November 2016

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Through the Windscreen

Simeone Spirit of Competition

November 16th

We plan to attend this annual event. The “Spirit of Competition” is the theme of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum and the focus of our annual fundraiser. Each year a distinguished figure from motorsports is selected who has a specific inspirational message. This year we honor Peter Brock. On November 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm, Peter will receive the award at the Simeone Museum during a gala fundraising dinner.
Visit the Simeone Foundation website here for more details on this event and to explore the entire Simeon Collection and Museum events calendar.

Before We Put 'em Away Run

November 20th

Now open to all antique, classic and sports cars, we will make what could be the last run of the season. Rain or shine at 9 a.m. on Sunday, November 20, 2016, plan to meet at Ragtops & Roadsters 203 South Fourth St. Perkasie, PA for coffee, scones and a shop tour. Look over our new restoration projects, then we hit the road at 10 a.m. We will navigate the rural country roads of Bucks and Montgomery County and take the long scenic “different route” to our sister shop in Pottstown. We plan to arrive at Pollock Auto Restoration at 70 South Franklin St. Pottstown before noon. More new restoration projects will be on display. Lunch will be waiting for us and we can join the Fall Open House already in progress. Yes… That’s a fall drive and two shop tours all in one day! Limited space is available. Please contact Dave at 215.257.1202 or dave@ragtops.com to reserve your spot on this run!

Simeone Museum Seeks ACs for "Best of Britain"

Attention All AC Car Owners!

The Simeone Museum in Philadelphia is organizing an exhibition of AC Cars, that will be the museum’s annual "Best of Britain". We are looking for owners who might want to have their cars displayed inside this world renowned museum next winter. The Best of Britain, now in its sixth year, will host this display from February 18 through March 12, 2017.
 
If you have an AC Car built in Thames Ditton of any year, any model (in any condition) that can help tell the story of A.C. Cars Ltd. please contact us and submit a recent photo of the your car. We are looking for representative examples of each model from 1904 to present day.

Pete Rohrbacher
609.298.5329 home
p.rohrbacher@verizon.net

Dave Hutchison
215.527.1409 cell
dave@ragtops.com

                  

British Car Calendar of Events

Saturdays   Katie's Cars and Coffee, Great Falls, VA
11/19   Cars & Coffee, Bucks County Exotics, Doylestown, PA
11/15   Delaware Valley Triumphs GTR, North Wales, PA
11/20   “Before We Put em' Away Run”, Bucks/Montgomery Co., PA
11/20   DVJ Breakfast Social, Spring House, PA
11/21   Austin Healey Sports & Touring Club Monthly Meeting, Lansdale, PA
11/25–11/27   VRG Turkey Bowl XVIII, Summit Point, WV

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

by: Mike Sinback, Shop Manager

This 1953 flat rad Morgan +4 four seater just came into the shop. Lots of patina!  We will evaluate for mechanical restoration and get into our work queue this winter!  

In the Rearview

AACA Eastern Regional Hershey Fall Meet

We were very fortunate to have several nice days of weather at the AACA Fall Meet in HERSHEY this year.  We noticed a greater number of vendor spaces were vacant and the car corral had fewer cars than past years. Despite's a persistent light rain that moved in Saturday morning over 600 cars were still on site to be judged! 


Two previous owners of this very rare 1937 Railton Fairmile had a chance meeting at our tent at same time!  What are the odds?

