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Green Car by Mina Tocalini for 360 Magazine

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Classic Car Look Brand New

Are you driving a classic car that’s starting to look its age? Fear not, because we’ve got some great ideas for getting it looking fresh again.

These five easy tips will give your vintage vehicle the love it deserves and make it look like new again.

1. Clean Your Car on the Regular

We all know that the first place we need to start is by giving our car a once-over with soap and water. However, it’s not just the technique that matters. It’s how often you do it as well.

Waiting too long after your last car wash can cause the wax on your car to glaze over. It can also create tar damage, which is challenging to remove. Make sure it gets a thorough clean every couple of months.

2. Use a Detailing Brush to Remove Bugs and Dirt

Dust and dirt can build up in crevices over time, especially if you leave your car uncleaned.

It’s a good idea to get your car detailed, whether that’s yourself or a professional doing the detailing.

Use a car detailing brush to remove these spots. This isn’t going to be a heavy-duty brush that will get everything out (best consult the experts on that one), but it will leave you with a much cleaner surface.

3. Use Polish

Another way you can get rid of dirty spots on your car is by using polish. There are all kinds of different polishes on the market, so make sure you find one that suits your needs.

4. Take Care of the Interior

While we’re talking about cleaning your car’s exterior, it’s important to remember that the interior needs some TLC as well.

You want to make sure you haven’t left any old food or trash lying around in the back because they could attract pests such as rodents or bugs, along with smells that are hard to remove.

Take the time to clean out your car and get rid of any crumbs or trash getting in the way. Finding replacement classic car parts is no mean easy feat, so take care of them while they’re still in good condition!

5. Work on the Wheels

One of the most noticeable things about a dirty car is the tires get covered in dirt and grime.

So take your time and work on cleaning them up with a dedicated wheel brush to remove any debris and dirt that may have become trapped between the treads. Finish off with an excellent wheel polish to get that gleaming new look.

Your Classic Car Will Look Like New!

If you want your classic car looking like new again, make sure to try out these five tips. They’re straightforward and won’t cost you too much to get the finish that you want.

Let’s not forget, even if you hate cleaning, it’s important to enjoy yourself when you’re looking after your classic car. Giving your pride and joy the care it deserves is very rewarding, and you’ll feel great once it’s cleaned.

For more top tips on cleaning your car, keep reading and see what you can find today!

Pirelli Elect

The Porsche Taycan is the first car to use Pirelli Elect tires.

With low rolling resistance to increase autonomy, decreased road noise, immediate grip that puts the power down for a quick getaway and a special structure to support the weight of a battery-powered vehicle, Pirelli Elect tires are changing the game.

They are developed specially with leading car manufacturers to meet specific technical requirements of and be compatible with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The Elect marking, which was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019, is the distinguishing factor. It is available as original equipment for the most modern cars.

The new P Zero Elect was developed by Pirelli’s own engineers for the Porsche Taycan, and they capitalize on the already staggering performance.

Pirelli’s perfect fit philosophy was the baseline for the tire, and the compound, construction and tread pattern suit the Taycan to a tee.

Even with the power and low-down torque of the Taycan, the Pirelli tires give the driver autonomy, grip and reduced noise, enhancing drivability and perfecting safety.

All drivers of Taycan can now feel comfortable with tires designed with fully electric cars in mind. 

Pirelli has also created Elect versions of their Winter Sottozero 3, Scorpion Winter and P Zero Winter for all of the laws mandating winter tires in many different countries. The P Zero Winter is available in 19-inch and 20-inch sizes.

Winter tires are recommended for those who put in a lot of miles in the cold or simply want the best performance in harsh conditions.

When temperatures drop below 44 degrees, summer tires are unable to perform to their maximum capabilities. Winter tires are softer, allowing them to work even when temperatures drop below zero, providing secure braking.

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The Best Time to Purchase a Car

Six Expert Pointers on the Best Time to Purchase a Car 

Before you drive off into the sunset with your dream wheels, these tips for buying a car based on day, month, and holiday sales could offer massive savings: 

1. Do Your Car Shopping Early in the Week 

Naturally, most people tend to have more time on their hands over the weekends when browsing or shopping for a new car. But, in order to bag a better deal, you really should avoid weekends when car shopping. 

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are the ideal days of the week for purchasing a car. This is due to less customer traffic, which means a better chance of driving away with a better deal. 

Car dealerships are also crowded over the weekends, which results in less personalized attention. This makes price negotiation difficult.

So, stick to the early days in the week and take advantage of those limited opportunities when car dealerships are at their quietest. 

