In This Issue
  • Through the Rearview Mirror
  • Through the Windscreen
  • ABBR
  • Our Readers Often Write
  • Three Ways to Come Through a Mid-Life Crisis
  • Helping Youngsters

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Mark Your Calendar

JULY

28-Aug. 1: 23rd Annual Z Car convention, Nashville, TN 

30-31: Roadster Factory Summer Party, Armagh, PA 

31: Doylestown at Dusk Car Show, Doylestown, PA

AUGUST

6-8: Das Awkscht Fest, Macungie, PA

7: 5th Annual Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car Show, Saratoga, NY

8: 3rd Annual Vanderbilt Cup Autocross, Garden City, NY

9: 6th Annual Pennypacker Mills British Car Day, Schwenksville, PA

11-15: Austin Healey Encounter 2010, Blue Bell, PA

14: "Under the Stars Car Show," Perkasie, PA

14-15: New Hope Auto Show, New Hope, PA

15: Pebble Beach Concours, Pebble Beach, CA

21-22: Mt. Equinox Hillclimb, Manchester, VT

22: Vanderbilt Invitational Concours, Centerport, LI, NY

22: 21st "A Taste of Britain" Polo Match, Rothsville, PA

22: UK Car Day, Rochester, NY

29: Day on the Farm, DVC AACA, Worcester, PA

This is a web-based calendar of British Motorsport Events for the 2010 driving season. We have included most major British Car Marques and their websites. We suggest that you explore many other events that are listed on each website.  If we have missed listing your event please let us know so we may include it in our next calendar!  Auctions, concours shows, charity runs, local, regional, national shows, rallies, vintage races, and even Sunday drives, are also listed. 


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Perkasie, Pa 18944
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July 2010
 

A Look Back
Through the Rearview Mirror


By Dave Hutchison

As summer is upon us, I have found that the heat drives many shows to the spring and fall.  That being said, there are the still the "standards" that will always be on the calendar.

LeMans
This year, I was fortunate enough to attend the 24 Hours of LeMans with some local Philadelphia area Morgan club members on their annual pilgrimage.  Having been on my car guy bucket list, this was one of the most truly memorable events I have ever attended. Click for a photo.

This year, the Circuit de Sarthe celebrated the 40th anniversary of the making of the movie Lemans and the 50th year for Corvette.  The weather was great, the track was spectacular and the food and people were great!

Oh, and racing was "world class" as Peugeot battled Audi and, much to the dismay of the French, Audi triumphed.
I highly recommend a trip to Lemans and I am planning to return to attend the bi-annual Classic LeMans in July 2012.
 
We also attended the “La Bella Macchine d' Italia” held every year on the last weekend in July at Skytop Lodge in the Poconos.  This show is the third largest Italian motoring event in North America as it brings out many contemporary Italian super cars as well as a vintage street and race cars.  The venue is beautiful and cars and the people to say the least are very colorful.  It is always a great day. Here's a photo of Alfa's from the 70s.

  A Look Ahead
Through the Windscreen

On Saturday, July 31, we plan to support and attend the new “Doylestown at Dusk “ show, formerly known as the “Heart of Bucks.”  This show has now moved to the evening hours in the downtown area.  I am sure with their long history that the new show will be a big success. Entry forms are available on their website.
 
As always, we also plan to support and attend the New Hope Auto Show, held this year on August 14-15 at the New Hope-Solebury High School.  For the first time, the show will include Road Rally through Bucks County!  Here’s your chance to take a first-place trophy at the New Hope Automobile Show no matter what car you drive!  Visit the website to see more information about the rally and which day to pre-register your show car.  Look for our Pollock/Ragtops tent at the end of the parking lot.

America's British
Reliability Run 2010

The ABRR is on!  Now in it's sixth year, ABBR once again will be held in three regions of the country.  Founder and Michigan ABRR organizer, Blake Discher, will have runs originating in Alabama, Pennsylvania and Michigan on the weekend of September 24-26.
(Read the Full Story)

Our Readers Often Write…

By Joe and Pat Marchione
On May 15-16, I was fortunate enough to attend Saratoga Springs Spring Auto Show and Invitational. I had heard from my sister Connie and my brother-in-law Fred, who had been to Saratoga Springs for Morgan events, that this was a beautiful venue for a car show.
They were right! The show field features a reflecting pool, which is surrounded by the invitational concours automobiles, beautiful park grounds and the Saratoga Springs auto museum.
(Read the Full Story)

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"Rick, I just wanted to let you and your R&R colleagues know how well my Austin Healey is doing after spending the winter with you. I am particularly enjoying the new aural sensations: on the plus side, the new radio/MP3 sound is a great improvement and on the eliminating a negative side (a plus), I didn’t realize how bad the window rattles > were until they went away.
Thanks for suggesting that the rattles could be eliminated: what a difference! Mechanically, the car has never been better: it is a joy to drive. I’m looking forward to a great summer.
Thanks.
Bob (Robert C. Atkinson)
E-mail: rca53@columbia.edu
alt: bob@robertcatkinson.com/

Three Ways to Survive
a Mid-Life Crisis

Three Jags

Jaguar E-Types have been brought to our Ragtops & Roadsters shop in Perkasie, Pa. for restoration.  All have long time, passionate owners yet they were all put away differently and came to use in varying conditions.
(Read the Full Story)


Hosting Youngsters 

YAS Students

For the second year in a row, Ragtops & Roadsters and Pollock Auto Restoration collaborated with the Youth Services Agency by inviting youngsters from area alternative schools to come for tours of both shops to see the different areas available for job opportunities.

Photo Album

We are hoping to inspire these young students to find an area in the automotive business they may be interested in. The tour gives these students a view of two different shops.

Ragtops & Roadsters focuses mainly on the mechanical/restoration side of European vehicles. Pollock Auto Restoration, which has a paint and metal shop, focuses mostly on American Classics, Vintage, Antique and Brass Era Automobiles.

When students visit Pollock Auto Restoration, our metal technician, Dorian Custodia, gives each student the opportunity to see how to manipulate a straight piece of metal by using some of the machines, forming hammers and dollies.

"Everyone has to start somewhere," said Mike Engard, who owns both shops. "My first venture into the car business was sweeping the floors at Buzz Marcus Enterprises back in 1974. Our hope is that one of the tours will spark an interest either in the mechanical, metal, paint or upholstery side of the automotive industry and guide these young people to a bright and productive adulthood."