May 2016

SHOP TALK

Welcome new ShopTalk subscribers! 

Through the Windscreen

Ragtops & Roadsters Open House

Saturday, May 14  9a–4p

NEXT SATURDAY! SAVE THE DATE!

Please join us for our 22nd Annual “Spring Open House”. All British Car enthusiasts and friends are invited to tour our shop and meet our staff. We will have many cars in the restoration process to see here at our shop located at 203 South Fourth Street Perkasie, PA 18944. Scones, tea and coffee will be served in the morning and refreshments will be available throughout the day. Our street and car park will be open for all who bring their Sports Cars! We will also have a British Car “Autojumble” that’s new old stock and used vintage parts for sale. Our "Car Corral" will offer a variety of cars from show quality to project cars. No need to register, just stop by! For directions please visit our website at www.ragtops.com. After a short, not so snowy winter, we are really looking forward to some sunny weather and seeing all of our sports car friends again! If the weather looks questionable, please, call Saturday morning as we may move our event to Sunday, May 15, 2016 if necessary.

Imports at Carlisle

Friday, May 20-22, 2016

Adult Admission: Daily Fri.- Sat. $10 / Sun $7 / Event Pass $15
Gate Times: Thu.-Sat. 7am-6pm , Sun. 7am-3pm

A reinvented 30-year tradition now transcends all marques, scenes and styles, the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals features more than 2,000 show vehicles. Joining together the "Performance and Style" and "Import & Kit" shows will create a larger, more exciting and action-packed show experience. In addition to the aforementioned imports, this exciting new event welcomes domestics, kit cars, motorcycles and trucks as well. From around the world, see the top builds, restorations, clubs and brands. In addition to thousands of show cars, get your high-octane adrenaline rush with autocross, drifting, rolling exhaust competition, burnouts and more. Each year, cars flock to this east coast event and you don’t want to miss it!
 
Stop by our flea market exhibit on Friday to see a new project Mike will have on display. It's not British!

 

Online showfield registration is available now available for the event. If you'd prefer, registration is also available by calling the office at (717) 243-7855.

Cars & Motorcycles of England

Saturday, June 4

Cars and Motorcycles of England returns to the historic Oakbourne Mansion again in 2016, featuring an all-British marque judged motorcar and motorcycle Concours, and a nationally sanctioned Jaguar Concours d'Elegance. The combined show fields represent one of the largest British Motoring shows on the East Coast with over 250 cars and motorcycles. The show field opens at 8:30 AM and Judging begins at 10:00 AM. Prizes will be awarded beginning at 2:30 PM.

Delaware Valley Triumphs sponsors the All-British show. Our show field will include the following marques: Aston Martin, Austin, Austin Healey, Bentley, Daimler, Innocenti, Jaguar, Lancester, Lotus, MG, Mini, Morgan, Peerless, Rolls Royce, Rover, Sunbeam, and Triumph and all other British Marques. Motorcycles included BSA, Norton, and Triumph and more. In 2016 there will be 40 award classes for automobiles and four for motorcycles. Special awards will also be given for Diamond in the Rough, the Best of Show - Participants' Choice and the Best of Show - Judge's Choice. Please click of flyer for more information.

The Delaware Valley Jaguar Club also hosts the nationally sanctioned Concour d'Elegance. This is an opportunity to compete with and view some of the finest Jaguars on the East Coast, in both Champion and Driven Divisions. The 2015 show had nearly 100 entries, and included cars from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C. and North Carolina. Please visit the DVJC Club Website for more information on registering for the Concours d'Elegance.

Technicians Needed

Ragtops & Roadsters, specialists in the restoration and repair of classic British vehicles, is accepting applications for skilled technicians. We have recently celebrated 25 years in business, with a growing client base of repeat and new customers (and their cars!). The work we perform is constantly varied, and provides interesting projects and challenges year-round. Our reputation for top-quality work is built on the talent of our team, and we our seeking that same high level of excellence and work ethic in the candidates for this position.

Our ideal candidates will have recent experience in mechanical assembly, fitting, repair and tuning. Must have very good mechanical ability and knowledge of engines, suspension, steering and carburetors. Fabrication and interior fitting skills are desired but NOT REQUIRED. We offer both full-time and part-time opportunities for skilled technicians who possess:
  • Strong Mechanical Aptitude
  • Great Attitude
  • Well-stocked Toolbox
  • 5+ Years Professional Experience
Please contact the Shop Manager or any of our management staff here at Ragtops & Roadsters – by email at shopmanager@ragtops.com, by phone at 215-257-1202, or stop by and see us!

British Car Calendar of Events

5/7   Britfest 2011, Succasunna, NJ
5/7   21st Annual “The British are Coming!”, Lewes, DE
5/7   Cars & Coffee Bucks County Exotics, Doylestown, PA
5/7   Autocross Philadelphia Region of SCCA, Warminster, PA
5/14   22nd Annual Ragtops & Roadsters Spring Open House, Perkasie, PA
5/15   DVJ Jaguar Breakfast Social, Conshohocken, PA
5/19–5/21   AACA Eastern Division National Spring Meet, Vineland, NJ
5/20–5/22   Import and Kit Car National, Carlisle, PA
5/20–5/22   TVR “Out of the Woodwork” 2016, Carlisle, PA
5/22–5/27   New England 1000, Lake Placid, NY
5/28–6/5   British Car Week, Everywhere, USA
5/29   100th Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis, IN

Complete 2016 calendar PDF now available HERE!

