SemiTrucks

Before You Transport a Hot Rod, Read This!

Moving an expensive hot rod takes a lot of planning and preparation. To ensure the complete safety of your vehicle, it also means finding the right transport service to load and ship your car. If you’re looking to transport your hot rod soon, here are a few things that you need to know.

This Isn’t a Typical Moving Company

If you’re moving your hot rod as part of a household relocation, be aware that not all moving companies offer car transport services. According to local moving company, Cheap Movers Seattle, moving companies are specifically licensed to transport household goods. Some movers will also obtain additional licensing to transport vehicles. Before you book your move, see what options the moving company might have for transporting vehicles. You may need to hire a separate company that deals exclusively in auto transport.

Transportation Services

Closed Car Trailer

Sometimes referred to as an enclosed car transport, a closed car method involves placing your hot rod in an entirely closed-in trailer that’s hauled by a semi truck. This mode of transportation offers the most protection from hazardous factors that include weather and loose highway debris. CheapHowever, closed car trailers usually come at a higher price than other transport services.

Open Car Trailer

Typically seen in car carrier fashion, this transportation style involves shipping a hot rod on a trailer with many other vehicles. While open car trailers are more exposed to outside elements, they can also be less expensive than other methods.

Closed car trailers can protect your hot rod from unexpected highway debris.
Closed car trailers can protect your hot rod from unexpected highway debris.

Pick Up and Drop Off Locations

Door to Door

Door to door scheduling allows a transportation company to pick up a hot rod at a house and then drop it off at a specified location of a customer’s choice. While this method can be more expensive than other options, it does provide a convenient and hassle-free experience.

Terminal to Terminal

This option is often less expensive than the door to door method, as the transport company uses common places for both the vehicle pick up and drop off. Local terminals can include storage facilities and local towing lots, and it’s important to verify that both drop off and pick up locations are secure with fenced in spaces.

Registration and Insurance

When deciding on a transport company, be sure to check that they have valid registration and insurance coverage. In the case of emergencies or accidents, it’s important to know that the company will pay for all damages. To find out this information, you can ask a company for a written statement to check the U.S. Department of Transportation for the company’s name and listing.

Check registration and insurance policies when deciding on a transportation company.
Check registration and insurance policies when deciding on a transportation company.

Preparing Your Hot Rod

Once you’ve decided on the right transport company, it’s time to prep your car for its journey. Start by removing all of your personal belongings from inside of the vehicle. Then, secure or discard any spoilers or ground effects that could hinder the loading process. It’s also a good idea to check the odometer reading and note any current damages to the car. And after you’ve done a final sweep over the details and paperwork, your hot rod is ready for safe transport to its new destination.

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Guide to the Best Hot Rod Tracks in the Country

There’s something about drag strips that captures the heart of racing; the crisp air, the exciting cars, and the thunderous sound of powerful engines that are working at full speed. And while a decent racing track is usually well maintained and features main events, the best tracks can give crowds an incredible amount of energy and thrill. To find a strip that’s nearest to you, or for the fun of visiting some of the best spots, here’s our guide to the best hot rod tracks in the United States.

Charlotte Motor Speedway — Concord, NC

With more than 30,000 seats and a four-car drag strip, there’s never a shortage of action at this track. You can arrive early on race day to see some of your favorite drivers and cars up-close, and there are even tunnels beneath the arena to allow fans to move around the stadium easily.

Sonoma Raceway — Sonoma, CA

Featuring a variety of remarkable events, such as Wednesday Night Drags, Bracket Drags, and NHRA events, the Sonoma Raceway always has something impressive to see. They’re also a good track to support and partner with, as their recycling program has collected over 475 tons of material since 2004.

Summit Motorsports Park — Norwalk, OH

Known to many as “America’s Racetrack,” the Summit Motorsports Park is an ideal and classic strip. It holds several special events, including the Blue Suede Cruise and the Halloween Classic, and regularly draws in crowds from all over the country for its unique races.

