Panhandle British Car Association: November 2001 Newsletter




November 2001

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

2001 Christmas Party

The PBCA Christmas Party will be at the Best Western Pensacola Beach December 1st, 6:00 pm to ???. In past years, many members have stayed over Saturday night and gathered for brunch Sunday morning at a local Pensacola Beach restaurant. Again this year we have an excellent rate at the Best Western of $39.00 off beach and $49.00 on the beach rooms. Contact the Best Western at 800 934-3301 for reservations.

The "Dirty Santa" gift exchange will be held again this year. Bring one gift per person in the $10.00 range, contact your friendly divorce attorney and join in the fun. If a gift is gender specific" mark on the outside of the package "girl" or "boy". The Club will provide all the food. Bring whatever beverage you prefer. PBCA picks up the entire cost of the party except your beverage. It is not necessary to make reservations but a contact to Gus Fell, 850 994-0123, or Tom Schmitz, 334 961-7171, will help with the food planning. New officers, elected at the November Monthly Meeting will be installed. The Christmas Party takes the place of the regular Monthly Meeting in December. Make a note of this date now, as the party is before the December issue of the Marque will be out.

Christmas Parade

December 15, 2001, will mark the fifth year that PBCA has been invited to participate in the Lillian, Alabama, Christmas Parade. Gathering time is 12:00 noon at the Lillian Community Club on US 98 three blocks east of the Alabama end of the Perdido Bay Bridge. Some of the cars have been decorated in the past but it is not necessary. The parade route is short and the weather is usually such that the parade should not tax our little British radiators with the exception of Bob Henson's Jag. PBCA will provide the candy throws and the parade is held rain or shine. So far the record stands at four years of sunshine and one of rain. And even in the rain in 1999, we turned out 11 cars.

Car Shows Predominate Fall Events

Cars shows at Seville Square, AACA Pensacola; Montgomery, Alabama; Hiawasee, Georgia; Fairhope, Alabama; and Natchez, Mississippi, were attended by many PBCAers. Participating in these events were: Seville Square AACA Show 9/22 (This was an AACA Judged Show therefore point totals determined the trophy won):

  • Deiter and Inge Bruening, 65 E-type, 1st
  • Joe Hajcak, 53 MGTD, 2nd
  • Craig Hurt, 81 Rolls Royce, 1st
  • Bill Moseley, Austin Healey 3000, 1st
  • Ron and Sylvia Newman, TR8, 1st
  • Fred Saas, 50 Jag MKV, 1st
  • Keith Sanders, MGC, 1st
  • Tom Schmitz, 55 MGTF 1500, 1st and Ladies Choice "Sweetheart" Trophy
  • Bill Shanahan, 73 E-type, 1st
  • Bill Silhan, 67 Aston Martin, 1st

    Also turning out to lend moral support were Tim Anderson, Bill Cornacchione, Frank Hubbard, Gus Fell, Mike and Cherie Japp, Pete and Norma Peterson, Scott Putirment and Bill Snyder.

    September 29th saw five PBCA cars at the Montgomery, Alabama, British Car Show. They were Ron and Sylvia Newman, TR8, !st; Bill Shanahan, 73 E-type, 1st; Keith Sanders, MGC, 2nd; Nelda Sanders, MGC, 3rd; Bill Silhan, 67 Aston Martin, 1st and Best of Show. Mike and Cherie Japp also drove up for the event.

    Also, on September 28 and 29, Tom and Jeanne Schmitz were the representatives of PBCA at the Sotheastern MG T Registry event at Hiawassee, Georgia. Tom took the 55 MGTF and brought home a 1st in the First Timers Show and a 1st in the TF Class. There were 58 MGs at the Lake Chatuge Lodge for the event, about half of which were T Series MGs with the remainder made up of MGAs, MGBs and V8s, and one lonely Midget. This semi-annual show is a very nice outing for MG owners with a Barbeque Friday evening and an excellent dinner and Award Ceremony Saturday night followed by an auction of some very interesting donated items. Two Tech Sessions, a Rallye and a Tour though the mountains rounded out the event.

