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Coming Soon: The New Empire Patio!

Empire is more than just vehicle covers. While we’re mostly known for car covers, over the years, we’ve launched durable, long-lasting covers for boats, RVs, motorcycles, trucks and more. Our latest product release, Empire Bimini Tops, has brought us beyond “just covers”. We’re thrilled to announce that this Fall, we’ll also be making big changes to our EmpirePatioCovers site.

You can still expect high quality covers for patio furniture, but expect a sleeker, more user friendly experience. We can’t wait to bring you new products, such as the gazebos we shared on our Facebook page.

Gazebos as a new product is one of our exciting changes to the new Empire Patio website.

Are you excited for the new Empire Patio experience? 

You can still find the same high quality covers for patio furniture at EmpirePatioCovers.com. 

Snow(mobiles) in July

In unreasonably hot weather, it’s easy to look forward to crisper, cooler temperatures. As temperatures rise, we long for autumn leaves, cool breezes and of course, snow. At the EmpireCovers.com offices in Eastern PA, we’re used to getting a lot of snow in the colder months. In July, obviously not so much.

This time of year, we’re cranking up the AC and trying to beat the heat with handheld fans and ice cold drinks. As we’re melting like popsicles, we dream of taking our snowmobiles and sleds out of storage. We envy those in colder climates, such as countries in the Southern Hemisphere, that are seeing snow and ice this time of year.

At the Empire office, we’ve already started to talk about our favorite winter activities, such as skiing, ice-skating, sledding, and of course, snowmobiling.   Besides the sweltering heat, our longing for winter was likely inspired by the Harley-Davidson snowmobile we spotted a few weeks ago. During Empire’s visit to Gettysburg Bike Week, we came across a vintage Harley snowmobile.

Wherever you are, whether it be San Francisco or Sydney, you’ve likely heard of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. Founded by William S. Harley in 1901, there are nearly 900 Harley-Davidson dealers in the U.S. to date. The company has a massive worldwide fan community, with groups such as the Harlistas, Harley Women Riders and the Iron Elite. Harley-Davidson has become a household name, so it isn’t surprising that they’ve sold more than just motorcycles.

Sold briefly in the early 1970′s, the Harley-Davidson Snowmobile is now a valued collectible. The company, owned by AMF at the time, released their first snowmobile in 1971 to meet popular demand. Advertised as being built with a Harley engine, the snowmobile was created to compete with other popular snowmobile brands of the time. Harley quickly followed up in 1972 with pull along sleds. However, failing to make an impression in the snowmobile industry, Harley ceased production in 1975. Since, the Harley-Davidson snowmobile and pull along sled (pictured below) have been treasured collectibles.

 

What’s your favorite vintage find? 

From classic snowmobiles to brand new, high powered snowmobiles, EmpireCovers.com has the right cover for you!
Check out our variety of covers for snowmobiles, jet-skis, ATVs & more!

 

Repurposing Planes, Trains & Automobiles

V8 Engine from a ’69 Camaro

Here at Empire, we’re huge fans of classic cars, as well as believers in reusing materials. Looking to incorporate this into our office space, we decided to get this one of a kind coffee table. Made from the engine of a ’69 Camaro, the table is sleek and sophisticated- not to mention over 300 lbs! Our innovative coffee table got us to thinking about other ways to reuse auto and marine parts.

How would you like to sit at a desk made from an airplane? Would you carry around a backpack made from a sailboat sail? Repurposed mechanical parts are more popular than ever. Everything from airplane cowlings to old oars are used to create unique home goods, decor, furniture, clothing, accessories and more. Here are some amazing ways cars, boats, planes and trains have been repurposed:

 

Office Desk from a B-747

747 Cowling Desk, Courtesy of MotoArt.com

Chances are, you’d feel sky high if you worked at this desk. Made from an old B-747, cowling desks are extremely difficult to get. We’re envious of anyone who’s got one in their office!

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Car Wheel Ottoman

Ottoman made with a car wheel, Courtesy of VWVortex.com

 Kick your feet up on this awesome ottoman! The perfect gift for any car enthusiast’s home or office.

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Vintage Sail Duffle Bag

Vintage Dacron Sail Bag, Courtesy of SeaBags.com

This duffel bag is one of many bags, backpacks, purses and more made from old sailboat sails.

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Starbucks made from Shipping Containers

Starbucks Sustainable Containers, Courtesy of the Starbucks Blog

 Starbucks, always focusing on innovation, constructed this drive thru Starbucks using shipping containers.

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House from a Victorian Train

House from Victorian Train, Courtesy of UK Daily Mail

 This UK home was constructed from an authentic Victorian Train. Two 40 ft carriers make up the 85 year old house.

How do you reuse materials?

You can reuse our durable, waterproof, UV treated covers for just about anything!

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.

Protect your motorcycle at Gettysburg Bike Week with a cover from Empire!