BMCNO Cars and Coffee and outstanding weather brought out nearly two dozen club members Saturday, filling the parking lot on Florida Street in Mandeville with great little British cars. We come for the coffee and stay for the cars. After breakfast, a 40-mile drive took us through the countryside north of Abita Springs, ending at a model train expo at the American Legion Hall in Covington. Grown men playing with toys—ha!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Another great weekend in Pensacola!  Great weather, great driving, great party, great show.  What’s not to like? 
Several of us headed over there on Thursday, Keith and Karen (75 MGB + pub trailer), Allen and Sue (70 MGB), Cathy and Mark (01 XK8), Lee and Danny (Stag) from the South Shore. I was a single (67 E) from Baton Rouge to my son’s house, but then I got to bring my 7 year old grandson, Jackson to the show in the Jag.  
On Friday, Lee and Danny headed out to look for the Naval Air museum and Keith & Karen, Allen & Sue and Cathy & Mark headed to the beach.  

The Panhandle Club’s Cam Leonard had planned a lunch at a Bar-B-Q place, Jimmy’s Grill on Hwy 29 north of town where the lunch specialty was the Triple Pig – bacon, ham, and pulled pork sandwich that was enjoyed by many of the dozen or so of us there for lunch.  Two couples had driven up from Sarasota, Jim in his 1973  TR6 that he’s had for 45 years and put 265,000 miles on it (280k total).  I was some kind of impressed.  

Cam had invited his VW club to join us for lunch and the Velocity Restorations tour.  You may have heard of it – primarily Mustangs, Broncos and F-150s – full restomods that start at about $250,000.  Quite a facility, 150 people doing about 160 restorations per year.  They had a pile of old cars in the “boneyard”, enough to keep them busy through the end of 2025.  Imagine a shop like that for our little British cars….but I digress.

Some more BMCNO folks headed over on Friday in time for the welcome reception at the Museum of Commerce in historic downtown Pensacola at 5 to 7 pm.  A meet and  greet in a very nice environment, with lots of home made dishes served by the hospitable locals, with entertainment by the Santa Rosa Pipe and Drums band.  A good chance to get together with friends from the Mississippi, South Alabama, Panhandle, Peachtree, and other clubs.  The Wycoff’s were back from Wisconsin, the two couples from Sarasota, several folks from the Atlanta area, quite a mix of people.  

Show day was gorgeous – partly cloudy and a high of about 80, but doesn’t get that hot under the oak trees there in Seville Square where all the cars were parked.  Cathy said the count was 102 cars and motorcycles, with 10 more registered but didn’t show up.  Makes you wonder if the forecast for heavy rain all day Sunday kept some people away. It didn’t help that the Euro show in Natchez was the same day either. 

 A great mix of cars from Bill and Melissa Silhan’s  Best of Show 1936 AC Doctor’s Coupe to the modern Jags and Minis, lots of MGs and Triumphs as usual. 
Allen took 3rd place  in the valve cover racing and we had our share of prizes from the 8 BMCNO cars entered.  Rick, Mark, Terry, Allen, and Keith got Firsts, Cathy a Second and Lee won a Third.  Additional BMCNO members attending were Harry Barkerding (73 Midget) with his son, Mark Huber (66 MGB), Terry Lopez (66 AH3000), Lee Matthews (?? Stag) Dan Alleger, Paul and Kim Jaquilard, Cort and Mary Ann Musgrave, Cort Jr,  and Allen’s Nephew Bill and wife Ellen Bradley from Portland, Oregon, and my son Andrew and grandson Jackson from Pensacola.  Jackson used my ballot to judge all the classes, and he did surprisingly well for his first LBC judging. Overall he had a great day at the show, but for now he still wants a Lamborghini when he grows up – gotta keep working on him. 

Music was good, coffee and donuts, local restaurants provided a tasty lunch, door prizes, 50/50, and it’s just really fun walking around looking at cars and talking to owners on a beautiful spring day.  Thank you Panhandle British Car Association for another well done show, we really enjoyed it. 

 

Below are most of the entries at our British Car Festival held in Covington, LA on Saturday 23 March 2024. (Unfortunately, some of the cars missed the photo area.)

