Your Guide to Driving on the Autobahn

What is the Autobahn?

It’s known across the world as the German highway with no speed limit. But it’s more than that. For speedsters and auto fanatics, the Autobahn is the ultimate place to take your shiny new sports car, especially with luxury European automakers close by.

Where is the Autobahn? How long is the Autobahn?

The word autobahn translates to “motorway,” so technically speaking, any country has an autobahn. However, the Autobahn references Germany’s highway system. Since Austria and Switzerland also speak German, their highways are also called autobahn.

The Autobahn in Germany is 12,993 km (8,073 miles) long. To compare, the United States’ highways are 77,540 kilometers (48,180 miles) combined. When you think about the size of the United States and the size of Germany, the length and density of the Autobahn is impressive.

Autobahn Speed Limit – Myth or Fact?

Famous for being the fastest highway in the world, there actually are speed limits on the Autobahn, believe it or not. Specific limits are posted near urban areas, like Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich, or for construction and heavy traffic. These limits will be posted as black numbers with a red outline on a white circular sign.

Outside of these areas, there is a recommended top speed of 130 kilometers per hour (50-80 mph). These will be posted as white numbers on blue square signs. While there are a few sections of the Autobahn without a speed limit, it’s wise to not go above 130 km/h, especially if you’re new to this highway.

You’ll see electronic signs that display “dynamic speed limits,” giving live updates to control traffic if there is an accident, construction, severe weather or special road conditions. Some may even show different limits for the specific lane that you’re driving in, so pay close attention to these.

Autobahn Highway Laws

Like every road system, there are traffic laws that all drivers must obey. Some of these are obvious, but some are specific to the Autobahn.

  • It is illegal to pass on the right. You can pass only on the left.
  • Stay in the right lane, especially if you’re new to the Autobahn. The left lane is for drivers going extremely fast or for passing vehicles in the right lane.
  • Stopping, parking, u-turns and backing up on the Autobahn is illegal.
  • It is illegal to run out of gas on the Autobahn; it’s seen as a preventable circumstance and it leads to stopping, which is illegal.
  • Entering and exiting is only allowed on the marked interchanges.
  • Pulling over onto the shoulder is prohibited, unless your car breaks down.

Autobahn, Germany Travel Tips

The following tips aren’t as mandated as the laws above, but they are social customs that every driver on the Autobahn should follow.

  • Triple check your mirrors before changing lanes. Because cars travel so fast on the Autobahn, someone may come zipping up when there was no one there a second ago.
  • Most rental cars will have standard transmission. If you’re used to automatic, you can pay extra for that or quickly learn how to drive standard.
  • Police don’t run speed radar the way they do in the United States. Instead, there are cameras in area with strict speed limits that will take a picture of your license to deliver an electronic ticket. Just because you don’t see a police car doesn’t mean you’re off the hook.
  • Rest stops and service stations are available every 40-60 km. Drivers are encouraged to take a break at these areas every 100 km (or two hours) as the highway can be draining. These stops can include gas stations, cafes, restrooms and hotels.
  • Embrace the local driving culture. German drivers don’t need as much elbow room as Americans do on the road, so don’t take it personally if it seems like a fellow driver cut you off. Chances are they thought you had plenty of space.

Helpful Terms to Know When Driving in Germany

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Learn the following terms to help you out when driving in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.

  • Ausfahrt = exit; posted on road signs to indicate a rest stop or on/off-ramps.
  • Stau = traffic jam; you’ll hear radio announcements informing drivers where there is congestion or even stopped traffic.
  • Unfall = accident; another term you may hear on the radio or see on electronic live-update signs.
  • Rettungsgasse = free lane; during a Stau, the stopped traffic forms an open lane to allow emergency vehicles to pass through, especially for accidents on the Autobahn.

Shipping Cars to and from Germany

Ready for life in the fastest lane? You can export your car to Germany from the United States with Schumacher Cargo Logistics. As an auto shipping specialist, we regularly ship cars to Germany. There’s no one better to trust your vehicle with. We’ll get your car to Germany safely and efficiently, so you’ll be burning rubber in no time! We offer a handful of shipping services to Germany.

