June 2015

SHOP TALK

Through the Windscreen

This year, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 driven by James Bond in the movie Goldfinger will make a rare appearance.  It will be very exciting to finally get a look at this car after five decades!  Shaken, not stirred!

The Elegance at Hershey

June 12th – 14th


We are all packed up and headed out to the Elegance at Hershey this weekend.  Look for our Ragtops & Roadsters and Pollock Auto Restoration exhibit in front of the Harvest at The Hotel Hershey Restaurant! This has quickly become one of the finest Concours in the country. Theses cars are hand picked, sometimes one of a kind! Tickets are still available!

Enclave "Healeys on Hallowed Ground"

July 19th – 24th

 
PictureRagtops & Roadsters is proud to sponsor Enclave 2015 in Gettysburg. Over 300 Healeys are expected to attend this celebration of two great Healey Clubs. Is your Healey ready for the big show? We hope to see you there!

America's British Reliability Run

October 16th – 18th

Since 2002, America’s British Reliability Run has raised over $150,000 for worthy children’s charities all over the US. We’re at it again in 2015! On the weekend of Oct 16-18, up to 40 classic British Cars will leave on a three day, 700 mile journey through the back roads of PA, NY and NJ to benefit the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Along the way, we’ll take in some of the best scenery the northeast has to offer at a time when fall colors should be near their peak. Watkins Glen, Seneca Lodge, Lake Seneca, Northeast Classic Car Museum, a tour of a private British Car collection and more! Each two person team is responsible for their own expenses and will solicit donations from family, friends and others with a goal of raising $500 each for the partner charity. We will show you how! ARE YOU UP FOR IT? Consider joining us as a participant, or sponsoring one of our teams with a tax deductible contribution. Space is limited! Make plans to get involved soon!

British Car Calendar of Events: June 2015

6/11–6/14   British Motorcar Festival, Bristol, RI
6/12–6/14   The “Elegance at Hershey”, Hershey, PA
6/13   “A Touch of England” Hermitage House, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
6/13   The Spaced Out Italian Car Show, Hellertown, PA
6/13–6/14   24 Hours of Le Mans, Le Mans, France
6/14   22nd Annual British Motorcar Gathering, Hellertown, PA
6/14   38th Ault Park Concours, Cincinnati, OH
6/16–6/19   41st Annual TRA National Meeting, Solomon's Island MD
6/19–6/20   Minis on Top, Mount Washington, NH
 6/19–6/21   MOG 45 Annual Morgan Car Club Meet, Gettysburg, PA
 6/20–6/28   Hemmings “The Great Race”, Fleetwood, MO
6/21   “Cats in the Garden IX” Jaguar Touring Club, Montclair, NJ
6/21   Eurocar British Car Festival, Cazenovia, NY
6/26–6/28   SVRA Vintage Grand Prix, Lexington, OH
6/27    “The Men Behind Ferrari”, Simeone Museum, Philadelphia, PA
6/27   Motorcars Under the Stars, Wilmington, DE
6/28   Concorso Ferrari & Friends, Hartford, CT

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Tech Tip

What’s Whit That?

by: Ragtops & Roadsters Shop Manager, David Jago 

 

Ragtops & Roadsters is working on the assembly of a 1954 MGTF, and we would be at our ‘whits end’ trying to put it all together if we didn’t know the trick— The MGT’s were built with a combination of hardware, and even though it may appear correct, even fit well, specific bolt types are used for specific portions of the car. The body uses Whitworth hardware, having a 55° thread angle, and requiring tools designed for those bolts. The engine, although similar to Whitworth hardware, actually uses French metric or ‘Nuffield Mad Metric’ hardware. These are metric threads (60° profile) with Whitworth heads, common in the XPAG/XPEG engines of the period. And, just to throw a spanner into the works, the axle hardware is unified fine thread a.k.a. UNF. Restorations like this can leave you scratching your head, so make contact with our team for expert guidance before you go ‘nuts.’

