Panhandle British Car Association: December 2021 Newsletter

PBCA masthead from British Marque




December 2021

President: Keith Sanders

Autojumbling and other activities

by Keith Sanders


The Panhandle British Car Association held our 2nd Annual Autojumble on November 6th at "the Hut" of member Tom Schmitz in Lillian, Ala. It was well attended by a total of 40 members beginning at 9 a.m.

We started with coffee and doughnuts, to keep us warm, as we set up tables for display. Many members brought their own tables as requested, but we also had about 8-10 extra available as needed.

Around a dozen members had items for display and sale, but I had the most. I brought a trailer and pickup full of stuff due to the relocation of my 40 x 40 storage building.

Several members went home with great items at very good prices. Three car clubs in the area participated - PBCA, the South Alabama British Car Club, and Mardi Gras MGs. Members from the three clubs had car parts and tools. I added a large assortment of books, posters, pins and bar badges from almost 40 years of collecting.

Several large items such as bonnets and a complete exhaust system for an MGB, along with old parts and tools, went to new homes where they will be used.

Some members had conflicts and could not attend and they already want to schedule another one. They feel like they missed out on some excellent buys. The old saying "One man's trash is another man's treasure" surely held true.

New officers and a new event

In other news, our Nominating Committee met and came up with a slate of officers to be presented and affirmed at our November 15th meeting. (We are still convening at Sonny's BBQ on Navy Blvd. in Pensacola.) The biggest change is that I get to step back into the shadows from being President due to term limits, and former Vice President Bill Weeks will step up into that position. Bill will also be the new Annual Show Chairman for 2022. (And there goes all that time gained from his recent retirement.)

Paul Salm and wife Leigh have volunteered to become Club Editors for British Marque. This will be my last opportunity to serve as "your loyal correspondent," a term coined by the late Richard Lewis, who served as Editor for several years.

We took on a new event thanks to the diligent work of members Molly and Paul Reese, planning to gather on November 20th in southwest Pensacola at Gary's Brewery to hold a mini car show and display. The address was 208 Newman Ave., off Gulf Beach Hwy. Something about wearing your name badge, driving a British car, and paying the small entry fee would get you a free drink. Sounds like fun to me! Activities would begin any time between 3 and 8pm.

For the Holidays

Our 2021 PBCA Christmas Party will be held December 10th at the Spanish Cove Clubhouse in Lillian, AL. You must pre-register because a firm head count is required. Cost is to be $50 per couple, $25 per member, or $25 per additional family member. All outside guests will pay the full $35 cost for the event.

Your annual dues for you and/or your family are $20 for 2022. They should be paid prior to January 1st as your continued subscription to British Marque is subject to renewal. Only members in good standing will be renewed.

The Lillian Annual Christmas Parade will take place in Lillian, Ala., on Saturday, December 11th, beginning at 12 noon. Shine up your ride and join many other members for this fun event. Please let Tom Schmitz know if you are coming ahead of time so space is allocated.


PBCA scores at South Alabama British Car Festival

Many of our PBCA members attended the South Alabama British Car Festival held in Fairhope, Ala., on October 23rd. A small handful drove the 100-mile round trip Friday night to enjoy the pre-show party held at the 1st United Methodist Church.

The weather was perfect for the scheduled caravan over on Saturday morning, so about 10 cars meet at the Publix on 9 Mile and drove the safer back roads to reach the show before 10 a.m. to register and park. This year's featured marque was the MGA, and I am pleased to announce our own Tim and Liz Maynard took away the prized Featured Class award.

The PBCA had a very respectable showing with all members' cars but one receiving a trophy. Some members brought home multiple awards. We were also recognized as the club with the highest attendance.