August 2019



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Dog Days of Summer

by, Kim Spiece

 Did you ever wonder where the phrase " Dog Days of Summer" come from?  And, when are the dog days?  It sure felt like it two weeks ago when we hit 114 heat index with temps ranging from 96-98 degrees. I decided to do some research and here's what i found.

The phrase stems from the ancient Romans who called the hottest, most humid days of summer as "dog days" because they associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. It was known as the "Dog Star" being the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (large dog). Sirius was so bright that the ancient Romans thought it radiated extra heat toward Earth. During the Summer, when Sirius rose and set with the Sun, they thought it added heat to the Sun causing hotter temperatures.  For the ancient Romans, the "Dog Days of Summer" occurred from about July 24 to August 24.

The Farmer's Almanac lists the traditional timing as being July 3 to August 11. Although the "Dog Days of Summer" are usually the hottest, they don't have anything to do with dogs or the star Sirius, rather the tilt of the Earth causes the Sun's light to hit the Northern Hemisphere at a more direct angle and for a longer period of time meaning longer, hotter days.  In the Southern Hemisphere these dates occur during late January to early March.  So, be careful to not overheat, drink plenty of fluids and try to stay cool.

Through the Windshield

Das Awkscht Fescht

August 2-4th, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

This year marks the 56th Annual Antique & Classic Car Show held at Memorial Park in Macungie, PA. The event runs for 3 full days with plenty to see and do. Friday will be a variety show that features hundreds of antique and classic automobiles as well as tractors, trucks and motorcycles.  Saturday will showcase over 1000 antique, classic, and sports cars. Sunday will have up to 35 car clubs showing their antique and special interest vehicles along with vintage autos.

During the 3 day weekend there will also be nightly entertainment including Nakked Soul, Craig Thatcher Band, and the ever popular Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods. There will also be a BBQ cook-off, flea market vendors, children's activities, bingo, arts & crafts, and fireworks.  Stop by in the flea market section to say hello to Pollock Auto Restoration where we will display a 1937 Railton Fairmile.
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New Hope Auto Show

August 10-11th, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

.The New Hope Auto Show will be held again for 2 days now that construction is completed at the New Hope-Solebury High School. It is considered Bucks County's premiere event. There are certain classes of vehicles listed for each day so check them out before you plan your visit to maximize what you want to see or just make a weekend of it. Pollock and sister shop Ragtops & Roadsters will be there in attendance both days.

"Under the Stars" Car Show

August 17th, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

Under the Stars Car Show has been a success for the borough of Perkasie. Each year they hold the show mid-August in the evening to showcase over 400 antique, classic and custom vehicles that line the Borough's tree-lined streets. The event draws nearly 4000 spectators to their historic town center. Be sure to check this show out and stop by to see us. Hope to see you there.

Corvettes at Carlisle

August 22-25th, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

Once again this year I will be attending the annual Corvettes at Carlisle that will showcase over 5000 Corvettes representing all generations. People come from all over to attend this event to see America's favorite classic sports car. There will be a huge flea market area along with a car corral, Manufacturers Midway and an Installation Alley. See their website for more details on activities and events throughout the 4-day event.

Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles

by: Kim Spiece
The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles asked if we could share this:

                                 Get in Gear - Volunteer !
      Volunteering can be very rewarding, and we here at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles think the rewards are pretty special! With a staff of just six, we rely heavily on help from volunteers.  On a day-to-day basis we need assistance with many things; help with tours, polishing brass, cleaning the gallery and lobby, cleaning of bathrooms, clerical work, detailing the vehicles, some mechanical maintenance, and the list goes on.  There aren't many places where you can help restore a 1900 Duryea or take care of a local Diner from 1938.  We have volunteers that come in daily, and some that come in once or twice a year.  We appreciate any help we can get!  Each year in April, we host a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, where we honor our volunteers with awards, food and fun! Our Volunteer Coordinator, Autumn Shaner, works directly with each volunteer to make sure their experience here is fulfilling and rewarding. The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles wants YOU to help us accomplish our mission of preserving Pennsylvania's transportation history!  Call, message or email Autumn Shaner at: for more information.  We look forward to speaking with you!  No one can do everything, but everyone can do something!


Vintage, Classic, Collector and Antique Car Club Information

The "Dog Days of Summer" are here.  We are well into the season with so many events taking place.  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:

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

August Events

8/2 – 8/4   55th Annual Das Awkscht Fescht, Macungie, PA
8/10   “Nurburgring  German Performance” Simeone Museum, Philadelphia, PA
8/10 – 8/11   New Hope Auto Show, New Hope, PA
8/16 – 8/18   Pebble Beach Concours, Pebble Beach, CA
8/16 – 8/21   34th Annual DeSoto Club Convention, Hutchinson, KS
8/18   Cars and Cigars Skipack Village, Skippack, PA
8/25   DVR AACA Summer Picnic, Chalfont, PA
8/30 – 9/2   Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, Auburn, IN
8/31   54th Annual Duryea Day, Boyertown, PA


In the Shop Now

1931 Ford Model AA

by: Ross Belovich

      This Model AA dump truck came to us recently to bring it back to life. Our job is to get it mechanically sound and driving reliably after sitting for an extended period of time. One thing that caught my eye immediately was the  1980s AACA badges mounted on the dusty grille. As I looked over the truck, I noticed it is far from the pristine condition that was necessary for winning awards at national shows. Inside my head, I started crunching the numbers and realized that when the truck was restored, it was a well-seasoned "antique" of its day, as it was about 50 years old at that time. Yet today, in 2019, it arrived to us in rough, deteriorated condition. That's where the pesky math tells us that was 40 years ago, not that different than the time from new until it was rebuilt the first time and the truck is now almost 90!  You can see how the inevitable arrow of time leaves it once again in need of a full restoration if it were to be prepared for a national award.


