Panhandle British Car Association: March 2004 Newsletter

Bill Moseley
PBCA - Pensacola, Florida - Important April meeting notice - April Meeting will be Mon., April 12.  This will be just six days before the Pensacola Beach British Car Show.  Show-bag stuffing party will follow the 6:00 - 7:00 dinner.  Go to website,, and click the  2004 ANNUAL SHOW button to see a color ariel photo of the Pensacola Beach show area.
The PANHANDLE BRITISH CAR ASSOCIATION presents the Twelfth Annual All British Car Show on April 17, 2004, held again at Pensacola Beach, just a few feet from the beach sand next to the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A lovely vacation or weekend paradise only walking distance to restaurants and shopping. As last year, this year we will have a large tent at the center of the show site for shade from the late April beach sun.

Pre-Show Party - The PROTOADS*  will again offer a "Red Beans and Rice" Social from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Friday, April 16, in the party room of the Best Western Motel, next to Pensacola Beach.  Registration is open Friday night and from 8:30 am to noon on Saturday.

Judging is by "People's Choice". Each vehicle entered will receive a ballot and dash plaque placed in the car at noon. Voting closes at 2:00 pm and awards are at 3:30 pm. There will be approximately 24 classes as in past years and classes will be determined by entries received for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies.  There also are several special awards and some surprise awards. This is not a "concours" show, but a chance for British car lovers to get together, display their cars and have a good time. Any car can go home with a trophy. So bring your British "ride" this year and enjoy the camaraderie.

There is also Valve Cover Racing at approximately 2:00pm. Must be a British valve cover with overall length no more than 24 inches and no propulsion other than gravity.

Accommodations are available at the PENSACOLA BEACH BEST WESTERN MOTEL, (800) 934-3301, at $79.00 off beach and $89.00 beachfront. We will have dusk to dawn professional security at the motel parking lot both Friday and Saturday nights.  When  making reservations,  mention  the British Car Show to receive reduced rates. For more information, assistance, or to become a sponsor at our show, contact Tom Schmitz, 9609 Soldiers Creek Dr, Lillian, AL, 36549 (251) 961-7171,

Information and a registration form can be printed from the PBCA website at

* Procrastinating Triumph Owners And Driving Society


New Valve Cover Racers Built

Eight new valve cover racers rolled off the production line at the February 7th Valve Cover Seminar and Construction Session at Tom Schmitzís garage in Lillian, AL. After doing the basic work of assembly, mounting wheel assemblies and ramp testing, the racers were taken home for final touches of painting, decorating and fine tuning.

Those attending were: Joe Stephens came with Bill Snyder in Billís MGB V8. Thanks to Bill for picking up the chicken which provided the energy for the builders as they worked. Jim Cromwell brought the ramp for the testing and few impromptu races. Dieter Bruening drove his XKS and Bob Henson got the E-type out for the day. Kevin Curran had his TR6 and Bill Moseley his TR8. Mickey Kay had a special set of wheels that seemed to lead the testing runs. Sandy and Sam Walter from the South Alabama Club came over from Mobile joined the group and build a racer.

Looks like there will be a lot of competition at the Pensacola Beach Races at the April 17th British Car Show.


March 2004
Date Day Event
13 Saturday Panama City British Car show, Bay British Car club, with Scottish Festival, FL.
15 Monday PBCA meeting, 6pm, Seafood Shanty, Pensacola Blvd.(US29), Pensacola, FL
20 Saturday Fairhope British Car Display with Arts and Crafts Festival, Fairhope, AL
20 Saturday New Orleans British Car Day, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA.

April 2004
Date Day Event
3 Saturday Camellia Classic show at Bellingrath Gardens, west of Mobile, AL
10 Saturday PBCA Technical Session (Show Tune-up), Pensacola, FL
12 Monday PBCA meeting (show bag stuffing party!), dinner 6 - 7, Seafood Shanty, Pensacola Blvd.(US29), Pensacola, FL
16 Friday PBCA "Red Beans and Rice" Welcome dinner party for car show participants at Best Western Hotel, Pensacola Beach, FL, 6pm
17 Saturday
See, 2004 Annual Show
25 Sunday Dauphin Island-Ft.Morgan Ferry Tour, starts in Pensacola, FL
30-2nd Fri-Sun Walter Mitty races by HSR(Historic Sportscar Racing), car shows also, Road Atlanta, GA

May 2004
Date Day Event
1-2 Sat/Sun Walter Mitty races continued (April 30th - May 2nd)
8 Saturday Blount British Car Gathering, New Location and date, TALLY HO INN, Townsend, TN
8 Saturday Tannehill British car Show, Birmingham, AL.  David Lavies
8 Saturday Chateau Elan show, Braselton, GA (outside Atlanta), Ken Yokelson (770)804-9380
15 Saturday Pensacola Euro Car show at National Museum of Naval Aviation, NAS Pensacola, FL
16 Sunday PBCA tour to Fish Camp restaurant, Bon Secour, AL
17 Monday PBCA meeting, 6pm, Seafood Shanty, Pensacola Blvd.(US29), Pensacola, FL
29 Saturday Hadji Temple Classic car show, 9-Mile Road, Pensacola, FL
Christmas Party - Best Western, Pensacola Beach.  Fifty-One people attended PBCA's Christmas party.  Thanks to Ann and Gus Fell, Nelda and Keith Sanders and Gail and Bill Snyder for their generous help with the party.