Ragtops & Roadsters November 2021 Shop Talk Newsletter


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November 2021

SHOP TALK

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In This Edition:

Through The Windscreen

Before We Put em Away Run

SUNDAY November 21st
Sunday November 21, 2021 
Rain or Shine at 9 AM, plan to meet at Ragtops & Roadsters 203 South Fourth St. Perkasie, PA 18944 for coffee, tea, our famous scones, pastries, a shop tour and this year's America's British Reliability Run check presentation to Shriner's Hospital for Children. Look over our restoration projects, then we have several different routes available to be driven on your own, to the Pollock Works in Pottstown. We will navigate the rural country roads of Bucks and Montgomery counties. We will be joining an Open House and shop tours! Include breakfast, lunch and two shop tours plus a beautiful drive, all in one day! Please RSVP to Dave@....

"Best of Britain" at the Simeone Museum
A Study of British Racing Green

January 28th - February 13th

Join us for an exhibition of British Racing Green cars this year at the Best of Britain. If you have a BRG British car please let us know as we are currently assembling a group of cars to show variations and similarities of what we have come to know as BRG. Greg Porter from Bonham's will give a presentation on Sat 2/12/22. The 22nd will also be British car Club day a British Car with an Autojumble!
CALLING ALL BRITSH RACING GREEN CARS! PREFEABLE IN ORIGINAL PAINT OR AN ACCURATE RE-SPRAY TO BE PART OF THE 2022 BEST OF BRITAIN.  CALL 215.527.1409 OR EMAIL DAVE@...

2021 British Car Calendar of Events

 As the year draws to a close we encourage you to click on the links below to find other events hosted by British car clubs. Also check out our listing of Holiday Parties.  This is a good way to come out and meet other British car enthusiasts with similar interests.

Recurring Monthly Events

Please check with event sponsors for recurring events this month.
2nd Tue   The Philadelphia MG Club Mtg. Blue Bell, PA
3rd Mon   Austin Healey Sport & Touring Club Mtg. North Wales, PA
3rd Tue   DVT Club GTR Mthly Mtg. North Wales, PA
3rd Sun   DVJ Breakfast Social Spring House, PA
3rd Sun   Mugs & Morgans Lumberville, PA
Every Sat   Katie's Cars and Coffee Great Falls, VA

Highlights of events that are on the calendar!

11/14   MG vs. TR Rally  Colmar, PA
11/21   Before We Put 'em Away Run  Perkasie-Pottstown, PA
12/4   AHSTC Brandywine Region Holiday Party Garnet Valley, PA
12/5   Philly MG Club Holiday Luncheon TBD
12/18   Delaware Valley Classic MG Club Holiday Party Lederach, PA
1/9/22   Delaware Valley Triumph Club Holiday party Lansdale, PA
1/22/22   Delaware Valley Jaguar Club Holiday party Ambler, PA
If your event is not listed above click here for our Master Calendar!

Shop News...

Director’s Notes

I don’t know about you, but I’m genuinely excited for this fall’s Ragtops & Roadsters open house. This one will be my first such event as the new Managing Director, but I suspect for many of you it won’t be your first time. 
 
Since taking over the business in July, we’ve been busy making changes to help bring our future vision into focus. If you’ve previously been out to any of our fall open houses - especially in Pottstown - the changes should be immediately noticeable. We’ve completely overhauled the customer bathroom downstairs for starters, but we’ve also rearranged the lower floor to add more work bays and given the whole building a good overall tidying up.
 
As we continue forward, our plan is for our Pottstown operation - now referred to as Ragtops & Roadsters’ Pollock Works - to be a premier full-service restoration facility and allow Perkasie to be a one-stop destination for specialty car service. When you visit, you should be able to see how these two facilities will serve one mission together, rather than operating as two separate businesses. 
 
In the coming months there will be further changes and we hope when you come back in the spring I’ll be even more to show you. We can’t wait to roll out all our changes in 2022 and we hope you’ll be along for the ride.
 
Speaking of roads, Dave and I have put together two scenic driving courses through some of the most beautiful country roads in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, connecting our open house at both ends. Please join us for a bite of breakfast and tour our workshop in Perkasie before heading out on an amazing fall drive to Pottstown. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. 

Speaking of roads, Dave and I have put together two scenic driving courses through some of the most beautiful country roads in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, connecting our open house at both ends.

