Ragtops & Roadsters July 2021 Shop Talk Newsletter

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July 2021



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In This Edition:

Through The Windscreen

Rebels vs Redcoats

July 3rd TOMORROW!
As part of its annual Independence Day celebration, Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) invites classic car owners to participate in its third annual Rebels & Redcoats Classic Car Show, being held this year on Saturday July 3rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In keeping with the park’s revolutionary history, the show features only American, French, British and German cars, representing the four countries involved in the Revolutionary War. Cars from all years up to 1995 are welcome. Car owners can register to attend at WashingtonCrossingPark.org. Online pre-registration is $25, day of show is $35. The show is limited to 200 cars and awards will be given in numerous categories. Register on day of show!

2021 Philadelphia Concours at the Simeone Museum

July 17th  Delaware & Chester Counties Road Tour
Click here to join us for a Classic Car Tour on July 17th at starting at 8  AM at La Locanda Ristorante in Radnor for a delicious full breakfast before we head out on a two-hour tour driving through the beautiful backroads of Delaware & Chester Counties. The tour will end at the world renowned Simeone Automotive Museum where you will have access to the Fourth Annual Philadelphia Concours d'Elegance and an opportunity to show your car at the concours! Corvette is the featured marque at the Concours this year!  Limited tour spaces are available. Dave will lead this tour and can be contacted at (215)-527-1409 with any questions.

2021 Cars and Motorcycles of England

Saturday August 7th 
These days will return very soon! Volunteers from the Delaware Valley Jaguar Club and the Delaware Valley Triumph Club have met several times since last December and at this time, we are pleased to announce that CMoE  is a GO for Saturday August 7th! Registration is now open! New this year, this is a PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY event! NO DAY OF SHOW REGISTRATION! Click here to register for the 2021 Cars and Motorcycles of England at Hope Lodge!

New Hope Auto Show

August 14th & 15th
For 64 years, some of the finest antique and classic automobiles in the country have made their way to New Hope, Pennsylvania to be judged for authenticity, originality, cleanliness, and condition. Over the years, The New Hope Automobile Show has drawn up to 10,000 people over the two-day show, all looking to see and appreciate the design and technology of automobile
manufacturers from all over the world. We are very pleased that one of the early "world cars" built in England and Italy, that we restored, a former first place and senior winner at the New Hope Auto Show was chosen to be this year's poster car!  

Due to the pandemic, judges were not able to meet to prepare for our 2021 show. So this year we are letting you, the spectator vote for your favorite car in each category using just your smartphone. Take a look. Our expert judges will return in 2022.

  • Please remember to vote for your favorite vehicle in each class by using your smartphone and CarShowPro. The vehicle that gets the most votes in each class will win a first place People’s Choice ribbon.
  • Each vehicle will have a window placard with the show car owner’s name, and vehicle photo and information, as well as a QR code that you can scan to vote
This should an interesting way to vote, so plan to attend on August 14th & 15th.

America's British Reliability Run... Pennsylvania

September 25th 
The PA ABRR will be a single day event again this year! Starting at Yardley Inn again, we will navigate a route north and westward through many of Bucks County Covered Bridges to the town of Skippack, PA where we will be treated a fantastic luncheon at the Hotel Fiesole and a tour of Dave Markel's vintage car collection of British Cars which covers two large buildings.  Don't miss this day!  We still have a couple of spots open for 9/25 Click here to register now. Don't hesitate as space is limited! Our  ABRR Steering Committee will be meeting early next week and we hope to announce a second date soon. Shhh! It will be 10/16

2021 British Car Calendar of Events

It is truly looking a little better every month now that more than half of America is vaccinated!  We here at Ragtops & Roadsters are getting a little more optimistic every day, hoping that we can soon get back to enjoying our passion this year! It was very challenging to put this calendar together, as this year, many events just cancelled or were moved to the fall. Please double check the website to confirm posted events!

This is a web-based calendar of mostly British motorsports events for the 2021 Northeast driving season. We have included most major car marques and their websites. We suggest that you explore many other events that are listed on each website. If we have missed listing your event, please let us know so we may include in future calendars! Concours shows, overseas events, local meetings, regional events, national marque shows, rallies, cars and coffee events, vintage races, hill climbs, fall tours, and even Sunday drives, are also listed. We make our best attempt to provide a thorough and accurate listing of events. Remember to double check before you roll...

Many of the local British Car Clubs listed below are conducting their monthly meetings via Zoom. Check their website or Facebook Page for more info. Below is a sample of events that we have confirmed are on the 2021 calendar.  We encourage you to click on the links to find other events hosted by British car clubs. 


Recurring 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!

7/3 Rebels & Redcoats Washingtons Crossing, PA
7/11–7/24 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Pittsburgh, PA
7/17 Philadelphia Concours "Cool Cars for Kids" Philadelphia, PA
8/7 Cars & Motorcycles of England Ft. Washington, PA
9/10–9/12 Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance Radnor, PA
9/14–9/18 VTR National Convention 2021 Oklahoma City, OK
9/25 America's British Reliability Run Yardley, PA
10/3 27th Annual British Car Gathering Hellertown, PA
10/15–10/17 Chattanooga Motorcar Festival Chattanooga, TN
11/5–11/7 Hilton Head Concours d' Elegance Hilton Head, SC
If your event is not listed above click here for our Master Calendar!

Shop News.... We are Hiring!

