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May 2019

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In This Edition:

A Great Story

by, Kim Spiece

   One of our clients shared this story with us that I just had to share with all of you. It made my heart sing!  Recently, our client had some damage done to his beloved VW Beetle, Herbie the Love Bug.  He brought it into the shop for repairs that Karolyn and Kelly completed in a very timely manner. The following email was sent to us by the owner, Gabriel Nathan along with the photos pictured above:

Hi guys, I just wanted to share a few pictures with you of the birthday event for Kurt, who turned 32 on Monday. He has developmental disabilities and he, like me, is a life-long Herbie fan. His sister asked me to bring Herbie to his birthday dinner at Sullivan's Steakhouse in Wilmington DE on Monday night, which is why I was up your butts to get Herbie done asap. You guys took care of it for me, even though you were short-staffed on Monday, and so I was able to make it down to Delaware for Kurt. He was over the moon at seeing Herbie and getting a ride. We were even quoting "Love Bug" dialogue lines together. It was wonderful and you guys helped make it happen.
The repair work, to me, is just mind-blowing. I feel like a dummy, getting work done at Pollock when I don't have the pocket-book that is commensurate with the outstanding work that you do, but you take great care of Herbie, and of me, and I sincerely appreciate it.  It is worth the drive up, every single mile. thank you for putting my old friend back together again, so beautifully, and thank you for helping make Kurt's 32nd birthday possibly his best one yet. Gabe

And we want to send our sincere thank you Gabe for your kind words, from Karolyn, Kelly and all the gang here at Pollock. It's customers like you who help make us great and we really appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts. We take great pride and joy in our work.

Through the Windshield

Muscle at the Mall
May 4th, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

.The Pottstown Classics Car Club has for many years held the Nostalgia Nights Car Cruise Show on High Street in Pottstown, PA.  Unfortunately, with the rising costs of putting on such a show the club had to move the show, which is now going to be held at Coventry Mall where the food court and bathrooms will be available to spectators and show participants.  For years the show attracted hundreds of fine vehicles and spectators from the local area and beyond.  Beginning with May 4th, the first Saturday of every Monday through September, the show will be held from 5 to 9pm at Coventry Mall on the Dick's Sporting Goods & Kohl's side of the mall. They are partnering with North Coventry Police Dept. in their quest to raise funds to purchase and train a new K-9 officer. Admission is $10 per vehicle. A Facebook posting by the club calls the event "Muscle at the Mall". For more information please see: http://pottstownclassics.org/

Pottstown Car Show

May 4th, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

After hearing that the Nostalgia Nights would not be held on High Street in Pottstown PA after years of entertainment and enjoyment, Red Horse Motoring Club stepped forward to keep this tradition alive. They met with Borough officials, downsized the amount of roads that would be open to lower the costs, thus restoring the monthly car show to Pottstown High Street.  It will be open to all cars, trucks and motorcycles with no entry fees.  They decided against trophies, judging, and registration, to encourage you come out and just enjoy the night in downtown Pottstown with other fellow car enthusiasts, sharing a decades long tradition.  Restaurants will be open for service. 
The event will still be held the first Saturday of each month just as it always was, thus coinciding with the Pottstown Classics Car Club show at the Mall.  I see it this way, the more the merrier, hit up two shows that Saturday night, who says you have to pick and choose? Go to both!!  That's my philosophy.
Information regarding Red Horse Motoring Club can be found at:  https://redhorsemotoring.com/

29th Annual Cruisin Ocean City

May 16-19th, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

I will be traveling and attending the annual Cruisin Ocean City Maryland car show this year once again as it returns to the beachside resort town. It is one of my favorite shows out of the year because you get to see such a variety of automobiles all in one location. So whether you are into street rods and hot rods or you are more of an enthusiast of the original antique and classic cars, there will be more than one that will catch your eye, that I can promise you.  It is held at the Inlet which is where I will be located and also at the Convention Center located on Coastal Highway. It is a nationally recognized event that attracts more than 3300 vehicles and people from over 20 states including Canada. There will also be a boardwalk parade of "old" cars and several vendors and manufacturers on hand at the Inlet. As you cruise around town you will find a multitude of small car shows of their own where enthusiasts will gather after show hours as well. Be sure to check this show out if you have never been there. You will not regret it.
For more show information and announcements : https://www.oceancity.com/cruisin-ocean-city/

Ragtops & Roadsters Open House

May 18th, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

36th Annual Chester County Antique Car Club & Valley Forge Mustang Club  Kimberton Fairgrounds Car Show

