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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.”

 

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Empire Covers: The Psychology of Car Color

There seems to be a psychology behind everything these days. An astrological sign, a dream, a favorite food- all things that can express your different personality traits. So what does your car color say about you?

 

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Black: What do stylist Rachel Zoe, actress Sandra Bullock, (source) and our Empire co-worker Claire have in common? They all drive black cars. The color  black, while technically not being a color, symbolizes sophistication. Individuals that are drawn to the color black are usually sleek, stylish and powerful. Chanel, the popular fashion brand, is known for it’s frequent use of black in dresses, jewelry and shoes. People who love the color black are often complicated souls, and enjoy learning new things, and traveling to new places.

White: White, known as the purest of colors, is opposite of black, visually and psychologically. People drawn to white cars are often pure, forgiving and kind. Actress January Jones, Steeler’s wide receiver Heinz Ward (source), and Empire’s very own Robert and Jake drive white vehicles. In western civilization, brides wear white on their wedding day to depict innocence, while in eastern countries such as China, it’s worn at funerals. People who love the color white are likely to prefer simple, uncomplicated lives.

Silver/Gray: Drivers that choose silver or gray for their cars are classy, even-tempered, and fair. Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, actress Reese Witherspoon, and actor Elijah Wood all drive gray or silver cars. Also a symbol of intellect, it’s no surprise that a majority of the EmpireCovers.com office drive gray or silver automobiles.  While a somewhat dull color, silver/gray has many variations that are used in jewelry. People who love the color gray tend to be passionate about their work, and are extremely responsible.

Red: Those who choose red cars are most likely enthusiastic and trusting. Actress Kate Walsh and singer Lily Allen both drive red cars. Although red car drivers tend to be extremely passionate, they may also have intense personalities. In popular culture, red is frequently used to express love and anger, and is a popular color choice for various lucrative brands and sports teams. People who love the color red are likely strong-willed and fiercely independent.

Orange: It makes sense that people with orange cars are fun, creative, and outgoing.  Justin Bieber and John Mayer, American singers, drive bold orange cars (source). Individuals who choose bright orange hues for their cars have spunky, larger than life character traits.  The color orange is used frequently during Halloween because of the fall seasonality of pumpkins. People who love the color orange are often unpredictable, and tend to change their minds frequently. However, they also go the extra mile when it counts.

 

Yellow/Gold: Yellow is a happy color- likely the reason smiley faces are made with yellow circles. Basketball superstar Michael Jordan, fictional literary character Jay Gatsby, and rapper Tyga (source, source) all epitomize what yellow car drivers are- positive, successful and noble. While red is the most attractive of the colors, yellow is the most difficult color to look at, causing your eyes to strain. People who love the color yellow are often daydreamers and crave independence in their daily lives.

Brown/Tan: Somewhat controversial celebrities Lana del Rey and Jeremy Piven both drive neutral brown or tan cars. That’s why it’s so surprising what the color brown symbolizes- dependability and practicality. People who drive brown cars are also known to be levelheaded and easygoing- which is the complete opposite of Jeremy Piven’s alter ego, “Ari Gold” on HBO’s Entourage. Individuals who love the color brown often are traditional, and dislike change, as easygoing as they are.

Green: Green car drivers Brad Garrett and Arnold Swcharzenegger are very well-known for their bold roles on television and film. It’s hard to say for sure, but it’s likely that these two are calm, confident yet cautious in person. Most green car drivers are quite well-rounded, and work well under pressure. The color green is commonly known for it’s appearance in nature, along with neutral browns. People who love the color green tend to have great personalities, and are quite popular amongst their peers.

Blue: Ed Hardy creator Christian Audigier and rapper 50 Cent, both flashy yet extremely wealthy, own blue cars. Empire’s very own Melissa and Rachel both drive blue cars. Individuals who choose blue cars are very likely loyal, wise, and extremely self-aware. The color blue is a complex, versatile color that has been used frequently throughout history and modern times in art, decor, and clothing. People who love the color blue are often sensitive, but in the long run, very patient.

Purple: Songwriter and X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos, as well as Brandon Phillips, the 2nd baseman for the Cincinnati Reds, drive purple cars (source). Purple, a less popular choice for automobiles because of it’s bold, dark undertones, symbolizes luxury and patience. Purple is also known to be majestic and regal color, a popular with royalty and influential historical figures like Alexander the Great. People who love purple tend to prefer leadership roles, and are usually considered to be very funny.

Pink: It’s not surprising that female superstars Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry all have pink cars. While it’s known as a feminine color in most cultures, in some eastern countries, pink is a masculine color. Pink also symbolizes positivity and tranquility, and pink car owners are often friendly and cheerful. People who love the color pink often crave affection and love from their peers, and may have more maternal instincts.

 What color is your car?

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