Get on Track in the Exciting World of Classic Cars

When you dedicate your time to restoring or looking after vintage cars, you’re preserving a valuable piece of motoring history for the future. There are few people who can’t take pleasure in a gleaming relic of a nostalgic age, when travelling was an occasion warranting best clothes and a picnic. Collecting vintage cars is incredibly rewarding and can be a great investment for the future.

Start your first foray into the world of vintage cars by reading specialist magazines. Not only will there be great advice from motoring experts, you’ll also find lots of classic cars for sale in perfect or restoration condition. Decide whether you have the time and energy required for undertaking a classic car restoration project or if you’re looking for something in a ready-to-drive state.

Once you know what you’re looking for, start attending classic car auctions and local trade shows. You’ll start learning how to spot valuable limited edition models and how much classic cars are currently going for. Talking to people who have been collecting or dealing in classic cars for years will also give you access to insider knowledge and put you in contact with experts who can help you with classic cars projects in the future.

If you know you want to try restoration for yourself, make sure you know what you’re taking on. Any classic car you view should have a record of work it’s had done, and what work remains. Investing in a vehicle only to find it’s missing a vital part that you’ll have to have hand-engineered can set you back a lot. This is where contacts with local experts can help: try to get to know people who would be willing to advise you on vintage cars before you commit to buying.

Fully restoring vintage cars is a time-consuming and potentially expensive hobby. Try to work out the cost of restoring the car and factor that into the price when looking to buy. If it’s still a good deal, go for it. Another factor to consider is where you will be storing and working on your vintage car. What parts will you need, and where will you source them? As you can see, there are lots of questions to ask yourself before taking your first steps into the vintage cars arena.

But don’t be put off: working with vintage cars can be tremendous fun and a great investment. Make sure you know your stuff and can recognise a good deal, and you can be sure of an exciting classic car project with a potentially big pay-off at the end.

The 10 Rawest Skateboard Interviews of All Time

In all fairness, the late Big Brother should probably hold all ten of these. Back in simpler times, interviewing sponsored skateboarders meant you would be hearing the true voices of some of the most incredible and downright raw individuals on the face of our planet. People wonder why interviews are so cookie-cutter these days. The answer is simple-money. Nobody wants to rock the boar when they pencil in six-figure digits every tax season. Either way, in an ode to real skateboard journalism done balls to the wall-here are ten of the rawest interviews skateboarders have given us over the past 30 years.

TONY ALVA SKATEBOARDER 1978

Tony had just won the ’77 Skateboarder Of The Year Award from Skateboarder when he was chalked up for an unprecedented second feature interview in the magazine. This time around, Tony pulled out all the stops. His musings about sleeping with groupies, smoking weed, and his party lifestyle were so raw for their first time that they garnered one of the first ever disclaimers by the magazine’s editors.

COREY DUFFEL BIG BROTHER 2001

Poor Corey was only sixteen when Chris Nieratko pulled the infamous atomic bomb of a quote out of him. While the “trashy” Stevie Williams reference cost Corey a lot of his sponsors initially, most chalked it up to Corey being young and ignorant to the fact that Big Brother would indeed print every word recorded. With the water well under the bridge, Corey and Stevie now find themselves partners in crime on Venture and CCS, where Stevie helped get Corey on the team.

ADAM MCNATT TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING 1997

This single interview became the poser child collection of pages on how to go “all in” during your Pro Spotlight. McNatt-a huge start and innovator which Powell Peralta, 101, and later Evol and Osiris- essentially talked incredible sh-t on every nook, cranny, and secret that the skate industry had dragged him through during his career Some might argue that this single interview changed hi curse within the industry for good.

FABIAN ALOMAR BIG BROTHER 1997

Sometimes an interview can be raw for what s said within its Q&A. Other times, skateboard journalism is simply raw based on whom you are actually putting on the pages. Fabian Alomar’s opening-spread photo cracking an ollie surrounded by his gang-affiliated East L.A. family members is scary enough to earn him a spot on this list alone. His descriptions of a life surrounded by gang lifestyle and anecdotes involving guns, beatings, mushrooms, and prison time make it an absolute shoo-in.

ALEX OLSON TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING 2007

These days, as I attempted to explain in the intro, it is increasingly difficult to get real words out of real skateboarders in a real magazine. Spanky had no such problems with Olson. Protected by his close friendship with this subject matter, I am still amazed that Spanky got Alex to fearlessly cough up straight-from-the-heart gems like, “Who’s got an obnoxious image? Terry {Kennedy}’s kinda bad. I’m over that whole Ice Cream thing.” Damn.

DUANE PETERS SKATEBOARDER 2003

I’m just gonna run a quote. “I was shooting up, living in a ditch, and got rushed by these three Mexicans. They stabbed me seven times in the knee and three times in the back. I was swinging my board around at these f-kers and the funniest thing was I was rushing so much from the coke that I couldn’t climb out from this four-foot ditch. I finally got these guys off me and I was running down the street covered in blood when the cops came” You get the picture.

