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Spring Arrival

by, Kim Spiece

   Happy Leap Day! Spring is only a few weeks away, the long part of winter has past us by with not much snow falling on our region here. The tulips, daffodils, crocus, and hyacinths are all popping their heads out of the ground, many of them several inches tall already. I guess Punxsutawney Phil was right when he said an early Spring! Many local car cruises have been popping up in the area due to the nice, pleasant weather we've been having here.

Reminder - If you chose to put your vehicle up for winter storage, there are things that need to be done to get it ready for the road again. This is also a great time to handle routine maintenance, making upgrades and repairs and, if in need of some restoration work, please feel free to give our office a call at 610-323-7108, we would be more than happy to assist you! You can also take a gander at some of our work on our updated website under the 'portfolio' and 'works in progress' tabs. No job too small or too big!   https://www.pollockauto.com/

Through the Windshield

 

AACA Ontelaunee Region

March 1, 2020

by: Kim Spiece

Tomorrow, Sunday, the AACA Ontelaunee Region will be holding their 53rd Annual Swap Meet and Car Corral at the Fire Company Field House in Hamburg, PA. Information is all listed in the photo above. If interested in joining this Region, here is their website with more information. http://ontelaunee.aaca.com/
 

Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

March 5-8th, 2020

by: Kim Spiece

The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is hosted at the Ritz-Carlton and Golf Club, Amelia Island, Florida. There is plenty to see and do while in attendance. Auctions are held all through-out the weekend with Bonhams, Russo and Steele, Gooding & Company and RM Sotheby's. There you can see, and buy beautiful, rare vehicles along with some bizarre, peculiar ones as seen in some of the photos. Above a 1951 Allard K2 Roadster and a 1936 Adler Trumpf Junior Sport.  There are automobilia merchants and vendors, seminars to attend, and test drives from various manufacturers. Saturday will be the annual Cars & Coffee featuring over 400 classic and exotic cars from local area clubs and the Concours to be held on Sunday. This year's honoree is Roger Penske.  Below pictured is a rare 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster valued at $6.5 to $9.5 million and a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS valued at $1.8 to $2.2 million, available at auction. For more information for the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
Our client, R. Owens, received an invitation for his 1964 Triumph Italia 2000 GT Vignale #295 to attend this year. As you can see by the photos below, the full restoration work we did for his wonderful car. Pollock will be in attendance along with Mr. Owens to showcase this beautifully restored Italia.
 

Hoods Up Weekend

March 21st, 2020

by: Kim Spiece

The Boyertown  Museum of Historic Vehicles is holding a "Hoods Up" weekend on  March 21-22nd. All hoods will be open on all vehicles to give visitors an opportunity to see "underneath". This is included in your admission to the museum. https://boyertownmuseum.org/
 

CCCA Grand Classic

March 25-28th, 2020

by: Kim Spiece

The Classic Car Club of America Annual Meeting will be held this year at the Valley Forge Casino & Radisson Hotel, Valley Forge, PA. The event will take place over 4 days including Club business, visiting automobile collections, local points of interest, and  social events. The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Philadelphia Art Museum, and the Bulgari Collection are posted on the schedule of events to attend as well as fine dining at the Corinthian Yacht Club.  Friday they will be performing mechanical judging outside to prepare for the vehicles to be brought inside for the Grand Classic for Saturday. Tech seminars and a hospitality suite will be available as well. To register or to become a member see the following information: https://new.classiccarclub.org/events/43
 

Mid Atlantic Indoor Nationals

March 28-29th, 2020

by: Kim Spiece

The Mid Atlantic Indoor Nationals will be returning to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks PA at the end of the month.  This year it will be held on Saturday and Sunday only. There will be over 300 vehicle exhibitors and several automobile accessories vendors. If you're looking for a car-oriented event to attend and for more information: https://motoramaproductions.com/mid-atlantic-indoor-nats
ATTENTION!!!

We are looking for MGA Windscreen frames in any condition to modify and build more Competition Windscreens.