    The largest turnout of PBCA cars in 2001 were the 14 cars entered in the South Alabama British Car Club's Festival in Fairhope, Alabama, November 6th. In spite of threatening storms and a couple of light rain showers the PBCAers braved the stiff breezes blowing off Mobile Bay and brought home a trophy for every car entered. PBCA, along with the New Orleans British Car club, won Club Participation Awards. The Awards by class garnered by PBCA were:

  • Bill and Monnie Moseley, Austin Heraley 3000, 1st
  • Bill Shanahan, 73 E-Type, 1st
  • Bob and Margaret Henson, 67 E-Type, 2nd
  • Richard and Donna Cunningham, 65 E-Type, 3rd
  • Chuck and Charlene Byrne, 94 XJS, 1st
  • Richard and Donna Cunningham, 88 XJS, 2nd
  • Gus and Ann Fell, 87 XJ6, 2nd
  • Tom Schmitz, 57 MGA Coupe, 1st
  • Brian Daly, 62 MGA, 2nd
  • Scott Putirment, 71 MGB GT, 1st
  • Keith Sanders, 68 MGC GT, 1st
  • Bill Silhan, 51 Morgan, 2nd
  • Craig Hurt, 81 Rolls Royce, 1st
  • Ron Newman, 80 TR8, 2nd

    To round out a very full two months of car shows was the 5th Annual "Brits on the Bluff" British Car Show in Natchez Mississippi, November 13th. This was a true "British Weather" weekend with rain Friday evening and all day Saturday. In spite of the uncooperative weather, Terry Travato and his English Motoring Club of Mississippi kept their cool and pull off another fun weekend. The setting was the Rosalie antebellum mansion on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River which could be seen intermittently throuh the showers. The prevailing attitude of everyone was "the heck with the weather, lets get on with the show and have a good time under the umbrellas"! The judges, headed up by the ever unflapable John Simmers, had a bit of a challenge and the results for PBCAers attending were quite good. Bob and Margret Henson brought home a Second Place with their 67 E-type being nosed out by a 99 XJ8. They also brought home a car full of water which Bob was still drying out on Tuesday. Noone ever claimed British convertibles were even remotely weather tight. Bill Silhan's 49 Triumph 2000 took a 2nd in Class and won the Mayors Choice Award and well as the Peoples' Choice "Show Stopper" Trophy. Richard DeCrevel brought home a 1st with his 74 1/2 MGB GT. Tom Schmitz made his second attempt at the Fire Chiefs Award for the best red car in the show (last year he attached two fire extinguishers to the roll bar in his red Mini Copper S which was unsuccesful in impressing the Chief). This year his red MGA Coupe did better and took the Fire Chief's Award as well as 1st in his class. Tom and Bill also vied for the Ancient Age Award (age of the car added to age of the owner) with Tom edging out Bill by two years to take the trophy. This was a weekend that proved that British Car lovers are real troopers when faced with adverse conditions and can still have a good time with their cars. Eventually everyone dried out and noone got rusty.

    Saturday and Sunday, 10/13-14 Bill Mosely was the sole PBCAer at the Five Flags Car Show in Pensacola. His Austin Healey 3000 took First in the imported class and he brought home a very nice trophy with a photo of his car at the show.

    Election of Officers

    Plan to attend the November 19th Regular PBCA Monthly Meeting at the Seafood Shanty, 6:00 pm. Officers for 2001 will be elected, final particulars for the Christmas Party and the Christmas Parade will be covered and we will commence planning for the April 20, 2002, "10 Years At The Beach" Beach Bash and British Car Show at Pensacola Beach. 25 members attended the November 15th meeting and the Seafood Shanty had the previous problems worked out. We had a private room and the service was fast and friendly.


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