July 2016


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Through the Windscreen

12th Annual "Deutsche Classic"

Saturday, July 9

You don't want to miss this one! The Deutsche Classic is one of the very few German car shows in the area. We plan on attending the 12th anniversary of this show on Saturday July 9th 2016 at the beautiful Oley Fairgrounds in the historic village of Oley, Pennsylvania. The Deutsche Classic is an all-German automotive & motorcycle event, welcoming vintage, classic and late model German vehicles - cars, motorcycles and more! It is held annually on the 2nd Saturday of July. The day's events include a swap meet, car & motorcycle show (motorcycles new addition this year!) with unique hand crafted show awards, live music, food, and other activities. We plan to show the dark red 1969 Mercedes 280 SL that we restored last year and a 1967 VW Beetle that we are just now finishing.  All we need is good weather!  Maybe we will see you there?

7th Annual Roebling Museum Car Show

Saturday, July 23 (Rain Date - July 24)

Just south of Trenton you will find Roebling, NJ the home of the Roebling Museum. This is where the 7th Annual Roebling Museum Car Show will be held, a great local show that brings in an eclectic group of cars of all makes and marques together. New this year, is a featured marque that will be Mercer. The organizers hope to gather 20 Mercer cars together from all over the country! Some are coming in from as far away as Maine, Florida and even California.  In keeping with the tradition of the Roebling Company and fine automobile manufacturing, the museum will be open and admission is free on show day.  Food and fun will be available for the whole family!

Buick National at the Bulgari Collection

Wednesday, July 27 – Saturday, July 30

Allentown, Pennsylvania is the location of the 2016 BCA 50th Anniversary Celebration including several official BCA tours planned. Of course, you can always just take your Buick out for a drive on Pennsylvania roads, which is about the best fun there is! This special anniversary event is a unique opportunity for members to celebrate BCA’s 50 years, have fun with old and new friends, and to enjoy an enormous assortment of beautiful Buicks from all decades. Our host for the 50th Anniversary Celebration, Mr. Nicola Bulgari, has been a BCA member for all of its 50 years, since 1966 (BCA member #178). Though his home is in Italy, Bulgari has assembled one of the world’s largest collections of antique and vintage automobiles in Allentown, PA. Our staff from Pollock Auto Restoration is planning to support this event so stop by our vendor tent and say hello! 
Mark Your Calendar: July 27-30, 2016.

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

7/5–7/10   DeSoto Club National, Kalamazoo, MI
7/7–7/12   Chevrolet Club National, Lake Tahoe, NV
7/8   Collector Car Appreciation Day, Everywhere, USA
7/9   Deutsche Classic Oley Fairgrounds, Oley, PA
7/10   Newtown Car Show, Newtown, PA
7/14–7/17   Keenland Concours D’ Elegance, Lexington, KY
7/15–7/17    Carlisle Chrysler Nationals, Carlisle, PA
7/16   Annual Boyertown Annual Cruise Night, Boyertown, PA
7/16   Doylestown at Dusk Car Show, Doylestown, PA
7/17–7/21   AACA Founders Tour, Huntingdon, PA
7/21–7/23   38th National Chrysler Club National, Bethlehem, PA
7/23   7th Annual Roebling Museum Annual Car Show, Roebling, NJ
 7/23–7/24   Misselwood Concours, Beverly, MA
7/27–7/30   50th Anniversary Buick Club National, Allentown, PA
7/29–7/31   38th Annual Concours of America at St. John’s, Plymouth, MI
7/30–8/6   63rd Annual Franklin Trek, Cazenovia, NY
7/31–8/4   67th Rolls Royce Annual Meet, Ashville, NC

Complete 2016 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

A big smile from a happy customer during the delivery of this one family owned highly original 1928 Hupmobile Century. Pollock Restoration completely restored the aged interior as well as a complete engine rebuild. The now reliable car is still in its original paint and will soon be on tour with the Hupmobile club.

