In This Issue
  • Through the Windscreen
  • Through the Rearview Mirror
  • We're Now a Birkin Representative
  • Meet Bill Dittrich
  • Auction in Kutztown

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Calendar of Events
22-25 -- 6- Pack Trials Festival  2011, Galena, IL 

24 – 32nd Annual MGs on the Rocks,
Bel Aire, MD

25 -- 15th Annual Orphan Car Show, Ypsilanti, MI

23-25 -- St. Michaels Concours, St. Michaels, MD 

30-October 2 -- TVR “Out of the Woodwork, ” Princeton Junction, NJ. 

30-October 2 -- Louisville Concours,  Louisville, KT


9 -- British Car and Bike Show,
Lahaska, PA

9 -- Hunt Country Classic,
Middleburg, VA 

14-15 -- VSCCA Lime Rock Finale,
Lime Rock Park, Lakeville CT 

14-16 -- LOG 31 Lotus Owners Gathering, Las Vegas, NV 

14-16 -- Euro Auto Festival, Spartensburg, SC 

15 -- North American Cecil Kimber Birthday Run, Blairstown, NJ  

28 - November 6 -- Hilton Head Concours, Hilton Head, SC 

4-6 – 52nd Gold Cup Historic Races, VIR, Alton, VA 

5 -- Guy Fawkes Day!, Milford, NJ 

20 -- “Before we Put ’Em Away for the Winter,” Montgomery County, PA 

25-27 -- VRG Turkey Bowl,
Summit Point, WV

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September 2011

  A Look Through
the Windscreen

Previewing events of interest to the owners of British or Specialty Cars

By Dave Hutchison
This weekend (September 23-25) we have been invited to attend the 5th Annual St. Michaels Concours in St. Michaels, Maryland.
Originally a Pre-War Concours only, this year we will be part of a 15-car Post-War Sports Car Class. We will have a pair of beautiful Jaguars; an XK140 roadster and a Series 1 E-type coupe.
This is a beautiful venue with lots to do. Put this one on your calendar if you can.
Next month (October 5-8), it’s time for the annual pilgrimage to Hershey.  If you have not yet been to Fall Hershey you shouldn’t miss it!
Everything related to classic cars is there for sale – it’s the largest car flea market in the world.  Wear a good pair of walking shoes and stop by our Pollock Auto Restoration/Ragtops & Roadsters display in our new location (CY 45 and CY 46). We will be displaying the fully restored 1935 Hudson Terraplane and a modified 1957 AC Bristol.
(See our calendar on the left
for links to more information about these events.)

A Look Through 
the Rearview Mirror

Where We've Been and
What We've Done

Finally, the summer heat has moved on and we can start to enjoy our cars again.  The fall is one of my favorite seasons to hit the road.
August found us at Das Awkscht Fescht in Macungie and the New Hope Auto Show.  Both were well attended; the NHAS was on its way to setting an attendance record until heavy rain brought only 26 cars in on Sunday. Everyone who braved the bad weather that day received an award!

On August 28, Charlene and I hosted the Delaware Valley Triumphs Picnic. About 50 members came by to celebrate our Italia’s 50th Birthday.  There was cake and song.  I am pleased to report the car was very surprised...thanks for keeping the secret!
After a very rainy week it was time for the 21st  Annual 100 Motorcars of Radnor on September 11.  Jaguar and the cars designed by Virgil Exner were the featured Marques.
This year’s show was second to none, as more than 100 cars were in attendance.  I had the pleasure of working with my fellow judges on the “European Debutante Award." For first, we chose a beautifully done, recently restored 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1. The "European Debutante Radnor Award" went to 1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2.

Bill Marriott Jr.'s 1937 Talbot Lago T-150C SS Coupe took Best in Show, while Jack Rich's 1937 SS 100 -- one of the most valuable Jaguar's in the world -- won the Best Sporting Marque of Show.

It was a great day.

We Are Now A Birkin Representative

Ragtops & Roadsters, experts in the restoration and service of British automobiles, has become the sole Northeast United States representative for Birkin America.

Based in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, Ragtops & Roadsters will offer regional support for Birkin owners and prospective buyers by showing and demonstrating various versions of this Lotus Seven S3 reproduction. Ragtops & Roadsters will offer cars ready to assemble or already built and ready-to-drive cars, as well as service, performance upgrades and, eventually, full race set up.

Employee Spotlight:
Bill Dittrich

By Dave Hutchison
Bill knew he wanted to be “car guy” from a young age when he found enjoyment building model cars. 
It might have had something to do with the first few cars he owned…a GTO, a Camaro, then a 240Z, which led him to his full time passion for sports cars.  He currently owns a 1939 Chevy 2 Door Sedan, a 1980 TR8, and a 1977 Spitfire all of  which need some work.  Ahhh, the plumber’s pipes always leak!

Bill's formal training in automotive repair started at Lincoln Tech. He graduated in 1974 as an accredited automotive technician, then went to work in the shop for a couple of AMC dealers.

Soon, however, he realized that dealership work was not for him.

In 1978, Bill met Dick Stockton of Stockton Automotive in Willow Grove.  Dick had a well-known local repair shop catering to the now aging British car market on the road.  As the imports from the UK started to slow down to a trickle, more Italian, Japanese and Swedish cars came in for repair.

It was here that Bill gained a wealth of knowledge about all imports, especially all the British Marques. He learned the idiosyncrasies of Lucas electrical systems, oil leaks, and overall maintenance and repairs of Jaguar, Austin Healey, Triumph, MG, Morgan, and Lotus, among others. Rebuilding engines, brake work, and tune-ups became his daily routine.

Dick decided to retire and close the shop in 1996, so Bill came on board at Ragtops & Roadsters, bringing along 17 years of import and British car repair knowledge.

Now fast forward to 2011. Bill has added yet another 15 years of experience to his resume.  He has seen many of the cars he used to work on at Stockton’s shop come through R&R.  He currently is the Leader of our Green Team, which handles most of the service/mechanical restoration work here at Ragtops & Roadsters.

Bill is responsible for overseeing new members of his team while passing on his skill sets to younger technicians.  He enjoys engine rebuilds and the challenge of something different, which he always finds with the Lotus Marque.

Bill currently is working on fitting a 3.5-liter engine into a 1957 AC Bristol.

Join Us for a Huge Auction
in November 

Are you frustrated looking for that rare part for your priceless automobile?
We might just have the elusive part you're looking for -- and we're selling!
We've scoured our shelves, rummaged through dusty boxes, and dug deep into our attic and basement to gather together an amazing collection of hard-to-find parts and rare collectible automobilia for your British car. Here is just a few of the items we gound:
  • Event posters
  • MG sheet metal
  • Jaguar chrome
  • Triumph engine parts
  • Interior parts for Austin Healeys
  • Engines, transmissions and T-series steering boxes.
Who knows? That part or collectible you've been searching for might just be among the stuff we have.
You can find out by joining us at the Kutztown Fairgrounds on November 5 for the Cabin Fever Expo auction. Our items will be there among the cars, car parts, automobilia, and antique literature up for sale. 
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