October 2016


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Through the Windscreen

AACA Eastern Regional Hershey Fall Meet

October 5 – 8th

We've just wrapped up a busy first day at Fall Hershey which is considered to be one of the largest antique automobile shows and flea markets in the United States. The AACA Eastern Region Fall Meet at Hershey 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. The weather for the next couple of days looks great, so plan come out and stop by our tent on the Chocolate Field at CY 44-45. Look for the Union Jack Flag! Admission is free and don't forget to wear a good pair of walking shoes!

Brits at the Village

October 8th

This is a very nice low key relaxing event held in Peddlers Village. It is designed to “finish off” the car show season. Bring your car, bike and family and enjoy the surroundings. See what Peddler’s Village has to offer in shopping and fine dining at many of its specialty shops and restaurants.There is no reason that special lady won't want to ride with you to this show! The MG Club does a great job of organizing and running this show. Show Dash Plaques to the first 150 Pre-Registered Cars. As of now we are planning to have the show on Saturday (10/8). There is a rain date for Sunday 10/9. Check www.phillymgclub.com for updates.

America's British Reliability Run

October 14 —16th

America's British Reliability Run is totally booked with very diverse group of over 40 British motorcars competing this year! From Daimler through Rover we have most marques very well represented! We have been busy at the shop preparing several cars for this run through the Shenandoah Valley on the weekend of October 14-16. As I write, we have over $18,000 pledged! You can still support this worthy cause by pledging a donation to either of these teams we are campaigning from our shop. Check us out at www.britishreliability.org.

Before We Put 'em Away Run

November 20th

Now open to all antique, classic and sports cars, we will make what could be the last run of the season. Rain or shine at 9 a.m. on Sunday, November 20, 2016, 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 a.m. 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 Fall Open House already in progress. Yes… That’s a fall drive and two shop tours all in one day! Limited space is available. Please contact Dave at 215.257.1202 or dave@ragtops.com to reserve your spot on this run!

British Car Calendar of Events

10/5–10/8   AACA Eastern Fall Meet, Hershey, PA
Saturdays   Katie's Cars and Coffee, Great Falls, VA
10/8   British Car and Bike Show, Lahaska, PA
10/9   21st Annual Hunt Country Classic, Middleburg, VA
10/14–10/16   America’s British Reliability Run, West Chester, PA
10/15   Cars & Coffee, Bucks County Exotics, Doylestown, PA
10/16   DVJ Breakfast Social, Spring House, PA
10/22   Euro Auto Festival, Spartensburg, SC
10/23   Cars and Coffee Steel Stacks, Bethlehem, PA
10/17   Austin Healey Sports & Touring Club Monthly Meeting, Lansdale, PA
10/18   Delaware Valley Triumphs GTR, North Wales, PA
10/23   North American Cecil Kimber Run, Clinton, NJ
10/28–11/6   Hilton Head Concours, Hilton Head, SC
10/30   DVT vs. Philly MG Club Rallye, Titusville, NJ

Complete 2016 calendar PDF now available HERE!

We make our best attempt to provide a thorough and accurate listing of relevant events; however, changes in the details may not always be reflected in time. Please always double check the organizers website as you make your plans. 

Simeone Museum Seeks ACs for "Best of Britain"

Attention All AC Car Owners!

The Simeone Museum in Philadelphia is organizing an exhibition of AC Cars, that will be the museum’s annual "Best of Britain". We are looking for owners who might want to have their cars displayed inside this world renowned museum next winter. The Best of Britain, now in its sixth year, will host this display from February 18 through March 12, 2017.
If you have an AC Car built in Thames Ditton of any year, any model (in any condition) that can help tell the story of A.C. Cars Ltd. please contact us and submit a recent photo of the your car. We are looking for representative examples of each model from 1904 to present day.

Pete Rohrbacher
609.298.5329 home

Dave Hutchison
215.527.1409 cell


In the Rearview

Coatesville Invitational Vintage Automobile Grand Prix

Last December the City Manager of Coatesville, Michael Trio, saw the racing movie "Rush". Despite not being a car guy, he still enjoyed the film. Little did he know, he was about to be converted! Part of his responsibility as City Manager is to develop and support plans for the revitalization and redevelopment the city of 13,000 residents. While looking at some downtown property he met Dick Miles and toured his garages. This is when the idea was born to have a street race. Yes, a STREET RACE in Coatesville! 
Nine months later with the help of John Lawless, Bill O'Connell and countless volunteers, it became a reality as over thirty racecars and ten vintage motorcycles in trailers rumbled onto Main Street where "Pit Road" was set up on a section of the Old Lincoln Highway. Oil belching antiques from 1910 to the 1969 fire breathing twelve cylinder Ferrari Daytona lined the streets. Could this be Watkins Glen in the early fifties?
Racers were advised in a drivers meeting that this was to be an "exhibition" style event and to keep speeds reasonable. Above all, safety was strongly emphasized! Domestic, Italian, German, British cars and bikes ran several heats throughout the day. The entire 2.2 mile circuit was lined with police, fencing and hay-bales that were used to create chicanes before 90 degrees turns to slow the racers.
With the help from 35 local and more county / state police that lined the track, it was safe event! Sponsors and vendors including Ragtops & Roadsters were there in force in Gateway Park. About 5000 people attended and I am pleased to report that this was successful event from both a safety and financial perspective and the city planners have a five year contract. The drivers were well behaved and good feedback has also come in from the city residents. At the end of the day Michael beaming as he said "It exceeded my expectations by miles!"  And so he should!  We will see you next year.

Fall Getaway

Above is sunrise over the Potomac river from the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, WV. Another Fall Getaway is in the books! This year we met in West Chester and headed south west towards Frederick, Md. After getting lost and found and a quick lunch stop we arrived at the Antietam Battle Field on the 154th anniversary of the battle where America lost the most solders in battle in any single day in history.  A very sobering place where we got a wonderful tour by Matt Borders, a very enthusiastic and passionate employee of Eastern National. His depth of knowledge and respect for this solemn historic site was very impressive!
Burnside bridge then and now undergoing major repairs. The sunken road really is sunken from years of travel. On Saturday we visited the historic town of Harper's Ferry.
On Sunday, we drove north to Gettysburg for a quick visit of their museum and to see a show of the Cyclorama that dates back to 1884: a must see. It was a great trip! 
Ragtops & Roadsters is here to help out during the fall 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 dave@ragtops.com or call us 215-257-1202 to schedule an appointment. We are now scheduling appointments in November and December. 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. Click here to see more pictures of this 1976 TRIUMPH TR 6 with overdrive!
Happy Motoring!
Dave & the Staff at Ragtops & Roadsters.
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