Panhandle British Car Association: July 2004 Newsletter

PBCA masthead from British Marque




July 2004

Contributing Editor: Bill Moseley
President: John Barber

July Summer Picnic at Schmitz’s

Bill Moseley


9th Annual PBCA-SABCC-PAHC Picnic at the Schmitz's in Lillian, AL, Saturday, July 25, 2004. This will be the PBCA monthly meeting for July.

Parking in the driveway and front yard is reserved for British Cars.

(If you have not been to the picnic before, you may want to save this for the directions included below.)

This is the ninth year for the annual picnic which brings the members of Panhandle British Car Assoc., the South Alabama British Car Club and the Pensacola Austin-Healey Club together. It is an opportunity for members to reminisce about the Pensacola Beach and the Fairhope Car Shows. Many, many attend, compare notes on other events, trade tips on British car maintenance and repair and admire one another's LBCs in the informal setting of the Schmitz's front yard..

The date for the 9th Annual SABCC/PBCA Picnic at the Schmitz's in Lillian, AL will be Sat., July 25, 2004. Starting time 12:00 noon, eating starts at approximately 2:00 pm. In NINE years, we have only been forced to reschedule ONCE when the 1997 Hurricane Danny stalled over Mobile Bay and dumped 8 inches of rain on us in 12 hours. Despite Hurricane Danny, one brave couple showed up and enjoyed snacking on the covered dish they brought while they watched the rain come down and Soldier’s Creek rise. We trust not to have a repeat, but will reschedule if necessary.

If you KNOW you are coming, please let Tom know by Sat., July 17 so that he can get a rough idea of attendance. This does not mean that people must RSVP to come. Last minute guests are always welcome and we always have plenty of food.

As in the past, Tom and Jeanne will be supplying the main course. We may, if it can be arranged, make a first time change from hamburgers and hot dogs to a roast pig.......with the apple included. We will have a few, very few, hamburgers for those who can't get past the thought of that apple!!!

Attendees are requested to bring a covered dish, salad, dessert, hors d'oeuvres or whatever and bring what you prefer to drink. There has never been a formal list of what to bring. With 75 to 85 people, it usually works out fine, but if you need a suggestion, call or email Tom.

Activities: Fishing off the pier, pedal boating, swimming (pool or Soldiers Creek), relaxing, and eating. This year we will make one of the boats available for water skiing but will need someone with experience to run it and an observer to ride along.

Just before we start eating we will have a short monthly meeting and make a group for the archives.

Directions: From Pensacola: Take U.S. 98 west to the Lillian Bridge. At west end of Lillian bridge, stoplight, turn left (south) on County 99. Go approximately 6 miles (I say approximately, as British speedometers are notoriously inaccurate) to stop sign (the only one you will encounter). Straight thru stop sign, go 8/10s mile, turn right (you must turn right or go into Soldiers Creek) and go ome mile to 9609 Soldiers Creek Rd. Look to the left for the British Flag.
From the west: Take U.S. 98 east thru Elberta to County 91 (well marked, flashing light), turn right (south), go 4 miles to stop sign, turn right at stop sign and follow directions above.
By Boat: Up Soldiers Creek into second bay until you see British Flags on your right.

It is not necessary, but try to drive your British car. You will easily be home before dark.

Contact Tom at: 251 961-7171 or Hope to see you July 25th.

kitchen scene from PBCA's 2003 Picnic

British cars at Tom's
“British Cars at Tom’s” photo: Bill Moseley

Vince Cooke’s XKE Takes It All !!!

PBCA members Vince and Pat Cooke has “gone where no British Car has gone before”. His beautiful yellow Jaguar XKE was voted by the entrants as Overall People’s Choice of over 200 cars at the big Pensacola HADJI SHRINE TEMPLE ALL-MAKE AUTO SHOW last May 20. The well established Hadji Shrine Temple Show includes beautiful hot rods, perfectly turned out American Muscle Cars, and Pre-War antiques and is a judged show, except for the People’s Choice award. Now that a British car has finally taken the Peoples' Choice Trophy, it is time for more of our PBCA members to make this show a must next year.

The show is held on the unusually beautiful grounds of the Hadji Shrine Temple under large Naval Live Oak trees. PBCA members attending were:

Vince Cooke with his four foot tall trophy
“Vince Cooke with his four foot tall trophy” - photo by Pat Cooke

Bill Snyder, Tom Schmitz, Vince Cooke, Curt Derby at Hadji
“Bill Snyder, Tom Schmitz, Vince Cooke, Curt Derby at Hadji” - photo: Bill Moseley

PBCA at Maxwell AFB

PBCA member Mack Innis drove his Mini Cooper-S 160 miles to the June 5 Maxwell Air Base air show with the Mardi Gras MGs British car club. Maxwell is located I Montgomery, AL. Mack wrote this short paragraph for the British Marque:

“It was a good show. It got "stormed out" on Sunday but we had good, hot, weather. They only had 3 cars (2 MGBs and one Jag coupe--all driven solo) and we had one. (Mini--Debbie and I) We met up up on I-65 at a rest area and caravanned on in directly to Maxwell AFB at 80 MPH. Parked together and sat together and had a great time. No car troubles”.

New PBCA Members

PBCA continues to grow in membership and member participation in club activities. The membership now stands at 104 and extends geographically approximately 150 miles along the Gulf Coast from Mobile, Alabama to Panama City Beach, Florida. The following British car enthusiasts have joined in recent months and we are looking forward to getting to know them have them join in the fun.

Joe and Kathleen Musso, Pensacola Beach, FL, 1986 Jaguar XJS. Joe was passing by the Pensacola Beach show site in April, saw the display of British cars, and joined up. Haven’t asked him if the late, great world champion grand prix driver, Luigi Musso is a relation.

Lee Nesmith, Navarre, FL, 1965 Austin Healey 3000. Lee has already participated in several club activities with his Healey.

Ron and Lynn Pardo, Eclectic, AL, 1992 Jaguar, XJS and 1972 Triumph TR-6. Ron is the past president of the Montgomery British Car Club and Chairman of the Montgomery British Car Show. Ron and Lynn are looking forward to joining us for some of our club events.

Randy and Theresia Roberts. Randy lives in Ft. Walton Beach and has a 1973 MGB.

Harry Smith, drives a 1980 MGB and lives in Pensacola.

Laurie White of Pensacola has recently rejoined PBCA with her 1980 MGB. Welcome back Laurie.

Marian and Philip Wismer. The Wismers live in Pensacola and have a 1977 MGB.