to look at inside the Japanese supercar that the brand says will focus on simplicity, good outward visibility and style to enhance the driving experience. Take the PR words for what it’s worth, but there’s no getting around the fact that Acura is at least one step closer to building the NSX.

Honda Fit Urban SUV Concept

Honda brought the Fit Urban SUV concept to the Detroit Auto Show this year to preview a crossover built on the Fit platform. For the most part, the concept doesn’t actually seem so far from what a production version could look like apart from touches like the LED-laden headlights and door handles.

2014 Cadillac ELR

The ELR offers 300 miles of range, helped by the same 1.4-liter gas engine as the Chevy Volt. The ELR also gets tighter steering and suspension to deliver a sportier driving feel to separate it further from the Chevrolet product.

2014 Audi RS7

0 to 60 mph in less than 3.9 seconds. Wow. The 2014 Audi RS7 has a ridiculous 553 lb-ft torque rating at 1750 rpm. The body is styled with an almost excessive number of carbon fiber pieces, but in this case it works to further the car’s aggressive look. Audi’s 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 makes plenty of power, but the brand also says it expects the car to average 24 mpg thanks in no small part to cylinder deactivation.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray practically took over the show over before it started in Detroit by packing a massive venue and is definitely the fastest base Corvette ever. Powered by an all-new 6.2-liter LT1 V8, the Stingray has 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. Not only that, but Chevrolet says the car has a better power-to-weight ratio than both the Audi R8 and Porsche 911. The perfect car for the perfect ride.

Looking for a cover to protect your amazingly sweet ride? Check us out at Empirecovers.com.

The Top 10 Bumper Stickers of All-Time

 

Bumper stickers. It’s nice break when you’re on a long, boring drive or stuck in traffic and seeing something that, for a second, makes you laugh, think or at the very least, distracts you from reality. For decades, bumper stickers have provided us with a quick chuckle, inspiration or general silliness while on the road. Millions have been made and have graced every type of vehicle (except if you have one on your Lamborghini, then you have some serious problems). We at Empire Covers have searched the Internet far and wide to bring you the best 10 bumper sticker’s out there today:

10.  Civilization would continue, just without the luxury of vehicles or basketball dunks.

 

9.  Never knew stickers had that kind of power.

 

8. Can’t wait for the newest member of the family, Kick.

 

7.  Must work in retail.

 

6.  Sweet truck!  Hey, what are you doing this Saturday?

 

5.  Will do, madam (assuming…probably correctly).

 

 

4.  Good point. Can also be true for elderly people who are driving in the passenger seat while looking out the window and sitting on there dog.  Concentrate on the road please, Nanna.

 

 

3.  Somebody’s making a fortune over those things.

 

 

2.  And if you’re illiterate, then the joke’s on you I guess.

 

 

1.  Funny?  Yes.  True?  Double yes.

 

 

Cover up and protect your bumper sticker and the precious car it’s attached to with a cover from EmpireCovers.com.

Tips For Your Car In The New Year!

Everybody has New Years Resolutions that they keep for themselves, but why not make a couple to keep your car in the best condition possible? Here are some tips to ensure your vehicle is staying healthy into 2013:

Get Your Vehicle’s Body Into Shape

Most people resolve to get their body into better shape in the New Year. Why not make the same resolution for your car? A simple vehicle maintenance regime, including measuring your tire pressure, checking for leaks once a month, taking your vehicle in for regular tune-ups and reading the owner’s manual will help you save money and fuel as well as protect the environment.

Be a Fuel-Efficient Driver

Relax more behind the wheel. Aggressive driving and speeding can increase your fuel consumption by as much as 35 percent. Slowing down, giving yourself more time and planning your routes ahead of time are just a few of the many things you can do to save money and fuel, and lower your vehicle’s emissions.

Kick the Idling Habit

New Year’s is a great time to start kicking bad habits like unnecessary idling. It’s bad for your wallet, your vehicle, the environment and the health of people around you. Contrary to popular belief, the best way to warm up your car is to drive it at a moderate speed. Idling for 10 minutes a day produces almost a quarter-tonne of carbon dioxide emissions and costs you more than $80 every year!

Avoid using automatic car starters as they encourage idling and waste a lot of fuel. Even on the coldest winter days (and as long as your windows are defrosted) today’s electronically controlled engines allow you to drive away 30 seconds after starting the engine, even on the coldest winter days.

Your tires need special attention during winter. Cold temperatures decrease the air pressure in tires, which adds to the rolling resistance caused by snow and slush. Measure tire pressure regularly, especially after a sharp drop in temperature. Operating a vehicle with just one tire under-inflated by 8 psi can reduce the life of the tire by 15 000 kilometres (9,320 miles) and increase the vehicle’s fuel consumption by 4 percent. For improved fuel efficiency and enhanced safety, give your tires the attention they need.

COVER YOUR CAR!!!

A simple, easy way to keep your car protected and safe. Especially during the winter.

Does An Electric Car Need To Be Covered And Protected More Than A Regular Vehicle?

