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Highlights from the San Jose Supershow & Giveaway

We had a great time at the San Jose StreetLOW Magazine Supershow! The show was overflowing with car enthusiasts and vehicles to admire. From stunning classics, impressive low riders and handsome motto’s, one was as nice as the next.

Here are a few highlights from the show!

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And because we love our fans so much, we can’t help but shower you with giveaways!

First, we’d like to congratulate Barbara from Merced, CA as being the lucky winner of the S4 raffle from the Super Show. But if you didn’t win, don’t worry! We have another giveaway for you to try your luck on. We are giving one 911Tracker fan a $50 gift card to Amazon!

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GoodGuys West Coast Nationals 2015 Highlights

The Goodguys Car Show in Pleasanton was a great experience for all of us seeing all those amazing cars and the thousands of hours that went into them — it’s a real labor of love!

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We were especially excited to show off the new features for 911Tracker T3 and 911SafeTrack S4 including Smartphone Apps and the text message that permits the owner to enable or disable the starter.

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Visitors that own Harley-Davidson motorcycles were pleased to hear that Harley-Davidson San Jose is now a 911SafeTrack Authorized Dealer for the S4 Vehicle Security System.

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Booth visitors really liked the Silver Summer Special – entering in our giveaways that happened throughout the weekend. We are currently having a summer sale on the T3-SS3 — T3 Vehicle Recovery System which includes the T3 AND a three-month Premium Silver Service plus free shipping in the USA for only $199. 

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We even had a chance to have a little fun too interacting with some of our youngest fans. We are already looking forward to the next West Coast Nationals, and other GoodGuys events that happen throughout the year. Just check out these cool rides!

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Summer Car Shows Throughout the United States

Summer is car show season, and car shows make for a fun day or evening browsing through all the different hot rods and classic cars. It’s a perfect event so show off your classic car or maybe check out a classic car that you are interested in. There are so many car shows throughout the United States. Get the family, pack a cooler and enjoy one of America’s favorite pastimes by heading to a car show near you!

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Summer Car Shows Throughout the United States 

Car Craft Summer Nationals – Living in our around the Minnesota area? Head over to Car Craft Summer Nationals presented by Chevrolet happening July 17th -19th with over 5,400 muscle cars. Perfect family event with different contests and attractions.

Summer Showdown Car Show & Silent Auction – This is happening on July 18th in Louisville KY. Trophies will be given out to the Top 40 vehicles and proceeds from the Summer Showdown Car Show will benefit the Michael Feger Paralysis Foundation. There will also be several vendors to check out plus a 50/50, silent auction, face painting for the kiddos plus much more.

Madison Classics – Happens August 1st and 2nd in Madison Wisconsin. This car show offers over 1,300 car part vendors, perfect for finding the parts you need for your car projects. There are also hundreds of cars for sale so if you are looking for a new classic, this is the spot to check out. With over 13,000 spectators this swapmeet is a great place for vendors to sell their cars, car parts and car accessories.

Branson Summer Cruise – This Summer Cruise happens in Branson, Missouri and is on August 6th through 8th. It features the Show’n’Shine with over 500 cars and trucks on display at The Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead. Don’t miss this fantastic weekend of fun!

Danville Hot Summer Nights – Happening in Danville California this car show takes place on July 16th and then again on August 13th. There will be fun for every member of the family. See the cars your parents had, cars you had as a teenager in high school, cars you wish you had, cars you never saw or will see again!

GoodGuys Car Shows –  Goodguys produces some of the world’s most dynamic automotive events. Goodguys is the world’s largest hot rodding association with over 70,000 active members worldwide. Goodguys events feature thousands of candy colored hot rods and customs, tricked out trucks, mighty muscle cars and regal classics. Their events happen throughout the year around the country. 911Tracker will be at the West Coast Nationals in Alameda CA in August, check it out and all the other GoodGuys Car Shows happening around the United States.

We’ve only touched on a few of the many car shows happening throughout the United States, know of a show we didn’t mention? Tell us about it and we will add it to the list. If you’ve never been to a car show it can be a bit intimidating, but with these tips you will be a car show pro in no time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Car Show Etiquette

Summer is one of the best times to head out to different type of car shows. If you’ve never taken your car to a show before it’s best to know car show etiquette before you arrive so you don’t make newbie mistakes. Before we get started on the Do’s and Don’ts of Car Shows lets go over the types of shows a person can attend. We have national shows that are huge, most if not all will require you to register a spot for your vehicle and a fee could be involved. If you attend a smaller regional or local Car Show you could just show up and park your car without registering or paying a fee. It’s always best is get all the information needed about the show before the date so you are prepared.

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Car Show Etiquette 

SHOW UP ON TIME – We all have days of running late but when you want to head out to a car show especially a large one; you want to be on time. Getting to the car show late will result in a lot of frustration when you don’t get a great spot and are sitting in the back.

TAKE ONE SPOT – Everyone wants room to move so people can easily view your amazing vehicle, but lets keep it to one spot. You could see some vehicles parked diagonally across a few spaces but they could be a sponsor who paid for the privilege.

