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Autumn

by, Kim Spiece

Autumn has to be the most colorful and beautiful season of the year. The daylight hours unfortunately become shorter but the temperatures cool considerably. The mixture of reds, oranges and yellows along with a few greens as the photos show gives such a dramatic backdrop for anything you want to do such as taking photos of your collector cars. This time of year is perfect for it. Autumn begins slowly, with warm temperatures during the day and cooler temps at night. This is needed to help the trees change their colors and begin to shed their leaves, thus the alternative term used, "Fall". With the association from warm weather to cold weather, begins the season of the "Harvest". Many festivals and fall-like activities abound such as apple harvesting in orchards, corn mazes, and pumpkin picking.

Even though summer has ended and we start to lose daylight and cooler temperatures arrive, there are still plenty of shows to attend and participate in. Most of the outdoor shows around here do not come to a halt until the beginning of November. Take your collector car out, attend a show, get some great photo opportunities, harvest some apples, taste some sweet apple cider and pick some pumpkins. We can't forget the delicious desserts that come along this time of year: apple dumplings, pumpkin pie, pumpkin roll, apple pie.  Autumn also means football and ice hockey seasons begin as well. Enjoy the season of Autumn while it lasts because it fades quickly into Winter.  For me, it's my favorite time of the year!! 

Through the Windshield

 

Fall Carlisle

October 2-6th, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

Fall Carlisle Collector Car, Flea Market and Corral will be held this year from October 2-6th, the week before Hershey Antique Auto week, at the Carlisle Fairgrounds.There is always plenty to see and do while at the Fairgrounds. It is the last event of the calendar year for Carlisle Events. If you're looking to get your hands on that specific part or hard to find auto accessory, this is the place to start your search. There will be over 8100 spaces filled with vendors, with a variety of products available including automotive parts, re-manufactured parts, accessories, collectibles, antiques, memorabilia and cars. There will also be a car corral located near gate 7 that spreads to the hill area along with a Manufacturers Midway that showcases the latest products and services.
For more information and tickets: https://carlisleevents.com/events/events-detail/index?id=fall+carlisle
The Classics at Brantwyn, Wilmington DE
October 6th, 2019
The Classics at Brantwyn is an event centered on beautiful and historic automobiles from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. It is not your typical car show – rather we like to describe it as a great social event and party that happens to have some magnificent automobiles on display. Held on the exquisite grounds of the Brantwyn Estate (formerly a DuPont family residence), the event features an open bar, gourmet brunch catered by the DuPont Country Club, and musical entertainment along with the magnificent cars.
 

Hershey Antique Auto Eastern Fall Meet

October 9-12th, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

The Hershey Region AACA brings together one of the largest Antique & Classic car shows and swap meets in the country. It is always held the second full week of October, this year's dates October 9th to the 12th. The meet is located on the grounds and parking areas of Hershey Park, Chocolate World and the Giant Center. There will be a car corral, a flea market, a car show on Saturday and many other activities. Pollock Auto Restoration will be in attendance so stop by the booth in the flea market area - CY42-CY46 and say hello.
For more information: http://hershey.aaca.com/eastern-division-fall-meet/
 

BCMC Cabela's Car Show

October 20th, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

Berks County Mustang Club holds a show each year at Cabela's in Hamburg, PA  that benefits the Disabled American Veterans and Wreaths Across America. The show is open to all makes, models of cars, trucks and motorcycles. They also have a "Trunk or Treat" for the children that many of the vehicles showcased participate in. There are also door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and a chinese auction. The event is rain or shine. Please consider attending for these worthy causes.
https://www.berkscountymustangcarclub.com/  
 
 

Rubright Racing / Spiece Insurance Benevolent Show

October 26th, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

Another great show to attend this Fall is the Rubright Racing & Spiece Insurance Benevolent show that they put together each year to benefit a young child within the car community along with his family that needs help financially due to a severe or terminal illness. This year's participant is Benjamin Moyer, who is 5 years old and has a genetic disorder considered very rare, known as STXBP1.  The event is held each year at the Teleflex building on North Lewis Road in Royersford, PA and typically 200-300 vehicles attend and participate in the show. Pollock Auto Restoration is one of our main trophy sponsors and without their assistance, we couldn't put this together. This year the event will be October 26th from 9:00am to 3:00pm. We would love to see a variety of vehicles there and have an opportunity to win one of  the top 50 awards or one of the 15 specialty classes. 
Any questions, please contact Kim Spiece at kaspiece13@aol.com Thank you!
 

