PBCA, Pensacola, FL -- Don’t forget – PBCA will again drive in the Lillian Christmas Parade.
|Dec. 10 Saturday Lillian Christmas Parade, Lillian, AL. Parade kick off is 1:00 pm, plan to arrive by 12:30 pm. Decorate your car or not as you choose and the club will provide the candy to throw to the crowd. The parade is only about 3 miles in length (cool December weather keeps overheating at bay), we all have a great time and the kids love our LBCs almost as much as they do the candy.|
The fourth annual PBCA Poker Rally was a resounding success this year! From the start, the objective was to integrate all the British car clubs as well as the other-make clubs. Everybody drove home happy and with something in their hand. This year, we had participation from eight clubs in addition to PBCA.
Participating clubs were: (In no special order)
Your kind thank-you letters are appreciated. The rally has been modified yearly to fit the needs of the area. Recently retired airline captain, Dick Maddux and wife, Mitzi suggested that we make the rally longer -- start at the same location and drive the country roads north into Santa Rosa County to finish at their airplane hanger at the Chumuckla, Florida private airport. Suggestions indicate favor of the longer Chumuckla trip and running it in the spring, after the time change.
Special thanks to Dr. Bill Silhan and Melissa Silhan for preparing their Winged Wheel Garage for the one hour social and sign in and polishing up their rare car collection for display. Bill and Melissa have (almost) recovered from a hurricane nightmare in which IVAN blew off the door and part of the siding from Winged Wheel. If you look closely at his Morgan-inspired Winged Wheel Garage sign, you will see that it looks like it was used for machine gun target practice!
The Antique Automobile Association of West Florida’s 39th show couldn’t order a prettier fall day and the location on the Pensacola Junior College; Milton Campus was beautiful. British cars made up a significant part of the over one hundred entrants. You don’t compete against other cars. The judge’s point sheets decide your award. Cars compete only against themselves, that is, based on the final tally of the judges. This year was a tough one. Only four of us were awarded first place and I hasten to add that there were a lot of beautiful British cars on hand!
PBCA’s Curt and Midge Derby shocked the crowd when they were awarded the top trophy of the day, BEST OF SHOW - LEAST POINTS DEDUCTED in their perfect 1953 MGTD. A Herculean feat for a British car to win it all!!!! A personal thrill for me to write about it!
The South Alabama British Car Club’s fifteenth annual Fairhope British Car Festival was not put on as a show for the first time. It was limited to a gathering of British Cars enthusiasts at the same location, Fairhope Beach Park, Fairhope, Alabama because of the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Everyone was pleased to see a number of people from the New Orleans area on hand, some without their British cars. Some of the proceeds from the event were donated to the hurricane relief fund at Bayou La Batre. Attendees from PBCA were: Keith Sanders and his friend Chandler had both of their MGCs, provided the PBCA PA system and ran it all day. Donna Cunningham Brian Daly, '62 MGA; Richard DeCrevel, MGB GT; Gus and Ann Fell, TR8; Jerry Hall, '67 Lotus Élan; Bob and Margaret Henson, '95 Jag XJS; Mickey and Kay Kay, '67 MGB and family; Dick Maddux, 59 TR3 and Mitzi Maddux, '94 XJS; Ray Reese, '65 Sunbeam Tiger; Tom and Jeanne Schmitz, '69 Jaguar E-type, Diane Seals, '73 MGB; Bill and Melissa Silhan, '65 Jaguar E-type.
PBCA participants in the Valve Cover races were Mickey Kay, Bob Henson and Tom Schmitz. Mickey Kay was the overall winner.