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[Video] Fuelicious – Celebrating Heart Health and Horsepower

On Friday, August 24, 2018, the Artomobilia Organizing Committee assembled an unmatched group of collector and enthusiast automobiles at one of Carmel, Indiana’s most storied residences -the Lucas Estate- for the fourth annual Fuelicious charity event – A Celebration of Heart Health and Horsepower. These fantastic cars, coupled with automotive enthusiasts, business and community leaders, local personalities, a unique culinary experience and incredible entertainment, all to support the incredible work of Heart Reach, gives guests an experience like no other.

Decades of Automotive Excellence

The stunning collector cars of Fuelicious make a grand entrance into the event, representing more than $15M of original and restored works of automotive art. The “special guests” of this display of automotive excellence and performance are the collection of three generations of the legendary Ford GT. They are spectacular.

Bolt for the Heart

Proceeds from Fuelicious 2018 support the incredible work of Heart Reach, a local non-profit organization dedicated to placing a portable heart defibrillator in every single Indiana State Police car. Every year, sudden cardiac arrest kills 335,000 people of all ages and fitness levels without warning. Ninety five percent of those who suffer from SCA die because CPR and defibrillation usually occur too late, if at all. If first responders know CPR and can use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) within the first five minutes, it’s estimated at least 40,000 more lives per year could be saved.

Dining Like Royalty

The chef of the Lucas Estate, Anthony Puma, prepared culinary perfection with the unique tastes of Europe and America -the source of the Fuelicious cars- while guests indulged in top-shelf beverage service, discovering tasty Summer drink ideas to enjoy long after Fuelicious is over.

Dancing the Night Away

Guests enjoyed the musical stylings of Henle and the Loops, a group of talented professional musicians committed to charitable causes, while members of the Indiana Ballet Conservatory delighted the audience with a fabulous performance during the evening.

Classic Auto Insurance, Artomobilia Weekend Sponsor

Classic Auto Insurance is proud to support the 2018 Artomobilia Weekend and classic car collectors everywhere. Let us customize the perfect insurance policy for your one-of-a-kind car or collection. Our expert staff will answer all your questions and help you find the right coverage for your needs. Call 888-901-1338 or get an instant quote online to see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Posted: 8/31/2018 5:36:21 PM with 0 comments

Classic Car Detectives? For Real

At this very moment, classic car detectives are working around the world to recover valuable stolen vehicles. As distressed owners wait impatiently, these sleuths methodically track down thieves and work with authorities to bring them to justice. Classic car detectives make a huge number of recoveries, primarily by working with mechanics and members of the classic and collector car community who provide anonymous tips. Together, classic car enthusiasts and the detectives who investigate on their behalf are bringing beloved vehicles home to their rightful owners.

News Flash! James Bond’s Aston Martin

Making headlines right now is probably the most famous stolen car - the Aston Martin DB5 from the James Bond movie “Goldfinger,” which is stolen from an airplane hangar during transport in 1997. It is recently spotted in the Middle East by a confidential informant. Art Recovery International, an organization that tracks down stolen property, is hoping to get a look at the car’s chassis number, which is the only way to ensure this Aston Martin is the authentic car they’re all looking for. Car detectives often try to sneak in for an up-close photo of the chassis number to prove the car’s lineage.

Stolen Car Stories

Thieves steal valuable cars all the time. Some are recovered, and some are still out there, hiding out in an obscure garage or in the hands of an unsuspecting buyer who doesn’t realize the car’s pedigree. The circumstances of famous heists and equally fame-worthy recoveries offer clues on where to look, though:

Sylvester Stallone’s 1950 Mercury Custom – In 1994, Sly’s custom-built classic is stolen from his garage. Featured in the movie “Cobra” and worth about $250,000, the car is eventually reunited with him in 2011 after he spots it in an online auction.

Vincent Vega’s 1964 Chevy Malibu SS – John Travolta’s character Vincent Vega drives this beauty in the movie “Pulp Fiction.” After filming ends, director Quentin Tarantino parks it on a Los Angeles street and someone took it during the night. Two decades later, the car is found at a private residence in Oakland, where the new owner thinks he makes a legitimate sale at auction.