LEAVING EARLY – If you know that you will need to leave the show early, don’t take a prime spot in the middle of show. Leaving early when it’s packed with spectators looks bad and could be dangerous because of children and pets running around. When you arrive speak to staff member and tell them your situation so they can position you near the exit to make it easier on everyone.

BE NICE TO THE STAFF – Most of the staff at car show events are volunteers who enjoy being around cars. As we all know things can get hectic and the volunteer may not know the answer to all your questions. It’s best to try and find the show director and hash out your problem before loosing it with a volunteer.

BE POLITE WHEN SOMEONE TOUCHES YOUR CAR – When you’ve spent hours waxing your car and making it look perfect we realize that you don’t want fingerprints all over it. Some spectators who attend a car show understand how seriously we take our vehicles. All you need to do is politely explain how much your car means to you and you would prefer them to ask before touching.

BE RESPECTFUL – Everyone has different tastes and budgets. Just because the vehicle next to you doesn’t have perfect paint or the style isn’t for you, just keep it to yourself. It’s best of offer real advice or help instead of putting down someone’s work.

NO RACING – Racing on the surrounding streets before, during or after a car show brings the wrong kind of attention to you, fellow attendees and the show organizers. It’s a quick way to get you a ticket or even kicked out of the show.

By far the most important thing for you to remember is that you are a guest of the car show and what you do at the venue ultimately ends up as a reflection on the coordinators. Just be you, patient, and most importantly respectful of others and everyone will have a great time.

Something to KEEP IN MIND – If you are traveling to a show and need to stay in a hotel for the weekend, you might be worried about keeping your car safe while parked. If the car has a T3 GPS Tracker and a thief tries to steal it, you will know within seconds after the car starts moving. You can easily have T3 connect you with 911 nearest your vehicle. Our device is perfect for those classic cars that don’t have a security system.

Now, you know the expectations when attending a car show with your vehicle and how you can keep your vehicle safe, but where are the shows? There are a zillion car shows throughout the country during those summer months, some better known than others. We’ve always liked the Good Guys shows which happen all over the country.  We are having a booth at the West Coast Nationals in August, hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Car Clubs throughout the United States

When you own a classic car, most likely you are interested in preserving your vehicle and looking for advice on restoration from others that own other classic vehicles. Besides preserving and restoring your classic you can also head to events in your area to meet individuals that are interested in the same thing as you are. The best way to gain information, advice and meet people is by joining a car club. By joining a car club you are able to meet people with common interests,  find items for sale, participate in races, cruising and shows that you might not of known of, if you were not involved in a car club.

Now, all you need to do is find the right classic car club that would work for you. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites that are nestled throughout the United States.

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Classic Car Clubs throughout the United States

Veteran Motor Club of America – This organization has chapters throughout the United States and  it’s dedicated to the restoration and enjoyment of historic automobiles. Best known as the touring club. The Veteran Motor Club also publishes bi-monthly, award winning magazine, The Bulb Horn and has a Facebook group that is available for all to join. 

The American Classic Car Club – Formed during the 1970’s, so it’s been around forever.  It continues to be a strong club of like-minded people of all ages, like-minded in that all members have a passion for American Classic Cars. Club members are owners of a very wide range of American Classic Cars ranging from the 1930’s to the 1990’s. You can easily browse the website to get an idea of what the club is about but members get full advantage of getting first hand information on events and buying/selling options.

Antique Automotive Club of America – Started with just 14 enthusiasts from the Philadelphia area in 1935, it quickly grew and is now still going strong throughout the United States. The AACA recognizes that a person’s love for vintage cars can start at a young age. Therefore they not only have adult memberships but for juniors too. No need to own a antique, you just need to appreciate the space and have a love for antique vehicles.

Vintage Sports Club of America –  is the oldest club in America with an emphasis on rare and unusual sports and racing cars. This is a member club which everyone needs to apply and be recommended by two members of the club. If you don’t know a member, no problem. You can still attend events and get to know the members and the club.

Classic Car Club of Manhattan – Now if you are looking for luxury you’ve found it with this car club. Membership fees are steep but as a member you will have an opportunity to drive some of the most amazing classic cars in the world. Besides driving amazing cars as a member you will have an opportunity to network, go on road trips and attend other member only events.

Whether you are on the east coast or west coast you have many classic car clubs to choose from, we just picked a few of our favorites. Got a favorite car club that we didn’t mention? Share with us so we can add it to our list.

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Don’t forget to enter in the 911Tracker T3 Giveaway. When you spend that much time with your classic car you don’t want your baby stolen.  Our T3 GPS Recovery Device is like no other…a step above the rest. Find out for yourself by entering now! 

 

 

Car Clubs – Which One is Right for You?

Are you a person that can’t get enough of cars? Whether you are into classics, sports or luxury cars a car club might be right for you, but which one would be the BEST FIT? If you are unfamiliar with car clubs, it’s basically a community of people that share a common interest in all sorts of vehicles. Car Clubs can be organized by enthusiasts around a type of car, brand or similar interest. Now the only questions is, which car club is right for you?

