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November 2019

SHOP TALK

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In This Edition:

Through The Windscreen

"Before We Put 'em Away Run" Ragtops & Roadsters Perkasie, PA

Sunday November 24th  (PLEASE RSVP)
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, morning November 24. Plan to meet at Ragtops & Roadsters 203 South Fourth St. Perkasie, PA 18944 for coffee, scones and a shop tour. Look over our current 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 scenic “different and longer route” to our sister shop in Pottstown. We plan to arrive at Pollock Auto Restoration at 70 South Franklin St. Pottstown, before noon. Lunch will be waiting for us and we can join the Fall Open House already in progress. More new restoration projects will be on display.
Yes… That is a fall drive and two shop tours with food 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!

Best of Britain Simeone Museum "British Racing at LeMans"

January 4th- Feb 2nd
Since the dawn of motoring, Britain has built, competed and won with some of the most successful endurance racecars in the world. This year we are celebrating these wonderful machines at the 2020 “Best of Britain” exhibit at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, which will run for a full month from 1/4/2020 to 2/2/2020.
This is a call to action: Do you know of a British-built racecar that ran at LeMans or was a team back-up car that went to the famous French circuit, please contact the museum to share the information about the car. We just got word that Ralph Lauren will be sending two of his special cars that ran LeMans!  This will be an exhibition to remember! Please submit your car here.or contact Chris Webb  at 215.365.7233.

Car Club Holiday Parties

December through January
Now that most, if not all of the northeast driving events are in our rear view mirror, it is time to enjoy the holidays and support your local vintage car clubs. The club holiday parties will start in December and run through the end of January. This is a good time to join a club, come out and make new friends with common interests, and reconnect with some old friends. No need to bring your classic, just come out and enjoy the day. Look for the Holiday Party listings in the December ShopTalk.

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


November Events

11/24   “Before We Put em' Away Run”, Perkasie, PA
11/23 – 11/24   24th Annual VRG Turkey Bowl , Summit Point, WV

 

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 Fall Driving!

by: Dave Hutchison

We have serviced this 1975 TR 6 since 2002. Life got busy in 2013 and we didn't see this TR for a while. He had thoughts of selling the car and getting another but he approved a safety check to see what was needed and the decision was made to stay the course and catch up on the deferred maintenance which now has him smiling and driving again!
This 1960 Triumph TR3 a is a very straight rust-free survivor that was hidden away in a warehouse in NY. It spent most of its life in Texas and came to NY from an estate sale last year when the current, very passionate owner acquired the car. Bit by bit, we have made repairs for safety and reliability and he just recently discovered that he has a heater fan!  He reported having a warm ride home!
Fifty years ago "Lillibet" was a brand new 1969 Triumph TR 6! The original owner put about 35K on the clock and then the 2nd owner let it mostly sit idle since 1991, until the 3rd owner had us exhume it from a small damp garage in Philadelphia last summer. The seized engine was rebuilt, with all new brakes and suspension rubber and this proud owner is really starting to enjoy the power and torque of a fresh TR 6 engine!
Early in October, we received the news that the owner applied to the Classic Car Club of America for "Full Classic" recognition for his 1937 Railton Fairmile Three Position Drophead Coupe. We took the Railton to Hershey in October where it won an AACA First Senior, then back in the trailer and off to the Hunt Country Classic  in Middleburg, VA the very next day.
This Hudson powered straight-eight, with the handsome Coachcraft body built in London England, drew a lot of attention throughout the day and we were fortunate to make a young man smile!  The car also won a First in Class!  Back in the trailer and off to Germantown, Tennessee for delivery to its longtime owner, where upon receipt of this fine motor car, he also smiled!  We are pleased to report that he has driven the motorcar several times, once  to a local British car show and now his buddies really believe he owns this very rare classic car!