Want a taste of the German auto life, but can’t quite make it to Deutschland? You can now import a car to the United States from Germany with Schumacher Cargo Logistics, too! Interested? Get your free shipping quote from the moving specialists at Schumacher Cargo Logistics now, and we can get started today.

How to Choose the Best International Moving Company

Moving Boxes

Why Hire a Moving Company?

From finding a new home to getting accustomed to the new culture and lifestyle, moving is already a stressful feat on its own. Especially when it’s an international move. The last thing you want to worry about is transporting your vehicles and household goods from Point A to Point B. That’s why choosing a trusted moving company for international shipping is vital to a successful relocation.

How Much Does A Moving Company Cost?

Get at Least Three Quotes

Request and compare estimates from at least three separate reputable shipping companies. You can see the differences between how much different moving companies charge you. Check every detail on these quotes, including the time frame, shipping method, packing materials, and if there are any fragile or precious items in the shipment.

Additionally, the final cost of your shipment will depend not only on the amount of items included. There’s also the space it takes up and the special services provided by the company, like door-to-door delivery or packing and unpacking for you; these features can drive the cost up or down. Deciding which special services are most important to you will help determine which company to choose.

How to Evaluate Moving Companies

Start your research early

Waiting until a few weeks before your move may put you in a tough spot. You run the risk of a hefty upcharge for the last minute accommodations, or you may not even find a company with available space for your items. So don’t put it off until the last minute. You’ll want to do extensive research on which companies ship to your desired port, what items you’re allowed to ship, and how past customers enjoyed their experience with their company. Give yourself plenty of time to decide.

Licenses, Accreditations and Memberships

One of the most important considerations is the company’s licensing and accreditations. Since these are given based off of industry-wide standards and qualifications, you’ll have a third-party guarantee whether a company is worthwhile or not.

The most prestigious accreditation for a moving company to have is the FIDI/FAIM membership. FIDI is the Federation of International Movers, and it is considered a worldwide standard for top quality movers. The FIDI Accredited International Mover (FAIM) Quality Management Programme is a quality certification reserved for the best international moving companies.

Other licenses to look for are:

  • FMC – Federal Maritime Commission
  • AMSA – American Moving and Storage Association
  • IAM – International Association of Movers
  • DOT – Department of Transportation
  • OTI – Ocean Transport Intermediary
  • NVOCC – Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier

Tracking Information

You feverishly refresh the “track package” page while waiting for an online order to arrive. Why shouldn’t you have the same comfort when moving? One of the greatest advantages of modern technology is the ability to keep track of your shipment status. Choosing a company that gives you this option can relieve the tension of wondering when your household goods will appear.

Experience with Foreign Ports and Customs

An international move is completely different than a domestic move. Each country has its own customs protocol and requires different shipping documents. Shipping with an experienced international moving company that knows how to handle these logistics will make your move much smoother.

Ship with Schumacher Cargo Logistics

Schumacher Cargo Logistics fulfills all of these expectations listed above. That’s what makes us one of the top international moving companies. We offer plenty of shipping services designed for a variety of customers. Get your free moving quote today!

Why You Need Marine Insurance for Cargo Shipping

Containers on a Cargo Ship

What is Marine Insurance?

Marine insurance for cargo shipping covers the loss or damage of the cargo while on the water, as well as during transport to and from the port terminals. It is also referred to as cargo insurance, marine cargo insurance, or marine shipping insurance.

Our customers have the option to purchase marine cargo insurance when exporting vehicles and household goods; if you choose to do this, you would provide your marine insurance form with your exported shipment.

What Does Marine Cargo Insurance Cover?

Like other forms of insurance, you may hesitate at purchasing marine cargo insurance in the case you won’t need it in the end. If your cargo goes missing or if the shipping containers are damaged, you’ll be relieved to know your items are covered and you won’t suffer the cost. A few instances where damages or loss may occur include:

General Average
General average is a legal principle of maritime law in which all parties involved in a maritime accident will proportionally share the common loss. If your cargo is protected by marine insurance, the insurance company will cover your portion of the loss.

