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August 2020

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Dog Days of Summer 2020

by: Kim Spiece

Why they are called the "dog days of summer"? Originally in history, the Greeks and Romans 'dog days' occurred around the days when the star Sirius, which was Orion's dog, appeared to rise in the sky just before the sun in late July and referred to these days as being the hottest time of the year. This was a period that many times brought fever and sometimes catastrophes. The phrase was then translated from Latin to English about 500 years ago and has taken on a new meaning.

Today it signifies the hot sultry days of summer "not fit for a dog" expression, the most oppressive period of summer ranging from July 3rd to August 11th but can last until September 1st. Some said that the heat from the star radiated and is what created the excessive warmth, but in reality it is simply due to a direct result of the Earth's tilt.

I love seeing the "olde tyme" photos and hope you enjoy my selection of how they tried to "beat the Heat" back in the day.
Is the hot weather making you miserable? is your air conditioning on the blink? These are some natural ways to keeping cool. Eat the following foods to help regulate body temperature: mushrooms, citrus fruit, melons, berries, lemon balm, and mint. Aim to drink at least a half gallon of water throughout the day, natural fruit juices are a good alternative as well.

We can cool our pulse points by running cold water or ice cubes over our wrists, place a cold cloth or cold pack on the back of your neck, eat smaller meals as digestion raises the body's core temperature, freeze some water bottles and place them in bed with you at night under your ankles and back of your knees, try to cook on the outside grill or microwave or serve something cold, and use overhead fans if you have them.

 I left this one tip for last which happens to be my favorite: Do nothing, just sit verrrrry still. Activity of any kind during the day increases your body temperature so save these tasks for evenings when it starts to cool down.
Pollock Auto Restoration

by: Kim Spiece

It's getting-back-to-work time at Pollock in the new COVID-19 world. We are open and the work is coming in. If you already have an appointment, we will be in touch with you soon to get your car back on the calendar. If you'd like to schedule an appointment call the shop at 610.323.7108. Please call Dave at 215.527.1409 if you'd like to set up our no-contact pick-up and delivery service.

Through the Windshield

Perkasie Virtual Show
August 7th

by: Kim Spiece

We know everyone is disappointed that this year's Under the Stars car show has been postponed due to the pandemic. Nothing can compare to strolling the streets of Perkasie on a warm August evening checking out more than 400 classic, custom, and antique vehicles. But the Perkasie Towne Improvement Association have the next best thing--a VIRTUAL Car Show where everyone can "oh and ah" about your car from the comfort of their own home! We'll even award prizes in certain categories, thanks to a generous sponsorship from A&T Chevrolet-Subaru.

Here's how it works...send a picture of your car (horizontal, with sharp focus and good lighting, please!) and a brief description to perkasielive@gmail.com by midnight August 6th. (extra points if you take the pic in front of a Perkasie business or landmark!).The Towne Improvements is working with local video production company PBR Productions to put together a video that will be shown during Perkasie LIVE-first Friday Edition August 7th between 6pm and 7pm. Viewers will be directed to a link to cast their votes in three categories. At 9pm we'll tally up the votes and announce the winners.

Please send any questions about the Virtual Car Show and Perkasie LIVE to Perkasie Director by emailing HERE.

 

New Hope Auto Show
August 8th

by: Kim Spiece


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and in the interest of safety for everyone including car owners, participants, volunteers, sponsors and vendors, and the general public the New Hope Auto Show Committee and The New Hope / Solebury School District sadly decided after many meetings to carry on, to cancel the 2020 car show for this year. It will be missed!
Harleysville PA Cruise In
August 8th

by: Kim Spiece

Every second Saturday of the month the Walmart in Harleysville has a cruise-in, nothing formal, just to get out and drive your car. With good weather, the cruise-in can bring in 300-400 vehicles of all sorts. Stop in and check them out. P.S.  These photos were taken before the pandemic.
AACA GRAND NATIONAL 
Gettysburg, PA
August 21-22nd

by: Dave Hutchison

Due to COVID 19, the 2020 AACA GRAND NATIONAL has been relocated from Allentown to a new venue, the Wyndham Hotel, in Gettysburg, (where there is lots of space to stay safe) located east of Gettysburg. They are no strangers to major collector car events, located just off Routes 15 and 30, the Wyndham is 10 minutes from Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Battlefield Museum. Downtown Gettysburg is three miles away. Harrisburg International Airport is 45 miles from the hotel, and Hagerstown Regional Airport is 41 miles away. All parking including judges, trailer and RV parking will be on the hotel grounds. The hotel is charging $25 + tax for Self-contained RV Parking – pay on arrival.

