How to Polish Your Car Correctly

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Here’s a guide that will put you into the category of people who know how to polish cars, like professional detailing guys!

Give your car a good, thorough washing

Make sure you use three wash buckets to wash the vehicle’s exterior and at least two wash mitts. One bucket should have a car wash shampoo in it that is safe for every surface, while the other two should have just water.

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About the Popemobile

During recent visits both to the United States (Washington D.C, where he was welcomed by President Barack Obama, and then later New York City and Philadelphia) and countries in South America, the Pope was shuttled around in Jeep Wrangler Popemobiles custom-built for his travels. Previously he has traveled in other car brands, such as Kia, Hyundai, Isuzu, and, less frequently, a Mercedes Benz.  For his United States visit, however, he chose a Jeep, which US Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealers approved of. Although “Popemobile” is an informal name, it refers to a serious vehicle for the Pope to make outdoor appearances in.

You could say using this vehicle, rather than the more prestigious ones that his predecessors have preferred to use instead, is an example of the image Francis is trying to project to the world. He even drives himself around the Vatican City sometimes.

Did you notice that the Pope was meeting the public without glass shielding? The Popemobile was traditionally an open-top vehicle until the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in 1981. After that, John Paul and his successor, Benedict, rarely made parade appearances when not surrounded by four sides of bulletproof glass that doubled as an air purifier if a biological or chemical attack occurred. Pope Francis has steered away from this tradition though. “It’s true that anything could happen, but let’s face it, at my age I don’t have much to lose,” he said, to people who were shocked when they heard or saw this news. “I know that something could happen to me, but it’s (really) in the hands of God.”

But maybe he hasn’t steered all the way from it. The Wrangler Popemobiles may not be prestigious but they are far from being typical Jeeps. The Vatican and the Secret Service (that spent months personalizing the Popemobile) refuse to release any kind of technical information on the current Popemobiles but the vehicles used by Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, had some neat features. One may assume similar characteristics would apply to the Wrangler Popemobiles. For example, the Mercedes-Benz Pope Benedict rode in when he visited the U.S. in 2008 was specially designed to drive up to 160 mph in the event of an emergency. Clearly this isn’t your ordinary vehicle. Pope Benedict’s Mercedes was equipped for roadway sabotage as well, with special tires capable of rolling if suddenly deflated, at speeds as fast as 70 mph. The downside of the SUV was braced with thick steel plating to protect the Pope in event of an IED explosion. That’s what the sales manager at Reedman-Toll Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM in Langhorne, PA tells us.

Now that the Pope’s visit to the U.S. has ended, the nation has some time to reflect on his message and what his whole visit meant. What was fascinating about his visit, though, was his selection of vehicles and how strongly he felt about the image they portrayed. His message is certainly a strong one and something that will stay with some people throughout his chapter in Papal history.

1936 Lancia Astura Pininfarina Cabriolet

This is the winner of the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – the 1936 Lancia Astura Pininfarina Cabriolet

The First Ford Thunderbirds

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In 1955 through 1957, Ford made what may be considered the most iconic two-seater American sports cars ever built. The 1955-1957 Thunderbirds have been seen on countless television shows and movies, not to mention being pictured on a U.S. postage stamp. In the 1975 movie American Graffiti, Suzanne Somers plays the role of a blonde mystery girl who is spotted driving around town in a white 1956 “T-Bird.”

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What are Daytime Running Lights

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Have you noticed the strings of small lights that circle swoop around the headlights on a lot of new cars today? Many form interesting illuminated patterns that nicely accent the vehicle’s main headlights. In fact, sometimes they give the front of the car an odd human-like expression, specifically at night. The industry calls these additional lights “daytime running lights” (DRLs) and they are becoming very popular.

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