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[Video] 1958 Triumph TR3A has Ties to Olympic Gold


There are always plenty of European sports cars lining the streets of Carmel, Indiana during Artomobilia. If British rally cars are your forte, Artomobilia’s John Pitz has an interview you are going to love. This beautiful hunter green 1958 Triumph TR3A Roadster stops most classic enthusiasts in their tracks (including John). Owner, Kenneth reveals his family’s sports car has an Olympic gold medal past as well as a strong Indiana University connection. What is your favorite classic European sports car from the early 60’s? Many gearheads love them, so let us know your top choice in our comments.
 


Keeping This Triumph in The Family

Kenneth has a lifelong connection to this car because the original owner is a relative. “Uncle Mike drove the wheels off this car for almost 30 years,” he says. When his uncle gives him the car, Kenneth’s family immediately votes to restore it. That’s when the top-to-bottom overhaul begins. Knowing the Triumph brand’s racing history, Kenneth focuses on bringing that aspect out in their family car. However, this TR3A has a different type of racing heritage in its blood.

Once Owned by Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

What Kenneth casually reveals is that Uncle Mike is also Mike Troy, a two-time gold medalist swimmer at the 1960 Rome Olympics. The former Indiana Hoosier swim phenom decides to celebrate his victories in 1960 by purchasing a Triumph TR3A. After returning to Indiana, Mike enlists and becomes a Navy Seal, earning a silver star in Vietnam (thank you for your service, Mike!). He and his TR3A continue to enjoy life with the top down.

TR3A – World’s Most Successful Rally Car

The Triumph Motor Company produces around 58,000 TR3 roadsters between 1957-1962. The upgraded TR3A has an inline-4 1991cc 2.0L 121.5 cubic-inch engine producing 100 hp. It also has dual SU carburetors, a four-speed manual transmission and removable Plexiglass side curtains. The TR3A is the third best-selling Triumph model behind the TR6 and TR7. It is the first production car to include standard disc brakes. Superior braking gives it an edge in autocross, making the Triumph TR3A one of the world’s most successful rally cars between 1954-1960. Three of these classic rally cars run in and complete the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans (though not in the winner’s circle).
  



Pass on the Collecting Bug

Seeing great European sports cars like Kenneth’s TR3A is one of the treats of attending Artomobilia. Young classic enthusiasts may have only seen cars like this online or in a magazine. It is essential for us in the collector car community to bring cars like this out of garages and into the light. Someone might catch the bug and start collecting British rally cars. We certainly hope so. Tally Ho, everyone!

2018 Artomobilia Weekend

The Carmel Artomobilia has expanded to a glorious weekend event! Artomobilia Weekend returns to Carmel, Indiana 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.

Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less

Whether you collect British sports racers or American muscle cars, keep your classic collection safe. Before you head to your next event, protect your investment by having the right kind of insurance coverage. Let Classic Auto Insurance 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. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.

 
Posted: 7/24/2018 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments


[Video] Rare Nissan Figaro a Selfie Magnet

 


Japanese Collectible Waits 25 Years for its American Close-up

When local Indianapolis radio personality Kristi Lee, of The Tom and Bob Show and the Kristi Lee Uninterrupted podcast, cruises into the Carmel Artomobilia in her 1991 Nissan Figaro, people stop and stare. This crowd of collector car enthusiasts has never seen a car like hers before. Is it an Italian Fiat 500 or a retro ride from the 60’s or 70’s? Few realize it is a rare Japanese collector car that has taken more than 25 years to get here.



The Story Behind the Limited Edition

In 1991, as part of Japan’s Back to the Future media series, the Nissan special projects team releases four limited edition car models exclusively to Japanese consumers: the Pao, BE-1, Figaro and S-Cargo. Selling them through a lottery system, the Figaro quickly sells out at 20,000 units - all before the first car rolls off the line. Nissan could produce more Figaro convertibles, but for some reason, they do not. Over the years, these one-year-only production models make their way to UK and Canadian collectors. With about 10,000 restored, only a handful make it to the United States. The U.S. restricts the importation of right-handed drive cars less than 25 years old. This is why Kristi’s Figaro takes so long to get here. It is worth the wait. What unique international classic cars would you like to see in America? They must be produced or sold somewhere other than the U.S. (keyword – unique!). Start compiling your list and let us know in the comments.

Italian Looks, Japanese Reliability

Based on the Nissan K-10 Micra (it sells only in Canada), the Figaro closely resembles the Fiat and other Italian cars of the 60’s. Its design is stylish yet modest. It still looks modern, even after 25 years. The fixed-profile roof is not your typical convertible. The upper elements of the car remain in place while the rag-top retracts. Leather seats, A/C, CD player and passenger side cupholders complete the interior.