In the Rearview

Chrysler Nationals

July 12-14th, 2019
By: Kim Spiece  


      Chrysler Nationals was held at Carlisle Fairgrounds with well over 2700 vehicles from all eras of the Chrysler brand.  If you are a Mopar fan, this was the show to be at. There was such a variety of vehicles, different models and years compared to other shows I have attended in Carlisle.  You could find cars, parts, tools, memorabilia, and collectibles at the flea market/vendor area.  It was the first weekend in a long time where there was no rain. I even got the chance to check out the Women's Oasis tent, not for very long but visited a few of the other vendors that were there. I also proudly got to display my new Ram truck at our booth for its first show.  Next year's show is scheduled for July 10-12, 2020 so if you're interested, check it out.

POCI Gettysburg PA

July 16-20th, 2019
By: Kim Spiece  


The 47th Annual Pontiac-Oakland Club International Convention was held in beautiful, historic Gettysburg, PA. I have to say thank you to the organizers and volunteers of this group for the splendid, well-thought out show they put on.  It was one of the best organized shows I have attended in the last 7 years and my hats off to them for a fine job; well done!!  It was also a pleasure to be able to partake in some of the events that they scheduled instead of repeatedly working only at the flea market vendor booth.  I was able to attend both awards banquets this time and meet many new "friends" as well as see some "old" friends.

I attended the Road Warrior Tour along with owner of Pollock Auto Restoration, Mike Engard, that took us to Hickory Bridge Farm where we were served a fabulous, sit-down,  home-style luncheon followed by a tour of some of their antique items. Then it was on to a tour of Frank Buck's private collection. I was very impressed with all the World War II items and vehicles that he has collected over the years, especially the three tanks. And to note that he has every single uniform worn by all units and companies from the war. What most impressed me was when I spoke with Frank about my grandfather, who served in WWII. He received the Purple Heart and other awards, but did not talk much about it, thus I did not know any details and unfortunately he passed away a few ago. I showed Frank the awards and patches and he was able to tell me exactly what unit and company my grandfather had been with: Combat Infantry company E at the Battle of the Bulge, Normandy under General Patton.  Now, that is super cool!!

We had brought along two vehicles from the "shop" to showcase in our booth in the flea market area and also for display in the show itself.  We had Tom Imke's 1971 Firebird in our booth that drew a lot of attention and also Dave Pickard's 1988 Grand Prix. This car was a factory prototype and test-bed for the turbo-charged cars offered in 1990 and it won an award at the banquet on Saturday evening.
Even with the high temperatures and humidity, heat index over 110 degrees, it was a very well attended show with over 500 vehicles to see and no emergencies to speak of.

  HaHa! How did that picture get in there? Oh, you know me, whenever I see a Mustang...but who brought it to a Pontiac show? Had to throw that in there for laughs!!

Below,  Michael Engard accepts the award for David Pickard and his 1988 Grand Prix 3.1 Prototype at the awards banquet held Saturday evening at the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg, PA.

Congratulations to Tom and Dave for such fine vehicles and wanting to preserve their history.

St Philip Neri Car Show

July 26th, 2019
By: Kim Spiece  


This particular show is always held on the last Friday of July in the evening at St. Philip Neri Church in Pennsburg, PA and attracts over 300 vehicles of all types. It's a local show that I enjoy attending, especially since I am repeatedly on the road attending National Events so much that I do not get to attend many local shows, anymore. I get to see a lot of old friends and sometimes make some new ones. They always have good food, lively entertainment and a small flea market/vendor area within the church. I was fortunate that I was able to be at home that particular weekend so I could attend. If you're interested in seeing any or all of the shows that I attend you can find me on Facebook and look at the photo albums that I created for each individual show, with photos of each vehicle in attendance.

Eastwood Summer Classic

July 27th, 2019
By: Kim Spiece  


Eastwood Company of Pottstown Pa each year holds a large car show called the Summer Classic that attracts several hundred cars. It is held at their store location on Shoemaker Road in Pottstown Pa. This year the event was July 27th, the last Saturday of July.  They even had Kevin Tetz, TV personality and paint expert attending the show. They had special pricing on their products for sale, food vendors, a beer garden, live demos, live music, and carnival games for kids.  Fortunately the weather held off and was a rain free day!!

Did You Know?

by: Ross Belovich

As many of us have been in the old car hobby for quite some time, it can be easy to let those years slip by. The visible, as well as the hidden deterioration, of a project car is not factored in when considering the necessary effort to restore them. However, as we dig in and start spending time and money, that age shows up front and center. It is one of the major factors in why the process keeps getting more and more expensive and time consuming every year. These vehicles are not as young as they used to be and there are fewer parts available to us. A surprising number of the cars brought into the shop these days were considered good for parts or junk just a few years ago. They often require exponentially more effort to bring them back to tip-top condition. The good news is that today, advances in materials and methods allow for significantly extended longevity as well as assisting in recreating unobtainable parts. But in the end, it still takes a lot of time and very talented individuals to make this happen; automation is never going to replace the talented people in this category. This type of work also requires a lot of patience on the part of the owner.

People that restore and show cars, whether hands-on or through the efforts of others, are not just car enthusiasts anymore. At this point, they are now the very important historians and archaeologists of different eras and times. The stewards and preservationists of many facets of history and more importantly, of the stories of the people, the products and the  mindsets of yesteryear for the benefit of future generation's knowledge. These are the people that invest the effort and oh-so-expensive costs to keep a fleeting moment from the past from fading to dust and from memory forever.
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 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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