Ragtops & Roadsters


Issue: October 2014
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Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn! And welcome to all of our new Shop Talk subscribers that we've met at shows over the past months. 

In the Rearview Mirror


1.) Radnor show field panoramic  2.) Oscars Davis wins Best of Show Sporting with his stunning 1954 Maserati A6G 2000 Zagato Spyder (my personal favorite)  3.) Alexis Polis proudly representing her grandfathers 1946 Jaguar MK IV  4.) Powered By Ford Early 1st Place goes to the very rare 1964 Cobra Daytona Coupe Shelby from the Simeone Foundation Museum.

It was a glorious day! We had the best weather one could hope for the 18th Annual 100 Motorcars of Radnor. Over a 100 vintage cars cars graced the lawns of Radnor Hunt on September 14th. Over 200 cars showed for the new Cars 'n Coffee before the Annual Rally on Saturday. The Motorsports Park and the New Car Courtyard and Vendor Marketplace were very well received and added to the continuing success of this Concours. This year, attendance records exceeded all previous years and this show keeps getting better every year! Don't miss this one next September. To see more results and follow the unfolding events for the the 19th Annual Motorcars of Radnor, follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Radnor-Hunt-Concours-dElegance/163825503652738.


At the Biltmore Estate.                                  Photo by Doug Chadwick. www.patchworkfilms.com 

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. Yours truly did not attend but Mike and Gale were there and reported some spirited drive was accomplished! Check out the PALs website for more information.   http://lotuspals.ning.com/ Next year off to COLORADO for LOG 35!    

Owning a Classic - Why?

Road & Track's Dan Gelernter tells the tale of the roots of automotive passion. These are roots and a passion that many of you, and us here at Ragtops & Roadsters share, so we thought this would be a great read for all of you who have family or friends questioning your sanity as a result of your car hobby, err... habit?... err... compulsion.

Feel free to share your story and write about how you got "bit by the bug" and how it became your passion. Send your story with a picture or two of what's special in your garage, to us here at Ragtops & Roadsters (dave@ragtops.com)  and we will gather together your stories and publish them in a future issue of "Shop Talk".

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You asked for it and we've delivered! Here is a link to a a PDF version of our Ragtops & Roadsters Vintage Motorsports Event Calendar. This PDF goes beyond the email calendar below and provides details through the end of the year. For you new school guys, you can download it and save it to your mobile device, for you old school guys you can easily print this and it's even fold-able to put in your pocket!
Week ending October 5
10/1-10/5       Fall Carlisle, Carlisle, PA
10/5               Louisville Concours, Louisville, KT
10/4               Cars and Coffee, Lansdale, PA (every Sat 8:30 to 11:00) 
10/5               The Classics at Brantwynn, Wilmington, DE 

Week ending October 12
10/8-10/11     AACA Eastern Fall Meet, Hershey, PA 
10/10-10/11   VSCCA Lime Rock Finale, Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, CT
10/11              British Car and Bike Show, Lahaska, PA

Week ending October 19
10/12              Hunt Country Classic, Middleburg, VA 
10/14              Monthly Meeting MG Club of Philadelphia Blue Bell, PA
10/17-10/18    Euro Auto Festival, Spartensburg, SC
10/19              13th Annual Cecil Kimber Birthday Run, Northwest, NJ

Week ending October 26

10/20              Austin Healey Sport and Touring Club Meeting (Philly Region), Landsdale, PA
10/21              Delaware Valley Triumphs GTR,  North Wales, PA
10/24-10/26    Hilton Head Concours, Hilton Head, SC 
10/26              Cars & Coffee, Lehigh Valley, PA

Through the Windscreen

As I write, we are all packed up and headed to the "Classics at Brantwynn" in Wilmington Delaware a relatively new Concours Show (now in their 7th year) to benefit the Kennett Symphony. If you are looking for something to do today checkout http://kennettsymphony.org/index.php/concerts-buy-tickets/concert-event-schedule/the-classics-at-brantwyn. Maybe we will see you there?
Hershey AACA Fall Meet

OK, I MENTION THIS EVERY YEAR!!!! IT'S FREE! ALL ROADS LEAD TO HERSHEY for the AACA Fall Meet next week! This is the largest vintage automotive swap meet in the US maybe the world? If you haven't made the trip yet it's something to check off your Car Guys "To Do" list! OVER 9000 vendor spots Wed -Sat. AACA National Show on Saturday. EVERYTHING VINTAGE AUTOMOTIVE!. Wear a good pair of shoes and visit our exhibit on the Chocolate Field at CY45-46. Look for us to fly the Union Jack flag! See you then? Click on this website for details http://www.hersheyaaca.org/fallmeet.html

Brits at the Village
presented by the Philadelphia MG Club

Now in their Eighteenth year, this is a well run British Car Show not to be missed next Saturday October 11th. Rain date 10/19. Something for everyone in the family with the shops and restaurants of Lahaska near-by.  

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Before We Put 'em Away Run 

This was very popular last year. as we sqeeze out what could be the last run of the driving season.  

The staff at Ragtops & Roadsters will be on hand to show you what's new in the shop and then we are off on a twisty road adventure to our "sister shop"  Pollock Auto Restoration for yet another shop tour and some lunch.  Sign up is a must so we can plan to have enough food!  Please send an email if you want to join us!

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Ragtops & Roadsters is here to help out as the end of the driving season nears and it's time to take care of those maintenance, restoration, preservation, and upgrade needs on your car's wishlist. Click here or call us 215-257-1202 to schedule an appointment now. We have had a busy summer so far with eight major restorations underway and more arriving this fall. Click to see our Works In Progress page on our website. Also, we have recently listed more British Cars looking for new homes, see current listings on our For Sale page.

Happy Motoring,
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