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April 2020

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Pollock Auto Restoration

by: Kim Spiece

   Due to the government orders regarding COVID-19, we here at Pollock have ceased all non essential activities and temporarily suspend operations as of Friday, March 20th, just as many other businesses have. It is a temporary order for a few weeks so the community can get ahead of this virus and stop it's spread. We will closely monitor the situation and once we are able to begin operations, we will again be able to provide you with service, maintenance and restoration work.
Car Show Season

by: Kim Spiece

   Unfortunately with the threat of the Corona virus spreading in many communities, many car shows here in the beginning of the season have been cancelling or postponing their shows due to the government suggesting no gathering of 10 or more people and the Governor's of several states have mandated closure of community events. Please check with the groups directly to confirm whether they are still having their events. Please continue to keep you and your loved ones safe, healthy and happy. We will soon to be able to once again gather together for the passion we all share regarding the classic, antique and vintage automobiles we cherish and love.
Keep Calm and Carry On...

by: Kim Spiece

  We found this story posted by the Rolls Royce Owners Club that we wanted to share as an interesting piece of history. The Keep Calm and Carry On poster shown below was the motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 to prepare for World War II and was intended to boost morale. The belief in the "stiff upper lip", self discipline, fortitude, and remaining calm in adversity was put to paper and print to display to the public to help with the motivation. It was designed by the Ministry of Information sometime in June-July 1939. It was actually a part of a series of three posters  as seen below and were intended to be distributed to strengthen moral during wartime. The posters were produced in 11 different sizes with over 2,500,000 copies printed. It has become a popular theme in various media forms today. 
As we face these difficult times that are affecting everyone worldwide, remember, we will endure!! Stay calm, stay home, stay safe, stay healthy!

Through the Windshield

 

Spring Carlisle

April 22-26th, 2020

by: Kim Spiece

Just received notification, Spring Carlisle has been postponed to May 27-31st following what has been happening all over, as we know within the communities here.  It is day-to-day due to the Corona virus whether some of these events will occur or not.  They have posted on their website and are proactively working towards making it top priority regarding the health, safety and well being of all guests, business partners and staff. They will continue to monitor reports and will keep us informed by posting on their website.
Please see for more information: https://carlisleevents.com/

Several counties in many states have stay at home measures in place to try to curtail the spread of the virus and to utilize social distancing. It is a different situation that we have not had before but we can and will get through these trying times. Stay calm, stay healthy, be safe my friends.

Vintage, Classic, Collector and Antique Car Club Information

Spring has finally arrived and yet many of us are stuck indoors due to the virus pandemic. This gives us time to search clubs, groups and activities for the upcoming season when it gets under way. Many car clubs are looking for new members and volunteers. 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 it 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

Please check with the event sponsors on recurring events this month.
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

April 2020 Events

All Month   We don't expect any events this month.

 

In the Shop

 

1957 Chevrolet

by: Ross Belovich
In the shop now, Corona Virus Madness. Ha-ha! Besides that, this week we have a beautiful 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air 2 door hardtop that was recently acquired by the owner. We gave it a pretty clean bill of health and only changed the ball joints and the speedometer. All ready for enjoying summer, when it gets here.

Deliveries for Spring Driving

This 1937 Packard was brought into our shop for a full evaluation.This car has a great history with records all the way back to the original owner. We took care of some minor service and created a "To Do List" for this "hands on" Packard owner. He said "The crew knows what they are doing and it's done according to how the customer wants it!"
This 1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV  was newly acquired by it's owner. It made it's way back home to it's happy owner after a new wiring harness and some interior work.

In the Rearview Mirror

 

AACA Ontelaunee Region Meet

March 1st, 2020

by: Kim Spiece

The AACA Ontelaunee Region held it's 53rd Annual Swap Meet and Car Corral on March 1st at the Fire Company Field House in Hamburg PA from 7am to 2pm. There were many vendors in attendance carrying various automotive parts, accessories, and memorabilia. Our shop owner, Michael Engard, was there filtering through the various items looking for some great deals as well.
Some of the great bargains that Mike was able to find shown above include a starter and generator and some very cool Bentley sales literature. Ah, and Mike finally found the sports car of his dreams: a Ferrari 250 GTO.
 

