You owe it to yourself and to it to put a good sturdy car cover on it this winter. Keeping your Challenger warm, cozy, and dry during snow season will do wonders to keep it looking like new forever! And lucky for you, there are covers made just for the Dodge Challenger! They are custom made to fit their shape perfectly, which makes them a snap to put on and take off.Car covers are so great for keeping the critters, dirt, dust, bird droppings, tree sap, and other junk off of your Challenger. These covers also keep the wind, sun, rain, hail, and snow away from it too! All of this helps to protect the exterior finish of your classic ride so it always looks like its best. The outsides of these covers are made from water proof or resistant materials to keep moisture from getting in. The materials “breath” – allowing the air inside the cover to circulate out, so that heat, moisture, vapors, and such can escape. Most good covers come with “mirror pockets” which nicely fit right over your side view mirrors. This also helps you to center your mazda 3 car cover more quickly. You just look for the ears and the rest is easy!Dodge Car Covers are available for your Challenger in several different colors and materials – allowing you to match your personal style or taste! You can find these at many aftermarket parts web stores, just shop around and compare. And, whether you’re parking it outside in a big lot during the day while you work, outside your house at night while you sleep, or in a garage at work or at home, use the cover. It goes on in a minute or two, and if you’re going to leave it set for several hours or more, cover it up. They roll or fold up nicely so you can store them in your trunk when you’re not using them. So do this right and take extra good care of your ride. It will reward you by looking cool for years! Which can only keep you looking cool, too!
Best American Cars of the Sixties
The early 1960’s brought about the advent of the compact car. The Plymouth Valiant, Dodge Dart, Ford Falcon, Chevy Corvair (rear engine), Buick Skylark, Pontiac Tempest, Olds Cutlass, Chevy Nova, and American Motors Rambler, were some of the Auto makers attempts at a more efficient, easy to drive, less costly car. I had a 1961 Pontiac Tempest with 3 on the floor and what was actually a V8 cut in half. It was a good little bugger and candy apple red. My Aunt’s Corvair took the cake with its sports car feel and rear engine. Darts and other Mopars ran forever and were so easy to maintain. One innovation from the 60’s was the introduction of every auto maker creating a series of large, medium, and small size cars to cover the needs of America. Fins, Bullet Lights, Push Button Transmissions, better radios with 8 track or cassette players, were anxiously awaited by the public every year. Some even had record players. The Air Conditioner evolved into efficiency too. Big and small block V8’s grew and grew. The 1964, 389 three deuce GTO started the war of muscle cars. Some other favorites of mine were the 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix with a 421, the pre-1967 Belvedere and Coronet with hemis, the 1962-64 Chevy Impalas were nice too. A 1962 Ford Galaxie with a 292 police interceptor was cool as was the 1966 Galaxie. You can’t ignore all the Corvettes of the 1960’s with the 1966 Stingray being my favorite.
1967 was kind of a turnaround year. The 1967 Mustang GT with a 390 was a little slow but so sleek. The 1967 Camaro, the GM entry, was fast and very cool. 1968 brought about the Dodge Scat Pack with the Dart GT, Challenger, and of course Coronet Super Bee and R/T. That 1968 Charger R/T Hemi or 440 was one of my all-time favorites. It looked like a giant Sting Ray. What a sound that 440 made. The GTO Judge, Buick Grand Sport and Hurst Olds 4-4-2 were very very cool too. I remember my best friend bought a Super Bee with a 383 and I got a 440 Coronet R/T. Then, trying to outdo me, he got a 1969 Mustang Mach One (only 335 hp rated). I found a rare 1969 Mustang Police Interceptor. It had a Super Cobra Jet 428 with about 410 hp. and complete with transmission cooler, gears, cam, air shocks and all from the factory. What a car! All black and no markings, hood scoops or anything.There are artists who have depicted your favorite vehicle in one form or another, and you can find those artists using the resources suggested here in this article. You may favor restored vehicles, or maybe custom cars, hot rods, muscle cars, pickups, legal classics, vintage racers, drag racing vehicles, vintage antiques, or even foreign sports cars. Trust me…..it has been rendered in oils, water colors, or ink art work by someone somewhere, and you can buy it now. You just have to be able to locate what you want. Thanks to the wonderment of the internet, typing in just a few key words into your search engine can reveal page after page of resources to review. You don’t want to look at just the first page that pops up. You may find that the first five or ten pages reveal hundreds of sources of art work. Take time to look at a lot of these sources. Behind non-descript titles might lay fabulous renderings, many of which have found their way into the leading automotive magazines in America and other countries. It amazes me how much it costs to get prints of the top art work when that art is done in color by a “name” car artist. Original works can run into the hundreds of dollars or even the thousands of dollars. But there is one way to enjoy it all much more cheaply…….buy the print of the original art. I know of famous painters who sell the actual original for $5000-$40000, but the print may cost only $35-$150 each. And the print may look every bit as stunning when hung on the wall and viewed from ten feet out.Some of the greatest prints or originals of Ferraris, Mercedes Benz, Masserati, Lamborghini, Jaguar and others come from those who reside overseas. Their inspiration probably comes from national heritage or from photography taken at some of the greatest concours competitions held overseas.Here in America, older cars have always held court in the arena of favorable public opinion, and there seems to be a tremendous surge in custom cars, hot rods, muscle cars, trucks, and drag racing vehicles specifically. It seems everyone is into nostalgia, and what better way to preserve it all than through art prints or originals. Outdoor and indoor shows across the USA are filled with vehicles that look like they stepped right out of the fifties or sixties.
