Panhandle British Car Association: July 2001 Newsletter




July 2001

This newsletter was not published in the July 2001 edition of the "British Marque" car club newspaper.
President: Gus Fell, (850) 994-0123
Contributing Editor: Tom Schmitz (334) 961-7171


28 Intripid PBCAers with 12 Brit Cars faced the first weekend of rain in seven weeks of draught and joined the tour to Seaside Sunday July 20th. Altho it was raining when we left the Pensacola Visitors Center at 10:10 am, it cleared by Navarre and the day became sunny and hot. The folks at Goatfeathers on Highway 30A were all prepared for us and we had a very nice lunch and then proceeded on to Seaside for a group photo at the Post Office and some shopping. With 67 uneventful miles and full tummies, most then headed home, having again braved the elements and using their LBC as they were intended. After all, they were designed and built in England and I hear they occasionally experience at bit of damp weather there.

Bill and Monnie Moseley brought their newly and beautifully restored Healey 3000 and Sylvia Newman drove their recently acquired TR8. Bill and Melissa Silhan drove their seldom seen Triumph GT6 and Keith Sanders gave us a bit of a thrill when he tried to put his top down on the MGC after we ran out of the rain. Shame, shame Keith, you're supposed to stop first!! Talk about weathering the elements.....Jon Gosnell made the entire trip in his Cobra using an umbrella to keep the wet stuff out and it seemed that the showers only came while he was stopped at the red lights. Tom and Jeanne Schmitz discovered that it is way past time to replace the old hard wiper blades on the E-Type and Gus and Ann Fell and Joe and Pat Hajcak, "braved" the elements in their XJ6's. New members, Tom and Shari Francis, joined PBCA and the caravan at Ft Walton Beach in their MGB. We picked up Tony and Jeannie Lawless and their boys, Jon and Andy, in their XJS and MGB along the way. We were ablely led by Bill and Gail Snyder and Jeff and Marie Olive in the Buick while Bob and Margaret Henson with their guest from Minnesota, Helen Daschlet, kept the back door closed in the Cadillac. Mike and Cherie Japp and Scott and Brenda Putriment drove their cars to Wakulla Springs State Park south of Tallahassee for the Big Bend MG's 2nd Annual All British Car and Bike Day on Saturday. Mike and Cherie had spent the night in Destin and were waiting for the caravan at Goatfeathers. With this 580 mile round trip as well as the New Orleans and Panama City shows, Mike has put 1250 miles on this newly restored in Spitfire.


We had 21 members and 5 guests try the food and meeting space at the June Monthly meeting at our new location, The Seafood Shanty on Pensacola Blvd., June 18th. Everyone seemed to be pleased with the private room, good service and range of items on the menu. We will be back there for the August 20th and future meetings. A short meeting will be held at the picnic July 22 (see below).


The 5th Annual Summer Picnic held jointly with the South Alabama British Car Club will be Sunday, July 22, at the Schmitz's in Lillian, Alabama, starting at 1:00 pm. Tom and Jeanne will provide the hamburgers and hot dogs. Please bring a covered dish and your beverage of choice. Call or email Tom if you need suggestions (334 961-7171 or The driveway and front yard are reserved to British Cars and there is plenty of parking for other iron on the grass along the street. Activities will include the pool, fishing from the pier and pedal boating and lots of British Car talk. We will hold a short Club meeting during the picnic and take the usual group photo.

Directions: Take U.S. 98 west from Pensacola over the Perdido Bay bridge. At the stoplight at the west end of the bridge, turn left (south) and go approximately 5 miles on County 99. Co. 99 will curve to the west and at the stop sign go straight for .8 of a mile. Turn right (north) on Soldiers Creek Road, go 1 mile to 9609 Soldiers Creek and watch for the British flag at the driveway. The house is on the left on the water.


The 2001 PBCA Car Show drew 118 entries to Pensacola Beach April 21, 2001. This was the largest show in nine years at the beach. There were cars from as far away as Pennsylvania and Miami as well as eight cars driven from Tennessee. The Cobbles knew they had made a trip after 590 miles in a 49 MG TC.... and they logged another 641 miles on the home trip. The New Orleans, Mardi Gras Ts and South Alabama British Car Clubs brought a good number of participants and seemed to enjoy the show as well as the Red Beans and Rice Party Friday night at the Best Western Pensacola Beach host hotel. The featured Marque were the TR7s and TR8s and 14 were registered. The weather favored us again with both Friday and Saturday being perfect beach days. Below are the trophy winners:

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