25th Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

March 5-8th, 2020

by: Dave Hutchison & Bob De Lucia

FIVE INDIANAPOLIS 500 PENSKE WINNERS!
The classic automotive weekend started well for Bill Murphy and Bob DeLucia as the Hampton Inn hotel shuttle driver told us she used to drag race at Gainesville (Gator Nationals). The automotive vibrations for the weekend had started!
 
Both Bob and Bill from the Delaware Valley Triumph Club took the easy way down that involved a plane! Dave, on the other hand, made the 18-hour drive down solo, towing the 1964 Triumph Italia 2000 GT Vignale (#295) that was invited be on the Concours show field on Sunday. DVT and DVJ members Alan and Robin Anspaugh (1960 Triumph Italia #122) also drove down, though a lot more comfortable, and less stressful in their Ford Expedition. Both of course, made the obligatory stop at the iconic, "South of the Border", to say "Hello" to "Pedro". Hopefully nobody actually ate there! Myself on the other hand blew right past Pedro as I had eaten there in the past!
 
I rolled in with the Pollock/Ragtops truck and trailer at the Hampton Inn late Wednesday afternoon and later that evening, several of us stopped over at the Bonhams Amelia Island Auction preview and viewed more metal "eye candy". Thanks to Greg Porter of Bonhams for preview tickets which included food and drinks!
On a beautiful sunny Thursday morning, we helped (well, sort of, actually sat in the lawn chairs watching!) unload the Italia and precisely detailed the third Triumph Italia Pollock Auto Restoration has shown at Amelia, to perfection. All around the closed off taxiway were many car carriers, unloading their "goods". After taking care of the details, the Italia went back in the trailer all ready for the Porches Driving Experience first thing on Friday morning at the Fernandina Airport. We then visited the activities at the host Ritz-Carlton Hotel, which was the hotbed of motoring activities, motoring celebrities, and everything else motor-related.