2. Shop Later in the Year (and Month) 

Buying a new car at the turn of a new year is never a good idea. Instead, stick to later months in the year such as October, November, and December. Car dealerships generally have sales quotas and sales goals they have to meet by these later months in the year. 

Shopping for a car at this time could be work to your advantage as salespeople intend to settle with their sales goals and quotas in mind.

The same goes for car shopping later in the month. Sales quotas tend to sync up with the end of each calendar month, but it’s not always exact. Try to schedule your new car shopping for the 26th, 27th, or 28th of the month.

3. Take Advantage of Holiday Sales 

This really is a no-brainer when it comes to shopping for any large purchase. Holidays periods throughout the year offer deeply discounted prices compared to other months — so take full advantage. 

Some of the best holiday periods to keep in mind include:

• Memorial Day weekend: summer is an expensive time of year to buy a car, but prices are always discounted over the Memorial Day holiday

• Black Friday: car dealerships take part in the Black Friday sale craze just like any other retailer, and you can save big

• New Year’s Eve: it may seem like an odd time, but this is one of the best days of the year for car shopping as dealerships are facing monthly, quarterly, and yearly quotas and sales goals

• Labor Day weekend: this a great time to purchase a car based on car selection and competitive pricing

Bear in mind that end-of-year holidays and sales goals are also driven by annual bonuses. Naturally, salespeople want to meet their quotas so that they can receive their commission. This makes for the best chance of securing a great deal on your dream car. 

4. Plan Your Shopping Based on Car Model Closeout

What is does it mean when a car is on closeout? Basically, this when a newer, updated model of the same car is being brought in, so older models are on closeout.

Car dealerships tend to have limited space when they receive their latest car models, and they need to move ”old” stock. This is another great time to get in a good car deal as older models need to be sold. 

If you can hold out on buying the most up-to-date car model, purchase an older model instead and save yourself thousands of dollars.

But keep in mind that many car shoppers use this same strategy. Most manufacturers release new car models in the summer but don’t wait too long to make your move as older car models can sell out very quickly. 

5. Consider the Car’s Design Cycle

Car models are constantly being updated. Some car models are also completely res-designed altogether. It may be a good time to shop for your car when the manufacturer is about to implement a completely new design cycle of the car. 

You could save serious amounts of money on the outgoing design model as the stock needs to be sold. This is a great tip if you are more of a bargain hunter, and not too focused on being a trendsetter! 

6. The Best Time of Year to Buy a Used Car

If you have your eye on a used car, October-December is the best time of year to consider buying second-hand.

These months tend to coincide with peak season and new-car buyers. This means that the number of trade-ins increases exponentially at car dealerships. Basically, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to second-hand car options.

The greater number of trade-ins at a dealership also makes for better prices — especially if a dealership wants to meet its end-of-year quotas. 

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Now that you know more about the best time to purchase a car, you’ll know that you really shouldn’t rush into a car purchase. Holding out pays off in the long-run. 

PIRELLI: FOUR TIRE MAINTENANCE TIPS TO RESUME DRIVING SAFELY

If your car has been standing for a while, it is worth checking the tires to make sure you can get going again safely. There are some checks you can carry out by yourself, but others are best done by a tire specialist.

Pirelli’s experts recommend in particular:

1. Checking tires visually to see if there are any lumps or deformations caused by the car standing still for a long time, or by the weather conditions. Check also for damage, cuts, abrasions and the tire bulging – and ensure that the valve caps are tight.

2. Checking tire pressures, also the spare tire, ideally at a tire dealer with professional monitoring equipment. This helps guarantee optimal performance and safety, as well as the correct rolling resistance to enhance fuel economy.

3. Tire wear to be above the legal limit of 2/32″ tread depth. This can be checked using the tread depth indicator on the tire itself.

4. Paying close attention to any vibrations could be felt through the steering wheel after the car has been standing for a long period of time. If these don’t go away after the first few miles, get the car looked at by professionals as soon as possible.

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PUMA × PIRELLI

Sports company PUMA unleashes the Replicat-X 1.8 Pirelli, a new sneaker with a quick lacing system which is inspired by one of the most iconic turbo engines in motorsport shistory to take the track to the street.

The Replicat-X 1.8 Pirelli takes on the ferocity and form of a modern supercar, inspired by motorsports heritage, to transform it into the fastest footwear in the entire collection.

The build up upper offers more layering with a booty construction, which makes the Replicat-X 1.8 Pirelli comfortable for a stroll around the track. The body kit of the shoe features an “oversized” wraparound full rubber outsole with Pirelli’s unique CINTURATO Blue tread pattern used to generate maximum traction during wet races. This gives it a distinctive, racing-inspired look, sits low to the ground and has an even more comfortable molded sock liner.