In the Rearview

Classics at Brantwyn

by: Dave Hutchison

This year, the Classics at Brantwyn brought in 35 historic automobiles from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. This is not your typical car show. It has been described as a great social event and party that happens to have some magnificent automobiles on display. Held on the exquisite grounds of the Brantwyn Estate (formerly a DuPont family residence), the event features an open bar, gourmet brunch catered by the DuPont Country Club, and musical entertainment. All of the motorcars entered the estate down the long driveway in the Grand Parade as Event Chair, Paul Merluzzi was masterful at bringing to life the car's history and ownership stories while introducing each car as they drove past the attendees.
The owners of the 1938 SS 100 Jaguar and the 1960 Triumph Italia 2000 GT that we restored over the years were invited and they reported that had a great brunch and a very relaxing enjoyable day.
Bob Russo brought the well known 1971 Chevron B19 raced by Brian Redman and later by Bertil Roos. With decades of successful racing history.this great racecar made an appearance that woke up the crowd! Mike Tate and son Gary looking on as they scrutinizing a Jaguar MK II as it was reviewed by attendees.
Cathy Taylor and Dave Ventura brought a very nice Jaguar MKIX along with a fabulous tailgate display including Jaguar china! Alex and Terri brought their 1922 Sequeville Hoyua known to be the only one in existence here in the states. Greg Landrey brought the Rolls Royce Phantom "Pall Mall" from the WIntethur  collection. It was a homecoming for the American-built Pall Mall that had been in the duPont-Lunger family since it was ordered by Philip Francis and Elizabeth Braxton duPont in 1926 and delivered in 1927. It has been in operation ever since and most recently registered by David Lunger, grandson of Philip. It may be the only Phantom to have remained in the same family for so long. The car was moved from its home in Fairville to Winterthur in 2014 because Winterthur could provide suitable storage and has the knowledge to preserve it. David gifted the car to Winterthur in December 2018.

AACA Fall Hershey 

by: Dave Hutchison and Kim Speice

Hershey Antique Auto week is always held the week after Fall Carlisle so many of the vendors leave from there and go directly to Hershey to begin set up once again. It is known as the largest show and swap meet in the country with over 9000 vendor spaces Pollock Auto Restoration & Ragtops & Roadsters had a display tent set up at CY 42-45 on the Chocolate Field. 
This year we had the 1937 Railton Fairmile, a 1938 SS 100 Jaguar, a 1912 Ford Model T Torpedo and a 1937 Hudson Terraplane on display.  Both the Railton and the SS 100 went on the show field on Saturday and won First place awards!
The inside of our new tent was nice and bright to show off the talent of our crews at PAR and R&R. All four cars drew lots of interested enthusiasts into our multi-media display.
All dressed up in period attire this young lady really took a liking to the SS100 as owners Garance and Chris enjoyed the experience. 
A couple of TRs caught my eye in the HPOF Class (Historic Preservation of Original Features)  The 1956 TR3 owned by Ronald Gordon from Monrovia MD had an ORIGINAL leather interior that was in fantastic condition given it is 63 years old!  
The 1974 TR6 owned by Gary Bossert from Far Hills, NJ was purchased off the showroom floor by his father and this TR still wears its original Pimento paint and the interior and under bonnet were in near original condition!  Call me if you have an original trim ring for Gary.  
This custom cut-down and shortened one-off Corvair caught my eye as he came past our tent. The car corral was almost full but not a lot of buyers this year. This S II E-type did not sell at 76K. The weather actually cooperated with us for the entire week with mild autumn-like temperatures. Next year, the  AACA Fall Meet in Hershey is scheduled for October 7-10th, 2020.

Hunt Country Classic  Middleburg, VA

by: Dave Hutchison

In October the vista is an artist's palette of breath-taking color. This was the setting for the MG Car Club, Washington, D.C. Centre's Hunt Country Classic British Vehicle Show. About 225 British cars and their owners gathered  to enjoy the day.

On my way to Tennessee I showed the Railton at this show. I have never attended before as it is always on Fall Hershey weekend.  Nestled midway between historic Marshall, and lovely Middleburg, deep in the rolling hills of Virginia's incomparable Hunt Country, lies Willoughby Farm, home of our host, Barbara Scott. This event is held on the family farm of the late Bill Scott who owned the Summit Point Motorsport Park.

Local collector, Robert Morris had several cars on the field including the Queens Special Car, a 1933 MG L-Type Special and the the 1952 Allard K2 that won 'Best in Show" at the Britain on the Green last year in Gunston, VA. Not only great cars graced the lawns, but there was entertainment for everyone, from apple pressing for the kids, to hayrides for all to round out the day! Scottish bagpipes was provided by the Alexandria Pipers. 

All of the first place winners from last year were automatically entered in the prestigious Prince of Wales class. There they were judged, and the "best of the best" a 1935 Rover Saloon 10 won the coveted Prince of Wales award.
Maybe it was the skis on the roof or the year it was born, but I really liked this 1953 Jaguar XK 120 FHC shown by David Esch from Bethesda Md. It was great to see so many Lotus cars and our friend Robert Collum, a fellow Seven driver and an ABRR participant over the years!  This was a great local show and I met some old friends and made some new ones!  I can highly recommend this event and I hope to return!
We are here to help out with fall / winter 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 November through the winter, so it's not too late to plan for repair or restoration work soon, so that you can still enjoy driving your classic!
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 nice 1974 Lotus Europa (asking price just reduced to $29,999) looking for a new garage!
Happy Motoring!
Dave & the Staff at Ragtops & Roadsters.
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