Speedy Little Ride for All Seasons

While the other three models Nissan collectibles are basic economy cars, the Figaro is more. This little compact car has a top speed of 106 mph thanks to its 1-liter 4-cylinder 978cc MA 10ET-14 Supercharger engine. Can you imagine driving that speed in a VW Bug? The three-speed automatic transmission gets a respectable 32 mpg. The Figaro comes in four colors, one for each season of the year; winter is Lapis Grey, spring is Emerald Green, summer is Pale Aqua and fall is Topaz Mist. Kristi has her sights set on collecting one of each. “I have the bug now, and I want one from each season,” she laughs.
 
 


Experiencing the Passion for Classic Cars

Kristi is precisely the kind of collector that our classic classic car community needs. She falls in love with a rare collectible, goes to great lengths to get it and sings its praises to anyone who will listen. She has the passion we want to encourage in future collectors and why events like Artomobilia are so important.

2018 Artomobilia Weekend

The Carmel Artomobilia has expanded to a glorious weekend event and returns to Carmel, Indiana 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.

Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less

Unique collector cars like the 1991 Nissan Figaro are great to see at events like the Carmel Artomobilia. Keep your classic and collectible cars safe. Before you head to your next event, protect your investment by having the right kind of insurance coverage. Let Classic Auto Insurance 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. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
 
 
Posted: 7/19/2018 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Record Holding Restomod Impresses with Speed & Style




Bonneville Salt Flats Never Sees It Coming

To say that Troy Trepanier of Rad Rides by Troy is an expert on Restomods is not enough, because he is a master. Artomobilia fans get a real treat with an up-close look at his restoration on a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda Blowfish. The 2011 Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Record Holder, this amazing car and driver, Danny Burrows, win with a 307.399 mph land speed. Artomobilia’s John Pitz talks with Danny about the race car and what it feels like blasting across the hot Utah salt-flats.
 



A Race Car Built Like A Show Car

Blowfish owner George Poteet, a 2018 Hall of Famer and long-time supporter of the Restomod movement, convinces Troy to build a production vehicle capable of breaking the 300-mile-an-hour land speed barrier. Streamline designs and spotless execution is what he is known for on ShowMods. Troy stays true to himself with the Blowfish, building the race car just like one of his show cars. Its aerodynamic body is flawlessly crafted to withstand the rigors of high-speed racing. Troy’s skill at seamlessly packing in all the cool gadgets he needs to boost power is impressive. The car still looks like it can roll onto any showroom floor and impress the judges.
 



The Fastest Production-Bodied Car

So, what does Troy put under the hood? How about a turbo-charged, front-mounted 392 cubic inch P5 Precision Dodge engine that redlines at 8,000 rpm. It is tuned with a SEFI ECU from Big Stuff 3 to help it gain an extra 1,400 hp (maximum hp of 2,300), 12 PSI and a drag coefficient of 2.1. The 5-speed transmission is capable of hitting 320 mph in fifth gear. A recent upgrade gives the car 7-speed capability (scary, right?). After making five successful passes in 2011 (all of them over 300 mph), the official speed registers as 307.399, making the Blowfish the fastest production-bodied car at Bonneville. In true salt-flat tradition, it’s blue hats for all those racing over 300 mph! Not bad for a show car.

Carmel Artomobilia now Artomobilia Weekend

Each year, the folks at Artomobilia, Inc. up their game for the fans. In 2017, Carmel Artomobilia adds a judging class for Restomods, something enthusiasts are thrilled to see. Organizers turn to Troy Trepanier, the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame inductee and his expertise in building these unique collector cars to review the entries. “Restomods are unique to their owners,” says John Pitz. “We wanted someone who can technically judge these cars.”

 
The 2018 Artomobilia Weekend returns to Carmel, Indiana Friday, August 24 thru Sunday, August 26 and will feature three unique events: the Fuelicious charity event, the Carmel Artomobilia car show and Shift, a new interactive driving experience.

Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less

Pushing a collector car to the limits in Bonneville is a dangerous undertaking. The same could be said about driving on the streets of most cities. Before you head to your next event, protect your investment by having the right kind of insurance coverage. Let Classic Auto Insurance 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. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
 
Posted: 7/17/2018 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Dynamics of Our Classic Car Community



The “Classic” Classic Car Collector

Some folks outside the global collector car community may harbor preconceived notions about what the “classic” classic car collector looks like demographically. When you review recent statistics regarding our tribe however, you note that the collecting hobby is changing to include a wider audience of enthusiasts than ever before. For instance, the average age of today’s classic and collector vehicle owner is 54 years old. No longer reserved for the wealthy one percent, more women are buying collector cars than ever before, too – and she’s typically a 52-year-old. How do you think our hobby will change in the coming years? Let us know your opinions in our comments. One thing that hasn’t changed is our passion for collectibles. It’s why we call them “passion purchases.”

A 2017 industry survey of over 15,000 classic car collectors reveals a fuller picture of today’s classic car collector. While 67% of respondents say they have always loved cars, more than 50% say they have been collecting for 20 years or more. Owners also admit to spending an average of $12,000 on their hobby.
 