A quick lacing system provides faster acceleration to kick off the day without worrying about tying your shoes. Fast as a super car, the upper features a perforated mash vamp, with lateral mesh panels for breathability, providing the perfect fit to own the road.

The PUMA Replicat-X 1.8 Pirelli will be available in stores right now in PUMA Black-Luminous Purple-Sunny Lime, PUMA White-Peacoat-Limepunch and Gray Violet-Sunny Lime-Palace Blue.

PUMA

PUMA is one of the world’s leading sports brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories. For more than 70 years, PUMA has relentlessly pushed sport and culture forward by creating fast products for the world’s fastest athletes. PUMA offers performance and sport-inspired lifestyle products in categories such as Football, Running and Training, Basketball, Golf, and Motorsports. It collaborates with renowned designers and brands to bring sport influences into street culture and fashion. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and stichd. The company distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 13,000 people worldwide, and is headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany.

PIRELLI

Pirelli was founded in 1872 and is now one of the world’s leading tire-makers, specializing exclusively in tires for cars, motorbikes and road bikes, as well as associated services. Pirelli enjoys a unique space in the High Value tire sector, thanks to products with advanced technological content, which have obtained more than 2700 homologations in partnership with the world’s most prestigious car manufacturers. Pirelli is constantly engaged in cutting-edge research and development, re-investing 6.1% of its High Value revenue, in order to maintain the highest levels of performance, safety, and environmental respect. Pirelli has been active in motorsports since 1907 and from 2011 has been exclusive supplier to the Formula 1 World Championship, recently renewing until 2023. Pirelli will also be exclusive supplier to the World Rally Championship from 2021 to 2024.

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How Helmets Can Save Your Life (And Face)

Helmets have been proven to be effective at reducing a person’s risk of head injury or death in the event of a motorcycle or ATV accident. There are numerous ATV accessories you can get for your ride, but the one you do not want to go without is a helmet. Some states may not have laws requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets, but even if that describes your state, you still need to wear one at all times while on a bike. It may just save your life. The next time you find yourself scrolling through ATV tires online, take some time to make sure your helmet is good to go.

Protecting Your Head

The purpose of a helmet is to absorb some of the impact of a collision. In the event you hit the ground, your skull would otherwise take on the full impact. This can lead to traumatic brain injury or even death. A relatively small collision where you were traveling slower than 15 miles per hour can still result in serious injuries without the proper protective gear in place.

Keeping Your Eyes on the Road

A helmet is also good for focusing your attention. A helmet will limit the amount of wind force and noise that comes blowing in your face. With less wind in your ears, you should be able to better hear the cars around you. Similarly to driving, you need to know what other drivers are doing so that you can anticipate anything out of the ordinary. You should also look into purchasing a helmet that will keep sun glare out of your eyes so that you do not hamper your vision.

Safeguarding Your Face

Your skull is not the only thing at risk during a motorcycle or ATV collision. Your jawbone, eyes and nose are also at risk. A lot of riders do not want to wear a helmet because they worry about how it will make them look.

They may also fret about helmet hair once they reach their destinations. However, it is better to go out with friends with helmet hair than a smashed nose. Plus, you can definitely find some stylish helmets that will go splendidly with your ensembles.

Saving Your Life

Caring about your looks is certainly one good reason to wear a helmet. However, the main reason to wear a helmet is that it could potentially save your life. Hundreds of people lose their lives every year because they should have worn a helmet while riding a motorcycle or ATV. You do not have to fall into those statistics. You deserve to get to where you are going safely. A good helmet may cost a bit of money, but it is a worthwhile investment. You will be glad you have a helmet should you ever end up in an accident.

There are numerous helmets available online. You do not even have to search for something as specific as Kenda K587 Bear Claw HTR Front Tire. Just search for “helmet,” and you will soon find something that looks great and keeps you protected.

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HRE WHEELS

UNVEILS NEW FLAGSHIP TWO-PIECE FORGED WHEEL SERIES S1SC

The new Series S1SC line features stronger and lighter two-piece forged wheels utilizing proprietary forged rim barrels.

HRE Performance Wheels, a company known for making wheels with the utmost style, quality and exclusivity, has added a major product platform to its forged wheel lines with the introduction of the Series S1SC two-piece wheels. The Series S1SC is the first two-piece forged wheel line from HRE and offers greater stiffness, reduced mass, higher concentricity and eliminates the air seal required of traditional three-piece wheels.

