Panhandle British Car Association: December 2011 Newsletter

PBCA masthead from British Marque




December 2011

Contributing Editor: Richard Lewis, email: bettyrichardlewis (at)
President: Bob Manske

British Marque December Article

Upcoming PBCA Events:

December 3: By the time you read this, the PBCA Christmas Party will have taken place. We will report on the party in a future issue.

December 10: Lillian Christmas Parade, Lillian, AL. All British cars are invited to parade with PBCA at this annual event. PBCA will provide the throws. Meet at the Lillian Community Center on US Hwy 98 three blocks west of the Perdido Bay bridge at 11:00 am to decorate your car and line up. The parade kicks off at 12:00. The parade runs approximately 30 minutes.

December 17: Downtown Pensacola Fun Rally and Lunch at the Brewery. Email with times and location to come.

Note that the December Regular Meeting is the Christmas Party. No meeting at Sonny’s.

January 16: PBCA Regular Meeting at Sonny’s Bar-B-Que on Navy Blvd. 6 pm dinner, 7 pm Meeting.

Special Program, Door Prizes, 50/50.

January 28: Annual Chili Cook Off. Be fine tuning your favorite receipt and watch for emails with

details. Location will be Spanish Cove Clubhouse, Lillian, AL

February 20: PBCA Regular Meeting at Sonny’s Bar-B-Que on Navy Blvd. 6 pm dinner, 7 pm Meeting.

Special Program, Door Prizes, 50/50.

February 25: Annual PBCA Shrimp Boil and Grand Prix Parking Lot RC Races. Bear Lake, Florida.


South Alabama British Car Club 21st Annual British Car Festival

PBCA members fielded 23 (see list below) of the 89 cars at the SABCC British Car Festival on October 22nd. They also brought home 18 trophies.

(PBCA members in Class order)

  • Bill Silhan 1st Place ’66 Jaguar E-type coupe

  • Robert Herman 3rd Place ’69 Jaguar E-type 2+2

  • Bob Henson 3rd Place ’67 Jaguar Roadster

  • Mike Darby 2nd Place ’67 Jaguar 240

  • Mike Darby 2nd Place ’59 MGA

  • Brian Daly ’62 MGA

  • John Mahone 2nd Place ’73 MGB

  • Will Connors 2nd Place ’76 MGB

  • Franz Bachmann ’77 MGB

  • Al DeWeese ’77 MGB

  • Tom Schmitz 1st Place ’67 Mini Cooper S

  • Tom Schmitz 1st Place ’11 Mini Cooper S Clubman

  • Bob Manske 1st Place ’08 Jaguar XK

  • Richard Cunningham 1st Place ’64 Jaguar XJS coupe (restoration)

  • Mike Darby 2nd Place ’48 MGTC (restoration)

  • Don Hambrick 1st Place ’66 Sunbeam Alpine

  • Don Hambrick 2nd Place ’65 Sunbeam Tiger

  • Don Hambrick 3rd Place ’67 Sunbeam Tiger

  • Rich Willows 2nd Place ’63 Triumph TR3B

  • Chris Kime ’75 Triumph TR6

  • Jon Gosnell ’72 Triumph TR6

  • Richard Lewis 3rd Place ’77 Triumph TR7

  • Bill Moseley 1st Place ’80 Triumph TR8

  • (The following article was published in the SABCC website)Shaw and co-chair by Dick Bishop and Richard Shaw and co-chair by Dick Bishop and Richard

    SABCC's 21st British Car Festival

    by Tom Schmitz

    As British Car Festivals go, the 2011 edition was one of the most successful events the club has put forward. The BCF committee chaired by John Shaw and co-chair by Dick Bishop and Richard Cunningham left nothing to chance. Everything ran according to the well-executed plan.

    The show site was on the lovely south lawn of Faulkner State Community College in downtown Fairhope, Alabama - the first change of venue for the show since 1999 when we adopted the bayfront site of a Fairhope city park. The community-oriented leadership of Faulkner State Fairhope graciously invited us to host both the Friday night welcome party and the actual show on the campus.

    We could not ask for better weather than we had for the day of the show. A cloudless sky with what seemed to be an endless supply of south Alabama sun dominated the day, giving every car on the field a brilliant glow - and a few sunburns to the participants. While there was more than enough shade at the edge of the field for refuge, most people simply enjoyed the early fall bonus sunshine.

    The field layout team got the class signs out and in order with the new field offering several challenges that were not expected but the layout was logical and easy to follow along with the popular choice ballot forms. As always, bright flowers were placed near the class signs to add beauty to an already gorgeous field of classic British cars.

