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February 2020

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In This Edition:

Through The Windscreen

2020 Philadelphia International Auto Show
February 8th - February 17th

More British, German and Italian classic cars and motorbikes than ever before! Tomorrow the 2020 Philadelphia International Auto Show will open to the public and it will be held once again at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. We here at Ragtops & Roadsters and Pollock Auto Restoration plan to be there on the red carpet to support the largest car club in the world, the  Antique Automobile Club of America. We have more square footage this year and we have over thirty AACA vehicles in our exhibit. The AACA Exhibit is located in Hall F Space F-4 near the Broad Street Entrance. The show kicks off with the Black Tie Gala on Friday night, February 7th and runs through President's Day Monday February 17th. Click HERE for more Auto Show information. Weekdays are the least crowded, so find a good pair of walking shoes, plan to come out to the show and make sure you stop by to see  "Philadelphia's Cavalcade of Fine Motorcars" at the AACA Exhibit.

Amelia Island Concours
March 5th - 8th

   It is that time again! We have been busy preparing for our annual pilgrimage to the Amelia Island Concours. This year, our journey will start early next month when we load onto our trailer the 1964 Triumph Italia 2000 GT Vignale #295 that will appear on the Concours show field on Sunday, March 8th.  This Italia 2000 GT is the third Italia that we have restored that has been invited to this annual prestigious Concours. As always this car has been a labor of love and a team effort with our sister shop Pollock Auto Restoration. Since completion, this Italia has been awarded 399 points (we have since found the additional point!) at the 2018 Vintage Triumph Register in La Crosse, WI and a First in Class at Concorso Italiano in Monterey, California. It has been fully sorted and runs very strong and our client is looking forward to driving his car on the “Porsche Driving Experience” on Friday. 

   We plan to attend the BonhamsGooding & Company and RM Sotheby's auctions and maybe more. For the past 25 years Bill Warner (Happy Silver Anniversary, Bill!) has invited many of our racing legends to serve as honoree for this incredible event. This year, we will see and hear from Roger Penske, the winner of the SCCA Driver of the Year in 1961. After retiring from driving a few years later, he created one of the most successful teams in IndyCar Series and NASCAR racing. The "Captain" has become known as the most successful owner in the Indianapolis 500 with 18 victories. We plan to attend two seminars: Penske Perfect Effort = Results and Team Penske - The Early Years on Friday and Saturday and I expect these seminars to be very informative and entertaining! 
The Cars & Coffee has become a very popular event on Saturday and has great support from local car clubs. Hopefully we will place the Italia on the show field Saturday later that afternoon. Stay tuned on Ragtops & Roadsters Facebook page for more updates. For full schedule of events click on Amelia Island Concours 

Ragtops & Roadsters  30th Anniversary Open House
May 16 th

Please join us for our 30th Anniversary Open House. All British Car enthusiasts and friends are invited to our shop, to meet our staff and see the many cars in the restoration process. We will have our famous scones in the morning and new this year, we will hold a rally from Pollock Auto Restoration to Ragtops & Roadsters.  More details to follow soon.  Our Car Coral will offer a variety of cars from show 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 looking forward to some sunny weather and seeing all of our sports car friends again!

British Car Calendar of Events

 

Reoccurring Events

2nd Tue   MG Club of Philadelphia Mtg., Blue Bell, PA
3rd Mon   Austin Healey Sport & Touring Club Mtg., North Wales, PA
3rd Tue   DVT Club GTR Mthly Mtg., North Wales, PA
3rd Sun   DVJ Breakfast Social, Spring House, PA
3rd Sun   Mugs & Morgans, Lumberville, PA
Every Sat   Katie's Cars and Coffee, Great Falls, VA

February Events

2/7 – 2/9   Atlantic City Car Show & Auction, Atlantic City, NJ
2/7   Philadelphia Auto Show Black Tie Gala, Philadelphia, PA
2/8 – 2/17   Philadelphia Auto Show, Philadelphia, PA
2/7 – 2/8   AACA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
2/20 – 2/22   British Motor Trade Association Convention , St Petersburg , FL
2/22   How to Make a Small Fortune in Cars , Philadelphia , PA

Coming Events

3/5 – 3/8   25th Amelia Island Concours, Amelia Island , FL
5/16   Ragtops & Roadsters Open House, Perkasie , PA

MGA Windscreen Frames Needed!

ATTENTION!

