In This Issue
  • Through the Rearview Mirror
  • Amelia Island 2010
  • Grand Classic at Malvern

Readers' Gallery

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Readers Gallery June 2010

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Mark Your Calendar

25-28: Le Bella Machina d’Italia, Skytop, PA

25-27: All GM Nationals, Carlisle, PA

25-27: SVRA Vintage Grand Prix, Lexington, OH

27-31: Buick Club Of America National Meet, Ames, IA
30-July 4: 41st Annual WPC Club Annual Meet, Dayton, OH
30-July 3: AACA 75th Anniversary Celebration Louisville, KY
3: Nostalgia Nights, Pottstown, PA

6: 14th Annual Orphan Car Show, Ypsilanti, MI

9-11: Chrysler National Carlisle, PA

10-11: Giants Despair Hillclimb, Laurel Run, PA

11-25: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, Pittsburgh, PA

13-18: Pierce-Arrow Society National Meet, Rochester, MN

15-18: Keenland Concours D’ Elagance  Lexington, KY

16-18: Aston Martin Meet, Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, CT

16-18: Hemmings Concours, Stratton Mountain, VT

17-23: Packard 45th National Meet, Gettysburg, PA

18: Antique & Classic Car Show Newtown, PA

19-24: 59th Rolls Royce Annual Meet, Toronto, Ontario, CA

21-25: DeSoto 25th NDC Convention  Springfield, IL

25: Meadowbrook Concours, Troy, MI

28-August 1: 23rd Annual Z Car convention  Nashville, TN

31:  Doylestown at Dusk Car Show Doylestown, PA
This is a web-based calendar of  Vintage Car Events for the Spring 2010 driving season. We have included most Major Marques and their websites. We suggest that you explore many other events that are listed on each website.  If we have missed listing your event please let us know so we may include it in our future calendar!
Auctions, Concours shows, charity runs, local, regional, national shows, rallies, vintage races, and even Sunday drives, are also listed. 

Collector Car Appreciation Day is Fast Approaching

The U.S. Senate has issued a resolution designating Friday,
July 9, 2010 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.”  This effort was undertaken by SEMA Action Network (SAN) representatives in Washington, D.C. as a means of raising awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.  As the date approaches, events, car shows, and cruises are being planned nationwide. How will you recognize the day? 
SAN is anxious to hear about the events being planned to commemorate the first ever Collector Car Appreciation Day!  If an event is scheduled in your area, please let them know so they can publicize your show or cruise on the The list will enable enthusiasts from all of the country to find events in their area at which they can celebrate their passion for collector cars and America’s great hobby.
Please send your event information (including date/time/location and contact information) to
Here is SAN's list of events

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June 2010


Our First Annual Open House
May 2010

We had a great turnout for our first annual Open House in May this year. Members of the VFR of the Cadillac/ LaSalle Club and the Pottstown AACA stopped by for a guided tour and lunch buffet.

Dorian Custodia, our metal technician, demonstrated use of the English wheel, the pull max and showed the buck and metal work for the Jaguar pedal car. In the paint area, Curtis Bohn and Chris Williams, explained the steps involved in woodgraining a dash for a 1941 Cadillac.

Mike Engard, Barb Plant and Dave Hutchison gave guided tours of the building to all of the enthusiasts who stopped by. A good time was had by all and we look forward to doing it again in 2011!

2010 Pollock Open House

Through the Rear View Mirror
(a look back at upcoming events for classic car fans)

By Barbara Heppenstall Plant

HET Meet
We took a 1935 Hudson Terraplane to the Eastern Regional HET Meet in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Hosted by the Garden State Chapter of the H-E-T Club, the event was called "Hudson Fun in the Fifties." Approximately 20 Hudsons attended the event.

Hudson Meet

The most interesting was the 1937 Hudson car with a slide-out trunk. The owner of the 1935 Hudson was very pleased to see his car mocked up with the painted fenders and trunk lid on his car.
There was also an interesting tech session on how to pull the hub off a step-down vehicle. The front interior must be removed in a step-down Hudson to remove the transmission to change the clutch.

This show was hosted by the Valley Forge Mustang Club. The mustangs were off on one field by themselves. There were at least 75 mustangs ranging from 1965 to 2010.

Kimberton Show

The one I was most impressed with was the Police Cruiser. All together, there were about 400 cars at this show. They were still coming in at 12:30 pm. The range was from early 20's to 70 muscle cars. I took a customer's 1931 Chrysler Roadster that is for sale. This car drew alot of interest and a potential buyer.

Linvilla Orchard
Linvilla Orchard was a great site for a large car show. There were at least 275 cars ranging from Early Steam cars up to 1970 muscle cars, all arranged on a nice sloping hill among the strawberry patches and the corn fields.
There was a great store with lots of yummy baked goods and fresh vegetables and beautiful plants.
Next spring when you are thinking of where you might take a Sunday ride with your car this was  a very well organized show.

Brass in Berks

Brass in Berks is a unique show featuring Pre-1916 and Brass Era cars. Some of these cars at the show are one of a few still left in existence. These cars visit Pennsylvania for a four-day event. The event is kicked off with a car show and flea market that was held at Penn State Berks County this year.  Then Monday through Thursday the cars went on tours and visited different locations in Berks, Lancaster and Montgomery counties.
On this tour, one of the cars -- a 1911 Oakland from Michigan - broke its driveshaft on the very first day. Luckily, Mike Engard, owner of both Pollock Auto Restoration and Ragtops & Roadsters, happened to be attending the Sunday Car Show and offered our services to help get the car back on the road.