SpeedTour Vintage Racing is happening at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, LA on April 12-14, 2024.  

Some of us attended the Sunday race finals last year and it was well worth it.

Part of the racing weekend is the Cars & Caffeine car show on Saturday sponsored by Hagerty. 

Registration is $75 and includes:
– 2 Weekend passes to the race events (2 people Sat-Sun) 
– Touring laps on the race track
– VIP Parking
– Full access to the race car paddock

Cars & Caffeine does not allow saving parking spaces in the show, so a group of cars that want to park together need to meet in advance and arrive at the same time. I suggest meeting at a nearby parking lot such as behind the Patrick Taylor Science Academy.

The following links include everything you need to know.

SpeedTour Racing

SpeedTour NOLA

I may not be able to attend, so I am calling for someone else to step up and lead our participation in this event.

Zoom Zoom Zoom!

Colin McCormick

Mandeville, LA

Dear Triumph Enthusiast,

Drive Your Triumph Day is just around the corner on Saturday, February 10, 2024.

I’m Rye Livingston, a proud member of the Triumph Travelers Sports Car Club located in Northern California, and I wanted to extend an invitation to all Triumph and Standard owners worldwide to join us in commemorating Sir John Black’s Birthday. This visionary individual orchestrated Standard’s acquisition of Triumph post-World War II, paving the way for the incredible cars we cherish today.

Since its inception in 2016, Drive Your Triumph Day has gained remarkable traction. I’ve received hundreds of photos from participants across the globe: England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Uruguay, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Canada, Holland, Czech Republic, and the USA. With this year’s event falling on a Saturday, I’m hopeful that we’ll have even more participants!

Participating is easy – on February 10th, take your Triumph or Standard out for a spin. Whether it’s a solo drive on a scenic country road, a leisurely outing to lunch, or a commute to work, seize the moment. Bring along your spouse, friend, child, grandchild, or even your furry companion, and take a photo. The focus should be on the car, ideally with the owner or passenger situated against a cool backdrop, landmark, scenic vista, or even in your driveway. If it’s the middle of the winter where you live and your car is in hibernation, or in the middle of a restoration, take a photo of it in the garage. Embrace creativity and have fun with it!

Once you’ve captured the moment, email a high-resolution photo to DriveYourTriumphDay@GMail.Com, accompanied with some basic details: owner’s name, year and model of car, and place photo was taken (city, state, country). The photos will then be published not only in our club newsletter and website, but also in USA’s national magazine: Vintage Triumph Registry, and on the Drive Your Triumph Day Facebook page.

Feel free to spread the word by forwarding this invitation to other Triumph and Standard Owners and Clubs you may know of. Don’t forget to reach out to your club’s Activities Chairman and Newsletter editor. Be sure to contact me with any questions you may have, and thank you in advance for getting the message out to your members and friends to drive their Triumphs & Standards on February 10th.

Best Regards,

Rye Livingston
Activities Chairman
Triumph Travelers Sports Car Club
1960 Triumph TR3A
DriveYourTriumphDay@GMail.Com   
https://triumphtravelers.org/

Twenty-eight of our BMCNO cars participated in the Christmas Parade in Harahan, LA on Saturday, 09 December 2023 starting at noon. Then immediately afterwards we met up at Allen’s and Susan’s house for our BMCNO Christmas Party.

The weather was perfect for a parade, but a little hot for our little British cars. A couple people had to drop out of the parade due to issues or overheating, but overall, it was a great success and a lot of fun.

We had approximately 60 people at our Christmas Party. We couldn’t keep people still long enough to count them property, but it was a great success!

See the pictures here:

Christmas Parade Pictures

Christmas Party Pictures

Fairhope Alabama was one of the best shows yet, even though they didn’t have the Bellingrath Girls this year… 🙁

All-you-can eat Friday supper, door prizes + $500 cash giveaways, a beautiful day Saturday… Arh, Arh, Arh!

