Panhandle British Car Association: July 2009 Newsletter

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July 2009

Contributing Editor: Tom Schmitz
President: Curt Derby

Pig Roast July 19

The 12th Annual Joint Club Pig Roast will be held in Lillian , AL , at the Schmitz’s home on Soldier Creek Road . Members of all the area British car clubs, PBCA, South Alabama British Car Club, Mardi Gras MG British Car Club, and the Austin Healey Club are invited. Richard Cunningham will be staging the Road Races in Tom’s car garage. There will be swimming in the pool and fishing from the pier. Bring swim suits and fishing gear if desired. Check out the model car collection, there have been some additions from last year.

The Roast Pig is provided by PBCA and attendees are asked to bring a covered dish, appetizers, salad or dessert. Bring your preferred drinks.

The driveway and front yard are reserved for British cars and there will be parking across the street for others. Look for the signs.

Directions from Pensacola: Take US 98 to Lillian, AL, turn left at the stop light at the west end of the Lillian Bridge onto County Road 99, go south 6 miles, straight at the stop sign 8/10 of a mile, turn right on Soldier Creek Road, go 1 mile to 9609. House is on the left on the water. Look for the British flag.

From the West: Take US 98 to County Road 91 (yellow flasher and flower shop on NW corner, turn right (south), go 4 miles to stop sign, make a hard right onto County Road 99 and follow directions above to the house.

Collector T-Shirts at May Meeting

The May PBCA meeting featured a display of auto related T-shirts both worn and displayed by members. The members were asked to wear or bring T’s that were car, or car show related. Bill Silhan showed up with the oldest PBCA shirt from the 1990 show that most members did not know even existed. Gerald Davis had the oldest car related shirt, a 1975 Martini Porsche shirt and the oldest shirt displayed was a 1971 Marina Del Rey Liquormart T which Tom Schmitz got when he lived in the Marina in the early ‘70s. John Mahone had the most distant show shirt, which was a number from the 1992 John Twist University Motors Summer Party at Cannonsburg , Michigan . The grubbiest shirt honors went to Bob Henson wearing an old ratty PBCA show shirt and Gordon Levi, who wore a ripped up Triumph motorcycle shirt. Rich Willows’ shirt, on which he had painted an old racing MG was deemed the most colorful and original. Tom Schmitz set up a display of all the PBCA Show T’s from 1996 though 2009, the first SABCC Show (1992) and the first New Orleans Show (1992) shirts and had several other old shirts from his collection of 347 collectible T-shirts.

Gus and Ann Fell and Bill Moseley added to the fun with several of their prize Ts.

Tech Tip from Gus Fell

Recently Machinist’s Workshop magazine tested penetrants for break out torque on rusted nuts.

They arranged a subjective test of all the popular penetrants with the control being the torque required to remove the nut from a “significantly rusted” environment.

The results:
Penetrating oilAverage Load
None516 pounds
WD-40238 “
PB Blaster214 “
Liquid Wrench127 “
Kano Kroil106 “
ATF-Acetone mix53 “

The ATF-Acetone mix was a “home Brew” mix of 50/50 automatic transmission fluid and acetone. Note that the “home Brew” was better than any commercial product in this one particular test. Of course, your experience may vary but it may be worth a try on in one of those really difficult situations we all run into from time to time.

New PBCA Members

David and Cathy Morgan rejoined PBCA recently. David was a member many years ago and now lives in New Orleans . David has three Bugeye Sprites. It is quite likely that you met David at this year’s “Brits on the Bay” where he served as our very successful 50/50 ticket seller. We look forward to seeing David when he is here in Pensacola and at future New Orleans British Car Shows.

Another old time member from many, many years ago rejoined PBCA at the May meeting. Ray Worden who lives in Bagdad , FL , has a collection of TR3s, TR7s, Sprites and Midgets.

Ray scored big on his first night back by winning the 50/50 drawing. Welcome Ray, we are glad to have you back in the fold.

Coming Events: (Check your email for details, directions etc.)