Immediate opening for Master Automotive Technician experienced in mechanical assembly, fitting, repair and tuning required. Position is for restoration and repair of classic European cars. Our reputation for top-quality work is built on the talent of our team, 40 Hours per Week. If interested please click here for more details and contact Karl Kritzer email at shopmanager@... or call 215.257.1202

Motorcars Delivered... Ready for Spring / Summer Driving!

by: Dave Hutchison

This 1951 MGTD was owned by the father of the current owner. The car came through our shop last year for a significant amount of repair work. She toyed with the idea of selling but then brought it back in again to "carry on' as they say. We replaced the steering rack and rebuilt the front suspension. She plans to drive the car a mile to Cars & Motorcycles of England!
This 1966 Jaguar Series 1 E-Type was purchased off the Bring a Trailerwebsite last fall.  It was shipped to our shop for a full evaluation. We determined that it is a solid car that had some differed maintenance. We replaced the clutch, re-coated the exhaust manifolds, rebuilt the brakes, replaced the shocks, repaired the rear subframe to make this a great driver!
This 1966 Austin Healey 3000 came into the shop to further investigate why the engine has a "run-on condition" we found that someone drilled the hole for the throttle shaft too deep thus causing a lean running condition.  We acquired another carb body, rebuilt it properly, and the run-on condition is gone!  The owners are consider attending CMoE!
This 1973 Jaguar V12 was shipped in from Salt Lake City as it was bought on pictures and a PPI.  After a safety inspection, it turned out to be a solid car that needed brake and exhaust work and more to make it a nice driver.  The new owner is pleased and he reported that he had "a very good first impression driving in New Hope.
1970 Willow Green Series II E-Type Coupe was purchased from an estate in New Jersey after sitting for several years.  It is a very rust free, low mileage example that we believe that the paint can come back to life!. We replaced the exhaust manifolds, rebuilt the carbs. and the fuel system. The owner will rebuild the cooling system and brakes, clean it up and have fun!

In the Rearview

2021 MG International Atlantic City, NJ

June 14th - June 17th
Four MG National Clubs, the MMM Register, T-Register, NAMGAR and the MGB Register all joined together as the North American MG Council held this MG 2021 once every 5 years, this year at Harrahs Casinoe in Atlantic City. Drives, rallies, tech sessions, talks, tours to Simeone, and banquets happened all week! 
In the registration room,  we set next to Jerry Labant of Liverpool Motorworks selling his rare and unusual British Automobile and original tool kits.  Tom Zofcheck from British Miles was there too, selling hard to find original trim and spares for all MGs.
Our friend, Doug Petrozzini and I built and raced this MG kit car and we came in at 12 min 38 seconds!  We think we won but apparently we were robbed as there must of been something wrong with their tabulations!  Longtime MG Enthusiast and founder of the Delaware Valley Chapter MG T Register passed in 2020 and his 1951 TD 8888 was there as a tribute to Hank!  A true gentleman and a life well lived!
Charlene was there with me all week as we set up a vendor booth at registration and at the show on Saturday. Many MGA owners stopped by to check out our cut-down competition windscreen and talk about rebuilding their full windscreens.
Doug's MGA had a good spot as the show was held at a 4H Club in Egg Harbor, about a 30 minute drive, but well worth it.  A very nice venue with shade brought in over 200 MGs from all over the US. Where else do you see 4 1979-1980 MG LEs?
There was a very good showing of T- Series cars and many stopped by to see the 1939 MG VA Tickford Drophead Coupe that we had at our display. It was a good week, Harrah's did a great job of hosting and the food was good!  We said goodbye to Terry McClain and his lovely wife in their V8 powered MG as they headed to Charlotte, NC and some hooked up their trailers and headed up the road! 

Eurocar 2021 Cazenovia, NY

June 20th
On Fathers Day right after the MG 2021 show, we took off for Cazenovia, just east of Syracuse NY to attend an "All Euro" show called EUROCAR 2021 that I had heard was very interesting. We set up in the morning and were told that about 140 cars were pre-registered.  As the morning progressed about another 140 cars came in from all over New York State and Europe! 
There was a rather strong presence from Volkswagen and Porsche. I liked the blue and white VW Bus as my Dad had impulsively bought one back in the 60s. You could see that these owners put a lot into their cars!
Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, Morgan, Hillman, Triumph, Fiat, Lotus, DeTomaso, Austin Healey, Jaguar, Mazda and Nissan were all there enjoying the beautiful day!
Shortly after we arrived the chief judge of the Concours asked if we would bring the Italia over to the Concours section of the show.  I politely declined as we would prefer to have it by our exhibit to showcase our shop's talents. He understood then came back and asked if they could judge the car. Sure. A team of five judges went over the car and then the chief judge returned later and said we won an award!  Please drive over to the hill. and get in line. It turned out we were last in line and won Best of Show! What a day, friendly people, nice cars, the Italia won without trying! 

Looking For a New Garage

We have recently listed on our website more of our client's British cars looking for new homes. Click on our For Sale page to see current listings. 


Built in November 2005, the odometer shows only 6000 miles and this car is one of 82 Morgan Roadsters that were imported into the US that year. The 3.0 liter V6 Duratec engine runs very strong, the gearbox operation is smooth and brakes are very good. 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 are piped with biscuit leather, finished with black wing beading. Air bags, air conditioning, LeMans shift knob, door pockets and luggage carrier and more. including the original chassis certificate, a banner celebrating the 100th anniversary of Morgan,  custom dust cover and more. This A-title, one owner, 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. Click here to see more pictures, asking price and contact Dave@...

We are here to help out with summer and fall 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 September into the fall. It's not too late to schedule and plan repair or restoration work soon, so that you can be enjoying driving your classic later this summer and fall!
Happy Motoring!
Dave & the Staff at Ragtops & Roadsters.
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