ANDY ROY BIG BROTHER 1996 AND 1998

This award goes for both his Big Brother interviews. It’s scary enough to read Andy’s stories about being nicknamed “snuggle-butt” while serving time, however, when Roy professed to Dave Carnie that he wanted to get “the aids” in order to spread it to as many people as possible, you may just be sitting on one of the rawest statements ever printed in any magazine.

GATOR TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING 1988

This issue is pretty much my first skate magazine and it was pretty much the first interview I ever read, but when Gator chimed in for his intro with, “First of all I’m gay, I cry out of my arms.” I remember clearly the feelings of outright confusion I felt and wondered immediately if this was the normal type of thing professional skateboarders talked about.

JOSH SWINDLE BIG BROTHER 1993

Before he went away for good after smashing a brick over a gay man’s head and killing him, Josh Swindle got busted at the Mexican border with some guns in his car. Earl Parker caught up with Josh for an interview while he served out his time in a Tijuana penitentiary. Drugs, Broomstick shanks, hookers, bribing guards, and beating a guy down for trying to steal his shoes all get detailed accounts.

JAON JESSEE TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING 1997

You don’t always have to espouse racism, kill someone, or go to jail to stack up some interesting musings for an interview. Anyone who enjoyed his straw story in the Gator documentary knows that when Jason says things like, “I’m no stranger to pain, especially in the pain of waking up in the morning and the pain of realization,” it ain’t no scripted text that his agent thought might help his board sales.

Hagerty Classic Car Insurance – A Review of Their Benefits and Restrictions

Classic car insurance from a specialty insurance company has a lot of advantages for those of us who own and drive a muscle car, antique car, or other collectible or special interest vehicle. These policies offer much better coverage for less money than a standard auto insurance policy. There is a lot to consider, though, when comparing classic car insurance companies. Each company has its own advantages and disadvantages, and it is important that you find the insurance company that offers the best fit for your situation.

Hagerty Classic Car Insurance has been offering specialty collector vehicle insurance since 1991, and is one of the largest and most well-known collector car insurance companies. They are car collectors themselves, so they understand the insurance needs of other classic car owners. Their policies offer:

- Agreed Value coverage – you receive the full insured amount in the event of a total loss
- A wide range of deductibles, from $0 and up
- Single liability charge, which saves you money on the premium if you have more than one classic vehicle insured
- In-house claims management – most claims are handled at Hagerty by a collector car insurance expert, seven days a week from April through October
- Repair shop of your choice – you get to choose the shop you want to handle any repairs
- Instant new purchase coverage – a new addition to your collection is automatically covered up to $50,000
- Car show medical reimbursement – clients and their family members get pre-determined medical coverage if they are injured at a car show

Hagerty Classic Car Insurance also offers special policies for coverage during an active restoration, for business-use endorsement, coverage during overseas shipping, and foreign liability and property damage if you take your car to an event overseas. You can get additional coverage for your automotive tools and memorabilia, spare parts, and even motorcycle safety equipment coverage. Hagerty also has a car club liability program.

The optional Hagerty Plus program offers even more benefits for its members, including emergency roadside assistance and flatbed towing coverage, a subscription to the Hagerty magazine, and access to the “Ask Hagerty” concierge service. They are active advocates on legislative issues related to the collector car hobby, and a portion of the membership fees go to support The Collectors Foundation, which provides scholarships and grants to organizations working to preserve the hobby through education and other avenues.

Hagerty does have some restrictions, though, on who and what qualifies for their insurance. Drivers with more than one or two minor traffic violations or accidents in the past 3-6 years may not qualify. The vehicle must be used on a limited basis, going to automotive-related events or an occasional pleasure drive. If you drive your classic car very often or very far, you might be better off considering a different specialty insurance company that doesn’t place limits on how much you drive your car. Like most other companies, your vehicle must be stored in a fully enclosed and locked garage when not in use. And like most other collector car insurance companies, you must have a “daily driver” that is insured in your name in addition to your classic car.

Insurance policies are available for most antique and classic cars, street rods, muscle cars, military vehicles, antique fire trucks, tractors, motorcycles, and some replica cars. However, Hagerty does not offer insurance for Cobra replicas, off-road vehicles, many Pro-Street cars, any vehicle equipped with nitrous, dune buggies, commercial vehicles, or motorcycles that are modified for performance. They do offer policies for some of the “late model classics”, exotic, special interest, or limited production vehicles, as long as they are being treated as a collectible and are driven on a limited basis.

Hagerty Classic Car Insurance is a great option as long as you and your vehicle meet their qualifications and you don’t drive your car extended distances each year. I will soon be adding articles on other collector car insurance companies, with different qualifications and restrictions. Take a look at my other articles, and make sure that you choose the classic car insurance company that fits your needs the best.