It is ok to share your passion about the cars you love and your personal history with those cars. Those stories will be remembered. Without the stories, it is hard for the kids nowadays to see why we are so passionate about cars.
For example, when I was a kid, my mom drove a 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88. It was a green 2-door, with a white vinyl top. It was a huge car. My mom being 4’11” tall only added to the size of the car. This car was awesome. It had a Rocket 350 engine with a 4-barrel, quadra-jet carburetor. With a full size bench seat in the front, I use to sit in the middle and shift gears from 1st to 2nd and then into drive whenever we went anywhere. If we were ever next to a car at a light that I thought we should hole shot when the light turned green, I also could talk my mom into flooring it on occasion.
These memories will be with me forever.
To this day, when I see a ‘73 Oldsmobile Delta 88, I immediately go back to that time in my life and think about my mom, who is no longer with us. I absolutely love those cars. So much so that I will probably own one eventually.
Your kids should know about these memories, and you should be creating new “car” memories for them. Get out and enjoy your old cars, and bring the family into the mix. They don’t know it now, but they will have those memories for the rest of their lives!
Ford Heacock III’s passion for classic cars was destined to collide with his family’s insurance agency. His grandfather — Ford Heacock, Sr. — established his family-owned agency in 1922. At the time, Heacock Insurance was the only insurance agency located along the Central Florida ridge — the next-nearest insurance agency was in Tampa, a two-day journey over unpaved roads in your Model A.
Ford has always been a serious automobile enthusiast. When he was growing up in Sebring, Florida, Heacock’s family was involved in the early years of the international endurance races conducted at the local airport. His grandfather was the first chairman of the Sebring 12 Hours of Endurance and is now a member of the Sebring International Raceway Hall of Fame.
Returning to Sebring after college, Ford renewed his interest in automobiles and began organizing vintage racing events, including the 1976 Sebring 12 Hour Endurance Race. In 1981, he founded the Southeast Vintage Racing Association. And a year later, Ford started Vintage Motorsport magazine — the nation’s first publication devoted to vintage racing.
Today, Ford still finds time to do a little vintage racing himself, in addition to his duties as the chairman of the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival and his work with many civic and community organizations. He is Heacock Classic Insurance‘s president and recently completed the restoration of a 1953 Jaguar XK120. Is it any wonder why Heacock Classic has the DNA to be the leader in insuring all types of specialty automobiles?
We just wrapped up a great show, the World of Wheels in Indianapolis, where we worked with our partners at Classic Auto Insurance.
Like most of the indoor shows over the winter, it gives car guys like us an outlet and provides a temporary fix until spring comes bouncing back.
World of Wheels showcased a lot of high-end customs, where the workmanship was simply exceptional. It was easy to be impressed with the cars that were on display. To complement, we also had the hardcore hot rodders with their gassers, hot rods, and customs. These guys love their cars and live for the hobby.
One thing is for sure, everyone who brought their car to the show (and every spectator) shares that same love for classic cars.
Ami G. received her share of attention too. Seeing the story of her rebuild brought smiles to many faces. We loved being part of the show and the people we met were great!
Stay tuned for the next Ami G. appearance. If she comes to a town near you, stop by and say hi!
Are you ready to start the new year off with a bang and admire Ami G. in-person, in her hometown? Well get ready! She’ll be strutting her stuff at the Cavalcade of Customs car show in the downtown Cincinnati Duke Energy Center, Friday, January 9th – 11th.
We’ll be running a contest on our Facebook page! All you have to do enter is:
1. Take a photo of Ami G. at the Cavalcade of Customs
2. Upload it to our Facebook page with the hashtag #TheBuild
3. We’ll be picking 10 winners at random on Monday, January 12th
Winners will get a fabulous American Modern bumper cover!
This is the classic car’s first stop on her car show tour. Be sure to buy tickets for the Cavalcade of Customs now and visit Ami G. at her American Modern Insurance Group booth.
See official rules for contest terms and conditions.
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Cincinnati will be receiving a wonderful gift this holiday season. If you’ve been following American Modern’s The Build on YouTube, you’re already aware that the 1965 Chevy Malibu SS restomod is ready to tour. Appropriately named Ami G. (American Modern Insurance Group), the collector car’s first stop will be the 55th annual Cavalcade of Customs in Cincinnati, OH from January 9-11, 2015.
We will officially unveil the beautiful restomod at the downtown Cincinnati Duke Energy Center on Friday, January 9th at 3pm.
If you are unfamiliar with the story of Ami G., here’s a quick recap:
- The ’65 Chevy Malibu comes face-to-face with a brick wall
- American Modern adopts her and brings her in for a restoration/makeover
- 110 employees and insurance agent partners provide all the repairs and modifications
- 22-months of blood, sweat and tears later…
Make sure you get your tickets for the Cavalcade of Customs show today and remember to visit Ami G. at her American Modern Insurance Group booth. Plus, stay tuned, as we’ll be announcing a fun, interactive contest we’ll be running during the Cavalcade show. Remember to also follow our Facebook page for more information about #TheBuild.