Sandy made landfall just 50 miles from the national headquarters of American Collectors Insurance, and the company has witnessed firsthand the resilience and passion of collector car enthusiasts with 40% of claimants buying back their damaged vehicles for the purpose of repairing and restoring them. In light of the fact that many of these vehicle owners also sustained extensive damage to their homes and daily drivers, this rate is quite telling: to dedicated enthusiasts, buying the salvage of your special car and restoring it back to its original condition is much preferred to losing a car that holds a lifetime’s worth of restoration elbow grease, is a nostalgic high school ride, or was a prized family heirloom passed down from generation to generation.
At the heart of American Detours: Superstorm Sandy Edition episodes are the stories of collectors, how they came to connect with the classic car hobby, and how they’ve rebuilt their precious classics after Sandy. American Detours hosts Jael de Pardo (SyFy Network) and Jeff Glucker (Hooniverse.com) take a beautifully restored classic—a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette—out of the garage and onto the open road. Along the way, they meet other classic car owners who have successfully restored their damaged vehicles back to their pre-Sandy glory, plus Jersey Shore residents and business owners who have worked tirelessly to rebuild their communities.
“American Detours was inspired by our policyholders and the personal stories they’ve been sharing with us for nearly 40 years,” said Jill Bookman, CEO of American Collectors Insurance. “The collector car hobby has deep roots throughout the Jersey Shore and we felt it was our duty to create a special feature that highlights the progress our Jersey Shore policyholders and area residents have made in the wake of Sandy. If anything, Sandy has showcased the passion of collector enthusiasts more than ever.”
In addition to the Superstorm Sandy Edition, American Detours recently threw the public the keys to Season 2 and let them vote on which routes should be featured in upcoming episodes. The votes have been tallied and the scenic routes the American Detours crew will visit are:
· Historic U.S. Route 6 Iowa: Pure American heartland.
· Lake Tahoe: Referenced by some as the “Most Beautiful Drive in America.”
· Texas Hill County: Wide range of geology and culture from sophisticated Austin to remote and dusty ranches.
The special American Detours: Superstorm Sandy Edition will air October 2013, with Season 2 rolling out Spring 2014.