May 2016

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Ragtops & Roadsters Open House

Saturday, May 14th

Please join us at our sister shop, Ragtops & Roadsters, for our 22nd Annual “Spring Open House”. All motorcar enthusiasts and friends are invited to tour our shop and meet our staff. We will have many cars in the restoration process to see here at our shop located at 203 South Fourth Street Perkasie, PA 18944. Scones, tea and coffee will be served in the morning and refreshments will be available throughout the day. Our street and car park will be open for all who bring their Sports Cars! We will also have a British Car “Autojumble”; that’s new old stock and used vintage parts for sale. Our "Car Corral" will offer a variety of cars from show quality to project cars. No need to register, just stop by! For directions please visit our website at www.ragtops.com. After a short, not so snowy winter, we are really looking forward to some sunny weather and seeing all of our sports car friends again! If the weather looks questionable, please, call Saturday morning as we may move our event to Sunday, May 15, 2016 if necessary.

50th AACA Eastern Division National Spring Meet

May 19–21

We have just entered the Railton Fairmile for it's journey through AACA judging.  
Saturday, May 21st is show day. There is no entrance fee to the motorsports park to come and see the show. Everything will take place at the New Jersey Motorsports Park. Set your GPS to 8000 Dividing Creek Road, Millville, NJ  08332. Stop by to see Dave with the 1937 Railton Fairmile.

DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE / FLIER HERE
Information on hotels is found on the brochure.

Elegance at Hershey

Friday - Sunday June 10th-12th

Pollock Auto Restoration is once again looking forward to being part of the "Elegance at Hershey". This has quickly become one of the best Concours in the country. This is an automotive garden party featuring the world’s finest collector vintage and antique cars, arrayed around the manicured formal gardens of The Hotel Hershey.Car owners, and those who adore their cars, gather for a day of mutual admiration and relaxed camaraderie while special guest judges review and critique the participants’ cars.

Newsflash! The 1937 Railton Fairmile has just been invited to the ELEGANCE!

Technicians Needed

Pollock Auto Restoration, a premier classic and antique automotive restoration facility, is currently accepting applications for technicians. We offer a rewarding career that is more than just a job. You will have an opportunity to produce work of the highest quality that may receive national recognition and attend some of the most prestigious events in the world. If you want to be part of our team, please email Ross at shopforeman@pollockauto.com

Our ideal candidates will be well versed a wide variety of fields related to classic cars. However highly qualified individuals in more specialized fields are encouraged to apply and have a chance to broaden their skill set while here.We currently have needs for someone in these areas: metal fabrication, bodywork, paint, and mechanics.All applicants should have:
  • Attention to detail
  • Efficient use of time, job tracking and organization
  • Good attendance and work habits
  • Desire to do their best
We offer benefits, healthcare, and retirement. Part time candidates may be considered.

Classic Car Calendar of Events

5/13   Saratoga Autoshow Collection Tour, Saratoga Springs, NY
5/14   22nd Annual Ragtops & Roadsters Spring Open House, Perkasie, PA
5/14   Cadillac Dealer Show Faulkner Cadillac, Trevose, PA
5/15   HCCP Spring Meet, Linvilla Orchards, PA
5/19   Historical Car Club of PA Cruise Night, Aston, PA
5/19–5/21   AACA Eastern Division National Spring Meet, Vineland, NJ
5/21   Automobiles of Ruth Wales and Henry Francis DuPont, Winterhur, DE
5/23–5/26   15th Annual “Brass in Berks” National BBC Tour, Strasburg, PA
5/29   100th Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis, IN
5/29   35th Annual Chester County Car Show, Kimberton, PA

Complete 2016 calendar PDF now available HERE!

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

The original front seats for a 1936 Rolls Royce Phantom III are carefully disassembled so we can use them for patterns.  Every little piece holds clues so they are saved throughout the restoration processes. 

