May 2015


Welcome new Shop Talk Subscribers! We are all packed up and heading out soon to the AACA Eastern Division National Spring Meet in Virginia Beach this weekend.  We are showing the 1960 Triumph Italia 2000 at it's first AACA event! Next week is the 21st Ragtops & Roadsters Spring Open House! Full details below or grab the flyer right here.

Tech Tip

The Usual Suspects

by Ragtops & Roadsters Shop Manager, David Jago

When considering purchasing or servicing a classic car, the issues which can crop up may not be obvious, unless you know where to look.  For example, on a recent inspection of a client’s TR6, the technician noted that the right front steering rack mount was cracked.  This could have been mistaken as simply a rust line (see photo A) due to its position at the junction with a horizontal surface.  Upon closer inspection under bright light, the crack is exposed (see photo B).  The cracking of mounts is a known issue to technicians experienced with vintage British cars, but might be missed by those less familiar.  Locating the usual suspects in advance can prevent major safety issues down the road…

In the Rearview

Ragtops & Roadsters Fifth Gear Tech Session

Saturday, March 28th

Mike Engard speaks to British Car Owners about the challenges of five-speed conversions. John Esposito from Quantum Mechanics in Oxford, Ct spoke to the group on Skype. He spoke at length about the now 70 year old technology of the Laycock de Normanville overdrives we have on many of our cars.  

British Car Calendar of Events: May 2015

4/255/3   “Best of Britain” Simeone Museum, Philadelphia, PA
4/305/2   AACA Eastern Nat'l Spring Meet, Virginia Beach, VA
5/1–5/2   Pinehurst Concours de Elegance, Pinehurst, NC
5/2   Britfest 2015, Succasunna, NJ
5/2   20th Annual “The British are Coming!”, Lewes, DE
5/3   Cars & Coffee Bucks County Exotics, Doylestown, PA
5/3   Covered Bridge Road Rally, Bedminister, PA
5/9   21st Annual Ragtops & Roadsters Spring Open House, Perkasie, PA
5/11   Meeting, Blue Bell, PA
5/14–5/17   14th Annual Kastner Cup, Summit Point, VA
5/15   DVJ Thunderbolt Rally, Millville, NJ
5/15–5/17   Import and Kit Car National, Carlisle, PA
5/15–5/17   Out of the Woodwork 2015, Carlisle, PA
5/15–5/17   Volvo Sports America National, Newport, RI
5/16   Morphy Automobile Auction, Denver, PA
5/16   Saratoga Automobile Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY
5/17   DVJ Jaguar Breakfast Social, Conshohocken, PA
5/18   Austin Healey Sport & Touring Club Meeting, North Wales, PA
5/19   Cars and Coffee Steel Stacks, Bethlehem, PA
5/19   DVT (GTR) Monthly Meeting, North Wales, PA
5/17–5/22   New England 1000, New Paltz, NY
5/23   "Demo Day Great Drivers" at Simeone Museum, Philadelphia, PA
5/23   Historic Automobile Display at Winterthur Museum, Winterhur, DE
5/24   100th Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis, IN
5/30   Cars and Motorcycles of England, Westtown, PA
5/30–5/31   Greenwich Concours, Greenwich, CT
5/30–6/7   British Car Week Everywhere, USA

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Through the Windscreen

Simeone Foundation Best of Britian

Now through Sunday, May 5th

10 AM - 4 PM

Stop by the Simeone Foundation Museum to catch the last weekend of the Best of Britain! Ragtops & Roadsters is a co-sponsor and co-coordinator of the unique collection of British racers!

21st Annual Spring Open House at Ragtops & Roadsters

Saturday May 9, 2015

9 AM - 4 PM

Please join us for our 21st Annual “Spring Open House”. All British Car Enthusiasts and Friends are invited to tour our shop and meet our staff. We will have many cars in the restoration process to see. Scones, tea and coffee will be served in the morning and refreshments will be available throughout the day. Our street and car park will be open for all who bring their Sports Cars!
We will also have a British Car “Autojumble”. That’s new old stock and used vintage parts for sale. Our Car Corral will offer a variety of clients cars from show quality to projects all for sale by owner. No need to register, just stop by! For more details and directions please visit our website at After a very long, very snowy winter, we are really looking forward to sunny weather and seeing all of our Sports Car Friends again!

Cars & Motorcycles of England

Saturday May 30, 2015:

Field opens at 8:30 AM | Judging begins at 10:00 AM

By far the largest British car show in the Delaware Valley on beautiful mansion lawn setting.  An all-British Marque Judged Motorcar and Motorcycle Concours and a Nationally Sanctioned Jaguar Concours d’Elegance. Hosted by the Delaware Valley Triumphs Ltd.(DVT) & The Delaware Valley Jaguar Club.(DVJ) Visit for more information and/or follow the show on Facebook at “Cars and Motorcycles of England
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Ragtops & Roadsters is here to help out over the upcoming 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 215-257-1202 to schedule an appointment now.  Click to see our Works In Progress page on our website. Also, we have recently listed more of our Client's British Cars looking for new homes, see current listings on our For Sale page.

Happy Motoring!
Dave & the Staff at Ragtops & Roadsters.
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