- Through the Rearview Mirror
- Amelia Island 2010
- Grand Classic at Malvern
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calendar of Vintage Car Events for the Spring 2010
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Auctions, Concours shows, charity runs,
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Collector Car Appreciation Day is
The U.S. Senate has issued a resolution designating
July 9, 2010 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.”
This effort was undertaken by SEMA
(SAN) representatives in Washington, D.C.
as a means of raising awareness of the vital role automotive
restoration and collection plays in American society. As
the date approaches, events, car shows, and cruises are being
planned nationwide. How will you recognize the
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planned to commemorate the first ever Collector Car
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please let them know so they can publicize your show or cruise
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Our First Annual Open House
We had a
great turnout for our first annual Open House in May this
year. Members of the VFR of the Cadillac/ LaSalle Club
and the Pottstown AACA stopped by for a guided tour and
Dorian Custodia, our metal
technician, demonstrated use of the English wheel, the pull
max and showed the buck and metal work for the Jaguar pedal
car. In the paint area, Curtis Bohn and Chris
Williams, explained the steps involved in woodgraining a
dash for a 1941 Cadillac.
Mike Engard, Barb
Plant and Dave Hutchison gave guided tours of the
building to all of the enthusiasts who stopped by. A good time
was had by all and we look forward to doing it again in
Through the Rear View
(a look back at upcoming events for
classic car fans)
By Barbara Heppenstall Plant
We took a 1935
Hudson Terraplane to the Eastern Regional HET Meet in
Mt. Laurel, NJ. Hosted by the Garden State Chapter of the
H-E-T Club, the event was called "Hudson Fun in the Fifties."
Approximately 20 Hudsons attended the event.
The most interesting was
the 1937 Hudson car with a slide-out trunk. The owner of the
1935 Hudson was very pleased to see his car mocked up with the
painted fenders and trunk lid on his car.
There was also an
interesting tech session on how to pull the hub off a
step-down vehicle. The front interior must be removed in a
step-down Hudson to remove the transmission to change the
This show was
hosted by the Valley Forge Mustang Club. The mustangs
were off on one field by themselves. There were at least 75
mustangs ranging from 1965 to 2010.
The one I was most
impressed with was the Police Cruiser. All together, there
were about 400 cars at this show. They were still coming in at
12:30 pm. The range was from early 20's to 70 muscle cars. I
took a customer's 1931 Chrysler Roadster that is for sale.
This car drew alot of interest and a potential buyer.
Orchard was a great site for a large car show. There were at
least 275 cars ranging from Early Steam cars up to 1970 muscle
cars, all arranged on a nice sloping hill among the strawberry
patches and the corn fields.
There was a great store with
lots of yummy baked goods and fresh vegetables and beautiful
Next spring when you are thinking of where you
might take a Sunday ride with your car this was a very
well organized show.
Brass in Berks
Brass in Berks is a unique show featuring Pre-1916 and
Brass Era cars. Some of these cars at the show are one of a
few still left in existence. These cars visit Pennsylvania for
a four-day event. The event is kicked off with a car show and
flea market that was held at Penn State Berks County this
year. Then Monday through Thursday the cars went on
tours and visited different locations in Berks, Lancaster and
On this tour, one of the cars -- a
1911 Oakland from Michigan - broke its driveshaft on the very
first day. Luckily, Mike Engard, owner of both Pollock Auto
Restoration and Ragtops & Roadsters, happened to be
attending the Sunday Car Show and offered our services to help
get the car back on the road.
They loaded the Oakland in the
trailer and dropped it off at our shop in Pottstown. We worked
late into Sunday night dismantling the driveshaft to determine
the exact repair needed and also to determine if this was able
to be fixed quickly so that the Oakland could continue on the
Fortunately, we were able to come up with a "speedy
pitstop" type of repair. While the car was being worked on,
the customer was made aware of a split seam on the fuel tank,
which we also repaired. The car was returned to the customer
late Monday night and continued on the tour for the rest of
The Amelia Island Concours
d'Elegance is always one of my favorite shows. Just
when you think Bill Warner has put together a
great show he does one better!
This years’ show (March
14-16) was no exception, as the Concours founder, long-time
photographer and writer for Road & Track magazine, did
another great job of hand-picking the majority of more than
250 European and American vintage race cars and classics. His
past racing experiences always guarantees a strong field of
competition cars. Vintage cars from all over the country and
Europe, some from seldom-seen private collections, came for
display on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia
On Saturday, we attended “The Three Greats”
featuring Richard Petty, "Big Daddy" Don
Garlits, and Carroll Shelby, who was a last
minute substitution for Sir Stirling Moss, who was
unable to attend because of a fall at his home in Britain.