The revised schedule: Friday, August 21, 2020 9am—5pm - AACA Registration & merchandise sales, 10am—4pm - Zenith Judging, 11am - Race Car & Motorcycle Checks, 2pm—4pm - AACA Judging School, 4pm—5pm - Zenith Award Ceremony on show field. Saturday, August 22, 2020 7am—10am - AACA Registration open & Show cars enter, 9am Judges must be on show field, 9am—2pm - Zenith vehicle viewing, 9am Show field open, 10am AACA Judging of show cars, 3:30pm Awards Ceremony on show field.
Cruise for the Troops Exton PA
August 22nd

by: Kim Spiece

Cruise into Exton at Main Street and Route 100, Bartlett Ave to help support US Troops. The event runs 5pm to dusk. This is a FREE event although they are accepting DONATIONS of such items as non-perishable food, toiletries, socks, baby powder, baby wipes, gum, etc. These items are shipped to troops deployed overseas. For more information check out their website Top Dead Center Motor Club.
Annual Fathers Day Car Show 
August 23rd

by: Kim Spiece

The show was originally scheduled for Father's Day is now being held August 23rd at the Silver Creek AA Community Park off of Route 112 in Hellertown PA. The annual event typically draws in 400-600 vehicles and is a must-do show, at least once if you can. I confirmed the show is being held and you can see their information posted on Facebook here: Silver Creek AA Community
Corvettes at Carlisle
Rescheduled to August 27-30th

by: Kim Speice

Corvettes at Carlisle Fairgrounds will once again return August 27-30th this year. They wanted to assure us all that they are following CDC guidelines and taking additional safety measures and precautions in response to COVID-19. They have installed additional hand sanitizer stations throughout the grounds, high traffic areas will have one-way signage, distancing markings and plexiglass shields, sitting areas have been placed further apart, and everyone attending MUST wear a face mask or shield to enter. They have posted information on their website: COVID-19: Know before you go. For all information regarding the event please see Corvettes at Carlisle
Annual Car Show & Flea Market LVR AACA
August 30th

by: Kim Spiece

The Lehigh Valley Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America will be hosting their annual car show and flea market at Meuser Park, 22nd &Northampton Sts, Easton PA. The event will run from 9am to 3pm and all vehicles are welcome. See their event information on Facebook under LVRAACA

Vintage, Classic, Collector and Antique Car Club Information

The "Dog Days of Summer" have arrived and the weather is hot and humid. Auto Enthusiasts have begun to gather as groups, but we are still limited even in the "Green Phase", so please take the time to search clubs, groups and activities for when the upcoming season events get under way. Many car clubs are looking for new members and volunteers. 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 it 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.
Check out Car Club Directory or Car Club Hunter to find more clubs.

Classic Car Calendar of Events

Recurring Events

Please check with the event sponsors on recurring events this month.
1st Mon   North Penn Model A Ford Club Mthly Mtg., Lansdale, PA
1st Wed   AACA Pottstown Region Mthly Mtg.A, Pennsburg, P
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

In the Shop

Cars Delivered. Ready to drive... It's all we can do now!

1952 Chevrolet Pickup Truck

by: Dave Hutchison

 
This "resto-mod"  has been a labor of love for some time here at Pollock Auto Restoration. We started with a custom frame built by Schwartz Performance that included a highly modified modern suspension. We fitted Wilwood disc brakes all around that gives this vintage truck strong braking with modern wheels and tires that provide a smooth ride. 
At delivery, the proud owner of this custom pickup, that he has owned for many years, was on the way to give his grand kids their first ride!  The 350 CI 300 hp crate engine provides smooth power and is mated to a modern five-speed gear box that shifts effortlessly.
We machined and mated the original steering wheel to the Ididit steering column and finished the wheel in high gloss dark red. The hardwood was sanded and finished with a high gloss polyurethane. The cab is equiped with a Vintage Air system and a Retrosound radio to keep you cool while listening to your favorite playlist on the audio system!
Chevrolet broke away from prewar truck styling with its 1947 models. Marketed as the Advanced Design trucks, Chevy placed an emphasis on cab comfort and safety. For the 1947 to 1954 models, stylists conceived the five-window cab, formally known as the Deluxe Cab, to eliminate the blind spots in the rear quarter panels. This allowed the driver to look over his shoulder to view the rear instead of poking his head out the window.

