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Mike Engard at Open House

Fall Open House

Just before 8 a.m. on November 20, I looked out in my driveway. Sure enough, there was a  1929 Auburn Speedster.  Andrew Mastin, of Luxury Brokers International, stopped by to pick me up to lead the "Before We Put ‘Em Away Run" this year.  We got on the Turnpike at Quakertown and all was well.
 
But after running a bit near 65 mph, we noticed some coolant on the windscreen, then steam.  We pulled over and it turn out to be a loose hose.  A little slower worked better with a drink for the radiator after our breakfast.  
 
Once again the weather turned out be in the 60s, so we had a bigger turnout than expected for breakfast at the Desmond.  The staff was very helpful and everyone enjoyed a fine meal to start the day.
 
We got underway on a one-hour, 10-minute tour of about 37 miles on Chester County back roads. CCCA DVR President Cliff Woodbury said, “Bud Coleman took leave of his famous good senses when he let me drive his '38 Fleetwood 75 on the tour.” 
 
Cliff  went on to say "The tour was absolutely fabulous, taking many roads that were only a little wider than cow paths through hamlets that time has forgotten." What Cliff and some didn't know was that yours truly got a little too wrapped up in taking pictures and we missed a couple of turns. Not to worry...we had GPS and made some on-the-fly corrections.  
 
As we approached Pottstown, one of our participants pulled off to head home to a prior commitment. Unfortunately some of the tour followed him!  Most everyone found their way back to Pollock Auto Restoration for the Fall Open House.  Best laid plans, huh?   
 
Once everyone found their way to Pollock, we joined the in-progress Open House.  Mike Engard and Barbara (Heppenstall) Plant put out some snacks and took our visitors on a tour around the shop. Dorian Custodia was there to demonstrate his metal fabrication talents and Curtis Bohn had examples of his beautiful wood-graining work.  We had about 20 active projects on display, including full metal restorations, mechanical work, paint projects, and trimming.
 
About 75 people visited Pollock for the Fall Open House. All in all it was a good day! 

-- Dave Hutchison

See More Photos from the Open House and CCCA DVR

Where Will Your Car
Spend the Winter?

When it comes to classic and antique automobiles, we feel the best storage solution is to not store your car at all. Instead, drive your car as much as possible to preserve it in top condition so you can enjoy it all year. 

Whether you believe in Global Warming or not, there’s no denying that even during January and February there are weekends with bright, sunny skies and beautiful conditions for getting in at least a short ride in your favorite car. And we encourage you to do just that—get out and enjoy it!
 
However, we understand there are circumstances when it might be necessary to put your car up for several months. Choosing the right place to store your vehicle for the winter can be a daunting task. 
 
During winter, experts say, a secure, indoor facility offers the best protection to keep your vehicle safe and road ready for the spring. Here are four reasons to choose Pollock Auto Restoration, for winter storage of your vehicle or collection:
  • It’s Secure - the facility is monitored by a sophisticated system that will automatically alert police and fire of any emergencies. Also, your car will be monitored daily by the facility staff.
  • It’s Indoors - the 25,000 square-foot building is climate protected. Your vehicle stays out of the harsh winter weather.
  • It’s Insured - Your vehicle is fully insured against damage while in Pollock’s facility.
  • It’s a Good Value - For just $4.75 per day, you can rest assured that your car is safe and protected from the elements. 
We would be happy to take care of your special car whatever length of time you need. We can also offer any level of maintenance that you feel is appropriate while your car is staying with us.
 
We also offer long- and short-term storage for your small truck, motorcycle, ATV or dirt bike.
 
For more information or to make an appointment, call Pollock Auto Restoration at 610-323-7108 or send us an email.
 
Orange Road Runner

1971 Road Runner
Ready To Go Home

This 1971 Road Runner is ready to be delivered.

It was given the full treatment by the staff here at Pollock Auto Restoration...engine rebuilt, new cad cam designed front suspension installed, Wilwood brakes upgrade, air conditioning installed, and much more.
Model A

Featured Car:
1929 Model A Town Sedan

A very nice original 1929 Model A Town Sedan has come to Pollock Auto Restoration for some minor body repairs, mostly the wood ribs in the roof and a fresh coat of black paint. We are working with the customer to help him accomplish his goals for this restoration and stay with in his budget.
 
Our technician, Ross, has carefully dismantled, photographed and labeled all the pieces. We have removed the body from the frame. The rolling chassis will be returned to the customer, who will be refurbishing them as a family project with his teenaged son.

Please follow the progress of the wonderful original example of a 1929 Model A Town Sedan on the Pollock Auto Restoration website.

Man in Model A

Hershey 2011: Fantastic Fall Days

Surely, you’ve all heard the Hershey horror stories of mud, rain and generally unpredictable fall weather. 
 
This year was the exception, as the weather gods strung together four beautiful days without a drop of rain for us “car guys and gals” to meet without fighting the elements.  
 
We had a new vendor spot (CY45-46) on the Chocolate Field this year. Many old friends and some new ones stopped by for a visit. We even helped one of our clients find a new home for his Series III Jaguar Roadster.
 