  • 52% say they collect because they love to drive their vehicles
  • 38.7% say they love the sound of an engine
  • 39.4% say that restoring a classic car gives them a sense of accomplishment
  • 40.4% say they enjoy talking about their cars
  • 47% say they frequently visit online car sites
  • 56% say they get car industry information from specialty magazines
  • 85% say they look at car listings whether they’re buying or not
  • 84% are college educated
  • 78% are married
  • 42% are retired


Supporting Our Hobby Habit

There may be good reason the new “classic” classic car collector is a young 54-year-old. As of 2017, the United States is home to 77 million Baby Boomers and counting (people born between 1946 and 1964). Over the next five years, Baby Boomers are expected to possess 70% of all disposable income. With this in mind, the current classic car price bubble may last a little longer.

Future Generations of the Collector Tribe

For many of us, a lifelong love of the automobile is what motivates us to collect, join clubs and attend classic car cruises and shows. With self-driving cars and other technology changing the auto industry (and the world), does our collector hobby have an expiration date? Will future generations have an interest in classic cars? Studies can provide insight here, too. While some reports indicate a number of collectors have Gen-X children with no interest in their car collections and Gen-X adult children view collecting as frivolous, others say Millennial grandchildren are all about Retro. Our community’s challenge is to instill the same love of working on a car that we had growing up. We need to inspire the younger generation to nurture a passion for cars by:
 
  • reaching out to those who want to learn and share our knowledge through mentoring
  • spending time in the garage restoring, maintaining and learning about vehicles
  • introduce those interested to the wonders of classic and collector car shows and cruise-ins
  • planning car and truck events that appeal to new hobbyists


Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less

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Posted: 7/12/2018 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments


[Video] NASCAR Roots of the Hudson Hornet


Early NASCAR Legend

When you mention NASCAR today, most people think of well-attended televised events that feature drivers like Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. With race cars displaying corporate support on their hoods, bumpers -anywhere they can- and pit crew precision like Swiss timepieces, it’s easy to see how NASCAR has grown. In the early 50s, dirt tracks are the race course and Marshall Teague in his Fabulous Hudson Hornet are winning race after race. What classic car is on your must-see list? Let us know what is on your bucket list in our comments.

Get Me to The Church on Time

Getting an up-close look at a Hornet at Carmel Artomobilia is what car shows are all about. Artomobilia’s John Pitz speaks with Andrew, one of the owners of this classic 1953 Hudson Hornet. Though not the legendary race car, this Hudson is not far removed from Teague’s classic. Andrew’s grandfather purchases the car in 1969 with the hope of restoring it. Alas, he is unable to make his dream a reality, so Andrew and his father decide to take on the restoration in his memory. Once finished, the car debuts at the wedding of Andrew’s sister. The family Hudson ferries the happy couple to their reception in classic style.




One of America’s Most Collectible Cars

At first glance, the Hudson Hornet is a classic, streamline sedan. It possesses a lower profile than most vehicles of the era. It is the low center of gravity, dropped floor pan and excellent drivability that make this car so popular. Many consider the Hudson Hornet superior to the Cadillac. It is one of those classic cars that is on everyone’s Best of list. Classic collector extraordinaire Jay Leno even names it as one of the top ten of America’s most collectible cars.

The Twin-H Power Straight-Six Engine

Andrew’s Hornet has a Twin-H Power 308-cubic-inch straight-six-cylinder engine. The single two-barrel carburetors boost the car’s power to 145 hp. It is this same high-compression powertrain that allows the Fabulous Hudson Hornet to dominate the NASCAR circuit with 160 hp and a top speed of 107 mph. This engine gives the Hornet the power to go with its amazing maneuverability. Throw in a high-quality braking system and superior body construction and the Hudson Hornet is clearly writing its chapter in automotive history.




1952 – Year of the Fabulous Hudson Hornet

Hudson debuts the Hornet in 1951. This year Hudson also becomes the first car manufacturer involved in stock car racing. However, 1952 is Hudson’s year on the track. Marshall Teague and the Fabulous Hudson Hornet take the checkered flag in 12 out of 13 events. Together they win the 1952 AAA Season 1,000 points ahead of the closest rival. Hudson Motor Car Co. goes on to win 27 of 34 NASCAR Grand National races that year. The popularity of the sport takes off and so does the legend of the Hudson Hornet race car.

“We Just Enjoy It!”

Andrew and his father enjoy showing off their family Hornet at cruise-ins and events like the Carmel Artomobilia. They win their first award at our event. While shows are fun, it is not what motivates the duo. “It’s a driver,” says Andrew. “We just enjoy it.” We think Andrew’s grandfather is smiling down on them as they motor down the road to their next adventure. It is what classic collecting is all about.

Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less

Displaying a piece of automotive history, like a classic 1953 Hudson Hornet, is why we love attending car shows. Before you head to your next event, protect your investment by having the right kind of insurance coverage. Let Classic Auto Insurance 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. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
 

 
Posted: 7/10/2018 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments


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