The Only Effective Concours Car Storage Solution
The car industry is thriving, and the revival of nostalgia has seen an explosion of classic car enthusiasts and hobbyists spending their time and hard-earned money on models that they can enjoy throughout the year. This means that it’s more crucial than ever that effective storage solutions are accessible to car enthusiasts as well as the rest of the commercial Concours car industry.
As well as driving demand for these solutions, car festivals are bringing some of the most committed car enthusiasts together, whether attending Goodwood Revival, the highlight of the classic car year, the NEC motor show in Birmingham, or opting for Salon Privé in Oxfordshire. Not only are these festivals the perfect opportunities to reminisce about the nostalgia that Concours cars are routed in, but to also look to the future and what new technology can bring in terms of solutions for maintaining the value, quality and authenticity of much-loved classic cars.
The popularity of the Concours car industry no longer needs to be steeped in a love of the past. By investing in new technological solutions to protect classic cars, keeping them in perfect condition, we can bring Concour cars into the future.
Why do we need to protect materials with Concours Car storage solutions?
Owning a classic car is a labour-of-love, and it is often the case that a lot of time and money goes into the restoration and maintenance of the car. But what happens when that time and money put into the preservation of a vehicle is in direct competition with elements that can cause it damage.
This is an all-too-real issue that UK classic car owners have to deal with on a regular basis. ASHRAE data shows the average UK humidity at 80%, higher than most of the world. This means that the UK has high humidity rates year-round, despite the seasonal differentiation in the weather. Water inevitably condenses on cooler surfaces- such as you classic car- creating an environment primed for corrosion to occur.
In fact, materials like steel show signs of corrosion at 60% RH (relative humidity). When the average UK humidity is 80%, it shouldn’t be a question whether your classic car is at risk of corrosion, but rather, what can you do to stop it?
It’s no surprise that owners want to ensure their car is protected from the elements and the damage they can cause. Now that we’ve covered how environmental factors can impact the quality of your classic car, we can look at how the Concours car industry can benefit from protection.
How the Concours car industry can benefit from protection?
The Concours car industry is all about a love of preservation and a celebration of our automotive achievements of the past, protecting these classic cars is an essential aspect of the industry, so there is a huge need for investment in cutting edge solutions.
In between car festivals, Concours cars are often specially stored away to preserve the vehicle (particularly in winter). However, long-term storage also requires long-term protection. If you can find a cost-effective solution to maintain constant control over the conditions surrounding the car, you can be assured by the knowledge that you are going to find your car in the show-ready condition you left it in.
Not only do you need to protect your car when it is in storage, but you also need to ensure that no damage occurs as you transport it between events.
Safely transporting materials that are sensitive to corrosion is important to ensure that they are in top condition before being displayed.
We’re no stranger to the problems that transportation can throw up- we worked with a large aircraft manufacturer who was facing problems transporting parts while protecting them from the detrimental impacts of corrosion. We were able to create a transportation system that can control the conditions and environment in a moving vehicle.
What do we do to protect Concours cars?
There are already a few well-established solutions out there which claim to protect your Concours car, but what are they and how well do they work.
Firstly, some car owners opt for the protective bubble. This consists of covering the car in a protective plastic sheet to avoid exposure to moisture. While this option is low-cost, you don’t get a great deal out of it. The protective layer helps to ward off dirt, but it’s tricky to get completely airtight, and you cannot control the temperature with it. This means that the car is still at risk of corrosion, and the solution is relatively ineffective.
If you could control the humidity of your storage space, the need for the protective bubble would become obsolete.This is where the solution of heated and ventilated rooms comes in. The thought behind it? If the room can be kept at a temperature where it can hold the water, rather than condensing on the car, it should be protected, right? Well, controlling the temperature doesn’t amount to controlling the humidity of the air, so your car will still come into contact with water if you use heated and ventilated rooms.
While there are other methods of prevention out there, dehumidification is the only solution that actively prevents the effects of humidity works by eliminating the source of the problem, rather than preventing the problem from having an effect. But what makes it the best option
Firstly, dehumidification is cheaper to run for people who have multiple vehicles for car show events. Instead of investing in ten individual bubbles for ten cars, you only need to invest in one system.
It’s also cheaper and more environmentally friendly to run than constantly heating the storage space.
Concours car storage spaces often have poor insulation, so much of the heat used to keep the storage space at a consistent temperature escapes. The dehumidification system also detects RH levels and maintains an ideal level by turning itself on only when required, rather than running 24/7.
One of the issues with other methods is that they are only practical in certain storage spaces. A dehumidification system, as part of your Concours car storage solution, creates a bespoke environment that caters to the size of showrooms and large storage facilities down to single garages. Opting for this solution means that you won’t be limited by the size of your storage space.
Transportation is a factor that cannot be understated for many Concours car owners who want their cars to arrive in their ideal condition. This aspect is a big part of the industry and dehumidification can ensure that the vehicles will be in ideal conditions from the garage all the way to being presented.
Concours car owners are taking their love of the old and preserving it with modern technologically leading dehumidification systems. While there are other solutions out there, none come close in practicality, cost-effectiveness and the assurance of total protection from humidity. Concours cars take a lot of monetary and time investment, but with a dehumidification system, you can invest in the knowledge that it will pay off.