The Summit's exciting racing events are not to be missed!
Don’t miss out on the Summit’s exciting racing events!

Lucas Oil Raceway — Indianapolis, IN

The Lucas Oil Raceway is often overlooked due to its brother strip, which is known as the home of the Indy 500. However, this track hosts the Ray Skillman Spring Spectacle of Speed, where teams compete against each other in categories such as Top Alcohol Funny Car and Pro Stock Snowmobile. And with top-notch racing and plenty of crowds, this track is not to be missed.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway — Las Vegas, NV

Known by NASCAR fans as “Disneyland,” the Las Vegas Motor Speedway gives fans a chance to interact with pit crews and drivers and is a great destination for the whole family. Not only is the track located in exciting Las Vegas, but it also recently signed a deal to serve delicious Sicilian-style pizza at all racing events.

Bristol Dragway — Bristol, TN

Also known as “Thunder Valley,” the Bristol Dragway is home to the famous Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. With 25 luxury suites, plenty of camping space, and a history of legendary racing, it’s a drag strip that’s popular with locals and tourists alike.

Bristol Dragway is a great place to camp out and watch good racing.
Bristol Dragway is a great place to watch drivers and camp out with other fans.

Gainesville Raceway — Gainesville, FL

Gainesville Raceway has year-round racing events and is considered by some as one of the fastest drag strips in the country. For hot rod fans who want to see an amazing display of speed and experience the adrenaline rush of a race, Gainesville is the best place to be.

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Greatest Classic Car Movies Ever Made

Automobile fans from all around the world can appreciate and admire a vintage car movie. While many films pay homage to all sorts of vehicles, only a handful of flicks can deliver inspiration as well as horsepower. If you can’t get enough of timeless cars and are looking to watch a movie masterpiece, here’s our list of the greatest classic car movies ever made.

1. Gone In 60 Seconds

The original Gone in 60 Seconds film, made in 1974, is one of the best classic car films. The plot centers around main characters who must steal 48 of the world’s most desirable cars, including the Corvette Stingray, the Cadillac Fleetwood, and of course the 1973 Ford Mustang (known as Eleanor). While the movie’s plot featured 48 cars, 93 were used and crashed while filming the movie’s infamous chase scene. The 2000 movie remake is also worth seeing, as it features a 1956 Ford Thunderbird, a 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, and a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 as the beloved Eleanor.

2. Bullitt

While Gone in 60 Seconds honors a whole fleet of classic cars, the 1968’s Bullitt is an iconic car movie that features only two cars and one incredible chase scene. In it, a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T and a 1968 Ford Mustang GT tear through the streets of San Francisco, providing a thrilling ride with a fiery end. The special effects and technicalities behind the scenes established a new standard in car stunts and continue to captivate audiences since the film’s release.

Whether it's a high-speed chase or a heist, classic cars add style to any film.
Whether it’s a high-speed chase or a heist, classic cars add style to any film.

3. Cannonball Run

If you’re looking for laughs as well as vintage cars, you’ll love the hilarious Cannonball Run. This 1981 film was inspired by the real-life cross-country Cannonball Baker race, with a plot that features a cast of colorful drivers that race across the country for a prize. While its lineup of cars goes well beyond your basic American classics, it also does a an excellent job of highlighting European icons such as the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and the Aston Martin DB5.

4. John Wick

John Wick is an action flick that centers around a retired assassin that goes haywire after Russian mobsters steal his 1969 Mach 1 Mustang. Other muscle cars that get screen time include a 1970 SS 454 LS6 Chevelle and a 1968 Dodge Charger. The movie’s exciting plot ends with a fantastic car chase and a shootout, and for fans who enjoyed the film, there’s a rumor that the sequel is going feature even more impressive car scenes.

Honorable Mention: The Fast And The Furious

While younger car fans may be shocked that The Fast and the Furious franchise is only getting an honorable mention, those with hardcore vintage tastes understand its excess of tuners. Still, the series is known for its cutting-edge car action, several old-school drag racing scenes, and the heavily featured 1970 Dodge Charger.