August 2016

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Through the Windscreen

Das Awkscht Fest

August 5 – 7

All roads lead to Macungie today! For 52 years, Das Awkscht Fescht has been a summer tradition for all ages. Offering three fun-packed days in the great outdoors, it's a perfect way for families to celebrate summer. This year, we celebrate our 53rd Annual Fescht, so come cruisin' through 42 acres of fun at the Fescht - and enjoy the great things classic summers are made of. Admission Includes all events, shows, and entertainment. This year's featured car is the Oakland. Click here to learn more. HOURS: Gates open at 6:00am for walk-in visitors. Show cars enter the fields after 7:30am. Flea market goes through dusk, and arts & crafts vendors are open until 9pm. Entertainment goes until 10:30pm on Fri. and Sat., and until 4:30pm on Sun. FIREWORKS are on Sat. night at 9:30pm. ADMISSION: $8 for adults, $3 for age 15 and under. Stop by our information booth once inside the park for a discounted NEXT DAY pass.

New Hope Auto Show

August 13

In June of 1966 the Ford GT40 took the top three places in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this remarkable achievement!  We are once again a proud sponsor of this show so stop by and visit our display on the show field. Domestic cars are featured on Saturday and European cars take the field on Sunday. Register your antique or classic car for just $40. Our judges will look it over and award a first, second, third, or honorable mention. Don’t wait too long, our field can only accommodate 250 vehicles each day.  You can pre-register online by clicking here.

Radnor Concours

September 9 – 11

The Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance encompasses three days of activities beginning with the Friday evening Barbecue, followed by the always popular Road Rally through the scenic countryside of Chester County on Saturday morning, culminating in a catered lunch. The Saturday evening Black Tie Gala, Silent Auction and Art Show Preview is the prelude to the main event, the Concours d' Elegance on Sunday. Each year, the Concours event, an invitation-only show, has a featured marque, a vehicle type or coachbuilder and a motorcycle make. The 2016 event will showcase over 20 of the most interesting and significant Lancia automobiles. To celebrate our 20th anniversary, over 20 previous Concours and First Class Winners will again grace the lawns of the Radnor Hunt Club along with the iconic 300 SL from Mercedes Benz. In addition to the wonderful four wheeled vehicles Radnor Concours also features motorcycles this year from the Land of the Rising Sun and Fast from the Past.

The event also includes Motorsport Park, providing local marque car clubs the opportunity to gather in an exclusive parking area close to the show field entrance on Sunday, as well as a Cars & Coffee gathering on Saturday concurrent with the road rally. The Marketplace area features a variety of both automotive and non-automotive merchants, and offering specialized shopping for concours attendees. Advance discount tickets for all activities are available online at www.radnorconcours.org and include the popular VIP Luncheon and the elite Chairman’s VIP reserved seating area overlooking the show field.

Technicians Needed

Pollock Auto Restoration, a premier classic and antique automotive restoration facility, is currently accepting applications for technicians. We offer a rewarding career that is more than just a job. You will have an opportunity to produce work of the highest quality that may receive national recognition and attend some of the most prestigious events in the world. If you want to be part of our team, please email Ross at shopforeman@pollockauto.com

Our ideal candidates will be well versed a wide variety of fields related to classic cars. However highly qualified individuals in more specialized fields are encouraged to apply and have a chance to broaden their skill set while here.We currently have needs for someone in these areas: metal fabrication, bodywork, paint, and mechanics.All applicants should have:
  • Attention to detail
  • Efficient use of time, job tracking and organization
  • Good attendance and work habits
  • Desire to do their best
We offer benefits, healthcare, and retirement. Part time candidates may be considered.

Classic Car Calendar of Events

8/5-8/7   52nd Annual Das Awkscht Fescht, Macungie, PA
Saturdays   Cars And Coffee Old Forge Motors, Lansdale, PA
8/13-8/14   New Hope Auto Show, New Hope, PA
8/19-8/21   Pebble Beach Concours, Pebble Beach, CA
8/20   Perkasie Under the Stars, Perkasie, PA
8/21   DVR AACA Summer Picnic, Bluebell, PA
8/27   Ford Racing Total Performance! Simeone Museum, Philadelphia, PA
8/28   Cars and Coffee Steel Stacks, Bethlehem, PA
8/28-9/5   Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, Auburn, IN

Complete 2016 calendar PDF now available HERE!

We make our best attempt to provide a thorough and accurate listing of relevant events; however, changes in the details may not always be reflected in time. Please always double check the organizers website as you make your plans. 

In the Rearview

12th Annual "Deutsche Classic"

by: Dave Hutchison

The skies were darkening when I headed out of the shop with this little 1967 VW Beetle.  We are in the final sorting stages of a full ground up or should I say "off pan" restoration for the owner who courted his wife in this car years ago! My destination was an all German car show, for my first time, called the Deustche Classic now in their 12th year in Oley, PA.  Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche were there and VW had the the strongest presence. I was told attendance was down due to the poor weather,  but I estimate their was still 150 cars on the field benefiting the Oley Fire Company.
A pair for Trabants came up from Nashville. Several VW Vans including this family were on a test run before some planned long distance travel.this summer. Throphies were awarded to 31 classes.  I left a little early as the skies looked threatening again. Maybe the sun will shine on this nice local show in 2017?

