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September 2019

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Labor Day

by, Kim Spiece

 It's hard to believe that summer is basically over and the Labor Day holiday is here upon us. I remember my parents and grandparents telling me that, 'once I got to a certain age, time would go faster than I ever imagined' and boy, they were surely correct on that one. I sit and wonder where did the last 9 months go? Autumn is soon on its way and it will be time for Halloween and the little trick-or-treaters stopping by for candy.
I want to pause a moment and talk about Labor Day in America, and it's little-known history facts that I did not even really, truly know and understand myself. I won't bore you with all the history facts, just a couple little tidbits that I found.

Labor Day is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September honoring the American labor movement and the power of collective actions by the laborers who are essential for the workings of society in the late 19th century. The idea first became public in 1882 with the Unions of New York City deciding to have a parade to celebrate their members and show support for the unions.  The New York City parade inspired other regions to have parades as well and by 1887 five other states joined in and made it a state holiday. Grover Cleveland signed an act in 1894 establishing Labor Day as a federal holiday. The celebrations focused on parades in urban areas but over time became a celebration that honors organized labor with fewer parades but more family oriented activities and also marks the perceived end of the summer season.  Another little tidbit,  Labor Day is the unofficial end of Hot Dog season where they claim that between Memorial Day and Labor Day Americans eat over 7 billion hot dogs!

Labor Day may be the close to the Summer Season but there is still plenty of time left to take a drive, enjoy the fall foliage and cooler temperatures that we associate with the Autumn Season and YES, you can still eat a Hot Dog. LOL
 

Through the Windshield

Hemmings Concours d'Elegance

September 13-15, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

The Hemmings Motor News Concours d'Elegance will be once again held at the Festival Commons-Charles R Wood Park in Lake George, NY. Along with owner Mike Engard, our very own Bob Broeze with his 1949 Hudson Commodore will be in attendance, as he was invited to participate in the 'Class of 49'.  The event will be held for three days including a Rally,  a Cruise-In Spectacular, a celebratory Banquet and Cocktail hour, and the Concours. The featured Marques include prewar Rolls-Royce, Class of 1949, the Datsun Z and ZX cars, early SUV's through 1978 (Bronco, Blazer, Scout, Jeep, Ramcharger). and they have annual classes of American prewar and postwar, muscles cars, European/Import, preservation and vintage trucks.
 

4th Annual Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix

September 21, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

The Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix will be held on September 21st this year and will feature vintage and classic cars and motorcycles from 1900 to 1970. To our knowledge, other than F1 Pro-Series events, ours is the only timed event run on city streets other than the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (which is actually run in Shenley Park). The event is free admission and there will be car club parking available. Activities will begin at 8:30am at 3rd Avenue and Lincoln Highway and there will be food, drink, vendors and entertainment for everyone. It is a unique motorsports event to inspire others to bring out their vintage race cars and motorcycles to race through the streets and neighborhoods of the city of Coatesville and invoke memories of times past, remembering the early days of racing down streets of towns all across America.
For more information please visit : https://coatesvillegrandprix.com/home
 

Fall Carlisle

October 2-6, 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
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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

September Events

9/2   Ludwig’s Corner Car Show, Chester County, PA
9/6 – 9/8   Radnor Hunt Concours, Edgemont, PA
9/13 – 9/15   Goodwood Revival Goodwood House, Chichester, West Sussex, UK
9/13 – 9/15   Hemmings Motor News 13th Annual Concours, Lake George, NY
9/14 – 9/15   Cobble Beach Concours, Kemble, ON, CAN
9/15   Hagley Antique Car Show, Wilmington, DE.
9/17   21st Annual Orphan Car Show, Ypsilanti, MI
9/22   Valley Forge Region Cadillac LaSalle Fall Car Show , Lahaska, PA
9/22 – 9/27   74th Revival of the Glidden Tour, Twin Falls, ID
October    
10/2 – 10/6   Fall Carlisle, Carlisle, PA

 

In the Shop Now

1930 Packard Roadster

by: Ross Belovich

      Recently arrived in the shop is a 1930 Packard Roadster. This car is an older restoration purchased by a new owner over the summer. We are going to give it a good going over and verify its reliability so he can enjoy if for the rest of the driving season. The concerns for now are a tune-up and some reconfiguration of the existing creative wiring and then test driving. It won't be long before you see this beauty gliding down the street.