Later, on Thursday afternoon with some spotty rain showers, I had signed us up for an RM Sothebys pre-auction tour by Andy Reid of Classiccars.com, of the great cars that would be auctioned off on Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton. Andy gave us a great guided tour, though the offerings he spoke about in the "soft classic car market", RM Sothebys had some huge high dollar offerings. One car that caught my eye was a 1957 Corvette 'Fuelie' that sold for $81,200. At RM, we also met up with Sean Coveleski from Shriner Hospital for Children who is the Senior Director of Corporate Engagement, our contact for the past and upcoming 2020 America's British Reliability Run. Pictured below are those who have participated on the ABRR in past years!
Then it was off that evening to the 5th Annual 2020 Amelia Motoring Film Exhibition where we met part of the 35 cars on the Hagerty Tour "Amelia or Bust" that started this year from Gettysburg, and they drove 1400 miles, all on paved back roads without an inch of interstate down to Amelia while visiting some very impressive private car collections. After four very good shorts, "Four Cam Jam, The Racer, Why I Drive, and another Redline rebuild, a Hagerty produced fantastic slow motion rebuild. This year's feature film was the critically acclaimed "Blink of an Eye" directed by Paul Taublieb. The very well done documentary chronicles racing driver Michael Waltrip's struggles of racing 462 races without a singe win in NASCAR, while in the shadow of his successful brother Darrell, before being hired to drive for Dale Earnhardt, the most feared and iconic driver in NASCAR history. Culminating with Waltrip's first win at Daytona in the most tragic of circumstances.
On Friday morning, some of us went to the auction by Gooding and Company. I was surprised to see so many newer cars and supercars there. A very low mileage 1973 VW Beetle sold at the Gooding auction for an amazing $42,560! Almost no full classics, but this Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster was well bought at $758,000, about $200,000 below it's 2018 value!
After lunch we attended Seminar #1, "Penske Perfect-Effort Equals Results". This was SRO, most crowded I have ever seen. It was a "who's who" of racing including Roger Penske, Rick Mears, John Meacom and Rusty Wallace. MC'ed by Ray Evernham, was entertaining and informative. On Friday evening after the seminar most of us attended, we just relaxed and visited one of our favorite seafood places in Fernandina Beach, "The Crab Trap". Grouper, hush puppies, blue crab bisque and good local pints on tap finished off the night.
Saturday, the "Cars & Coffee" was held on the 10th and 18th fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island. In some previous years this had to be moved because of rain forecast and this event ran concurrently with the Concours. This year, most of the cars were parked by marque (over 30 Alfas) and the "Cars & Coffee" had the fairways to themselves. 450 invited vehicles were on the two fields. It now costs $35 to register which was always free in previous years, and registrants had to apply to display by September 1st. Later that morning, we attended another seminar called "Penske, the Early Years. Again it was hosted by Ray Evernham with a panel of distinguished gentlemen and one special lady, Judy Stropus. Walt Czarneki, Woody Woodward, Don Cox, Chuck Cantwell, Karl Kainhofer, and Jay Signore all shared stories about the early days of Penske Racing. I especially enjoyed Judy's reflection of how she was recruited as the timing and scoring person for Penske for $25 a race that she came to perfect in later years. Don Cox said that when it rained on test days, they went to the pub and talked about the car. On a rain day, Mark Donahue suggested they make the body of the car longer to slip through the air better. Don remarked they had enough aluminum, pop rivets and racers tape so they stretched the body four inches and so was born the Porsche 971/30! Donahue said the air flow was much better resulting in a higher straight line speed test, speeds nearing 240 MPH!
Later on Saturday, after "Cars & Coffee" on the 18th fairway, it was quickly vacated about 2:00pm, Concours vehicles started driving onto the field, in all marques and models. Show cars were being detailed, including the 1964 Triumph Italia 2000 GT by Vignale that was restored by Pollock Auto Restoration and Ragtops & Roadsters. All shows cars were covered with several layers of protective covering for the evening and tucked into bed.
Sunday came early as our alarms went off at 6:30am. After losing an hour of sleep due to the Daylight Saving Time change, we were on the show field before 8:00am. It was warm already but overcast with the high temp only going into the mid 60's for the day; cooler than the usual Amelia experience. The Concours d'Elegance was another display of extraordinary classic cars on the golf course aka show field. Perfection personified. We had staged the car on Saturday so we could take a gander at some of the other vehicles. We had a great location, up towards the entrance, in front of a vendor's tent with plenty of room for lawn chairs compared to years' past.
This year's competition drew more than 350 classic cars and motorcycles into 35 classes onto the fairways. Hundreds of spectators swarmed the field at the 9:30am opening to view the assembly of world-class cars. There were almost literally, far too many to view on the several fairways. The Concours always gathers a group of cars that are associated with the honoree. For the 25th Anniversary, more than 30 Penske vehicles were displayed in four different classes. Cars of Penske was comprised of vehicles that Roger raced himself. In 1966, Penske founded Roger Penske Racing, which later became Team Penske. The three classes represented this era including Team Penske, Team Penske Sunoco, and Penske Indy Winners.
Our client's Italia presented very well, the judges very much enjoyed the car, and I would not hesitate to say it is the best example of an Italia 2000 GT here in the states. It drew a lot of attention, but it was hard to beat a Ferrari Super America 410 (1 of 12) and an Alfa TZ with a cam tail that boasted LeMans racing history!  We still had a great week and it was an honor to be among the superstars of the collector car world.
The "Best in Show Concours d'Elegance Trophy" was given to a 1929 Duesenberg J-218 Limousine owned by the Lehrman Collection, Palm Beach Florida. This distinctive Murphy bodied Town Limousine sports an aluminum roof line that allows the doors to be curved upward into the roof. This feature was carried forward into several future designs for Murphy. The most distinctive features of the J-218 were the angled windshield, surrounded by "clear vision" window pillars and the classic Art Deco paint scheme. The bare aluminum belt line was polished to a mirror finish to divide the black bottom from the white top. Chrome flashes such as door hinges, tool and battery doors complete the look. Vent doors in the hood rather than louvers are also a special feature.
A 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder, owned by Rob Kauffman of Charlotte North Carolina took home the "Best in Show Concours de Sport Trophy". Years ago, "It is to me the perfect racing car," said Indy 500, Can-Am & Trans Am Champion, Mark Donahue, of Porsche's 1500 hp 917/30. It carried him to six victories in eight races and to the 1973 Can-Am Championship. After nearly a half century Porsche's 917/30 is still the most powerful circuit racing car ever made. While no one knows the car's ultimate top speed, it easily achieved speeds of over 200mph at circuits like Watkins Glen and Riverside. It set a closed course speed record of 221.16mph at Talladega Superspeedway in 1975. Now 50 years later, that remains the fastest lap ever recorded on the steeply banked Alabama Superspeedway.

