Panhandle British Car Association: March 2006 Newsletter

PBCA masthead from British Marque




March 2006

Contributing Editor: Bill Moseley
President: Mickey Kay



Bill Moseley


Pensacola, Fl.  April Meeting.  Final show preparations including goodie bag stuffing at PBCA regular meeting, Monday, Apr. 24 at Po Folks Restaurant -- Across from Cordova Mall – Eat at 6:00 – Meeting begins at 7:00.



Fourteenth Annual


April 29, 2006


Artist:  Curtis W. Derby, PBCA Member




THE PANHANDLE BRITISH CAR ASSOCIATION presents the Fourteenth Annual Pensacola Beach British Car Show on April 29, 2006, held again at Pensacola Beach, just a few feet of white beach sand from the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico - A lovely vacation or weekend paradise only walking distance to restaurants and shopping.

For early arrivals the PROTOADS* will again offer a "Red Beans and Rice" Social from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Friday, April 28th, at the Best Western hotel. Registration is open Friday night and from 8:00 am to noon on Saturday.

* Procrastinating Triumph Owners And Driving Society

Judging is by "People's Choice". Each vehicle entered will receive a ballot and dash plaque placed in the car at noon. Voting closes at 2:00 pm and awards are at 3:30pm. There were approximately 24 classes in past years and classes were determined by entries received for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies. There also are several special awards and some surprise awards. This is not a "concours" show, but a chance for British car lovers to get together, display their cars and have a good time. Any car can go home with a trophy. So bring your British "ride" this year and enjoy the camaraderie.

There is also Valve Cover Racing at approximately 2:00pm. Must be a British valve cover with overall length no more than 24 inches and no propulsion other than gravity.

Accommodations are available at the PENSACOLA BEACH BEST WESTERN MOTEL, (800) 934-3301, at $109 for island side rooms and $129.00 for beach front rooms for the special BRITISH CAR SHOW rate. We will have dusk to dawn professional security at the motel parking lot both Friday and Saturday nights. Those who mention they are with the British Car Show will receive the reduced rates as long as they are available.

IMPORTANT - Please call (800) 934-3301 because the national Best Western reservation center may not have the Pensacola Beach Best Western listed as being open.

For more information, assistance, or to become a sponsor at our show, contact Tom Schmitz, 9609 Soldiers Creek Dr, Lillian, AL, 36549 (251) 961-7171, .







Mickey Kay, Event Chairman


On Feb. 18, the Panhandle British Chili Connoisseurs met at the Spanish Cove Clubhouse in Lillian, AL for a hot time at the PBCA Chili Cook-Off.  We started off with a social hour to meet and greet and had plenty of snacks and drinks.  Five Chili Contestants, Kurt & Midge Derby, Kay & Mickey Kay,

Ralph & Peggy Overly, Jeanne & Tom Schmitz, and Keith Sanders set up their pots of chili for members and their guests to sample.    Then came the judging – Everyone took a small taste of the five entries and wrote down their selection of the “best” chili.  Midge and Curt Derby’s chili won.  


After the judging we ate chili until I, for one, had sweat on my forehead!  All of the entries were unique in their own way; Tom's Texas Chili, Keith’s Deer Meat Chili and all the rest had some little secret ingredients that made their chili special.  I didn't hear any bad reaction about anyone’s entry, except that their mouth was on fire, or their stomach was beginning to growl (not from being empty).  We had a lot of sides to go along with our chili, which made it even better.  We finished with a King cake (being Mardi Gras time) and great deserts to finish our cook off.


What started as a nice, warm day turned really cold, so the chili hit the spot.  All of us had a good time and hope that we can double the entries, members, and guests next time.  Thanks to everyone who attended.


(I might add these written judge’s comments from an “Actual, Professional Texas Chili Cook-Off” – Ed.)  The first two judges are experienced Chili Judge Veterans, the third judge is a chili NOVICE

from “up north”



Judge # 1 -- This is a nicely blended chili. Not too bold but spicy enough to declare its existence.  Nice, smooth tomato flavor.

Judge # 2 -- A good, balanced chili. Neither mild nor hot.  A little too heavy on the tomato.  Needs more peppers to be taken seriously.


Judge # 3 -- Holy crap, what the hell is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway. My ears are ringing, and I can no longer focus my eyes.  My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano.  I've lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water.  My whole face is numb - I'm not sure what I'm supposed to taste besides pain.










(All Photos:  Curt Derby)



Tom Schmitz checks his entry.


Bill Cornacchione says, “I can’t feel my lips anymore!”.



Tabulating the winner.





PBCA at Panama City


Five cars with eight PBCA members drove over a hundred miles to Panama City on March 11 for the British car display that was hosted by Bay City British Motoring Club.  It is an annual event that is held along with the Highland Games.  There were approximately 30 cars there.


Dick and Mitzi Maddux, 1994 XJS Convertible, Jim Haskins, 1953 MGTD, Keith Sanders, 1968 MGC convertible, Mickey and Kay, grand daughter and 1967 MGB, Tom Schmitz, 1968 4/4 Morgan.  Incidentally, Tom recently purchased his Morgan from PBCA’s Bill Cornacchione.  Everyone received a door prize and Tom Schmitz’s Morgan won the Peoples Popular Choice Award, judged by the number of dimes in a bucket by his car. Tom said that he did NOT stuff the ballot box.


It was a nice day and the morning caravan to Panama City along Highway 98 went very well.  However, when returning, the traffic jam was terrible through the area called the Destin Disaster Area.  Everyone returned safely.



Upcoming events:


4-22   12:00 pm    PBCA Tech Session, show prep  

4-24     6:00 pm    PBCA Regular Meeting

4-28     6:00 pm    PBCA “Red Beans & Rice” Welcome Party


5-13    All Day      Tannehill British Car Show (Birmingham)

5-13    All Day      Berry College, GA, British Car Gathering (Previously Chateau Élan)

5-15      6:00 pm   PBCA Regular Meeting

5-20    All Day       Euro Car Gathering (N.A.S. Pensacola, Museum)

5-27    All Day       Hadji Shrine Temple Show

6-11    All Day       Lulu’s Road Tour & Lunch

6-13     6:00 pm     PBCA Regular Meeting

7- TBA                   Annual Pig Roast at the Schmitz’s