Ever hear of a “rat rod”? This is a fairly new phenomenon. These are cars and trucks that have been heavily modified, made reliable with late model drivetrains but don’t have much in the way of power accessories. And these vehicles are just as likely to be unpainted as painted. Primer finishes seem to prevail. If rat rods give the impression that unfinished is cool, they have succeeded in their message. And the lower you can make the vehicle by top chopping, body sectitioning, and chassis lowering, the better. Rust is the patina of choice, and headers packed with muffling steel wool (because there is no muffler system) is the order of the day. These cars and trucks look pretty obnoxious, and of course you’d be stylin’ to the max if you had tattoos up the gazzoo and your lady had a pin-up demeanor about her. Go to any super market or bookstore and you’ll see at least three or four publications devoted to rat rods. Be prepared to grin. What did you drive in high school or slightly beyond?And then there are the incomparable inline six-powered Chevys, Chevy stepside pickups, Ford and Dodge trucks, and the wide range of drag racing cars out there. Top fuelers, funny cars, altereds, gassers, super stocks, and modified street machines were all the rage from about 1957 through 1975 or so.Well, start by going to your local bookstore and reviewing what is on the newstand featuring the current monthly series of car magazines. There are easily 30-40 different magazines out there, and it seems the editors can’t do some articles without help from an artist submitting a rendering or two to emphasizethe article or accompanying pictures of particular car or truck types.Then there is the internet, within which you will find lurking all types of art, online magazine issues, and websites of the artists themselves. You’ll find great renderings submitted by such artists as Thom Taylor, Dave Bell, Kenny Youndblood, Rick Wilson, Steve Sanford, and dozens of other household names in car art.I personally prefer art that is a bit bigger than conventional 8″ x 11″ format. I like clean black ink art, whether it’sw colorized or not, and I want it to not have a busy background. This allows the vehicle to be the center of attention without distractions. I also want it to be large enough to be seen well even if I am fifteen feet away. Some folks like smaller art, and you can certainly reduce the size of your print at your local postal place. Most have great duplicators that will allow you to enlarge or shrink your print size. And make sure you get your print in a size where it is easy to find a frame to fit it.So, where might I resource the largest choice of auto art? Galleries are a great start, and all you have to do is type in some key words in your computer’s search engine, like “custom car art prints, hot rod prints, drag racing prints, foreign car art work”, etc., and the search is on. You can also resource various leading car magazines, like Super Chevy, Hemming’s Motor News, Hot Rod Magazine, Truckin’ Magazine, Classic Car Magazine, Lowrider Magazine, Rodders Journal, or even Jalopy Journal or H.A.M.B. (both one and the same), and you’ll be a happy camper. One source I love is HotRodHotlineNews.com. They don’t necessarily have art resources, but you’ll get an incredible car and truck fix that will hook you into that website forever. From there, you’ll get ideas about which art work to pursue in the open marketplace.
If you attend indoor cars shows or various swap meets throughout the year, artists quite often rent space and pass out cards and sell prints directly on the spot. It’s a great way to get your prints fast and be able to meet the artist in person. The very best artists take requests by doing special commissions for drawing your personal car or truck, or issuing a rendering of a vehicle type you desire and want to hang on your wall.Prints have a great edge to them. You can interchange prints inside a wall frame and display piece. If you have several prints of the same size, you can change out your art work throughout the year so you don’t get bored seeing the same old thing every day of the year. Let’s say you’re into muscle cars. Get a Mustang, a Cheverly, a Corvette, a GTO, a Charger, a Challenger, a Cougar, and rotate the art throughout the year. It’s a great way to enhance your bedroom, living area, shop, or office. It’s a great and proud way to promote your interest in cars and trucks, even motorcycles. I am amazed how many attorneys, doctors, accountants, home builders, etc., display what interests them automotive by posting car art in their work place.Along the subject of posting key words into your internet search, don’t restrict yourself by being shallow in the words or phrases you use. Let’s say you really dig custom cars and trucks. Don’t just type in “custom cars” and leave it at that. You’ll get a pittence of response. Throw out a variety of words and terms. Use commas to separate the terms/words, and do not put a space after the comma. Search engines work that way, so you should, too. In this example, I would type in……..”custom car,custom car art, custom car art prints, custom truck,custom truck art, custom truck art prints”……the results will surprise you.
A great source of art work in the automotive field is any website that might feature automotive artists worldwide. To find such sites, practice typing in key words in your computer’s search engine. You can use such words as “automotive artists featuring hot rods”, or “automotive artists featuring muscle cars,”, etc. You can continue on and you will soon find multiple pages offered to you to review. It is critical that you take the time to review many pages and not just the top one or two. Most times, great sites which have just what you seek are buried along with other content, and they don’t reside in the first page or two under those key words. I have found great content by dedicating and hour or two to review content of the first 30-40-50 websites that pop up. If you find the first few give you the vehicle type(s) you seek, you’re lucky. And get in the practice of writing down the website URL’s that seem to be the most interesting to you. The content of these sites change, and you want in on the news several times a year.
To be able to pop back into your favorite sites is priceless. Add those URL’s to your personal list of “favorites”.I do automotive art, and I am forever amazed at how widely varied the prices and shipping and handling fees are. It pays to shop not only for subject matter and how it is presented, but shop to get the biggest bang for the buck. Of course, I expect the artists who have been out there the longest to command the highest prices. It’s just Hollywood… some get the most ink, so to speak, and they can claim a higher degree of pedigree with their art. I also look for art that is timeless. I want my purchases to look as timely and “with it” in ten years as they do today. Not many people seek a rendering of a 2010 Mustang, since subsequent ones might have more to offer visually. But, the iconic 1965-69 Mustangs will always have a huge following.