Natural Disasters
Your cargo or its container may suffer damage or go missing completely after a tsunami, hurricane, earthquake or similar incident. Since cargo insurance applies during transport to and from the port terminals, your shipment would be covered on both land and sea.

Theft
Your shipment could be stolen in the case of piracy or other theft. And even if your shipment isn’t the target, its arrival may be delayed after this event. In this case, the insurance company would replace the stolen items or reimburse the financial loss to you.

Learn More about Marine Insurance from Schumacher Cargo Logistics

To learn how to get cargo insurance or how much marine cargo insurance costs, contact one of our moving specialists today. Our 40 years of experience in international vehicle shipping and overseas relocation makes us experts in safely and efficiently getting your items where they need to be. Get your free shipping quote from Schumacher Cargo Logistics today!

Australia’s Fumigation Requirement – What it Means for Shippers 2018/2019

Kangaroos Next to a Shipping Container by Maersk line

Image by Maersk Line

The Australian government recently announced that they are bringing back their fumigation requirements for containers and cargo coming into the country.

So what does this mean for companies and individuals either moving to Australia or shipping vehicles/cargo? To start, let us first look at what the Australian fumigation requirement entails. Then we’ll look at how this affects those trying to bring goods and cargo into the country.

Fumigation is when chemicals are used to compound and eradicate any suspect insect or infestation within a container and its cargo.

The process involves “tenting” a container and releasing these chemicals into the tent. This then effectively kills off any prohibited worries that were the subject of the fumigation in the first place.

Australia and New Zealand’s Fumigation Requirements 2018-2019

In Australia and New Zealand, the port authorities work very hard to prevent any foreign inbound insects/bugs/bacteria and living organism from entering while piggy-backing on cars/boats/bikes and general cargo that is being shipped in via container or Roll on Roll off.

The “marmorated stink bug” is an organism that their governments fumigate for. This US bug does not live in Australia and New Zealand naturally. If the parasite passed through customs, it would affect the entire ecological balance in either country.

So to prevent this, all containers and RORO cargo from Sept 1st 2018 through end of April 2019 have to be fumigated within 72 hours prior to loading on the vessel.

Acquiring a Fumigation Certificate for Export

So what affect does this have on our operations in the US and how does it affect the individual?

Shipping companies and freight forwarders need tighter control on the pickup and return of containers from the terminals. There is only 5 free days with the container before it needs in-gating back to the terminal for loading on the next vessel.

We therefore need to coordinate the pickup, loading, then run the container to the fumigation yard for 24 hrs. Then we pick up again, to have the cargo back in time, along with the necessary fumigation certificate to accompany the shipping documents.

Once cleared, the fumigation certificate goes with all documents to the receiving agent in Australia or New Zealand. The certificate also goes by pest control certificate and confirms the shipments fumigation. Agents need these documents to prove to the quarantine officers that we followed all shipping procedures. As a result, we clear Oceania’s customs and the vehicle or goods are free to enter the country.

So essentially for the individual, the real difference comes in the cost and time frame. The fumigation process comes with additional costs and delays the shipment until approved.

Shipments to Australia and New Zealand are still very common and we complete this process with ease. Clients will just need to know about the fumigation when booking during this season for clearer communication.

Please see more information on this current issue by clicking the links below.

Australian Government Biosecurity Page

Update from Hamburg Sud and Australian Goverment

Fill out our Online Quote Form or call in at 1800 408-6677 to start your shipment to Australia today!

The Most Common Export Documentation

Passport and others identity paper and cards

At Schumacher Cargo Logistics, we’re experts in shipping vehicles overseas or exporting household goods. However, not everyone knows what’s required and we receive a lot of questions about what documents our customers need when moving internationally. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a helpful guide to explain some of the most common documents required when exporting an automobile or household goods.