John Travolta’s 1970 Mercedes Benz 280 SL Convertible – Travolta’s real-life car is also stolen. After a lengthy investigation that results in a 14-year prison sentence for the thief, he gets the remains of his beloved car back in a cardboard box. It had been chopped up and sold for parts.

Guy Fieri’s 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo – In a caper that goes down in car collecting history, a thief steals Guy’s car by rappelling off a rooftop and into a repair garage. After a year of detective work, police arrest a 17-year-old high school student who brags about the feat at school. The Food Network celebrity chef gets his car back, mostly intact.

John Schneider’s 2007 Cadillac Escalade – The Dukes of Hazzard star parks his $60,000 luxury SUV at a California shopping mall with his two six-month-old puppies inside. The vehicle is taken and later found stripped of its seats, its instrument panel and the puppies, too.

Rod Stewart’s 1995 Dodge Viper – While on tour in 2004, the crooner’s gardener steals his car and takes it for a joyride. The gardener is later caught by police and given an 11-year prison sentence, and Rod gets his car back in less-than-mint condition.

Kanye West’s 2010 Porsche Panamera – The beautiful $110,000 Porsche is stolen from Kanye’s Honolulu resort by thieves, who crash it into a house during a police chase. The car is totaled.

Fake “Back to the Future” DeLorean – In 2013, a 1981 DeLorean is posted on Craigslist claiming to be the original from the movie. Skeptical internet commenters - who notice the seller misspells DeLorean as “Dalorean” - alert authorities. When recovered and returned, it is revealed the fake movie car is indeed a DeLorean – just an old one the true owner is restoring.

Wrecked Ferrari F50 – Taken from a Pennsylvania car dealership in 2003, a brand-new $750,000 Ferrari F50 is recovered three states away in Kentucky by the FBI several years later. Unfortunately, one G-Man wrecks it during the investigation. The crumpled car is auctioned off with a starting bid of $60,000. Ouch!

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Posted: 8/28/2018 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments

[Video] Behind the Scenes at the Ford GT Heritage Photo Shoot

Every year, the Artomobilia Organizing Committee works hard to début a fresh and inspiring automotive theme for the very popular and well-attended Artomobilia in Carmel, Indiana - and 2018 is no exception. This year’s theme features the Ford GT, the iconic car that roared back onto the scene in 2016, winning Le Mans while celebrating 50 years of automotive history. World-famous artists and automotive organizations are coming together at this year’s expanded Artomobilia Weekend to take Ford GT appreciation - and all kinds of classic, collector, exotic and racing car enthusiasm - to a whole new artistic level.

Capturing Ford GT Heritage

An absolute highlight of this Artomobilia experience is the Ford GT Heritage artwork, captured in an image that celebrates three generations of the beloved classic and represents decades of Ford Performance vehicles. As an homage to automotive art and design, our behind-the-scenes video gives you an idea of what it takes to assemble a group of iconic Ford GT legends for a world-class photo shoot – and produce the stellar image that is revealed in the end.

Auto Art for a Good Cause

The original artwork by Nashville-based automotive photographer Anthony Ross Tyler features five GTs in road and race trim, displayed in vibrant color through meticulous lighting, composition and photo editing. A limited number of this commissioned image printed on aluminum or Fuji Pearl Pro paper are available for purchase and ready to frame. All are expected to sell out during Artomobilia Weekend. Proceeds benefit Heart Reach, a nonprofit organization that puts defibrillators in the hands of police officers, firefighters and other first responders, with a goal of saving 40,000 more people every year.

