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Cleaning and restoring a vintage tonneau cover

Vintage car parked at starting point
Vintage car on the road
Participant tag

On April 24, 2011, nearly 70 vintage cars, all at least 50 years old, set out from San Francisco on a 4 day, 1,000 mile rally through the scenic back roads of Northern California. Driving along the winding roads of Marin, Sonoma and Napa provided a perfect scenic back-drop for these beautiful vintage cars.

This year marked the 21st Annual California Mille. The event is modeled after the Italian version, the Mille Miglia, held in Brescia, Italy, every year.

Many of the California Mille participants have previously participated in the Italian road race. In fact, that participation led to the birth of the California Mille.

So what has all this got to do with RAVE FabriCARE?

Well, it's quite simple actually.

When the cars arrived at the starting point, the famed Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, they were greeted with a steady drizzle. By the Monday morning start, the drizzle had matured into a rain storm.

During the course of all that rain, red dye from some outside source bled onto the heavy canvas tonneau cover of a 1952 Jaguar XK-120 driven by Richard Mattei and James Stokes.

In addition, the tonneau cover was fairly dirty from the dust and dirt that had accumulated on it during the various overnight stops.

After the event, the car was delivered to British Automotive Repair in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a complete overhaul and detailing.

Naturally, Gregory Nel, owner of British Automotive Repair, called on RAVE FabriCARE to restore and waterproof the tonneau cover.

The results can be seen in the photos below.

Vintage car in front of Jag store
Front of car
Tonneau car facing right 1 Tonneau car facing left 1
Tonneau car facing right 2 Tonneau car facing left 2


When it comes to anything vintage - whether it's a 1980's Christian Dior couture vintage dress coat or a 1950's vintage tonneau cover, you can count on RAVE FabriCARE for the highest quality restoration available.

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