Panhandle British Car Association: August 2000 Newsletter
THE BRITISH LINE
OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE
PANHANDLE BRITISH CAR ASSOCIATTON, INC.
As published in the August 2000 edition of the "British Marque" newspaper.
President: Gus Fell, (850) 994-0123
Contributing Editors: Tom Schmitz, (334) 961-7171
Barbara Sanacore, (850) 932-1821
Bill and Melissa Silhan with their Sunbeam Tiger
and Tom and Jeanne Schmitz with their MG TF 1500
attended the Townsend, TN, British Car Show on May
6th. What a show this year! There were 189-plus cars.
This is always a good show and this year was no excep-
tion. The tour through the Smoky Mountain National
Park was perfect for our type of cars and the Bar-B-Que
Pork Dinner topped off a fine weekend. It is only to be
hoped that more PBCA members will plan to make it next
Lillian Car Show
PBCA really turned out in force at the Lillian
Volunteer Fire Department Car Show this year. There
were 69 cars in the show, of which 19 were British Cars.
Bob Henson was the Show Chairman, and not only did he
make a good deal of money for the local fire department,
he provided a great time for participants.
The British car attendance was so good that we split
them into two classes. Those attending were Tim
Anderson, Austin-Healey 100-6; Fred Beinke, MGB; Bill
Cornacchione, TR3; Jim Ellis, TR8; Bill Eshelman, Jag
XJ6; Bob Henson) Jaguar E-type Roadster; Mike Japp,
Triumph Spitfire; George Mohanco, Jaguar XK140; Pete
Peterson, Triumph Spitfire; Fred
Saas, Jaguar MkV; Barbara Sanacore, MGB; Keith
Sanders, MGC; Bill Silhan, Aston Martin; and Tom
Schmitz, partially emptying the garage with his MG TF,
MGA Coupe, Mini Cooper, Mini Moke, and Jaguar E-
Also attending from the South Alabama Club was
Parker & Alex Bowab with a Triumph Spitfire, and Bob Mason, from
Mardi Gras MGs with an MGB V-8. Joe Hajack and Bill
Eshelman also brougnt their Porsches and Tom had his
'57 VW. Maybe next year will we make it a British Car Show
and let other makes participate.
Attending the British Car Gathering in Montgomery
on June 17th were Bob Henson and Tom Schmitz, who
took notice of the threatening weather, played it safe and
drove up in Tom's XJS.
On the way, the A/C drain duct
became clogged, the passenger foot well filled with water,
and Bob spent the trip being flipped back and forth by the
power seat which shorted out and kept moving on its own. British gremlins!
Keith and Nelda Sanders, Gus Fell, and Bill and
Mellissa Silhan also made the trip.
Very nice event, capped off by a tour of Pat Ryan's
gorgeous classic car collection, followed by a very inter-
esting visit to Hamers Phillips' shop to see his 28-plus
cars in various stages of restoration. This includes one
particular Bugeye that Tom thinks should be in his
garage. As the T-shirt says, "Too Many British Cars Are
Never Enough British Cars."
5th Annual PBCA/SABCC Picnic
The 5th Annual Joint Picnic with the Panhandle
Club and the South Alabama Club was held Sunday, July
16th, at the Schmitzes' in Lillian, Alabama.
Hot! Wow, was it hot! Most all of the 80 members
attending opted to stay in the house or car collection
garage to take full advantage of the A/C. A few of the
younger and more intrepid hit the pool or spent some
time on the pier, where there was a little breeze coming
from somewhere out there in the Gulf.
At least 15 hardy souls did drive their British cars
and were rather wilted upon arrival. They to be
congratulated for suffering the 100-plus heat. No one
ventured forth down the bay in the pedal boat this year
so everyone was on hand when the food was ready. All in
I all, a good deal of delicious food was consumed and Pete
Rice and Richard DeCrevel are to be thanked for serving
as burger flippers this year.
Two of the premier cars to show up included Fred
Saas's 1950 Jaguar MkV and Katy and John Webster's
freshly restored MGA Coupe which he and Mike Darby
finished the day before. Just in time to head for the
With expectations of the hot, hot weather continuing here
along the Gulf Coast through the remainder of
July and August, things will be a little slow. The next
major event will be the AACA Car Show at Seville
Square in Pensacola on September 30th. We always
have a good turnout for that and they make a special
British Class for us. Don't miss this one.
The next one will be the South Alabama British
Car Show in Fairhope, Alabama, on October 7th. We
always have a good club showing for this one, too, as we
have a good number of joint members and the location
in. the park on Mobile Bay in an ideal setting.
The Natchez Brits on the Bluff Show grows every
year, and each year we wonder what they will do nest
to make it even better. And that wiJI be a real accom-
plishment as Terry and Merideth Travato and their
crew always do a memorable job. This year there will
be a new venue in the downtown market area. It is a
pleasant and easy drive over to Natchez. .Contact Gus
Fell or Tom Schmitz to see if we can work up a caravan
to head west on Friday.
Be sure to visit the PBCA web page at www.
geocities.com/pbca1. Now that Mike and Cherie Japp
are back from their honeymoon, he will be posting
more pictures of your cars and recent events.
Try to make the August PBCA meeting at Ryan's
Steakhouse. There are still a few trophy plates from
the Pensacola Beach show to be picked up, as well as
some new member name tags, club window decals, and
a new Club Roster with all 72 names complete and
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