Record Turnout for Fish Camp Tour
Forty PBCAers turned out for the June 9th tour and brunch at the Fish Camp Restaurant in Bon Secour, AL. Even though it
threatened rain early in the morning, plenty of LBCs showed up with tops down and ready to go. The team of Bill and Gail
Snyder and Jeff and Marie Olive won the tour trivia contest (Jeff for the second time).
Gus and Ann Fell and their guest, Vic;
Pete and Norma Peterson, 76 spitfire; and Bill and Elaine Cornacchione and Mitzi Maddux scored in the "close but no cigar"
category. New members Chuck and Martha Jo Murphy, TR3, brought a guest, Foster Barnwell, Austin Healey 3000, and David
and Cindra Anderson, who we haven't seen in a long time, were there.
Tom and Susan Page, MGA, met us at the restaurant
and joined PBCA. They have recently moved to Gulf Shores from Covington LA, where they were members of the New Orleans
British Car Club.
Other members making the event were: Tom and Jeanne Schmitz, XJS; Dieter and Inge Bruening, they are off
to Canada for several months; Bob and Margaret Henson and grandson, Jonathan; Bill and Monnie Mosely, TR8; Tom and
Sheri Francis, MGB; Joe and Terri Stephens, MGB; Richard and Louise DeCrevel (good to see you guys again); Keith and Nelda
Sanders, MGC; Frank and Pat Hubbard; and rounding out the crowd were Prez and Historian Ron and Sylvia Newman in the
(Fourth in a Series of Member Articles)
CAR SHOW POSITION PAPER
by Bill Silhan
The most prestigious car show awards, in my opinion, should not always
be awarded to completely restored (over-restored?) cars. The great
majority of car show participants don't desire, or can't afford, to do
this type of restoration. Making the cars look as good as possible
while at the same time trying to keep them as original as possible
should be at least an equally desirable goal, and should be rewarded
when accomplished. You repair or replace things only when necessary to
keep it looking good and operating correctly, in as original manner as
possible. Driving the cars is what this hobby/passion should be about.
If you drive a car, it will develop a patina of use which shouldn't
automatically eliminate it from being considered for a major award.
My thoughts, about the nature of car show awards, were brought to
fruition several years ago after hearing about what happened at the
inaugural Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz
and the Ritz-Carlton, which has become Pebble Beach East. Ralph Lauren
sent his perfect Count Trossi 1930 Mercedes SSK, restored by Paul
Russell and Company, that took Best of Show at Pebble Beach four years
previous. However, the Amelia Island Best of Show was awarded to a
clean, original 1938 Talbot-Lago 150-S by Figoni et Falaschi, shown by
Chris Gardner, with a patina of use about it! Further, Bob Bahre's
unrestored and "crusty-looking" Mercedes-Benz SSK won Christie's Most
Exceptional Car honors. About this car, Russell is quoted as saying
"There are so few unrestored cars that are correct and original, that to
restore it would possibly lower its value." A "trailer queen" Bugatti
was blackballed from the field when the owner refused to start its
engine! The show was judged by an impressive panel led by Cobra Daytona
coupe designed Peter Brock and included Pebble Beach veteran
designer\judges Dave Holls and Larry Shinoda.
A couple of years ago I convinced my fellow Panhandle British Car
Association colleagues to award two Best of Show awards, of equal
stature, at our annual Pensacola Beach British Car Show. One award is
for the traditional Best of Show, high point car, chosen by a team of
expert judges. The other Best of show is determined by a vote of the car
show entrants, similar to the "peoples choice" award many shows have
adopted. The difference is that since an Major award is already being
given to the most perfect car, this should allow my fellow British
enthusiasts greater freedom to select a car the for this second major
award, of equal stature, based more on the criteria similar to that used
at Amelia Island. You know the kind of car we are talking about!
Some award criteria I believe should be considered follows: The car
should be at least ten years old. Older cars are more difficult to keep
original and looking good. Originality is important, but should not be
the sole determining factor. It's harder to find correct parts for old
and low production cars. It should look good, but not have to be
perfect. A light patina of use is desirable. Finally, I believe
desirability, aesthetics, mystique, presence, and aura should also have
a significant part in the choice.
Thanks for your indulgence . . . . . . . . . Bill Silhan