Documents for Vehicle Export from USA

  1. Passport
    • A clear scanned copy with the passport number
    • If it’s a U.S. passport, it needs to include the Employer Identification Number (EIN)
    • If it is not a U.S. passport, no EIN is needed
    • Receive your Employer Identification Number with the EIN Assistant
  2. Certificate of Title
    • The shipper’s name has to be the current owner of the vehicle listed on the title
  3. Bill of Sale
  4. Power of Attorney, depending on the port

Documents for Exporting Household Goods

  1. Passport
    • A clear scanned copy with the passport number
    • If it’s a U.S. passport, it needs to include the Employer Identification Number (EIN)
    • If it is not a U.S. passport, no EIN is needed
    • Receive your Employer Identification Number with the EIN Assistant
  2. Valuation of the shipment, as required by U.S. Customs
  3. Signed Schumacher Quotation
  4. Marine Insurance Form, if applicable

For Temporary Exports

If you are only exporting your vehicle for a temporary amount of time, you can get an ATA Carnet. This specialized document allows you to bring your car and household goods overseas for up to a year, and then the item(s) need to be brought back. For example, you would use this document if you were shipping your car overseas for a race or a show; after the event, the car would be returned to the United States.

Using this document gives you the benefit of bringing your vehicle and household goods into the country duty and tax free. In addition, you cannot sell the item(s) with a carnet overseas.

Documents for Exporting Items, by Country

Note that the lists above are not exhaustive; these documents are only the most commonly required. Each country will have its own specific requirements for exported items. Here are some examples of the different documentation required by Australia, France and the United Kingdom.

Australia

  • B534 Form – Unaccompanied Personal Effects Statement

France

  • Inventaire pour la Douane Française / Inventory for French Customs
  • CERFA 10070*02
  • Certificate of Non-Resale

United Kingdom

How Schumacher Cargo Logistics Can Help You Export Your Items

To keep things in order, Schumacher Cargo Logistics provides to our customers a checklist to ensure that all required documents are received, as well as assistance if you need help completing the documents. In addition, you will receive a booking confirmation letter containing details of your shipment and information for the documents required by your destination country.

For more information about moving and shipping internationally, call our moving specialists toll-free at 800-599-0190 or request your free shipping quote today.

The Best Luxury Cars of 2018

Each fall, car manufacturers around the world release their fleet of cool new cars for the next model year. With the new 2019 models coming soon, let’s take a look back at the hottest supercars released in 2018.

New Supercars for 2018

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T

After 50 years, Porsche has revamped the integrity of its 1968 911 Carrera T. The fastest 911 ever is built for speed as the lightest model within the Carrera lineup. Its top speed is 180-182 mph, depending on the transmission. Sounds like the perfect Porsche for Jerry Seinfeld.

2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus

Audi introduced the second generation of the R8 with the 2018 model; the first generation came out in 2006. The R8 V10 Plus is Audi’s version of the sports car; the Plus is the fastest road car that Audi has built. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, up to 124 mph in 9.9 seconds, and it has a top speed of 205 mph. Audi has perfected the sensible-yet-luxurious feel in its vehicles, so driving to your normal 9-5 in this supercar wouldn’t be out of place.

2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante

What makes the Huracan Performante a greater machine than its predecessor, the Huracan, is its aerodynamic frame. When the car cuts through the air, it filters the air through to push it even faster. The Huracan can reach 60 mph in under three seconds. This use of aerodynamics was banned by racing leagues years ago, but Lamborghini has done us all a favor by bringing it back.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT

This coupe carries a V8 engine running on 577 horsepower. It can achieve a top speed of 198 mph. The new design for this model is both pleasing to the eye and powerful in performance. It looks like a supercar with the elegance of a sophisticated coupe, yet it’s all built to perform like a sports car.

