August 2015


In the Rearview

The Elegance

The 2015 Elegance at Hershey was unquestionably once again one of the best concours shows here on the east coast! I like this show very much as you can see it all in a single day while enjoying 75 of the finest cars in the world displayed in the gardens at the Hotel Hershey. This year, the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) and the Peoples Choice Award was awarded to an iconic car, the car that definitely influenced my appreciation of sports cars, the James Bond Aston Martin DB5! Owned by Harry Yeaggy of Cincinnati OH, this fantastic car was shown in it's original condition as built by Aston Martin and later equipped by Q for Bond. This is one of two cars used in the filming of "Goldfinger" in 1964 and all the options were there, from the front mounted machine guns to the rotating license plate. Check out the switches in the center console and the mobile phone in the door! I was shaken and stirred! Click on The Elegance at Hershey for a full list of 2015 winners.
This is a 1916 Scripps Booth, that had not run since the fifties, These "students of restoration", from the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport PA brought it back to life! Ryan Haslett, Ian Bachleda, Ryan Bollinger and Eugene Toner are in period dress for the big day at the Elegance! Both Ryan Bollinger and Eugene Toner are now completing their summer internships at Pollock Auto Restoration and Ragtops & Roadsters. We are sorry to see them go as there are both hard workers and passionate about their new careers in automotive restoration. We wish these guys the best of luck as they return to their studies this fall. 
Ella and AJ 5 Baker of York, PA.  get their first taste of classic car as they get behind the wheel of a 1930 Derham bodied Packard!
Winner of the Governors Cup was a beautiful 1948 Daimler DE 36 owned by Mark Hyman.  

The Packard National Meet

July 12th - 18th

I am pleased to report that over 160 Packards and more than 300 people from all over the USA attended this year's Packard National Meet in Reading PA. Pollock Auto Restoration sponsored this event and we hosted a shop tour on Sunday 8/12 for the early attendees. Among many events during the week, our Packard group had the privilege to the first car club to tour the new facilities at the "Bulgari Collection" of classic cars in Allentown. Built on the grounds of an old drive-in theater, this is fabulous place to have car events!  Mr Bulgari has a world class collection of Buick, Packard and other classic cars including the taxi from "It's a Wonderful Life". We were also first group to be treated to a fantastic luncheon in a meeting room for future car club events. It is our understanding that the Buick National Meet will be held here in 2016. Ralph Marano displayed four of his special Packards at the Concours. The Derham bodied 1930 Packard, that we made some undetectable paint repairs on, received a lot of attention at our exhibit. Gail and Howard Schaevitz won top honors with their Packard. All in all it was a great week long event.

The New Hope Auto Show Rally

July 26th

The New hope Auto Show Rally was held on Sunday July 26th. Pollock Auto Restoration was pleased to sponsor and help organize this event. This year we did something a little different. We split the group into two separate rallies running parallel but on different routes ending at the same location. Confused? So were we as had to get the mileage about the same with the same number of clues. After driving in circles it worked out. Driver class cars with navigators left along side of classic cars with navigators. Cars left the school parking lot and went on a roughly two hour run. Each group crossed the other and ran in opposite direction at one time and most made it to the Ship Inn in Milford NJ for awards.  This Saturday and Sunday is the 58th Annual New Hope Auto Show.  Stop by our exhibit to see our latest work!

Classic Car Calendar of Events

August 2015

8/8–8/9   New Hope Auto Show, New Hope, PA
8/8   Cars & Coffee (every Sat.) , Lansdale, PA
8/8   Pottstown Cars & Coffee, Stowe, PA
8/11–8/15   Hudson Essex Terraplane National, Colorado Springs, CO
8/12–8/16   Pebble Beach Concours, Pebble Beach, CA
8/15   Perkasie Under the Stars, Perkasie, PA
8/23   DVR AACA Summer Picnic, Bluebell, PA
8/23   Pottstown Cars & Coffee, Stowe, PA
8/30–9/7   Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, Auburn, IN
8/30   Cars & Coffee Lehigh Valley at Steel Stacks, Bethlehem, PA

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Shop News

Restoration Report: 1969 Mercedes 280 SL

by: Ragtops & Roadsters Shop Manager, David Jago

After nearly two years of work by our technicians at both Ragtops & Roadsters and Pollock Auto Restoration this Mercedes 280 SL was just delivered to our happy clients. Betty bought this car back in 1973 and drove it regularly through 1982. Then along came their son Ryan in 1984 and the 280SL was put aside for a newer BMW with a back seat.  After 33 years of sitting idle we brought this classic back to life by first completing a mechanical re-freshening. We then hammered out the minor metal repairs, resprayed this SL in its original Mercedes color and new fitted a new top.  We first met Betty and Don at the New Hope Auto Show two years ago, and this year we expect to see them again at the show next weekend. This time with their favorite classic car on the show field!

Through the Windscreen

New Hope Auto Show

August 8th & 9th

Polish up that beautiful convertible in your garage and bring it to the 58th Annual New Hope Auto Show on August 8th and 9th. American classics will be shown on Saturday.  We are pleased to once again sponsor this event so please stop by our exhibit at the back of the main parking lot.  We will have a couple of show stoppers on display!

Duryea Days

September 5th

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles will hold its 50th Annual Duryea Day Antique & Classic Car & Truck Show & Flea Market on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Boyertown Community Park. As the Boyertown Museum is also celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the 50th Annual Duryea Day promises to be a landmark event. Special exhibits and events are planned throughout the day.

100 Motorcars of Radnor

September 11th –13th

The 2015 Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance will feature Packard, Alfa Romeo and classic pickup trucks to share Radnor Hunt show field with BMW Motorcycles, Police Motorcycles and land speed record holders in Malvern, PA. The Concours d’Elegance encompasses three days of activities beginning with the Friday evening barbecue, followed by the always popular road rally through the scenic countryside of Chester County on Saturday morning, culminating in a catered lunch. The Saturday evening Black Tie Gala, Silent Auction and Art Show preview is the prelude to the main event, the Concours d’ Elegance on Sunday. Mark your calendar and don't miss one of the top Concours in the area. See you there!
Pollock Auto Restoration is here to help out through the summer driving season. Maybe it's time to take care of those maintenance, restoration, preservation, and upgrade needs on your car's wish list. Click here to send an e-mail to or call us at 610-323-7108 to schedule an appointment now. 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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