Over time, a car can become vulnerable to its surroundings. Whether it’s stored indoors or parked outside, an uncovered vehicle is still exposed to numerous daily hazards. Dust, rain, sleet, snow and even the sun are all natural elements that can affect the quality of an automobile.

These are obvious issues for any vehicle, but what about an electric car with an interior makeup that differs from a gasoline vehicle? Will being left out in extreme weather affect the performance of the car? If rain seeps under the hood of your electric car, is it worse for the automobile than it is for a standard gasoline vehicle? More importantly, would it cause a safety risk?

The short answers to all of those questions: No. An idle electric car will not be damaged any further or pose any more of a safety hazard than a normal gasoline vehicle when confronted with the elements of nature. We’re all taught as children that water and electricity don’t mix, but it’s perfectly safe to keep your electric car in the rain.

However, that doesn’t mean you should keep your electric car naked in the breeze. In fact, you should want to keep your electric car safe from both natural elements and from human factors that can result in scratches, dings or even theft of a parked car. Car covers are a necessity for automobile owners who wish to keep their vehicle in the best shape possible.

Even if your electric car is charged from the comforts of your own garage, the vehicle is still exposed to a number of potential hazards. Factors such as dust, dirt and various airborne pollutants commonly found in garages and storage spaces can cause damage to your automobile.

A car cover is the perfect solution to keep your electric car safe, productive and looking good well beyond its years.

Doesn’t matter what kind of vehicle you have, we’ll keep it protected at EmpireCovers.com.

It’s Almost 2013, Where is my Flying Car?!?!

Remember the movie Back To The Future II?  Yes, the first one was better, but the second film in the trilogy gave us a glimpse into what the world might become.  The movie gave a comically futuristic look of how the world would change from 1985 to 2015 and, surprisingly, some of what was predicted to be in 2015 has already come true.  Computer tablets (iPad), holograms (TuPac) and a baseball team in Miami (maybe not for much longer) all exist in today’s world. However, by far the most intriguing aspect of the movie was seeing a world being dominated by flying vehicles, and it is only set three years from present day. There is no excuse for this, it was in the movie and therefore it should be true. Now, understand our needs here at Empire Covers for personalized hover boards currently exceed our need to breathe, but what about flying cars?  Hasn’t the technology supposedly been around the corner for decades?  In short: Where are our flying cars?!?!

Actually, they may be right around the corner.  In fact, you can put down a deposit to own a flying car that is in its final phasing of testing. There have been numerous designs of flying vehicles in many different shapes and forms, but only one has been officially proclaimed street legal and will soon be on sale to the general public: Terrafugia’s Transition.

Award-winning MIT engineers and designers have been working on the Transition since 2006 and it’s finally almost ready for the masses. The flying car is classified as a light-sport aircraft that travels at top speeds of 51mph on the ground and 115mph in the air.  It features a two seat cockpit along with retractable wings that fold up when the vehicle is being used as a normal car.  The Transition can travel 425 miles in the air while only burning 5 gallons per hour. Traveling on the ground makes it one of the most fuel efficient cars on the road as it 35 miles per gallon. There is some room for storage, too, as the description for the car on Terrafugia’s website states that “cargo area holds golf clubs.” Because why drive to the golf course when you can fly?

So what’s stopping everyone from buying the Transition and instantly soar above the clouds majestically in a state of pure bliss?  Well, a lot.  For one the cost to purchase the Transition is not in the normal working class’ ballpark.  The price is currently set at $279,000 which includes a $10,000 refundable deposit to hold the vehicle. Plus you can imagine that the high insurance rates, dual inspections for both the cars and airplane, and the general upkeep will ultimately jack up the price.

Another major concern is safety. It’s frustrating enough if you blow a gasket in your car on a major highway, but imagine if that happened at 10,000 ft? Not even the “full vehicle parachute” that’s included would keep people from having to change into another pair of pants, and that’s if they survive the plunge.

But, ultimately, the issue comes down to convenience. It is amazing that we now have the technology to make car/aircraft hybrids, but in reality Terrafugia’s concept is only unique for pilots who wouldn’t want to keep their plane in the hanger. You still have to drive to the airport to take off and land the plane back down on a runway. This vehicle isn’t helpful for the flying car images we have in mind like if we’re stuck in a traffic jam and can take off vertically then jet away leaving everyone in the dust. There is virtually no urban appeal to the Transition because of that notion. It’s probably can be described better as a drivable plane than a flying car.

It’s a shame, but it seems like the flying car is still a couple of designs away from being conducive for everyday people to use. But there’s still two years to get something done before Back To The Future’s predictions are wrong and we all suffer under the collapse of the space-time continuum.  

Make it happen, science.

If cars have wings and can fly, we’ll still be able to cover them. Check us out at EmpireCovers.com

Dress Your Car for Halloween

Ghostbusters ‘ECTO-1′ Car

ECTO-1 Car Halloween Costume

This costume is perfect for crossovers and wagons. Pair your ‘Ghostbuster’ costume with a near authentic ECTO-1 to drive around on Halloween night. If you’d rather not stick things on your car, try buying one of our DuPont Tyvek covers to make a removable costume. Simply cover the car, and attach logos on the exterior.