The Events of Artomobilia Weekend

Yes! The Carmel Artomobilia has expanded to a glorious Artomobilia Weekend, Friday, August 24 thru Sunday, August 26. It now features three unique days of classic and collector car activities: the Fuelicious charity event, the Carmel Artomobilia car show and Shift, a new interactive driving experience. Fuelicious kicks off the festivities on Friday at the Lucas Estate. This exclusive evening that also benefits Heart Reach is designed to excite your senses through its refined setting, an upscale culinary experience and an exquisite collection of 50 automobiles to be appreciated by the world’s experts and enthusiasts. The 11th annual Artomobilia returns to the Carmel Arts and Design District on Saturday. It’s the largest and most eclectic Midwest auto show, with a wide range of judging and awards - and every year it has more entrants, so make sure you register your car by Friday at the latest. Finally, Shift kicks into gear on Sunday for a special tour of scenic Central and Southern Indiana backroads. Shift is all about enjoying the art of the automobile in motion, with 50 coveted spots available for the inaugural ride.

Meet Classic Auto Insurance, Artomobilia Weekend Sponsor

Classic Auto Insurance is proud to support the 2018 Artomobilia Weekend and classic car collectors everywhere. Visit our booth at the Carmel Artomobilia and let us help you customize the perfect insurance policy for your one-of-a-kind car or collection. Our expert staff will answer all your questions and help you find the right coverage for your needs. No worries, if you’re not attending the event; call 888-901-1338 or get an instant quote online to see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Posted: 8/23/2018 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments

Episode 5 – Body Work Starts on Cab and Truck Bed

Episode 5 – The Project C10 crew starts body work on the cab and the truck bed - drilling, air hammering, dismantling, tack welding and repairing inner and outer rockers, floor pans, fenders and a front bed panel that has seen better days. Time to make the call to scrap it? Find out what’s at stake in the end.

Episode 5 - Video Transcript

Rick Drewry: Getting ready to start on the cab. The biggest issues with the cab -twofold- are the inner and outer rockers, some old body work that wasn't all that good and then the floor pans; we've got some good rock going on. So, we're going to be replacing both inner and outer rocker panels and the front floor section. I'm going to start drilling out. I've already started here drilling out some of the spot welds. I’ll get the air hammer out and just start chiseling away until I get to a good note.

Paul Naber: Took the patch panel that originally was going to go half-wise on it. So, we shortened it up, made it a little smaller. Got all our metal under there treated and got my patch panel pretty much tacked in here. Right now, I'm trying to fold over the edge here where we can tack this down in the two places. Going to take a little more time with the hammering dolly. Once I get that done, then I'll finish welding the rest of the tack welds in. It'll be probably about 150 tack welds holding it together, but ... whatever it takes.

Rick: I got a couple little holes to patch up. I got a little aggressive in my cutting. Then a little patch down here on the right front. But all in all, we're the fitments good. Right here is part of the inner rocker. It just comes with the patch panel. So, I'm going to put that in and new inner rockers going to go from where the patch panel ends, the floor patch panel ends all the way down back here behind the B-pillar.

Jon Adams: Hello. So today we're going to actually be dismantling the bed. We've got both of the bedsides already redone. Basically about 90%. So, we can actually disassemble. We're going to prep the insides of each side of the bed. We're going to remove the front and replace that because it's got a little bit more than we want to try to repair. So, to be a good fix, we're going to put a new panel in. We're going to take it apart, we'll set the sides down, redo the insides and then once the new piece comes in, we'll reassemble and get ready to paint.

Rick: All right. Time for a recap and what we're going to be doing. We've got the passenger side inner and outer rocker are in as well as the floor pan. Now we're going to conquer the left side. There's a little less old body work, but there's more rust on the driver's side for some reason. And we have the floor pan that we're going to have to replace as well. So, a lot of cutting out the old, rusted pieces, fitting and welding in new replacement pieces.

Rick: Okay. We got the rocker in. It's welded in. Grind the welds down a little bit. Fitment looks really good. That combined with the floor pan and inner rocker, we got all brand-new metal.

Paul: This fender, we had to replace the lower part of the inner brace on the fender. So, we've got that taken care of. I went ahead, and I had taken my patch panel, pretty much cut exactly to the size of the hole that I cut out in the fender. So, then what I did, you can see from this side, is there is probably 150 tack welds in there. That's what you have to do with sheet metal so that way when you take it out and you grind it down to the other side, you get a nice flat service to do your filler work to.

