Today's community question is the reverse of what we normally think, as some folks need to put their classic away for the summer!
This question is inspired by the surprisingly hot May weather I am having down here in Houston, as it makes me question how often I can leave my classics outside, much less drive them in 100+ degree weather in stop and go traffic (which isn't exactly good for any car). So with this in mind, do you need to put your classic away for the summer?
Bite your tongue, @Sajeev - that's just crazy talk to us northerners who just had to scrape snow off our windshields this morning. My "classic" has been pretty much locked up since late October, and if I even see a patch of blue sky, it's outta there, baby!
Now, will I put it in under cover when not driving it to protect it from sun, heat, wind and other summer weather hazards? Of course. But unlike Houstonians, apparently, when we own cars that we can't get out for 5 or so months of winter, we here closer to the 45th parallel cannot even consider locking them up for the summer as well. I'm assuming the Canadian readers of this post will jump on soon with their comments - as soon as they quit rolling around laughing at the question... (probably in the snow) 😄
To be fair, even in Houston in August, I will drive my classics at dusk or dawn. That's when the weather is tolerable with out air conditioning, and pretty amazing if I'm driving something with A/C. 😉
Here at the 42nd it's not a "heat wave" until it's been 90F for three days straight and even that's not so hot that running at speed all opened doesn't feel good.
My 2005 Jaguar XKR (in triple black) has to stay outside because my newer and more expensive Model 3 is in the garage and there's not room for both.
I typically drive the Jag at least once a week and sometimes more. Too much work to put the cover on and take it off again so much.
And in the end, it is just a car.
Oh nooo, Put the Jag in the garage and leave the model 3 outside! With all due respect the Model 3 is just a nice new car, your Jag is special! My 21 Explorer is outside and my 2008 Mustang is in the garage.
Here just south of Tucson, our '46 Lincoln Continental gets to go out and play for 30 miles of exercise about once a week between the hours of 7 and 8 am. Been a purist all my car collector life, but a resto-rod with AC is starting to appeal.
I live near Memphis so it gets hot but my C3 Corvette is driven at least weekly year around.
Why have it if you aren't going to drive it? Naturally I don't intentionally go out if I think it might rain, snow ect . I have a/c but rarely turn it on because I like the breeze when the top is down. Our biggest threat to our classics is car jacking with the Memphis area being one of the most dangerous cities to live in now. I'm in a bordering town it it's spread out here. I have a hidden kill switch which doesn't allow it to start with the key in the ignition. I just reach under and flip it to deactivate the ignition.
Spring and summer are the times to cruise and enjoy our toys.
WoW- Your biggest Threat is Carjacking??Stolen is one thing but a Carjacking is a completely different animal-- I can't imagine living in such a Violent place-- - A kill switch IS a good Ideal though (it doesn't take much effort to learn how to hotwire older cars & some cars just breaking the steering lock does it--
I live in SE Florida where Summer temperatures reach 95 Degrees and high humidly. Rarely take my Everett-Morrison out during July, August, September due to heat, traffic and frequent thunder storms. Over-heating is definitely big issue.
I am in Ohio. I have a black '84 Capri RS without a/c. These cars have little to no air flow in them without a/c so I cannot drive it if the ambient temp is above 85. Interior temps reach 95-100 in minutes. The 425 horse 331 is no help in cooling it down in stopped traffic.
I have a new type of battery tender , it's called an alternator I use it summer and winter when the roads are dry keeps my c4 and c6 in top mechanical condition too.
After a few hours of driving in my C7 Corvette on a warm day, the interior can get very hot. I will admit to running the AC with the convertible top down to cool off the footwells. When stopped you can actually feel the heat billowing out from underneath the car over the doors into the cockpit. Luckily I’m in the mountains of Western NC so we do not get many 90 degree days. Hot days make for great drives on the higher elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway,
I live in Scottsdale , have 40 Ford Deluxe Conv, 42 Packard Darrin, 66 Sunbeam Tiger and 68 Shelby GT 500 conv, I drive they all year long even in the hottest months ; I tend to avoid 2-4 pm the hottest part of the day. Never Stop Driving.
1972 MGB-GT. Installed air conditioning and an aluminum radiator. Now the car can be driven in any weather. Third year with this conversion and it's reliable. Have friends in Texas with MGB roadsters, air conditioning and hardtops for the summer weather.
I live in Palm Springs Cali so summertime means the T/A is camped in the garage with a swamp cooler for it's comfort.. In Big Bear Lake, Cali, Summer means brief cruising the Model A pickup roadster...
I just reread what I wrote about snow last Tuesday (actually, snowed on Monday, but had to clear some off the windshield Tuesday a.m.) - and then I realize that it was 80 degrees here yesterday. Spring lasted about 2 days, obviously, and we're now in the throes of early summer? At-any-rate, yes, I DID take the red car out for a cruise on Sunday and it was fabulous. I even stopped at the Fanci-Freez and got a Cherry Spin. And some Junior High aged kids came over and admired the car, along with some middle-aged folks. The sun was superb, the sky was blue, the spin was delish, and people several generations apart smiled and said, "I like your car" - I believe there is hope for the world after all. 👌🙏😊
I got a 560SL "project" about 6 years ago and made sure I fixed the non-working A/C. Many asked why do you need A/C in a roadster? I replied drive in Charlotte, NC on a 95-degree day, full sunshine, 90 % humidity, in stop and go traffic. But you know what, I love it and turn the A/C off the moment I hit the "open" stretches. I have driven it in pouring rain top down and just drive a little faster if I am on open roads and the rain barely gets in the interior, well most of the time. DRIVE them!!!! "Motion is Lotion, Rest is Rust"
I logged on for the car stories, but I stayed for the "enrich your word power" lesson! "Estivate, estivate, estivate". There, I've said it three times, it's now mine. And I'm gonna use it, trust me @gyashko. For instance, when I stretch out on a lounger under a tree on some hot summer day after doing chores and nod off, I'm not going to stand for being accused of "taking a nap" - no sir, not me. I'm going to be estivating... 😃
Wait a minute! You have 9 great months in Houston from September to May terrific fall and springs. Everyone has to pay their dues sometimes. Here in the Pacific Northwest we have had epic rainfall this spring and my little Sprite just sits in the garage waiting for it to stop. The good side to this is the nice days are truly UNBELIEVABLE.
I'd stop short of saying the falls and springs are terrific, as they don't seem to last very long anymore and the temperature fluctuations really mess with my sinuses...but you don't see me complaining when its freezing everywhere else.
Savannah, GA here, so yes, the Firehawk doesn’t get out too much from mid/late May to early/mid September…especially since the A/C currently does not work, and it’s a hardtop.
My Mustang is off the road from the end of Nov. until March. During the winter I will take it out on a nice day provided there is no salt on the roads.. so with that said some winters it never goes out and some winters I get a few drives in. From March to Nov. I use it as much as I can while avoiding rainy days, parking lots, heavily trafficed trips.. but I try to get at least 3,000 miles a year on. I drove it lot more when it was new as it was my daily driver for 3 years ( except when it snowed).