October 2015


Through the Windscreen


October 7th – 10th

ALL ROADS LEAD TO HERSHEY! Look for the Union Jack  flag to find Ragtops & Roadsters! Stop by for a visit to see our exhibit at CY45-46.

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! Wear a good pair of walking shoes!

We will be on the show field on Saturday with the Italia. See you there!

America's British Reliability Run

October 16th – 18th

On the weekend of Oct 16-18, 33 classic British Cars will leave on a three day, 600 mile journey through the back roads of PA, NY and NJ to benefit the St. Christopher’s Hospital for ChildrenAlong the way, we’ll take in some of the best scenery the northeast has to offer at a time when fall colors should be near their peak. Watkins Glen, Seneca Lodge, Lake Seneca, Northeast Classic Car Museum, a tour of a private British Car collection and more! This event is now closed to entrants but you can still support the ABRR by clicking on America’s British Reliability Run and supporting the Team of your choice with a tax deductible contribution.  Each two person team is responsible for their own expenses and will solicit donations from family, friends and others with a goal of raising $500 each for the partner charity.  Ragtops & Roadsters will sponsor this event by providing support with our shop van and trailer!

"Before We Put 'em Away" Run

November 22nd


Rain or Shine at 9 AM on Sunday, November 22, 2015, plan to meet at Ragtops & Roadsters 203 South Fourth St. Perkasie, PA for coffee, scones, and a shop tour. Look over our new restoration projects, then we hit the road at 10 AM. We will navigate the rural country roads of Bucks and Montgomery County and take the long scenic “different route” to our sister shop in Pottstown.

We plan to arrive at Pollock Auto Restoration at 70 South Franklin St. Pottstown before noon. More new restoration projects will be on display. Lunch will be waiting for us and we can join the Pollock Auto Fall Open House already in progress.

Yes... That’s a fall drive and two shop tours all in one day! Limited space available.

Must RSVP to Dave at 215-257-1202 or dave@ragtops.com 
Download the printable PDF flyer here.

British Car Calendar of Events

October 2015

10/7–10/10   AACA Eastern Fall Meet, Hershey, PA
10/10   Cars and Coffee, Lansdale, PA
10/10   British Car and Bike Show, Lahaska, PA
10/11   20th Annual Hunt Country Classic, Middleburg, VA
10/16–10/17   Euro Auto Festival, Spartensburg, SC
10/16–10/18   America's British Reliability Run, Bucks County PA to NY Finger Lakes
10/17   Morphy Automobile Auction, Denver, PA
10/18   Edison Concours de Elegance West Orange, NJ
10/18   14th Annual Cecil Kimber Birthday Run, Clinton, NJ
10/19   AHSTC Phila Region Mtg,The Metropolitan, North Wales, PA
10/20   DVT monthly GTR meeting, The Metropolitan, North Wales, PA
10/25   Cars & Coffee Lehigh Valley at the Steel Stacks, Bethlehem, PA

Download a printable copy of our complete 2015 British Car Event Calendar!


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Tech Tip

Don't Let the Smoke out of the Wires

by Ragtops & Roadsters Shop Manager, Dave Jago

Just a simple upgrade, right?

Drivers of classic cars often make the choice to update with modern technology. For example, it’s not uncommon to find 12-volt ports to charge phones or power GPS units in those cars that enjoy substantial road time. But introducing modern components is not always a ‘simple’ task, despite manufacturers’ marketing and documents. Apart from the usual positive/negative earth issues, planning for upgrades require some thought and a bit of knowledge about electrical impacts when LED lights, halogen headlights, and even electronic ignition kits are installed.

Relays and resistors may be required to correct for changes in the electrical current draw when modern lighting is installed, as the original alternators and wiring were designed for simple direct or switched connections. As the wiring harness and switches age, corrosion and spark damage can increase resistance. This diminishes the performance of the electrical system, to the point where the switches, wires, and connectors get hot during use. Relays in line for the headlights provide relief at the switch, significantly reducing the current.
Changing the ignition system is another ‘simple’ upgrade which may carry unforeseen impacts. In a recent effort here, we exchanged one electronic ignition kit for a previously installed one. Because the new unit has ‘improved’ the method of emitting electrical pulses to drive the Smiths electric tachometer, the tach was not able to read the pulses at all. The current sensing loop is not able to properly read the higher current coming from the coil, and resistance in the pickup wiring is too low for the sensor. To retain the original gauge and restore function required an electronic modification to the tach.

