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June 2018

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In This Edition:

Through the Windshield

Is it "special"?

by: Kim Spiece 

What makes a car special? Unique? Is it a classic? is it a collectible? How can you tell?  There are a wide range of cars that begs these questions. What makes a car a collectible? Questions arise such as what is the year of the car, the make or model? Was there a limited production of a certain style?  Are they just cars of a time gone by?  There are no set rules or answers here. Just giving you some food for thought. American Car Collector will be conducting a segment in their next issue on this very thing. Let's see what Jim Pickering comes up with. Tune in next month for some 'answers'.  https://www.americancarcollector.com/

2018 The Elegance at Hershey

June 8-10, 2018

by: Kim Spiece

 

The Elegance is a weekend-long celebration that begins with the Grand Ascent, a vintage hill climb, behind Hotel Hershey, of historic race cars in the European tradition. The two-day hill climb also features a sponsor and vendor area for participants and spectators. Cars & Coffee will be held on Saturday morning adding to the celebration of the event. There will be a gala-themed night-time party and celebration to benefit charities. The highlight of the weekend will be The Elegance, a garden-type party featuring the world's finest collector cars spread throughout the beautiful manicured gardens of the Hotel Hershey. http://theeleganceathershey.com/

2018 Philadelphia Concours D'Elegance

June 16, 2018

by: Kim Spiece

Classic car collectors throughout North America are invited to participate in the premier Concours held Father's Day weekend at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, PA. The show is presented by Cool Cars for Kids Inc. This year's classes are: Open cars, Closed cars, Prewar cars, Postwar cars, and Sports cars. There will be a Preview Gala Friday evening including cocktails, dinner, silent auction and celebrity keynote. The Concours is the highlight of the two day event on Saturday which will include professional judging and awards for historical accuracy, technical merit, and style. There will be food and specialty vendors along with a car corral and access to the museum. For more information: http://www.simeonemuseum.org/museum-news/submissions-now-open-2018-philadelphia-concours-delegance

Club Information

2018

Car Show Season has finally arrived even though it kept trying to hold on tighter this year than most.  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.


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 Hunter to find clubs near you.

Classic Car Calendar of Events

Reoccurring Events

1st Mon   North Penn Model A Ford Club Mthly Mtg., Lansdale, PA
1st Wed   AACA Pottstown Region Mthly Mtg., Pennsburg, PA
1st Sat   Ontelaunee AACA Monthly Meeting., Krumsville 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
Every Sat   Cars And Coffee Old Forge Motors, Lansdale, PA

JUNE

6/2   Nostalgia Night Car Show, Pottstown, PA
6/16    Philadelphia Concours "Cool Cars for Kids"
6/16   Annual Lansdale Under the Lights
6/16   23rd Annual AACA Museum Car Show
6/17   Continental Car Day
6/18-21   Willy's Overland Knight Annual Meeting
6/22-24   Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals
6/23-24   SVRA Vintage Grand Prix
6/23- 24   Pagoda Hill Climb
6/23-7/1   Hemmings "The Great Race"

Working 2018 calendar PDF NOW AVAILABLE!

 

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 Shop Now

1950 Plymouth

by: Ross Belovich, Shop Foreman

This 1950 Plymouth is back on the road again with it's proud owner. Pollock Auto Restoration has just finished a complete engine rebuild as well as a few other reliability issues. This car has been in the owner's hands for quite some time now and he is very happy to be out enjoying it again.

In the Rearview

Delaware Valley Region CCCA Grand Classic

May 2-6, 2018
By: Kim Spiece  

 

