Panhandle British Car Association: May 2009 Newsletter


PBCA masthead from British Marque

THE BRITISH LINE

OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE

PANHANDLE BRITISH CAR ASSOCIATION, INC.

May 2009


Contributing Editor: Bill Moseley
President: Curt Derby

Big, Fun Shows

Bill Moseley

Almost retirement time for this Editor:
First, let me thank all of you from everywhere who have written to me and told me over the years that you have enjoyed my British Marque articles over the many years. It's always a pleasure hearing from you. At the May 18 PBCA club meeting I mentioned that after almost nine years and almost a hundred articles, I suggested injecting some new viewpoints and perspective by assigning a monthly British Marque article to each of the PBCA Officers in turn and any other interested member. I would be happy to continue to write a special article from time-to-time but it's time for a "Change of the Guard".

I'm proud to be one of the first to publish photographs in the British Marque, bearing in mind that "A picture is worth a thousand words", and to have redesigned the club Logo and British Marque Masthead but the best part is writing the articles for you.

Sincerely, Bill Moseley

PBCA, Pensacola, Florida - Upcoming events:

June 13 Saturday - Panhandle Cruisers extends their invitation to the Down By the Sea Cruise. Warren Peacock, PCCC President, writes: "To join us, sign up on www.PanhandleCruisers.org, Club Recent and Upcoming events. On June 13th at 9:45AM we will be pulling out of the Burger King parking lot on 9 Mile Road and cruising over to the Mobile Causeway to Felix's Fish Camp for lunch. Felix's claims to have the best service in the south and believe me if they don't they have to be very close. This is a favorite cruise for many of the Cruisers members."

June 15th Monday - PBCA Meeting at O'Charley's on Davis Hwy in Pensacola, 6pm for dinner, 7pm for meeting. Plans are to have a quest speaker at this meeting. Watch your email for details.

June 20th Saturday - Foley Balloon Festival and PBCA Lunch Tour. PBCA members will gather at a designated restaurant and following lunch will proceed to the Balloon Festival in the early afternoon.

June 27th Saturday - PBCA Lunch Run - Meet at announced site. Approx one hour caravan drive to restaurant and lunch. Feel free to find your own way home.

July 19th Sunday - Joint PBCA/SABCC/MGMG/PAHC "Pig Roast" at Schmitz's home, Lillian, AL. Bring covered dish or dessert and your drinks. This event is the PBCA July meeting.

August 17th Monday - PBCA Meeting at O'Charley's on Davis Hwy in Pensacola, 6pm for dinner, 7pm for meeting.

Past Events:

April, 18 - Brits on the Bay

The 17th Annual Brits on the Bay Show in Pensacola on April 18th was attended by 100 British cars divided into 23 classes. Several hundred people enjoyed strolling through the show site under the shade trees. Many visited the new wine shop directly across the street for the show. The site, near downtown Pensacola and in sight of Pensacola Bay, is one of the nicest venues for a car show with lots of grass and old shady oak trees. Cajun lunches were available from the on site food vendor and Jeff Zorn and The Little British Car Company was again at the show with his extensive array of British car parts and accessories for sale. PBCA members Franz and Monica Bachmann brought their New Orleans style snowball trailer for tasty cooling treats.

The Friday night Welcome Party at the host hotel, Days Inn Pensacola Beach Resort, was the best attended ever with well over 100 people enjoying the Red Beans and Rice dinner. While the show moved off the island several years ago to a much better location than the old parking lot site, the host hotel remains the same and the block of rooms was again a sell out as many quests enjoy staying directly on the Gulf of Mexico beach.

Unfortunately the number of entrants to the valve cover races was down this year, but the crowd got a kick out of watching Dale Ballard and Curt Derby battle out the last heat with Dale taking the prize. We can only hope that more participants will remember to bring their racers next year.

An enormous "Thank You" goes to the many PBCA members who put in a great deal of time and effort both before the show and during the long day to make it another successful show. And while it is impossible to name everyone, a special thanks to the Best of Show Judges, Bill Gilson from Atlanta, David Hayden from Louisiana, Mike Darby from Silverhill, AL, and Bill Snyder from Pensacola who picked a fine winner of the Best of Show, Judged Trophy, Stuart Waddington's 1977 MGB.

