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July 2020

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Independence Day

by: Kim Spiece

Independence Day; It's a time for celebrations marked by patriotic displays. It is a national, federal holiday that praises our nation's heritage, history, society and it's people.  It commemorates the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 where Congress declared that the 13 colonies in America were no longer subject to Britain's King George III and were now united, free and independent. It is commonly associated with fireworks, barbecue style picnics, fairs, concerts, games, political speeches and parades. Many traditional parades are held in the morning while fireworks displays occur after dark.  Often they are accompanied by patriotic songs such as: The Star-Spangled Banner (our national anthem), God bless America, America the Beautiful, This Land is Your Land, Stars and Stripes Forever, and Yankee Doodle. A salute of one gun for each state in the United States, known as the "Salute to the Union", is fired at noon on military bases.

Sadly, this year may be somewhat different due to COVID-19. While we are nearly all in the green phase, we still must be careful, social distance and wear masks while out in public. Due to the pandemic, many regional and local areas have cancelled parades and fireworks displays. I say, we make the best of it. Have smaller gatherings and barbecues, do some small fireworks even simple sparklers to celebrate the occasion. We may be inhibited but we're not isolated completely. All of us here at Pollock would like to wish you and your family and loved ones a Happy and SAFE 4th of July, Independence Day!
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

Chrysler Nationals July 10-12th

by: Kim Spiece

Chrylser Nationals will be hosted at Carlisle Fairgrounds once again this year July 10-12th. There is scheduled to be over 2800 vehicles featured from all eras of the Chrysler brand. Showcased will be classics, muscle cars and high performance new models.  Come see cars, parts, tools, memorabilia, collectibles and more. There will also be a Womens Oasis and new this year an area specifically for the "Young Guns"- the future of the Mopar hobby, where ages 16-25 can gather together amongst their peers to network and showcase their efforts. Celebration of 50 years for the Plymouth Duster, AAR Cuda, Challenger T/A, and Plymouth Superbird will be on display.  For more information click here.
SEMA Classic Car Appreciation Day July 10th

by: Kim Spiece

An excerpt of an article written by a SEMA Washington D.C. Staff:

The industry endeavors to preserve our nation's automotive heritage while providing well-paying, high-skilled jobs nationwide. Intended to celebrate the classics of the past and the future, CCAD is a singular tribute to the collector car industry and the millions of hobbyists it supports.

The next Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will be officially celebrated on July 10th. It will be the 11th consecutive commemoration that now is an annual holiday to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

A list of officially scheduled events to commemorate America's time-tested love affair with the automobile will be posted in the link below. Individuals, car clubs, and business owners interested in publicizing in-person events or virtual gatherings may submit the details of their July celebration at no cost using this link. For those unable to celebrate on July 10th, they encourage events to be scheduled throughout the month of July 2020. Visit the SEMA Announcement here!

Celebrate our Hobby YOUR WAY!!
Examples: attend a web based or virtual event
host your own safety-minded gathering or club meeting
promote a 'Holiday Sale': at your business or store
drive your ride (new or old) to whatever destination you choose
Newtown Antique & Classic Car Cruise Night July 10th

by: Kim Spiece

In lieu of their annual Car Show, they will be holding a Car Cruise through Newtown. Please see information here.
Pottstown High Street July 11th

by: Kim Spiece

Since Montgomery County has finally moved to the green phase, we are exceptionally pleased to open back up the Pottstown High Street Cruise In Car Show where the streets will be physically blocked off. Recently they have be running Cruising High Street but not a physical show due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please keep in mind social distancing, mask wearing, and hand washing to help keep the virus from further spreading. Maybe I will actually get out to a show this year? The event will run from 5-9pm. You can enter at York and HIgh Streets, Pottstown PA.
Quakertown July 11th

by: Kim Spiece

Vintage, Classic, Collector and Antique Car Club Information

Summer has arrived and the weather is getting warmer and daylight lasting longer. We can begin to gather as a group but we are still limited due to 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. 
You can also check out Car Club Directory or Car Club Hunterto find clubs near you.

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., 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

July 2020 Events

    see below!
At this time, these shows are tentatively scheduled for the month of July, some have changed to cruises instead of actual shows and will need to check with them directly but this is what we have as listed below:
July 10-12   Chrysler Nationals Carlisle Fairgrounds Carlisle PA
July 10   Newtown Antique & Classic Car Cruise Night  Newton PA
July 11   Cruise Pottstown enter at High & York Streets Pottstown PA 5-8pm
July 11   Walmart Parking lot Cruise In Harleysville PA 5-8pm
July 18   Race 4 The House Maple Grove Speedway, Mohnton PA
July 18   Doylestown at Dusk Car Show Doylestown PA
July 25   Cruise for the Troops Main Street Exton PA
July 31-Aug 2   Rescheduled Ford Nationals Carlisle Fairgrounds Carlisle PA
August 1   Maple Grove Raceway Swap Meet  Mohnton PA
 
 
 
 

In the Shop

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!
 

1951 Chrysler Windsor

by: Ross Belovich
This 1951 Chrysler Windsor is ready to go home. After considerable work and cleaning the layers of dirt and age off, it is once again a good reliable car as was designed. See the article in the October 2019 Newsletter for the story about it's arrival here.

Among other things and various engine work, we completely rebuilt the entire braking system, the fuel system, and portions of the electrical system. The original automatic transmission was still in good shape and just needed little more than a cleaning and fluid change. The interior was thoroughly cleaned and sanitized and is in surprisingly good shape. This is a nice piece of automotive history that will now live on to be enjoyed by future generations.

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 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.

Did you know?

by: Kim Spiece
I am amazed at how creative people can be. With our society and local communities being "locked down" 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!

Lady Liberty

by: Kim Spiece
She is unarmed, a light in one hand and a tablet in the other inscribed with the date when the United States formally broke from English rule: July 4, 1776.As July 4th approaches to celebrate our Independence Day and we Americans struggle with divisions within our communities, immigration, heritages, politics and religion, I wanted to share a poem written by Emma Lazarus in 1883 regarding Lady Liberty. At that time there were immigrants entering the United States in great numbers including Italians, French, Greeks, Russian-Jewish, Irish and others. This is an Italian sonnet written by a Jewish-American woman celebrating a statue forged in France and contrasting it with a statue in ancient Greece. This statue holds a beacon in her hand, signaling "world-wide welcome" and became known as the Mother of Exiles.

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
She's saying to us; we aspire to be free, come all who yearn for freedom. She is an image of peace and hospitality, welcoming all of us in. You will never look at Lady Liberty the same again!

The 1964 Studebaker Lark Daytona

by: Kim Spiece
Sticking with my theme of historic vehicles that I have not heard of, nor remember, the feature this month is a 1964 Studebaker Lark Daytona Convertible. It's a mid-60's compact cleanly chiseled, fresh design in the body structure being one of the most practical, economical and attractive Studebakers ever made. They were once considered the most successful independent automobile maker in America yet they were reduced to producing limited quantities. The Daytona model was a youth-oriented, high performance version of the Lark and had a clean, European influenced style. You could purchase a 2-door hardtop for  $2308 or go for the convertible version slightly higher at $2843. It came with a V8 with horsepower ranging from 210 to 335hp. Of the hardtops there were 2414 produced with only 703 of the convertible style. It was introduced to Americans as a sporty, personalized compact car. Studebaker's declining sales volume makes these models quite rare today!
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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