In This Issue
  • Through the Windshield
  • Through the Rearview Mirror
  • Spotlight on John Shiban
  • What a Deusy of a Show
  • Million Dollar Cars
  • Car Collector Appreciation Day

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Calendar of Events

19-21: AACA Spring Meet, Stowe, VT

May 21-22: Newport Concours d' Elegance,Newport, RI
22-27: New England 1000, New Paltz, NY

26: HCCP Cruise Night, Concorde, PA 

27-29 -- New Jersey Vintage Grand Prix, Millville, NJ

8: Historic Auto Display “Estate Vehicles,” Wilmington, DE

29: 100th Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis, IN  
29: 30th Annual Chester County Car Show, Kimberton, PA                                

5 -- AACA Northeastern PA Regional, Nanticoke, PA 

5-6 -- Greenwich Concours, Greenwich, CT 

11 -- AACA Truck and Car Show, York Springs, PA 
11-12 -- The Elegance at Hershey, Hershey, PA 
11-17 -- Hemmings “The Great Race,” Chattanooga, TN 

12 -- Springfield “All Ford Show,” Springfield, PA  
18 -- CLC Dealer Show at Royal Cadillac, Floram Park, NJ 

18 -- 3rd Annual All Buick Car Show, Mechanicsburg, PA  
18 -- 4th Annual Cruise Night, Boyertown, PA

20-25 -- 54th Pierce Arrow Society Annual Meet, Fairport, NY

24 -- Motorcars Under the Stars, Philadelphia, PA

24-26 -- Carlisle GM Nationals, Carlisle, PA 

25 -- AACA Museum Car Show, Hershey, PA  
25 -- French Racing Blue, Simeone Museum Philadelphia, PA 
30-July 3 -- Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood House, UK                         

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May 2011

Through the Windshield:
A Look at Upcoming Events

On Sunday, May 22, we’ll be at the Concours of the Eastern United States, which will be held for the first time at Skytop Lodge, in Skytop, PA. The 1935 Hudson Terraplane, which has been undergoing restoration here at Pollock, has been invited to this incredible venue for what should be a great showing of “A Celebration of Styling & Design.”

The following Sunday (May 29) we’ll be in attendance at the 30th Annual Chester County Car Show. This is a fun, county fair-type of car show hosted by the Valley Forge Mustang Club.

Through the Rear View Mirror:
A Look Back at Previous Events

It's been a busy spring here in the shop in Pottstown, as well as at our sister shop, Ragtops & Roadsters in Perkasie, Bucks County. Unfortunately, seat time for our classic cars has been in short supply because of all the rain, especially on the weekends.
Everyone seemed to have a great time last month at our second annual Open House and Shop Tour in April. More than 100 classic car guys and gals came out to see what’s new in that shop and enjoy a special lunch treat.
The Terraplane was a popular attraction, as was a 1971 Plymouth Road Runner that is nearing completion of a major restoration.

Sellersville resident Terry Morningstern (above), the proud owner of a 1930 Ford Model A, won a detail bag in a raffle.
Our entire staff was in attendance to answer questions about restoration techniques. Dorian Custodia (below) demonstrated his metal-shaping skills while Curtis Bohn handled paint related questions.

Spotlight On:
Upholsterer John Shiban

By Barbara Heppenstall Plant

John Shiban, upholster extraordinaire, has been honing his skills for more than five decades. John began his career right here in Pottstown at Pollock Auto Restoration, working part-time under the tutelage of Joe O’Kief from Thorndale.

However, John came by his craft naturally; his father was the first featured upholster in Autotrim magazine.
John shiban

In 1960, John set up his own shop in Lansdale, Pennsylvania and continued to be the main upholsterer for Pollock Auto Restoration. In 2005, John moved from Lansdale back to Pottstown, subletting space from Ralph DeStefano, who owned Pollock at the time.
While he has done many interiors during his career, when asked what was the most difficult, John’s response was the 1935 Hudson Terraplane. I am sure there were many others that proved challenging. 
I was discussing the jobs in the shop with a “car” friend of mine; it turns out John and his father re-upholstered the seats in one of his cars back in the early 1980s. My friend still has the car and says the seats are just like new.
John talents run from recreating an entire interior from just pictures to dismantling and recovering seats with a pre-fabricated kit. His body knowledge and talent are hard to come by, rarely appreciated, and soon to be lost without the sparkle in someone’s eye to be an apprentice. We count ourselves very lucky to have this gentleman at our facility.

Amelia Island:
What a Duesy of a Show!
By Dave Hutchison
Incredible Cars. Big crowds. Spectacular weather.

That pretty much sums up the 16th Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, held March 11-13 this year. Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world.

Three Duesenberg'sAlways held the second full weekend in March, "Amelia' drew a record 280 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. More than 20,000 people attended Sunday's show.

This was my fifth trip to Amelia since we were invited in 2003 to show my Vignale-bodied 1961 Italia 2000, and my third in a row.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: "Amelia" is the best Concours on the East Coast, bar none. What makes it special, above all, is the quality of the collector vehicles that are on display. With connections all over the country and in Europe, show

Chairman Bill Warner and crew attract a diverse collection, from brass up to modern super cars on display.

Million-Dollar Cars of the Future
(From the 70s)

Million Dollar Car of the FutureBertone, the famous Italian car designer, is selling off some of its most famous concept cars from the Disco Era. They're a little pricey but it's fun to think about what it would be like to own one of them.

SEMA Sets July 8 as
Collector Car Appreciation Day

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils have announced July 8, 2011 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.”  
The date marks the second commemoration in what will become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.  SEMA and its councils are now working to secure a Congressional resolution to recognize the day’s significance. 

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