And as for next year, PBCA will be back again with "Brits on the Bay" April 17, 2010, and hope that the 17-year string of rainless shows will continue and that everyone who attended this year will return and bring their LBC friends.

--- Tom Schmitz

Brits on the Bay winners

BEST OF SHOW - JUDGED
Stuart Waddington
1977 MGB

PEOPLES' CHOICE
Bill Silhan
1967 Marcos 1600 GT

Longest Distance Driven
Kathy Sonnier
1977 MGB

Diamond in the Rough
Chris Cronk
1964 MGB

Busted Crank Award
Cathy Sonnier
1977 MGB

Valve Cover Race
First Place
Dale Ballard

Runner Up
Curt Derby

Class A
First Place
Jack Laird
1959 Bugeye Sprite

Second Place
Dave & Lorrie Powers
1970 MG Midget

Third Place
Dana Snyder
1979 MGB

Class B
First Place
Robert & Marsha Hiller
1961 Austin Healey  3000

Second Place
Marion S. Brantley
1967 Austin Healey 3000

Third Place
Rich Willows
1958 Austin Healey 100-6

Class C
First Place
Curt & Midge Derby
1953 MG TD

Class D
First Place
Cliff Hughes
1960 MGA

Second Place
Don Warnecke
1958 MGA

Third Place
Robert Carleen
1961 MGA

Class E
First Place
Mickey & Kay Kay
1967 MGB

Second Place
Rick & Mary Huber
1966 MGB

Third Place
Richard Bishop
1966 MGB

Class EE
First Place
Blake Sonnier
1972 MGB

Second Place
Ken Waringa
1974 MGB

Third Place
Gene Johnson
1971 MGB

Class F
First Place
Bill & Janet Gillson
1972 MGB GT

Second Place
Ralph Overly
1969 MGC GT

Class G
First Place
Keith Vezina
1976 MGB

Second Place
Kevin Barton
1974 1/2 MGB

Third Place
Jim Enzman
1976 MGB

Class GG
First Place
Stuart Waddington
1977 MGB

Second Place
Kathy Sonnier
1977 MGB

Third Place (Tie)
Moody Steadham
1979 MGB

Third Place (Tie)
Al DeWeese
1977 MGB

Class H
First Place
Bob & Margaret Henson
1993 Jaguar XJS

Second Place
Mitzi Maddux
1994 Jaguar XJS

Third Place 
Bob McCrea
1988 Jaguar XJS

Class J
First Place
Bob & Margaret Henson
1967 Jaguar E-Type

Second Place
Vince Cooke
1969 Jaguar E-Type

Third Place
Jack Ross
1968 Jaguar E-Type

Class K
First Place
Mike Darby
1967 Jaguar 240

Second Place
Tom & Jeanne Schmitz
1967 Jaguar 420

Third Place
Michael & Jennifer Bamford
1989 Jaguar XJ6

Class L
First Place
Wayne & JoAnn Manges
1964 Triumph TR4

Second Place
Richard Maddux
1959 Triumph TR3

Third Place
Karen Enos
1959 Triumph TR3A

Class M
First Place
Bob Jones
1974 Triumph TR6

Second Place
Susan & Allen Bradley
1971 Triumph TR6

Third Place
Joe D'Aquila
1971 Triumph TR6

Class N
First Place
Bill & Monnie Moseley
1980 TR8

Second Place (Tie)
Gus Fell
1980 TR8

Second Place (Tie)
David & Menda Hayden
1980 TR8 Coupe

Class P
First Place
Tommy Boudreaux
1978 Triumph Spitfire

Second Place
A. C. Tillman
1979 Triumph Spitfire

Third Place
Doug McArthur
1974 Triumph Spitfire

Class R
First Place
Lloyd & Julie Patterson
1956 Nash Metropolitan

Second Place
Ron & Lynn Pardo
1969 Austin America

Third Place
Al Frost
1964 Mini Pick-Up

Class S
First Place
Michael & Jennifer Bamford
1961 Daimler SP250

Second Place
Jerry Hall
1967 Lotus Elan

Third Place
Bob Freeman
1972 Lotus Super 7
     
Class T
First Place
Bill Silhan
1967 Marcos 1600 GT

Second Place
Lew George
1988 Rolls Royce Silver Spur

Third Place
Russell Flowers
1991 Lotus Esprit SE

Class U
Dana & Danny Varnado
1979 MGB V-6

Class X
First Place
Wally Friloux
