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There are various car detailing shampoos in the market, each serving a different purpose, including general wash shampoo, wash and wax, and strip. Regardless of the car shampoo you use, it’s essential to consider its lubricity, amount of foam, and whether it’s biodegradable and PH balanced. To avoid compromising your vehicle’s paint and exterior, focus on the shampoos’ components and acidity level. Here’s why you should use car shampoo for detailing:

1.   Paintwork protection

A vehicle shampoo with neutral PH and no abrasives is an excellent choice when protecting bare paint. They usually contain polymers, waxes, or both, serving as lubricants to avoid deep scratches, maintain the natural wax, and synthetic fiber. Shampoo that contains silicone can lubricate your paintwork. Its glazing effect adds a thin protective layer to the wax and buffs your car’s appearance.

2.   It’s more effective

Compared to homemade soaps and detergents, car shampoos are paint safe; they remove dirt and soils rather than striping the surface and protect vinyl and PPF from UVs. Car shampoo has aerated, quality foam and is specially meant to treat synthetic sealants and natural waxes. Some of the ingredients that make it effective and worthy include sodium chloride, sodium lauryl chloride, coco diethanolamine, distilled water, and isopropyl alcohol. Don’t use shampoos with excess phosphate levels, as they can destroy your clear coat.

3.   It’s versatile and can enhance sealant and wax

While some shampoos are meant for specific tasks, others are multipurpose. Depending on the composition, shampoos can help you with various functions, including water spot protection, maintenance, and cleaning. Preparation and wax removal shampoos remove wax and stains embedded on your car’s surface. Wheel cleaning and anti-iron shampoos decontaminate your car’s surface.

Foaming shampoo creates an effective cleaning coat and protects your paint, while ceramic shampoos preserve your vehicle’s coating. Additionally, using 2 in 1 wash and wax shampoos protects and enhances your vehicle’s appearance. Thanks to their carnauba properties and neutral PH, they result in extra protection and gloss.

4.   It adds shine

Car shampoos are perfect for adding shine to your vehicle and bringing it back to its gloss without negatively impacting the car. They remove stubborn marks and stains from your vehicle, giving back its luster. Since different shampoos have various purposes, choosing the right shampoo will give you the desired shine.

5.   Results are guaranteed

Car shampoos are specially formulated for cleaning cars, so you can trust that most of them will deliver the expected results while protecting your vehicle. You don’t have to worry about your vehicle’s paint dulling or chipping away. However, before settling for a specific shampoo, read the label to determine if the listed chemicals are safe for your vehicle and deliver the anticipated outcome. Branded shampoos are more likely to guarantee the retaining of your car paint.

6.   It contains special additives

Different shampoos vary in purpose and composition, including solutions that offer extra shine and others that prevent water spot formation. These car detailing post effects are achieved because of the special additives in the solutions. There are different surfactants that shampoo manufacturers use to make effective cleaning shampoos, depending on the purpose. The shampoos may also include cosmetic additives like fragrant

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Title: Reasons to Use Car Shampoo for Car Detailing
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THE ULTIMATE AUCTION CHALLENGE: Play the Last Round of Fantasy Bid



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THE ULTIMATE AUCTION CHALLENGE: Play the Last Round of Fantasy Bid
Grand Prize: 2023 Dodge Charger

After thrilling rounds in Scottsdale, Palm Beach and Las Vegas, it’s your turn to seize the opportunity to play – and win – Barrett-Jackson’s Fantasy Bid game presented by Dodge! Play this year’s final round online during the 2023 New Orleans Auction, which will be held September 28-30 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The overall winner who has accumulated the most points by accurately guessing vehicle selling prices at each auction will drive away with a new 2023 Dodge Charger.

As of June 30, 2023, the leaderboard consists of these five players:

Fantasy Bid lets you join the auction action no matter where you are by predicting the winning bids on 12 auction vehicles. This game lets players located in the U.S. and Canada aged 18 and above test their automotive and auction knowledge as they compete against other enthusiasts. While not required, some of the players have taken the competition to the next level by traveling to each auction to examine each of the Fantasy Bid vehicles before placing their bids in the game. It’s the perfect blend of auction excitement and the thrill of competition. Points are earned based on accuracy, and if you guess all 12 bids correctly in this round, you win $100,000.