Materials Needed:

  • Ghostbusters Logo Decals
  • Fake Ghost Hunting Materials (for roof)
  • Fake phone number/movie quote removable decals
  • Stuffed ‘Slimer’ to ride shotgun
  • Optional: DuPont Tyvek White Car Cover

Vamp-car

Vamp-Car

Looking for a fun and easy car costume? Just add vampire teeth! Create ‘car fangs’ using white foam paper or paper, attaching magnets on the back.

Materials Needed:

  • White construction paper/foam paper
  • Magnets

Old School Ghost 

Ghost Car Costume

Here’s a fun, easy way to dress up your car for Halloween. Using our white DuPont Tyvek Empire car cover, simply cut out two ‘eye holes’ and drape over your car- when parked only! Do not attempt to drive with cover on car.

Materials Needed:

  • Empire’s DuPont Tyvek Car Cover

Indoor Soft Stretch

Giant Strawberry

If you’re looking for an elaborate costume, try Empire Covers Indoor Soft Stretch, available in red, to create a giant strawberry costume. Simply attach ‘seeds’ and a green stem to complete the look. Best part is that after Halloween, you can still use the cover!

Materials Needed:

  • Black construction paper, cut into giant seeds
  • Green felt to create stem top
  • Indoor Soft Stretch Cover in Red
Rico Suave

For a simple, funny costume, attach a giant mustache on the grill of your car. This can be accomplished with just some string or duct tape, with spray painted cardboard cut into a mustache. You can also order car mustaches online if you’d rather not DIY.

Materials Needed:

  • String or duct tape to attach
  • Spray paint, brown
  • Large piece of cardboard

‘Mutt Cutts’ Car from Dumb and Dumber

Mutt Cutts Car

If you truly want a one of a kind costume, and don’t mind the expense, the ‘Mutt Cutts’ car is the way to go. While creating a driveable costume would be difficult, try using one of our covers to achieve a driveway friendly look. Use our tan Titan Car Cover to drape over the car, then create a ‘dog face’ using a cardboard cut-out tongue, spray painted pink and nose, spray painted black. Use a permanent marker (do this before covering the car) to create whiskers.  Cut out the windshield area for eyes, and add a yellow ‘Mutt Cutts’ sign to the side. This costume can be as elaborate or simple as you choose. If you want to reuse the cover, do not make any cuts or draw on it.

Materials Needed:

  • Titan Car Cover
  • Pink and black spray paint
  • Cardboard cutouts, tongue and nose

 Have you ever dressed up your car for Halloween?

A Southern Staple: Classic Pickup Trucks

At Empire, we love hearing the stories behind classic cars. We all have our favorites, and when we attend a car show, we’re always looking for them. One classic car that we keep an eye out for are Classic Ford Trucks- a cult classic for farmers and Southerners alike.

Classic trucks, the backdrop of every country music video are the essence of a Norman Rockwell-like way of living. A staple of the Southern lifestyle, Classic Ford, Chevy and Dodge Trucks still line the streets of rural small town America. One of the most popular are the Ford F-Series that date back to the late 1940s. Designed for function, the F-Series has a rich history throughout the decades as a family friendly, All American truck.

1968 Ford F-100 from ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’

The initial idea and design for pickup trucks was developed by Ford in the mid 1920′s, the concept taken from the popular Ford Model T. Seeking a vehicle that could provide support for working families, the pickup truck was first produced by Ford in Australia. Capable of carrying loads of produce, supplies, and livestock, the truck was hit, and spread quickly to the United States.

Classic 1951 Ford F-4 in “MacGyver”.

The F-Series is still in production today, with the popular 12th Generation Ford F-150 and beyond. The newer Ford Trucks are much more sleek and rugged, with a more powerful V-8 that would likely leave a classic Ford Truck in the dust. However, the vintage look and feel of a classic Ford Truck in unmatched, making it one of the most iconic American vehicles of all time. Many classic Ford Truck owners understand the value of their vehicle, and choose to cover their truck. This protects it from the elements, even when parked indoors.

1951 Ford F-3 in “The Secret Life of Bees”

What’s so special about classic Ford Trucks is the innovative, rustic design. Likely inspiring the early models of Chevrolet and Dodge Trucks, the Ford Motor Company paved the way for the development of pickup trucks. Chevy Trucks were released in the late forties, as the popular Advance Design Series, eventually becoming the Task Force Series, and eventually, the Chevy Trucks we know today.

1967 Chevrolet C-10 in ‘CHiPS’

Dodge Trucks dates back to the 1920′s. Although not as popular as Ford and Chevy, Dodge Trucks had family friendly features that were the most similar to automobiles. For the first time since the 1970′s, Dodge has released heavier models, such as their popular Dodge Ram.

1941 Dodge Truck

What’s your favorite make of classic truck?