Panhandle British Car Association: October 2000 Newsletter




October 2000

As published in the October 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


Thirty three PBCA members with 14 British Cars turned out for the Lunch Tour September 10th to the Fish Camp Restaurant in Bon Secour, Alabama. The weather was perfect as we left Pensacola with eight LBCs and picked up seven more along the way. That should have made 15 but unfortunately George Mohanco's XK 140 developed gremlins in the fuel system shortly after the start and was forced to retire. At the half way point Bill Snyder and Gail threw a fan belt on his MGB GT. If it had to happen to someone, just as well it was the one guy in the club who can replace a fan belt blindfolded with one hand tied behind his back. Joe Stephens made a quick trip with his MGB to a nearby parts store, Bill installed it and they caught up with the rest of the group before we even got to the restaurant.

It was nice that Fred Saas and Nick Monteleone are friends of the owner and head chef as the food was great and the price was even better. The club subsidized two thirds of the bill, so those who didn't make the event missed an opportunity to help put a dent in the treasury.

Also making the trip were Tim Anderson in his Healey 100-6, Richard DeCrevel and son in the Midget, Gus and Ann Fell, left the TR8 at home and opted for A/C in the XJ6, Bill and Melissa Silhan chose his E-Type for the day, Keith and Nelda Sanders in the MGC.

We were pleased to welcome new members, Frank and Pat Hubbard in their TR-8. Joe and Pat Hajcak got a late start in his MGTD and had to follow the emailed directions alone but they were so good that he found us with no problem even though we thought we might out fox him. Bill Moseley is still putting his Healey together so he caught a ride with Scott Putriment in the Midget. Ron and Sylvia Newman joined the parade in their MGBGT along Highway 98 as did Mike and Cherie Japp, in his freshly restored Spitfire. Bob and Margaret Henson found us in Baldwin County but clutch problems on the E-Type forced them into Margaret's Corvette. Jon and Marian Gosnell joined the group at the Gulf Coast Welcome Center. Fred and Carol Saas were poised to get in line on Highway 95 but when he hit the starter the Jag Mark V said no way today, so they followed along in a car of lesser distinction. Jeff and Marie keep the group together with the chase van.

Tom and Jeanne Schmitz led the caravan in the MGTF and naturally Tom missed the entrance to the Welcome Center where we were to regroup and left Gus and Ann wondering what happened to us. Then a miscue getting onto Highway 4 resulted in everyone making a big figure 8. Once Tom got his directions sorted out, we proceeded on to the restaurant without further mishap.

We saw Nick and Angie Monteleone's TR 8 in the driveway as we passed their house and wondered why they didn't pull out and follow. Upon arriving at the restaurant, we found him already there with his boat tied up at the pier. He just couldn't miss a gorgeous day on the water.

Everyone went their separate ways after lunch and it is to be hope that not too many credit cards were maxed out at the Riviera Outlet Center on the way home.


Since it seems that food is the big draw that gets the members out, we are planning several additional events centered around our tummys. A picnic to Bears Lake, a progressive dinner in one of the cooler months. Probably January when it gets really cold here on the Gulf down in the 50s. A Sunday drive to Seaside Florida to visit the art galleries with a stop in Grayton Beach at a "Jimmy Buffett" type restaurant. It is also time for another trip to and tour of the Naval Air Museum and a viewing of the latest IMax movie. Naturally there is a Cafe there to sate our hunger.


Twenty four PBCA members got some excellent and welcome tips and do's and don'ts involving the electrical systems on their LBCs at the September meeting. Ron Davis from B & M Starter and Alternator Service was a very welcome guest speaker. He exploded some of the myths of Lucas electrical systems, answered some presubmited questions from members and fielded a number of questions from the floor. B & M is one of the Club's regular major sponsors of othe Annual April Pensacola Beach British Car Show and is an excellent supplier of services covering all aspects of automotive electrical systems. They are located at 4117 North Palafox Street, Pensacola and their number is 850 434-0897. We will attempt to pull together his tips for a future "Tech Tips" article.


The South Alabama British Car Club Show at Fairhope, Alabama, kicks the month off on October 7th. This is a big one when we usually turn out in force to join our sister club to the west.

The next weekend, October 13th and 14th is the Brits on the Bluff show in Natchez, Mississippi. Each year we have added more members to the list of attendees at this great show. Terry Travato and his group always do a top notch job and this year sounds like it will be the best yet. Don't miss this one.

The last weekend of the month you can choose your poison. The Southeast Regional Triumph Meet in Lake City, Florida. The Hooters All Marque Show in Mobile or the New Orleans Jaguar show at the Homas House near Baton Rouge. Gus and Tom will be at the Jaguar Show but you can call or email either of us for particulars on any of the above shows. It is assumed that you have been to a meeting recently and have a club roster with our phone numbers or email addresses.

There are still a number of name tags and club shirts that have not been picked up. Plan to make the next regular meeting at Ryans Steakhouse October 16th, 6:30pm. Hope everyone can make the meeting, as I am getting weary of lugging these things around. See you there.


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