May 26th, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

The annual Chester County Antique Car Club in conjunction with Valley Forge Mustang Club will hold their 40th annual car show on the Kimberton Fire Co. Fairgrounds in Kimberton, PA. It is open to all antique & classic cars, street rods, trucks, motorcycles, and of course all models of Mustangs. There will also be a car corral, tractors, arts & crafts, Chinese auctions, flea market and food court.  We will be set up in the flea market area so please stop by to say hello and grab a few goodies.
http://chescoacc.com/index.html     https://www.thevfmc.org/

Ford Nationals

May 31 - June 2, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

The annual Ford Nationals Carlisle event at the Fairgrounds in Carlisle PA will be taking place May 31 to June 2.  It is known as the largest all-Ford show in the world featuring Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Euro. It will be hosting over 3000 vendors this year with plenty to see, buy and do. The biggest aspect of this event is honoring and  celebrating the 50th year of the Mustang Mach 1. It was the benchmark year for the Ford Mustang brand when it came to performance and engine packages. I myself, along with my hubby, Jim, have a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 at home, currently a work in progress, and we're hoping to have it together enough to display at the show.   Many major companies will be featured on the Manufacturer's Midway.
To see more information look at: https://www.carlisleevents.com/events/events-detail/index?id=ford+nationals  

Vintage, Classic, Collector and Antique Car Club Information

Spring has arrived. 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 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 Hunter to find clubs near you.

Classic Car Calendar of Events

Recurring Events

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

May Events

5/3 – 5/5   Greenbriar Concours d'Elegance, White Sulphur Springs, WV
5/3 – 5/5   Rhinebeck Car Show and Swap Meet, Rhinebeck, NY
5/4   45th Annual Flea Market Ford V-8 Club, Leesport, PA
5/4   Kiawah Island Concours d’Elegance, Kiawah Island, SC
5/4   Nostalgia Nights Pottstown PCCC, Pottstown, PA
5/4   "Targa Florio" Simeone Museum, Philadelphia, PA
5/5   36th Annual Deutsche Marque Concours d’Elegance, Vienna, VA
5/18   25th Annual Ragtops & Roadsters Spring Open House, Perkasie, PA
5/19   HCCP Spring Meet Linvilla, Orchards, PA
5/19 – 5/21   Horseless Carriage Clubs National 18th Annual BBC Tour, Strasburg, PA
5/26   103rd Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis, IN
5/26   36th Annual Chester County Car Show, Kimberton, PA
5/31 – 6/2   Carlisle Ford Nationals, Carlisle, PA
5/31 – 6/2   CCCA Grand Classic, Hickory Corners , MI
5/31 – 6/2   Greenwich Concours, Greenwich, CT

 

In the Shop Now

1912 Auburn

by: Ross Belovich, Shop Foreman

      Above, we have started the progress of recreating the hoods for a 1912 Auburn. The blanks are cut out and the edges have had the first rolling performed. In the pictures, you can see that Dorian has made some test panels to verify the bend radius's for the bottom edges. It requires a lot of tedious measuring and fitting, but it won't be long before these will be in final shape and ready for the paint shop.
      Pictured above, leaving the shop today we see the Lotus Elite being loaded up into its trailer after visiting us for storage for this past winter. We had recently performed a complete refinishing of the car after some damage was caused by another vehicle at a gas station. If your classic car has had an accident please call on us. We can help you through the ordeal and assist you in collecting reimbursement from your antique auto insurer and get you back on the road again.

In the Rearview

Mid Atlantic Nationals

April 6-7th, 2019
By: Kim Spiece  

 

      The Mid Atlantic Nationals was held again this year at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. It was our 2nd year attending this show and each year they continue to build onto it. It is considered one of the finest custom car, truck and motorcycle shows of the Northeast.  It showcased over 300 vehicles and about 60 vendors.  Pictured above is a unique kind of vehicle, 1927 Ford T-Roadster listed as "Old Skool" owned by Robert Melani from Langhorne, PA. along with a photo of our vendor area.
 
  I took photos of each and every vehicle that was on display at the show and had a hard time choosing only a few. Hopefully you will enjoy my photos of what I picked out.  Above left to right we have:
a 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 owner Ray Jermyn from Lansdale PA  (now you knew I would include a Mustang somewhere, haha )
a 1939 Ford Deluxe owner Edward Regar from Audubon PA
next a 1930 Ford Model A hot rod owned by Ken Shellenberger from Sanatoga PA
and pictured below are a stunning 1957 Chevy Bel Air owned by my friend Peter Kranz from Harleysville PA and a 1932 Ford Coupe owned by David Mirro of Nazareth PA.
There were so many more I could choose from but then I would run out of room in the newsletter. I will be posting all photos on Facebook under Kim Spiece  look for the album and you can see them all.

