As published in the July 1999 edition of the "British Marque" newspaper.
PRESIDENT: Jeff Olive, (850) 944-5509 EDITOR: Pete Peterson, (850) 435-6859
Sunday, June 20, 1999. A clear day, low humidity, comfortable temperature. Happy Fathers' Day!! And what could make a beautiful Sunday even more meaningful, but the sound of British engines winding their way to the Dunkin' Donuts on Navy Boulevard, where their drivers and passengers are to meet, drink coffee, enjoy non-fat delicacies, and then caravan on down to the National Museum of Naval Aviation. What a gathering of the faithful--if you missed this one, shame on ya'. There were about 25 Brit car nuts along with 10 British cars of various marques parading along Navy Boulevard, onto Naval Air Station Pensacola, eventually arriving as a group in front of the refurbished Cubi Point Officers' Club bar and restaurant at the Museum. We were provided with a somewhat shaded parking area on the grass where our cars drew a great deal of attention from Museum visitors. After parking, we had a few minutes before entering the I-Max theater for a showing of "The Dream is Alive," a documentary on space flight, then we were afforded the luxury of a private dining room at the Cubi Point Restaurant. For those of you who do not know the significance of this restaurant/bar, just ask any former Naval Aviator (several of whom are part of our group). To put it mildly, the Cubi Officers' Club was a Western Pacific Icon. The absolute highlight of the day, however, was seeing George Mazzagotte and his wife Audrey, former long-time members of the PBCA. They were visiting the Museum with their son from Tampa. It was good to visit with George and his family, and we made sure he knows how much we miss his presence at our events. All in all, another great PBCA outing. For the record, here are the folks who attended: Dick Bishop; Dieter & Inge Bruening; Chuck & Charlene Byrne; Bill & Elaine Carroccione; Svend and Linda Damhave; Gus & Ann Fell; Jon & Marion Gosnell; Bob & Margaret Henson & Family; Bob Lembcke; Jeff & Marie Olive; Pete & Norma Peterson; Tom & Jeanne Schmitz; and last, but definitely not least, George Mazzagotte & Family.THE JUNE MEETING:
On the 21st day of June, 1999, a small but spirited group of PBCA members met at Halls Seafood on Gregory. The little bit of business that was conducted is significant, so pay attention: A decision was made to visit the Imperial Palace Casino (you know, the place in Biloxi with the automobile museum/display) on Sunday, August 8. Details concerning meeting place, routes, etc. will be provided as we near the actual departure date.
Tom Schmitz reported that, as always, we are financially solvent with no worries on the horizon. He further reminded everybody about the joint PBCA/SABCC cook out/pool party at their place on Sunday, July 18.
With that, the meeting ended and our stalwart bunch continued eating, throwing food, and generally making a mess of things (as usual).OTHER EVENTS:
The Chateau Elan British Car Show north of Atlanta on May 22 was attended by a few of our PBCA folks, with Tom Schmitz's MGTD taking a prize. This is significant, as this is not a competitive show. To receive recognition at this gathering is an honor and something to be proud of. Congratulations, Tom. All the hard work has paid off. Gus and Ann Fell took their TR-6, and, fortunately, it did not sell, as Ann has now taken over its ownership. She really looks good in it, and it is doubtful if Gus will ever get a chance to drive the TR-6 again. Way to go, Ann!! Pete and Norma Peterson (your faithful editors) took their Triumph Thunderbird Motorcycle, arrived late, left early, and generally became confused when they were not allowed to put their bike in the show (because they arrived too late), but they had a good time anyway, visiting with old friends and enjoying the many cultural activities available in Atlanta.
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