2018 Bugatti Chiron

The new edition of this Bugatti supercar is faster than its previous models. Its top speed is 288 mph and can reach 60 mph in 2.5 seconds with no problem. The price tag is a mere $2.8 million, making it one of the most expensive and fastest cars in the world. The Chiron uses specially designed Michelin tires that can withstand speeds of 260 mph; combined with the Bugatti’s luxuriously comfortable interiors, this vehicle is a pleasure to drive.

2018 Ferrari California T

Considered an “entry-level” model, Ferrari’s redesigned grand tourer now features a twin-turbocharged engine. It does 0-60 mph in 3.6 mph and has a top speed of 196 mph. Within 14 seconds, this supercar can store its top away, letting you feel the rush of the open road. The California T is designed for easy daily use, making it one of Ferrari’s softer creations.

2018 McLaren 570S

Available in two models, Coupe and Spider, McLaren puts the 570s in its “sports series” rather than the “super series.” The coupe can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, then onto 124 mph in 9.9 seconds. The spider gives its driver the feel the wind with its open top. Out of all other sports cars on the market, the McLaren 570S offers more comfort than the others.

2018 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The British manufacturer has designed this model to sit low to the ground, looking sleek and powerful. The Vantage features a 4 liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine with the capability to reach speeds up to 195 mph. The Vantage will be considered Aston Martin’s entry-level model, likely in an attempt to snag the interests for fans of similar makes like Porsche and BMW.

2018 Maserati GranTurismo MC

While the GranTurismo is over 70 years old, Maserati continues to deliver with this model. It’s timeless; a classic supercar to choose. The MC has a top speed of 187 mph and a V8 engine with 454 horsepower. The GranTurismo has been a hot choice since 1947, and the 2018 is no exception.

2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR

This coupe has a top speed of 200 mph, reaching 60 mph from a standstill in 3.5 seconds. The frame has a muscle car look, but it’s a sleek supercar nonetheless. What makes this supercar such a joy to drive is the engine’s roar as you race off from the curb.

Ship Your Supercar with Schumacher Cargo Logistics

Whatever you dream yourself of running away in, choose Schumacher Cargo Logistics to help get you there. With 40 years of experience shipping all types of vehicles across the world, we’ve established ourselves as an expert in international car shipping. You can trust that your exotic sports car is safe and secured all the way from Point A to Point B. Request your free shipping quote today.

Your Guide to Doing a Motorcycle Tour of Europe

Map of Europe with Motorcycle Trip Destinations

Touring Europe via Motorcycle

Traveling across Europe is an activity found on bucket lists all over the world. And it’s no surprise why: the continent is rich in history, culture and landscapes. With this many neighboring countries so close to each other, traveling throughout the continent is relatively easy.

Instead of backpacking through Europe, though, consider experiencing this amazing continent all from the back of your motorcycle. By traveling on a motorcycle, you get a 360-degree experience unlike what you would in a car or a bus. You’ll experience the twists and turns of Europe’s valleys and mountains, as well as be part of a community that also loves touring via motorcycle.

Tips for Planning a Motorcycle Trip in Europe:

  • Before your trip, take your motorcycle in for a complete service. Make sure everything is operating the way it should. The last thing you want is to be stranded in the middle of the Alps because your motorcycle needs a repair.
  • Since Europe stretches from the Arctic Circle down to Africa, the weather across the continent varies by geographical region and time of year. Think about when and where you’ll be traveling, then pack and plan appropriately.
  • Pack lightly and efficiently. Have an emergency bag packed separately from the rest of your items, and secure it in an easily accessible spot so that you can grab it immediately should anything happen.
  • Booking through a tour company relieves the pressure of having to plan and arrange your trip yourself. If you don’t want to book through a company and prefer the do-it-yourself approach, check out the suggested routes below.

Motorcycling Routes through Europe by Region

Trans European Trail

The Trans European Trail stretches for 21,000 miles (34,000 kilometers), coursing all throughout the continent. Traveling this path could essentially be your one stop shop for seeing all of Europe. It’s cared after solely by volunteers named “Linesmen,” who each represent their respective country and the part of the road coursing through it.