A record 154 cars on the field, close to 50 MGB’s and the 250,000th MGB-GT ever made!  A few of our club members won awards and Danny was runner up for the valve cover races on their new track.  My vote for coolest couple goes to Jack and Audrey Kennedy who drove their 1957 MG to the show from New Orleans!

Me, Randy, and the Huber brothers cruised to the MS welcome center Friday and met up with North and South Shore members, but they all decided to cruise the coast.  Wally & Lulu and Darrell and Margaret pulled in just as the 4 of us were leaving for Mobile, where we joined Danny & Dana, their neighbors Jimmy & Louann and my brother Benny and his wife Pat for lunch at Wintzell’s Oyster House.  Fantastic!!!

Saturday night the Hubers joined the Bradley’s at a French restaurant while D&D, Randy and me went to Agave’s Mexican restaurant on Hwy 98.  It was GREAT and we had a blast!  Couple of mechanical glitches over the weekend in a couple of BR cars but we got them sorted in short order.  Damn we’re good!

Sunday morning Randy & I hooked up with the Bradley’s, Hughes and Steigler’s for a nice smooth trip home.  At 62 miles an hour!  then Randy and I stopped at Don’s in Hammond and pigged out once again.  See a theme here?

We missed the rest of you guys!!!

Roving Reporter

Bobby Spann

This year’s Cruisin the Coast was GREAT.  I spotted several little British Cars while driving from Ocean Springs to Bay St Louis and back.  And again, and again!  Wednesday, I drove the MGB on I-12 and met Tom Halbert at the Shell in BSL.  They have a 100% pump and let me tell you if you only have around 66 horsepower, that extra 5-10% of power really comes in handy!  We cruised to “Cruise Central and registered, and hung out with Peter Braun.  Then I went and checked out the Biloxi Block Party.

Thursday, I met Tom and Nancy in BSL and we checked out the cars then ate at ‘the Buttercup.’  Saw a fine XK120 and E-type power parked on the corner and gave the guy a “save the date” card for our show next year.  Then I hit Pass Christian and Edgewater Mall before returning to the Beau Rivage for the night.

Friday my friend Brian came down from TN and rode with me to the swap meet at the Coliseum, where I bought another MGB!  Well, it was a 1/64 scale Johnny Lightning, but still…  We met Rick and Nathan Mol in their bright yellow Spitfire at The SHED for lunch, then went and checked out Ocean Springs.  Packed as usual but I talked with several people interested in MGBs and gave out 3 BMCNO business cards!  Friday night was the Beach Boys concert, and I was reminded… the Jag actually made it through ‘Dead Man’s Curve!’

Saturday, I tried to do BSL again but there was not a parking place in the whole town!  Ahhh.  Saturday traffic was bad right around Biloxi as the traffic lights there are NOT synchronized!  Sunday there was an exodus of people heading to Louisiana and Texas in RV’s and pulling trailers… with perfectly good cars on them?  

The Roving Reporter

Bobby Spann

Bobby’s B and RIck M’s Spitfire on Hwy 90
A Hillman Husky
Some FINE Jaguars in Bay St Louis
Bobby’s MGB and Tom’s MGA

On Thursday, September 28, 2023, BMCNO members Carol B., Steve L. and Benny S. drove and showed off their British cars and provided a community service by participating in Covington High School’s homecoming parade. Perched on the back of the LBCs, the young maids waved and threw cups and candy. The spectators along the route shouted their affection for the ladies and our cars. Who wouldn’t? The school wants more for next year!

Following Cars and Coffee at Liz’s Where Y’at in Mandeville, a parade of LBCs headed off on a drive down Hwy 190 to Lacombe. Next we travelled along shady Bayou Paquet Road to Bayou Liberty Road, across Bayou Bonfouca, and then Old Spanish Trail to Chef Menteur Hwy and stopping at Fort Pike on the Rigolets. After getting this photo we all started to head back, except for Lenny in his TR6. Where’s Lenny? He called to say his accelerator was stuck and the engine was revving non-stop at 6K. We didn’t go too far before returning to successfully sort out his twin Weber carbs’ linkage problem, thanks to enough tools between us and at least one person (Hugh) who knew what he was doing. That’s okay. It’s all part of the fun!