Saturday, March 18, 2017

#EURO17 is Less Than a Month Away

On Saturday, April 15th is the 6th Annual European Car Show hosted by California Car Cover and dub-Nation. We are looking forward to another large crowd of European car owners to get together to raise some money for Rancho San Antonio.

This will be the 3rd year that we host the event at Rancho San Antonio. This campus in Chatsworth is an excellent venue for our attendees. With plenty of grass parking and shade, everyone really enjoys the setting. Last year, we were able to raise $2600 for RSA and look to improve upon that in 2017.

Registration for the show opened last week. Tickets can be purchased on the Eventbrite page for the event. Tickets are only needed per vehicle. Additional passengers and spectators do not need to purchase tickets. General admission is free and there is plenty of street parking for spectators.

Additional show details can be found on the European Car Show Facebook Page or by following on Instagram.

We look forward to seeing everyone on April 15th.

Friday, March 10, 2017

California Car Cover's Item of the Month for March 2017

For the March 2017 monthly special at California Car Cover, we are offering 5% off on our collection of Drum Works Furniture. This unique chairs and benches are constructed of metal drums, refinished and outfitted with cool automotive decals.

Drum Works Furniture has been available at California Car Cover for the past year and the custom benches and chairs have become a customer favorite. Available in a variety of color combinations and decals. The Flying A Gasoline chair is available exclusively at California Car Cover. 

Remove the padded cushion on the Drum Works Furniture Club Chair and use the opening as storage for magazines, books or anything else you want to stow away in your man cave or garage.

To view the complete collection of Drum Works Furniture available at California Car Cover, please visit our website.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March Saturday Social Get Together at California Car Cover

Our first Saturday Social of the year took place this past Saturday at the California Car Cover headquarters in Chatsworth, Ca. It is a free community event to get local auto enthusiasts together to talk cars, coffee and of course, car covers.

The first Social of the year attracted some nice muscle cars and hot rods to our facility for a few hours on Saturday morning. We are working with our local vendors, customers, car builders and more to make the Socials a unique experience. Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see what's planned for each get together this year.

The Saturday Socials will take place throughout the year at California Car Cover. Please check out the California Car Cover website and Facebook page for complete details for each event. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

1965 Oldsmobile 442 from our Spring Car Care Guide

Our second spring car care guide features a 1965 Oldsmobile 442 on the cover. One of our local customers, Michael Branton, owns this clean 442. Michael owns a nice collection of muscle cars and we have been trying to shoot one of them for a California Car Cover catalog cover for a long time. Glad we were finally able to set aside some time to shoot this 442.

We asked Michael a few questions about his Oldsmobile and his love of muscle cars.

CCC: How did you acquire this Olds 442?

MB: I acquired the 65 Olds 442 about 4 years ago in early 2013 from a gentlemen in Canyon Lake, CA.  I met him at the Temecula Rod Run car show and we became friends over the years.  When he put the car up for sale, we negotiated the deal and I purchased the car.

CCC: What type of condition was it in compared to today?

MB: The 65 Olds 442 was in great shape, extremely straight, clean and all there.  I had it repainted in its original Target Red color in 2015.  Although its not all stock it is all Oldsmobile.  It has a 1970 455 W30 engine with the big cam, 200R4 automatic overdrive trans, 3.55 gears with working A/C.  It rides down the highway effortlessly.  Out of all the GM A-Bodies, I think the Olds has the best ride.

The 1965 Oldsmobile is finished in the factory color Target Red. Under the hood is a 1970 Olds 455 W30 engine topped with a Quick Fuel carburetor. The 442 also has a 200R transmission and Golden West suspension upgrades.

CCC: What other vehicles are in your collection?

MB: I have a ’65 Mustang Fastback A-code car with a 289 and 4 speed, a ’66 Chevelle 300 Deluxe post car with a 427 engine and 4 speed, a ’68 Chevelle SS396 real deal 138 car, the first muscle car I ever purchased which is a ’67 Olds 442 with 455 and TH400, a ’66 Pontiac GTO 389 Tri-Power, 4 speed, factory AC car, ’64 Pontiac GTO 389 Tri-Power, 4 speed car and my last acquisition which was a ’63 Tempest Convertible 326, 3 speed and independent rear.  I recently sold a ’67 Camaro RS/SS.

CCC: Any new projects in the works or a car you are looking for?

MB: My 1965 Ford Mustang fastback, I have the engine and trans out of the car for rebuild.  Trying to decide should I go resto mod or rebuild to stock.  Also looking for a Buick GS, then I will have at least one example of all the GM A-body cars.

CCC: What would be the dream car to add to your garage?

MB: 66 Olds 442 W30, in ’66 the factory only made 54 W30 cars all in June of 1966.

Please visit the California Car Cover website for the latest news and car care products.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

California Car Cover Visits the Petersen Museum

The California Car Cover Crew recently took a trip to the Petersen Museum to check out the latest exhibits. The world renowned museum has been given much praise since its grand renovation. If you have not been down to the Miracle Mile recently, it's definitely worth a trip.

Starting in 2017, California Car Cover is now the Official Car Cover Provider of the Petersen Museum. We are glad to partner with the museum to preserve and protect their historic and rare automobiles down in the vault and while traveling to concours events. 

One of the most popular and visually stunning exhibits at the museum is the Precious Metal display within the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery. Ultra rare race cars, sports cars and classics all finished in silver make this one of the most Instagram worthy spots in the Petersen Museum.

