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  • Preparing Your Car For "The Show"

    You'll be taking your ride to a weekend car show, so of course you want it to look its absolute best on display in front of friends and colleagues. Every "oooh" and "ahhh" you'll hear does wonders for your self-esteem, and if there's a judging portion of the show, you certainly want that top trophy.

    Of course you always wash the car’s exterior and vacuum the interior, but is that enough? If you've got a lot of time on your hands, and you've got the expertise, you can detail the car to a perfect show-ready appearance by yourself. But if you don't have that time and skill set, it's worth the money to take your classic to a professional detailing pro. They know what it takes to meet the strict standards of the expert judges who will critique your vehicle at the show.

    Judges look everywhere, and that includes places you can easily miss...a hard-to-reach corner, or even under the carpet! Remember, these judges have usually seen it all, in all types of cars. I don’t want to say they’re looking to trip you up, but you better be ready to impress them.

    Now if you really want to earn that first prize, you have to make your car stand out above the rest. Bring pictures of the resto work you’ve done so people can see how much work you've put into it. Bring along past trophies that you've won to display. Add something to garner some extra attention. Let's say you're showing your ’57 Chevy Bel Air. Why don't you and your wife dress in Fifties "period" clothing?

    Don't forget to bring some soft cleaning cloths to wipe your vehicle at the show itself, to remove dust and dirt that collects on the way there and while on display.

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  • Mike U., Eastwood Tech Advisor- What Makes Us Tick

    Do you have any projects going right now? What are you building, restoring, or a job you are tackling next? my 32 Ford High boy. It's currently in Eastwood Gray Urethane Primer that I sprayed with the Eastwood Concours Paint Gun and the interior is covered in Eastwood Thermo-coustic.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Forget the golf course... look at these gorgeous classic cars!

    Even if your name's not Tiger, you've surely heard of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Resort that overlooks the Pacific near Carmel, California. But you may not have known that for one day a year—August 19 this year— the 18th hole, often called the "best finishing hole in golf", is transformed into the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

    I think it was mighty nice of the organizers to name this high-end car show after Eastwood's own Concours paint guns! But seriously, this is one of the most beautiful and competitive collector car shows in the automotive world.

    Now I'm not suggesting that these classic car owners are the ones who actually put in the "sweat equity" to get these cars looking so gorgeous, but anyone who appreciates the factory-new look of a just-restored vehicle will certainly appreciate the dazzling stars of this show.

    Originally a small social event paired with a road race through the pine and cypress forests of Pebble Beach, the Pebble Beach Concours has become one of the top collector car events in the world. Owners compete to have their classic named "Best of Show"...others come simply to enjoy the spectacle. The Concours is not a contest of speed, but of excellence. Automobiles and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit, and their style—and the best garner reward and recognition. Something to think about as you work on your project vehicle...well, you can dream!

    I know you want to see pictures, so be sure to check out these award winners from the last 60 years.

    You can also enjoy this video about a Concours entry from Sparks, Nevada, via Seattle.

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  • More than just athletes on display at the London Olympics

    BMW art car jeff koons

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    Walking around London during the Olympics, you'd expect to see all sorts of interesting people from every corner of the world (well, maybe not Antarctica; I don't think they have a track team this year).

    As an Eastwood customer, though, you're more into noticing all the different vehicles you might see during this international gathering. So you'd sprint right past the Men's 110m Hurdles venue and make a beeline to Shoreditch to enjoy the BMW collection of its 18 "Art Cars"—racing cars painted by famous artists.

    No, they didn't use Eastwood Concours spray guns (as far as I know!), nor did they use our Candeez paints, but it's still cool to see what a well-known artist can do with a racing car as a canvas! You may have heard of a few of these guys: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Caldor and more. (My favorite paint job is on the 2010 BMW M3 GT2, by Jeff Koons; see it above, and read about it here.)

    But if you just can't make it to London this year, you can see a photo gallery of the cars here.

    I guess you can watch the Men's 110m Hurdles on tape delay when you're done.

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