Panhandle British Car Association: June 2008 Newsletter

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June 2008

Contributing Editor: Bill Moseley
President: Curt Derby


Bill Moseley


Pensacola, Florida – No regular July meeting. Meet at the 12th annual Pig Roast at Tom and Jeanne Schmitz’s home in Lillian, Alabama, Sunday, July 20. All British clubs, PBCA, MG-MG, SABCC, PAHC. Begins at Noon. Bring something to drink; also, you are encouraged to bring a covered dish to share. “Bring your British car and park in the yard”.

Downtown Pensacola Show

May 17 – Saturday - Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board and the Panhandle Cruisers club presented the first show ever to be held on Pensacola’s shady main street. Highly successful, an estimated 7500 visitors strolled through the show area to see the 130 cars – so many people that it was difficult to photograph the cars!! PBCA had thirteen very nice cars in the event. There would have been still more Brits but there wasn’t much lead-time and Mardi Gras MGs was committed to the City of Daphne, AL. Bill Weeks asked PBCA drivers to meet at his home, which isn’t far from downtown, and drive in as a group. This worked nicely. The Downtown Improvement Board selected the top 20. George Mohanco’s BRG ’56 Jaguar XK-140 Drophead took one of the trophies. The nice little restaurants and other businesses on Palafox Street were prepped for the event and set up sidewalk displays. They reported that they were very happy with the beautiful cars as well as the extra business. The City of Pensacola invited the Cruisers to continue the event and expand it into a major judged show that will include the two fixed British Classes and the “Expanded British Classes” with marque or make splits.

The 13 PBCA cars were driven by Bob Henson, Ralph Overly, Bill Silhan, Tom Schmitz, Al DeWeese, Curt Derby, Joe Hajcak, Bob Manske, George Mohanco, Bill Moseley, Gus Fell, Bill Weeks, and Bill Weeks’ son, Will Weeks.


(All photos: Bill Moseley)


Bill Weeks prepares his MG Midget



George Mohanco’s XK-140 ready for inspection

Bill Silhan’s magnificent Daimler sedan

Bob Manske shows his ’55 MGTF



Bob Henson shows his E-Type Jaguar

People and vendors were everywhere!



Hadji Temple All-Car Show

May 24, Saturday – The annual Hadji Temple All-Car Show in Pensacola features a single British class. Three very different British cars were there. The winner, Mardi Gras MGs’ Michael Bamford, showed his perfect ’61 Daimler SP-250s, the best of his three SP-250s, and it was spectacular. Judges graded all four areas, Outside, Engine compartment, Interior, and Undercarriage and found Michael’s SP-250 an easy call. My ’80 Triumph TR-8 finished second, and George Mohanco’s ’56 XK-140 finished third.

Michael Bamford and his perfect Daimler SP-250


World’s best Diamler SP-250 interior!!!

George Mohanco’s XK-140, Michael Bamford’s SP-250, Bill Moseley’s TR-8


Navy Museum Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

June 10, Tuesday – PBCA attended the Naval Aviation Museum Volunteer Appreciation Dinner as guests of the National Museum of Naval Aviation for our part in May 10 Euro-Brit car display in front of the museum. We arrived at 5:00 PM to be part of a car display just outside the Blue Angels Atrium and to enjoy the social hour. We had a outstanding dinner inside the Blue Angels Atrium at 6:30 along with the 150 museum volunteers. PBCA member, Joe Hajcak, a retired Naval Aviator and museum volunteer was instrumental in arranging this nice event.

Attendees were: Joe Hajcak, Rob and Linda Carleen (also Museum volunteers), Peggy and Ralph Overly, Mickey Kay, Bill and Monnie Moseley, Curt and Midge Derby, Tom Schmitz, Bob and Margaret Henson, Richard Lewis, and Mickey McNair.

June 14, Saturday - PBCA and other British clubs were invited by the Mardi Gras MGs to join them in a British car display at the annual Foley, Alabama “Great Hot Air Balloon Race” and festival. The complete article and photos will be in the next issue.

Upcoming Events:

July 20, Sunday - Joint British club Pig Roast at Schmitz house, Lillian, AL beginning at noon. Monthly meeting announcements included. No regular meeting this month.

August 18, Monday - PBCA Meeting at Piccadilly Cafeteria, Town & Country Plaza, Pace and Fairfield Blvds, Pensacola.

August 23 or 24 (TBA), Sat. or Sun. – PBCA get-together at Dick and Mitzi Maddux’s Hanger, the Chumuckla Int'l Airport Picnic. Bring covered dish or dessert.

September 6, Saturday – 16th Annual Emerald Coast Car Show, at Ft. Walton Beach High School, 400 Hollywood Blvd. S.W. This professionally judged show has over 200 cars – This year will feature two fixed British Classes, 4-cyl and 6, 8, 12 cyl and will have class splits according to entry, the “Expanded British Class”. Jim Robert, 850 934-4113

September 13, Saturday – PBCA Gulf Coast Zoo and Lunch Tour, Gulf Shores, Alabama

September 15, Monday – PBCA Meeting at Piccadilly Cafeteria, Town and Country Plaza, Pensacola, FL


September 27, Saturday – Vidalia, Louisiana (across Miss. River from Natchez, MS) – Brits on the River British car show