- Through the
- Through the Rearview Mirror
- Spotlight on John
- What a Deusy of a Show
- Million Dollar
- Car Collector Appreciation Day
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22-27: New England 1000,
New Paltz, NY
26: HCCP Cruise Night, Concorde,
27-29 -- New Jersey Vintage
Grand Prix, Millville, NJ
28: Historic Auto Display
“Estate Vehicles,” Wilmington, DE29: 100th
Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis, IN
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Through the Windshield:
A Look at
On Sunday, May 22,
we’ll be at the Concours of the Eastern United
States, which will be held for the first time at
Skytop Lodge, in Skytop, PA. The 1935 Hudson Terraplane, which
has been undergoing restoration here at Pollock, has been
invited to this incredible venue for what should be a great
showing of “A Celebration of Styling & Design.”
The following Sunday (May 29) we’ll be in attendance at
the 30th Annual Chester County Car Show. This
is a fun, county fair-type of car show hosted by the Valley
Forge Mustang Club.
Through the Rear View Mirror:
Look Back at Previous Events
It's been a busy spring here in the shop in Pottstown, as
well as at our sister shop, Ragtops &
in Perkasie, Bucks County.
Unfortunately, seat time for our classic cars has been in
short supply because of all the rain, especially on the
Everyone seemed to have a great time last month at our
second annual Open House and Shop Tour in April. More than 100
classic car guys and gals came out to see what’s new in that
shop and enjoy a special lunch treat.
The Terraplane was a popular attraction, as was a 1971
Plymouth Road Runner that is nearing completion of a major
Sellersville resident Terry
Morningstern (above), the proud owner of a 1930 Ford Model A,
won a detail bag in a raffle.
Our entire staff was in attendance to answer questions
about restoration techniques. Dorian Custodia (below)
demonstrated his metal-shaping skills while Curtis Bohn
handled paint related questions.
By Barbara Heppenstall
John Shiban, upholster extraordinaire,
has been honing his skills for more than five decades. John
began his career right here in Pottstown at Pollock Auto
Restoration, working part-time under the tutelage of Joe
O’Kief from Thorndale.
However, John came by his craft naturally; his father was
the first featured upholster in Autotrim
In 1960, John set up his own shop in
Lansdale, Pennsylvania and continued to be the main
upholsterer for Pollock Auto Restoration. In 2005, John moved
from Lansdale back to Pottstown, subletting space from Ralph
DeStefano, who owned Pollock at the time.
While he has done many interiors during his career, when
asked what was the most difficult, John’s response was the
1935 Hudson Terraplane. I am sure there were many others that
I was discussing the jobs in the shop with a “car” friend
of mine; it turns out John and his father re-upholstered the
seats in one of his cars back in the early 1980s. My friend
still has the car and says the seats are just like new.
John talents run from recreating an entire interior from
just pictures to dismantling and recovering seats with a
pre-fabricated kit. His body knowledge and talent are hard to
come by, rarely appreciated, and soon to be lost without the
sparkle in someone’s eye to be an apprentice. We count
ourselves very lucky to have this gentleman at our
What a Duesy
of a Show!
By Dave Hutchison
Incredible Cars. Big crowds. Spectacular weather.
That pretty much sums up the 16th Annual
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, held March 11-13
this year. Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island
Concours d'Elegance is among the top automotive events in the
Always held the second full weekend in
March, "Amelia' drew a record 280 rare vehicles from
collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island
at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a
celebration of the automobile like no other. More than 20,000
people attended Sunday's show.
This was my fifth trip to Amelia since we were
invited in 2003 to show my Vignale-bodied 1961 Italia 2000,
and my third in a row.
I've said it before and I'll say
it again: "Amelia" is the best Concours on the East Coast, bar
none. What makes it special, above all, is the quality of the
collector vehicles that are on display. With connections all
over the country and in Europe, show
Warner and crew attract a diverse collection, from brass up to
modern super cars on display.
Million-Dollar Cars of the
(From the 70s)
Bertone, the famous Italian car
designer, is selling off some of its most famous concept cars
from the Disco Era. They're a little pricey but it's fun to
think about what it would be like to own one of
SEMA Sets July 8
Collector Car Appreciation
The date marks the second commemoration in what will
become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role
automotive restoration and collection plays in American
society. SEMA and its councils are now working to secure
a Congressional resolution to recognize the day’s
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