Please Contact
Barbara Plant
barb@pollockauto.com and/or 610-323-7108
 

Vintage, Classic, Collector and Antique Car Club Information

Winter is here so now is the time to check out the local car clubs you've been meaning to join all season long. 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

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

March 2020 Events

3/1   Hamburg Swap Meet and Car Corral Hamburg PA
3/5-3/8   Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Amelia Island FL
3/14   AACA Chesapeake Region Swamp Meet, West Friendship, MD
3/15   DVR Cadillac LaSalle Club Annual Banquet , Pennsauken, NJ
3/18 – 3/21   12 HRS of Sebring, Sebring, FL
3/22   Jersey AACA Swap Meet Car Corral Salem Fairgrounds, Woodstown NJ
3/25-3/28   CCCA Grand Classic Valley Forge PA
3/28-3/29   Mid-Atlantic Indoor Nationals, Oaks, PA
3/28   Simeone Museum "The 12 Hours of Sebring” , Philadelphia, PA

 

In the Shop

 

1927 Lincoln Model L

by: Mike Engard
We recently delivered this '27 Lincoln that came to us running poorly after a road trip in Canada. Testing revealed poor oil pressure and no compression in 3 of the 8 cylinders. This led to a complete engine rebuild including re-babbiting the main and rod bearings, fabricating new pistons and a complete valve job. We also rebuilt the ignition system, the water pump and replaced the generator.
    Once it was running properly the owner asked us to replace the top with the correct Tuxedo Black material and new trims.
 

1935 Terraplane

  February 2020

by: Dave Hutchison

We just delivered this 1935 Hudson Terraplane back to the owner. We restored this Brougham for his father about ten years ago. After sitting idle for several years, our team refreshed the car and it is again ready for Spring driving.

In the Rearview Mirror

 

AACA Winter Meet

February 7-9th, 2020

by: Kim Spiece

When I attended the annual AACA Winter Meet / Convention this year in Philadelphia, I got to see many friends I made over the years and also greeted some new faces while we were set up in the Trade Show area.  We brought along a 1912 Model T as you can see by the above photos. It seemed to draw a lot of attention from the participants and vendors.

They also showcased a "pine wood derby" Saturday afternoon which was a fun event to attend as seen by the photos below with Elizabeth Coble taking home 1st place. Congratulations!
There were several different seminars that you could attend throughout the weekend and I did find my way to the National Judging School seminar and earned my first chip and credit. It was very informative and I learned alot about how cars are evaluated and judged and look forward to attending more AACA sanctioned events and performing some hands on judging as an apprentice. There are over 35 automotive subjects so this is just the beginning for me with much more to learn and understand.  If anyone is interested in judging and / or becoming an AACA member, there are local regions all through out the United States and National Club as well. http://www.aaca.org/
  
Pictured below is the 1908 Studebaker Electric 12 Passenger Bus. It is one of two vehicles commissioned by the US government. It is showcased in the Swigart Antique Auto Museum off of Rt 22, Huntingdon, PA which is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and educating present and future generations.
There was also an original 1976 Citi Car, the first mass-produced electric car in the United States by Sebring Vanguard, Inc.
Pictured below far right, was a 1934 DeSoto SE Airflow 4dr Sedan that featured an aerodynamic styling like the front of a Divco delivery truck.
 

Philadelphia Auto Show

February 8-17th, 2020

by: Dave Hutchison

More American and European classic cars and motorbikes than ever before! The 2020 Philadelphia International Auto Show was held once again at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. We here at Pollock Auto Restoration and Ragtops & Roadsters support the largest car club in the world, the  Antique Automobile Club of America. The AACA had more square footage this year and over thirty AACA vehicles in the exhibit. The AACA Exhibit was located in Hall F Space F-4 near the Broad Street Entrance. The show kicked off with the Black Tie Gala on Friday night, February 7th and ran through President's Day Monday February 17th. We hope you were able to attend  "Philadelphia's Cavalcade of Fine Motorcars" at the AACA Exhibit.

Did you know?

by: Kim Spiece
I was reading an article recently that I found interesting and wanted to share, that stated DeLorean confirms they plan to produce "new" DMC-12s. Originally it was planned to begin in 2016 but with the new federal regulations and the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act in 2015, it got put on the back burner, so to speak. Plans are now underway to prepare for a limited production of a new, much upgraded version of the classic stainless steel, gullwing coupe. They will be built from a mix of new-old stock and brand new parts and could get a 350HP engine with an upgraded interior design with modern amenities. The body will closely conform to the original 80's style but with modern updated headlights. The Low Volume Act requires that a manufacturer can only make 325 cars per year but the upcoming run is expected to be much lower than that, perhaps one to two a week.  The company is not taking orders yet and beginning of production still has many factors that it's depending on. Something possibly of interest to watch for in the near future.
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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