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March 2020

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Through The Windscreen

Amelia Island Concours
March 5th - 8th

We have been busy preparing for our annual pilgrimage to the Amelia Island Concours. This year, our journey will start early on Tuesday when we load onto our trailer the 1964 Triumph Italia 2000 GT Vignale #295 that was invited to 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 399.5 points (we have since found the half point) at the 2018 Vintage Triumph Register in LaCrosse, WI and a First in Class at Concorso Italiano in Monterrey, California. It has been fully sorted and runs strong and our client is looking forward to driving his car on the “Porsche Driving Experience” on Friday.
We also 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 in the early sixties, 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. We will place the Italia on the show field Saturday later that afternoon. Stay tuned on Ragtops & Roadsters Facebook page for more updates as they happen. For full schedule of events click on Amelia Island Concours.

Ragtops & Roadsters  Spring Open House
30th Anniversary
May 16th 10AM - 4 PM

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 our sister shop Pollock Auto Restoration to Ragtops & Roadsters.  More details to follow soon. Our Car Corral 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!

Cars & Motorcycles of England
Hope Lodge, Fort Washington, Pa

June 6th
An All British marque concours with judged cars and motorcycles, and a nationally sanctioned JCNA Concours d'Elegance, will be held at historic Hope Lodge in Fort Washington, PA. The combined show fields represent one of the largest British Motoring shows on the East Coast with over 250 cars and motorcycles participating in the last five years. The show field opens at 8:30 AM and judging starts at 10:00 AM. Prizes will be awarded beginning at approximately 2:30 PM. There will be a car corral and British Car related vendors.  Craft Beer and food will be available. Click here to register online today!

America's British Reliability Run 
Octtober 16th - 18th

SAVE THE DATE! The PA based ABRR is running again this fall on 10/16-10/18.  We are in the planning stages at this time, but we can tell you that we will be running a "cloverleaf style" run,where we plan on staying at the same hotel (in the Gettysburg area) and we will run three loops back to our host hotel. Other ABRR Chapters have done this over the years and found it to be a lot of fun with no packing and unpacking each day. Our runs are planned down south on the great back roads of Maryland and West Virginia.  We will be visiting the Summit Point Motorsports Park and we are working on a couple of surprises, too! We are running for the kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children again this year to support their efforts to treat kids with scoliosis. Keep an eye on our PA website for more details.  We plan to open registration on 6/6/20 at the Cars & Motorcycles of England Car Show.

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

March Events

3/1 – 3/5   Orange Blossom Tour, Amelia Island, FL
3/5 – 3/8   25th Amelia Island Concours , Amelia Island , FL
3/14   PALS Lotus Winter Stress Reliever, Bethel, PA
3/28   Simeone Museum "The 12 Hours of Sebring” , Philadelphia, PA
3/18 – 3/21   12 HRS of Sebring, Sebring, FL
3/19 – 3/22   JCNA Jaguar’s “AGM”, Las Vegas, NV

Coming Events

5/16   Ragtops & Roadsters Open House, Perkasie , PA

MGA Windscreen Frames For Sale!

ATTENTION!

We have completely rebuilt MGA Windscreen frames for 1500, 1600 and  Competition Windscreens. Please contact barb@pollockauto.com
 

Shop News

Motorcars Delivered... Ready for Spring Driving!

by: Dave Hutchison

This locally owned 1974 Triumph TR6 returned to have us repair broken differential pins that we identified on an earlier visit. We repaired and strengthened the pins and installed new bushings, resealed the differential and replace the sloppy half shafts. We also replaced a bent steering rack. He is back on the road ready for spring! 
This beautiful 1952 MGTD came in to have the bonnet alignment improved.  After repairing a  bent radiator stay bar, the gaps now look very good.  We also repaired doors so they catch on the second latch and replaced a bad radiator hose. After further sorting, the car is now home. Look for this car to be driven on the 2020 ABRR! 
This 1994 Land Rover Defender was thought to have a bad clutch. After a full safety check, we diagnosed and replaced all the leaking clutch hydraulics, and replaced the badly corroded skid plate with a new galvanized one. After installing a battery cut-off switch and replacing the original spark plugs, our client is now on and off the road again!

In the Rearview

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

The Philadelphia International Auto Show has been open to the public since 1904 and it is one of the oldest cars show in the states. Once again it was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and we here at Ragtops & Roadsters and Pollock Auto Restoration were there on the red carpet to support the largest car club in the world, the  Antique Automobile Club of America. We had more square footage this year, nearly a quarter acre and we displayed 32 AACA show cars that consisted of 23 cars and 9 motorcycles, in our exhibit.
More British, German and Italian classic cars and motorbikes than ever before! An army of nearly 50 volunteers stood watch over the AACA Exhibit for the entire 112 hours of the show and we signed up 50 new AACA members. We kicked off the event with the Black Tie Gala on Friday night and nearly 5000 attendees brought in $500,000 for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia!
It was our pleasure to "poison some young minds" as we answered questions about the classic car hobby! A BIG THANKS to my fellow Delaware Triumph Club Members for putting in so many hours this year!  The over all attendance for the entire week was a little less than last year at 244,912, but it was still the sixth largest show in recent years. Next years' date has been set so that there is no competition with Chicago or Miami and with other national shows. The 2021 dates will be 1/16/21 through 1/24/21.  Andrea Simpson, the Auto Show's  Director of PR and Communication said, "The earlier date was selected so we have a better chance to see debuts of new car launches and more prototypes on the show floor. We expect some new changes in 2021 and we are looking forward to next year!" We also look forward to being there with the AACA exhibit.
We are here to help out with 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 late April, so it's not too late to plan for repair or restoration work soon, so that you can be enjoying your classic in 2020!

Looking For a New Garage

1966 MGB Roadster
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 more pictures of this very clean 1966 MGB Roadster with Overdrive (Asking Price Just Reduced to $26,000) looking for a new garage! This well restored MGB was restored with a bare metal respray about 15 years ago by a fastidious English engineer who lived in Canada. Driven only just enough to stay healthy in dry weather and the odometer shows just shy of 19,000 miles since restoration. This car is in excellent shape as it runs cool, shows good oil pressure and drives like new. Ragtops & Roadsters has looked after mechanical maintenance for the last several years and this roadster is guaranteed to pass PA State Inspection. Equipped with Retrosound radio, leather seats, custom steering wheel and shift knob, which were installed at restoration. Bright work is good, with no nicks, dings, chips or scratches in paint. Soft top, full tonneau, restoration photos, spare keys and books included. Contact Dave@ragtops.com or call 215.527.1409
Happy Motoring!
Dave & the Staff at Ragtops & Roadsters.
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