  • July 19, Sunday 12th Annual Joint Club Pig Roast at Schmitz’s in Lillian, AL – Activities will start at Noon. The Pig will be carved at 2 pm.
  • July 25, Saturday 16th Annual Hadji Shrine Car Show, Hadji Temple 800 West Nine Mile Road, Pensacola Registration 8- 11, Trophies at 3 pm.
  • August 17th Monday - PBCA Meeting at Sonny's Bar-B-Que on Navy Blvd. at US 98. This is a new location for many but was the meeting site for PBCA for many years when we met there on Sunday afternoons. We will try this through November and see how it works out. 6 pm for dinner, 7 pm for meeting.
  • August ?(TBA) - Five Flags Speedway Races, Pine Forest Rd , Pensacola , FL. Website:
  • 2009 “Brits on the Bay” Sponsors with PBCA
    Please support these Sponsors whenever possible.

    B and M Starter and Alternator Service- BEST OF SHOWTom Schmitz
    Moulton Properties – SHOW SITEBill Weeks
    Adcox Imports, IncTom Schmitz
    Advanced Auto Air and RepairGus Fell
    All Pro Tune UpDick Maddux
    Alley Cat CustomsGerald Davis
    Apple MarketPeggy Overly
    Aragon Wine MarketGus Fell
    Baughn Alignment ServiceGus Fell
    Bayside Collision CenterSteve Gundrum
    Brown ImportsIan Brown
    Carnley’s Food Service IncAl De Weese
    Chuck and Charlene ByrneChuck Byrne
    CIE GIE Professional Hair DesignPeggy Overly
    Coastal Ins Group-Hagerty InsJerry Hall
    Coastal Machinery CoJoe Stephens
    Creations by BethBeth Sanders
    Crestview SearsJohn Mahone
    Custom Control SolutionsJoe Stephens
    Cut-N-Up Barber ShopAl De Weese
    CVS TeleproductionsRichard Cunningham
    Darby Classic RestorationsMike Darby
    Doug KirkleyDoug Kirkley
    Edward Jones, John PeacockCurt Derby
    Evans Automotive Service CtrPat Cooke
    Five Star AutomotiveBill Moseley
    Hirst Transmission SpecialistsBob Henson
    Hi-Tech Car WashRich Willows
    Jerry’s Cajun CaféBill Weeks
    Katy Bradshaw - Montgomery RealtyPeggy Overly
    Kenneth and Emily RayKenneth Ray
    Logbook Magazine-Great Aviation HistoryDavid Powers
    M&D Foreign Auto PartsBob Henson
    Maaco Auto PaintingAl De Weese
    Margaret Porter Ins AgencyCurt Derby
    NAPA Auto, Truck & Industrial PartsBob Henson
    O’Reilly Auto PartsRich Willows
    Pentica, Inc Auto Maintenance & RepairMichael Bamford
    Penton’s Auto Trim & Truck AccessoriesAl De Weese
    Pfeiffer DrugPeggy Overly
    Raley Brake and Alignment ServiceAl DeWeese
    Ralph A. OverlyPeggy Overly
    Robert Tau AutomotiveBob Henson
    Robinson AutomotivePeggy Overly
    Sanders Mountain View LodgeKeith Sanders
    Saturn of PensacolaAl De Weese
    Sew Sew EmbroideryMickey Kay
    Shields Lawn CarePeggy Overly
    Sonny’ Real Pit Bar-B-QueRich Willows
    Susie Hastings LMTPeggy Overly
    Traction Heavy Duty PartsRich Willows
    United Bank – Lillian, ALTom Schmitz
    Virginia Bunde Ins AgencyPeggy Overly
    Winged Wheel GarageRich Willows

    2009 Battleship show

    Rich and Darla Willows, Austin Healey 100-6, and Tom Schmitz, Morgan 4/4, attended the Battleship Alabama Memorial Fund Raiser June 6 in Mobile , AL . There were over 400 cars on display and the sponsors, Baldwin County Gearjammers, raised a sizeable donation for the building of a Memorial to Gulf War veterans.