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

by: PR

A small contingent of Ragtops & Roadsters enthusiasts ventured westward for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and associated car shows on July 15th through July 17th. We were accompanied on our sojourn by a Jaguar Series 1 Coupe and an AC Ace Roadster that have recently undergone restoration at the shop. Upon arrival on Friday the 15th the Ragtops tent was erected and the E-Type housed, while the trailers found appropriate parking in an auxiliary lot at our hotel.
Saturday dawned bright and sunny and the Ace found its way through the Pittsburgh streets to Schenley Park and the field for the British car show. We were classified as “Mixed British” and took our place on the field between the MGBs and big Healeys just two rows in front of the Ragtops tent with the E-Type on display. A quick look around confirmed the immense size of the show with British cars of every marque as far as the eye could see; and the British show was just one of six simultaneous  shows that day covering a full square mile, more than any one person could take in!
Spectators at the shows had the added entertainment of race practice for the various classes being conducted all day long on the circuit overlooked by the show fields. The crowds of spectators came through the tent and down the show field aisles in steady streams throughout the day. By evening everyone was pretty hoarse from answering questions and making new acquaintances. At the day’s end, the tent was buttoned up and the AC Ace was driven back through Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh University to its trailer garage amid many stares from curious onlookers. A quick shower and an excellent dinner in downtown Pittsburgh’s Market Square provided a relaxing and fitting end to Saturday’s events.

Sunday was another beautiful day which started early for us with another quick blast through Pittsburgh to install the Ace in the Ragtops tent with the E-type for race day. We took turns manning the tent and wandering off to the hilltop to watch the races. The race course is unusual for modern times in being composed of streets in the park which are blocked off to normal traffic for race week. The overall effect is like a time warp back to racing in the early 1950’s when this was a common (although dangerous) practice. The popularity of the approach is undeniable as the event has grown each year since its inception in 1983 and now encompasses a full week of activities and celebrations. On race day a party like atmosphere prevails in the spectator areas and it seems as if all of Pittsburgh has turned out for the fun. The protocol runs from air conditioned catered tents for lavish private parties to an ice filled cooler parked under a tree for a party of one (or two).
Racing consisted of eight classes; from pre-war vehicles to those classed by displacement from under 1 liter to a maximum of 4 liter machines. Classes are included for sports cars as well as full racing chassis such as formula Ford cars; in other words, something for everyone. The racing is fairly competitive but everyone seems to keep the rarity of the machines in mind and refrains from getting overly aggressive. The size limits on displacement keep the lap speeds in a range that is appropriate for the course with the fastest average speeds just about 60 mph. The numerous tight turns provide great observation spots for the more avid spectators and the assault on the ears from all over the course is a constant reminder of what’s going on.

All too soon the event wound down and it was time to disassemble the display, load the cars, and head back east for the start of another week

7th Annual Roebling Museum Car Show

by: Karl Darby

The year was 1909 when the first Mercer Speedster rolled out of the new Mercer factory in Trenton New Jersey. After several years of ownership of the Walter and Roebling-Planche cars the Roebling and the Kuser families finally produced the first American Sports Car, calling it The Mercer, named after Mercer County, NJ.

In 2009, 23 cars gathered for the Centennial Reunion and again on July 22-23, 2016 the Roebling Museum in Roebling, NJ hosted a gathering of Mercers to the delight of owners and car fanatics who flocked to the museum. This year the reunion gathered 25 Mercers of all types for the public to see at the Roebling Museum Car Show, which followed a 70 mile driving car tour the day before. This might not seem like many but put this in perspective. There were only about 5000 Mercers manufactured from 1909 – 1925, today there are 125 Mercers in all forms remaining. Of those there are about 80 that are operational and many of those are buried in museums that rarely allow their cars to be shown.

The iconic Mercer Raceabout was built in two forms, each using a different engine. The 1910 – 1914 used a 58 HP T-Head and from 1915 – 1923 a 70 HP L-Head. The T-Head Type 35 was guaranteed to do a mile a minute from the factory, which might not seem fast, but consider the roads of the day. Other non-production specially built cars could go faster, such as the big Fiats, but only the Mercer could be purchased at the factory, driven to the track, and, after removing the fenders, driven to a win as was proven many times at tracks such as Elgin, Brighton Beach and Fairmount Park. This is why the Mercer Raceabout is America’s First Sports Car and why this marque is significant to Ragtops & Roadsters and Pollock Auto Restorations.

To learn more about the Mercer Automobile please call the Roebling Museum at 609-499-7200 and order the new 200 page book, Mercer Magic, the only accurate and comprehensive book on the Mercer printed.

Pollock Auto Restoration is here to help out through the summer season. Maybe it's time to take care of the maintenance, restoration, preservation, and upgrade needs on your car's wish list? 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!

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