Brits on the Bay 2018
by Liz Maynard
PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Panhandle British Car Association held our 26th annual “Brits on the Bay” event April 20-21.
The weekend kicked off with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Restoration Shop of the National Museum of Naval Aviation at NAS Pensacola on Friday afternoon.
Friday night the club hosted over 180 people at a welcome party held at the Museum of Commerce, where attendees enjoyed good food, good times and a chance to preview several Morgans, the featured marque for the show.
Mother Nature provided gorgeous weather at Seville Square for the show on Saturday. Members were on site before the sun came up, and some even before coffee, to prepare for the festivities.
As the cars started to arrive, it became clear that we were going to be treated to an amazing display of British cars throughout the years, from the 1930s through 2018. The success of the show can be summed up by the following message from our President, Paul Salm.
“To each and every loyal and faithful lover of all things British (well, at least in the automotive arena), it goes without saying that this year’s show ranks with the best the PBCA has presented,” he observed. Chairman Tom Schmitz, working with the countless members without whose assistance this show would be a mere weekend in the park, made it happen again. I thank you and every member of this club.
“Our entire Show Committee, including every member who contributes in any manner, is what makes and will continue to make this show the premier LBC event of the Gulf Coast,” he added. “Regardless of the task or venue, from welcome party to registration to parking to photos, it is the ‘all hands’ effort that spells success.
“No less important is the contribution by each and every attendee. Without your presence, Brits on the Bay doesn’t happen. For every traveler, our heartfelt thanks for your continued fellowship and support. We look forward to many more safe and successful road trips to future Brits on the Bay celebrations.”
Congratulations to this year’s winners:
The Friday night welcome party at the Museum of Commerce was not to be missed. Photos by Bill Moseley
Morgan was the featured marque. Five different types parking alongside each other.
Models ranged from the modern, swoopy Aero 8 ...
... to old-school three-wheelers.