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11 - 13: Amelia Island
Concours in Amelia Island, FL
16-19: 12 Hours of Sebring,
25 - 28: JCNA Jaguar’s
“AGM” in Richmond, VA
26: Simeone Museum
“Tribute to Sebring,” Philadelphia, PA
- May 1: Classic Motorsports
“Mitty” in Braselton, GA
20 - 22: Concours de
Elegance of the Eastern United States at Skytop Lodge, Mt.
20 - 22: Import and Kit Car
National in Carlisle, PA
22-27: New England 1000,
New Paltz, NY
ProgressWe always have a number of interesting
projects going on in our shop. Take
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
As we have in the past, Ragtops &
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
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.
did make a trip to the home of Classic
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.
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
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
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
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
A Look Through
By Dave Hutchison
My personal favorite show of the year is the Amelia Island
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.
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
, 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
Our Spring Open House at Ragtops &
is one week earlier this year (before
), on Saturday, May 14. Save
those dates - we will get more information to you as it
See our calendar to the right for more information.
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
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
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
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
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
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
No job too big or small for the crew at Ragtops &
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SEMA Sets July 8 as
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