Cadillac & LaSalle Club Driving Tour

October 22-26th, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

The Valley Forge Region is hosting the Cadillac-LaSalle Club National Diving Tour at the Wyndham, Gettysburg PA this year October 22nd to October 26th. There will be daily tours of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. For more information please see their website:http://www.vfrclc.org/2019dt.html
 

Vargo Dragway Annual Car Show

November 2nd, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

Vargo Dragway will hold its annual show at the site of AGA Farms on Elephant Rd in Perkasie PA. The show is expected to be on this year from 8:00am to 3:00pm with proceeds to benefit the local boy scout troop. Last year the event had to be cancelled due to the excessive rains that made the fields a muddy mess.  Pollock Auto Restoration will be there in attendance as well so come on out, check out some "old" racers (and their cars!) and enjoy the cooler temperatures with the colorful fall foliage.
ATTENTION !!   

LOOKING FOR MGA WINDSCREEN FRAMES
CONTACT BARB@POLLOCKAUTO.COM

Vintage, Classic, Collector and Antique Car Club Information

The "Car Show Season" is beginning to wind down with the coming of Autumn but there is still plenty of shows to attend and car clubs 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 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

October Events

10/2–10/6   Fall Carlisle, Carlisle, PA
10/6   Classics at Brantwynn, Wilmington, DE
10/7   Bonham’s Preserving the Automobile Simeone Museum, Philadelphia, PA
10/9–10/12   AACA Eastern Fall Meet, Hershey, PA
10/19-10/20   Atlanta Concours d’Elegance, Atlanta, GA
10/24–11/3   Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance, Hilton Head, SC

 

In the Shop Now

1951 Chrysler Windsor - 'Barn Find'

by: Ross Belovich

      This is the most proper definition of a "barn find" vehicle I have seen in awhile. This 1951 Chrysler Windsor was literally picked up in a family barn behind the hay bales and delivered to our door, and it shows. It also makes the point that the whole "barn find" craze is not always what people think it is. This car looks like it was an excellent example when it was parked, and at first, it appears that a good cleaning and a going over will bring it back to life again. However, the reality is that aging a car left in a barn creates a number of issues not necessarily apparent at first glance, most notably is the smell. 
    A picture may tell a thousand words, but it doesn't do anything to convey the horrid, putrid smell from the years of odors being absorbed from the various farm animals and mice. And mice, besides being a health hazard and requiring careful cleanup, chew on much of the wiring, seats, and other components that are not easily visible from the surface.  No, a true "barn find" is not something that can be easily resurrected with a snap of the fingers.  This particular car will require a hazmat suit, a lot of soap and water, and a good amount of parts and effort to become a viable vehicle for road use once again. The saving grace is that so far the structure appears very sound. Therefore, we will start cleaning and disinfecting and then dig into the dirt and grease from this piece of one man's life and history, and see just what it's going to take to bring this Chrysler roaring back to life once again.

In the Rearview

NHUMC Show

September 7th, 2019
By: Kim Spiece  

 

      New Hanover United Methodist Church located on Swamp Pike in Gilbertsville PA each year hosts an all vehicles welcome car show to benefit Happy 2 Be Home organization that enables families to provide a suitable home enviroment for children with chronic, long term, multiple disabilities and to enhance their quality of life. I attended this local show and was great to see so many enthusiasts come out to support this worthy cause. Pictured above is Pastor Gil Vining, who with his team of volunteers coordinates the show. There were well over 200 participants this year. Each year they hold this show within the first two weeks of September. Add it to your calendar for next year!

Hemmings Concours d'Elegance

September 13-16th, 2019
By: Bob Broeze 

 

The Hemmings Motor News Concours d'Elegance was held at the Festival Commons at Charles R Wood Park in Lake George, NY.   This prestigious event was attended by our owner, Mike Engard and Bob Broeze, from our Pottstown shop, and his wife, Sue, along with their 1949 Hudson Commodore Eight Convertible Brougham, which was invited to participate in the 'Class of 49'.

