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Looking for a High-Performance Sports Car? Think McLaren 12C


2012 McLaren MP4 12C – Satisfying Your Need for Speed

If you’ve been hesitant to buy a high-performance sports car due to the bone jarring rides many deliver, maybe it’s time you checked out a McLaren. You don’t have to trade in a comfortable ride just to satisfy your need for speed. Our friends at Dream Makers Automotive in Fort Wayne, Indiana are giving us the opportunity to check out a McLaren 12C to test our theory.

50 Years of Racing Expertise

McLaren Automotive combines 50 years of Formula-1 racing expertise and state of the art innovations to create some of the fastest sports cars around. In 1993, the McLaren F1 changed performance car history by introducing a ground-breaking lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque chassis. With a top speed of 240.1 mph, the F1 is still considered one of the fastest production cars ever made.


Racing Innovations Make the McLaren 12C Top Notch

In 2011, the British automaker launched the McLaren 12C, which incorporates many of the carmaker’s racing innovations such as the carbon fiber chassis, active aerodynamic technologies, and Brake Steer that controls rear wheel spin and improves traction during turns. Banned from Formula-1 racing, the Brake Steer system was thought to give the race cars equipped with it a clear advantage.

Speed Without Spectacle

The 12C is a powerful performance car that leaves all the temperamental drama to its Italian cousins. The 3.8-liter twin turbocharged engine cranks out a smooth 593 hp while hitting a top speed of 207 mph. This is not an unruly race car loosely disguised as a sports car. It is speed without spectacle. Lesser experienced drivers can handle tight turns just like the pros thanks to the car’s amazing hydraulic suspension.

The 12C Gives You the Ride of a Lifetime

Opening the dihedral doors, you notice the intricately stitched leather seats and intelligently designed dashboard and console. What you need is right at your fingertips, when you need it. This is the car that can give you the ride of your life without shaking your teeth loose or causing you to go prematurely deaf from engine noise. The 12C is a pleasure to drive both on and off the track.

Good Year for McLaren

Twenty-sixteen has been a great year for McLaren with new car sales from January to June up 78% compared to last year. Certified pre-owned car sales have doubled and the company expects to move over 1,000 cars in North America this year. Not one to rest on their laurels, McLaren plans to launch 15 all new cars over the next six years with many featuring hybrid technologies taken directly from their F-1 race cars.

Fulfill Your Need for Speed – Buy a McLaren

So, if your need for speed is prompting you to buy a high-powered sports car, check out a McLaren. Competitors like Ferrari and Porsche may tell you the McLaren 12C isn’t sexy enough or fast enough but don’t listen. Once you’ve blown their doors off, they can say whatever they want, because you simply won’t be around to hear them. You’ll be comfortably cruising to your next destination.

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Posted: 10/27/2016 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments

Quiz Your Classic Car Knowledge & Challenge Your Friends [Infographic]

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Test Your Knowledge with Our Fun Quiz

Are you a true classic car lover? Well, we have a test for you! Can you match these 10 classic car emblems with the right car company? We’ve given you hints to help (we’ve also given you the answers – no peeking!). Share this quiz with your fellow car buffs and challenge them to beat your score!

First Came Hood Ornaments

In the early years, car makers put decorative hood ornaments on their creations to proudly identify themselves as the manufacturer (and to camouflage the radiator cap). The Spirit of Ecstasy for Rolls-Royce and the Flying B for Bentley are two great examples of these elaborate bonnet toppers. Over time, hood ornaments evolved into subtler displays of the trademarks, logos and emblems we know today.

The Big 3 Logos

Everyone is familiar with the emblems for the Big 3 American automakers (the Chevy bowtie, the Ford blue oval and the GM blue square). Many classic cars have emblems as unique as the cars themselves. How companies decide on their logo designs often leads to some interesting stories.

Gods and Beasts

Many car companies use mythological beasts (the Griffin on the Vauxhall logo) or symbols (Neptune’s trident used by Maserati) as a statement that they possess the power and cunning to design these fantastic cars. Maserati’s iconic pitchfork logo is inspired by the Fountain of Neptune in Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore, which symbolizes the strength and vigor associated with the Roman god of the sea.

Family Names and Heroes Inspire Emblem Designs

Bugatti keeps it simple by using the initials of the company’s founder (EB for Ettore Bugatti) while companies like Packard use intricate family crests. The winged logo for Hispano-Suiza has elements taken from a French WWI flying ace’s Hispano-Suiza plane to highlight its production of both cars and aircraft.

A Glimpse of an Auto’s History

Some emblems are reminders of the manufacturer’s long history. The four silver rings that adorn Audi vehicles represents the four original companies (Audi, DKW, Horch, and Wanderer) that came together in 1932 to form the parent company, Auto Union AG. The BMW logo with its spinning white propellers on a blue sky background symbolizes the company’s early production of airplanes. Some emblems clearly state the company’s name while others are complex designs that weave a story about the company and their cars. Many are enameled works of art and highly collectible by classic car enthusiasts. At your next show, look closer at the emblems on the cars being displayed. They aren’t just chromed company logos but historical clues for us to use to discover our rich automotive heritage.

Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less

Collectors appreciate the history behind their cars and the companies that made them, which is why having an insurance company that understands what collectors appreciate is important. Let Classic Auto Insurance provide you with a customizable policy to match your individual needs. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions and find the right coverage for your vehicle. Visit our website at and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Posted: 10/20/2016 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments

From Trash to Treasure – 1938 Morgan 3 Wheeler an Artomobilia Hidden Gem


  1938 Morgan F-Series 3 Wheeler

Are you a fan of unique vehicles like this classic 3 Wheeler? Check out our video and feel free to share it with other like-minded gearheads. When you see a 1938 Morgan F-Series 3 Wheeler you have to stop and take a look. AMIG’s Rick Drewry did just that at a recent Carmel Artomobilia and spoke with Fred, the cycle car’s proud owner.

