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October 2019

SHOP TALK

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In This Edition:

Through The Windscreen

The Classics at Brantwyn Wilmington, DE

 

Oct  6th

Tomorrow! the Classics at Brantwyn is an event centered on beautiful and historic automobiles from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. It is not your typical car show – rather we describe it 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 along with the magnificent cars. Tickets are available.

AACA  Fall Meet Hershey PA

 

Oct  9th - 12th

Stop by and see us on the Chocolate Field at CY 42-45 at Fall Hershey which is the largest antique automobile show and flea market in the United States. We will have our double tent again this year so we have four cars on display from Ragtops & Roadsters and Pollock Auto Restoration. The AACA Eastern Division National Fall Meet at Hershey consists of over 9,000 flea market spaces, over 1,000 car corral spaces, and approximately 1,500 show cars. Each year the show attracts visitors from all over the States and many countries throughout the world.

Some of the most unusual cars and parts can be found at Hershey. If you love antique cars, Hershey is the place to be this fall! Hopefully the weather holds out so plan to come out and stop by our tent on the Chocolate Field at CY 42-45. Look for the Union Jack and the American Flags! Admission is free and don't forget to wear a good pair of walking shoes!

Before We Put 'em Away Run

November 24th
Now 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 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 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 Cars that ran LeMans"

January 18th- 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 from January 18 to February 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 but never turned a wheel in competition, please contact the museum to share the information about the car. Please contact Chris@simeonemuseum.org or at 215.365.7233 to submit your car.

The Elegance at Hershey...  On Hold for now.... stay tuned

Every June
We heard the sad news recently that the Elegance at Hershey will not be held in 2020.  Over nine years the Rich family and the Elegance Board have created one of the finest concours in the country.  Most importantly, they have donated well over $1,000,000 to JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and other charities.  The friendships, camaraderie, challenges and successes has made the Elegance one of the finest events that we have supported over the years. The Elegance board and the Rich Family have decided to take a hiatus in 2020 but will keep us informed as to any potential future plans.  This show made a difference, provided us with a lot of enjoyment and proved to the car collector world that big is not always better!  This show will be missed in 2020...fingers crossed for the future.

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

October Events

10/3 – 10/6   Triumph TR 6 Pack Trials, St Louis, MO
10/5   Autumn Leaf British Car and Bike Show, Bethlehem, PA
10/6 – 10/11   2019 VTR Vintage Triumph Register National, Dripping Springs , TX
10/6 – 10/7   Morphy Automobila & Petrolania Auction, Denver, PA
10/6   Classics at Brantwynn, Wilmington, DE
10/7   Bonham’s Preserving the Automobile Simeone Museum, Philadelphia, PA
10/9 – 10/12   AACA Eastern Fall Meet, Hershey, PA
10/12   British Car and Bike Show, Lahaska, PA
10/13   24th Annual Hunt Country Classic, Middleburg, VA
10/19–10/20   Atlanta Concours d’Elegance, Atlanta, GA
10/19   24th Euro Auto Festival, Greenville , SC
10/24 – 11/3   Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance, Hilton Head, SC

 

ATTENTION!

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

Shop News

Railton Fairmile Update

by: Dave Hutchison

This week, we just 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. The CCCA voted to accept this car as a full classic and this acceptance could lead to the CCCA recognizing the nearly 1100 Railtons built over the years.
Between 1933 to 1940 at least seven different English coachbuilders were used by Railton, these included: John Charles Ranalah, R.E.A.L, Carbodies and this Three Position Drophead Coupe was built by Coachcraft in Surrey on Hudson Terraplane running gear. It is good to see these fine classics get the attention they deserve. This was an in depth frame-up restoration done by both teams at Ragtops & Roadsters and Pollock Auto Restoration. Next week this "Full Classic ®" will be at the Fall Hershey Meet to hopefully earn an AACA  "First Senior"! 