1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk1

by: Ross Belovich

After a short hiatus, the metalwork on this 1960 Austin-Healey is making progress once again. The body structure is almost done. Installing the door posts is one of the most critical steps as there is no real adjustments to them. Our metal tech is currently finishing up the fitting of all the panels so we are certain everything ends up in the right place. Not too much longer now and it will be getting the bodywork and painting done.
The Healey is up on our Chassis Alignment Table. We have created this jig to keep the body of any car properly straight when doing extensive structural repairs. We have different attaching fixtures to assist us during this process. This car is nearing the finish, however, in these pictures you can also see that we have installed the front and rear suspension and a weight rack to provide the proper weight and distribution to mimic the drive-train. The Austin Healey engine and gearbox weigh 728 lbs which is sufficient to cause the frame to flex slightly. These are critical details that are necessary to achieve the best foundation for your vehicle in order that the car ends up with proper gaps and smooth operation of doors and openings as well as proper wheel tracking and alignment.

Our Spring Video Tour of our Shop!

by: Dave &  Ryan Hutchison

Check out our Spring Video to see what is coming out of our shop soon!

In the Rearview Mirror

Ontelaunee Region AACA Tour June 28th

by: Kim Spiece & Mike Engard

Since many car clubs and communities have not been able to hold their annual car shows and cruise-ins due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many have opted for cruise driving tours within their clubs. Some may also be open to community members as well, but typically prior registration is required so they know how many will be in attendance. You can check out some of the car club information listed above to see if any are being held coming up.

On Sunday June 28th, I (Mike) joined several members of the Ontelaunee Region of the AACA on a tour honoring Joanne Ebert, a long-time member of the club. About 32 members and friends met above Allentown and drove by the campus of the Lehigh Carbon Community College. Then we traveled about 25 miles on the beautiful back-roads of Lehigh County around the Trexler Nature Preserve and through several picturesque small towns like Krumsville and Werley's Corner. We ended up at the New Jerusalem Zion Church where we gathered for a socially-distant but shady picnic.
Pottstown Nights Car Show
Saturday August 1st

by Michael Engard


It was a beautiful night on Saturday in Pottstown. Many wonderful cars appeared for all appetites. Restaurants were open and people wore their masks when entering the stores and shops along High St.
 There were 10 Camaro Hot Wheels Edition at the show. They came from PA, MD, WV, and one from Texas!

Did you know?

by: Kim Spiece

I am amazed at how creative people can be. With our society and local communities unable to hold their "normal" events due to COVID-19, it is with great pleasure that we are able to see the "virtual" car shows and cruise-ins people have created and posted on our new "old" form of communication, social media. I log into my Facebook and automatically hundreds of notifications pop up showing me virtual realities today. It's a great sense of being connected with one another in these trying times and there are hundreds of different car forums that you can connect with no matter what you are searching for. You can even find us, Pollock Auto Restoration and our sister shop, Ragtops & Roadsters, on Facebook. Request to follow us and then you can start to receive notifications and posts we share as well! Happy Scrolling!

The 1965 Mercury Monterey

by: Kim Spiece

Looking back into "yesteryear's" of automobiles, my current theme of historic vehicles that I have not heard of, nor remembered, the feature this month is a 1965 Mercury Monterey Convertible. Does anyone remember the photo below of Smokey the Bear being photographed in one at Pike's Peak?

The Monterey series had a horizontal bar grille with the mid section protruding slightly outward. It had thin, vertical lines that were located at the tips of the front fenders. By this time, carpeting, front seat belts and a heater/defroster were included in the standard package. Most came with the V8 cast iron block engine with overhead valve and a Ford 4-barrel carburetor. Of the 2 door convertible style, at a cost of $3165, only 4762 were produced.
Pollock Auto Restoration is here to help keep your car performing and looking it's best. Call now to schedule your summer season work to ensure your pride 'n' joy's service, repair, maintenance, and cosmetic needs are met. 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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