"Art in Motion" at Monticello 

Moticello New York, once famous for circle track horse racing has put a new type of racing on the map! The Monticello Motorsports Club is a private motor club that features grand corners reminiscent of great European tracks with 22 turns including hairpins, increasing and decreasing radius with 450 feet of thrilling elevation changes! With over four miles and a variety of layouts, the course is capable of operating as three independent circuits that can run simultaneously. With so many configurations possible, it’s almost like coming to a new venue every time. The complex includes two separate pit facilities in addition to a skid pad area. The design is the first combined effort of Brian Redman, world-famous driving champion and winner of 77 races in 12 countries, and Bruce Hawkins, the preeminent architect of next-generation race tracks.
I have had the pleasure of several visits, most recently I received an invitation to "Art in Motion" a brand new premium Concours that was held on Oct 8-9th. The 1960 Triumph Italia 2000 we restored here at R&R was invited along with 96 former Concours winners that came in from as far away as California. MMC Director Paul Queally and his team did a fantastic job at hosting this event with only 90 days of planning! When was the last time you saw five Cunningham C3s together?
Roy Brod won First Concours with his beautiful Ferrari TDF and Bruce Canepa won First Place Racecar with one of best race cars ever built, a 1969 Porsche 917 #4 raced by Brian Redmond at Brands Hatch in 1970. This car is capable of speeds near 240 mph!
The whole event was a first class presentation; a tent was erected to hold the banquets, very impressive awards went to the owners of the cars on the Show field as were some of the best concours quality cars in the country. Congratulations go out to Al and Robin Anspaugh who took home yet another award as their Italia 2000 GT won the "Excellence in Class" of 11 motorcars in the "Automobiles of Great Britain".
At this time, I believe that a multi-day "Art in Motion" is planned for 2017 but it will again not be open to the public. After two private events, the word is that this could be one of the top Concours open to the public in 2018 after a new casino/resort Montreign, nearby opens! Currently there are no close proximity lodging and banquet facilities. If this comes true, you can be sure that we will be there!

A Summary of 
"Driving for Kids! The 2016 America's British Reliability Run"

An event synopsis by: Dave Hutchison, Operations Manager

On a bright sunny Friday morning about forty British cars including and their drivers gathered together at McKenzie’s Pub in West Chester, PA for the start of the 2016 America’s British Reliability Run...

Read the full event synopsis article that reveals this years award winning teams and tells the triumphant tales of the road of many, and the rougher road stories of a few, by visiting the Ragtops.com website here.

The 2016 ABRR participating teams are seen here during a photo opportunity on the Shennandoah Circuit at Summit Point Motorsports Park!

Sunoco Racing was again our prime sponsor as they provided enough gas cards this year to cover the entire run for each ABRR Team! Hagerty Insurance was once again behind us to support us with their Roadside Assistance Program. Pete Cosmides from Motorcar Garage provided hats for everyone and once again Mike Engard from Ragtops & Roadsters drove the R&R chase van and trailer with a loaner car for the "just in case". So, we were ready, right?

ABOVE: Teams apply their team decals and prep for the start line of the 2016 America's British Reliability Run. 

 

This year each ABRR Team drove 620 miles for a total of 23,560 miles covered in one weekend; and yes we had our challenges this year as several cars failed to proceed, but we left no one behind! In total we raised $35,538 for this year's chosen kid's charity, the Valley Youth House's (501c3) Synergy Project, a street outreach program for homeless kids from ages 12-21 living in Bucks, Lehigh, and Northamption counties!  Now that is what I call "Driving for Kids!"

ABOVE: A couple of kitty cats stretch their legs at a Sunoco fuel stop including a 1951 Jaguar MK VII sponsored by Ragtops & Roadsters that was recently mechanically restored to run the Great Race next June. This was to be their shakedown run for the saloon, as “Big Fat Grey Cat” was driven by Ragtops & Roadsters technicians, Eugene Toner and Ryan Hutchison.


BELOW: Sunoco Racing sponsorship provided fuel cards for everyone for the entire weekend!

ABOVE: The Birkin Boy's Super Seven team brought home some shots from the road.

 

BELOW: They Synergy Project Mobile Drop-In serves youth in the communities where they live and need assistance. ABRR teams got the low down from Synergy Project Reps.

ABRR awards were given to the top three fundraisers...

Read the full synopsis article on the Ragtops.com website that reveals this years award winning teams and tells the triumphant tales of the road of many, and the rougher road stories of a few.

Note:  You are invited to attend the BIG CHECK presentation at this years’ Before We Put em’ Away Run at Ragtops & Roadsters on Sunday morning November 20, 2016. Representatives from the Synergy Project and hopefully some ABRR Teams that ran this year will be on hand.  We are currently working on more ABRR events for 2017 that will include Colorado, New England and Virginia!  Please stay tuned and visit our website at www.britishreliability.org and like us on Facebook to hear announcements about future dates of America's British Reliability Run!

Ragtops & Roadsters is here to help out during the fall 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. We are now scheduling appointments in December and January. 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. Click here to see more pictures of this 1954 Austin Healer 100-4 BN 1!
Happy Motoring!
Dave & the Staff at Ragtops & Roadsters.
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