We sat down with Michael Bodell, Deputy Director of the Petersen Museum, to discuss the renovation and what’s in store in 2017.
CCC: What has been attendee response to the museum thus far?

MB: The response to the renovation has been excellent. We have exceeded all of our visitation goals and 97% of our visitors would visit a second time.

CCC: What is your favorite car(s) on display at the Petersen Museum?

MB: My favorite car is a Jaguar C-type, and the closest car we have to that in the museum is our 1956 XKSS, formerly owned by Steve McQueen. Cars from that era, especially Jags represent a time when race cars had to be on the road in order for the teams to compete and they are just works of art.

CCC: Any interesting stories that our customers might enjoy knowing about the museum’s collection?

MB: One of my favorite stories is actually of the Steve McQueen Jaguar. During Steve’s ownership of the 1956 XKSS, the police chief of Los Angeles has a free steak dinner to any officer that could give Steve a speeding ticket. Being that the XKSS was essentially a glorified race car and Steve drove it like that, no officer ever caught him and he remained the king of cool!

Steve McQueen's Jaguar

The Petersen Museum is not just a showplace for amazing cars, but it is also about educating the visit. Featuring display include Alternative Power, which highlights alternative fuel vehicles throughout the ages. Other displays include an active Art Center College of Design studio and the Cars Mechanical Institute for the younger auto enthusiasts

CCC: What new exhibits or events are you looking forward to this spring or summer (that you are allowed to share with us)?

MB: We’re opening Harley vs. Indian in early March and at the end of April, we’ll be opening 70 years of Ferrari. Both will be blockbuster exhibitions.

CCC: How many cars are typically on display in the museum compared to being stored in the Vault?

MB: It’s normally a 50/50 split. We have about 140 vehicles on display and another 140 in the Vault.

CCC: Why did you partner with California Car Cover as the Official Car Cover Provider of the Petersen Museum?

MB: With so many valuable vehicles in the collection, the museum was looking for a quality car cover partner, and that partner was California Car Cover.  Almost every day the museum receives new vehicles and is rotating vehicles in and out of storage. It’s so important to have good cover so the cars stay in the best possible condition when they’re being stored or transported.

You cannot have a complete automotive museum without some hot rods. The Petersen Museum hosts a number of historic hot rods, including a number of past AMBR award winners. 

Rare and famed two wheelers are also on display at the Petersen Museum. 

 Check out the rotating display of vintage concept cars from the Petersen Museum Vault.
Since the museum is so close to Hollywood, there has to be space to display some of the most memorable automobiles from cinema history. 

The last stop on your visit to the Petersen Museum is the featured exhibit hall. This space is host to the museum's rotating displays throughout the year. On our recent trip, the Art of Bugatti collection was featured. It displayed not just a large group of stunning Bugatti automobiles, but incredible examples of Bugatti design from furniture to art.

Check out the Petersen Museum website to see the latest and upcoming exhibits. If you live in the SoCal area, you can always drive over on a Sunday morning for their monthly Breakfast Club Drive-In Shows.

In case you did not receive the March California Car Cover catalog in the mail, here is the cover image. Thank you to our friends at the Petersen Museum for their assistance with the photo shoot.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February Item of the Month at California Car Cover

This month only, we have lined Zerust storage bags on special at California Car Cover. Save 10% off on all of our lined Zerust storage bags for cars. Please visit our website for complete details. The offer is valid through February 28th, 2017.

Zerust storage bags are a popular storage solution for any extended storage vehicles. These rust resistant bags are popular for our customers in the North and Northeast. If your garage or barn is not water tight and rust or corrosion is a concern, it might be time to consider a Zerust storage bag.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2017 Grand National Roadster Show Photo Highlights

The 2017 winner of the AMBR Award was this 1936 Packard Roadster built by the team at Hollywood Hot Rods.
The Grand National Roadster Show took place in Pomona, Ca last weekend and it attracted 1,000s of classic car enthusiasts to Southern California. This annual event is now in its 68th year and didn't show any signs of slowing down. The Pomona Fairplex was packed on Saturday with enthusiasts who couldn't wait to see the contenders for the America'a Most Beautiful Roadster Award.

The California Car Cover Crew was on hand all weekend talking car care and of course, taking photos of the incredible vehicles on display.

A few more of the competitors for the AMBR Trophy are shown above. A killer roadster pickup from Goolsby Customs and a signature Rick Dore coachbuilt roadster.

Our friends from Brizio Street Rods always bring some cool hot rods to the Grand National Roadster Show.

The Suede Palace is home to some of the finest traditional rods and customs at the event. Here are some photos of just a few of them.

One of the most popular exhibits at the show was the Tr-Five building to celebrate 60 years of the 1957 Chevrolet. If you love the 1955-57 bowties, this was the place to be.

Plenty of vintage race cars and dragsters were on display too.

Custom paint on a few Chevy lowriders in another building.

Our friends at SIC Chops brought our their custom Suburban that was turning heads at SEMA back in November.

1940 Chevrolet Deluxe Custom

Amazing 1936 Ford 5-Window Roadster from Brandon Penserini

In building 4 were all the contenders for the AMBR Trophy. The builders all took different approaches to their roadsters and it shows here. All the roadsters were incrediblly detailed and well built.

Scott Hawley's 1932 Ford Roadster
The Fool's Goldster 1927 Dodge Roadster

The Hill Country Flyer 1932 Ford by Austin Speed Shop

James Hetfield's 1932 Ford Roadster

Thank you to everyone that stopped by the California Car Cover booth over the weekend. We had a great weekend at the Fairplex and we will see you back there in 2018!