The S1SC is the first wheel line to utilize HRE’s new proprietary one-piece forged barrel, named FMR™ (Forged Monoblok Rim). The S1SC wheels feature aggressive styling similar to the Monoblok P1SC and employ multiple technical design features for increased stiffness and reduced mass. In typical HRE fashion, particular attention was paid to spoke details, including intersection points and the fastener flange surfacing. The S1SC FMR™ barrel is launching with a clean contemporary profile, but the design and forged/machined construction methodology allow for future variations incorporating other styles such as vintage J-style flange lips.

“HRE is focusing a lot on advanced materials and technology at the moment, but we are also always looking at ways to improve our core forged products,” said HRE President and CEO, Alan Peltier. “This new two-piece forged wheel platform allows us to offer the modular styling of a traditional 3-piece wheel, while improving performance and quality across every metric, and the Series S1SC is only the first of many new forged wheel series that will incorporate the new FMR™ barrel.” 

The Series S1SC wheels feature four different styles including a mesh wheel (S101SC), V-spoke (S104SC), split five-spoke (S107SC) and Y-spoke phone dial (S111SC). The Series S1SC initially will be available in limited fitments for 20-inch and 21-inch diameters for high performance cars, followed by additional designs, diameters and applications in the near future. 

HRE Series S1SC wheels are available for order now at www.HREWheels.com and at authorized HRE dealers. First deliveries will start in Q1 of 2020.

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CUSTOM-MADE PIRELLI P ZERO FOR THE NEW BMW M8

Pirelli and the BMW Group continue in their long-standing successful cooperation. The most recent project being the custom-made variations of Pirelli’s ultra-high-performance P Zero tire for the new BMW M8.

This individual version of the P Zero was the result of the close cooperation between the development and testing departments of Pirelli and the BMW Group over several years. Applying Pirelli’s Perfect Fit philosophy, a unique version of the P Zero was tailored to the specific driving characteristics of the BMW M8. It is precisely tuned to the chassis and characteristics of the M8 variants, which the BMW Group offers as a coupé and a convertible. The new BMW homologated tires, marked accordingly on the sidewall, have the following dimensions: P Zero 275/35 ZR 20 (front axle) and P Zero 285/35 ZR 20 (rear axle).

Compared to the original P Zero, the variant specified for BMW delivers better performance in terms of lap time, dry handling, wet handling, consistency, braking performance, straight hydroplaning, lateral hydroplaning, weight, comfort, noise and mileage. By doing so, the custom-made P Zero significantly contributes to the BMW M8’s ability to perform to it’s full potential.

The new BMW M8 Coupé and the BMW M8 Competition Coupé, an even more powerful and luxurious version of this high-performance sports car, offer exclusive driving experiences on the road and on the racetrack. The new BMW M8 Convertible and BMW M8 Competition Convertible are available for open-drive enthusiasts. The high-performance Convertible offers an even better balance between comfortable everyday practicality and performance inspired by motorsport.

All models are powered by a 4.4-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine. The Competition models are equipped with 460 kW/625 hp. The top speed of all models is 250 km/h. (155 mph)

In order to adapt the P Zero’s performance characteristics to the driving characteristics of BMW vehicles, Pirelli engineers modified the tread pattern of the tire, among other things, in order to optimize the noise level while rolling. This also results in an even stronger grip and excellent wet performance. To achieve the best possible balance between the front and rear axles of the vehicle, the engineers used different layer constructions in the carcasses for the front and rear tires. The front tire has a symmetrical carcass structure, while the rear tires have an asymmetrical structure. In conclusion, the custom-made variants of the P Zero achieve optimum performance on the BMW M8.

Pirelli × Carl Lewis

“Power is nothing without control” is the slogan that for exactly 25 years has accompanied the Pirelli brand throughout the world. The company is thus dedicating its 2018 Annual Report to this famous catch phrase, celebrating its anniversary with stories by three international writers, a video and a series of photographic images which propose a few of its many possible interpretations.

The fortunate launch of the ‘Power is nothing without control’ campaign depicted by Carl Lewis, photographed by Annie Leibowitz, in the classic position of a sprinter in the starting blocks while wearing high-heeled red shoes – an image which has become legendary. The photograph, taken in Texas in 1994 and an icon of advertising creativity, conveys a message that has lasted through the years because it is rooted in the product, the tire, and at the same time able to go beyond the limits of the material: in a car, as in life, “power is nothing without control”. A timeless reflection whose interpretations are inexhaustible because it has left it to the men and women of every era to find a point of balance between two seemingly contradictory elements.

This exercise in synthesis also involves the three American authors involved in the Pirelli’s 2018 Annual Report – Adam Greenfield, Lisa Halliday and J.R. Moehringer – with each proposing a personal interpretation of power and control in spheres also related to Pirelli: technology, sport and culture.

