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
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.
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
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
This year featured eight Triumph Spitfires. Photo: Mike Japp
Austin-Healeys line up under the shade trees. Photo: Bill Moseley
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!!!
Mardi Gras MGs, led by Dick Bishop, CDR, USN, Ret., proudly fly the British flags.
Young Navy F/A-18 aviator, LT Crawford, admires Bill Silhan's Marcos GT Photo: Bill Moseley
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.
Tom Schmitz leads Bob Henson's winning `93 Jaguar XJS into show area. Photo: Bill Moseley
At head of the British line, Bill Moseley's 1st place TR-8 and a crowd of visitors. Photo: Bill Moseley
Jewel-like cars, MGTD of Curt Derby, 1st; and MGTF of Bob Manske, 2nd. Photo: Bill Moseley
The British Line: Inspection over, bonnets closed, canopies packed, and storm clouds in distance. Photo: Bill Moseley