    The class areas were filled soon after the field opened with each car getting a souvenir photograph of the day. The kind folks of the OK Bicycle Shop - an eating and drinking establishment in downtown Mobile - brought their double deck London bus as a backdrop for the photo. And several members of the Dogwood Trail Court of Baldwin County were present in their pastel "antebellum" costumes to add an even more special touch to the photo.

    MINI of Pensacola brought two new MINIs to display as part of their sponsorship support. We had a newly-introduced MINI Coupe and MINI Countryman open for the crowds to inspect. It was one of the most popular areas of the show field and we certainly thank MINI of Pensacola for their support again this year.

    The club was very pleased to see enough Lotus and Sunbeam cars present to create classes just for them. It was a treat to see two Sunbeam Tigers and a Lotus Exige and Elise. Both are not all that common in our area and the other entrants spent a lot of time talking to the owners about them.

    We also had a great turnout of Triumph fans, too. TR6s were on the field in large numbers and a tasty selection of TR4s and TR250s were on hand to keep the TR3s and Spitfires company. One lovely TR4 was driven to the event from Wheaton, Illinois earning the owner the Longest Distance Traveled Award with a one-way mileage figure of 1,082. Hope to see you again next year, too.

    The crowds strolling the field were just as thick as when we were at the bay front site. The new site also allowed for easier access to the shops of downtown Fairhope. It was obvious from the number of shopping bag-carrying ladies that new venue was OK in their minds.

    SABCC Chef-in-Residence, Chris Cronk kept the grill going all morning to make sure that the hungry crowds had plenty of ribs, sausage and hamburgers for their enjoyment. Nearly everything offered was sold out.

    Ballots for the popular choice voting were passed out shortly after noon and the tough choices were made by the voters. The balloting was closed shortly after two and awards were presented at three. Needless to say, the voters chose some great cars for awards. And in keeping with tradition, the awards consisted of a specially-ordered twin photo frame with one side filled with a graphic indicating the winning position and the other side reserved for the souvenir photo taken at the show.

    As the sun sank lower in the western sky, the field started up and headed for home or for another night at one of the hotels in Fairhope. The show committee began the process of taking the show materials down for storage.

    SABCC owes a great deal to the tireless efforts of the show committee, those members who volunteered for the various tasks, MINI of Pensacola, all the many class sponsors, door prize donors, Faulkner State Community College-Fairhope and most especially, those who brought cars and participated in the event. We thank you all and we hope to see you again next October!

    Left photo: The Jaguar E-type was the featured marque at the SABCC’s Fairhope show in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
    Right photo: Six British cars, six trophy plaques — an excellent showing!

    Marine Corp League Car Show

    On November 5th the Marine Corps hosted their annual Car Show at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola. In addition to a good turn out of a large variety of collector cars, they had a number of marine military vehicles on display as well as a cannon which periodically kept everyone on their toes. There was a flag burning ceremony demonstrating the proper way to dispose of old and worn American flags.

    PBCA had six members in attendance. Rich Willow, TR3B; Bob Manske, MGTF; Tom Schmitz MHTF; Bob Henson, E-Type Jaguar; Tom and Melissa Pocta, Lotus Exige S, Mike Japp, Triumph Spitfire.

    Bill Weeks was also there as a member of the League and help in putting the show on.

    All six Brit cars won trophies for scoring in the Top Fifty cars at the show.

    Chumuckla International Airport Picnic

    The 8th Annual Picnic was held November 12th at Dick and Mitzi Maddux’s hanger at the Chumuckla Airport. Approximately 35 members attended for the event. The weather was a bit too windy for flying, but everyone thoroughly enjoyed the fine lunch Mitzi arranged for us and the great desserts provided by members.

    It was good to see Curt and Midge Derby arrive in “Misty”, their 1953 MGTD which had been laid up with transmission gremlins and a rebuild for a number of months. She is back on the road and running great as before.

    Keith and Gail Sanders were there having just arrived back in Pensacola from their bed and breakfast located in western Virginia. They plan to be here at their home in Pace for the next six months or permanently when the B&B sells. We look forward to Keith’s efforts at “Brits on the Bay” as MC and DJ.

    After lunch, we enjoyed the piano renditions and repartee of Al Martin, a friend of the Madduxs and other club members, who is a well known local piano artist. Al entertains in many area night clubs and this was his second appearance at the picnic. We hope that he will join us again next year.