Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Beauty And Madness: A History Of Lamborghini's Far Out Supercars

Since its inception, Lamborghini Automobili had always pushed the envelope. Founded in 1963 with the establishment of a cutting-edge factory in the outskirts of Bologna, Italy, the company has been known for many of its iconic supercars, starting with the 350 GTV and paving the way for an entire family of vehicles that, in many ways, defined the modern supercar.

Lamborghini’s vehicles had been a byword for the attainment of success, and indeed these cars themselves are triumphs of engineering, bringing together superlative power and performance with eye-catching (and, for some, daring) aesthetics. Indeed, many of Lamborghini’s iconic cars are known for their visually distinctive profiles, a tradition of design that started with the Miura in 1966.

The Miura was the first of the vehicles in the Lamborghini line to sport a distinctive aesthetic; this was a product of form and function; the vehicle was, upon its release, the fastest car in the world and was the car for potentates and celebrities.

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The bold design choices would continue further down the line, ranging from the angular appearance of the Countach and Diablo lines to the aerodynamic contours of the Murcielago and Gallardo lines.

This tradition continues even today, with the sharp outlines and prominent curves of the Aventador models and many other design concepts that are just over the horizon. The company’s design teams continue to push the limits of engineering with its new concept vehicles, building from a legacy that was laid down by its ingenious founder and his successors.

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Eugene Bernshtam, the head of Avalon Holdings LLC and its affiliate entities, is also an avid automobile collector and a member of the Lamborghini Club of America. Visit this blog for more on auto collecting and restoration.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Classic car care: Garage basics and more

Classic car owners know for a fact that storing their beloved automobiles is not the easiest thing to do. The weather plays a huge role in keeping the car shipshape. Winters can be cruel and a garage might not be equipped to protect the car the way it should be in this season. 

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Investing in a weather-proof garage should well be on the to-do list of every classic car owner. Regardless of the weather conditions, basic fiberglass batt insulations would work just right to keep out extreme temperatures, given that they are installed and fitted perfectly. Adding weather stripping around the edges of the garage doors keeps rain and dust from seeping in. 

It’s always good to be working on a garage that’s neat and tidy. Clear the space of clutter and hang tools on grid wall so that these are easily found. Installing sliding doors for cabinets eliminates the risk of hitting the cars with the door and other items that might fall when opening it. Quality lighting allows an owner to see everything in and out of the car. 

Classic cars are often stored in a garage during winter. While this is common practice, some enthusiasts suggest that leaving the car idle could cause more harm to its engine. This, of course, is subject to the way the garage holds up to the weather. One expert argued that as all machinery work best when used and suffer while lying in wait, the same could be said for classic cars. 

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Eugene Bernshtam is a commercial real estate developer who heads Avalon Holdings, LLC and its affiliated entities. He is also involved in vehicle restorations and is among the Illinois Secretary of State’s licensed dealers. To know more about classic car restorations, follow this blog.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fun facts about the iconic Lamborghini Countach

For over four decades now, posters of the Countach have graced the walls of most boys getting into sports cars, while actual ones sit in the garages of men as a symbol of success and, well, swagger. Indeed, this Lamborghini supercar is as iconic as it is a certified head-turner. Here are some interesting facts that you might not know about the Countach.

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One, the spoilers that complete the look of the Countach was only installed at the last-minute, at the Lamborghini parking lot. Finished cars were actually taken from the assembly line and into the factory parking lot, so employees could install the now-iconic rear wing using only an electric hand drill. All this while awaiting dealer transport. 

The glass used for the original windows are special, anti-glare safety glass sourced from Belgium, and are practically impossible to replicate (sourcing will cost the car enthusiast about $7,000). This super-lightweight material called the Glaverbel glass was previously used by Porsche and Alfa Romeo. 

Finally, and this might sound funny yet auspicious, the company only made the car because founding CEO Ferruccio Lamborghini lost a bet. With an oil crisis looming, Ferruccio wasn’t sure he should bring the car into production. Lamborghini struck a deal with the engineers: if the prototype could survive an arduous road trip from the company headquarters at Sant’Agata to and from Sicily, he would build it. That was in 1972. The first Countach LP400 would roll off the assembly line two years after. The rest, as they say, is automobile history.

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Eugene Bernshtam is a real estate developer at Avalon Holdings, LLC and its affiliated entities. He is also a member of the Ferrari Club of America and the Lamborghini Club of America. For similar reads, drop by this blog.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Some tips for first-time homebuyers

First-time homebuyers might find themselves in a bit of a situation if they jump into the real estate market in search of their dream house without carefully planning several aspects of the purchase, including the obligatory assessment of and reflection on one's pre-purchase condition. The desire for independence or the sudden urge to finally heed the advice of friends and family to make that leap and consider buying one's own place instead of throwing away money on monthly rentals is not enough to go with the flow without considering a few things. 