We make our best attempt to provide a thorough and accurate listing of relevant events; however, changes in the details may not always be reflected in time. Please always double check the organizers website as you make your plans. 

In the Shop Now

1962 Lotus Super Seven 

This 1962 Lotus Super Seven is nearing completion. After repairing and re-skinning the original frame this Seven is about to hit the road again. The rebuilt Ford 1500 116E engine has been fired up and test run, the bare essentials of upholstery are fitted and we are now working out details such as the battery hold down, lights, hubcaps and final sorting. Look for this Lotus to flash its headlamps when it quickly catches you from behind on a twisty back road this summer!

In the Rearview

Pinehurst 2016..... A Taste of Southern Hospitality

by: Dave Hutchison, Ragtops & Roadsters, Operations Manager

We just returned from our first trip to a relatively new Concours in Pinehurst NC. Now in it’s fourth year, the Pinehurst Concours is quickly becoming one of the gems of the South. We arrived at the welcome reception at the Fairborn, a recently restored former horse barn, now the reception hall next to the Pinehurst Trotters Track. It's no secret that North Carolina is proud to be the home to twenty-five percent of our military forces, so with that in mind, the USO has been the benefactor of the Concours. Along with gracious southern hospitality, we were treated to a wonderful spirited all-female vocal performance by the USO Show Troupe from NYC. Later a very sobering first-hand account of an Iraq war veteran’s courage and struggle to rebuild his life after losing both legs in battle. Truly a remarkable young man, as he just completed the Boston Marathon with his "new" legs. It goes without saying, that this is a very worthy cause.

This Concours was held on Saturday unlike the majority we have attended over the years. The skies were overcast but the weather held throughout day to keep temperatures comfortable. We were on the field and set up by 8am and the judging was done before noon. Our class consisted of nine cars, or should I say eight cars and one remarkable, very rare (1 of 20 built by Zagato), 1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Berlinetta. Okay, so we know who is getting “First in Class” as the restoration was consistent with this car’s pedigree. Perfect inside and out.
About 100 cars comprised the thirteen classes that were displayed on what is known as America’s premier golf course. Not overwhelming at all, as the field was nicely arranged in circles and arches on the fine cut greens. Race cars, motorcycles, classics and sports cars including a 1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster, a 1958 Goggomobil formerly owned by Walter Cronkite, and the "original' Sunbeam Alpine, were all looking their best. Domestic classes and a special class for Corvette and Ferrari were included. The local Ferrari car club and others clubs came out to display about 200 cars in the "Club Parking" on the fairway. The mood was relaxed and casual and there was plenty of time to enjoy everyone's passion and share their part of car history. We were told that attendance was up from last year. The award ceremony was MC’d by Bill Rothemel who always does a great job. The sixth E-Type built won the Post War Open Car class and First in Class awards were awarded to each of the thirteen classes. Yes, as expected, and deservedly so, that stunning Maserati A6C took First in Class in Post War Closed Sportswear. We were very pleased to receive one of the two Pinehurst Awards for Al and Robin Anspaugh’s 1960 Triumph Italia 2000 GT. Recently featured on JustBritish.com, this collaborative effort, by both Ragtops & Roadsters and Pollock Auto Restoration, debuted last spring at Amelia Island where this special car earned an Amelia Award. That makes four awards for four Concours! Now off to the AACA Grand National in Williamsport, PA next month!
The Best in Show went to an absolutely over the top 1928 Issotta Fraschini 8ASS built in Italy with an Ostrich leather interior (certainly not politically correct today) and bodied by LeBaron here in the states. The current owner, Peter Boyle of Oil City, PA is now a two-time winner as he also won Best of Show at the inaugural Pinehurst Concours in 2013 with his 1938 Steyr 220 Roadster. This was a very well run Concours by an army of friendly volunteers and we strongly recommended this event! As we left, we paid compliments to the staff and were told "Weee're Tar Heels! We just don't stand around. We DO!" And so they did as we we had a great weekend with a very relaxed casual atmosphere. We will definitely return for more southern hospitality!

A Visit to Moss Motors... Petersburg, VA

We had the pleasure of a behind-the-scenes tour of the Moss Motors operation in Petersburg, VA recently. Since we order parts from Moss daily, I thought It would be a good idea to stop by and see their new (since 2008) facility. Their showroom has room for ten cars, one of which is the car the started it all, Al Moss's 1948 MGTC! Over the years, Moss has become the world's oldest and largest supplier of British sports car restoration parts and accessories and they now have lots of space to expand within their 112,000 square foot warehouse.
Also, this is where their staff keeps busy building custom interiors to replace what we have left out in the weather. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and I think I may have recognized some of the six digit numbers! Way back in their spacious showroom is Triumph Italia 2000 #256 that served as one of many sources of research that we studied to help along our next Italia 2000 restoration project! Thanks Harlan!
Ragtops & Roadsters is here to help out in the spring 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. We are now scheduling appointments in June / July, so it's not too soon to think about the upcoming driving season! 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.
Copyright © 2016 Ragtops & Roadsters, All rights reserved.