As the 2023 New Orleans Auction unfolds from September 28 to 30, embrace the fun of predicting collector car selling prices and vie for the ultimate prize – a new 2023 Dodge Charger. Let your journey to victory begin!

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Title: THE ULTIMATE AUCTION CHALLENGE: Play the Last Round of Fantasy Bid
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Desirable Muscle Cars, Supercars and Resto-Mods to Headline Several Collections at Barrett-Jackson’s Inaugural New Orleans Auction



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1969 FORD MUSTANG 428 SCJ DRAG PACK – Lot #779

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ‒ September 26, 2023 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, will feature three collections during the inaugural New Orleans Auction, September 28-30 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, including a diverse selection of collectible cars, trucks and SUVs. All crossing the block at No Reserve, the collectible vehicles from the Sherwood Classics, MS Classic Cars and Jimmy Bankhead collections feature an array of well-preserved, restored and custom-built selections, including a pair of late-model Aston Martins, a 2005 Ford GT, custom 1954 pickup and a matching-numbers 1969 Ford Mustang 428 SCJ Drag Pack.

2005 Ford GT – Lot #735

“Many astute collectors turn to Barrett-Jackson to auction their prized vehicles that have been restored and maintained within their private collections,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Among the hundreds of vehicles crossing the auction block in New Orleans, we have three exceptional groupings that will be featured. The Sherwood Classics, MS Classic Cars and Jimmy Bankhead collections are excellent examples of the passion and extreme care taken to preserve these vehicles, ensuring they provide a wonderful opportunity for their next stewards looking to add to a collection of their own.”

The Sherwood Classics Collection features eight collectible vehicles, including a 2005 Ford GT (Lot #735), as well as a custom 1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible (Lot #681) powered by an all-aluminum LS1 engine backed by a 4-speed automatic transmission. Powered by its original matching-numbers drivetrain, a 1958 Chevrolet Corvette 283/290 Fuelie convertible (Lot #778) was restored to NCRS standards, featuring a striking red exterior that matches the interior and complements the black soft-top. Lot #779 is a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 SCJ Drag Pack powered by its matching-numbers R-code 428ci Super Cobra Jet engine paired with a Toploader 4-speed manual transmission.

1954 Chevrolet Custom Pickup – Lot #782

Leading the MS Classic Cars Collection is “Shadow,” a custom 1954 Chevrolet Pickup (Lot #782) built with a vision to create the ultimate classic pickup while keeping the iconic factory appearance. Countless hours and dollars were invested in the 4-year build, which was completed in May 2023. An authentic and meticulously restored 1972 Dodge Charger 440 Magnum (Lot #412) is a seldom-seen Mopar muscle car and is one of only 785 “U-Code” models built that year, which included the 440ci 4-barrel Magnum High Performance V8. A great example of an original matching-numbers iconic American sports car, a 1960 Chevrolet Corvette 283/270 convertible (Lot #760) will also cross the block with No Reserve. The result of an impressive show-quality restoration, it is listed in the Corvette C1 Registry.

“The diversity of these three collections is amazing and represents some of the most desirable vehicles in the hobby,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The breadth of these collections resembles our entire auction docket, appealing to enthusiasts from every generation. Our inaugural New Orleans Auction will offer everyone the chance to find that perfect collectible vehicle they’ve always wanted.”

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish – Lot #676

Featuring an array of domestic and import collectible vehicles, the Jimmy Bankhead Collection is led by a 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish (Lot #676) with less than 5,000 actual miles and a 2011 Aston Martin Vantage V12 (Lot #655) powered by a hand-built 510-horsepower V12 engine with a custom-installed Borla exhaust system. Also included in the collection is a black-on-black 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S cabriolet (Lot #416) that has less than 6,000 miles. Domestic prowess is available from a 2022 Chevrolet Corvette 3LT convertible (Lot #791) powered by a V8 engine that generates 490 horsepower. Classics from the collection include two fully restored trucks: a 1956 Chevrolet Cameo (Lot #403) and a 1969 Chevrolet C10 long-bed pickup (Lot #389)

Enthusiasts interested in being a part of the excitement may also consign their collector vehicle here. Those interested in registering to bid for Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural New Orleans Auction may do so here.

