2019 Rebels & Redcoats

by Dave Hutchison

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With a thunderstorm forecast, nearly a 100 pre-registered cars showed up for the second annual Rebels & Redcoats on July 6th in Washington's Crossing State Park.

We brought the 1937 Railton Fairmile for our exhibit to represent both American and British cars.

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The Hudson-based Railton Fairmile is nearing the end of its multi-year collaborative restoration by both teams at Ragtops & Roadsters and Pollock Auto Restoration and is looking very sharp. Based on a Hudson straight-eight from the Terraplane, this handsome coachwork by Coachcraft was the best in it's day and it represented days when the English and American relationships were good! The 1922 Sequeville Hoyau Sportster with dickey seat, owned by Alex Giacobetti of Philadelphia, is believed to be the only one here in the states and it went on to win "Best French Car". Revolutionary war re-enactors were marching in full dress on a pretty hot day!

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The American and French cars lined up on one side of the show field against the opposing British and German cars. Unlike the revolution, everyone got along fine and we enjoyed each others offerings. I was pleased to see so many early American cars! The Delaware Valley Triumph club had the largest club presence and a relatively new club, the British Car Club of Bucks County was there flying their flag, also.

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After lunch the thunderstorms came in two waves and many people packed up and went home. The award ceremony commenced when the rain let up and my favorite award for the "Largest Oil Spot" was awarded to Andrew Lubin of the Bucks County British Car Club with his 1968 MGB. Click here to find this relatively new British car club on Facebook. Andrew was given a can of Stop Leak! Here at Ragtops, we have never found a cure in a can. Good Luck, Andrew!

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First Place German was awarded to Stephen Neubaur for his very cool 1955 Messerschmitt KR200. First Place American went to Timothy Hagar, for a very nice 1949 Willys Overland and First Place British went to Steve Rush, with his beautiful 1964 Jaguar E-Type Coupe.

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Congratulations are in order for all of the winners. For a complete list of winners click here. It was great to see everyone and this is a very nice venue as there was a very eclectic group of some very interesting cars! I would definitely put this one on your 2020 car show calendar. Save the date..SUNDAY July 5, 2020. See you then.