In the Rearview

Ragtops & Roadsters Spring Open House

Ragtops & Roadsters Spring Open House was a success despite morning gray skies. Larry Suglia stopped by with his three-wheeled Morgan and the Anspaughs were reunited with the original owners of Redcat, their 1971 Jaguar E-Type.

  

 

Kas Kastner Cup at Summit Point Motorsports Park

The Kas Kastner Cup at Summit Point Motorsports Park had a show and charity laps for us non-racers.


I followed Mike Wolf and fellow DVT members to the Summit Point Motorsports Park on Saturday morning. There we met about 50 fellow British car owners for a car show held by Country Roads Car Club. About two dozen Triumphs and the same number of MGs attended to support their respective marque and to enjoy a weekend of vintage racing. Ronnie Babbitt and his good friends Russ and Jordan Pierce debuted their beautiful Macua Spitfire having just finished the car the night before! This father-son team, with Ronnie's help and direction built this tribute car using and very rusty 1964 Spitfire abandon in the woods as a donor, paying homage to the Macau Spitfire prepared by Kas Kastner and raced back in 1965. Job well done!
 

Many of us signed up for "Charity Laps" It was my privilege to try to scare Mike Cook, as my tires squealed around a tight hairpin turn.  Mike was very disappointed to hear my tires were over 20 years old!

 
Racing was called off early than planned due to rain late on Saturday, but the feature race, the 13th Annual Kastner Cup race was eventually ran and won by Mark Wheatley in his TR-4 on Sunday morning after skies cleared.



This beautiful early Ice Blue TR 2 "Long door" (Yes that's Ice Blue) won a First Place in the MG-Triumph Show. A good weekend for TRIUMPH!


 

Cars & Motorcycles of England

Many recently orphaned British Cars were there looking for new owners.
The Cars and Motorcycles of England was well attend this year and weather could not have been better. The Delaware Valley Jaguar Concours had over 50 of the finest Jaguars in the area attend, with 40 cars subject to the scrutiny of the DVJ Judges. We were very pleased to have the 1946 Jaguar MK IV Saloon that we just mechanically sorted through after sitting for many years, and detailed, score over 99 points! Congratulations to the Polis Family for their win!



Karl and Lori Kritzer claimed the DVJ "Peoples Choice Award for their stunning early flat floor E-Type. Over 160 British Cars of all marques were on the east lawn!





 



Bob DeLucia and Kevin Baker presented DVT Members and DVJ Members, Al and Robin Anspaugh of Yardley, PA with a First Place Award for their beautiful 1960 Triumph Italia 2000.

 

Ragtops & Roadsters sponsored and Mike Engard presented the DVT "Peoples Choice Award" to Robert Hill for his 1954 MGTF Tribute Car built right here in America!

 

The People's Choice winning MGTF is a "Tribute Car" and are most commonly referred to as “Victor/MG TF-1800s.” In 1980 British Leyland, who owned the MG Brand, authorized Great Lakes Motor Cars of Rochester, NY to build 25 vehicles as a 25th Anniversary “Tribute” to the T-Series of MGs using all MG components. Robert's example shown here uses the running gear (1800cc engine, gearbox, rear, disk-brakes, suspension, instruments, seats, etc.) from a 1969 MGB placed on a custom chassis to accommodate the 1954 TF body. This is the last of the 25 created. Roughly 95% of the components are MG and are interchangeable with the original roadster and an appropriate TF VIN number was issued by British Leyland. The car is titled, registered and tagged as a 1954 MG TF. Of the original 25 created 4 were right-hand-drive and shipped to the UK. Who knew! Congratulations Robert!
Ragtops & Roadsters is here to help out over the summer driving season. Maybe it's time to take care of those maintenance, restoration, preservation, and upgrade needs on your car's wish list. Click here to send an e-mail to dave@ragtops.com or call us 215-257-1202 to schedule an appointment now. Click to see our Works In Progress page on our website. Also, we have recently listed more of our client's British cars looking for new homes, see current listings on our For Sale page.

Happy Motoring!
Dave & the Staff at Ragtops & Roadsters.
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