The Delaware Valley Region CCCA Grand Classic along with Grand Stutz and Marmon Muster held their show at the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg this past month. It was my first time ever attending a CCCA type of show. It was an awesome opportunity to see Prewar cars at their finest. As you will see by my many photos I really enjoyed seeing these up close and learning some things along the way. During the four-day show we also had the opportunity to tour Frank Buck's Collection in Gettysburg and the William Wessels Collection in Dillsburg. There was a special display of a 1918 Packard Army Truck with its owner Dave Lockard sharing its history with us.  
These are my picks of the show that impressed me the most.  Above left is a 1929 Blackhawk 4 passenger Speedster owned by John & Betty Grunder. The picture above right is a 1929 Dupont Roadster Waterhouse owned by Kelly Kinzle from Oxford, PA.  Bottom left, Bob Broeze's 1926 Wllys Knight and bottom right, Dave Lockard's 1918 Packard Army truck
Here are pictured some of the cars that were on display. Top left is my favorite out of them all, a 1929 Lincoln Sport Phaeton owned by C. Vaughan Lewis from Marcy NY. Top right is a 1936 Cord Phaeton owned by Thomas Haines from Baltimore, Md. The bottom photos show a 1940 Lasalle 4Dr Sedan owned by Bud & Barbara Coleman from Malvern, PA and a 1932 Chrysler RS Coupe owned by William Sipko from Winber, PA.
Coming in at a close second for me was the 1930 Packard Phaeton 7 passenger owned by Leigh Brent from Baltimore, MD pictured top left.  We also had the pleasure of bringing along one of our clients' babies, his 1926 Willys Knight, owned by Bob Broeze from Yardley, PA. "Willy" as I nicknamed him, brought a lot of attention and talk to the show. It was a special unique show for me, not the normal street rods or muscle cars and I am looking forward to an invite for next year.

Cruisin' Ocean City Maryland

May 17-20, 2018
By: Kim Spiece

Ocean City Cruzers returned to their favorite beachside resort town for the 28th annual multi day show. Sadly, the weather put a damper on many activities that we normally get to enjoy during the four day event. Still, each morning the cars proudly paraded down the boardwalk into the Inlet parking area to one of the main show areas. The other was held at the Convention Center on Coastal Highway. Regardless of the rainy weather, we still set up our display for people to stop by, grab a few goodies, ask questions and sign up for our newsletter.  I popped out each morning to grab a few photos of some of the courageous owners who brought out their "babies" in the very damp weather.  I look forward to going back again next year which will be my 8th year returning.
Its an experience each person should have on their Bucket List. Attend a car show at the beach on the boardwalk. Trust me, you won't regret it.  Pictured below left, Grundy trophy winner a 1959 Chevy Pickup from Shillington, PA. Very fine looking specimen. It got my vote. My favorite place to be, on the beach first thing in the morning ,watching the sun rise and looking for seashells. My happy zone. What's yours?

2018 BBC Brass National Tour

By: Michael Engard

On May 21st members of the Horseless Carriage Club of America gathered together for a flea market and three days of touring, rain or shine, at the Railroad Museum in Strasburg, PA.  Pollock Auto Restoration has attended this event for several years and we thoroughly enjoy this opportunity to meet some extremely knowledgeable people and to check out their beautiful brass cars.  The HCCA has defined the Horseless Carriage as any pioneer gas, steam, or electric motor vehicle built or manufactured prior to January 1, 1916.
On this rainy weekend, 85 pioneer cars were brought together to tour the countryside. Each day the enthusiasts would drive their cars 50 to 75 miles to see the sights around Lancaster and to enjoy driving and socializing with like-minded devotees of these amazing cars. We brought along, what is thought to be the last and only, 1910 Pickard belonging to David Pickard. Pickards were built in Boston, MA from 1908 to 1912 and feature a unique air-cooled 4 cylinder engine with overhead valves.

Did You Know

By: Kim Spiece

Did you know that the Hill-holder was first introduced in 1936 as an option for the Studebaker President?  It is a mechanism invented by Wagner Electric and manufactured by Bendix Brake Company that holds the brake until the clutch is at the friction point, making it easier to start up hills from a stop with a manual transmission.  By 1937 this unit, now known as NoRoL by Bendix, was made available on other vehicles as well including Hudson, Nash, and many others. Later, the mechanism was available in American car parts stores from the late 1930's through the 1950's, so that car owners could purchase and add it to their vehicle to improve convenience. 
Pollock Auto Restoration is here to help keep your car performing and looking it's best. Call now to schedule your pre-season work to ensure your pride 'n' joy's service, repair, maintenance, and cosmetic needs are met before this year's driving season begins.  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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