Panhandle British Car Association: November 2002 Newsletter


THE BRITISH LINE

OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE

PANHANDLE BRITISH CAR ASSOCIATION, INC.

November 2002


President: Ron Newman
Contributing Editor: Tom Schmitz (251)961-7171

SEVILLE SQUARE AACA SHOW

PBCA members turned out in force for the September 21st Seville Square AACA Show in Pensacola. Moving the show from mid-August to September has worked out fine for two years. Perfect weather under the huge Live Oak trees with a nice breeze off the Gulf. A whole lot cooler and we have managed to dodge hurricanes the past two years.

We had 12 cars show up for the AACA points judging show and the results were as follows:

  • Greg Hurt, 79 Rolls Royce, 1st Place
  • Joe Hajcak, 53 MG TD, 1st Place
  • Bill Shananan, 73 Jag XKE, lst Place
  • Bill Silhan, 67 Aston Martin, 1st Place
  • Bob Henson, 67 Kag XKE, 1st Place
  • Tom Schmitz, 59 Austin Healey Bugeye, 1st Place
  • Mike Japp, 77 Spitfire, 2nd Place
  • Bill Mosely, 80 TR8, 2nd Place
  • George Mohanco, 56 Jag XK 140, 2nd Place
  • Gus Fell, 80 TR8, 2nd Place....Gus has put a lot of work into the TR8 in the past year. Last year he took a 1st Place trophy, maybe if he works on it some more he can take a 3rd next year. There is just no figuring out which side of the bed the judges get out on on any given morning.

    Two new PBCA members were also there and took home Trophies:

  • Larry and Maureen McCain, 1960 Morris Minor Convertible, 1st Place
  • John Hassebrock, recently bought Brad Wolf's 71 Spitfire and took a 1st Place.

    BMC MONTGOMERY ON THE LAKE

    The British Motoring Club of Montgomery held its "8th Annual British Car Day" to coincide with the Alabama Highland Games on September 28. The setting on the grounds of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Wynton Blount Cultural Park, overlooking the lake was perfect.

    Bob and Margaret Henson debuted Margaret's new topaz 1995 Jag XJS convertible at the show. They and Tom Schmitz, with his 59 Bugeye Sprite, drove up Friday and attended the very nice welcoming party Friday night.

    Gus Fell drove up Saturday morning in his 87 Jag XJ6 and Bill Shanahan arrived in his azure blue 73 XKE V-12. Mike Japp, sans Spitfire, covered the show for the PBCA website. Mike continues to do a great job of attending the club events and promptly posting photos on the website of those participating.

    Tom tried his luck in the valvecover races again and this year made it to the second round only to be quickly eliminated. The new wheels worked but not well enough.

    ENGLISH MOTORING CLUB OF MISSISSIPPI SCORES AGAIN

    The best way to describe this year's Natchez, MS, "Brits on the Bluff" Show is to direct the reader to the English Motoring Club of Mississippi's column this month and Menda Haydens "Tribute" which we hope Terry has submitted for all to read. (If not, go to their website at www.msemc.org) This does an excellent job of describing an outstanding show.

    Wow, another great show by Terry and Meridith, Keith and their crew!!!

    PBCAers who made the trip for a great weekend were Bill and Melissa Silhan who took a 1st in Class and Best of Show with the 67 Aston Martin, Gus and Ann Fell taking a 1st with the TR8, Bob and Margaret Henson scoring a 2nd with the 95 XJS and Tom and Jeanne Schmitz who placed 2nd with their 67 Mini Cooper S.

    Our group, along with folks from New Orleans and Vicksburg, dined at the Kings Inn Tavern Saturday night where we were treated to great food as well as tales of the ghosts which have haunted to 1700s Tavern through the years.

    NAVARRE HIGH SHOW RECOGNIZES BRIT CARS

    It is somewhat unusual for an "all marque" show with the usual customs, hot rods, old Fords and new Chevy trucks to recognize our British Cars as a Class. But, this year the 2nd Annual Navarre High School Show, with a bit of prodding, gave us two classes, one for four cylinder cars and one for 6 and 8 cylinder cars. PBCAers responded by turning out on a very nice Saturday, Ocotber 19th, with nine LBCs. Those making the show and their showing were:

  • Tom Schmitz, 59 Bugeye Sprite, 1st Place
  • Scott and Brenda Putriment, MGB GT, 2nd place (Welcome back Scott and Brenda)
  • Wally Lord, 78 MGB, 3rd Place
  • Bill Silhan, 67 Aston Martin, 1st Place
  • Kenny Justiniano, 76 TR6, 2nd Place
  • Bob and Margaret Henson, 95 XJS Conv., 3rd Place
  • Steve Sanders had his 81 TR8 there.

    Also making the trip to Navarre were Ron Newman, with the TR8 and his and our friend from England, Reg Kelly.

    We had to opportunity to meet Tim Rosser and his fiance, Amber, and see his 73 Mini which he recently brought to the States from England. Tim and Amber also attended the PBCA meeting at the Seafood Shanty, October 21st and become the 95th member of the club. Welcome Tim and Amber.

    Lending morale support to our group at Navarre were Bill Moseley, his TR8 is getting new carpeting, and Paula Riley with her recently purchased and more recently dinged MGB. Paula, if you didn't have bad luck, you'd have none at all.

    New members Larry and Maureen McCain also were there to cheer our crew on.