Motorcars Delivered... Ready for Fall Driving!

by: Dave Hutchison

We have cared for this 1977 MGB for several years. After a thorough safety check, we repaired the brakes, fixed the turn signals and back up lights and basically chased the Prince of Darkness away (for now). After some driving, the current owner has decided to offer this entry level LBC to a new owner!  Any takers?
This 1967 Jaguar E-Type has been in the family for many years. Now in the care of the very passionate second generation owner, it was determined that quite a good deal of deferred maintenance needed to be addressed.  We removed the engine, replaced the clutch, freshened the engine bay and this cat was fully sorted, delivered and completed over 500 miles the ABRR!  The owner reported fun!
This bumper delete 1973 Triumph TR 6 was restored to a "boy racer" look which pays homage to the very first TR 6 designed by Michelotti with round tail lamps! We replaced the failed fuel pressure regulator, (to lower pressure) fabricated a custom carb linkage and re-jetted the triple Webers so this TR will push you into the back of the seat! It was reported by the owner that "It's a different car!"
After a recent purchase the new owner brought this very nice TR 250 into our shop to diagnose a no start condition. He also asked us to inspect the car to see what it needs.  After a thorough inspection we found that the thrust washer clearance was .046 and it should be .006. This is something to keep an eye on if you own a Triumph.   
As a result, we just rebuilt the entire engine with parts and machining services from Richard Good Parts. Look for this TRIUMPH TR 250 out on the road this fall being driven by a very happy customer with a silly grin!  Don't try to catch up with him!

In the Rearview

2019 America's British Reliability Run

by: Dave Hutchison

After almost a year's worth of planning, I am very pleased to report that the 2019 ABRR was a major success! At the time of this writing, we are within a hundred dollars of last year's record number of $42,467. As you know, we drive for the kids every year and we have developed a loyal following. Over 70 percent of past year's ABRR Teams returned to run again! Sponsored by Hagerty with their roadside assistance program and the Ragtops & Roadsters support trailer, we again left no one behind! If you want to donate to push us over last year's record, just click here!
The majority of the ABRR Teams went through registration smoothly on Thursday night at the Golden Plough, our starting point in Lahaska. Many stayed the night and after a tasty breakfast, and our driver's meeting at 8 AM, we were off on the run.  We were led by our Rally Master, Ambassador Bob DeLucia (with Dan Tinsman working in the background) and driving Bob's Jaguar XKR was three time ABRR veteran Sumra Manning.
All the ABRR Teams were followed by Bill Murphy and Eugene Toner pulling the 'Car of Shame' a 2002 Miata in the trailer, that hopefully no one would need 'just in case'.
We crossed the Delaware River and turned south towards New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ.  We got a report from the support truck that the MGC was off to the side with problems. With a little assistance from Eugene, they were back on the road with little time to spare to get to the Thunderbolt circuit at NJMP by 1 PM!
After three parade laps at the track we had a catered lunch and got into our red, blue and green flight and headed towards Cape May. There, it was hurry up and wait until we were instructed to drive up on board the Cape May - Lewes Ferry.  At that time the 'Car of Shame' had been deployed by Eugene to replace the MGC that failed to proceed! 
Team "Stag Masters" showed no signs of overheating and stayed cool throughout  the entire run bringing up the rear of the red flight. More Jaguars ran this year!
Six local British car clubs came together this year to sponsor this run, including the British Car Club of the Lehigh Valley, Keystone Region MG Club, the Delaware Valley Classic MG Chapter, MG Club of Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley Jaguar Club and the host club, the Delaware Valley Triumph club with sponsorships totaling $2,300! Wow! 
We spent our first night at the Beacon Motel in Lewes, DE and in the morning headed out towards the Black Water National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. Unfortunately when we arrived at the preserve we were informed the loop road was flooded, so we changed our route and headed up to Easton. The air was cool in the morning and we had warm afternoons with no rain all three days!
Eugene worked his British car magic repairs several times swapping cars off and on the trailer and we managed to get everyone home safe and sound.
After a lunch stop and tour of Covenrty Motorworks in Easton MD we rolled on to our Saturday night stay in Elkton, Maryland with dinner at Woody's Crab House!
With a late dinner we were almost ready to run another day.  Some guy was hocking tee-shirts in the parking lot out his boot on Sunday morning! This was our last half day run to Lahaska where we had our awards luncheon.
I was very pleased that my lovely wife, Charlene, made the run with me this year, that's why I am smiling! Ray & Linda had lots of fun with the first ABRR for their Elan.
We wind our way north through some beautiful countryside towards Peddlers Village where we started. "Team Tasmanian Angels", Steve and son Jason Olmstead who came in from Michigan, captured "First Place Fund Raising" for bringing in $3,100 for the kids! Sean Coveleski from Shriners was on hand to thank everyone and showed a moving video of the kids from Shriner's Hospital for Children  Congratulations are in order to everyone, all of those on the steering committee, that make this event a success, all who participated and especially to all those who donated to help us help the kids!        A BIG THANK YOU! ....Where should we run next year?

Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival with the DVT
Featured Marque TRIUMPH

by: Dave Hutchison 

In late September 2018 we began to make plans as TRIUMPH was to be the featured marque at the Watkins Glen Festival in 2019. The last time Triumph was featured was in 2008 when I had the honor of leading the Tour de' Marque in my Triumph Italia 2000 GT.  Flash forward to this year, over two dozen Delaware Valley Triumph club members made the trek northward under the leadership of longtime DVT member Mike Wolf in his 57 TR3. He won the longest ownership award and the DVT won the the best club participation award at the FLX in the Lafayette Park at dinner Thursday night after the wine tasting... I finally won an award for trailering! 
On Friday morning we set up a display in front of the courthouse and met many TR and British car enthusiasts throughout the day. Franklin Street was closed and the Grand Prix Festival was about to shift into high gear, but not before a couch was rolled up along the street? Soon, Hurley Haywood the Master of Ceremonies, opened the day, the coach potatoes took their seats and the Watkins Glen Festival was on its way!  One of the first groups to take a couple of laps on the original circuit was the Tour de' Marque that consisted of nearly 100 Triumphs that had gather from near and far.  
Many cars came to race and late in the afternoon many race cars came down from the track to take their parade laps and roar past us on Franklin Street. Some came to the show like our friend, George Haynes from Webster NY, proudly showed his TR4A in the Concours show. He has driven in almost every state of the union! Keep on driving, George!
Unfortunately I didn't make it up the track, but there is always next year. We suggest you put this on your car calendar if you haven't done it yet! Next year the featured marque will be Alfa Romeo!

Brits by the Beach

by: Dave Hutchison

This all-British show is gaining popularity every year! After an early sell out in July, 151 cars were registered for this local Main St show in Ocean Grove,  NJ. Show Chairman Bob Canfield managed to fill every spot available and then some! The weather turned out to be fantastic and Bob, along with the 45 volunteers from the Positive Earth Drivers Club, ran this event like a well oiled machine!
Doug and Mary Petrozzini with PDEC President, Russ Sharples are the two tallest MGA drivers I know!  Russ and club Treasurer Mort Resnicoff made their classics available so that the public could take a seat and get the feel of an old English sportscar. There was a class of four Sunbeam Tigers, several modern day Aston Martin's, at least 10 Healey's, many MGs, Triumphs and Jaguars and more. A stunning black AACA winner, Triumph TR3A owned by Mohammed Sadiqulla took home Best of Show; Congratulations! We highly  recommend this show, it is usually cooler, the shops are open, and the eclectic mix of British cars is good.
We are here to help out with fall / winter projects. Maybe it's 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 October 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) looking for a new garage!
Happy Motoring!
Dave & the Staff at Ragtops & Roadsters.
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