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Sunglasses in the Sunbeam

POSTED ON September 9, 2010

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Up until my father passed away (last year), he was into collecting antique bikes, scooters and vintage cars. Out of all of the cars he collected, his prize possession was a 1966 Sunbeam Tiger. For those unfamiliar with the Tiger, it is a two-door British convertible with a Ford 289 engine. What they would consider a “street roadster”; it is a fast, yet rare car. Not in mint condition, but definitely well ...

Up until my father passed away (last year), he was into collecting antique bikes, scooters and vintage cars. Out of all of the cars he collected, his prize possession was a 1966 Sunbeam Tiger. For those unfamiliar with the Tiger, it is a two-door British convertible with a Ford 289 engine. What they would consider a “street roadster”; it is a fast, yet rare car.

Not in mint condition, but definitely well preserved, a friend and I have been working to get it road ready for the past eight months, and as of recent I have been able to take it on short road trips (there are still some issues with the electrical and overheating engine). This hot weather doesn’t help the overheating issue, but I have found that early mornings at 9am and right around 6 pm when it cools off, is the perfect time to drop down the top and take a ride.

One thing I have to consider, as I tell my passengers as well, is that they will need to bring a pair of sunglasses to shield their eyes from the morning and afternoon sunlight.  Eye care doctors here at Dr. Tavel and across Indiana are constantly telling us about the benefits of glasses and lenses that protect our eyes. Protecting your eyes with sunglasses is an obvious must as sunglasses block harmful UV rays that can damage your vision.  Better yet, wearing Purifier polarized lenses omit any glare on the road so to this end, I wear my Ted Baker sunglasses with Purifier polarized lenses when driving. Since the Sunbeam is such a small car and the windshield is lower, the sunglasses also help shield from bugs and other flying debris.  Multi-purpose glasses!

As anyone with a vintage car can tell you, car restoration is not cheap, but the passion is what motivates you to do it. I still have a long way to go before totally restoring my car, but for now it feels good just to get it on the road. Maybe you will see me driving around the city in my Sunbeam sporting my sunglasses from Dr. Tavel-be on the look out!

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