Rick: Okay. You saw me fighting with this front bed panel. I got the metal cut out and I want to make the call. This thing is beyond what I want to repair. You can repair anything, but it gets to the point where you've got to cut your losses, especially since I can get this front bed panel just bolt in and I can get one for under $200. So, I'm going to go ahead and we're going to scrap this one because all the rust inside and old body work, it's just not worth trying to fix and it would not be a good repair long term.

Legacy of Classic Auto Insurance

Classic Auto Insurance Agency is a family business built on a love of classic cars. We take every opportunity to give back to fellow classic and collector car enthusiasts by sponsoring events such as Carmel Artomobilia and Fuelicious, attending classic car events throughout the Midwest to document owners’ stories of their dream cars, partnering with like-minded companies and organizations to better serve our customers and bringing you unique learning opportunities like Project C10, powered by American Modern. Having owned a variety of collectibles ourselves, we understand your unique needs as the owner of a prized vehicle. Its age, rarity, value, unique features, limited use, availability of parts and services and popularity across generations require special protection. Whether you bought it at auction, drove it off the lot or restored it to perfection in your garage, we will build you a personal auto insurance program designed specifically for owners of collectible cars, and provide support when claim time comes. Call 888-901-1338 or get an instant quote online and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Posted: 8/21/2018 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments

Boomer Influence on Today’s Classic Car Market

Baby Boomers are creating a big boom in classic car enthusiasm. With nostalgia for old favorites and a hunger for newer instant-classics, Boomers have been supporting our thriving classic and collector car community for … ever, it seems. Of the 5 million classic cars in the U.S., 58% are owned by Boomers – typically defined as anyone born between the years 1945 and 1964. So, what happens now, as they retire and reassess their lives? The oldest Boomers are in their 70’s. Many are starting to whittle down their possessions in favor of smaller living and beefing up new interests such as traveling and unencumbered leisure. That’s terrific news for collectors: with Baby Boomers selling off their collections, the market is full of precious classics at good prices.

New Meaning of “Classic”?

A shift is surely happening in the classic car market. As Baby Boomers age, Gen Xers inherit cars while Millennials decide whether collecting is right for them. Gen Xers tend to define “classic cars” similarly to Boomers. Millennials, on the other hand, are showing an interest in non-traditional interpretations. Some like luxury SUVs - the Land Rover Defender “classic.” Many are finding a deep love for long, boat-shaped beauty “classics” like the Cutlass Supreme. Still others can’t get enough of Mazda “classics.” And many young collectors simply enjoy finding hidden treasures among the castaways of previous generations. All seem to be creating a new meaning of “classic.”

Classic Millennial Interpretation

Some say Millennials’ interest in traditional investments like classic cars is like “meh.” Not all are blasé, though. Sure, some children of Boomers are less enthralled by old cars in general, but that’s primarily because their interest in spending cash, saving energy and protecting the environment is peaked at this stage in their lives. They’re not outright opposed to classic cars - in fact, many like award-winning British singer Ed Sheeran, enjoy driving them to capture a part of the American dream defined way before they were born.

The Collecting Future for Boomers

Baby Boomer-age collectors are curious about what will happen to the market in the next decade, with good reason. Many have hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in their treasured collections – and accoutrements like trailers, garages and the like. Experts have mixed opinions, but one thing is for sure: Many younger collectors have waning interested in newly-released models. Sleek new models don’t have the same cachet as the old classics and hard-to-find models. So, if you’re looking to sell in the coming years, you’ll likely find a hungry market of young collectors - perhaps not a huge market, but a competitive one, where your beloved classics can find a happy home.

Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less

Classic car enthusiasts of all ages know the importance of protecting a valuable investment with specialty insurance. Let us customize a policy to fit your needs. We offer affordable, Agreed Value coverage for a variety of collector, classic and custom vehicles. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can answer your questions and give you a quote on the spot. Call 888-901-1338 or get an instant quote online and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Posted: 8/16/2018 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments

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