Panhandle British Car Association: May 2004 Newsletter

PBCA masthead from British Marque




May 2004

Contributing Editor: Bill Moseley
President: John Barber

British Marque front page story!

On the beach

Panhandle Brits stage their 'Bash'; Healey, Morgan take top honors


by Bill Moseley
Montage by Bill Moseley - Photos by Vince Cooke and Bill Moseley

Pensacola, FL, Apr.16-17 - The Panhandle British Car Association is pleased to report another successful All-British Car Show and "Beach Bash" on Pensacola Beach!

On Friday evening, April 16, we kicked off the festivities with the traditional Red Beans and Rice Welcome Party at the Best Western Pensacola Beach. Ann Fell organized the food for the participants and PBCA members were on hand to welcome our friends from out of town.

"Show Day" was Saturday, the 17th, and 126 British vehicles came to show! More than triple that number of people enjoyed displaying their British cars and voting for their choices for class winners. We enjoyed one of the most beautiful days of the year on the beach too -- nice and cool. The club provided a big, centrally located tent for good conversation and to avoid too much good Pensacola sun.
photos by Mike Japp
Best of Show-Judged
Don Hambrick
1963 Austin Healey BJ7
Peoples’ Choice
Bill Silhan
1951 Morgan

PBCA Valve Cover Races A Hit!

The valve cover races were the hit of the day with Joe Anduza tri-racer just edging out Bill Moseley for first place. About a dozen constructed their British valve cover racers for competition.. According to Joe’s wife, Joe spent most of the winter on his sophisticated “tri-racer”. The racers use gravity power but Joe SURPRIZED the crowd on one run with his secret electronics module that fired a big rocket with plenty of noise and flame after the car rolled a few feet !!!!


15	Saturday    Pensacola Euro Car show at Naval Aviation Museum, N.A.S. Pensacola, FL	
16	Sunday	    PBCA tour to Fish Camp restaurant, Bon Secour, AL 
	            $5.00 buys any meal - PBCA pays for the rest!  For times, check website. 
17	Monday	    PBCA meeting, 6pm, Seafood Shanty, Pensacola Blvd.(US29), Pensacola, FL	
29	Saturday    Hadji Temple Classic car show, 9-Mile Road, Pensacola, FL	
22-30	all week    National British Car Week - Drive your British car as much as 
		    possible during this week.   Build awareness of the British cars!

Other events PBCA participated in:

PBCA Tech Session - organized by former president, Ron Newman and hosted by the Tau body shop here in Pensacola. Robert Tau, who is owner of the national champion concours Corvette, provided tips on preparing cars for shows and addressed several problems that traditionally plague older or antique vehicles. Members went home with more knowledge than before. PBCA provided chicken and side dishes for lunch. Members who attended were Gary Griffith, Vince Cooke, Deiter Bruening, Les Nesmith, Steve Sanders, Keith Sanders as well as Tom Schmitz and Bill Silhan who are also experts in preparing show cars.

Camellia Classic Auto Show - PBCA members drove about seventy-five miles to enter the British car class at the giant, all-marque show at beautiful Bellingrath Gardens and to enjoy the Bellingrath mansion. Members who participated were Chuck and Charlene Byrne, First Place with their ’94 XJS V12, Tom Schmitz, Second with the ’55 MGTF 1500, Bob Cameron, took Third with his ’70 MGB GT and Vince Cooke, drove his ’69 E-Type Roadster.

Southeastern MGT Register Tour of the Gulf Coast - On Tuesday, March 30 several PBCA Members met the MGT tour at the National Museum of Naval Aviation at N.A.S. Pensacola to welcome them for a tour of the largest aviation museum in the U.S. Ten brave MGT drivers were on their Gulf Coast tour that began on March 28 in Atlanta making stops in Evergreen, Daphne, Gulf Shores, Pensacola, Mobile, Dauphin Island and returning to Atlanta April 3 . We parked on the grass just outside the reconstructed Cubi Point Officer’s Club Café and escorted the MG drivers and their wives into the world of Naval Aviation. PBCA attendees were Jim and Ellie Haskins, ‘ 53 MGTD, Curt and Midge Derby, ’53 MGTD, Tom Schmitz, ‘55 MG TF, Bill Moseley, TR8 and Kevin Curran, TR6.

