American Detours, a web television show featuring classic cars and epic American roads, will present two special episodes as a tribute to the collector-car hobby and Superstorm Sandy recovery on the East Coast.
The series will premiere two Superstorm Sandy episodes to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the storm's landfall in October 2012. Superstorm Sandy was the collector-car hobby's single most devastating event in terms of claims and vehicle damage.
American Detours (AmericanDetoursTV.com), produced by American Collectors Insurance, filmed the special episodes in Seaside Heights and Asbury Park along the New Jersey shore. Hosts Jael de Pardo (SyFy Network) and Jeff Glucker (Hooniverse.com) take a once-storm-ravaged but restored collector vehicle -- a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette -- out of the garage and onto the open road. Along the way, they meet other car hobbyists who have successfully restored their damaged vehicles back to their pre-Sandy glory, plus shore residents and business owners who have worked tirelessly to rebuild their homes and communities.
Sandy made landfall just 50 miles from the national headquarters of American Collectors Insurance. The resilience and passion of collector car enthusiasts -- with 40 percent of claimants buying back their damaged vehicles for the purpose of repairing and restoring them - motivated the company to produce the special shows, noted Jill Bookman, CEO of American Collectors Insurance.
"American Detours was inspired by our policyholders and the personal stories they've been sharing with us for nearly 40 years," said Bookman. "The collector car hobby has deep roots throughout the Jersey Shore, Long Island and elsewhere along the East Coast. We felt it was our duty to create a special feature that highlights the progress our policyholders and residents have made in the wake of Sandy. If anything, Sandy has showcased the passion of collector enthusiasts more than ever."
American Collectors, a specialty insurance provider for collector vehicles and collectibles, launched the American Detours web TV show as a tribute to hobbyists, collector cars, and American roads. The show debuted with in April 2013 and will continue with the special episodes in October 2013 followed by Season 2 in 2014.
For the latest on American Detours and to view past episodes, visit AmericanDetoursTV.com or the American Collectors Insurance YouTube channel (bit.ly/14u8yEW).
About American Collectors:
American Collectors Insurance is the nation's leading provider of collector-vehicle and collectibles insurance. American Collectors offers products through independent insurance agents, in partnership with several major insurance organizations, and direct to consumers. A wide range of collector vehicles qualify for American Collectors' program, from "brass and wood" antiques to street rods, exotics, modern classics and more. American Collectors also offers all-risk coverage for a wide range of collections from stamps, coins and comic books to vintage wine, sports memorabilia and beyond.