If you’re feeling a little ‘in the dark’ about these upgrades, get in touch with our team here at Ragtops & Roadsters, and we can shed some light on these matters!

In the Rearview

St Michael's Concours

On September 25th we loaded three cars into trailers that were invited to be shown at the St. Michael's Concours d' Elegance. Now in its ninth year, this Concours started out just featuring rare pre-war grand classics with European coachwork, wood bodied cars, and classic wooden speed boats. Significant sports and racing cars up to 1965 came along with fashion show were added about five years ago. The Concours has been at its new location, the Hyatt Hotel located on waterfront property in Cambridge MD for three years now and it's a very nice venue with everything you might want or need.

Saturday under threatening skies about a third of the show cars went on a tour up to St Michael's to tour a private estate and lunch. We elected to not take the Italia 2000 out of the trailer and met our group for a nice luncheon.

With plenty of room on the greens, about 45 Concours show cars took the field early on Saturday morning to what turned out to be a fabulous day! The spectator attendance was low due to poor weather predictions however mid morning the sun came out and the cars glistened!

We fielded the 1960 Triumph Italia 2000 that won yet another First in Class! Congrats to Robin and Al Anspaugh as this has been a great year for their most recent restoration. We also brought two very rare "only survivors" from Pollock Auto Restoration, the 1922 Secqueville-Hoyau sporting it's new top, and the 1910 Pickard, both of which won First in Class. Congrats to both owners Teri and Alex Giacobetti and Denise and Dave Pickard for their wins!

Three cars this Concours and three wins. It was a very good weekend indeed!

Fall Getaway

On Sept 18th, we left home early to meet our "Fall Get Away Friends" in West Chester. Every year, without fail, for the last ten years or so we have made a three-day weekend of travel in our LBCs. We have been to St Michaels a couple of times, the same in the Hudson River Valley, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Scranton, and last year we went to Woodstock! The "Fall Get Away" started through the Delaware Valley Triumph Club and now includes other marques. Some of us bring a more comfortable yet unnamed copies of Brit Cars.
This year we went to Annapolis, Chesapeake Beach, Mt. Vernon and Alexandria VA. After a jolt of Starbucks, we drove through some of most beautiful countryside that Chester County has to offer and arrived in Annapolis for a great lunch and free time to explore the city. We were impressed with the Naval Base Museum collection of wooden ship models. Then off to the Chesapeake Beach Resort and then dinner. On Saturday, we drove to Mount Vernon and toured Washington's home (smaller than I thought it would be) and we had a Riverboat Monument tour up the Potomac from Alexandria. We have all become good friends now comparing grandparent stories! What happened? Good food, nice weather, and another relaxing Fall Getaway is in the books!  

Radnor Concours

On Sunday Sept 13th the ninetieth annual 100 Motorcars of Radnor Hunt Concours d' Elegance featured the classic Packards, a celebration of Alfa Romeo's 100th anniversary, with a wide array of postwar and several well known pre-war examples.

The three-day event included a rally and a banquet dinner that lead to over a hundred beautiful cars on the show field. The weather was very nice and attendance was larger than I have ever seen. Many best-of-the-best were there, but one that stood out was this stunning 1956 Maserati A6G2000 Coupe Zagato owned by Susan Castle.

We had the pleasure of showing Italia #122 yet again, and Al and Robin won a Radnor Award!

Good changes were made this year included an ever expanding Motorsports Park and even more vendors in marketplace. Also, a nice addition was the new reviewing stand, where Radnor Judges awarded two Best of Show winners this year, one full classic went to a a 1934 Pierce-Arrow 840A Convertible Sedan LeBaron owned by Charles Gillett.1932 one sports car an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider Touring owned by Gordon Barrett.

We are already looking forward to celebrating the 20th Annual Randor, with hopefully the return of all twenty winners from past years.
Ragtops & Roadsters is here to help out over the summer and fall driving seasons. Maybe it's time to take care of those maintenance, restoration, preservation, and upgrade needs on your car's to do list? Click here to send an e-mail to dave@ragtops.com or call us 215-257-1202 to schedule an appointment now. We are now scheduling appointments in November. 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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