PBCA Invitation to Pensacola Beach Show
The Panhandle British Car Association extends an invitation to the 10th Annual Pensacola Beach British Car Show April 19/20, 2002. We are expecting in excess of 100 British Cars and will be awarding trophies in approximately 21 classes and various Sprcial Awards. There will also be Briotish Valve Cover Racing. Just a few sandy feet from the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico, this is a great place to spend a Spring weekend and enjoy the day with fellow LBC owners and lovers.
For further information, contact Tom Schmitz, 251 961-7171, firstname.lastname@example.org or Ron Newman, 850 492-9791, email@example.com.
Show Preparation Meeting
The April PBCA meeting, April 15th, at the Seafood Shanty will be the last meeting before the Pensacola Beach British Car Show, April 20th. We will finalize preparations and stuff the "Goody Bags". Please make the meeting and lend a hand. Also, be sure to have your sponsor forms and checks with you if you haven't turned them in already. The contest for sponsors is still wide open. If you have not registered you own car for the show, please get that done now or make the meeting and do so. It makes it so much easier for the parking committee to set up the field if we have a large number of the cars preregistered.
"Red Beans and Rice" Party
Make your plans to be at the "Red Beans and Rice" Welcome Party at the Pensacola Beach Best Western Friday evening, April 19th, at 6:00 pm. This is our opportunity to meet and greet and thank the show attendees who make it to the Beach each year for our Show. Be sure to get around and make these folks welcome and let them know how much we appreciate their coming. Bring whatever beverage you prefer and bring an extra six pack for our guests.
PBCA at Panama City
The annual PBCA trek to the Panama City British Car Show turned out both good and bad....mostly good! We started out from Gulf Breeze shortly after 8am with 7 LBCs plus Mike Japp bringing up the rear as sweep. It was a good thing Mike was there as he brought Bill and Monnie Moseley on to Panama City after clutch problems on Tom Schmitz's TR8, which they were driving, side lined the car at a Citgo station about 2/3rds of the way to PC. Bill was test driving the TR8 in anticipation of buying it....needless to say Tom's face was a bit red.
After a delay to sort out leaving the TR8, we got back on the road and made it the rest of the way without incident. Upon arrival we were very pleased to find 28 other British cars already there. The past 4 shows we have attended consisted of 12 to 15 cars, but with the creation last year of their new club, Bay British Cars, they got a very nice turnout of 34 cars for their first official show. We enjoyed meeting with old friends from as far away as Atlanta and kicked off the show season for PBCA quite nicely.
Making the trip for the fourth year were, Bill and Melissa Silhan, E-type coupe; Bob and Margaret Henson, E-type roadster; and Tom Schmitz, Mini Cooper S. Also, with us were Ron Newman, TR8; Jerry Hall, Lotus Elan; Keith Sanders, MGC. Bill and Monnie arrived with Mike Japp. Sylvia Newman and her sister came over separately to do some shopping and stopped by the show.
It was quite a day for Tom as he bought a 1971 MGB GT for his sister which was one of the reasons for the trip. He then had to wait until 9:15 pm for AAA to finally get a tow truck to him at the station to pick up the TR8. They were supposed to be there at 4:15 but really fouled up the pick up.
We were glad to see Gordon Stephens at Gulf Breeze before we left for the trip. Gordon has not been feeling well for some time but made it over to see us off and deliver the Pensacola Beach Show sponsor form and check for Robinson Automotive.
Fairhope Fog Out
The British Car display at the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival was pretty well fogged out Saturday morning 3/16. It was so thick that the hood ornament was hard to see. Still, PBCA Pres, Ron Newman and Historian Sylvia Newman made it over to Fairhope to represent us with their TR8. Also there were Dieter and Inge Bruening and Ralph and Peggy Overly. After attending an all morning meeting, Tom Schmitz made it over with the XJS to spend a couple of hours in the afternoon with the group. It was a bit puzzling that the turnout so was low as the weather looked quite British.