Panhandle British Car Association: April 2001 Newsletter




April 2001

As published in the April 2001 edition of the "British Marque" newspaper.

President: Gus Fell, (850) 994-0123
Contributing Editor: Tom Schmitz (334) 961-7171


The regular monthly meeting, March 19, drew 36 people including guests and potential new members Laurie White, James Bielinski and Cynthia Justice. The major subject covered was the upcoming Pensacola Beach British Car Show, April 21. Members were encouraged to bring in additional class sponsors and stuffers for the "Goody Bags". Eleven cars and 2 Triumph motorcycles were registered to bring the current total to 45 cars pre-registered with a month to go. At this rate PBCA should have well over 100 cars at the beach this year.

The next PBCA meeting will be five days before the show, April 16. We encourage you to come and help stuff the Show "Goody Bags". It does not take long when we have a good turnout for the meeting. and it is one way to lend your support to the Show.

Pete Peterson gave members the particulars on a Poker Run sponsored by D&D Cycles (one of the long time Car Show sponsors) scheduled for April 28. This benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Pensacola Optimists. There will be a Raffle for a new Triumph TT600 Motorcycle. The fee for the Poker Run is $5.00 per person or $12.00 for the Poker Run and a raffle ticket on the bike. Start and end will be at D&D Cycles, 2400 Fernwood, Pensacola. Registration opens at 9:00 am, first car out at 10:30 am, and last car in at 1:30 pm. Call Pete* or Tom* for further information

The next Club event (which will be history by the time you read this), is the New Orleans British Car Show, March 24. Members at the meeting indicated that at least 10 cars would be there and we will probably exceed this by 5 or 6 more.

Keith Sanders made a presentation on the the International MG Gathering, An MG Odyssey, July 2-6, 2001, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He and Nelda and Tom and Jeanne Schmitz will be making the trip and hope that other PBCAers will plan to go. They are expecting over 2000 MGs and have many events scheduled. We will be covering more on this in the future. Call Keith* or Tom* for particulars.


PBCA had a very good turnout for the Panama City British Car show March 10. Seven cars went over in caravan. Having been there the past two years, Tom and Jeanne Schmitz, E-Type, led the group and managed to get there without getting everyone lost for once. Following were Gus and Ann Fell, XJ6; Scott Putriment, Midget; Ron and Sylvia Newman, MGB-GT; Mike and Cheri Japp, Spitfire; Dieter and Inge Bruening, E- Type; and Craig and Rose Amos, MGB. Jim Ellis,TR8; George Mohanco, XK140; and Richard DeCrevel and son in the Midget met us there making up a total of 10 PBCA cars participating.

The Highland Games seemed to have more athletes this year and ran the entire day with some very good competition. Several of us ate too many Scottish Eggs and everyone enjoyed both the show and the trip over and back. Dieter's E-Type took Second Place and George's XK140 took Third Place. Inge was seen to be making some real good sales pitches for the school that benefited from the change thrown into the "Voting Buckets". She helped the show raise over $200.00.


One of the major Arts and Crafts Festivals in the area each year is the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival. Fairhope, Alabama, is a well known "artsy town" and people pack the streets. This year they had the added attraction of six British Cars from PBCA along with others from the Mardi Gras MGs who sponsored the British Car display and provided dash plaques to all those bringing their LBCs. Keith Sanders and Bill and Gail Snyder had their almost lookalike BRG MG GTs, Keith's a C and Bill's a B. Jon Gosnell's Cobra always draws a crowd. Dieter and Inge Bruening had the silver E-Type roadster and Tom Schmitz showed up in his red MGA Coupe. Richard Decrevel and son and Scott Putriment brought their Midgets. Gus and Ann Fell made it after occasional stops to refill the radiator on the Triumph TR8. Gus found that along with the usual fumes, he was also emitting a bit of water out of the tailpipe. We know what Gus will be doing with his spare evenings in the garage. Keith offered to tow Gus home if he needed it, but Gus replied that he would set fire to the TR8 before he'd see it towed by an MGC.

Jeff and Marie Olive and Pete and Norma Peterson came to shop sans LBCs. Some of the group enjoyed lunch at the Royal Oak British Pub. Tom and Keith did some shopping at the Model Railroad Collectors Show but Tom found only a couple of overpriced pre-World War II items for his collection.


Please see our Events page. *Contacts for the above events and activities: Gus Fell, 850 994-0123; Keith Sanders, (daytime) 850 478-3171; Pete Peterson (Poker Run) 850 435-6859; Bob Henson, 334 962-4617 (Lillian Show); Tom Schmitz, 334 961-7171 or


Mark July 22 on your calendars now for Fifth Annual Joint Club Summer Picnic with Panhandle British Car Association and the South Alabama British Car Club at the Schmitz's in Lillian, Alabama. Details later and contact Tom at the numbers above.