  The event featured a tour to Fort Ticonderoga, on  a crisp and beautiful day on Friday.  More than 40 vintage vehicles participated in the tour and all of the vehicles made the 75 mile round trip successfully. Fort Ticonderoga played a very important role in the American Revolution and throughout our country’s history.  On Saturday a Cruise-In Spectacular was held during the day and a celebratory Banquet and Cocktail hour in Saturday evening.

  The feature event, the Concours d’Elegance, was held on Sunday.  The Classes and Marques featured at the Concours this year included “The Class of ’49,” Prewar Rolls-Royces, a 50-year anniversary celebration of Datsun Z and ZX cars and early SUV's through 1978 (Bronco, Blazer, Scout, Jeep, Ramcharger). Also included were the annual classes of American prewar and postwar automobiles, muscles cars, European/Import automobiles, preservation vehicles and vintage trucks.  The event was very well attended and the vehicles that were entered were very impressive!
 

Cape Cod CCC show

September 21st, 2019
By: Kim Spiece  

 

I did not have "anything" scheduled in advance for the weekend of September 20th so my husband and I went on a weeks vacation to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. There was plenty to see and do there but being a "car girl"  what do you do while away? You find a car show to attend.
      I knew the Cape Cod Classics Car Club existed but wasn't sure if they had any shows remaining for the season. It just so happened when I checked out their website they had one scheduled for September 21st. Perfect time since we just arrived the day before. It was their last show of the season, held at Patriots Square in Dennis MA, yes, they are New England Patriots fans. They had over 100 vehicles in attendance and they support the local charities.
      The fun part about attending this car show was I got to walk around, view the cars, still take photos of course, but enjoying it more as a spectator and getting to spend time with the owners and chatting up a storm.

The great part about where the CCCCC held the show, it was only 15 minutes from where we were staying. By looking at their schedule of past events, they hold many shows throughout the year all over the Cape Cod area, not in just one specific town so others can join in.

Heritage Museum

September 23rd, 2019
By: Kim Spiece  

 

While we were on vacation in Cape Cod, I wanted to visit Heritage Museum & Gardens located in Sandwich MA which was a short drive from where we were staying. We visited several years ago so I was curious to see what they had changed. There is a large circular barn that houses a collection of the Carriages thru Classic Automobiles that transformed America. The collection shows the origin story of the American automobile through 23 vehicles beginning with the late 1800's to early 1960's.  Pictured above from left to right is a 1899 Winton Motor Carriage, a 1904 Oldsmobile Runabout, a 1912 Packard 1-48 Victoria and a 1916 Simplex Crane Model 5.
Above pictured is a 1917 Milburn Light Electric, the inside of the barn, myself touring LOL, and a 1925 Rickenbacker 8 coupe. Below you will see a 1927 Lincoln Sport Touring, a 1935 Ford Phaeton Model 48, a 1932 Auburn Boattail Speedster, and a 1930 Duesenberg Model J. Out of all that I saw, the 1912 Packard and the 1932 Auburn are my favorites of the collection. This is only a few cars selected from their entire collection.
After you tour the barn, the Museum also offers over 100 beautifully manicured acres of trees, shrubs, exquisite flowers and sweeping lawns as pictured below.  This is a must stop if you plan a visit to Cape Cod.

St. Michaels Concours d'Elegance

September 28-29th, 2019
By: Bob Broeze

 

