In This Issue
  • Through the Rearview Mirror
  • Through the Windscreen
  • Around the Shop
  • Great Resource from SEMA
  • Collector Car Appreciation Day

Readers' Gallery

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Calendar of Events
 
March
11 - 13: Amelia Island Concours in Amelia Island, FL 

16-19: 12 Hours of Sebring,   Sebring, Fla.

25 - 28: JCNA Jaguar’s “AGM” in Richmond, VA

26: Simeone Museum “Tribute to Sebring,”  Philadelphia, PA               
 
April
3: 12th Annual British Car Show, Williamsburg, VA   
                                           
9: Pollock Auto Restoration Spring Open House. Pottstown, PA            
 
28 - May 1: Classic Motorsports “Mitty” in Braselton, GA  

May

1: Brits on the Green, Alexandria, VA
                                           
7: Drive Your MGA Day
                                                            
7: The British are Coming! Lewes, DE
                                                                         
14: Ragtops & Roadsters Open House, Perkasie, PA  
                                        
14: 28th Annual British Motorcar Day, Rome, GA
                         
14-15: Saratoga Automobile Museum  Invitational, Saratoga Springs, NY
 
15: Haitian Earthquake Regularity Run, Quakertown, PA www.delvaltrs.org
 
 20 - 22: Concours de Elegance of the Eastern United States at Skytop Lodge, Mt. Pocono, PA

20 - 22: Import and Kit Car National in Carlisle, PA

22-27: New England 1000, New Paltz, NY


28 - June 5: British Car Week

29: 100th Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis, IN

June                              
4: Cars and Motorcycles of England in Westtown, PA


5-6: Greenwich Concours, Greenwich, CT
                                             
11-12: The Elegance at Hershey, Hershey, PA www.theeleganceathershey.com                                            
 

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March 11, 2011
 

A Look Through
the Rearview Mirror


By Dave Hutchison

As you probably know, February is a big month for car shows and trade shows. Typically, there’s not much to do outside, and that was especially true this year as Mother Nature kept the temperatures low and the snow frequent. 
 
The Auto Dealers Association reported stronger numbers for the 2011 Philadelphia International Auto Show for both overall attendance and the Black Tie Gala compared to the past couple of years.
 
As we have in the past, Ragtops & Roadsters supported the exhibit for the now revived “Concours of the Eastern United States” to be held this year at Skytop Lodge in the Poconos  on May 22.  I am told that next year the new convention center should be open and we should have the entire Philly Auto Show in one hall.  We should also expect to get some more square footage for more classics. Only time will tell! 
 
I cut my week in Philly short and flew to the 9th Annual British Motor Trade Association (BMTA)  Convention held in Daytona, Fla.  This year’s theme was “Fostering Communications,” so I prepared a presentation about the use of and impact Facebook in our industry for our fellow BMTA members.   
 
Some 40 representatives from “those in the business” gathered for a fast-paced, two-day convention.  From our meeting room we could hear NASCAR practicing for the 500; unfortunately, we never made it to the track.  

We did make a trip to the home of Classic Motorsports and Grassroots Motorsports in Ormond Beach for a great barbecue dinner and back again for a Cars & Coffee on Saturday morning. Tim Suddard and company brought together about 30 British cars while Tim McNair offered a very informative tech session on the fine art of detailing your classic car.
   
Many AACA members found themselves in downtown Philadelphia at the Sheraton during the second weekend in February for their annual convention. We brought the 1935 Hudson Terraplane from Pollock Auto Restoration to show off in the mezzanine ballroom.  Many AACA members enjoyed seeing this handsome car fresh out of restoration.
 
Both Friday and Saturday were packed with tech sessions. The convention ended on Saturday with a general meeting where new board members were elected into positions for the upcoming year. Again, attendance was up, as more than 1,150 AACA members (out of a total of 60,000 members nationwide) came to this year’s convention. 
 
On the third weekend in February, nearly 30,000 car enthusiasts (up by 20 percent) made the annual trip to Atlantic City for what is billed as the largest Classic Car Auction held in the northeast.  The auction at the Atlantic City Convention Center reported sales were up this year as more than 50 percent of the cars that crossed the block were sold.  
 
On Friday night, Worldwide Auctioneers brought the classics back to Atlantic City at the Taj Mahal. This was the first year that Worldwide held the “high end” auction and they did it with class, reporting that 53.7 percent (or 32) of the 60 classics that crossed the block sold that night. 
 
