In This Issue
  • Through the Windshield
  • Through the Rearview Mirror
  • Spotlight on Barb Plant

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Calendar of Events

August
10-13 -- Cadillac LaSalle Grand National, Dublin, OH  

13-14 -- Lozier Centennial Celebration, Plattzburgh, NY  

13-18 -- 60th Rolls Royce Annual Meet, Lake Tahoe, CA  

13-14 -- New Hope Auto Show,
New Hope, PA 

20 -- “Under the Stars Car Show,” Perkasie, PA 
 
21 -- Pebble Beach Concours,
Pebble Beach, CA 

28 -- Day on the Farm, DVR AACA, 
Blue Bell, PA 

September 
1-5 -- Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, Auburn, IN

3 -- 46th Annual Duryea Days, Boyertown, PA 

5 -- Ludwig’s Corner Car Show, Chester County, PA 

7-11 -- Mercedes Gull Wing Group Convention, Hot Springs, VA 

9-11 -- SVRA Zippo Vintage Grand Prix, Watkins Glen, NY 

9-11 -- Radnor Hunt Concours, Edgemont, PA 

11-15 -- The Packard Club 5th Henry Joy Tour, Clinton, NJ  

16-18 -- Glenmore Gathering,
Canton, OH  

17-18 -- Fairfield Concours,
Westport, CT  

18 -- Jaguar Drivers Club Concours Show, Centerport LI, NY

18 -- Buckingham Concours, Buckingham, PA 

18 -- Hagley Antique Car Show, Wilmington, DE.

18-23 -- 66th  Revival of the Glidden Tour, Cumberland, MD 

25 -- St. Michaels Concours, St. Michaels, MD  

25 -- 15th Annual Orphan Car Show, Ypsilanti, MI  

30-October 2 -- Louisville Concours, Louisville, KY      
 

 
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August 2011


Through the Windshield:
A Look at Upcoming Events


By Barbara Heppenstall Plant

As usual, August is shaping up as the busiest month of the year on the car show circuit. Here are a few events you should consider attending:
 
  • On the weekend of August 13-14, we’ll be in our usual spot at the New Hope Auto Show, along with the staff from Ragtops & Roadsters, our sister shop in Perkasie. Check out the schedule to see what cars are in the show Saturday vs. Sunday. This is a time-honored tradition in Bucks County.
     
  • On August 20, visit us at the Under the Stars Car Show in Perkasie. The Good-Time Motorvators do a great job partnering with the Perkasie Olde Towne Association to put on a great show.
    Take note – this show has grown to the point where it tests the capacity of the town (more than 400 cars). If you want a good spot, register and show up early. 
     
  • The Duryea Car Show /Reading Hillclimb will be held August 20-21. The Reading Hillclimb has been around for years but this is the first year they are holding a car show on Sunday. We'll have a vendor’s spot that day. This event is held by the BMR SCCA organization. My dad was a member of the SCCA most of his life and has won many races and titles.
     
  • On September 3 it’s the 45th Duryea Day. The show benefits the Boyertown Museum and the Pottstown AACA. Club members volunteer their time to get more than 500 cars, trucks and motorcycles registered, parked and judged.
     
  • Ludwig’s Corner is September 5. This well-organized event is hosted by the Historical Car Club of Pennsylvania and held in conjunction with the Ludwig’s Corner Horseshow. There are lots of vendors from car stuff to horse stuff, plus entertainment for the kids. My favorite is the many food options.
     
  • The 15th Annual Radnor Concour, on September 11, will feature Jaguar, Stutz, The Designs of Virgil Exner and Ducati Motorcycles. In addition, there will be a special class titled "Cars That Have Been in Your Family" that will include cars owned by a family for one or more generations.
    Pollock Auto owner Mike Engard and I will be delighted to join the group of distinguished experts that make up the judging staff at the Radnor Concours.
 

 
Through the Rear View Mirror:
A Look Back at Previous Events

Hot Rods at Eastwood: Held July 9, this turned into quite a nice event for Eastwood and the Pottstown Classic Car Club. The parking lot front, side, and back were packed with cars along with the grassy sections in front of Eastwood. The range of cars was from Rat-rod, Street Rods, Resto Mods and even new tuner cars. My guess is that somewhere around 300 cars were on display at the Street-Rodder Event.

See photos from Hot Rods at Eastwood.
 
Roebling Museum: We had a marvelous time at this show, which was held July 16. Mr. Karl Darby, vice chair of the museum’s Board of Directors, invited us to the show. We’ve also done some work on his 1912 Mitchell and Lotus Seven.  The annual car show is a fundraiser for the museum.
Ferdinand Roebling was president of the Mercer Automobile Company in Trenton. The Mercer Raceabout was arguably America's first true sports car, one that could be purchased, driven to the races and take first place. The show hosted more than 1,500 visitors and 158 vehicles on the museum's 7-acre mill site grounds. We all enjoyed the eclectic array of vehicles.

Watch a video of the event.

See photos from the event.
 
Doylestown Under the Lights: This show continues to grow from the time it was known as “The Best of Bucks” and was held at Central Bucks High School in the daytime. Now that it is on Saturday evening, the attendance from the cars and the public is wonderful. 

Watch a video of the event.
 

Spotlight On:
Barbara (Raye Heppenstall) Plant

Barb PlantBarb wears a multitude of hats around the shop: General Manager, Shop Manager, Parts Manager, Building Manager, Human Resource Department, and Bookkeeper.

Barb’s love of auto restoration comes from her famous racing father, Ray Heppenstall. She grew up working as a mechanic and a member of his pit crew.
 
In addition to her technical expertise, Barb pulls from her life experience as a mother of four, grandmother of two, swim coach, Special Education Instructional Assistant, bookkeeper and former Ragtops & Roadsters employee to mold her into the driving force behind Pollock Auto Restoration. 

On any given weekend you will find Barbara and a car of interest at one of the many local car shows promoting the talents of her staff. She has been asked to use her knowledge, experience, and background to judge at Radnor Hunt.
 


Tips of the Month

Upholstery:
Use Lemon Pledge Wipes to clean your leather interior.

Paint:
Do not wax your car for at least one month after a new paint job.
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