In the Rearview

JWR Museum, Frackville, PA

We finally had the opportunity to take a tour with the DVR CCCA of a private collection known as JWR Museum in Frackville, PA. You may recognize some of these cars as this family founded the Elegance at Hershey and has consistently supported the Philadelphia International Auto Show over the recent years. My personal favorite was the 1931 Avions Voisin C20 “Mylord” Demi-Berline pictured below. 

Pinehurst 2016..... A Taste of Southern Hospitality

by: Dave Hutchison, Ragtops & Roadsters, Operations Manager

We just returned from our first trip to a relatively new Concours in Pinehurst NC. Now in it’s fourth year, the Pinehurst Concours is quickly becoming one of the gems of the south. We arrived at the welcome reception at the Fairborn, a recently restored former horse barn, now the reception hall next to the Pinehurst Trotters Track. It's no secret that North Carolina is proud to be the home to twenty-five percent of our military forces, so with that in mind, the USO has been the benefactor of the Concours. Along with gracious southern hospitality, we were treated to a wonderful spirited all-female vocal performance by the USO Show Troupe from NYC. Later a very sobering first-hand account of an Iraq war veteran’s courage and struggle to rebuild his life after losing both legs in battle. Truly a remarkable young man, as he just completed the Boston Marathon with his "new" legs. It goes without saying, that this is a very worthy cause.

This Concours was held on Saturday unlike the majority we have attended over the years. The skies were overcast but the weather held throughout day to keep temperatures comfortable. We were on the field and set up the Triumph Italia 2000 by 8 am and the judging was done before noon. Our class consisted of nine cars, or should I say eight cars and one remarkable, very rare (1 of 20 built by Zagato), 1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Berlinetta. Okay, so we know who is getting “First in Class” as the restoration was consistent with this car’s pedigree. Perfect inside and out. Nonetheless, you'll find the Italia in good company in Automobile Magazine's "10 Cool Cars from the 2016 Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance!"
About 100 cars comprised the thirteen classes that were displayed on what is known as America’s premier golf course. Not overwhelming at all, as the field was nicely arranged in circles and arches on the fine cut greens. Race cars, motorcycles, classics and sports cars including a beautiful 1938 Packard 1608, a very handsome 1928 Auburn 8-88 Boattail and a this one-off Gangloff bodied 1935 Bugatti Type 57 were all looking their best. Domestic classes and a special class for Corvette and Ferrari were included. The local Ferrari car club and others clubs came out to display about 200 cars in the "Club Parking" on the fairway. The mood was relaxed and casual and there was plenty of time to enjoy everyone's passion and share their part of automotive history. We were told that attendance was up from last year. The award ceremony was MC’d by Bill Rothermel who always does a great job. The 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier Sports Wagon drew alot of attention and First in Class awards were awarded to each of the thirteen classes. Yes, as expected, and deservedly so, that stunning Maserati A6C took First in Class in Post War Closed Sportscar. We were very pleased to receive one of the two Pinehurst Awards for Al and Robin Anspaugh’s 1960 Triumph Italia 2000 GT. This collaborative effort, by both Pollock Auto Restoration and Ragtops & Roadsters, debuted last spring at Amelia Island where this special car earned an Amelia Award. That makes four awards for four Concours! Now off to the AACA Grand National in Williamsport, PA next month!
The Best in Show went to an absolutely over the top 1928 Issotta Fraschini 8ASS built in Italy with an Ostrich leather interior (certainly not politically correct today) and bodied by LeBaron here in the states. The current owner, Peter Boyle of Oil City, PA is now a two-time winner as he also won Best of Show at the inaugural Pinehurst Concours in 2013 with his 1938 Steyr 220 Roadster. This was a very well run Concours by an army of friendly volunteers and we strongly recommended this event!  As we left, we paid compliments to the staff and were told "Weee're Tar Heels! We just don't stand around. We DO!" And so they DID as we we had a great weekend with a very relaxed casual atmosphere. We will definitely return for more southern hospitality in the future!
Pollock Auto Restoration is here to help out through the upcoming spring and summer seasons. Maybe it's time to take care of the maintenance, restoration, preservation, and upgrade needs on your car's wish list? 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!

Dave & the Staff at Pollock Auto Restoration
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