A Look BackBy Dave
The new "Doylestown at Dusk" was a major
success. With less than 100 cars pre-registered, somehow more
than 400 classic car owners from the area drove into town the
day of the show, creating a minor classic traffic back up.
Some cars had to wait for 45 minutes as more room was
made for the larger crowd than was originally expected.
The weather could not have been better for those who
turned out to stroll along quaint downtown Doylestown streets.
We saw many fellow Delaware Valley Triumph Club members
as they stopped by our exhibit. Vendors brought in food
and awards were presented around 10 p.m.
It was a good move from the hot days at the Heart of
Bucks shows to the downtown venue. I am told that the
organizers will be ready for the larger attendance next year.
We hope to see you there.
Cars lined up for the
"Doylestown at Dusk"
car show last month.
The weather was on our side this year as we enjoyed three
sun-filled days in Macungie, Pennsylvania for Das
Awkscht Fest. Ragtops & Roadsters (and Pollock
Auto Restoration) set up in our usual spot just off the show
field; we had quite a few of visitors throughout the weekend,
many of them to see the very nice 1948 Plymouth on display
under our tent.
There were hundreds of beautiful cars on
the field all three days, clear evidence that this area of the
state is well-populated with avid automobile
The flea market was full of vendors selling
all sorts of unusual parts and business seemed brisk.
this one on your calendar for 2011 -- August 5-7 -- as it is a
The New Hope Auto Show saw
a huge surge
in attendance this year.
The next weekend we attended the "new" New
Hope Auto Show. This year, the first-ever New
Hope Auto Show Rally was run the weekend before the show.
About two dozen vintage and modern cars enjoyed a nice
day and toured through Bucks County, ending at the Bowman's
Hill Tavern for a drink.
This year’s show attendance was up by 70 percent as some
7,500 spectators came through the gates! Over the
weekend, 460 cars were judged on the show field.
On Saturday, we were pleased to sponsor the ACD Class
First Place Award that went to Dick Wainwright for his
beautiful 1928 Packard. Clouds came in Sunday morning
but they it did not keep the cars away. Overflow show
fields not used in recent years were put into service.
First Place Award for the Jaguar Class went to Byran Edwards
for his 1974 Jaguar E-Type.
This show is back on track and is one not to missed next
The same weekend as New Hope, the Philadelphia region of
the Austin Healey Sports and Touring
Club hosted their annual “Encounter” this year at
Normandy Farms in Blue Bell, Montgomery County.
Ragtops & Roadsters shop Manager Rick Brodeur
attended and served as a Concours Judge. He reported
that venue was great and the attendance was up from last
Mr. Gordon Whitby served as guest speaker. As a former
regional service manager of Hambro, the U.S. distributer for
BMC, he spoke about the challenges of communicating the
American owner feedback to BMC in England. It is my
understanding that they are still sorting out some problems……I
know we are!
A Look Ahead
As the summer shows are now ending, its time to look
ahead to cooler fall events that, in my opinion, can be the
best of the year. The Grand Prix Festival
of Watkins Glen
(September 10-12) is always a
great weekend. The downtown ‘Friday Festival” culminates
with some of the vintage race cars driving down from the
racetrack onto Franklin Street in town. You get the
opportunity to get up close and talk to the drivers after a
day of qualifying. Racing on both Saturday and Sunday provides
a non-stop weekend.
The 100 Motorcars of
will be held on Sunday, September 12.
This year’s featured marque is Studebaker along with
Italian coach builder Pinninfarina. The Radnor Road Rally has
grown in participants and is held on Saturday this
If you have a British car, you owe it to yourself to make
the pilgrimage at least once to Stowe, Vermont for the “British
It’s the largest gathering of British
cars here in the states and is held on the third weekend of
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the “grand pobah”
of them all, the “AACA Fall
on October 6 through 9. It has the
largest auto flea market in the world! Look for us this
year on the Red Field at RCC-38.
The ABRR is on! Now in it's sixth
once again will be
held in three regions of the country. Founder and
Michigan ABRR organizer, Blake Discher, will have runs
originating in Alabama, Pennsylvania and Michigan on the
weekend of September 24-26.(Read
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