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Whatever it is that drives potential homebuyers to make this all-important decision, one has to make sure the purchase is contextualized in a structure containing all other goals, considering how this new acquisition is related to and going to affect other plans. For example, finances should be assessed to know one’s loan and mortgage qualifications, savings, and available liquid money for advanced costs. A first-time homebuyer must acknowledge their financial limitations to avoid frustrating conditions in the future. The kind of home should suit one's needs and future plans. The size, neighborhood amenities, and features of the house must all coincide with the buyer’s vision of a home that will be a dwelling place for many years. 

It might be an exciting venture, even a highly personal one for that matter, to go through the entire process without anyone there to help manage the situation. But having an agent can be extremely helpful (not to mention a wise decision) for first-timers. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a professional to guide one through every step. There are still a number of technicalities with offers, paperwork, and whatnot that a newbie might miss if a real estate agent is not around. 

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Eugene Bernshtam is a real estate developer at Avalon Holdings, LLC and its affiliated entities. Born in Eastern Europe, he graduated from the Loyola School of Business with a bachelor's degree in finance and earned both series 7 and 63 certifications to sell investment securities. To read more about the real estate industry, visit this blog.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Safeguarding collector cars during a hurricane

With hurricanes beating down on various locations, car collectors should be alert because their prized possessions are susceptible to Mother Nature’s wrath. There are safety measures that they could take to ensure that their investments are safe and sound. 

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  • Be updated on the weather forecast to allow ample time to prepare for a hurricane and strategize where to park the cars long before the storm hits. 

  • Park the cars on the highest and driest ground possible to prevent flooding and protect the car from intense wind, flying debris, and even falling trees or posts. 

  • Garage door needs to be barricaded as it is almost always the most vulnerable part of a garage, as well as the largest entry point in the place. Temporary braces can be used to fortify the door. 

  • Disconnect the battery to ensure that electronics receive minimal electrical and corrosion damage. But be sure to avoid having the negative and positive ends of the cable touch as it harms the engine or even causes injury. 

  • Anchor heavy objects and machinery to the wall or floor and as far away as possible from the cars. Even tools should be stored at a safe distance. 

  • Store all documents pertinent to the vehicles in a waterproof container. 

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Eugene Bernshtam is a car enthusiast, collecting classic vehicles and holding membership in both the Ferrari Club of America and the Lamborghini Club of America. He is also heavily involved in auto restoration. Follow this Twitter page for more discussion on cars.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

What The Ferrari Brand Really Means

A lot of people have different opinions on which car manufacturer is the greatest in the world. However, throughout all the discussions, one brand is spoken about with more reverence, more respect, and more admiration than most. For over 75 years, the reputation Ferrari built has never been eclipsed. Such is the legend of the name.

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The company was founded in 1939, and the first Ferrari automobile was assembled a year later. It took another seven years though before the company was known as a car manufacturer. Fiat purchased 50 percent of the company in 1969, and another 40 percent in 1988. The company was restructured in 2014 by Fiat Chrysler. It was now a holding company for the Ferrari group.

As far as brands go, many people have chosen Ferrari as the world’s strongest brand. In fact, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO holds the record for being the most expensive car in history, selling for $38 million at 2012 auction.

Over the years, people have seen the prancing horse logo of Ferrari in pop culture and sports. It has been the choice of car for many action heroes on film. On the racing circuit, however, Ferrari rules many leagues. It has been the most dominant force in Formula One, just as it has ruled the automotive industry since its birth.

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Eugene Bernshtam is an avid car collector who loves restoring classic cars. He is a member of the Ferrari Club of America. Eugene is also a real estate developer at Avalon Holdings, LLC. Learn more about his passions here.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Real State Of Small Apartment Buildings

Residential properties being constructed right now consist mostly of single-family homes and high-rise buildings (such as condominiums or apartments.) However, this was not historically the case because small apartment buildings used to be a staple of city neighborhoods, particularly heavy residential areas.

Many urbanists have been bemoaning the scarcity of new small apartment buildings, as it has proven to be the most cost-effective options for residents.

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Based on affordable housing nonprofit organization Enterprise Community Partners and the University of Southern California, the residence type that gives renters the lowest price is an apartment building with two to nine units. For a nation that is comprised of more than 45 percent of millennials still living in their childhood homes, cheaper rents are a welcome development.

Unfortunately, for this same reason, developers have ceased building these small-sized and midrise buildings—- they have not yielded profits. The latest zoning rules have made it more favorable for developers to either put up, as mentioned above, single-family constructions or apartment buildings that have dozens to hundreds of residential units.

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Building codes are being written, though, to encourage and incentivize the development of smaller apartment structures, or what experts have begun to call as the “missing middle.”

Eugene Bernshtam is the head of real estate development company Avalon Holdings, LLC, and its affiliated entities. He specializes in apartment buildings and mixed-use properties. Visit this website for more information about Mr. Bernshtam.