Spring Carlisle

April 24-29th, 2019
By: Kim Spiece  

 

Spring Carlisle, what can I say?  You never know what is in store for you when you attend an early Spring show in Pennsylvania. We had good weather the first day then Mother Nature decided to give us a dreary drizzle day for Thursday, but then Friday the skies opened up and we had very stormy weather and torrential rains. Saturday turned out to be a beautiful sunny day until you add in tsunami-type winds at 65 mph; it was no picnic. Well, at least this year it didn't snow.  People still came out in the bad weather in their ponchos and umbrellas.

You can always find something you're looking for and typically at the right price at Spring Carlisle and then there are those things that make you go "wow", never thought I'd see that, as you can see by my photos of the rare and unusual.

It's always a pleasure to attend the show, see what is available, to meet up with old friends and of course meeting new friends. Until next year and once again we will hope for beautiful sunny and warm weather.
It's not just car parts and automotive items that you can find while browsing.
And then you see something you would never expect to see at a "Car" show/flea market. This 'cat-fish' caught my eye, that's for sure.

State-By-State Guide to License Plate Requirements
Newly Updated

by: SEMA & Dave Hutchison

Our clients often ask us how they should register their favorite collector car.  Much depends on how much the car will be driven.  Our owner, Mike Engard, spotted this update on the SEMA website and thought it would be a good idea to pass it along.  
After tracking and influencing license plate legislation nationwide, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) fulfilled the need for a comprehensive resource. The SAN has made it easy to look up each state’s requirements online. 

Bolting a license plate onto one’s prized vehicle is a necessary task that can be unpleasant. Thankfully, available options have made contending with the visual identifier increasingly less painful, yet legal. Governments have recognized the public’s desire for choices and have attempted to adapt their rules over time. In fact, each state offers an alternative plate that varies from the standard issue. Personalized versions continue to be more and more common. Given the choice, the car and truck community would prefer to run only a single, rear-mounted plate. These proposals are overwhelmingly favored by enthusiasts when considered. Such laws save states money, conserve resources and protect the aesthetic contours of collector vehicles.
Delaware:
Antique – Available for vehicles that are more than 25 years old that have been maintained in or restored to a condition that substantially conforms to manufacturer's specifications, and which may be used only for participation in club activities, exhibits, tours, parades and similar uses and not for general transportation.
YOM – Allows for the purchase of replica Year-Of-Manufacture license plates through the Delaware Historic Plate Company. Hobbyists should review the guidelines on the Delaware Historic Plate Company website before purchasing a replica plate.
Maryland:
Historic – Available for vehicles that are at least 20 years old that have not been substantially altered, remodeled, or remanufactured from their original construction.  Historic vehicles cannot be used for general daily transportation.
Street Rod – Available for vehicles that are at least 25 years old that have been substantially altered from the manufacturer's original design.  Street rods cannot be used for general daily transportation.
Special Vintage Reproduction Plate – Reproduction of Maryland’s 1910 plate available to most vehicles, including historic vehicles and street rods.
YOM – Vehicles registered as “Historic” or “Street Rod” may display YOM plates with DMV approval.  The street rod or historic plates must be carried within the vehicle at all times.
New Jersey:
Historic – Available for vehicles that are at least 25 years old and used only for exhibition and educational purposes.
Street Rod – Available for modified antique vehicles manufactured before 1949 that are registered in a New Jersey street rod club or an affiliate of the National Street Rod Association.
YOM – No law on YOM plates. Not allowed.
New York:
Historical – Available for vehicles that are at least 25 years old, used only as collector’s items or exhibition pieces, and not for daily transportation. Some vehicles that are less than 25 years old with unique characteristics may qualify for historical registration.
YOM – Vehicles that are more than 25 years old may display YOM plates with DMV approval. Vehicles registered with YOM plates may not be used for daily transportation.
Pennsylvania:
Antique – Available for vehicles that are more than 25 years old that have been maintained in or restored to a condition which is substantially in conformance with manufacturer specifications.
Classic – Available for vehicles that are at least 15 years old that have been maintained in or restored to a condition which is substantially in conformance with manufacturer specifications and appearance.
Collectible – Available for a reconstructed motor vehicle, but not a reproduction thereof, substantially modified from the manufacturer’s original specifications and appearance and maintained in a collectible condition.
Street Rod – Available for vehicles manufactured in 1948 or earlier with a gross weight of 9,000 pounds or less, and reproductions of such vehicles, that have been materially altered or modified by the removal, addition or substitution of parts.
YOM – Vehicles manufactured in 1906 to 1975 that are registered as “Antique” or “Classic” may display YOM plates with DMV approval.

Did You Know?

by: Kim Spiece

  Did you know that on the 1948 Packard Station Sedan Standard Eight the elaborate hood ornament was known as the "Winged Goddess" and its birch body trim was structural only in the tailgate area?                              
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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