For Adam Greenfield, in a piece centered on technology, “the distinction between power and control ranks among the central challenges of our time. Our Promethean technologies offer us more and more power by the day, but the plain fact is that we haven’t yet learned how to control them.”

J.R. Moehringer, in his story dedicated to sport, writes: “We all make the mistake now and then of thinking the great athletes, actors, painters, doctors, entrepreneurs, et al., are gifted with special powers. In fact everyone has special powers. The ones who succeed are the ones who find ways of achieving durable, consistent control over their powers.

In “Hurrying Slowly”, a reflection on art and culture, Lisa Halliday states: “Art is a journey, a distance traveled by the consciousness. This is true for both artist and viewer, performer and audience, writer and reader. The power that propels such a journey is nothing without control because control is what harnesses artistic potential and directs it.

A video made by the Young&Rubicam agency, which 25 years ago came up with the Carl Lewis campaign, accompanies the three authors’ works. It depicts power as an interior force that pushes man to always go beyond and control as an indispensable factor in the achievement of any goal. The concepts contained in the video are also illustrated through a series of photographs that enrich the print version of the Annual Report.

“Power is nothing without control”: a story a quarter of a century old

The photograph of Carl Lewis with the headline “Power is nothing without control” opened the way for an advertising campaign that was so successful that to this day it continues to identify Pirelli.

Following on from Annie Leibowitz’s photograph, the following year Gerard di Thame directed a TV commercial in Carl Lewis runs a mad race full of special effects across the New York skyline. The final race’s images reveal the secret: the sole of Carl Lewis’s foot engraved with the tread pattern the Pirelli P6000 tire.

Pirelli entrusted its image to Carl Lewis until 1996. The following year, the French athlete Marie-José Pérec, then the fastest woman in the world, takes his place. The Pirelli commercial is set in a place of ice and lava with sea monsters, molten flows and other dangers from which the sprinter manages to escape once again wearing the tread of a Pirelli tire.

Then, 1998 was the year of Ronaldo, whose image from behind on the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro becomes an instant icon even outside the advertising world.

Pirelli Annual Report from culture to innovation

Since 2010, Pirelli’s Annual Report has undergone a transformation – thanks to the contribution of personalities from the worlds of art and culture of international standing – from “simple” reports to communication tools able to recount through different forms a year of company life. The 2010 Annual, for example, was illustrated with student photographs, inspired by the theme of sustainability, from Naba di Milano, while the following year, Pirelli’s Annual Report was enhanced with 18 illustrations by the graphic artist Stefan Glerum. In 2012, New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly enriched the Annual Report and in 2013, instead, the author and screenplay writer Hanif Kureishi engaged ten young international talents to rework the idea of the “wheel” in the“Spinning the Wheel” project. In 2014, “street art” took centre stage in Pirelli’s Integrated Annual Report, with works from Brazil’s Marina Zumi, Germany’s Dome and Russia’s Alexey Luka, assembled into a single pyramid shaped display at Pirelli HangarBicocca. The next year Pirelli called upon the Russian artist Pokras Lampas, an exponent of modern calligraphy, to interpret the value of being “unique” through two things: handwriting and fingerprints. The volume was entitled “Every Mark is Unique”. In 2017, in conclusion, Pirelli wanted to use the Annual Report to tell the story of the company’s digital transformation in “Data meets passion”, flanking Pirelli’s own story with those of those of five 4.0 artisans who used digital technologies to grow their companies. The volume’s artistic and literary content was the work of artist Emiliano Ponzi and three internationally recognized writers: Mohsin Hamid, Tom McCarthy and Ted Chiang.

Wheels Bike-Share App

Last night, Los Angeles’ elite came out to celebrate the launch of Wheels – California’s latest bike-share app at Sunset Tower!

Guests including Kelly Osbourne, Drew Taggart and  Alex Pall (of The Chainsmokers), Nicole Scherzinger, Larsa Pippen, Delilah Belle Hamlin, Jessica Szohr, James Kennedy, Logan Paul, and King Bach attended the glamourous soiree. DJ, Chantel Jeffries had attendees grooving all night as she set the tempo for the evening, just before The Chainsmokers took the stage for a surprise perforsunmance.

Having just took the stage for winning the best Dance Album at the iHeartRadio’s Music Awards. The Chainsmokers were seen in high spirits are they spun their latest hits. Also in attendance was Marshmello who won awards for New Pop Artist and Dance Artist at the iHeartRadio’s Music Awards. The party was the place to be as everyone partied into the late morning!