April 2017


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Through the Windscreen

Spring Carlisle

April 19–23

It's that time again, Spring Carlisle, a collector and classic car swap meet, car corral and auction is held each April in America’s Automotive Hometown, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Not only is this show one of the best of its type in the world, it also marks the beginning of the Carlisle based show and swap meet season. While exploring the grounds and 8,100 vending spaces, you will marvel at one of the largest automotive swap meets in the world. Carlisle is the place to purchase any of the 2,000 vehicles at the car corral where you can slip behind the wheel and get a feel for the vehicle. Even better, you can deal directly with the car owner to work out the best price. This is where you can buy, sell and trade with total confidence. All roads lead to Carlisle, Pennsylvania where you’ll find a community of passionate motorheads and a commitment to superb service that can only be achieved through more than four decades of know-how.

Ragtops & Roadsters Spring Open House

May 6

On Saturday May 6th plan to stop by our shop between 9 AM and 4 PM to see our latest restoration projects. Once again, we will have those delicious scones, teas, coffee and and refreshments throughout the day. No need to register, just fire up your favorite collectible and stop by for a visit. Our staff and  technicians will be on hand to answer any restoration questions you may have. We also plan to have some of our clients cars looking for new garages on display! This year we have a fair number of Jaguars, many MGs, lots of Lotus, two Triumphs and hopefully our favorite 1958 Ferrari 250 GT!

Elegance at Hershey

June 9–11

Pollock Auto Restoration is once again looking forward to being part of the "Elegance at Hershey". This has quickly become one of the best Concours in the country. This is an automotive garden party featuring the world’s finest collector vintage and antique cars, arrayed around the manicured formal gardens of The Hotel Hershey.Car owners, and those who adore their cars, gather for a day of mutual admiration and relaxed camaraderie while special guest judges review and critique the participants’ cars. Look for us on the show field and in the marketplace tent.

Technicians Needed

Pollock Auto Restoration, a premier classic and antique automotive restoration facility, is currently accepting applications for technicians. We offer a rewarding career that is more than just a job. You will have an opportunity to produce work of the highest quality that may receive national recognition and attend some of the most prestigious events in the world. If you want to be part of our team, please email Ross at shopforeman@pollockauto.com
Our ideal candidates will be well versed a wide variety of fields related to classic cars. However highly qualified individuals in more specialized fields are encouraged to apply and have a chance to broaden their skill set while here.We currently have needs for someone in these areas: metal fabrication, bodywork, paint, and mechanics.All applicants should have:
  • Attention to detail
  • Efficient use of time, job tracking and organization
  • Good attendance and work habits
  • Desire to do their best
We offer benefits, healthcare, and retirement. Part time candidates may be considered.

Classic Car Calendar of Events

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
Every Sat   Cars And Coffee Old Forge Motors, Lansdale, PA
4/19 — 4/23   Spring Carlisle, Carlisle, PA
4/23   Cars and Coffee Steel Stacks, Bethlehem, PA
4/24   42nd Annual Flea Market Ford V-8 Club, Leesport, PA
4/29   8th Annual Roebling Museum Annual Car Show, Roebling, NJ
4/29   Hellertown Model A Ford Day, Grist Mill Park, Hellertown, PA
4/30   AACA Swap Meet, Brandywine Region, Kennett Square, PA

Working 2017 calendar PDF now available HERE!


We make our best attempt to provide a thorough and accurate listing of relevant events; however, changes in the details may not always be reflected in time. Please always double check the organizers website as you make your plans. 

In the Shop Now

by: Ross Belovich, Shop Manager

This month we catch the upholstery department working on the carpets for the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Belinetta, also known as a "TDF" or "Tour de France" model that we have been working on. Pollock has recently repainted the car and we have now moved on to the interior. These cars are very rare and as with most handcrafted autos, minor details can vary somewhat from car to car. We are researching diligently and as this car has a good race history we are lucky enough to have pictures of the car in some of it's early configurations. As we at Pollock work on many rare and exotics, research is often a critical part of the process to continue to build world class show winning cars.

In the Rearview

Amelia Island

by: Dave Hutchison

Our eleventh trip to Amelia was, as always, a great experience. This year my job was to transport a 107-year-old Brass Era car. The goal was to get safely down I-95 to the trailer parking and hopefully have the car drive onto the field under it's own power! Upon arriving we checked into our hotel and at 10 AM on Thursday morning, Bill Warner and company moved the show ahead to Saturday, from Sunday, due to the prediction of rain. It turned out to be the right call (I remember my first Amelia Island Concours in 2003.) Later on Thursday afternoon we met our friend Andy Reid of ClassicCars.com and he gave us a guided tour through the offerings at the RM auction at the Ritz Carlton.
Friday morning we headed off to the Gooding Auction at the Plantation and stayed for about half of the 88 lots that crossed the block. Not a strong start, several lots did not meet reserve and only a couple lots exceeded Gooding's estimates.

Lot 38 was a 1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan. This was a very nice car and it proved to be a good buy for $121,000 as the estimate was $140,000 to $160,000. Lot 12 was a nice Chrysler Town and Country that sold for $99,000, a bit below Gooding's estimate of $110,000 -$130,000 and well below what it would cost the restore this car!

Off to the trailer parking to unload the 1910 Pickard, not Packard, but Pickard, a company in Massachusetts that made about 50 cars between 1908 and 1912. After releasing the tie-downs, David Pickard, yes the car was built by his family, his lovely wife Denise, and our friend Bill Murphy all got in this antique. Under the careful guidance and steady hand of it's master, David did drive the 2 miles, (while setting a new top speed of 30 mph!) onto the Amelia Island Concours show field! Success! After a bit of back and forth we wrapped up this special car for the night.
Saturday morning the sun was shining and I suspect that, due to the day change, the field was not as crowded. The lighter crowds were good as in past years it has sometimes been hard to see the cars! Many people stopped by to see this largely original last surviving example of Pickard Model H Touring Car. I bet David that he had a good chance of meeting someone who might know of another Pickard out there; I was wrong, it appears to be the only one left! We had a great day, the show was, as always, fabulous. Where else can you walk up and shake Al Unser's hand, stand right in front of the Borg Warner Trophy, get next to the Aston Martin DB 5 driven by James Bond in Goldfinger, and see 11 world class D-Type Jaguars?

Vintage video of Bill Pollock on "I've Got a Secret" Game Show

We discovered this vintage video on YouTube about Bill Pollock and his secret! (Click the video to play) He appears as the first guest on this episode of the game show, "I've Got a Secret" starting shortly after the one minute mark. 
The car is a 1891 Peugeot. Here's a picture of it in Pollock Auto Showcase in the mid 70's. Unfortunately it's not here anymore, but there are many other projects in the shop.
Pollock Auto Restoration is here to help out through the sping upcoming summer driving season. Maybe it's time to take care of the maintenance, restoration, preservation, and upgrade needs on your car's wish list? Click here to send an e-mail to Dave@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!

Dave & the Staff at Pollock Auto Restoration
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