From Trash to Treasure

Twenty-five years ago, Fred faces with a monumental decision; restore a classic Morgan 3 Wheeler or leave it to rust beneath the Georgia farmhouse where he finds it. Thankfully, Fred chooses to liberate it from the trash pile and bring this gem back to life. “My friend talked me into buying it. Everything was bad on it and it took a lot of work,” he says.


This Morgan Challenges at the Track

Fred drives his Morgan (also known as a Moggie) every day during the summer months, taking it to Vintage Racing events around the area. His Moggie currently runs a Ford side-valve 4-cylinder flathead engine, which makes it a definite contender at the track. “It’s quite fast and beats most of the other cars including the MGs.”

Morgan Cycle Cars Built to Race

Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan founded the Morgan Motor Company in 1910 because he wants to build a vehicle that is bigger than a motorcycle yet smaller and lighter than a car. His first 3 Wheeler, the Runabout, wins the 1913 French Cyclecar Grand Prix at Amiens proving, Morgans are built to race.

Last F-Series 3 Wheeler Produced in 1952

The company decides to focus their efforts on producing four wheeled sports car and the last F-Series rolls off the line in 1952. Fortunately, in 2012 the company resurrects the cycle car and begins producing the Morgan 3 Wheeler, which has an S&S 1983cc V-Twin engine, 82 hp and a top speed of 115 mph.

Every Mile Worth the Restoration Effort

It’s been a 25-year partnership for Fred and his Morgan. Together they rack up the miles driving from race to race but he doesn’t mind. “I’ve probably restored it five times already,” he jokes, but you get the sense he’d drive every mile again as long as it is in his Morgan.

Proud Sponsor of Carmel Artomobilia

Year after year, Classic Auto Insurance is honored to support the Carmel Artomobilia, a two-day celebration of automotive art and design and the unending passion we have for our classic and collector cars. The weekend festivities in Camel, Indiana include charity event Fuelicious: A Celebration of Wheels + Wishes on the grounds of the Lucas Estate that features 50 distinct collector cars, and a fantastic street party in the Arts and Design District with live music, food, shopping and more spectacular cars on display. Traditionally held in late August, it just keeps getting better!

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Let us help you customize the perfect insurance policy for your one-of-a-kind collector car or collection. Our friendly, expert staff will answer all your questions and help you find the right coverage for your needs. Visit our website at and see how we can help safeguard your dream classics.
Posted: 10/13/2016 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments

Big Southern Welcome for the First Ever Atlanta Concours d’Elegance


Wine and Wheels Await in Atlanta

It’s been a long time coming. Atlanta finally has a world class car show to call their own. The 2016 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance débuts October 8-9 at the Château Élan Winery and Resort in Braselton, Georgia, just north of Atlanta. The weekend promises to have something for everyone.

Hopes of Becoming “The Masters” of Car Shows

The event is the brain child of co-founders Harry Krix and Bill Wallet who want the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance to be for car enthusiasts what The Masters is for golfers. Whether it becomes a yearly pilgrimage for auto lovers is still in the stars, although it is already shaping up to be a phenomenal weekend down South.



Don Panoz, Father of ALMS, Honored

This year’s honoree is Don Panoz, former pharmaceutical entrepreneur and one of endurance racing’s most influential people. He founded the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in 1998 to bring European-style endurance racing to the U.S and went on to establish the Petite Le Mans sports car race. Today, he is the managing partner of Panoz DeltaWing Racing and chairman of the DeltaWing Technology Group.

Win a Chance to Design Your Own Panoz Sports Car

The Honoree Gala takes place Saturday night with an auction benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association. One lucky patron will win the opportunity to work with the Panoz design team and create a one-of-a-kind grand touring sports car. Picture yourself behind the wheel of that dream automobile!

So Many Beautiful Cars!

With 180 best in class and Concours quality cars expected to grace the fairways of one of Château Élan’s four premiere golf courses, there will be enough automotive eye candy to give any car enthusiast a sugar rush. With the beautiful countryside as a backdrop, this event offers plenty of opportunities for some incredible photos.

Run the Track at Road Atlanta

The schedule boasts something for everyone. A driving tour Saturday morning heads to Road Atlanta for a few quick laps around the course. After setting a few track records, drivers will head over to the host city of Braselton to be treated to a “Taste of Braselton” lunch before returning to Château Élan.


Is Your Car Concours Worthy?

Do you know what makes a car Concours worthy? Organizers have set up a trio of Jaguars to demonstrate the different stages of restoration required to qualify for Concours level competition. A panel of experts will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your own restoration.

Something for Every Appetite

While you are busy feeding your automotive cravings at the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance, be sure to sample some of the award winning culinary treats event planners have lined up. Chefs from six of Atlanta’s top restaurants will serve their signature dishes. Don’t forget to sample some of Château Élan’s delicious wines, too.

Atlanta Rolling Out Welcome Mat Oct. 8-9

The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance doesn’t feel like a newcomer on the show circuit. They seem to have everything in hand to throw one incredible weekend. If wine, wheels and a wonderful setting doesn’t have you heading South for this great event then maybe you should look for another hobby. Atlanta is rolling out the welcome mat and it looks like they are doing it with style. Congrats.

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Posted: 10/6/2016 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments

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