Panhandle British Car Association: March 2007 Newsletter

PBCA masthead from British Marque




March 2007

Contributing Editor: Bill Moseley
President: Mickey Kay



Bill Moseley


 A note from Editor – If you are an event chairman, please send a write up of the event to me as soon after the event as possible.  It can be in finished form that will be under your name or just a list of the details and I will finish it.  -  Bill


PBCA Pensacola, Florida.  PBCA show is coming soon!  Great new location!


THE PANHANDLE BRITISH CAR ASSOCIATION presents the Sixteenth Annual Pensacola British Car Show, Brits on the Gulf, on Sat., April 21, 2007.  This year it will take place on the green at Admiral Mason Park on Bayfront Parkway in Pensacola, just a few feet from the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This is a lovely vacation or weekend spot and is only walking distance to five-star restaurants and shopping in historic Seville Quarter.

The Friday night "Red Beans and Rice Social” from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Friday, April 20th, will be in the Best Western hotel, Pensacola Beach, as before.  Registration is open Friday night and from 8:00 am to noon on Saturday.  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. There will be 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.



Upcoming Events in March



March 8 - Panama City British Car Show at the Highland Games, Grace Presbyterian Church.  8:30 am to approximately 4:00 pm.  PBCA will have a caravan going to Panama City.  Time and meeting place will be in an email.

Highway 98 is now 4-lane all the way to Panama City and it is an easy drive in your LBC on Saturday morning.



March 17 - Fairhope Arts Fair.  The Mardi Gras MG club has invited PBCA members to again join them at the British Car Gathering starting at 9:00 am on the Faulkner campus on South Bancroft St near Morphy Avenue.  Bancroft is one block east of Section Avenue in Fairhope.  This is not a car show but a very nice outing for work the kinks out of our British cars.  We always have a very good turnout of PBCA members at this event and you cannot get better parking for the Fair...but it must be your British car.  Bring your lawn chair(s) and refreshments if you wish or take advantage of a huge selection of foods at the various vendors at the Fair.  If there is enough interest, we will have a caravan Saturday morning leaving Pensacola.  Watch for particulars in your email.



March 24 - 17th Annual New Orleans British Car Day.  Delgado Community College.   For complete information, go to their website at .  In addition to the always-popular show, there will be an awards dinner Saturday evening at the College with food prepared by the Culinary Arts students.  For those interested, there will be a real swamp tour from the show site Saturday afternoon.

Details at the PBCA March Meeting at Po Folks, March 19th. 


Past Event

Saturday, Jan. 27 - The 2nd Annual Bear Lake Shrimp Boil and Gymkhana.  Curt Derby provides photos of the event –


The Shrimp Boil was a success despite the rain.  Keith Sanders prepared the shrimp and others brought potatoes and various side dishes and desserts.  About twenty PBCA members were on hand and some attacked the fun gymkhana; a figure eight course that required drivers to drive backwards using their rear view mirrors!  A nice event that continues to grow.






Watch Your Shoes!

Keith to PBCA President, Mickey Kay:  “You’re driving the wrong way”.

Tom Schmitz’s E-Type is beautiful, even when wet.




PBCA’s Alan Apel’s New Auto Repair Shop


A few miles south of Birmingham in Pelham, AL, Alan and Karen Apel of PBCA and PAHC recently opened Empire Autohaus.   Empire (as in The British Empire) for repairing and restoring any British car and Haus, (as in Europe) for the repairing and restoration of German cars, especially Mercedes.  Italian cars of all kinds are a passion of Alan’s and will also be serviced.

Alan Apel brings years of British Car technical skills, 28 years as an ASE Master Technician,

along with the credentials of Factory Technical Trainer for Alfa Romeo and Mercedes-Benz as

well as Honda.  (Alan’s Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII is restored to perfection – Editor.)



Elaine Cornacchione


It is with great sorrow that we inform PBCA members of the death of Elaine Cornacchione the week of January 22, 2007.  Memorial services were held in Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio

As many of you know, Elaine had been ill for some time and she and Bill were in Ohio near family members.  Bill and Elaine have been staunch members of the club and very good friends for many years. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Bill and his family.  PBCA has made a donation, per Elaine's request, to Bone Marrow Transplant, Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio.


Elaine, right, chats with Midge Derby at the PBCA Pig Roast last July