Worldwide set a high percentage of sales and high volume number with this inaugural event. The biggest dollar sale of the night was for a 1904 Thomas Flyer that brought $302,000. Right behind it was $280,000 paid for a former ACD and CCCA winner, a beautiful 1932 12-160A Auburn Boattail Speedster.   
 
At the other end of the spectrum, a 1972 Series III Jaguar OTS brought a fair price of $38,500  -- I am sure it is in need of some overlooked maintenance work. Originality was recognized as the hammer fell on an opalescent maroon 1967 Jaguar E-Type for $83,500 --  a very nice original car with only 9,600 miles that found a new home!
 
Overall prices are better as it is generally agreed that we have passed bottom as values seem to be nudging upward again.
 

  A Look Through
the Windscreen

 
By Dave Hutchison

My personal favorite show of the year is the Amelia Island Concours to be held this weekend (March 11-13). I am looking forward to see how Bill Warner and company bring together another fabulous field of cars.  
 
This year’s featured marque is Duesenberg. It has been reported that a rather large number of cars are expected to show. With Bobby Rahal as this year’s honoree and a talk by Brock Yates about the days of the Cannonball Run how can you go wrong? I expect give you a full report later this month. 
 
There is still time to get out and see “The Best of Britain” at the Simeone Foundation Museum in Philadelphia.  The show runs through March 13.
 
About 30 British sports and sports racers are part of this year’s exhibit, including one of the first of many celebrations this year of the 50th anniversary of the E-Type.  
 
Speaking of E-types, the Jaguar faithful will gather at The Virginia Crossing Resort in Richmond for the 53rd Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held March 24-27. Many activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the E-Type, including an expected large gathering of E-Types, are planned.  If you own a Jaguar E-Type you should definitely put this on your calendar!
 
On April 9, our sister shop, Pollock Auto Restoration, will hold its second annual Spring Open House and Shop Tour.  Come out to see our “new floor plan” and tour the shop, which is full of restoration projects underway.  
 
Our Spring Open House at Ragtops & Roadsters is one week earlier this year (before Import Carlisle), on Saturday, May 14. Save those dates - we will get more information to you as it becomes available.  
 
It’s also not too early to pre-register for Concours of the Eastern United States at Skytop on May 22 and the Cars and Motorcycles of England in Westtown on June 4.
 
See our calendar to the right for more information.
 

Around the Shop

You might ask what a 1974 Mini and a 1948 Bentley could have in common.  The answer is both had transmission/ gearbox problems when they arrived at our shop in Perkasie recently.

Mini
The Mini is owned by a soldier on active duty overseas.  It came to us after being damaged while being transported. It was reported that the transmission case was cracked and repaired. 

Unfortunately, after the repair, only reverse was functioning so we removed the engine and transmission so we could rebuild and reseal the transmission.  We are happy to report that all forward gears are now working, along with reverse.  We are now sorting though the car to make it a nice driver for the owner when he returns from overseas. 
 
Bentley
The 1948 Bentley Mk VI was bought in with a shuddering clutch and a bad rolling vibration at 40-50 mph.  After a closer examination, the clutch disc was found to have been oil soaked from a leaky oil pan from an earlier repair.  
 
We found, identified and repaired more oil leaks that were overlooked when the pan leak was repaired before the car came to us. We replaced the clutch disc with one that has stronger springs and, of course, new clutch material.  We also cleaned up and resealed the gearbox, and re-fitted to the engine.  

The driveshaft was found to have an improperly mounted u-joint and a loose center bearing.  After careful disassembly and correct reassembly, the drive train is smooth in operation and shows no sign of vibration.   
 
No job too big or small for the crew at Ragtops & Roadsters!
 

 
Great Resource from SEMA

Here’s a great resource for car enthusiasts… everything you need to register and title your hobby car in all 50 states.
 
The folks at SEMA have done a great job compiling definitions, laws, exemptions, and forms across the country. All you have to do is click on a state to get everything you need.



SEMA Sets July 8 as
"Collector Car Appreciation Day"

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) councils have announced July 8, 2011 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.”
 
The date marks the second commemoration in what will become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.  SEMA and its councils are now working to secure a Congressional resolution to recognize the day’s significance.  
 
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