Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Manly Sea Eagles Help AFTS With Their Butts!

The Crew at Brookvale Oval helping to raise awareness about the Aim For The Stars Foundation. It was a cold night, but well worth it as we raised over $3000.00 for the foundation.

Layne and I just before she got into the Zorb Ball at half time.
The Manly Sea Eagles were in pink shirts and had the AFTS logo on their butts - thanks boys!

Jacey and I about to go into the corporate boxes to gather donations and yes it was warmer in there too!
Galmatic have been proudly supporting the Aim For The Stars Foundation for the past 3 years and we do enjoy all the crazy fundraising ideas that we come up with!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Top 5 Tips For The Ultimate Hand Car Wash

Thanks to Chad for letting us wash his ‎1967 Mustang Shelby GT500
We love Australian made and owned (just like us) and very excited to be stocking this range of Australian made and owned premium car care products in the garage come Spring. So we were very excited to have a chat to Dan Bowden of Bowden’s Own – about getting down and dirty or should we say clean with your car.

Dan, what are the benefits of hand washing your car at home over going to a car wash?
Car washes can damage your paint long term, with big bills in getting it professionally detailed to remove the marks they put in. The washes and waxes they use are generally cheap and nasty, again long term they are to the detriment of your car. When washing your car it gives you the chance to inspect it a bit more closely than normal, so you can notice any issues the car may have like stone chips, worn tyres or normally unseen wear and tear. Fixing these issues early can save you money over the long term. Hand washing also gives a mild work-out helping keep you fit!

What are your top 5 tips for washing your car?
1. NEVER wash with a sponge, as they create 95% of scratches and swirls on your cars paint. Use a microfibre wash mitt or microfibre covered sponge instead.

2. Use a big 12 litre bucket. The normal 8 litre buckets leave no suds in the bucket after washing your car, so all the dirt potentially scratching materials in the bottom of the bucket gets put back on your car. Does not happen with the extra capacity of the 12 litre bucket. Even better, use two 12 litre buckets for washing, one for the suds onto the car and the other to rinse off your wash mitt after coming off cleaning the car. You never get dirt into your wash bucket this way.

3. Always use a good quality wash. Cheap ones are hard on your car and even more so, your skin. Cheap washes (and even a lot of good ones) are also laced with phosphates and salt, as is dish washing detergent. These washes ruin your car’s paint and metal as they help infest it with rust as you wash. Phosphates also are a not good for the environment. Make sure the wash is pH Neutral- so it is easy on your car, skin paint and will not strip away any protective wax coat you may have applied.

4. Start from the top of the car when washing, and then work your way down, cleaning the dirtiest parts last.

5. Always Chamois your car down to dry after washing, to stop water marks forming on the paint. They are hard and expensive to remove! Also make sure you drive your car after washing, the moving air will help evaporate any water left sitting in unreachable areas of the car.

What makes Bowden products unique?
We are all Australian, so we keep the money in Australia, investing in the manufacturing industry to keep jobs here rather than overseas! Made by a family who really do love cars and show it in the passion we have for our large car collection. We also make all our products by hand, as we cannot afford robots.

What is your dream car?
1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SLR race car, we have a 1955 300SL Gullwing road going version the ultimate achievable version of this, only 6 of the SLR’s were made and worth a presumed $20 million each..if you could buy one that is! Mercedes still own most of them and two are in French and US government owned museums. So you can only dream to own one.

Monday, June 6, 2011

How Not To Get Car Sick - and how to clean it if you do

Do you know the feeling? You start to get hot and sweaty, a little giddy, dizzy and then nauseas.

If you or one of your kids suffers from car-sickness, you will know that it is no fun, especially if you have a long road trip ahead.

What is car sickness?

Car sickness is a physical reaction the body has in response to the brains confusion between what the ear feels and the eye sees.

The ear has receptors which detect the car is moving; the eye is focussed on the non moving car interior. These mixed signals produce the physical side effects of car-sickness.

Children under the age of three do not suffer from car-sickness, even when the car seat is still rear facing; with the majority of children growing out of it by the age of 10.

What you can do to avoid it

1. Try to look outside the car, preferably on objects that are not in motion e.g. light poles, houses
2. Do not read, play games or watch DVD’s
3. Keep your head as still as possible
4. Don’t have a full stomach, especially if you have just eaten fatty foods
5. Open a window and let in fresh air
6. Try to sit in the front seat of the car, or if it is a child, move their car seat from the middle to one of the windows

The essential car anti sick bag!

Pack the following items into a Galmatic tote bag to be prepared for those feeling sick moments.

1. Face washers to dampen to apply to your neck and wash up any mess
2. Bottle of water for drinking and wetting face washers
3. Baby nappy bags to put dirty cloths/clothes in
4. Crackers or fruit. No biscuits as they are very high in fat. Watch out for bananas too as they make very messy vomit!
5. If you have kids who get car sick, pack a spare change of clothes
6. A container with a lid that you can vomit into
7. Fresh breath mints

Sick babies, drunken friends, car sick puppies – whoever the culprit, the smell of vomit in a car is almost unbearable!

So here are our quick tips to get vomit smell out of your car – and we mean quick as it’s a yucky topic!

Enjoy the photo of Ava’s car seat covered in vomit!

1. Make sure you remove all of the vomit out of the car
2. Give it a good shampoo and let it dry completely
3. Cover area in baking soda – rub in and then vacuum out

8 Big Tips For Hiding Your Smalls

Photo courtesy of Shooting Starlets - Photo by Loiuse Whelan
With our love of all things retro, we just had to take up the opportunity to speak with the delicious Miss Pia Anderson, vintage culture aficionado all about the do’s and don’ts of getting in and out of ours cars with the same grace as Betty from Mad Men!

Here are her 8 top tips from her upcoming blog on Grace and Deportment- A Vintage Girl's guide to the modern world.

For ladies who wear skirts when driving, here are a few helpful hints to avoid an embarrassing display of your smalls.

To make sure you exit a car with the grace of a lady.........

1. It's a good idea to take a minute to adjust your clothing before you even think about hopping out of the car. Make sure you pull your skirt down as far as it will go

2. The most important rule of getting out of the car with dignity is to keep your knees together

3. Place one leg down at a time and swivel your body gracefully so that both your feet are firmly on the ground

4. Position your hands on either side of you and use them to lever yourself up

5. Dip your head slightly to avoid hitting the roof of the car or the door frame, you don't want to mess up that glamorous hair do

6. Be aware of the distance to the kerb and survey for any other obstacles

7. Close the door elegantly behind you

8. Set off towards your destination with a smile knowing that you have achieved a graceful exit without flashing too much flesh

Find out more about all things retro at Pia’s website http://www.piaanderson.com.au/