May 22- May 29 - British Car Week - British Car Week has become an annual tradition that occurs during the last full week of May. This celebrated week has been chosen as a commemoration for the wonderful British automobiles of the past, and their enthusiastic owners, who have so proudly kept them maintained for all to see and appreciate many years after their production. This special week is intended for all British car owners to get their British cars out on the roads in their little corner of the world, and give them the exposure they so rightly deserve. While not only heightening the awareness of these charming vehicles for new enthusiasts, it will also help assure their preservation for many years to come for others to appreciate.

PBCA goes to NEW ORLEANS, and...

PBCA did well at the big New Orleans British Car Day. The British Motoring Club of New Orleans had the best attendance of any out of town club at last year’s Pensacola Beach British Car Show with sixteen of their members driving to Pensacola. We support their prestigious British Car Day with enthusiasm. See their website at for complete results and photos.

PBCA members who drove to the big New Orleans show on March 20 were: Tom Schmitz 1st 1968 MGB, Nelda Sanders 1st 1968 MGC-GT, Bill Moseley 1st 1980 Triumph TR-8, Steve Sanders 1st 1980 Triumph TR-7 Spyder, Bill Silhan 1st 1967 Aston-Martin DB6, Bob Henson 2nd 1967 Jaguar XKE, Mike Japp 1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500. Bob Henson also entered the Jaguar Concours and won a gold medal.


PBCA’s Pat and Vince Cooke (photo: Vince Cooke)

Vince and Pat Cooke

Vince Cooke, Captain, U.S. Navy, Ret. is the quiet personification of today’s version of Master and Commander. Having command of a destroyer, USS Hazelwood; an Ammunition Supply Ship, USS Mount Katmai; and an Amphibious Assault Ship, LPD 9, USS Denver as well as numerous shore assignments, one would expect Vince and his wife, Pat, the Navy wife who never got to “homestead”, to settle down after 26 years of Navy life. However, Vince got the sailboat racing bug in 1970 while at Alameda, CA while serving as Chief Engineer of the aircraft carrier, USS Hancock.

After retiring in 1981, Vince and Pat bought a Catalina 27, raced it for five years, and moved up to a Catalina 34. Vince raced it at least 40 times a year and was Commodore of the Navy Yacht Club, San Diego in 1988. Being a Commanding Officer by nature, Vince moved into race management. He was ultimately hired by the Challengers to set up the Challenger Selection Series called the Louis Vuiton Cup and ran over 100 races. When the New Zealanders won the America’s Cup, the Challengers asked Vince to organize and run the Challenger Series in New Zealand. Vince and Pat stayed in New Zealand for fourteen months where Vince recruited and organized over 250 people and ran 202 races.

Vince said that his love of the XKE began in 1962 but with four children it was only a good thought. Later, having returned from Vietnam in 1970, he and Pat visited a car show and he again laid eyes on an XKE. Pat allowed him a few minutes to sit in the car but reminded him that they now have six children and it was not to be.

Finally in 2000 Vince started looking around the internet for an XKE. With Pat’s blessing, he bought his first XKE in 2003 - and also bought Pat her own 1996 Jaguar XJS. Vince got the taste of victory by winning first place at the Old South Antique Auto Club 2004 Fort Conde Meet in Mobile.

They live on the western side of Perdido bay and races his Sunfish. They have organized their own yacht club, the Bayview Yacht Club with no dues, no officers, and no rules. He said , “we old-timers just race our little Sunfish a couple of times a month in front of our houses on the bay".