Woodward Dream Cruise

Posted August 25th, 2010 by admin and filed in Auto
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Classic Limo - Woodward Dream CruiseOn the 3rd Saturday of August for the past 16 years, a little event in honor of classic cars has been taking place in Michigan. The Woodward Dream Cruise. By little, we are talking about 1 million visitors and 40,000+ cars of all kinds; muscle cars, street rods, hot rods, classics, custom, collector and modified. 2010 marked the event’s 16th year. If you missed it, you may want to put it on your calendar for next August.

The Woodward Dream Cruise is a 16 mile cruise along Woodward Ave. in Southeast Michigan, winding through 8 different communities like Bloomfield Hills, Ferndale, Huntington Woods and Royal Oak. This 16 year tradition got its start back in 1995, as a fundraiser for a local soccer field in Ferndale, Michigan. That’s when a group of friends got together to recreate the “nostalgic heydays of the 50s and 60s”. The first year, 250,000 people participated. The event has only grown since then.

Classic Car - Woodward Dream CruiseNot only is the Woodward Dream Cruise for the lovers of classic cars. It’s an event for the whole family. Most of the communities involved plan things for kids, music, food vendors, contests and more. The Woodward Dream Cruise is a 1 day event that’s free to the public. And with it being located just miles north of Detroit, the birth place for many of the cars featured in the cruise, what better way to pay homage to great craftsmanship? With over 40,000 cars, there’s so much eye candy for car lovers they’re bound to go into an automotive diabetic shock. So mark it on your calendars for 2011, the 3rd Saturday of August. Bring your family, bring your camera and if you have a classic or hot rod out in the garage, then start making plans to bring it along too.

Photos courtesy of the Woodward Dream Cruise 2010 photo gallery

Out of State Car Purchase

Posted August 19th, 2010 by admin and filed in Transport Tips
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Auction Car PurchaseInterstate car purchases have become almost as common as going to a car dealer to buy a car. With the help of sites like eBay and Auto Trader, bidding for a car auction style or buying out right has made it easy for people to buy cars from anywhere. People state that their reasons for buying out of state are for the deals available to them, or the availability of inventory. However, sometimes for the first time buyer, they aren’t prepared to figure out how to get the car from the current location out of state, into their own garage.

There are a few options available to buyers of out of state cars. One option is to hop on the next plane (after gathering all the necessary paper work, plates, insurance etc needed before the car can be driven) and personally drive the car cross country. This options works well for those who are able to take the time off of work, for those with the extra money for hotels, food and gas, and/or those who are purchasing a car in working order that’s able to make the trip. Many times this is not the case though and the buyer needs to consider other options.

For those buyers who don’t have the luxury of extended vacation time and padded wallets then hiring an auto transport company would be the way to go. More than likely it’ll be more cost effective and time effective to have the car shipped. Working with a reliable auto transport company who will ensure the car is picked up at its current location and delivered to the desired location within the next few days will help give the buyer peace of mind.

When looking for an auto transport company, it’s important for the buyer to do their homework. There are different types of companies, ones who work directly with a carrier, like Nationwide Auto Transport, and ones who are a broker and their main goal is to fill trucks. To help avoid damage to the new vehicle, be sure to ask the auto transport company if the car will stay on the same truck for the whole trip, or it it’ll be changing carriers at any time. A little known fact is that often cars will be loaded and off loaded once or twice during their trip, spending hours or days in a storage lot until the next pick up, and this increases the opportunities for damage to occur. This will also increase the amount of time it takes for the car to reach its final destination; sometimes by weeks.

So the next time you’re browsing your favorite auction site, looking for the perfect fixer upper or even a good car for your new teenage driver, don’t be afraid to consider options from out of state. Retrieving the car from out of state may not be as difficult as once thought, but it does mean that you’ll have to do your research for an auto transport company, as well as registration guidelines you’ll need to follow.

Cougar Ace – Deep Sea Car Carrier

Posted August 10th, 2010 by admin and filed in Boat
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Cougar Ace

Courtesy of Car & Driver

As we all know, there is a great number of foreign made cars driving on U.S. highways every day. These cars are manufactured overseas and make their way to our shores on deep sea car carriers like the Cougar Ace. The Cougar Ace is a massive ship capable of carrying thousands of cars across the ocean, and that’s exactly what it was doing back in late July 2006, carrying over 4,700 Mazdas in the Alaskan waters. That’s when things when awry for this massive car carrier.

In order to keep the ship stable as it sailed, it took on water into its ballast tanks. As the Cougar Ace neared the U.S. shores, it was required to empty its tanks of the foreign water, and refill with local water, so as not to contaminate the water along our shores. It’s a tricky procedure, and a true balancing act, as the crew empties one side to quickly refill before the ship lists. However, on that July day, things went wrong and the balancing act didn’t quite work out for the car carrier, Cougar Ace.

Courtesy of Car & Driver

Courtesy of Car & Driver

So, how does the story end for the Cougar Ace? An expert team was called in to try and right the ship. A company called Titan, which specializing in saving ships that have run aground or are in danger of sinking, got the call to salvage the ship and its cargo. Within a few days, the crew from Titan was able to pump water from the ship, once again balancing the water weight on both sides, and correct the list. One report from the incident said that 90% of the cargo was saved. Yet, even though the cargo was saved, about a year and a half later, Mazda orders the cars from that car carrier ship to be scrapped. From the time they came off the ship they were stored in a parking lot in Oregon until moved to a conveyer belt and shredded. Mazda said that after the cars spent a week at a 60-90 degree angle, they couldn’t be sure the cars would work properly. So rather than risking law suits on malfunctioning cars, the cars were destroyed. And the Cougar Ace? It went back to work transporting cars overseas.

For more on this story, you can read the Car & Driver article site, or read the article featured on Wired.com about the “high tech cowboys of the deep seas” who saved the ship. Also, below is a video from Wired about the incident.