September 2015


In Memory of: John Shiban

We lost a friend. John Shiban passed on August 24th after a short illness. Many of us were first introduced to John back in 2008 when Pollock Auto Restoration changed owners and John came along with the new Pollock. He was full of Pollock stories from years gone by, always a soft spoken man who soon earned the nickname "The Professor". When he saw anyone come by, he was always eager to show you his latest creation! His attention to detail was second to none and he always knew the right way do the job. John had been a "trimmer" all his life and for over 50 years worked in one way or another finishing some of finest classic cars ever built. He always said "The trimmer is always the first man in and the last man out". He had a work area in the shop that sparkled as he kept it ultra clean with baby wipes! Some of John's work included Packard, Duesenburg, Cadillac, Bugatti, and most recently, AC Cars, Railton, Hudson to name a few. His portfolio book covered decades, had dozens stories as his passion for his work will live on in those pages. His craftsmanship and his gentle manor will be missed in the "Trim Shop" at Pollock for many years to come.... Rest in Peace John.

In the Rearview

New Hope Auto Show

August 8th & 9th

The 58th Annual New Hope Auto Show was held on its traditional weekend on August 8th and 9th. The featured "marque" was convertibles and they showed up in every class. We were pleased to once again sponsor this event that benefits the Solebury High School Scholarship Program and Fox Chase Cancer Center. Saturday's show was at full capacity with Packard, Cadillac, and more American classic convertibles.

Post Sales Push Monterey Auction Results Past $400 Million

by Andy Reid of Vintage Motorsport - 8/22/2015

Republished with permission.

Hold Your Breath/Make a wish/Count to three; I've Got a Golden Ticket;

Come with me and you'll be
In a world of pure imagination
Take a look and you'll see
Into your imagination

These lyrics from the film "Wily Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" pretty much sum up what attending this year's auctions in Monterey was like this time around.

Just walking into the RM Sotheby's auction preview was a mind-blowing experience; I literally felt like a kid entering the Wonka factory for a tour. It was so overwhelming that it was almost impossible to know where to look due to the visual overload of so many of the cars that dreams are made of. Never before in my 16 years of attending, bidding at and reporting on collector car auctions have I seen so many varied, rare, significant and desirable cars on sale in one place anywhere in the world. No matter what you wanted, chances are there was an example for sale at this year's Monterey auctions. If you had the opportunity to attend the previews or the sales themselves, then you most definitely had a Golden Ticket to collector car paradise.

Click to visit for Andy's full Pebble Beach auction report!

Classic Car Calendar of Events

September 2015

9/12   Pottstown Cars & Coffee, Stowe, PA
9/12   Cars & Coffee (every Sat.) , Lansdale, PA
9/11–9/13   Goodwood Revival, Goodwood House, UK
9/11–9/13   Radnor Hunt Concours, Edgemont, PA
9/13   39th Annual Springtown Car Show, Springtown, PA
9/13   Valley Forge Region Cadillac LaSalle Fall Car Show, Lahaska, PA
9/13–9/17   The Packard Club 9th Henry Joy Tour, Front Royal, VA
9/13–9/18   69th Revival of the Glidden Tour Defiance, OH
9/20   Buckingham Concours, Buckingham, PA
9/20   Hagley Antique Car Show, Wilmington, DE
9/20   19th Annual Orphan Car Show, Ypsilanti, MI
9/20   Cars & Coffee Lehigh Valley at Steel Stacks, Bethlehem, PA
9/25–9/27   St. Michaels Concours, St Michaels, MD
9/25–9/27   Hemmings Motor News 9th Annual Concours, Saratoga, NY
9/27   Pottstown Cars & Coffee, Stowe, PA
9/30–10/4   Fall Carlisle, Carlisle, PA

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In the Shop

We are able restore all cars no matter if it has Hemi power or pedal power. From big to small!

The owner of this very original Jordan pedal car gave us the go ahead to do some work to make this classic mechanically functional while keeping the original paint... A preservation effort!

Through the Windscreen

100 Motorcars of Radnor

September 11th –13th

The 2015 Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance is tomorrow! This has become one of the best Concours here in the US! Packard, Alfa Romeo and classic pickup trucks will share Radnor Hunt show field with BMW Motorcycles, Police Motorcycles and land speed record holders in Malvern, PA. The Concours d’Elegance encompasses three days of activities beginning with the Friday evening barbecue, followed by the always popular road rally through the scenic countryside of Chester County on Saturday morning, culminating in a catered lunch. The Saturday evening Black Tie Gala, Silent Auction and Art Show preview is the prelude to the main event, the Concours d’ Elegance on Sunday. Mark your calendar and don't miss one of the top Concours in the area. See you there!

St Michaels Concours

September 25-27th

Now in it's eight year, the St. Michael's Concours d' Elegance is featuring rare pre-war grand classics with European coachwork, wood bodied cars, and significant sports cars to 1965 along with fashion and classic wooden speed boats. Three cars, the 1961 Triumph Italia 2000 from Ragtops & Roadsters and the 1910 Pickard and 1922 Secqueville Hoyua from Pollock Auto Restoration have been invited to attend this year's Concours.

AACA National Fall Meet

October 7-10th

The Eastern Division AACA National Fall Meet takes place each year during the 1st full week in October. The Hershey Region began hosting the show in 1955 and has done so each year since then.

The meet is located in beautiful Hershey, PA on the grounds and parking lots surrounding Hersheypark and The Giant Center. Hershey is considered one of the largest antique automobile shows and flea markets in the United States.

It consists of over 9,000 flea market spaces, over 1,000 car corral spaces, and approximately 1,500 show cars. Each year the show attracts visitors from all over the United States and many countries throughout the world. Some of the most unusual cars and parts can be found at Hershey. If you love antique cars, Hershey is the place to be. Look for our tent at CY 45-46 on the Chocolate Field!
Pollock Auto Restoration is here to help out through the summer driving season. Maybe it's time to take care of those maintenance, restoration, preservation, and upgrade needs on your car's wish list. Click here to send an e-mail to or call us at 610-323-7108 to schedule an appointment now. 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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