Archive for April 24, 2014

Aston Martin Signed By 50 NBA Hall Of Famers Up For Auction

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In 2009, the Basketball Hall of Fame celebrating it’s 50th anniversary by inducting legends such as Michael Jordan, David Robinson, and John Stockton. It was an amazing ceremony with dozens of the best basketball players in the world in attendance.  Over 50 of them signed a 2002 Aston Martin as the walked the red carpet.

Owner Geoff Abadee bought the car for $200K, but with the 50 famous signatures, it has now been valued at 1.25 million.

Signatures include:  Michael Jordan, Walt Bellamy, David Robinson, Dave Cowens, George Gervin, Marques Haynes, Bob Wanzer, Bob Houbregs, Jerry Sloan, Sam Jones, Rick Barry, Bob Kurland, Bob Lanier, Moses Malone, Bailey Howell, Calvin Murphy, Nancy Lieberman, Harry Gallatin, Ann Meyers, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, David Thompson, Dolph Schayes, and John Havlicek and more.

This now one of a kind car, and famous piece of basketball history is up for auction at here.

1967 Corvette Sells For $3.5 Million – Sets World Record

Image Courtesy Of Barrett-Jackson

Image Courtesy Of Barrett-Jackson

On January 18, 2014, a red-on-red 1967 L88 Chevrolet Corvette coupe was sold for  $3.5 million during a Barrett-Jackson’s eight-day auction.  The second-generation C2 Corvette was regarded as one of the finest 1967 L88 in the country.

It took less than one minute to reach a price of three million and less than another minute to break the standing record by almost ten percent.

This Corvette came equipped with the C48 Heater Defrost Delete, F41 Special Front and Rear Suspension, G81 Positraction Rear Axle, J50 Vacuum Power Brakes, J56 Special Heavy Duty Brakes, K66 Transistor Ignition, L88 427 ci (7 liter) engine good for a (factory rated) 430 horsepower, and the M22 Heavy Duty close-ratio 4 speed transmission. In addition, it also has the RPO A85 shoulder belts as well as another important feature that sets this L88 apart — the special-order rear end ratio of 4.56:1, which is the rear end of choice for drag racing; most other 1967 L88 came with the 4:11 rear end more suitable to road racing.

The car was restored by the renowned Nabers Brothers of Houston and is fully documented.

The previous record was set at a Mecum Auction back in September 2013 for, you guessed it, another 1967 L88 Corvette.   It sold for 3.2 Million.

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Highlights From The Mid-America Trucking Show

MATSMid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Kentucky, concluded several weeks ago, with reports showing another impressive turnout.

The final numbers came in as follows:
1,077 Exhibitors
79,061 Visitors
245 Media Coorespondents
1.2 million square feet of showroom

Each year this popular trucking show highlights new technologies, unveils new products, offers seminars, and provides unlimited networking opportunities for transport industry professionals.

This year many new technologies related to efficiency were on display.  From fuel saving tires, cooling systems that function without running the engine, and natural gas / duel fuel solutions.

Natural gas has been gaining popularity in the U.S. with more and more consumers interested in the low cost and abundance.  Clean Air Power company showcased their new dual-fuel technology for heavy diesel engines.  These engines operate primarily on natural gas, but with 100% diesel power on backup.   The result is significant fuel cost savings, lower emissions, without sacrificing power, performance, or reliability.  Agility Fuel systems was another exhibitor focusing on natural gas as a solution for heavy duty transport vehicles.  Their natural gas solutions are providing as much as a 50% savings on fuel costs.  In addition, these natural gas engines cost less to maintain.  With huge global demand for oil, and instability from major producers, natural gas seems like a common sense alternative in the U.S.

Another major event at this show was the Fleet Forum Discussions, where heavy duty/commercial vehicle industry VIPs discuss the future of equipment and trucking.  This year Anne S. Ferro, the administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration spoke about recent trucking industry legislation, safety issues, and also spoke regarding potential new licensing requirements and exams.

See the full re-cap by visiting their website here:
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Anyone interested in attending the show next year, mark your calendars for March 26-28 2015.

Shipping A Car To Los Angeles: What You Should Know

Shipping a car to Los Angeles
If you need to ship a car to Los Angeles, this article is for you. We ship hundreds of vehicles to Los Angeles every month, it is an easy and convenient process.

The first step is to choose your car carrier.  Do not rely on just anyone to handle this job: conduct some research. Get honest answers about what will be involved.  What reputation does the shipping company have and how are you protected?  Check for things like BBB accreditation, and read reviews from other customers that have shipped their vehicles to Los Angeneles, or along similar routes.

One of the great things about Ship A Car Direct, is our damage-free guarantee and 100% insurance coverage. We ensure that your vehicle will be delivered to Los Angeles by a screened, professional car carrier.

How much does it cost to ship a car to L.A.?
The cost of shipping a car to Los Angeles depends on the condition, the make and model of your vehicle, where it is being shipped from, and whether you want an open or closed carrier. Open carriers cost less.

Fill out a simple form on our website here to get an instant quote.

How Do Car Carriers Deliver To Heavily Populated Urban Areas?
Large auto transport trucks have to have enough space to easily access each address and load or unload vehicles safely. Such loading is not always possible in tight downtown areas, especially with one way streets and congested traffic, steep hills or security restrictions.

A popular solution is to meet your carrier outside of the urban area, or in an area that is easily accessible, such as a nearby shopping mall parking lot.  Your driver has most likely already made hundreds of deliveries to the Los Angeles area, and may have suggestions to make the delivery convenient for both parties.

Call our customer service agents if you have any further questions.  We are always eager to take your call at 866-221-1664.