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Traditional Car Clubs 

The more traditional clubs historically have been off line. Just like most clubs there are membership fees which vary from club to club. Once you join you get benefits such as support including messages from members, service and parts advice and sale items. Traditional car clubs also have meets which are for members and those interested in becoming a member. Members can participate in races, cruising and shows. It’s a great way for people with the same interests to come together.

Traditional car clubs were historically “off line” but now with mass online media and support they have now added a online presence. This would be a great way for those interested in different clubs to get a closer look at what the club has to offer without leaving their sofa.

Internet Car Clubs 

As our lives continue to get busier and busier  and with the rage of the internet and social media car clubs have moved online. These online communities can attract a large number of members. Unlike traditional clubs, the content is open to all and for free. It’s a great resource for people looking to purchase a certain car or for newbie enthusiasts.

Just as traditional clubs internet communities provide forums and content about vehicle specifications, driving characteristics, repair information and photo sharing. Since the club can have members from anywhere you have a larger reach if you are trying to purchase or sell a particular vehicle or looking for a certain part for your vehicle. Members will also have the opportunity to easily get information and links to YouTube videos and Podcasts that you normally wouldn’t of heard of.

So now you have a choice to make. Are you interested in more of a traditional car club or love being online so would a internet club be your first choice. Whatever choice you make know that you will have many opportunities to educate yourself about your vehicle, meet individuals with the same interests and learn new ways you can take care of your vehicle through a community.

Finding Interesting Things for Your Car

Car clubs are great for discovering new things for your car.  Other members are often coming up with new ways to make a car more comfortable for a long drive, improve the appearance, or enhance the safety & security such as a device that alerts you of a theft and connects you to 911 closest to your car.

Whether you are a car enthusiast looking to take your hobby to the next level by joining a car club or a individual wanting to keep your family and vehicle safe at all times  our T3 GPS Device is perfect for any car owner. Now, you can have a chance to win one because EVERY MINUTE COUNTS!

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Hot Spots for Car Theft

Vehicle TheftIf you live in California you are at higher risk of getting your vehicle stolen. This is because 9 out of 10 hot spots for car theft happen in the state of California. The reason for this is because of international boarders and dense populated areas where vehicles are presented as opportunities for thieves.

Current Rankings from Mercury News

1. Bakersfield, CA

2. Fresno, CA

3. Modesto, CA

4. San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward, CA

5. Stockton-Lodi, CA

6. Redding, CA

7. Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

8. Valleio-Fairfield, CA

9. San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, CA

10. Yuba City, CA

Auto Theft

Vehicles that are more apt to be stolen are classic cars. Classic cars are targeted because they are easy to sell overseas. People would pop them in containers and ship them overseas and a lot of them were a “for order situation”.  Classic cars are worth much more than the average new vehicle and most times the classic car is one of a kind.

You never think it will happen to you. You lock your car and you feel protected because you may have a built in alarm system that makes a nasty sound when someone tries to break in. There is something you need to remember……it can happen to you and it has happened to over 700,000 Americans.

Summer has the highest rate of stolen vehicles throughout the year. Most cars were stolen on the weekend. We don’t want you to be next so check out these 8 tips to protect your vehicle from theft.

Have you used any of these tips? If so, tell us how they have helped you protect your vehicle.

 

 

Classic Car Theft on the Rise

classic car protectionClassic Car theft is on the rise, so much so that the police created a network to help recover these stolen vehicles.  Stolen classic cars are happening throughout the United States but is more prevalent in Southern California.

Classic cars are targeted because they are easy to sell overseas. People would pop them in containers and ship them overseas and a lot of them were a “for order situation”.  Classic cars are worth much more than the average new vehicle and most times the classic car is one of a kind.

Most of the time when a classic call is stolen it’s never found because of the lacking built in security system that newer cars have.  For that reason classic cars are far more difficult to track.

There are a few things you can do to protect your classic vehicle from being stolen.

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Keep Verifiable Records – Be sure the VIN and title information match that of your car.  Something like this that is overlooked, could create huge problems later if your vehicle is ever stolen, and law enforcement is attempting to recover it.

Be Smart At Car Shows – When visiting car shows, or even taking your classic car out for a spin around the neighborhood, make it a habit to check your rear view mirror!  Professional car thieves actually go to these events in search of their next target.

Be Careful When Selling – When selling your classic car be wary of the payment method, 150 cashier’s checks is not the best way to except payment because they could be bogus. The best payment options would be wire transfer.

Trust You Mechanic –   If you take your classic vehicle for restoration to a body shop, or mechanic make sure they have a good security system so your vehicle is protected at all times.

Embrace Technology – Since classic cars do not have built in security system you need to install something that you feel will protect your vehicle while not in use. There are many choices to choose from especially our own T3 Tracker. You can now save when purchasing a tracker which saves you $95.

To learn more about the advantages of installing a T3 Tracker in your classic car – GO HERE!