Panhandle British Car Association: May 2001 Newsletter




May 2001

As published in the May 2001 edition of the "British Marque" newspaper.
President: Gus Fell, (850) 994-0123
Contributing Editor: Tom Schmitz (334) 961-7171

The Pensacola Beach Bash and British Car Show is three days away and as chairman of that as well as purveyor of the monthly news this will, of necessity, be short this month. The Show is shaping up to be a big one this year.  Over 81 cars pre-registered as of this writing.  That should shake out to be somewhere near 135 cars on Show Day. PBCA'sbiggest in nine years.  People want to be at the beach in April and they like to bring their
LBC's with them.

A large turnout of members attended the April Monthly Meeting at Ryans April 16th and spent the evening with final planning for the Show and stuffing Goody Bags. There will be a complete rundown on the show, the fun and the winners in the June issue.


The past two months has brought a sudden and big increase in membership, bringing into the fold 14 new members.  We now have 79 individuals and families who have to very good taste to own and drive LBCs.

PBCA extends a hearty WELCOME to Allison Strickling and Steve Haulman, Gulf Breeze, 80 TR7; Steve Sanders, Mary Ester, FL, 81 TR8; Laurie White, Pensacola, 80 MGB; Dick and Mitzi Maddux, Milton, FL, 59 TR3A; Tony and Jeannie Lawless, Ft.Walton Beach, 77 MGB, 77 Spitfire, 87 XJS, 78 Triumph Bonneville plus a whole raft of parts cars; Tom and Donna Haugh, Valpariso, FL, 69 Austin Healey Sprite;
Clara and Michael Miller, Crestview, FL, 91 XJS; Jack and Carolyn Bauer, Navarre, FL, 51 MGTD and 66 MGB; Lou and Vikki Goldstein, Pensacola, 57 XK-140, 92 XJS and 71 E-Type; Pete and Rene Austin, Hurlburt Field FL, 77 MGB; Leon and Sandi Starr, Pensacola, 72 and 78 MGBs and a 79 Spitfire; Tom and Tricia Rubenstein, Pensacola, 67 MGB; Vernon and Dee Askegard, Gulf Breeze, 89 XJS; Craig Hurt, 79 and 81 Rolls Royces.

We ought to be able to create one heck of a traffic jam on U.S. 98 when we head east forSeaside in May.


This year PBCA had ten cars at the New Orleans British Car Show and won the Club Attendance Trophy.  Making the 200 mile trip were:  Gus and Ann Fell, 87 Jaguar XJ6; Bob and Margaret Henson,  3rd in Class with their 67 Jaguar E-Type; Mike and Cherie Japp, 77 Spitfire; Pete and Norma Peterson, Triumph Motorcycle; Scott and Brenda Putriment, 67 MG Midget; Keith and Nelda Sanders, 2nd in Class with their 68 MGC GT;
Tom and Jeanne Schmitz, 2nd in Class with their 67 Jaguar 420 Saloon; Bill Shanahan, 95 XJS Convertible; Bill and Melissa Silhan, 1st in Class with their 51 Morgan Plus 4 and Brad Wolf and his new bride and their 71 Spitfire.  Brad took 1st in Class and is going to skin me for not writing down his brides name.  Bet she won't let me forget next time!!!!!

Our sister club, South Alabama British Car Club had nine cars and between the two groups, we had quite a conclave set up at the east end of the show field. Everyone enjoyed the usual great food from Phil Kreis' grill.  The Silhans, Schmitz's and Wolfs stayed for the Awards Banquet to gather up the trophies for both clubs.  As usual the New Orleans Club hosted a great show with 135 cars. The Awards Banquet featured a very
tasty menu as was evident by my three trip through the line.  Wow!!! That bread pudding was great!!

By the time you read this (in the British Marque), the Townsend, TN, show, May 5th, will be history and we will provide a recap of our attendance there in June.

The British Car Gathering is May 12 at Chateau Elan and PBCA expects a good showing there.  Call or email if you need particulars on this event. It is the largest gathering of British Cars in the Southeast every year and you need to be there.

Join the Club on our tour east to Seaside, Florida, May 20th.  We will stop for lunch in Grayton Beach and then proceed on to Seaside to give the artists and craftsmen there a shot at our credit cards.  You will get full particulars by email or US Mule or call Gus Fell or Tom Schmitz for details.


PBCA displayed 19 British Cars at the Classic, Antique and Custom Car Show in Lillian, Alabama, last year.  This Show will be June 2nd and is for the benefit of the Lillian Volunteer Fire Department.  It is the Club's Monthly Event for June.  We will have all the details at the regular May Monthly Meeting at Ryans Steakhouse Monday, May 21. Come at 6 to 6:30 for dinner and the meeting will start around 7 pm.  Bob
Henson is Chairman of this show and takes deserved  pride in encouraging a large turnout of LBCs.

AND FINALLY....Keep July 22 open for the 5th Annual PBCA/SABCC Picnic at the
Schmitz's in Lillian, Alabama.


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