A note from Editor – If you are an
event chairman, please send a write up of the event to me as soon after the
event as possible. It can be in finished
form that will be under your name or just a list of the details and I will
finish it. - Bill
Florida. PBCA show is coming soon! Great new location!
PANHANDLE BRITISH CAR ASSOCIATION presents the Sixteenth Annual Pensacola
British Car Show, Brits on the Gulf, on Sat., April 21, 2007. This year it will take place on the green at
Admiral Mason Park on Bayfront Parkway in Pensacola, just a few feet
from the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
This is a lovely vacation or weekend spot and is only walking distance to
five-star restaurants and shopping in historic Seville Quarter.
The Friday night "Red Beans
and Rice Social” from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Friday, April 20th, will be in the
Best Western hotel, Pensacola
Beach, as before. Registration is open Friday night and from
8:00 am to noon on Saturday.
Accommodations are available at the PENSACOLA BEACH BEST WESTERN MOTEL, (800)
934-3301, at $109 for island side rooms and $129.00 for beach front rooms
for the special BRITISH CAR SHOW rate. There will be dusk to dawn
professional security at the motel parking lot both Friday and Saturday nights.
Those who mention they are with the British Car Show will receive the reduced
rates as long as they are available.
Upcoming Events in March
March 8 - Panama City British Car Show at the Highland
Games, Grace Presbyterian Church. 8:30 am to approximately 4:00 pm.
PBCA will have a caravan going to Panama
City. Time and meeting place will
be in an email.
Highway 98 is now 4-lane all the way to Panama City and it is an easy drive in your
LBC on Saturday morning.
March 17 -
Fairhope Arts Fair. The Mardi Gras MG club has invited PBCA
members to again join them at the British Car Gathering starting at
9:00 am on the Faulkner campus on South Bancroft St
near Morphy Avenue.
Bancroft is one block east of Section
Avenue in Fairhope. This is not a car show
but a very nice outing for work the kinks out of our British cars. We
always have a very good turnout of PBCA members at this event and you cannot
get better parking for the Fair...but it must be your British car.
Bring your lawn chair(s) and refreshments if you wish or take advantage of a
huge selection of foods at the various vendors at the Fair. If there is
enough interest, we will have a caravan Saturday morning leaving Pensacola. Watch
for particulars in your email.
- 17th Annual New Orleans
British Car Day. Delgado
For complete information, go to their website at www.bmcno.org . In addition to the
always-popular show, there will be an awards dinner Saturday evening at the
College with food prepared by the Culinary Arts students. For those
interested, there will be a real swamp tour from the show site Saturday
Details at the PBCA March Meeting at Po Folks, March 19th.
Saturday, Jan. 27 - The 2nd Annual Bear
Lake Shrimp Boil and
Gymkhana. Curt Derby provides photos
of the event –
The Shrimp Boil
was a success despite the rain. Keith
Sanders prepared the shrimp and others brought potatoes and various side dishes
and desserts. About twenty PBCA members
were on hand and some attacked the fun gymkhana; a figure eight course that
required drivers to drive backwards using their rear view mirrors! A nice event that continues to grow.
Watch Your Shoes!
Keith to PBCA President, Mickey Kay: “You’re driving the wrong way”.
Tom Schmitz’s E-Type is beautiful, even when wet.
Alan Apel’s New Auto Repair Shop
A few miles south of Birmingham in Pelham,
AL, Alan and Karen Apel of PBCA
and PAHC recently opened Empire Autohaus.
Empire (as in The British Empire) for repairing and restoring any
British car and Haus, (as in Europe) for the
repairing and restoration of German cars, especially Mercedes. Italian cars of all kinds are a passion of
Alan’s and will also be serviced.
Alan Apel brings years of British
Car technical skills, 28 years as an ASE Master Technician,
along with the credentials of
Factory Technical Trainer for Alfa Romeo and Mercedes-Benz as
well as Honda. (Alan’s Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII is restored
to perfection – Editor.)
It is with
great sorrow that we inform PBCA members of the death of Elaine Cornacchione
the week of January 22, 2007. Memorial services were held in Cincinnati and Cleveland,
As many of
you know, Elaine had been ill for some time and she and Bill were in Ohio near family
members. Bill and Elaine have been staunch members of the club and very
good friends for many years. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Bill and his
family. PBCA has made a donation, per Elaine's request, to
Bone Marrow Transplant, Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati,
Elaine, right, chats with Midge Derby at the PBCA Pig Roast