All three drivers shared their stories from back in the
In a panel forum, these legends regaled us
with some “business of racing” tales that involved a hand gun
and many humorous stories of trying to blow up engines from
their colorful careers. Moderator Sam
Posey asked the audience to get involved with the
questions. Big Daddy said that he had learned one very
important thing in his career…."gasoline is for washing parts,
alcohol is for drinking and NITRO–METHANE is for racing!"
Carroll Shelby spoke of the early days of the development of
the Cobra from its roots at AC.
Also, for the first
time this year, both R&M and Goodings held auctions and
sale were reported very strong. There were no signs of
recession at the auctions, where 153 cars sold for a total of
Sunday morning was a very special time
at Amelia. At the crack of dawn, as a light mist enveloped the
island, one could hear the rumblings of many vintage engines
coming to life, from a small four-cylinder Coventry
Climax to the full blown roar of a Porsche
This year’s weather was a bit chilly; however,
the venue was spectacular and the show cars outstanding. There
was one big difference for me - for the first time, I attended
as a spectator as we did not field a car in the show this
year. It gave me a much different perspective, allowing me to
take it all in and wander the show field among the 18,000
attendees and enjoy the sights and sounds. It was the largest
crowd I can remember.
Entering the show I saw an
impressive display of many of the race cars driven by this
year’s honoree, “The King” Richard Petty. A couple of
steps further was a row of ten Porsches 917s! The
Concours also highlighted the 40th Anniversary of
Porsche's inaugural victory at the 24 Hours of
Daytona and LeMans by showcasing a number of influential 917s.
Local Philadelphia collector, Dr Fred Simeone, had
his “Hippie Car” in this impressive group.
sports cars everywhere you turned, including the one and the
only Jaguar XJ13 Prototype - I've read about
it, now I can’t say I've never seen it.
ranged from the Concours d’ Elegance classifications of
Duesenberg, European and American
Classics to the Concours de Sport classes
of Ferarri, Sports GT Cars and Race
Cars; I really enjoy how Bill keeps things fresh by coming
up with some unusual classes each year. This year's classes
included Motor Trend Cover Cars, Cars You Never
Knew Existed, Forgotten
Fiberglass, Etceterini, and many similar
The “Birdcage” Maseratti
Tipo 61" owned by Jonathan
Feiber that was autographed earlier by Shelby, went
on to capture Best of Show in Concours de Spirit. Sam
and Emily Mann chalked up their fourth Concours de
Elegance victory with their stunning 1937
While it was great to these
incredible automobiles and listen to these wonderful speakers,
we have to remember the there is a serious side to the
Concours. Not counting this year, the show has raised an
estimated $1.6 million to benefit the Community Hospice of
Northeast Florida. It was a terrific weekend
and I am already wondering how Bill will top himself next
Grand Classic at
Roadsters double-teamed the Grand Classic at Malvern
this year, with Dave Hutchison attending on
Friday, April 16 and Mike Engard taking over
on Saturday, April 17.
Dave spent some of
his time Friday helping the local DVR chapter of
the Classic Car Club of
America with parking trucks and trailers. Then it
was off for a bus trip to the Simeone Foundation
Auto Museum, where about 45 people had dinner and
listened to Harry Hurst talk about the "Full Classics"
including a 1937 Cord, 1935 Auburn, and the largest collection
of Alfa HCs in the world.
coordinator Thym Smith was recognized and
presented by Howard
Schaevitz and Cliff
Woodbury (co-directors of the CCCA) with a copy of
"The Spirit of Competition," photographer Michael Furman's
book showcasing Dr. Frederick Simeone's amazing automobile
The tour culminated with a hands-on
demonstration of the '66 Ford Mark 4 GT40 in Dr. Simeone's
On Saturday, Mike Engard drove a 1941
Cadillac Series 62 convertible coupe from Perkasie to
Malvern for the Grand Classic. The car, owned by Mr.
Lea, a Pollock Auto Restoration client,
was a pleasure to drive to and from the Desmond
After registration and photos, Mike parked the
car in the Exhibitors Class. Then it was time for the Judge's
breakfast -- this was Mike's first time as an Apprentice Judge
for the CCCA. Working with team leader Robert Franz, judging
was an "eye-opening experience" as they walked, talked and
shook hands. Among other vehicles, his team judged a 1931 AC,
a 1939 Packard and several other
"I really enjoy the CCCA," Mike
said. "At most shows you see three or four truly remarkable
cars. At the Grand Classic, it was all special, unique stuff.
Every car was a standout in its own right. Seeing them all in
one field was quite impressive."
How the Pennsylvania Budget May
Gov. Ed Rendell has proposed lowering the
state sales tax from six percent to four percent. That's the
The bad news is that he also has proposed
taxing many items that previously had been exempt from sales
tax as a way to help close the state's budget gap. Among the
items he wants to tax areautomobile storage and towing.
While not big-ticket items, if sales tax is added to these
services, your bill may increase.