Advance tickets to the event are available here. On Location, Barrett-Jackson’s official hospitality partner, is offering several immersive VIP Experience packages for guests to join the action on the auction block, enjoy premium hospitality and connect with like-minded enthusiasts like never before. To learn more about On Location’s offerings, click here.

Join Barrett-Jackson’s online conversation with #BarrettJackson and #BJAC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Title: Desirable Muscle Cars, Supercars and Resto-Mods to Headline Several Collections at Barrett-Jackson’s Inaugural New Orleans Auction
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Do You Need a Motorcycle in Your Living Room?




Nathan Hill’s BMW R50/5 holds court at his cozy basement bar.
Nathan Hill’s BMW R50/5 holds court at his cozy basement bar. (Nathan Hill/)

When you really love a motorcycle, should it become part of the family and live inside the home? Or is there an invisible line that shouldn’t be crossed between garage and domicile? There are a million different types of motorcycle owners and riders. But this issue (among countless others) divides our community neatly into two camps. For some, a beloved motorcycle in the living room really brings the room together. For others, there are lines you just don’t cross.

The idea carries water for some. We keep busts of famous people, fine art, musical instruments, books, or music to show off our taste and class. Is a motorcycle that different? Some bikes certainly qualify as art. But most art doesn’t leave oil stains or smell like gas fumes. A motorcycle lives and breathes outside and usually makes a mess. Do you really want that in the house?

In the spirit of hard-hitting news, Motorcyclist decided to investigate this historically divisive issue. Does putting a motorcycle inside your house make it a motorcycle home? Does one go from “bike owner” to “noted motorcycle collector” when you put two wheels in your living room? Or is a bike in your house just trying too hard on some level?

Here’s an informal sampling of mostly Midwestern motorcycle owners about why they put motorcycles in their living room. Or which particular models deserve a place in their home. Or why they don’t.

Dan May’s living room doubles as a stable of sorts for his beloved Beemers.
Dan May’s living room doubles as a stable of sorts for his beloved Beemers. (Dan May/)

“They Like the Warmth in Winter”

The answer to the article question is a resounding yes, five times over for Dan May. As race director for the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association, May is decidedly in the “Yes” camp. A lover of BMW airheads, his collection slowly moved indoors. His motorcycle menagerie counts a few /2 models as well as a lovely R90. For May, it’s partly a question of art, with Midwestern practicality thrown in.

“It makes starting them after hibernation much easier.”

May’s not currently married, but claims his previous spouse wouldn’t have minded a bike in the living room. How about five?

“She probably would not have let me have five,” he allows.

Does he ever sit on the bikes with friends, drinking beer and making happy brapping noises while imagining riding the Nürbürgring, I ask?

“No,” he insists. “I don’t hang out in that room much. Remember, I have a garage full of racebikes. That’s where the beer drinking and wrenching happens.”

Liviu Alexandru Maslin’s award-winning custom (and very trick) Buell Blast was partially assembled in his (and his wife’s) living room.
Liviu Alexandru Maslin’s award-winning custom (and very trick) Buell Blast was partially assembled in his (and his wife’s) living room. (Liviu Alexandru Maslin/)

“My Wife Doesn’t Mind”

No data supports this, but most indoor motorcycles seem to be “established” classic or vintage bikes. Unless you’re Liviu Alexandru Maslin. His custom-built 2002 Buell Blast makes for a compelling exception. It was actually partly built in his living room.

A veteran of the Mama Tried H-D 120th Anniversary, 2022 Sturgis Buffalo Chip “Motorcycles as Art” show, The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, and the 2021 Mama Tried show, Maslin’s Buell Blast was a familiar presence on the motorcycle show circuit—until it was sold to a collector.

A 1971 Harley-Davidson Ironhead roller currently resides in his living room, awaiting work. Does his wife mind? Would he add another one to his living quarters?

“My wife doesn’t mind as long as I dust it off and it doesn’t make a mess. And, yes, I would add another—if the space allowed.”

Jarl Wathne’s Honda CL175 AHRMA racer greets visitors, along with the race hardware it helped him win.
Jarl Wathne’s Honda

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Title: Do You Need a Motorcycle in Your Living Room?
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