They loaded the Oakland in the trailer and dropped it off at our shop in Pottstown. We worked late into Sunday night dismantling the driveshaft to determine the exact repair needed and also to determine if this was able to be fixed quickly so that the Oakland could continue on the tour.
Fortunately, we were able to come up with a "speedy pitstop" type of repair. While the car was being worked on, the customer was made aware of a split seam on the fuel tank, which we also repaired. The car was returned to the customer late Monday night and continued on the tour for the rest of the week.

Amelia Island 2010

Amelia Island 2010

By Dave Hutchison

The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is always one of my favorite shows. Just when you think Bill Warner has put together a great show he does one better!

This years’ show (March 14-16) was no exception, as the Concours founder, long-time photographer and writer for Road & Track magazine, did another great job of hand-picking the majority of more than 250 European and American vintage race cars and classics. His past racing experiences always guarantees a strong field of competition cars. Vintage cars from all over the country and Europe, some from seldom-seen private collections, came for display on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island.

On Saturday, we attended “The Three Greats” featuring Richard Petty, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, and Carroll Shelby, who was a last minute substitution for Sir Stirling Moss, who was unable to attend because of a fall at his home in Britain.  All three drivers shared their stories from back in the day. 

In a panel forum, these legends regaled us with some “business of racing” tales that involved a hand gun and many humorous stories of trying to blow up engines from their colorful careers. Moderator Sam Posey asked the audience to get involved with the questions. Big Daddy said that he had learned one very important thing in his career…."gasoline is for washing parts, alcohol is for drinking and NITRO–METHANE is for racing!" Carroll Shelby spoke of the early days of the development of the Cobra from its roots at AC.

Also, for the first time this year, both R&M and Goodings held auctions and sale were reported very strong. There were no signs of recession at the auctions, where 153 cars sold for a total of $37.5 million.

Sunday morning was a very special time at Amelia. At the crack of dawn, as a light mist enveloped the island, one could hear the rumblings of many vintage engines coming to life, from a small four-cylinder Coventry Climax to the full blown roar of a Porsche 917!

This year’s weather was a bit chilly; however, the venue was spectacular and the show cars outstanding. There was one big difference for me - for the first time, I attended as a spectator as we did not field a car in the show this year. It gave me a much different perspective, allowing me to take it all in and wander the show field among the 18,000 attendees and enjoy the sights and sounds. It was the largest crowd I can remember. 

Entering the show I saw an impressive display of many of the race cars driven by this year’s honoree, “The King” Richard Petty.  A couple of steps further was a row of ten Porsches 917s!  The Concours also highlighted the 40th Anniversary of Porsche's inaugural victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona and LeMans by showcasing a number of influential 917s. Local Philadelphia collector, Dr Fred Simeone, had his “Hippie Car” in this impressive group.

There were sports cars everywhere you turned, including the one and the only Jaguar XJ13 Prototype - I've read about it, now I can’t say I've never seen it.

Car classes ranged from the Concours d’ Elegance classifications of DuesenbergEuropean and American Classics to the Concours de Sport classes of FerarriSports GT Cars and Race Cars; I really enjoy how Bill keeps things fresh by coming up with some unusual classes each year. This year's classes included Motor Trend Cover CarsCars You Never Knew ExistedForgotten FiberglassEtceterini, and many similar one-off categories.

The “Birdcage” Maseratti Tipo 61" owned by Jonathan Feiber that was autographed earlier by Shelby, went on to capture Best of Show in Concours de Spirit. Sam and Emily Mann chalked up their fourth Concours de Elegance victory with their stunning 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K.

While it was great to these incredible automobiles and listen to these wonderful speakers, we have to remember the there is a serious side to the Concours.  Not counting this year, the show has raised an estimated $1.6 million to benefit the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.
  It was a terrific weekend and I am already wondering how Bill will top himself next year!

Grand Classic at Malvern

Ragtops & Roadsters double-teamed the Grand Classic at Malvern this year, with Dave Hutchison attending on Friday, April 16 and Mike Engard taking over on Saturday, April 17.

Dave spent some of his time Friday helping the local DVR chapter of the Classic Car Club of America with parking trucks and trailers. Then it was off for a bus trip to the Simeone Foundation Auto Museum, where about 45 people had dinner and listened to Harry Hurst talk about the "Full Classics" including a 1937 Cord, 1935 Auburn, and the largest collection of Alfa HCs in the world.

Grand Classic coordinator Thym Smith was recognized and presented by Howard Schaevitz and Cliff Woodbury (co-directors of the CCCA) with a copy of "The Spirit of Competition," photographer Michael Furman's book showcasing Dr. Frederick Simeone's amazing automobile collection.

Grand Classic

The tour culminated with a hands-on demonstration of the '66 Ford Mark 4 GT40 in Dr. Simeone's collection.
On Saturday, Mike Engard drove a 1941 Cadillac Series 62 convertible coupe from Perkasie to Malvern for the Grand Classic. The car, owned by Mr. Lea, a Pollock Auto Restoration client, was a pleasure to drive to and from the Desmond Hotel.

After registration and photos, Mike parked the car in the Exhibitors Class. Then it was time for the Judge's breakfast -- this was Mike's first time as an Apprentice Judge for the CCCA. Working with team leader Robert Franz, judging was an "eye-opening experience" as they walked, talked and shook hands. Among other vehicles, his team judged a 1931 AC, a 1939 Packard and several other classics.

"I really enjoy the CCCA," Mike said. "At most shows you see three or four truly remarkable cars. At the Grand Classic, it was all special, unique stuff. Every car was a standout in its own right. Seeing them all in one field was quite impressive."

How the Pennsylvania Budget May Affect You

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has proposed lowering the state sales tax from six percent to four percent. That's the good news.

The bad news is that he also has proposed taxing many items that previously had been exempt from sales tax as a way to help close the state's budget gap. Among the items he wants to tax areautomobile storage and towing. While not big-ticket items, if sales tax is added to these services, your bill may increase.