Please join us for a bite of breakfast and tour our workshop in Perkasie before heading out on an amazing fall drive to Pottstown. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. 
Bryan Joslin

Motorcars Delivered

by: Dave Hutchison

This 1965 Austin Healey 3000 was restored by our techs many years ago. We used Denis Welch performance parts to make this a real sleeper.  The outward appearance of the engine remained the same, but with a hot cam lighter pistons and flywheel, this is one quick Healey. We just removed the rear disc brakes to get a firmer pedal.
The owner of this 1953 Jaguar XK 120 had an accident in his garage where a heavy can of paint fell on his front wing leaving a sizable dent!. We repaired the metal, color matched the paint to his satisfaction and delivered his car. Now the amp meter is out for repair and we will preform a full safety check when we re-install the gauge. 
A good vintage airplane pilot knows when to land and take to the road! This gentleman just had us complete a full mechanical refresh on his 1949 MGTC that he has owned for many years. After a thorough sorting process, we delivered a safe and reliable motorcar, to this retired pilot. He was spotted at the Van Sant Vintage airport recently!
The owner of this 1983 Fiat 2000 has owned this car many since new! This a very nice straight rust free car that we just rebuilt the gearbox, installed a new clutch sorted through wiring problems, fitted a new top, installed new fuel tank and injection system, did a front end rebuild, and sorted through the entire car. He had a great ride home!

In the Rearview

Radnor Concours

September 12, 2021  By Dave Hutchison
With great weather the 24th Radnor Concours once again exceed most expectations, delivering 12 stunning Bugattis from all over the country!  These fine cherished, pampered multi-million dollar motorcars were one of the featured marques and they drew a sizable crowd. The themes for this years' concours featured Bugatti, Imperial, and "not red Ferraris"  Also featured in the motorcycle classes was the Superbikes of the 1970s!
This little girl will someday be the caretaker of her grandfathers car, a 1948 Jaguar MKIV Saloon. The owner of the handsome 1958 +4 Morgan brought home Hagerty Jr. Judges Choice Best In Class.
The judge scrutineer the 342 America Speciale Cabriolet by Vignale that went on to win Best in Class.. A car the at we restored made it out this year to join the "not red Ferrari class" with his rare 1958 Ferrari Tour de France.
The only surviving torpedo bodied, 99 year old, 1922 Sequeville Hoyuau that we have cared for over the years won Veteran Best In Class! Our technician, Owen Friedenthal, posing as a member of the French Foreign Legion, drove the car onto the field under its own power and the owner and his wife were very pleased to take home a Radnor award. We look forward celebrating the 25th anniversary of this world class Concours show in 2022!