    2003 ANNUAL DUES:

    YOUR WILL BE RECEIVING A NOTICE FOR 2003 ANNUAL DUES DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER WITH A PRE-ADDRESSED RETURN ENVELOPE ENCLOSED.

    THIS YEAR, THIS WILL BE YOUR FIRST, SECOND AND LAST NOTIFICATION THAT DUES ARE DUE. ONE TIME, THAT'S IT. PLEASE SEND THE PALTRY $15 BUCKS IN WHEN YOU GET THE NOTICE. AFTER JANUARY 1, THEY GO TO $20.00 AND YOU WILL MISS SEVERAL ISSUES OF THE MARQUE.

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH! YOUR PROMPT PAYMENT WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!! IT IS JUST NO FUN DUNNING FOLKS.

    FOR THE CALENDAR

  • November 9th - Re-schduled date for the South Alabama British Car Club Fairhope Show.
  • November 18th - Regular Monthly Meeting, Seafood Shanty
  • November 27th - PBCA 1st (maybe Annual) Poker Run
  • December 7th - PBCA Christmas Party at the Best Western, Pensacola
  • December 14th - Lillian, Alabama, Annual Christmas Parade

    Emails and notices with details will be sent on these events......

  • A New British Car Show Classification System
    by Bill Silhan

    Editors Note: This is sixth in a series of articles by PBCA members:

    I have Participated in a lot of British Car Shows and have noticed that almost every show organizes the car classes different manner, probably having to do with the most popular types of cars in that club or region. It seems as if, almost always, some car owner is dismayed at the class his car was placed in and feels that he was judged unfairly because of it, and often rightfully so. In my observations, there seems little logic or consistency to the way car classes are determined in British Car Shows. i.e. From a personal perspective, why is my Triumph 2000 always in the Empire (miscellaneous) class and not parked with the other Triumphs? Or, why Austin Healey Sprites and MG Migets in the same class when they are different Marques? (I do know the answer to that one.) Why are TR4's and TR6's (very similar) almost always different classes but Jaguar XJS's are often lumped in with other kinds of unlike Jags, sedans or E-types? These unnatural and unfair combinations, which directly effect judging and awards, are motivated by the fact that a British Car Classification System that acknowledges all marques and like models would be a very large and cumbersome system with many, many classes. The British, God bless them, manufactured a great many distinctly different interesting automobiles. That's why we like to collect, restore, and drive them.

    I would like to propose a revolutionary new way to determine classes at British Car Shows inspired from my other life as an artist. Lets abandon the traditional methodology of marques and models, and do it by COLOR! i.e. Best Red Car. Class organization would be much simpler and more clearly defined. It would also adapt to different size shows more easily. If you are a small organization and can't afford to too many trophies, you could stick with the primary colors: Red, Blue, Yellow. Larger clubs could host shows which embrace the primary and secondary colors: Green, Orange, and Violet. And Major shows could expand their classes to include the teriary colors: Blue/Green, Yellow/Green, Yellow/Orange, Red/Orange, Red/Violet, and Blue/Violet. Of course, all shows would have to have Black/Gray (absence of color), White/Cream (all colors reflected), Classes.

    As presently done, classes could still be combined or eliminated if there were not three cars of a similar hue (color). i.e. If only one Red/violet Rolls Royce registered it would be combined with the color class next to it on the color wheel: Violet or Red. Cars could be arranged within classes from the shades (darker values) to tints (lighter values). i.e. the Red class would start with Maroon Mini Moke and end with pink MGTC. This would make for a very aesthetic presentation make dividing classes easy, if necessary. i.e. If the (resale) Red class got too large, as often happens in the MGB class at traditional shows, the Red Class could be divided at fire engine, medium value, red Triumph, into a Dark Red and Light Red classes. Two tone cars could be handled a couple of different ways. You could determine which color there was more of on the Healey Blue and White Austin Healey 3000 and place it in that class: Blue or White. This could be easily accomplished in square inches with a tape measure and a hand held computer or a simpler solution would be to just create a Two Tone Class. Metallics could be handled in a similar fashion, put the gold Morgan in the Yellow Class or create a Metallics (silver, gold, copper, bronze, stainless De Lorean's) Class.

    No system is perfect, there would still probably be some subjective Color Class decisions that would have to be made by someone. i.e. Does the turquoise XK140 Jaguar belong in the Blue or Green Class? These kinds of subtle subjective hue decisions could be easily determined by an artist. All communities, big or small, have a few starving artists which could be hired for next to nothing (take my word for it) to make the judgement calls. Or If you wanted to be even more objective and eliminate all chance of error on color class, the show organizers could rent or borrow a computer analyzer from your local automotive paint supply store and determine the dominate hue by percentages of pigment. I.e. does the turquoise Jag have a higher percentage of Blue or Green pigment in its paint? The whole show could be arranged according to the color spectrum (Rainbow) which would make for a extremely attractive presentation to the general public and perhaps also generate desirable publicity. Another advantage of this system also immediately accommodates new and evolving marques: Jaguar/Ford, Bently/BMW, Mini/BMW, Rolls Royce/Volkswagen, Aston Martin/General Motors.

    Perhaps the greatest advantage of this British Car show classification system by color is that if you don't like the class you are in (too many nice British Racing Green cars in you area), All you have to do make a quick trip down to your local Fact-O-Bake, and next year you will be in a judged in a different class, of your choosing! Think about it.

    Thanks for your indulgence - Bill Silhan

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