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April 2019

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In This Edition:

Mother Nature

by, Kim Spiece

   It's hard to believe that Spring is officially here and Mother Nature is working her magic; flowers and trees in bloom and grass growing and turning green already. The great news is - car show season has officially begun. There are many activities, functions, car shows, car cruise-ins, swap meets scheduled already. Although I am a bit of a skeptic, we've started already with a lot of rain and praying that it will not continue like last year with a rainy, soppy, cool year. But, then again, as my mom always reminds me, April showers bring May flowers.   Don't wait for that "perfect" day, get out there, enjoy your rides and show em' off.  As I begin this month's newsletter I am reminded of Holy Week coming up shortly and just want to wish everyone a happy, healthy and blessed holiday season.

Through the Windshield

Mid Atlantic Nationals
April 6-7, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

The Mid Atlantic Indoor Nationals, is a custom car truck and bike show that takes place on the outskirts of Philadelphia, inside The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks PA, This weekend April 6th & 7th. The event showcases nearly 300 vehicles, includes around 60 vendors, great entertainment and eateries. The Mid Atlantic Indoor Nationals in anticipating an inaugural attendance of  7,500 spectators.
    The late Armin Hostetter started putting automotive events together back in the 1950's. He and his three sons have owned and operated Trail Way Speedway in Hanover PA for over 68 years and Motorama Events in Harrisburg PA for over 40 years.  Sons Brad, Barry and Perry are continuing their father's legacy and tradition to bring these events to our area. Andy Goodman is Executive Producer for the events and responsible for marketing, sponsorship coordination, vendor sales and placement of the event along with Dan Swisher, Show Manager taking care of vehicle registrations, floor plans, set up and overseeing the event.
    If you are an automotive enthusiast, you will want to stop out for an extended weekend of automotive history, culture and fun.
  • Over $10,000 in cash, awards and prizes!
  • More than 90 awards! Categories; Weekend Drivers to Professional Show Vehicles.
  • A variety of makes, models, and years will be on display!
For more information please visit: https://www.midatlanticindoornats.com/

Eastwood

April 13, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

Eastwood of Pottstown is having a spring swap meet this year. It will run from 8am to 2pm There will also be a car corral. Bring out your leftover parts from your projects and recycle them or stop out to shop and see if you can buy that hard to find part you've been looking for.
https://www.facebook.com/events/471677146682508/
 

Spring Carlisle

April 24-29, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

The annual Spring Carlisle event at the Fairgrounds in Carlisle PA https://www.carlisleevents.com/events is our first outdoor spring car show of the season that gets us going. It will be hosting over 8000 vendors this year with plenty to see, buy and do. Many major companies will be featured on the Manufacturer's Midway. If you are having trouble finding particular parts or originals pieces, Spring Carlisle is the place to look. You won't be sorry.

Vintage, Classic, Collector and Antique Car Club Information

Spring has arrived. To check out information on local car clubs, becoming a member, making new friends, reconnecting with old acquaintances and sharing past histories and passions, see below. Also, I have compiled  a list of all of the upcoming car shows and events that I am made aware of. If you have an interest in obtaining such a list, feel free to email me and I can forward to you: kaspiece13@aol.com

Listed are several local car clubs and museums within our region. Please check them out and support our local clubs and communities. 
You can also check out Car Club Directory or Car Club Hunter to find clubs near you.

Classic Car Calendar of Events

Recurring Events

1st Mon   North Penn Model A Ford Club Mthly Mtg., Lansdale, PA
1st Wed   AACA Pottstown Region Mthly Mtg., Pennsburg, PA
3rd Tue   Cadillac LaSalle Club Mthly Mtg., Malvern, PA
3rd Wed   Berks County Mustang Car Club Mthly Mtg., Fleetwood, PA
3rd Thu   AACA Delaware Valley Region Mthly Mtg., Lederach, PA

April Events

4/4 – 4/7   AACA Southeastern Division National Spring Meet, Charlotte, NC
4/6   "Fegley's Diner Day" Boyertown Museum, Boyertown, PA
4/6   HCCP Blossom Run, Newtown Square, PA
4/7   AACA Swap Meet, Brandywine Region, Landenberg, PA
4/11 – 4/13   Barrett-Jackson Auction, Palm Beach, FL
4/12 – 4/13   Simeone Museum “Kimber Festival”, Philadelphia, PA
4/24 – 4/28   Spring Carlisle, Carlisle, PA
4/27   10th Annual Roebling Museum Annual Car Show, Roebling, NJ
4/28   Cars and Coffee Steel Stacks, Bethlehem, PA

In the Shop Now

1912 Ford Model T

by: Ross Belovich, Shop Foreman

      The 1912 Ford Model T has come a long way. Here we see the chassis and some of the body parts in final paint. We have performed a lot of work on this car since it came in and we are happy to see the end is near. When all remaining parts are blue or black we will begin reassembly so the owner can enjoy the car this season.