On Friday evening, I attended the cocktail party hosted by Hagerty Insurance, just before the RM Auction at the Hershey Lodge. The party was held in part to celebrate the end of a long journey by a recent graduate of McPherson College.
  
Starting October 13, 2010, Jonathan Klinger (see photo above) set off driving a 1930 Model A everywhere he went; he drove no other modern daily driver for a year.
 
Why did he do it? "Because not everything a person owns should contain a computer,” he said. 
 
A graduate of the Automotive Restoration Program at McPherson, Jonathan chronicled his experience in a daily diary. He finished his epic journey at Hershey where it all began a year ago.   
 
Much to his surprise, McKeel Hagerty presented him with the “keys to the car” at the party.  Rumor has it he booked a flight home and had the car shipped.
 
The RM auction started off with some of the early cars not quite not reaching their expected marks.  More cars from the John O'Quinn estate went across the block and brought some good results.  
 
By far, the highlight of the night was when some smoke drifted in just before "La Marquise" the 1884 DeDion Bouton et Trepardoux Steam Runabout lightly “chuffed” (with help) up on stage! This has been reported to be the oldest running vehicle in the world, as it was built two years ahead of the gas-powered car built by Karl Benz.  
 
RM Auction predicted that this car would sell for between $2 million and $2.5 million. The excitement grew as the bidding increased. Finally the 127-year-old "LeMarquise" brought $4.2 million, $1 million more than it sold for just four years ago!
 
The auction offered 115 lots, 97 which sold for an average of $103,000. Obviously, with the LaMarquise selling for $4.2 million, that number is somewhat distorted. However, there were some good buys to be had.  
 
One that stood out was an ex-Harrah 1921 Hudson Super Six Speedster that was estimated by RM auctions to sell between $40,000 and $45,000; the hammer fell at $27,500! 
 
Overall, sales were $10,062,450, up by 15.6 percent over last year. 
 
Steve Moskowitz, executive director of the Antique Auto Club of America, said he was in charge of ordering the good weather at Hershey; however, he only volunteered for a one-year term.  
 
Steve went on to say that more than 9,500 vendor spaces were filled, with only a handful of empty single spots here and there. This year set a record with more than 900 Car Corral spaces. Some thought attendance was lighter, possibly due to Tropical Storm Lee that flooded Hershey a couple of weeks before the Fall Meet.

However, AACA booth vendor sales were up from last year and a hotel room was hard to find.  Many vendors come to swap and, hopefully, break even on their stay. We were pleased to find a pair of rare original tail lamp lenses for the Hudson Terraplane we had on display!  
 
On Saturday, some 1,250 cars lined up to be judged in more than 40 classes.
 
We have to commend the volunteers who manage the vendors and show, and the incredible amount of traffic around the convention center. Their professionalism is what makes the event run well. 
 
If you have never been to a Fall Meet, we suggest that you put next year’s dates (October 9-12) on your calendar now. Be prepared for any kind of weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes.

Barbara (Heppenstall) Plant

Through the Windshield

We are changing the publication schedule for our Shop Talk e-newsletter from monthly to quarterly in 2012. Look for our WINTER edition in late February 2012.
 
We will be visiting several clubs at their holiday parties, some before the New Year and some after. We hope to see you at many collector car events during the next year.
 
As I write this, we are once again working to support the 22nd Concours d Elegance of the Eastern United States by bringing cars into the Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia for this years’ International Philadelphia Auto Show that will be held from January 12 through February 5.

We are excited as this is to be our first year in the "new" convention center. It's our understanding that the Eastern Concours d Elegance exhibit will be on the main floor with all the major manufacturers. Everything will be in one hall! Stay tuned for details in our winter Shop Talk.

From all of us here, have happy holiday season. And if you haven't done it yet, make sure to prepare your vintage car for the winter.



Through the Rear View Mirror

As the driving season winds down, it was another busy year of great cars, great people and great fun.
 
Most recently, our annual pilgrimage to the Fall Meet in Hershey was one of the best in recent memory. Also, our parts and automobilia auction in Kutztown sent many parts out to those who can use them, at very good prices.  
 
The fall weather has been good for touring and, once again, most of us were driving deep into November, despite the surprise Halloween snowstorm.  
 
Our Fall Open House at Pollock Auto Restoration, combined with the "Before We Put ‘Em Away Run,” was a tremendous success.



Calendar of Events

JANUARY
15-22: 41st Annual Barrett Jackson Auction, Scottsdale, AZ

21: Historical Car Club of Pennsylvania Holiday Party

28-February 5: Philadelphia International Auto Show, Philadelphia, PA

FEBRUARY
4: Valley Forge Region Cadillac and LaSalle Club Holiday Party, Blue Bell, PA

9-11: AACA National Convention, Philadelphia, PA

24-26: Atlantic City Car Show & Auction,  Atlantic City, NJ


 

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When wiping down your car, could you be scratching your paint?

If you use anything except a clean microfiber or soft cotton cloth, the answer to this question is YES.

Do not use paper towels, rags, your handkerchief or whatever else might be lying around.

 
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