In the Rearview

First Italia 2000 to Win an AACA Grand National Award

by: Al Anspaugh

“Did I mention Williamsport, PA?” This simple question one cold winter night started our 1960 Triumph Italia 2000 GT heading to the AACA Annual Grand National Meet on June 3-4.  It’s said to be the first time a Triumph Italia has gained entry to the prestigious event, billed as a Show of Winners. The right to enter requires having won an AACA Senior Award the prior year, which our little “Amelia” did at the end of a whirlwind 2015 show season. 
Amelia shone, earning a First Place based on points and judged among a class that included a Mercedes Benz Gullwing and drop-dead-gorgeous Alfas,  Triumphs and MGs.  A massive turnout of some 625 pristine cars, trucks and bikes fit nicely on the sprawling grounds of the Pennsylvania College of Technology – home to the best hands-on automotive-tech school on Earth. The awards were presented in a mammoth auditorium at the Scottish Rite hall in Williamsport, and Robin and I were pleased to bring home a beautiful trophy. My hat’s off to the Pollock and Ragtops & Roadsters, the restoration pros who each in their own way made Amelia a star!

Freedom Rally...the back roads of Virginia

by: Eugene Toner

I graduated last month from Pennsylvania College of Technology with a degree in Automotive Restoration and I was just hired as a full time technician at Ragtops & Roadsters, (where I did my internship last summer) the sister shop to Pollock Auto Restoration. To celebrate my accomplishment, and before starting to work, I agreed to sign on to provide technical support for the Freedom Road Rally, a major week-long rally of classic cars in Virginia with a couple of my friends from school.  Since I had experience driving a truck with a trailer, I was elected the chase truck driver. At the back of the pack, the rally consisted of around 70 classic cars ahead of us for the next 850 miles. Our job was to stop and handle any breakdowns. We drove through several covered bridges on the back country of Virginia on some beautiful winding roads. The cars were mostly American with a couple of European cars here and there. Starting in Richmond, we headed out and made a large loop visiting many museums and private collections including the Military Aviation Museum, the Virginia Museum of Transportation, the USS Wisconsin to name a few. We also visited non car related attractions that included James Madison’s Montpelier, the Shenandoah Caverns and a potato chip factory!

The rally was very well run organized and there were just a few problems with the cars and after all that why my buddies and I were there!  Most issues were minor repairs that were easily fixed in parking lots or road side, blown fuses and faulty wiring, etc. Several cars had problems that could have been easily avoided by having their cars checked by professionals before the rally. The biggest problem was driving through changes in elevation in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Several cars overheated and that made them unable to finish the trip. These people were provided a rental car or rode the rest of the trip with friends. We got to know the owners of a 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline very well that had over tightened wheel bearings that eventually destroyed the custom spindles. A Chrysler New Yorker blew all the seals in the transmission and also went home on a trailer. Many cars had bad seals that needed replacement a long time ago and one car overheated so badly he blew his engine. These issues could have easily been avoided with a preventive mechanical inspection before the rally.

This was a great experience, which I would be more than happy to do again and most likely will. It taught me a great deal about the owners of classic cars that I did not fully understand before the rally. I also was able to visit some amazing museums and attractions I would have otherwise never seen. My name is Eugene Toner, I am 25 years old, and I am the next generation of Car Guy, as I grew up around classic sports cars and have always had a passion for them!  Will I see you on the next rally? If so, make sure you have your car looked over first, OK? If not, I’ll be coming up from behind with the truck and trailer!

Ted Mauer Picnic

by: Mike Engard

On Wednesday June 22nd the entire staff of Pollock Auto Restoration visited Ted Maurer’s Auto Picnic in North Coventry. This is the 8th time the staff has gone to this wonderful, local low-key event. There’s always a full array of cars from a very early and unusual National to an almost new 5.0 Mustang. Antique lawn tractors and fire trucks, Ford Model A’s and T’s, Studebakers, Military vehicles and Vintage Limousines. I especially enjoyed the 1905 Northern twin-cylinder Touring car. This year Pollock brought a 1960 Triumph Italia and a 1928 Hupmobile Century to add to the field. There’s no judging of the cars, but there is ham sandwiches for everybody! This is a great opportunity to get out of the shop for a few hours and talk to the owners and learn the stories of their classic cars.
Pollock Auto Restoration is here to help out through the summer 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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