Panhandle British Car Association: January 2009 Newsletter

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January 2009

Contributing Editor: Bill Moseley
President: Curt Derby

Driving Into 2009

Bill Moseley

PBCA, Pensacola, Florida – Happy New Year to all of you! 


  • Sat., Feb. 7 - Road Rally Time! The PBCA – Panhandle Cruisers Road Rally will begin registration at 9:00 at Nine Mile Plaza; then drive to Atmore, Alabama over “Roads Less Traveled”. Begins at 10:00 and finishes at David’s Fish House. You may drive your “big” car. If you don’t have information about the event, please email or call me at 850 456-9040. – Bill
  • Sat., Feb. 14 – Orange Beach All-Car Show, Orange Beach, AL - Two British classes.
  • Sat., Feb. 21 - PBCA Chili and Gumbo Cook-off – Meet at 12:00 noon. Testing and eating when all is ready.
  • Sat., Feb.16 - Next meeting at O’Charley’s. Eat 6:00, meeting at 7:00
  • Sat., Feb. 21 – PBCA Chili and Gumbo Cook Off
  • Sat., Feb. 27 – Rain date for Feb. 7 Road Rally

    If you have anything for British Marque, email it to me at my address above. – Bill Moseley
    (Remember – Email that is from PBCA begins the Subject line with “PBCA”.)

    END OF YEAR EVENTS - PBCA finished 2008 with two driving events and the annual PBCA Christmas Party.

  • Dec. 13 - Lillian, Alabama Annual Parade. The PBCA parade group is organized by Lillian resident, Tom Schmitz. PBCA was joined by the Mardi Gras MGs. Tom provided candy to throw out to the spectators.

    Lillian Christmas Parade 2008

    Mickey and Kay Kay decorate their MGB. Photos: Bill Moseley

    Lillian Christmas Parade 2008

    British Cars turn left at the bridge to Florida

    Dec. 14 – Quayside Art Gallery Scatter Rally -- by Darla Willows and Bill Moseley


    The Quayside Art Gallery Scatter Rally was organized by Rich Willows and Al Deweese. Nine entrants “scattered”, driving to locate and fill their questionnaire with historical facts about Pensacola. Rich Willows, director of Quayside and his lovely wife, Darla provided Quayside Gallery to PBCA and prepared some tasty snacks for us following the rally. 1st place went to David and Cindra Anderson. Bob and Margaret Henson were second. Many thanks to Rich and Al.


    Quayside Art Gallery is a gorgeous three-story art gallery that features artwork for sale by about 200 artists. The building itself is a piece of Pensacola history. A hundred years ago it was the home of Pensacola’s Fire Station. A full sized wall mural is painted on the wall in the exact spot that a horse drawn fire engine thundered out of old Pensacola Fire Station. The mural accurately depicts the exact way it looked, according to historical photographs. If you haven’t toured Quayside Art Gallery, it is highly recommended.

    Quayside Art Gallery

    Curt and Midge Derby’s MGTD and Rich and Darla Willow’s Austin-Healey in front of Quayside Gallery (Photos: Bill Moseley)

    Quayside Art Gallery

    Rally organizer, Rich Willows presents first place to David Anderson

    Quayside Art Gallery picture

    Quayside Gallery’s full-size wall mural accurately depicts the old Pensacola Fire Station and the actual firemen themselves.

    PBCA Annual Christmas Party - by Ann Fell

    About 45 members attended the annual Christmas Party at the Best Western on Pensacola Beach.  The Best Western offered nightly room rates of $69 parking lot or $89 beachside.    Those in attendance enjoyed a sit down meal paid for by the hard work of the Club members at our April car show.  The menu consisted of ham, turkey and all the trimmings.  Afterwards we played Dirty Santa.  Jeff Olive's handmade wooden salad forks received a lot of attention.  Tom Schmitz was not the successful recipient of Jeff Olive's handmade creation this year.  Gus Fell was the successful trader. 


    Keith and Beth Sanders drove down from their new home in Virginia near the NASCAR track in Bristol, Tennessee.  Beth displayed her handmade sewing creations.

    PBCA Christmas party 2008

    PBCA members, Peggy Overly Rich Willows lead the Christmas Party line. photo: Curt Derby

    Review of past 2009 Events and Upcoming Events – by Tom Schmitz

    Lunch Run Kicks Off 2009


    Twenty PBCA members ignored the forecasts for rain Saturday, January 10th to gather at the Nine Mile Plaza for the first event of 2009. While there were a few scattered light showers, the forecast for thunderstorms was overrated. The group followed a back roads route of 26 miles and ended up at La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in Pace for a leisurely lunch and lots of LBC camaraderie. Those participating were: Curt and Midge Derby, Curt laid out the route and drove his MGTD. Bill and Donna Weeks, MGB; Tom and Mary Keyser, Mini Cooper S; Gerald Davis rode with Joe Stephens in Joe’s Jag MK II; Rich and Darla Willows drove their Austin-Healey and Richard Lewis and Mickey McNair were in Richard’s TR7. Ralph and Peggy Overly drove their MGC GT. Joining the group in a three Jag caravan from Lillian were Bob and Margaret Henson, XJS coupe; Vince and Pat Cooke and Tom and Jeanne Schmitz who drove a pair of white XJS convertibles.  

    This was the first of several “Lunch Runs” which are scheduled for this year. The idea is to provide some activities that are geared purely to driving our LBC. Of course, including the eating part of the event is routine for PBCA members.  

    Welcome New PBCA Members


    Six new members have joined PBCA in the last several months. We welcome them to the club and hope to see them often at meetings and events this year.

    Welcome to:

  • Christopher and Dottie Kime, Niceville, ’75 Triumph TR6
  • Tom and Deanna Lucia, Cantonment, ’77 MGB
  • Steve and Rebecca Gundrum, Gulf Breeze, ’77 MGB
  • Norman and Brenda Nalepa, Pensacola, ’79 MGB
  • Kenny and Emily Ray, Fort Walton Beach, ’76 Triumph TR6
  • Stanley Rising, Panama City, ’68 Triumph TR250  

    LBC Returns to “Brits on the Bay”


    Jeff and Jan Zorn will bring The Little British Car Company to the 18th Annual “Brits on the Bay” British Car Show in Pensacola April 18th. They were at our 2007 show and were very well received by the participants. They bring with them a very wide array of British car parts and accessories to make shopping at the show fun and easy and you save shipping costs.  

    Details on the 2009 Show, the Friday night “Red Beans and Rice Welcome Party”, information about the host hotel, Days Inn Pensacola Beach Resort, and show registration forms are available on the PBCA website or by calling Tom Schmitz at 251 961-7171.  

    February Events

    (Check your email regularly for times for locations and details)

  • February 7, Saturday, PBCA – PCCC Road Rally
  • February 14, Saturday, Orange Beach Car Show
  • February 16, Monday, PBCA Monthly Meeting, O'Charley’s, Pensacola
  • February 21, Saturday, 4th Annual PBCA Chili and Gumbo Cook-Off