In the Rearview

Das Awkscht Fescht

August 2-4, 2019
By: Kim Spiece  

 

      The 56th Annual Das Awkscht Fescht was held in Memorial Park, Macungie, PA on August 2nd to the 4th. It is known as the country's largest Antique and Classic Car Show. This year's featured cars were Chrysler products.  There were arts and crafts to see and purchase as well as dozens of flea market vendors selling a variety of automobile parts, tools, memorabilia, and gadgets. They had live music playing every day including the infamous Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods and the Craig Thatcher Band. This year they also sported a Beer Fescht.
      I walked the field and took several hundred photos in two days so it made it difficult to pick just a few to add to the newsletter here. Mark your calendar for next year's show scheduled for July 31 to August 2nd, 2020 where the featured marque will be Cadillac and LaSalle automobiles
      You guys knew there would be a Mustang photo somewhere, pictured above, hahaha!!  Below you'll see Mike Engard, owner of Pollock Auto Restoration and Bob Broeze entertaining some participants who strolled into our booth to take a gander at our clients' 1937 Railton Fairmile.

Main Street, Collegeville

August 11th, 2019
By: Kim Spiece  

 

Collegeville held it's annual show where they close down Main Street in town for several blocks to showcase several hundred antiques and classic cars. The weather cooperated and over 400 cars were in attendance. There was a variety of styles of vehicles there. I think the winner that day were the crab cakes for sale that I just had to stop and grab one.

If you're interested in seeing all the photos I take, feel free to see my facebook personal page, Kim Spiece, I created an album for every show I attend and post all photos there.

"Under the Stars" Perkasie

August 17th, 2019
By: Kim Spiece  

 

"Under the Stars" car show is an annual event held in the town of Perkasie, PA that brings the community out to exhibit and showcase their beautiful vehicles and patronize the local businesses.  When the weather cooperates, you can see typically over 400 vehicles on display throughout the streets of the borough. There was over 420 vehicles in attendance this year. Our sister shop, Ragtops & Roadsters, is also located just a few streets down from where the show is being held.
This year included "The British are Coming" mini car show as well, that were parked with several of the vendors including Pollock Auto Restoration and Grundy Insurance.

The event is held each year on the third Saturday of August in the Perkasie town center and spreads throughout many of the side streets. It was well attended this year as no rain was forecast.

Corvettes at Carlisle

August 22-24th, 2019
By: Kim Spiece  

 

Corvettes at Carlisle returned for its 37th year at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. It was a 4-day event that brought in over 5000 Corvettes representing all generations of the classic sports car. The weather was rainy to start the show but turned into a beautiful sunny and cooler weekend. This year featured the new C8 model coming out in 2020, an autocross, a burnout competition and a parade through historic Carlisle. Grundy Insurance and Pollock Auto Restoration were on hand to answer any questions and concerns while attending the event.

Duryea Days Boyertown

August 31st, 2019
By: Kim Spiece  

 

Duryea Days is hosted by the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles and the Pottstown Region Antique Automobile Club of America held at the Boyertown Community Park each year the Saturday during the Labor Day holiday weekend.  This year's forecast was sunny and warm with no rain in sight.  This year marked the 54th annual event that benefits the Museum to continue their mission in collecting, preserving and restoring Pennsylvania's transportation heritage. There were 611 vehicles that registered and participated for the event. Below are several photos I was able to take while working the Pollock Auto Restoration vendor booth.  Fortunately we had a great location, right as the vehicles were coming in and leaving.
We brought with us our client's 1937 Railton Fairmile and got an awful lot of attention and questions. Another of our clients, Dave Pickard brought along his prototype 1988 Pontiac Grand Prix as well to showcase on the field.
Some more photos of the vehicles as they drove by during the day. The event attracted cars, trucks, hot rods, military vehicles and motorcycles from all decades. There were also some vendors and plenty of choices of good food to eat. Awards were handed out in different categories as well.

Did You Know?

by: Kim Spiece

As I have been attending many shows throughout the year, I have been growing a greater appreciation for the hood ornaments of some of the vintage and classic cars. I have been snapping photos of ones that I find interesting and fascinating so here are some of the photos I have taken throughout the year and a tidbit of history facts to go with them. 
A hood / bonnet ornament, radiator cap, motor mascot or car mascot is a specially crafted model which symbolizes a car company, located on the front center portion of the hood of a vehicle. It has been used nearly since the inception of the automobile.  Hood ornaments became very popular in the 1920's to the 1950's.  Hood ornaments are mostly cast in brass, zinc, or bronze and completed in a chrome plated finish. Many, when chrome was unavailable, were then plated with silver or nickel.  Some also incorporated the use of plastic, bakelite or colored glass in them. There is a collector's market for such hood ornaments and car mascots today. 

These are just some of the fine examples I found at the car shows I have attended. Can you identify the ten ornaments shown here? Send an email to kaspiece13@aol.com and let me know.   
I will confess the Ram head and full body Ram, pictured very top right, are my favorites especially since I recently purchased a new Ram truck and  I would love to get one and place it on the front of my new truck. I'm not sure my spouse agrees with me, hahaha. Until next month!
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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