Sunday evening after the show, eight of us gathered at a favorite seafood place overlooking the water, to reminisce about yet another fabulous Amelia Island Concours weekend. Dave was missing? Where's Dave? He was already loaded up and headed north with the Triumph Italia, yet another great time had by all! So, who is going to join us for the 26th Amelia next March?
Hmmm?

Did you know?

by: Kim Spiece

The 1950 Dodge Wayfarer Roadster

by: Kim Spiece
Due to the cancellations of many car shows, I found myself wondering, "what am I gonna write about this month?" So I decided to do some research in the many automobile books I recently purchased to learn more. I am just a "kid", learning about all the great automobiles that were created since Day 1, ha ha. Most importantly though, I am enjoying learning, reading and researching about them. I hope you enjoy my first two picks and I will honestly say I never heard of either of them, that is why I chose to write about them.

The 1950 Dodge Wayfarer was a 6-cylinder 2-door convertible that utilized the same body style as the 1949 models. Dodge made minor changes to the restyling of the trim but came up with a completely new grille. It had 3 heavy horizontal bars with a large chrome plaque that contained the Dodge crest. 2,903 of these were made that year at a factory price of $1727.

A 1953 Kaiser Dragon

by: Kim Spiece
My second choice I have to admit I never heard of before, a 1953 Kaiser Dragon. This particular model is a 6-cylinder Series K530. It was newly introduced on Halloween in 1952. You could say this model was a treat for potential purchasers, yet also a trick. Buyers were tricked into thinking it was a Packard or Cadillac in design. The standard package was $1274 but it came with many extras including: Hydra-Matic transmission, E-Z eye tinted glass, radio with antenna and rear speaker, windshield washer, heater, defrost, air conditioning, gold plated hood and fender name plates and padded "Bambu" vinyl top.  Three different series were released in 1953 each having specific interior and exterior paint schemes and fabric and trim combinations. They are considered a true collectors' dream today.

Barn Finds

by: Kim Spiece
Many of us have come across, or know someone who has found, a "barn find".  They are out there just waiting for someone to find it, to want it and to restore it. This may be the automobile of our dreams. Regardless of what you find, if you want it, you have to have it. It's easy to dismiss a vehicle's problems when you're in the moment and ready to make any move just to have it. Everything is fixable, yes, for a price. Impatience and anxiety kick in telling your brain, 'you won't find another one just like it.' Sadly many people fall victim to more dishonest sellers this way. Being able to thoroughly examine the vehicle shows clearly that the seller is not trying to hide anything or sometimes he just doesn't know what all is wrong with it either. How many times have you heard it said, "it ran when parked".

Do your due diligence, take your time researching and take consideration of associated costs and repairs. You need to understand what it takes to bringing it back to life, fully restoring that vehicle to be able to drive it once again. Many times more, that particular vehicle exists out there by the hundreds if not thousands. You never know what will come up week to week let alone 6 months from now. It might be the "car of your dreams" but don't put yourself into an unfortunate situation, either. You could end up with a nightmare. Very few dreams hold up to reality.  There's no shame in walking away and waiting for the next one to come along, but they are out there, waiting to find the right buyer and a new home. They want to be restored and driven so if you do in fact find "your dream car" and are in need of assistance, no job too big or too small for us here at Pollock Auto Restoration. Give us a call at (610)323-7108.
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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