The 13th Annual St Michaels Concours d’ Elegance was held at the waterfront campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the picturesque waterfront lawn of the Inn at Perry Cabin in St Michaels on the eastern shore of Maryland.  The St Michaels Concours d’Elegance is a charity event with the local student chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America designated as the beneficiary of proceeds from ticket sales this year.  
     The St Michaels Concours was attended by Bob Broeze from our Pottstown shop and his wife Sue, along with their 1949 Hudson Commodore Eight Convertible Brougham, which was invited to participate in the American Post-war Class of automobiles.  Bob and Sue drove their Hudson to St Michaels from their home in Bucks County.   Saturday featured a road rally touring event with more than 50 vintage vehicles participating.  The first stop on the Tour was the waterfront estate and vacation home of Alice and Tom Blair, named “River House” an Eastern Shore showplace.  Hanging from the ceiling in the library of this beautiful home is a “Spitfire” airplane, showcased in front of a spectacular view of the Miles River! After the visit to “River House”, the tour traveled on to the charming and historic (1683) town of Oxford, MD, a thriving community in the 1800s with a significant colonial port and the site of a Military and Naval Academy established in 1886. Tour participants were treated to a wonderful luncheon at the Historic (1710) and famous “Robert Morris Inn” … famous for their delicious crab cakes and a frequent haunt of Pulitzer Prize winning author James A. Michener who wrote the epic novel “Chesapeake”.
     The Concourse was held on Sunday on the lawn of the Inn and the grounds of the nearby Chesapeake Maritime Museum.  Featured automobile classes and marques included American Pre-War, American Post-War, Woodies, Bentley, Pre-War European Sports cars, Post-War European Sports Cars, custom-bodied sports cars and “European Sports Cars with American Muscle.”  The event was very well attended and all of the automobiles sparkled on this warm sunny day.   Class awards were presented on the show field in the afternoon and the People’s Choice and other special awards were then presented on the waterfront lawn of the Inn. 
The People’s Choice award went to a very cool 1929 Model A Ford Woodie Wagon outfitted as a camp vehicle, complete with canoe, many fishing, hunting and camping relics from the time and a matching trailer that converts to a camper, complete with a built-in bunk.  Best in Show went to a fabulous 1933 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A 2-Door Sports Tourer Castagna.
 

The Elegance at Hershey

Important Information Release
By: Michael J. Rich

 

 
                                                   Thank You

Dear Sponsors, Donors, Judges, Exhibitors, Volunteers, and Past Supporters of the Elegance at Hershey,
Over ten years ago, I proposed to my father, Jack Rich, our founder, that we should create a concours to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and was adamantly told that it was a terrible idea. Without my knowledge, my father began to organize and create a board to run such an event. To those of you who knew my dad this does not surprise you!

Nine years later we have created one of the finest concours in the country. Most importantly, we have donated well over $1,000,000 to our charities. From day one, we have been guided by the principle that if we could not make a substantial difference to our charities that there would be no reason to exist.

The friendships, camaraderie, challenges and successes we have experienced has made this board of the Elegance one of the finest groups that I have ever worked with. However, in saying that, the board and I have decided to take a hiatus in 2020, but we will keep you informed as to any potential future plans. The entire board and I want to thank you for your loyalty and support to our charities and our event.  Without you, this success would not have been possible.

We hope we have made a difference, provided you with a lot of enjoyment and proved to the world that big is not always better. With a great deal of sadness we are sending this out but wishing all of you all the very best in the world and hope that our paths will cross again in the future.

Sincerely,
Michael J Rich, Chairman
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Elegance at Hershey

Adam Eisenhauer, Mark Lizewskie, Phil Fleck, Steve Moskowitz, Joannie Rich,
Bill Rothermel, Paul Sable, Holly Simpson, Melissa Rau (Executive Director)

 

Did You Know?

by: Kim Spiece

Pictured above is a 1909 White Steam Car Model M that I saw at the Heritage Museum & Gardens in Sandwich, MA and the other photo shows President William Howard Taft driving this same vehicle. In 1909, the President turned the White House stables into a garage and purchased four automobiles: two Pierce-Arrows, a Baker Electric and this White Steam Car. He was the first president to be officially transported by automobile, rather than horse and carriage. This one proved to be his favorite.

President Taft firmly believed that the automobile was the future of transportation in America. He embraced the technology and encouraged Congress to accept the car in American society and to create car-friendly legislation such as funds for road systems. It helped further growth in the automobile manufacturing industry.

The White Motor Company, based in Ohio, was an American automobile, truck, bus and agricultural tractor manufacturer from 1900 until 1980. They also produced bicycles, roller skates, automatic lathes, and sewing machines. The founder of the company was Thomas White.
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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