The British Isles
The Cat and Fiddle Run, United Kingdom

While it’s technically named the A537 Buxton New Road, the Cat and Fiddle Run gets its nickname after a pub of the same name found along the route. The road is about 12.5 miles long, with most of it cutting through the Peak District National Park. Be careful, though, as it’s known as Britain’s most dangerous road because of the sharp drops and bends along the way.

Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Its total distance of 1,553 miles (2,500 kilometers) makes it the longest coastal route in the world. Travel along Ireland’s Atlantic coast, and you’ll go through six regions of the Emerald Isle. Taste the salty air on this scenic route featuring beaches, cliffs and coastal towns.

Nordic Region
Kristiansand to Bergen, Norway

Travel along Norway’s southern region on this 273-mile (468 kilometers) long journey. Before heading out, consider the time of year you’re traveling; winter in Norway can last from September to June, giving you a limited window of bearable traveling. However, it’s totally worth it for the incredible fjords.

The Iceland Ring Road, Iceland

This 828-mile loop takes you around the outer edges of Iceland. Plan to spend about seven days to see all that Iceland has to offer: volcanoes, icebergs, waterfalls, the Northern Lights and more amazing sights.

Mediterranean
Amalfi Coast Road, Italy

This 446-mile long road is also called “The Road of a Thousand Bends” for its crazy dips, climbs and turns. This area was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape in 1997. It’s advised to visit in the off-season because the summer traffic can be horrendous.

The Alps
Alpine Road, Germany

The German Alpine Road, or “Alpenstrasse,” is about 280 miles (450 kilometers) of road passing through incredible landscapes. You’ll see mountains, farmland, lakes, valleys, meadows, castles and so much more on this trek.

Furka Pass, Switzerland

One of the highest mountain passes of the Alps, this pass is featured in the car chase scene in James Bond’s Goldfinger. More than 250,000 people cross the pass each year in cars, motorcycles, train and bus. Switchbacks, glaciers, and the threat of landslides, avalanches and heavy snowfalls make this pass one of the most adrenaline-inducing rides in the world.

Ship Your Motorcycle to Europe with Schumacher Cargo Logistics

Ready to hit the road? Schumacher Cargo Logistics offers the best services and rates for shipping to Europe. Check out our page on shipping your motorcycle to Europe. With a multitude of ports throughout the continent, all you have to do is decide where to go! To get started, request a free online estimate or talk to one of our specialists at 562-408-6677 or toll-free at 800-599-0190.

Shipping the Old Yeller Race Car to The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018

Front View of Old Yeller II

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the most iconic events for motorsport lovers everywhere, and this year is the festival’s 25th anniversary. They plan on recreating some of their best motorsport moments from the past 25 years and have dubbed this event “The Silver Jubilee.”

Founded in 1993, the Festival of Speed is a premier hill climb event on the beautiful Goodwood House property. It has grown to include events such as a forest rally and the auto show, Cartier Style et Luxe. This year’s festival takes place Thursday to Sunday, July 12-15, 2018 and for more information visit the Goodwood website.

This year, the Festival of Speed invited Dr. Ernie Nagamatsu and his legendary Old Yeller II to participate in the event. The car appeared in the festival two times previously in 2000 and 2005. This year the Old Yeller II will  be returning for its third appearance in 2018. Schumacher Cargo Logistics is proud to be shipping this car to England from the US through our professional air freight service.

Old Yeller 2 receiving a new engine

One of our auto shipping experts Filip Michelet (left) and Dr. Ernie Nagamatsu (right) next to the Old Yeller II as it receives a new engine for the upcoming Festival of Speed.

Ernie Nagamatsu and his Old Yeller Mark II

Dr. Ernie Nagamatsu DDS, now retired, is a legend in Los Angeles and has the spirit of a true cosmopolitan. He’s practiced dentistry in LA for over 40 years, but his mastery goes beyond just his primary occupation. No skill seems to elude the doctor, with experience as a lecturer at USC, a collector of fine Asian art, a writer of an award winning cookbooks, and of course as a race car driver. He has won many awards and accolades racing the his current car, the legendary Old Yeller II.

