July 2019



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 Summer Beach Weather

by, Kim Spiece

  It's hard to believe that we will be celebrating our Independence Day in just a week. It has been a rather soggy start to our local car show season but the warmer days are finally arriving with the onset of Summer this past week.
  Many of our car enthusiasts are looking forward to these warm sunny days to take out our cars and drive like they want to be driven, tired of being locked up in a garage. They want to rev their motors and enjoy the sunny weather like the rest of us, hoping for a rain-free weekend.  So drive, go on a tour, attend a show or cruise-in, have fun, go to the beach, enjoy your classic car.

Through the Windshield

AACA Eastern Spring National Pasipanny NJ

June 26-29th, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

This year the New Jersey Region will host the AACA Eastern Spring National Meet at the Hilton in Pasippany NJ. There will be activities going on throughout the 4-day event including some 'early bird' tours of the Ford Mansion and  Jockey Hollow National Historic Park. Other tours include the Mahan Collection, Herb Singe's Collection, Great Falls of Paterson, and the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.  Interesting little history tidbit: Paterson was established as the first planned industrial city in America centered around the water falls of the Passaic River which is listed as the second largest in the United States. We will be attending with our client's 1949 Hudson Commodore.

Information can be found at:
Pictured above is the 1949 Hudson Commodore Eight Convertible Brougham that one of our clients bought at the Gooding & Company auction while attending Amelia Island Concours, in Florida this past March.  It is one of 595 that were built in 1949 with the color scheme Cornish Cream over Burgundy. It has a 254 CID inline 8-cylinder engine with a 3-speed manual gearbox. It also has a single Carter carburetor, 4 wheel drum brakes, front independent suspension with coil springs and features the Avant-Garde "Step Down" monobuild structure.  It will be at the shop addressing some reliability items and maintenance once it returns from the NJ AACA Eastern Spring National.

Carlisle Chrysler Nationals

July 12-14th, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

Chrysler Nationals, the largest Mopar event in the world, is returning to Carlisle featuring over 2700 vehicles from all eras of the Chrysler brand.  Classic cars, muscle cars and new high performance models will be showcased.  You can find car parts, tools, memorabilia, and collectibles in the large flea market area as well as over 300 vehicles for sale in the car corral. Carlisle Events is celebrating the 50 years of the Dodge Charger Daytona & 500, the A12 Road Runner and the Super Bee in sticking with their theme for the year "Summer of 69". This event is the place to buy, sell and trade anything Mopar.

For more information :

POCI Convention Pontiac /Oakland Nationals

July 16-21st, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

We will be attending the Pontiac/Oakland National Convention this year and it is being held in one of my favorite locations, Gettysburg PA. It is being held at the Wyndham Hotel where we will set up our booth and have two of our clients vehicles with us on display. There will be several activities throughout the week including tours to the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, Gary's Goats collection, J's Museum, and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. If you're looking for somewhere to go this summer, plan a stop in historic Gettysburg PA.

For more information or registration please see:

Vintage, Classic, Collector and Antique Car Club Information

It is hard to believe that Summer is only a few short weeks away already. 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

July Events

7/4 – 7/7   Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood House, UK
7/7 – 7/21   Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, Pittsburgh, PA
7/12 – 7/14   Carlisle Chrysler Nationals, Carlisle, PA
7/12   Collector Car Appreciation Day, Everywhere, , USA
7/13   Deutsche Classic Oley Fairgrounds, Oley, PA
7/16 – 7/20   Hudson Essex Terraplane National, Bettendorf, IA
7/18 – 7/21   Keenland Concours D’ Elegance, Lexington, KY
7/18 – 7/20   National Chrysler Products Club National, Lititiz, PA
7/19 – 7/21   Misselwood Concours, Beverly, MA
7/20   Doylestown at Dusk Car Show, Doylestown, PA
7/20 – 7/26   Annual Packard National, West Lafeyette, IN
7/21   Newtown Car Show, Newtown, PA
7/22 – 7/27   68th Annual Rolls Royce  Meet, Troy, MI
7/26 – 7/28   Concours of America, St. John’s, Plymouth, MI
7/27 – 8/3   Franklin Club Annual Trek , Cazenovia, NY


In the Shop Now

1931 Ford Model AA

by: Kim Spiece

      This particular vehicle was brought in to our shop for some tender care. It was restored about forty years ago but has been sitting for decades. It was a former AACA Senior Award winner. We will begin to work on bringing it back to life for our client.

