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This is a web-based
calendar of British Motorsport Events for the
2010 driving season. We have included most major British Car
Marques and their websites. We suggest that you explore many
other events that are listed on each website. If we have
missed listing your event please let us know so we may include
it in our next calendar! Auctions, concours shows,
charity runs, local, regional, national shows, rallies,
vintage races, and even Sunday drives, are also
Works in Progress
have a number of interesting projects going on in our shop. Take
On Sunday, August 29, my wife, Peggy, and I attended the
25th "Day On The Farm" at a new venue - the beautiful home of
Bob and Joyce Byers. The Delaware Valley Region of the AACA
and the Olde Tyme Car Club put on this event, which benefits
the Salvation Army’s New Kroc Center in North
A beautiful day, lots of cool cars, a great setting, many
good friends, and all this fun supports a worthy
charity...life is good! There were lots of fabulous cars in
attendance and skilled musicians provided entertaining music.
Drinks were available at several locations about the expansive
grounds as well as homemade ice-cream made with a hit-and-miss
engine running the blender! Blooming Glen Caterers provided a
delicious meal and excellent service for everyone who enjoyed
lunch on the covered tennis courts.
Bob Byers' collection, housed in a new garage, was the
finishing touch for a wonderful social event that will
continue to be a highlight on my car show calendar.
Triumphs of all colors
line the cul de sac
at Dave Hutchison's house.
As usual, the Delaware Valley Triumph club held its
annual summer picnic.
"Where was it this year?" you may ask.
Oh yeah, it
was in my garage in late August. About 50 club members
showed for an afternoon of fun -- or at least I was told
they had a good time.
Parking always works out well as our home is on a
cul-de-sac. Nice to see everyone enjoy the live band we
had in the garage, thanks to some of my old school buddies who
brought their guitars and to Steve Grimsley for the drum kit
and sound system.
Sunday, September 12 began with a lot of green (rain)
on the weather map. Tow vehicles and trailers gathered
at the 100 Motorcars of Radnor with gloomy expectations.
Barb Plant, Mike Engard and I reported to the judges
meeting first thing.
After our meeting, the rain slowed and cars came out of
trailers. I judged the closed Sports Car class, a very
tight class with tough competition. A beautifully prepared
Goodwood Green 1960 Aston Martin DB 4 GT Lightweight (below)
won the class and the Debutant Award. It’s a truly
stunning car with a great story.
One of only six
factory lightweights, it was owned by Peter Linder, who raced
it in Europe for several years before he was killed in an
accident in an E-Type. Now, the car has been restored to the
original condition it was in when Linder received it as a
holiday gift in 1960.
1916 Biddle freshened by the crew at Pollock Auto Restorations
for the Boyertown Museum won the Veterans Award. A
beautiful 1932 Packard owned by Frank Buck went on to win a
well-deserved Best of Show as 88 cars made it to the field out
of 100 invited.
As always, the Radnor Concours continues to produce a
top shelf event, one not to be missed.
A Look Through
Go “Car Crazy” at the Elegance of Speed Automotive
Collectible and Memorabilia Show, October 16 and 17 at the Simeone Foundation
. The show will feature vendors offering
something for everyone from the most discerning collectors to
holiday shoppers looking for the perfect gifts for their car
lover(s). The show is free with museum
will be selling die cast cars, books, prints, literature,
models, antique toy cars and slot cars, art, videos,
photographs and historic objects. Signings are scheduled with
race car drivers and authors. Racers of all ages will have the
opportunity to rev their engines and compete on a large slot
car track provided by show co-sponsor Carrera, a leading
manufacturer of model slot car racing sets. On Sunday, a
radio-controlled model race car demonstration with some of the
hottest R/C cars in the region will take place on the back
The Simeone Foundation Museum, which is conveniently
located off I-95 in South Philadelphia, features 65 of the
world’s most famous race cars. Several cars that are popular
with model collectors - such as the Grand Sport Corvette,
Daytona Cobra Coupe and the ‘Hippie’ Porsche 917 - are
on display in the museum.
By Matthew Orendac
Senior Sales Executive, Eastern U.S.
You’ve just purchased the car of your dreams. Pop
quiz: What is both the last thing you want to deal with but
also the most important? That’s right, insurance – more
specifically, specialty insurance for your collector
What exactly is specialty insurance? Without the
boring textbook definition, simply think of it as a type of
insurance coverage specifically designed to provide the best
protection for your property – in this case, your vehicle. It
takes into account how your Collector Car is typically used,
what matters to you as the policy holder and, most
importantly, offers the true value of your car in case of a
More About Insurance for Your Speciality Car)
Shop With Care
When Looking for a
If you're an automobile enthusiast, you've probably
lusted after some special car for years. The recent economic
turmoil has demonstrated that while stock prices were falling,
classic automobiles held their own and, in some cases, even
went up in value. Here are a few common-sense tips to help you
have and hold the car of your dreams.
is the best time to shop for an old car. It's the time of year
when a lot of cars are changing hands, and the market is more
for the buyers than the sellers.
When shopping for classic and vintage cars, the local
newspaper is not the place to look. Pick up a copy of Hemmings Motor
or Sports Car
for listings and excellent advice. Car shows,
and club events are also great places to find classic cars.
The auction companies have regular events around the
Before buying check on the car's value in a price guide
such as the Standard Guide to Cars & Prices, NADA
Appraisal Guides or Hagerty’s "Cars That Matter." Even so,
have the car checked out by an experienced classic-car
appraiser or restoration shop. Such shops usually do a
complete inspection, including making sure numbers match, for
a few hundred dollars. Sometimes, only the experts will be
able to tell a poor restoration from a good