The Old Yeller II was created by Max Balchowsky in 1959 for Hollywood Motors and is still being used to race today. There have been many drivers of the Old Yeller II, and in that list includes Max Balchowsky, Carroll Shelby, Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurant, Billy Krause, Bobby Drake, Paul O’Shea, and its current driver Ernie Nagamatsu. The car has gone through many owners in the past 60 years and finally became Nagamatsu’s in 1991.

Since then, Nagamatsu has fully restored the Old Yeller II to its previous 1959 glory and brought it back into the spotlight of the automotive world. Don’t forget to see him and Old Yeller II at their next stop: The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018. For this event, they had to install a new engine into the car. This is due to it suffering an engine failure in its last race. In order to have more control over the timeline of this international shipment, Dr. Nagamatsu is using our specialty air freight shipping to bring his car overseas in the fastest way possible after the repairs are complete.

To learn more about Dr. Nagamatsu, Max Balchowsky, and the Old Yeller II visit their website at oldyeller2.com.

Shipping a Classic Car by Air Freight

Schumacher Cargo Logistics has over 40 years of experience shipping cars all over the world. Shipping classic cars internationally requires precision and skill to make sure the vehicle arrives in pristine condition and on-time. We offer a specialized air freight service for when a vehicle needs to arrive at its destination as fast as possible. Our Airfreight Division’s goal is “To deliver a competitive advantage to each customer” and they provide our fastest way to ship internationally. If you need to move your goods overseas quickly, get your free air freight shipping estimate today.

See More of Our Interesting Shipments

Check out the some of our posts on the other interesting and crazy vehicles we’ve shipped over the years below.

Additional Photos of Old Yeller II

Old Yeller II Side View

Old Yeller II Interior View

A look inside of the Old Yeller II. The name of some of its most famous drivers, Dan Gurney and Carroll Shelby, are on the side.

Old Yeller II Drivers Plaque

A plate on the inside of the Old Yeller II with a list of all of its previous drivers.

We Shipped Jack Ehret’s Record-Breaking 1951 Vincent Black Lightning

1951 Vincent Black Lightning in Schumacher's Warehouse

A world record was set when a 1951 Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle sold for $929,000 at the Bonhams’ Las Vegas motorcycle auction in January. It’s the most expensive motorcycle to ever be sold at an auction, and Schumacher Cargo Logistics shipped the bike to its new home in Australia after the auction.

The previous record for the most expensive motorcycle sold at auction was set by a 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer that sold for $825,500 in March 2015. The record for the most expensive car sold at auction also belongs to Bonhams, for a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO that sold for $38.1 million in August 2014.

The Most Expensive Motorcycle Sold At Auction

Ben Walker, Bonhams Head of Motorcycling, recalls an electricity in the air as the competition at the auction took off.

“We had guys from the UK, America, Australia, mainland Europe all interested in acquiring this motorcycle,” Walker says. “It really came alive around the $550-600,000 mark because that’s where the real bidding battle started to take place between a gentleman in the audience and a gentleman on the phone.”

As the bidding price raised, so did the stakes.

“When it got to around $790-800,000, the guy in the room was shaking his head,” Walker says. “The auctioneer said, ‘Just one more, sir?'”

And finally, the total came out at a whopping $929,000. The Australian man on the phone won the bidding war. The 1951 Vincent Black Lightning, in its original, unrestored and running condition, returned to the country where it got its fame.

About Vincent Black Lightnings

This particular bike, dubbed the “Ehret Lightning,” already made its own record in 1953 when Jack Ehret broke Australian speed records after riding it at an average speed of 141.5 mph. The pair continued to win races around the world until 1993.

It’s one of approximately 30 other Black Lightning motorcycles manufactured by Vincent HRD, and only about 19 “correct” bikes are still in existence. When built, the Black Lightning was the fastest production motorcycle in the world.