In the Rearview

Amelia Island Concours d'E'egance

March 7-10, 2019
By: Kim Spiece  

 

      Pictured below, our very own Dave Hutchison, and Mike Engard, along with our client Chris Prior with his 1938 Jaguar SS100. Many people stopped by to chat about the car.
This 3.5 liter SS Jaguar had metal-work and a full paint respray at Pollock Auto Restoration. Our sister shop Ragtops & Roadsters made some period-correct changes under the bonnet and it looks good, is fully sorted and runs very strong!  After taking awards at the Radnor Concours, winning it's class at the Cars and Motorcycles of England show last spring and "Most Outstanding Jaguar" at the Greenwich Concours, we were looking forward to a warm weekend at Amelia. Our client flew into JAX and we prepped the car so it was ready to drive onto the show field on Sunday.
 
   For the past several years I have been able to travel all up and down the East Coast attending many car shows and events throughout the year. There have been two particular shows that have been on my radar, my bucket list so to speak. I was finally able to attend the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance show that I have heard so much about over the years. And, I will say, I was not displeased. In fact, I was very excited, illuminated, and intrigued.
    There were about 450 vehicles on Saturday at the Cars & Coffee Event, while there were 300 registered vehicles for the Sunday Concours. I got to attend part of RM Sotheby's auction on Saturday evening as well and it blew my mind some of the prices for what they were selling. It's just so unimaginable; the kind of quality, original, beautiful pieces of "artwork" in some of these vehicles that still exist.  It was definitely well worth the trip and I suggest to every car enthusiast if you haven't been to Amelia Island or The Pebble Beach Concours, add these two events to your bucket list, you won't be sorry.
It's very difficult to pick only a few pictures out of several hundred that I took so I hope you enjoy what I have chosen. If you are interested in seeing all the photos, I have created a photo album on Facebook under Kim Spiece so you can catch a glimpse of them all.

Below are 1931 Rolls Royce and a 1929 Mercedes-Benz  710 SS Carraciola
Here we have the 1973 Lola T330/F5000 Racecar and 1 1968 Ford GT40 MK III
Mr. Jim Grundy with his 1910 Thomas Flyer 6-70 Flyabout and a 1913 Locomobile M48 Series III Touring Car.
I couldn't resist taking these two shots: 1934 Pierce Arrow 840A Convertible Coupe and a 1939 Packard Super Eight Convertible Victoria. I grew up with my uncle Ralph owning a 1940 Packard so this was something special. Yes, he still owns that Packard today at age 87.
It would have been a thrill to take the 1957 Bentley S1 Continental for a drive around the block. Also pictured is a 1935 Duesenberg SJ 553 Town Car.
Finally, we have the 1911 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and a 1929 Pierce Arrow Model 133 owned by locals' Ross & Beth Myers from Boyertown PA.
It was my first time experiencing an auction of this magnitude as well. Above is pictured a 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer which as you can see sold for $5.7 million dollars.
   Come to think of it, this particular car show/trip was a lot of firsts for me. And I don't regret a single moment of it as it was an experience of a lifetime. Maybe because I'm a car girl, I don't know but those who are enthusiasts and in the car community understands what I'm trying to say!

Classic Auto Mall
March 31, 2019

by: Kim Spiece
The Classic Auto Mall held their first ever swap meet and car corral on March 31st. With the impending rainy weather, it made for a great day for something indoors where most of the vendors were presented. Upon entering with a minimal $2 donation, you also got to tour the "museum" of all sorts and variety of vehicles. They also take autos on consignment to help classic and antique car owners sell the vehicles. 
Below are some photos I snapped while we were there set up with our display. Some very unique pieces including the Flintstone's mobile and a pumpkin hotrod.  Stop down to see them sometime and take a tour. It is well worth it.
These are some of the vehicles found on consignment as well.

Did You Know?

by: Kim Spiece

                                                   Sometimes............
Pollock Auto Restoration is here to help keep your car performing and looking it's best. Call now to schedule your pre-season work to ensure your pride 'n' joy's service, repair, maintenance, and cosmetic needs are met before this year's driving season begins.  Click here to send an e-mail to inquiry@pollockauto.com or call us at 610-323-7108 to schedule an appointment.

Click to see our Works In Progress page on our website for more from behind the scenes. Also, we have several active listings of our client's collector cars looking for new homes. See the current listings on our For Sale page.
 
Happy Motoring!

Kim and the Staff at Pollock Auto Restoration
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