Panhandle British Car Association: July 2008 Newsletter


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THE BRITISH LINE

OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE

PANHANDLE BRITISH CAR ASSOCIATION, INC.

July 2008


Contributing Editor: Bill Moseley
President: Curt Derby

Fun at the Drive-In Movie

Bill Moseley

Pensacola, Florida – Next meeting is August 18 at Piccadilly Cafeteria.

Upcoming Emerald Coast Car Show

Don’t miss this one! This huge all-car show features unlimited British classes. Let’s fly the British Flag! September 6 - Saturday – 16th Annual Emerald Coast Car Show, at Ft. Walton Beach High School, 400 Hollywood Blvd. S.W. This professionally judged show has well over 200 cars – This year will introduce two fixed British Classes, 4-cyl and 6, 8, 12 cyl plus unlimited CLASS SPLITS according to the entry, the “Expanded British Class”. (Makes sense – there are six classes for the Corvette alone – Ed.)

Get entry form from www.EmeraldCoastCarShow.com. Jim Robert, 850 934-4113

Upcoming Events:

August 23rd or 24th (TBA) Sat or Sun - Chumuckla Int'l Airport Picnic. Bring covered dish or dessert.

September 6 - Saturday – 16th Annual Emerald Coast Car Show, at Ft. Walton Beach High School, 400 Hollywood Blvd. S.W. This professionally judged show has over 200 cars – This year will introduce two fixed British Classes, 4-cyl and 6, 8, 12 cyl and will have class splits according to entry, the “Expanded British Class”. Get entry form at www.EmeraldCoastCarShow.com. Jim Robert, 850 934-4113

 

September 13 - Sat - Gulf Coast Zoo & Lunch Tour, Gulf Shores, AL.

September 15 - Monday - PBCA Meeting at Piccadilly Cafeteria, Town & Country Plaza, Pace and Fairfield Blvd., Pensacola.

September 17th-19th Sat/Sun - British Car Gathering at Dillard, GA, hosted by Peachtree MG Club of Atlanta.

September 27 - Sat - Brits on the River Car Show, Vidalia, LA, hosted by English Motoring Club of Natchez, MS.

October 19 - Sun - Polo Matches with Mardi Gras MGs, Fairhope, AL. (changed from October 5th)

October 18 - Sat - Navarre Car Show, Navarre High School, FL. British Class.

October 20 - Monday - PBCA Meeting at Piccadilly Cafeteria, Town & Country Plaza, Pace and Fairfield Blvd, Pensacola.

October 25 - Sat - South Alabama British Car Club (SABCC) Fairhope British Car Show.

 

Past events:

Drive-In Movie -- Belmont Arts and Crafts Center

Pensacola, Sat., June 6 – Dr. Bill Silhan, PBCA member and Professor of Art at University of West Florida, joined the Board of Directors of the up-and-coming Belmont Arts and Crafts Center. He thought, “Why not have an old fashioned Drive-In Movie at Belmont for fun, to raise needed funds, and to highlight the location”? A brilliant idea!! To make it better, he selected the venerable movie, AMERICAN GRAFITTI.

In short, the event was very well planned. Forty cars from Panhandle British Car Association, Mardi Gras MGs, Pensacola Austin-Healey Club and the ever-popular Panhandle Cruisers drove in for the first of a series of Drive-In Movies for only $15 per car. Board member, Paul Bruno, obtained permission to show AMERICAN GRAFFITI, the perfect movie; Steve Haworth ran an authentic Drive-In concession stand complete with an authentic theater popcorn maker, and Henry Hensel used his resources to provide the projection and sound equipment and some authentic Drive-In speakers. The sound was also broadcast over a FM channel to car radios. Melissa Silhan did the “utility work” and the results were brilliant! Henry also patched in the old Drive-In concession ads with the movie. The only thing that was missing was the aggravating ushers who used to go around shining a flashlight through our windows. (I don’t have to telegraph that one to us old folks!) I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

(Photos: Bill Moseley)

British drivers wait to watch American Graffiti

Panhandle Cruisers’ hot rodders anxiously await the show.

Let the show begin!

Just like old times!

 

 

Blueberry Festival All-Car Show

June 21 – Brewton, Alabama closed its streets for the annual Blueberry Festival All-Car Show as a part of the big Blueberry Festival. The festival promoters adopted the two fixed classes and the unlimited “Expanded British Classes” but most of us couldn’t take advantage of it. We were faced with such a furious, localized Pensacola thunderstorm that driving the seventy miles to Brewton unfortunately had to be scrapped.

Two PBCA members escaped the thunderstorm and bravely drove to the Blueberry Festival. Curt and Midge Derby placed first in their perfectly turned out MGTD and Rich and Carla Willows got second place with their Austin-Healey 100-6. Curt reported that the weather cleared up and was fine for the rest of the day. Show promoter, Glen Freeman, told me that everybody enjoyed the MGTD and Austin-Healey.

Curt and Midge Derby and MGTD Photo: Rich Willows

Carla and Rich Willows and their Austin-Healey Photo: Curt Derby

 

Foley Air Balloon Festival

June 14 – Mardi Gras MG’s again invited PBCA to be in the British car display in the annual Foley Air Balloon Festival. MG-MG’s Dick Bishop reported that the air balloons flew on time and the Festival continues to grow.

 

 

Ralph and Peggy Overly’s MGC-GT leads Britishline-up. Photo: Dick Bishop

 

Energizer Bunny lifts off Photo: Dick Bishop

 


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