By Jan Wessels
In June of 2011, the Great Race went from Chattanooga, TN to Bennington, VT and happened to pass by Hazleton, PA for a lunch stop. Having seen the notice in the local newspaper, I decided to go and welcome in the racers. This is where I was first introduced to the Great Race. Being able to see these rally prepared motorcars and speak with some of the teams planted a seed, the seed of a desire to participate in this adventure one day too. What else could be better? (read more)
By Bob De Lucia & Dave Hutchison
Photos by Charlie Frick, Motorcar Studios and ABRR photographers.
On a quiet cul-de-sac in the sleepy hollow of Quakertown, a “British Invasion” was about to disturb the bucolic neighborhood. Thirty-two “Teams” were descending on the area on a beautiful, sunny, and brisk October Friday morning. (read about it here)
by Al MacIlroy, Winter 2009-2010 – V11.0
My TR4's name is Mergatroid, Merg for short. I am not sure of the circumstances of the naming as I look back. I remember it as from a poem “Mehitable and the Cockroach” that I seem to remember from high school or was it from Red Skelton’s exclaiming “Heavens to Mergatroid.” According to Merg’s birth certificate, obtained from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, she rolled off the assembly-line December 23, 1963 in England. Her “official name:” STC64-CT28591L. She boarded a ship in England and was off-loaded in San Francisco. I purchased her on tax day, April 15, 1964. (Here is her story)
by Bob De Lucia and Dave Hutchison
A large group of classic car devotees hit the road and headed south either by plane, car, or truck and car-carrier trailer. On the Tuesday before the weekend show, a caravan of two trucks with car trailers left the area bound for Amelia. In an enclosed trailer, was the soon-to-be-revealed, 1960 Triumph Italia 2000 Vignale #122, recently restored by Ragtops and Roadsters & Pollock Auto Restoration (Read More About 2105 Amelia Island Concours...)
LOG 34 was held in beautiful Asheville, NC. It was a good show with some of the best roads to drive on in the country. Attendance was good, weather was good and many Lotuses were all over the place. (Read More About Log34)
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils has announced July 13, 2012 as "Collector Car Appreciation Day". The date marks the third 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 days significance.
The Hershey Hillclimb has been jump-started. Again.
Revived for the third time, the Hershey Hillclimb is back on the motorsports calendar. Boy did it come back in style this time!
The hillclimb is simple, one of the oldest forms of motor racing that traces its origins back to La Turbie, France in 1897. Many courses have been used all over the world, including Mt. Washington and Pike's Pike here in the United States.
With steep drop-offs and trees along the hill, it takes real concentration to get the right line through every turn of the seven-tenths-of-a-mile course. Basically, one car at a time drives the course as quickly as possible from start to finish. Best times are scored and compared, sometimes by classes, to determine the "King of the Hill."
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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, it is among the top automotive events in the world.Â
Always 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.
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The MG Vintage Racers will celebrate their 30th anniversary with two designated Focus Events for 2011: one on the West Coast, and one on the East Coast. An MGVR Focus Event is a selected vintage race event where MGVR gets a vintage race sanctioning body to include some all MG races in their weekend's schedule. Plus, MGVR compliments the weekend with some of their own awards and social functions.
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By Barbara (Heppenstall) Plant
Do you have your calendar marked? Get ready for Fall Hershey October 10-13, 2012. Have you purchased your new running/walking sneakers? How is your training program going? Are you walking at least a mile a day?
Ragtops & Roadsters and Pollock Auto Restoration will have a display tent in the Chocolate Field CY45-46. If you have never experienced Hershey, take the time out of your busy schedules to go walk the flea market and car corral. The flea market isn’t just car parts. I’ve seen antique toys, household goods and vintage clothing. In my opinion, the best days are Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. However, Saturday’s show will bring out some outstanding cars.
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 Hershey Park 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.
Fall Hershey 2012
Once again we will be supporting the Concours of the Eastern United States at this year’s Philadelphia International Auto Show to be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The Auto Show kicks off with a fund-raiser “Black Tie Gala” on Friday January 30 and opens to the public at 9 AM Saturday morning January 31st. The Concours exhibit of classic and vintage cars is located in D-Hall and will be open daily through 8 PM Sunday February 8, 2009. In support of the Concours exhibit we have a 1971 Jaguar XKE Roadster and a 1953 Morgan we will be bringing in from Ragtops & Roadsters for display. For more information on the Auto Show click here.. We hope to see you at the show! More...
Michael Engard fixes toys. But don't take him your limping Barbies, frozen Lionel engines or rusted Flexible Flyers. Engard, 41, specializes in aging Jaguars, Triumphs, MGs and Land Rovers, cars which were on the road in Britain before the Beatles. "It's a luxury market," he explained from his 10-man shop in Perkasie recently. "This is discretionary cash for a lot of these people. It's a toy for many." Customers at Ragtops & Roadsters, which Engard opened in 1990, are willing to pay up to $150,000 and wait three years for their repairs, he said. Doing everything from a tune-up to a complete restoration of a pre-World War II car, the company's sales have grown steadily since the beginning More...