Panhandle British Car Association: March 2000 Newsletter




March 2000

As published in the March 2000 edition of the "British Marque" newspaper.

President: Gus Fell, (850) 994-0123
Contributing Editors: Tom Schmitz, (334) 961-7171
Barbara Sanacore, (850) 932-1821

The Rare Ones Honored at the Pensacola Beach Show April 15

The Panhandle British Car Association will again welcome British car owners from all over the Southeast to the Eighth Annual Show at Pensacola Beach and the Friday night "Red Beans and Rice" registration social. As at past shows we are expecting around 100 cars in 20 classes. Judging is by Peoples Choice and there will be a number of Special Awards including the Valve Cover racing championship. The Featured Marques will be the Britannia Class, those unusual marques not often seen in numbers large enough to make a class but bringing lots of interest to British Car Shows. Some Examples of such rare breeds are HRG, Rolls Royce, Armstrong Siddeley, Aston Martin, Riley, Rover and many others. For further information contact: Tom Schmitz,(334) 961-7171 or email or Gus Fell, (850) 994-0123 or email

PBCA Meetings:

Now this is real PBCA enthusiasm. When Bob Henson asked Margaret what she wanted to do on their 52nd Wedding Anniversary which fell on the same day as the PBCA January meeting, she replied, "Why attend the Club meeting ,of course". They were congratulated by the 32 members, including 3 new members, attending the meeting a Ryan's Steakhouse. Then we got down to business. The Treasurer reported that we remain quite solvent. Therefore the rest of the meeting was spent discussing ways to spend some of the treasury. The 2000 Christmas Party was scheduled for December 9 and will be held at the Best Western Pensacola Beach again this year. A committee was formed to look into Club jackets or golf shirts for members. The Club will likely pick up a portion of the cost of having our logo embroidered on them (the shirts, not the members). It was noted that we need items for the goody bags for the April 15th Eight Annual Pensacola Beach British Car Show. Members were also asked sign up past years show sponsors and the recruit new ones. The spending spree abated and the meeting turned into various discussions on subjects of British car ownership....what we came for in the first place. The February 21st meeting, again at Ryan's, had 27 people attending including three new members and two out of town guests. President Gus Fell opened the meeting by having everyone introduce themselves and greet our guests. Again the Treasurer reported that all remains well with the treasury in spite of a small contribution to the State of Florida tax folks. The car show season will begin heating up in March with the first local show at Panama City March 11th. That one will be followed in quick succession by the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival British Car Display March 18th and then the Biggie, the New Orleans British Car Show, the 25th. Plans were made to forma a caravan for those going to New Orleans Saturday morning. There will be final info on that at the March meeting. More planning items for the our April 15th show were covered followed by the usual discussion of the trials, tribulations and joys of British car ownership. The April meeting has been rescheduled from the third to the second Monday, April 10, due to the Show being the 15th. Final planning and the traditional stuffing of the Goody Bags will be the agenda for that meeting. It is hoped that a large group will attend and help with this. We still need items for the Goody Bags. We need about 110 of each of the items.

New PBCA members:

Welcome to the following new members who have joined PBCA in the last several months: John and Annette Barber, 63 Jaguar XKE; Joe and Pat Hajcak, Pensacola, with a 53 MGTD. Joe has gotten busy quickly and is serving on the show committee; Jim Cromwell, Pensacola, 74 MGB; Joe and Barbara Coker, Ft Walton Beach, with two 78 MGBs. Joe has also recruited our newest member, Ryan Hutter, also of Ft Walton Beach and he has 3 MGBs, 76,77,78. Ron and Sylvia Newman have recently moved to Pensacola and joined with their 73 MGB GT. We certainly welcome Ron's experience with British car clubs as he is the past President of the Peachtree MG Register in Atlanta. We are sure that both he and Slyvia will be as active here as they both were in Atlanta as soon as they get moved into their new home near Grand Lagoon. Joining us from Molino, are Keith and Linda Wade with a 69 MG Midget. Now Scott and Brenda have someone to commiserate with over Midget woes. At the February meeting we welcomed Joe and Bonnie Mohanco, Pensacola, and their 56 Jaguar XK 140 DHC; Cathy Kress, Pensacola, who is looking forward to club expertise for her 53 Jaguar XK 120. And to round out our roster is Jack and Cora Handy. Jack drives an 80 Rover SD1 but is better know to us as an SCCA autocrosser in his 60 Gemini MKII. Welcome one and all. We hope you get as much enjoyment from PBCA as we do in welcoming you. Everything in and about PBCA is open to you, just step in and get active.

Panama City British Car Show

Well, the weatherman was predicting thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes and just north of the coast they got all of that. Throwing caution to the wind, and there was a lot of that, the following intrepid members of PBCA headed east into the teeth of the gale. Bill and Melissa Silhan in their 65 XKE Coupe and Richard DeCrevel in his 73 MG Midget got well soaked on their way. They were followed by about an hour, missing the rain but traversing wet sloppy roads, by Tom Schmitz and Bob Henson in Tom's 69 XKE. When Bob heard the word hail, he had enough sense to leave his gorgeous XKE roadster in the garage. Anyhow, he took first place last year with it. Bill took second this year with his XKE. We enjoyed seeing PBCA member, Bob Malcolmson, running the Highland Games again. Once in place, the skys promptly opened up and it poured for about 30 minutes followed by clearing and the rest of the day was very pleasant and we all had a good time. The trip home was a little wet, but we have a week to get dried out for the Fairhope gathering and two weeks for New Orleans.

Events to put on your calendar: (Contact Gus Fell or Tom Schmitz  for particulars)
May  6  - Townsend, TN, British Car Show
May  13 - Mobile AACA Car Show
May  20 - Chateau Elan, Atlanta
June 3  - Lillian, Alabama Car Show.  Bob Henson is running this one. 
          There will be a British class.
June 10 - Montgomery, Alabama British Car Show
July 16 - Fith Annual Joint PBCA/SABCC Picnic at the Schmitz's in Lillian, AL


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