February 2017


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Through the Windscreen

2017 Philadelphia International Auto Show

The 2017 International Philadelphia Auto Show is open all week from noon till 10 PM at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Our staff from Pollock Auto Restoration is there to support the AACA / Elegance at Hershey Exhibit on the red carpet near the Broad Street Entrance. The show runs through Sunday, February 5th. Weekdays are the least crowded, so plan to come to the show and make sure you stop by to see the collector cars and sign up at a discounted rate to become a new AACA member! Click HERE for more information.

AACA Annual Meeting

The Antique Automobile Club of America will hold their 81st AACA Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Philadelphia on February 9th through the 11thThis is always a great weekend to get away from the cold weather, meet like-mind car folks, and take in a seminar or two about the collector car hobby. Our friend, the founder and chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Bill Warner, is flying in from Retromobile in Paris and will speak on Friday night about racing cars and his experiences in the concour car world... not to be missed! Throughout the weekend we will be in the vendor room, so stop by and say hello! Click here for more information.

Simeone Museum "AC Retrospective"

Opening on February 18th and running through March 12th the Best of Britain, now in it’s sixth year, will feature an “AC Cars Retrospective” at the Simeone Museum in Philadelphia. If you haven’t been to the museum and you are a fan of British cars, you should mark your calendar to attend this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of AC Cars. We assembled what will be the most complete collection of the “Thames Ditton” AC cars from 1910 through 1983 in the museum for a three week exhibition. Cars are coming in from all over the states, as the AC Retrospective kicks off with buffet dinner featuring Bill Jackson, a former member of the AC Racing Team when the Bristol engine was introduced in the mid '50s. He will have some great stories to share and will take questions. So, come out to witness history and find who put the AC in the AC Cobra! Click HERE for more information to buy tickets online for the AC Retrospective opening meet and greet reception and buffet dinner.

Classic Car Calendar of Events

Saturdays   Cars and Coffee Old Forge Motors, Lansdale, PA
Saturdays   Cars and Coffee West Chester, West Chester, PA
2/4 & 2/18   Cars & Coffee, Bucks County Exotics, Doylestown, PA
2/9–2/11   AACA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA 
2/10–2/12   Boca Raton Concours, Boca Raton, FL  
2/10–2/12   Atlantic City Car Show & Auction,  Atlantic City, NJ 
2/18   "AC Restrospective" Dinner, Simeone Museum, Phila, PA
2/18–3/12   Best of Britain “AC Retrospective”, Simeone Museum Phila, PA  

A Quick Look Ahead Through June

3/10–3/12   Amelia Island Concours, Amelia Island, FL 
4/6–4/8   Barrett-Jackson Auction, Palm Beach, FL  
4/23–4/27   Spring Carlisle, Carlisle, PA  
5/4   Pinehurst Concours de Elegance, Pinehurst, NC 
5/6   22nd Annual Ragtops & Roadsters Spring Open House, Perkasie, PA  
5/18–5/21   16th Annual BBC Beautiful Brass Cars, Strasburg, PA  
5/26/5/27   AACA Eastern Spring Meet, Huntington, WV  
6/3–6/4   Greenwich Concours, Greenwich, CT 
6/4–6/9   AACA ”Founders Tour”, Gettysburg, PA  
6/9–6/11   “Elegance at Hershey”, Hershey, PA  
6/15–6/17   Annual Grand National Meet, Independence, MO 
6/18–6/24   Rolls Royce Annual Meet, French Lick, IN  
6/19–6/23   Annual Packard National, South Bend, IN 
6/24–7/2   Hemmings “The Great Race”, Jacksonville, FL  

In the Shop Now

by: Ross Belovich, Shop Manager

This 1948 Packard Convertible appears in very good condition. This car has been well preserved up to this time and has recently received a repaint, new interior, and top. This is a good example to stress that not all restorations are the same. Although the car overall is very nice, the current owner brought it to us with various reliability concerns. After a cursory look, there are some issues we already see, most notably the wiring harness is the original one that was installed 70 years ago and has seen better days. We will continue giving the car a thorough examination and making the car once again live up to the Packard name.

In the Rearview

Arizona Concours

by: Al  Anspaugh

It was the biggest surprise of a nascent 2017.

"Congratulations!" said Arizona Concours d'Elegance judge Michael Tillson. Our little 1960 Triumph Italia 2000 GT had won one of two Class Awards among the nine Vignale-built giants present.

Robin and I had invested a bit of time, effort and anxious moments trailering 2,500 miles to Phoenix in early January, but never -- never -- had we expected "Amelia" to outscore our noble Coachwork-by-Vignale classmates. Under a cloudy, cool, but dry sky on the manicured grounds of the Arizona Biltmore, the Vignale stable was represented by four exquisite Ferraris, three beautiful Maseratis, a stunning Osca and our Triumph. What a group for Amelia to begin her third year of showing since a two-year build by Ragtops & Roadsters and Pollock Auto Restoration.
Concours participants, officials and attendees alike were generous with their praise. "It's the size, the proportions, the paint. Stunning," said one. In my mind, Amelia had won this award on her own. Two weeks of detailing top to bottom was but incidental; it was her presence, her charm, that won hearts.
Our Vignale class was won -- quite deservedly -- by a 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe Vignale, one of only two so built, owned by Kevin Cogan of Louisville, KY. Sharp-eyed fans might have seen it at Pebble Beach in 2015 or Villa d'Este in 2016.
Most fun was a long Tour d'Elegance through the desert the next day, accompanied by dozens of fine autos of every vintage, and owners most interesting and friendly nearly to a fault. (Fortunately, Amelia sipped petrol from her near-empty tank, avoiding embarrassment!)

Having just completed its fourth year, the Arizona Concours d'Elegance is a must-attend event, and I encourage everyone to go next January. But if you trailer, a little tip: Through the seemingly desolate and endless Panhandle and New Mexico, never let your truck's tank ebb too low. Don't ask me why.
Pollock Auto Restoration is here to help out through the winter and upcoming spring 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 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!

Dave & the Staff at Pollock Auto Restoration
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