In the Rearview

The Elegance at Hershey

June 7-9th, 2019
By: Kim Spiece  


      The Elegance at Hershey has to be one of my favorite shows throughout the year. I get to see "old" friends and visit with them while helping with registration of all the participants Friday and Saturday. All the volunteers from the AACA do a wonderful job supporting this event.  Friday night we attend the Cocktail Party in the Hershey Gardens which is a sight to behold with all the different varieties of roses that are there flourishing and of course can't forget the really neat "vintage" race cars that race Saturday at the Grand Ascent.

Sunday was the actual "Elegance" car show and there are always so many beautifully restored and unique vehicles in attendance. It is hard to pick just a few to write about. It was a beautiful day with partly cloudy skies and was perfect for that special event.
Above; here you can see a beautiful 1915 Pierce-Arrow 38C Town Car owned by Brian & Trish White. Next to it is a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C owned by Paul Gould.

Below; this vehicle belongs to one of our gracious clients', Alex & Teri Giacobetti, a 1922 Secqueville-Hoyau Torpedo.  Beside the Secqueville is a gorgeous 1953 Bentley R Type Saloon owned by Charles B Gillet.
It was a pleasure to be invited to attend the Elegance once again and be able to see all these magnificent vehicles on display in the beautifully manicured gardens of Hotel Hershey.
Below we see a 1913 Rolls Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost owned by Robert & Jill Barrett and next to it is a 1903 Cadillac Model A rear entrance Tonneau pictured with its' owner Steven Heald.
Above we have a 1912 Fiat Type 55 Roadster owned by George Dragone and the very uniquely styled 1959 Cadillac Cyclone Concept owned by the General Motors Heritage Center.  It definitely brought a lot of attention to itself.

Below,  Michael Engard drives owner Teri Giacobetti to center stage to accept their awards for their 1922 Secqueville-Hoyau. Pictured right is Dave Hutchison and Michael Engard with a very happy client Alex Giacobetti with his awards.

Did You Know?

by: Kim Spiece

Panhard was a French motor vehicle manufacturer that began as one of the first makers of automobiles. Originally called Panhard et Lavassor, the company was established in 1887.  They sold their first automobile in 1890 based on Daimler's engine license.  These first vehicles set many modern standards, although each was a one-off design.  Examples include a clutch pedal to operate a chain driven gearbox and a front-mounted radiator.  1891 we see its first all Levassor design "the systeme Panhard" that consisted of four wheels, a front mounted engine with rear wheel drive and a crude sliding gear transmission. This remained the standard until Cadillac introduced a synchromesh in 1928.

Levassor was fatally injured in a crash while trying to avoid hitting a dog and died later in Paris in 1897. Arthur Krebs succeeded him as General Manager until 1916 and turned the company into one of the largest and most profitable manufacturers of automobiles before WWI.
From 1913-1920, models 18CV and 20CV were used as the official presidential vehicles. Like most other manufacturers, Panhard concentrated on war production including military trucks, gun components and large shells.
Between the wars, Panhard resumed passenger vehicle production and also incorporated upgraded electrics. The last pre-war vehicle was a uniquely styled monocoque, the Dynamic Series, that was introduced in 1936. They also produced railbuses.

Today, the only use of the Panhard name is the "Panhard Rod" which is a suspension link that provides lateral location of the axle.  It is widely used on other automobiles or as after market upgrades to rear axles for vintage American automobiles.

Hope you enjoyed this brief stop in Automotive History.
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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