2001 Jaguar XK8

Second Place
Gordon Levi
2004 Jaguar XK8

Third Place
Gordon Oxford
2003 Mini Copper S

Class Z
First Place
Jeff Zorn
1969 BSA Firebird


PBCA show 2009
This year featured eight Triumph Spitfires. Photo: Mike Japp

PBCA show 2009
Austin-Healeys line up under the shade trees. Photo: Bill Moseley

PBCA show 2009
The scenery was beautiful! Photo: Bill Moseley

May 9, 2009 - EuroCar Display, National Museum of Naval Aviation, Naval Air Station, Pensacola.

Forty-three cars from PBCA, Mardi Gras MGs, Pensacola Austin-Healey Club, Sonnenschein Porsche, VW, and BMW clubs attended this annual event, hosted this year by Sonnenschein Porsche Club. Eighteen British cars were on display. Having lunch in the museum's authentic, meticulously reconstructed Cubi Point Officer's Club is a real pleasure, especially for those of us who have flown there when Cubi Point Naval Air Station was in the Philippines!!!

Euroshow 2009
Mardi Gras MGs, led by Dick Bishop, CDR, USN, Ret., proudly fly the British flags.

Euroshow 2009
Young Navy F/A-18 aviator, LT Crawford, admires Bill Silhan's Marcos GT Photo: Bill Moseley

PBCA show 2009
PBCA members relax under Naval Live Oaks. Photo: Bill Moseley

May 16, Saturday, National Show hosted by Panhandle Cruisers

By invitation, center city Pensacola was closed for the big National Show. The Cruisers' support for British car clubs was the best ever and a first. Never has any all-car show featured three fixed classes for we Brits: 4-Cylinder through 1987; 6,8,12-Cylinder through 1987; and 1988 to Present. In addition, Unlimited Make or Model Class Splits. EVERY all-car show promoter should take note!

No rain fell in Pensacola! Even though close by area thunderstorms kept away well over 100 entrants, 119 beautiful cars and trucks were on hand and it was a great experience. Storms prevented many British cars from entering but 15 Brits were on-hand from Panhandle British Car Association, Mardi Gras MGs, and Pensacola Austin-Healey Club.

A thorough inspection by an experienced team of four judges rated each car in the equal areas of exterior and trunk, engine compartment, interior, and undercarriage, totaling 100 points. No class splits were made this time.

British car results were:

4-Cylinder through 1987: 1st, Curt Derby, MGTD; 2nd, Bob Manske, MGTF; 3rd, Moody Steadham, 1966 MGB tied with Roger Reetz, 1978 MGB.

6,8,12-Cylinder through 1987: 1st Bill Moseley, Triumph TR-8; 2nd, Rich Allen, 1968 428 Cobra Fastback; 3rd, Gus Fell, Triumph TR-8

1988 to present: Bob Henson, 1993 Jaguar XJS.

Other PBCA members attending the show were: Ralph Overly with his 69 MGC GT, Tom Schmitz drove his 68 Morgan 4/4 and PBCA's Bill Silhan strayed from the British ranks and won and award with his Avanti.

National show 2009
Tom Schmitz leads Bob Henson's winning `93 Jaguar XJS into show area. Photo: Bill Moseley

National show 2009
At head of the British line, Bill Moseley's 1st place TR-8 and a crowd of visitors. Photo: Bill Moseley

National show 2009
Jewel-like cars, MGTD of Curt Derby, 1st; and MGTF of Bob Manske, 2nd. Photo: Bill Moseley

National show 2009
The British Line: Inspection over, bonnets closed, canopies packed, and storm clouds in distance. Photo: Bill Moseley