2021 America's British Reliability Run... Pennsylvania

By Dave Hutchison

This year, like 2020, we ran two single day identical events. During the planning meetings over the past winter, we didn't have the confidence of staying in hotels or inside dining, so we planned to the two single day runs again which were a big success in 2020! The Yardley Inn was great last year, so we decided to start there.
We gathered early to affix the ABRR Team names and placards to the cars and we had a fantastic hot breakfast! At 9 AM sharp, we headed north on Route 32 along side the Delaware River then turned west towards the Van Sant covered bridge where we found a closed road!  After a quick recon our Rally Master, he lead the way through many Covered Bridges is Bucks county to our planned group photo taken at Lake Nockamixon. 
As in past years, everyone got name tags windscreen placard and rally placard. Smiles were abound even before set out one what was to be one of our shortest ever ABRRs!  Hagerty was a sponsor as they have been for years with their Roadside Assistance coverage to get us a tow home if needed.  Well, before we started on the 9/25 run, ABRR Team "All Things New"  who raised $1208 of the kids, came in with a bad rod knock!  After a quick inspection and diagnosis by Eugene Toner who provide technical support from Ragtops & Roadsters, Hagerty was there to tow their Sprite home safely... Maybe all thing weren't new?  We look forward to seeing this father / son ABRR Team return in 2022!
Twenty two ABRR Teams enjoyed the fall foliage on two nice dry days for our 9/25 and 10/16 runs. Overall registration was was down a little but that still meant 44 Teams were out raise funds for the kids!  And that they did! 
After our photo shoot on the 9/25 run we headed north through Springfield Township past many beautiful farms and fields winding our way to Skippack Pa. We had a delicious luncheon and awards presentation at the Hotel Fiesole for those who raised to most funds for the kids at Shriners. On our second date we encountered a closed road and had to detour to make it to our luncheon at the Ram in Perkasie on time. Great food and more awards. After lunch we were treated to a private tour of the Thompson Collection! Wow! No pictures please
On the first run went had a fabulous tour by Bob Dare of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles. where we saw all types: gasoline, electric, and horse-drawn, including carriages, wagons, and sleighs. Well worth a visit again to see many Pennsylvania built early cars and you will see ‘high wheelers” and “safety bicycles,” vehicle builder’s tools, and local historic roadside architecture.
Many thanks to all the ABRR Teams and our entire 2021 ABRR Steering Committee this year.  Our Fearless Rally Master, Ian Furqueron and his Mom Liza lead the way on both dates. Bob Canfield, worked setting up the food venues, Alan Anspaugh handled all the email communication and registration. Mark Sarafian who kept our ABRR Leader Board and website pages updated and us connected to Shriners, Thanks to Ted Campbell and Nancy Anderson for making up the Rally Placards, Windscreen decals and name tags!  A big thanks to Bill Murphy who brought in Caddick Utilities who sponsored our ABRR Hats. Last but never least, my wonderful wife Charlene, who works with Shriners Hospital for Children, day of registration and kept me on track!
That said, EVERYONE contributed this year and on the 9/25 run seven ABRR Teams each raised over $1000!  The Third Place Award went Bob and Marsha Hunter driving "Chat Noir" who raised $3,185. Second Place went to Bill Murphy driving Team "Eight-Four Motorsports" brought in $3247 and First Place on 9/25 run went to our First Place winner last year, Janet and Phil Remig who drove Team Red Roadster and raised $4342!  The 9/25 run raised a total of $24,054 for the kids! 
On our second run on the sixteenth of October we had 22 teams run and nine Teams each raised over $1000!  Third Place went to Steve Wilcox and Ron Heavey in Team Robin's Egg who raise $2,050.00, Second Place, Team Yanks, Paul and Irena Merluzzi who brought in $2,339 and First Place went to last years second place winner Jim and RoseAnne Scanlin who brought $3509 for the kids at Shriners!  The 10/16 run raised $25,310  That's a GRAND TOTAL OF $49,364 for 2021.  Not to shabby as they say!  A big thanks to all the British Car Clubs that also stepped up to support the cause, The Delaware Valley Triumph and Jaguar Clubs, Austin Healey Sport and Touring Club, Delaware Valley Classic MG Club. the Philly MG Club, Keystone British Car Club and new this year the The British Car Club of Bucks County and more! We are all Driving for Kids!
That wraps it up for 2021. Your ABRR Steering Committee has already met and we are hoping to return to our original three-day format next year.  We are considering a cloverleaf style run in October, where we stay in one hotel and make three single day trips out and back. Possibly in the Gettysburg area which might include a visit to Summit Point Motorsports Park and the Rolls Royce Foundation. If you want to get involved in the planning, please get in touch, we can always use the help! . More details after the holidays!  Stay tuned and keep on Driving for Kids!

Motorcars Looking for New Garages

2005 Morgan Roadster

For sale by original owner M. Noland. Offered at $74,500 OBO. Built in November 2005, the odometer shows only 6000 miles and this car is one of only 82 Morgan Roadsters that were imported into the US that year. The 3.0 liter V6 Duratec engine with a power to weight ration of 295 bhp / ton,  runs very strong, the gearbox operation is smooth and brakes are superb! The aluminum body is finished in Connaught Green, a standard factory colour fitted with Yarwood biscuit leather upholstery. Included is a fawn mohair hood, tonneau and suede side curtains. Black carpets piped with biscuit leather, finished with black wing beading. Air bags, air conditioning, LeMans shift knob, door pockets and luggage carrier and more. This A-title motorcar looks and drives like a new car and has been meticulously maintained since new. Recent annual service completed at Ragtops & Roadsters and all maintenance records are available for your inspection. Contact Dave@... or call 215.527.1409 cell. 

We are here to help out with fall and winter projects. Now is the time to take care of the deferred maintenance, restoration, preservation, and upgrade needs that are on your car's 'To Do' list! Click here to send an e-mail to dave@...; or just call us at 215-257-1202 to schedule an appointment. We are running at full speed and we are currently scheduling appointments in February into the spring. It's not too late to schedule and plan repair or restoration work soon, so that you can be enjoying driving your classic in 2022!
Happy Motoring!
Bryan, Dave & the Staff at Ragtops & Roadsters.
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