As published in the August 1999 edition of the "British Marque" newspaper.
PRESIDENT: Jeff Olive, (850) 944-5509 EDITOR: Pete Peterson, (850) 435-6859
The Fourth Annual PBCA/SABCC Summer Picnic was held at the Schmitz's home in Lillian, Alabama, on Sunday, July 18. The weather was perfect, other than normal July heat, without the least thereat of a hurricane. By all reports, the 70 attendees had another great time swimming, pedal boating, playing badminton, and learning to play bocce ball. At one point we thought we had lost 2 of the group, as they headed for Perdido Bay in the pedal boat, but with a good deal of huffing and puffing, they made it back in time to join everyone in their favorite activity--eating. In addition to the hamburgers and hot dogs provided by Tom and Jeanne, everyone brought some form of food and there was a great variety, with the usual really good dishes and recipe requests. The pool was in constant use by the younger set, while some watched the CART race or relaxed on the pier. We were a little down from last year's 31 British cars in the yard with only 18 this year, but some very nice ones at that, covering a wide range from a Healey, MGBs, TR-8s, E-Types, 3 XJS convertibles, as well as Tom's TF, MGA, Mini, and Moke, and the rest of the collection. There were a number of new folks and 2 became new members. Thanks to the Byrnes for the badminton set, although most seemed too full of hamburgers, etc., to play. Nick Monteleone got a good group to teach the fine are of pitching the bocce balls, Keith Sanders and Bill Snyder did yeomen's work as smoke eaters, flipping hamburgers and hot dogs. Thanks to the many who helped clean up the debris and get the house back into some semblance of order. Both clubs held short monthly meetings to announce coming events and declare financial solvency. The general consensus seems to be to do it again next summer, and it is hoped that even more members will make the trip over from Florida and Mobile to fill the front yard with those great British cars. After all, driving them is what it is all about--except for eating, of course.MORE EVENTS:
Your always faithful Editor and his lovely roommate once again failed to make an event, i.e. the Schmitz's drive-in/pool party/culinary excursion; however, there is, as always, a good excuse. We attended the annual British in the Blue Ridge British motorcycle rally at Hiawassee, Georgia, where there were many vendors, lots of British motorcycles, and some GREAT roads to ride (which are also suitable for British sports cars). We picked up a book with maps showing the best curvy roads in Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, etc., which was written by a biker and Healey driver. We tried some of them, and they are among the best driving/riding roads one could ever dream of. I would like to get some of our driving members to think about planning a few days to drive up there and have some fun. There are many camp grounds and motels/hotels that cater to motor heads. If anybody is interested, please give me a call. If not, we're still going and ya'll will just miss out.OTHER EVENTS:
The PBCA August event will be a tour to Biloxi on Sunday, August 8, 1999, to visit the antique automobile museum at the Imperial Palace. Plan to meet at the Alabama rest stop just west of the Florida/Alabama State Line on I-10. We will leave there at 10:00 a.m. and caravan to Biloxi to tour the museum, have lunch, and break the casino. The cost at the museum is $7.00. Call Jeff Olive at (850) 944-5509 with any questions.
Plan on attending the Pensacola Chapter AACA Car Show at Seville Square in Pensacola on Saturday, August 21. We have been getting a large number of British cars at this show the past few years and it is a good show with some very interesting cars and fair professional ;points judging. Cars must be 25 years old or older.
Brits on the Bluff in Natchez, Mississippi, is scheduled for October 16. Be sure to make your motel reservations NOW, as they are going fast due to the Antebellum homes tours and the hot air balloon races that weekend. Call or e-mail Tom Schmitz for accommodation information.FUTURE EVENTS:
EDITOR'S NOTE: I must offer an apology. It appears that in last month's edition I mistakenly identified Tom and Jeanne Schmitz's MG as an MGTD rather than its correct identity, an MGTF. For this I am most embarrassed and promise I will try to never make such a mistake again. However, you must realize that as a rabid Triumph bike and car nut, MG's are just too darn hard for me to figure out, no matter how hard I try. Such an egregious error is not acceptable for a newsletter of such high quality, and I heartily seek Tom and Jeanne's forgiveness.
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE HELD AT HALLS SEAFOOD ON GREGORY STREET, MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 1999, DINNER AT 6:00 P.M., MEETING AT 7:00 P.M. YA'LL BE THERE!!!
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