Vincent motorcycles have been known to win speed records across the globe, more than any other manufacturer. David Lancaster’s documentary SpeedisExpensive highlights the history of these motorcycles and the family behind the company.

“When Philip Vincent [founder of Vincent Motorcycles] passed away in 1979, he didn’t think these motorcycles would be forgotten,” says Lancaster. “I don’t think he could’ve predicted the sort of prices that this motorcycle’s fetched, but he did know that these things were special.”

In September 1948, Rollie Free gained the motorcycle speed record for the United States while riding the first Vincent Black Lightning at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. During test runs, he had average speeds of 148.6 mph.

For the final run, he stripped down to his swimming shorts to reduce the drag, laying flat on the seat with his legs stretched out and his head low. He reached a record 150.313 mph, following a black strip painted on the ground and completing a mile in 23.9 seconds.

Shipping Your Motorcycle to Australia

Schumacher Cargo Logistics is proud to have shipped this incredible, record-breaking Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle from the United States to Australia. We’re experts in shipping motorcycles to Australia and around the world. If you have a motorcycle, vehicle or household goods that you need to ship internationally, get your free shipping estimate today.

Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018

Music Festival Crowd at Night

It’s music festival season. And here in our little hometown known as Los Angeles, we happen to host some of the best music festivals in the country, maybe even the world. One that’s especially hot on the local radar is Arroyo Seco Weekend. Its inaugural event was held in 2017, so this will be the second year of the festival held at the Brookside Golf Course at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The team behind the festival, Goldenvoice, is the same group that puts on Coachella and Stagecoach, so you know it’s up to snuff.

What makes Arroyo Seco stand out is that, instead of camping out in the desert with a bunch of other strangers, there are no overnights allowed on the golf course; attendees go home and rest up in their own beds. The food scene is also a hit, featuring some of Pasadena’s and Los Angeles’ best local chefs, and paired up with craft beer and wine.

This year’s top headliners are Neil Young & Promise of the Real, Jack White, Kings of Leon, and Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. The 2017 event had Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Mumford and Sons, Weezer, and Alabama Shakes at the helm.

General Information for Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018

  • What: Three stages of live music featuring top headliners and emerging artists, with local food and drink available on-site
  • When: June 23-24, 2018; rain or shine; venue opens at noon each day
  • Where: The Brookside Golf Course at the Rose Bowl, 1133 Rosemont Ave, Pasadena, California 91103
  • Website: www.arroyosecoweekend.com
  • Single day tickets start at $149
  • Full weekend passes start at $249
  • All ages welcome; children ages 10 and under are free
  • General car and bike parking is free; preferred parking passes are available for purchase
  • The festival is also accessible via LA’s Metro Rail

Other Attractions in Pasadena

There’s something for everyone in this city. You’ll find world renowned music and art, one-of-a-kind shopping experiences, and entertainment for all ages.

  • Old Pasadena: Pasadena’s original business district is now home to amazing shopping and dining opportunities. The historic Route 66 runs through the middle of this area, and folks will camp out along Colorado Boulevard for the Rose Parade every year.
  • Kidspace Children’s Museum: This family-friendly and kid-oriented museum is located right next to the Rose Bowl, and it features plenty of hands-on exhibits and activities to help kids learn about arts and science.
  • Norton Simon Museum: This art museum hosts an impressive collection of work done by Rembrandt, Monet and Renoir, among others. There is also a sculpture garden outside, decorated with trees, water features and gardens.
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory: This NASA lab was responsible for the Mars Pathfinder and Spirit rover’s mission to Mars, and it currently operates NASA’s Deep Space Network. About once a week, the lab is open to the public for guided tours of the facility. Tours are free, but they book up three weeks in advance so get your tickets now.
  • Looking for more things to do in Los Angeles? Check out our post on the top five things to do in L.A.

Food and Drink at Arroyo Seco Weekend 2018

Forget about street vendors and deep fried fair food; Arroyo Seco is also a gathering of some of the best food and drink companies in the Los Angeles area. Take a look at who’s dishing it up this year.

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