We are looking for MGA Windscreen frames in any condition
to build more Competition Windscreens. Please contact barb@pollockauto.com
 

Shop News

Motorcars Delivered... Ready for Driving!

by: Dave Hutchison

This 1962 Series II Lotus Elite is now home in a Lotus collection in New York State, resting after major differential mount strengthening. Look for this beautiful Elite at future Lotus events this spring; maybe on the track?
This locally owned 1966 MG Midget was put away a couple of years ago when the clutch failed. It came into the shop via rollback, we diagnosed and repaired the failed clutch hydraulics.  After a thorough safety check we repaired leaky rear brake cylinders, tuned the carbs and repaired the leaky exhaust system. Back on the road! 
This low-mileage, very rare 1935 Austin Seven "Ruby" Special was imported from Japan by its current owner in 2013. It is one of five built in the UK by metal worker, Dave Gregson. We just rebuilt the brakes, replaced the old fuel system, replaced body hardware, refinished the cylinder head, raised the driver seat to fit the driver, powder-coated the intake manifold and exhaust!
This Triumph TR 3A  has been sorted through and we repaired the vacuum advance, rebuilt the distributor, replaced the engine mounts and now it runs much better and smoother. The intermittent coil has been replaced along with the fuel pump. I am happy to report that this TR is back in this couple's garage waiting for warmer weather!

In the Rearview

The Best of Britain at The Simeone Foundation Museum
"British Racing at Le Mans" a month of British cars!

On Friday night Jan 3rd, the award-winning automotive historian John Nikas, author of Rule Britannia: "When British Sports Car Saved a Nation" presented an incredible talk as he brought alive the eighty-year history of Britain's triumphs and travails at the Circuit de la Sarthe at the Best of Britain Preview Party.

Fashion icon and noted collector Ralph Lauren sent two luminaries from his collection for the opening festivities: The 1929 Blower Bentley driven by Sir Henry "Tim" Birkin, leader of the Bentley Boys, and the 1955 'works' Jaguar D-type, one of only ten 'long nose' examples and the first fitted with mechanical petrol injection that ran Le Mans in 1957.
Michael Furman was in attendance, autographing and selling books in the same room where many of his glorious photographs were shot that appear in Rule Britannia. Over 200 enthusiasts came out on that rainy night and got their money’s worth with admission, healthy Philly Hoagies, pretzels, (sponsored by Ragtops & Roadsters), the two Lauren cars and not to mention John's fantastic talk! You could hear a pin drop as John told his incredibly detailed stories of the brave men and women that raced the 24 HR endurance race. Like we said...this was one not to be missed!
On Sunday Jan 25, was the first "Demo Day" for 2020 at the museum. Fred and Kevin had planned to run the Aston Martins, MG and more British iron outside but instead we stayed in and were treated to another historical presentation by Dr. Simeone as he bestowed us with his incredible knowledge of Le Mans! Also, Rick Adams, Director of Education at the museum gave an interesting talk about the D-Type and disc brake development. 
Ford Heacock at left, and his entire family flew up from Florida and gathered around his Sebring Sprite, to join us on British Car Club Day!  Ford just acquired another famous racer with very cool history... Maybe we will see that one the the Simeone Museum in the future?  Triumph Club Members from the Capital Triumph Register and Delaware Valley Triumph clubs gathered around the TRS that is headed to its new owner in California after the exhibition.

Restoration Project Update: 1963 Jaguar E-Type OTS

The matching numbers engine and the rear suspension sub-assembly have been faithfully rebuilt to concours standards here at Ragtops & Roadsters for a concours restoration of a 1963 E-type. Now the fun part begins, as we carefully build this opalescent silver grey  E-Type with a red interior to JCNA judging standards. 
Stay tuned! 
We are here to help out with winter / spring projects. Now is the time to take care of the deferred maintenance, restoration, preservation, and upgrade needs that are on your car's "to do" list! Click here to send an e-mail to dave@ragtops.com or just call us 215-257-1202 to schedule an appointment. We are currently scheduling appointments in March, so it's not too late to plan for repair or restoration work soon, so that you can be enjoying your classic in the spring!
On our website we have recently listed more of our client's British cars looking for new homes. Click on our For Sale page to see current listings. Click here to see NEW pictures of this very clean 1966 TRIUMPH TR4A IRS with Overdrive (asking price just reduced to $27,500) looking for a new garage!
Happy Motoring!
Dave & the Staff at Ragtops & Roadsters.
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