Panhandle British Car Association: April 2018 Newsletter

PBCA masthead from British Marque




April 2018

President: Paul Salm
Newsletter Editor: Richard Lewis, email: bettyrichardlewis (at)

The Big Upcoming

by Richard Lewis

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Weather is again a topic of some interest to classic motoring aficionados, as these recent winter months have proven either too hot or too cold — a blazingly hot spell in February and March in Florida’s Panhandle, preceded by an arctic-like cold spell, then another brisk patch, all interspersed with torrential rainstorms.

What is going on? Your Loyal Correspondent (YLC) just got news that one of the most pleasant events of the season, the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Show, which always has a good turnout of interesting cars of all marques, plus some unique art, has been postponed to an indefinite time due to inclement weather.

The mystery of it all! Is this just business as usual, or did we do something wrong? Should we soon expect a widespread annihilation of all life with boiling seas, something akin to the destruction of the dinosaurs, or “What, me worry?” Time will tell.

You already know from YLC’s yammering at last month’s Marque, that the April 20-21 “Brits on the Bay” Friday night Welcoming Party and Show approaches with blinding speed. It is absolutely guaranteed our quirky spring weather, unlike the aforementioned offending winter weather, will bend to our will and be on its best behavior.

If for some reason you haven’t already received an invitation to register, go to our website,, for both a registration form and lots of information on the Show, to be held at Seville Square and Fountain Park in Pensacola. And don’t fail to schedule an early arrival in order to get to the Friday Night Welcoming Party, to be held at the Pensacola Museum of Commerce. We have every expectation of seeing you at the Party and Show, proud as punch of your prize-winning car and having a grand time.

Events (including many more upcoming)

March 23 — Fancy Friday on the Town, Bonefish Grill, Pensacola, 6 p.m. The date was changed to avoid Good Friday celebrations. Details via e-mail.

March 23-24 — New Orleans Car Show. Always a great show with a wonderful welcoming party and genial hosts.

March 24 — Lillian, Ala., Methodist Church Car Show, a small but welcoming show. We like it.

April 3 — First Tuesday Breakfast at the Grand followed by Show Committee Meeting, 10 a.m.

April 7 — Hadji Shrine 25th Annual Car Show at the Hadji Shrine, Pensacola. This benevolent organization does wonderful work with children. A great show for a worthy cause.

April 11 — PBCA Executive Board meeting at the Grand, 12 noon. All are welcome.

April 11 — PBCA Spit and Shine plus Picnic. Details via e-mail.

April 16 — PBCA monthly meeting, Sonny’s BBQ on Navy Boulevard, 7 p.m. All hands on deck for goody bag stuffing.

April 20-21 — Brits on the Bay Friday Night Welcoming Party and Saturday Show. Be there or be square.

April 28 — Brits on the Bay Wrap-up. All principals and all others welcome at the Lewis home in Bagdad. Details via e-mail.

April 28 — Marine Corps League Vehicle & Cycle Show at 5 Flags Speedway. Details via e-mail.

Keep Jeanne Schmitz in your hearts.

A sad time for the Panhandle
British Car Club

by Richard Lewis

Emily Dickinson wrote, “Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me.”

Death took our Jeanne Schmitz recently, but only He could stop her. The stroke, which she suffered on March 2nd, was just too severe for her to overcome.

Despite her 35-year battle with MS, Jeanne, a 27-year member of PBCA, remained active in her life, not only helping bereaved husband Tom Schmitz with multiple PBCA tasks such as handling registration for the “Brits on the Bay” show, but helping organize many of the club’s other events. Ever cheerful even on days when she had little to be cheerful about, she greeted people with that endearing smile and always asked, “How are you doing?”

Her long career in banking and her sharp mind helped her with complicated tasks, enabling her to decipher scrawled registration forms, categorize marques, and prepare lists and reports, unfailingly cheerfully. She was always at Tom’s side, helping in every way.

Your Loyal Correspondent was one of her heart’s captive spirits. He never left her presence without a little more hope in the goodness of humanity.

No one could have cared for Jeanne better than Tom. With his loving care, she went everywhere, and everywhere she went was made the better for it.

Death reaches us all, but it was cruelly too soon for Jeanne. We will not see her likes again. Plans for a Celebration of Life will be announced soon.

Jeanne and Tom
Nothing kept Jeanne from embarking on another cruise with her beloved Tom.

A classic Brit pictorial
by Cameron Leonard

Amelia Island
At the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance: Special-bodied 1953 MG

Amelia Island
At the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance: 1935 MG reputed to have run at Le Mans; Healey Silverstone.

VTR Convention
At the VTR Convention: Best of Show Triumph Italia.

VTR Convention
At the VTR Convention: View of a Triumph Gloria, a/k/a/ Southern Cross.

VTR Convention
At the VTR Convention: View of a Triumph Gloria, a/k/a/ Southern Cross.