Smoke in the Wires Oct 2015

October 2015 Smoke in the Wires Smoke in the Wires is a publication of the Panhandle British Car Association Contact Marc Cherry redshirt98@att.net for questions or submissions

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<strong>Oct</strong>ober <strong>2015</strong> Volume 3 #7

Front Cover: Aust<strong>in</strong> Healey 100 by Marc Cherry<br />

Flyleaf: <strong>2015</strong> SABCC Show by Marc Cherry<br />

Back Cover: Triumph GT6 by Marc Cherry<br />

<strong>Smoke</strong> <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Wires</strong> is a publication of <strong>the</strong> Panhandle British Car Association<br />

Contact Marc Cherry redshirt98@att.net for questions or submissions<br />

Contents<br />

From <strong>the</strong> Editor 3<br />

SABCC Fairhope Show 7<br />

Upcom<strong>in</strong>g Events 9<br />

Upcom<strong>in</strong>g Picnic and Rally 10<br />

Miss<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Marque 11<br />

Pensacola Historic Rally 13<br />

Roadside Emergency Revisited 14<br />

Drive-In Movie 15<br />

Brits on <strong>the</strong> Bay Show News 16<br />

Emerald Coast Show 17<br />

Lucas Distributors 18<br />

Feature Car 20<br />

Tool of <strong>the</strong> Month 22<br />

Brits on <strong>the</strong> Bay Sponsorship Form 24<br />

PBCA Facebook 25<br />

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Lett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> <strong>Smoke</strong> out<br />

Marc Cherry<br />

Editor<br />

<strong>Oct</strong>ober has been great so far! There have actually been too many events to choose from. After sitt<strong>in</strong>g out<br />

much of <strong>the</strong> last three fall driv<strong>in</strong>g seasons due to my eng<strong>in</strong>e rebuild, it is great to get out and do some events.<br />

Our wea<strong>the</strong>r has been superb for all of <strong>the</strong> regional events.<br />

As we cont<strong>in</strong>ue to shape <strong>the</strong> direction of <strong>Smoke</strong> <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Wires</strong>, I’m go<strong>in</strong>g to change my column a little bit to avoid<br />

overlapp<strong>in</strong>g Richard’s column by giv<strong>in</strong>g less focus to details of past events and <strong>in</strong>stead highlight<strong>in</strong>g more diverse<br />

topics with<strong>in</strong> our hobby and <strong>the</strong> needs for upcom<strong>in</strong>g events. That is not to say that I will not pause to give thanks<br />

and recognition where needed for past events. Our club is powered by <strong>the</strong> voluntary efforts of our members<br />

and that can never have<br />

enough attention.<br />

On that note, Tom<br />

Matsoukas put toge<strong>the</strong>r a<br />

looong drive for <strong>the</strong> Dog<br />

Days Rally and raised an<br />

<strong>in</strong>credible 801.5 pounds of<br />

dog food for <strong>the</strong> Pensacola<br />

Humane Society’s shelter.<br />

Thanks to Tom’s work, this<br />

is our club’s most successful<br />

charity event.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> topics I visit<br />

frequently is br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g up <strong>the</strong><br />

next generation of<br />

enthusiasts. There are few<br />

Here's what 801.5 pounds of donated dog food looks like!<br />

really solid efforts among<br />

classic car clubs to do this. Car shows of static mach<strong>in</strong>ery sometimes have <strong>the</strong> opposite effect when try<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

entice active younger enthusiasts. When I came up short of a navigator for <strong>the</strong> Dog Days Rally, I took <strong>the</strong><br />

unorthodox step of advertis<strong>in</strong>g for a navigator on <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternet. Not quite true, I listed <strong>the</strong> opportunity on a local<br />

closed Facebook group for car enthusiasts I belong to. This group is mostly a younger crowd <strong>in</strong>to much newer<br />

mach<strong>in</strong>ery. I saw <strong>the</strong> Dog Days Rally as a perfect opportunity to show off <strong>the</strong> dynamic side of our hobby. My<br />

solution was to open <strong>the</strong> navigator’s seat to a crowd of 20-someth<strong>in</strong>gs who are mostly try<strong>in</strong>g to build or run<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir first enthusiast car—often on a shoestr<strong>in</strong>g. We’ve all been <strong>the</strong>re. My 23 year-old navigator was <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

midst of try<strong>in</strong>g to trick out a 2005 Dodge Neon as a roll<strong>in</strong>g project due to work requirements and a shortage of<br />

funds. Like I said, we’ve been <strong>in</strong> that position before. Even though we didn’t have to do much navigation, it still<br />

turned <strong>in</strong>to an adventure as I had to contend with Bill Moseley unexpectedly stopp<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> an <strong>in</strong>tersection <strong>in</strong> front<br />

of me and later gett<strong>in</strong>g out of his car to chat with me at a red light—caus<strong>in</strong>g me (and everyone beh<strong>in</strong>d us) to<br />

miss <strong>the</strong> green light! I don’t know how you did it <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Navy Bill, but <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Air Force we launch on green! Only<br />

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<strong>the</strong> Army jumps out of a perfectly good vehicle when <strong>the</strong>y get a green light. It was still a fun day out driv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

British classics and a great way to <strong>in</strong>troduce our corner of <strong>the</strong> hobby.<br />

I was go<strong>in</strong>g to miss out on Bill<br />

Weeks’ Pensacola Historic Rally<br />

due to <strong>the</strong> lack of Jaguar and<br />

lack of navigator when Werner<br />

Kettelhack called (actually<br />

texted), look<strong>in</strong>g for a navigator.<br />

He, like many o<strong>the</strong>rs, assumed<br />

that a professionally-tra<strong>in</strong>ed Air<br />

Force navigator would make a<br />

competent ground navigator.<br />

My wife, and <strong>the</strong> wives of<br />

thousands of air navigators,<br />

will tell you that this is not so.<br />

Never<strong>the</strong>less, Werner and I<br />

navigated ourselves to a<br />

perfect score despite <strong>the</strong><br />

traditional (and promised)<br />

major error on <strong>the</strong> route<br />

directions. Booze and candy<br />

were our reward for our<br />

attention to details. I don’t<br />

know who will collect <strong>the</strong><br />

Broken Compass award this<br />

year, but Werner and I know<br />

we can rest easy. Thanks, Bill for a great Rally.<br />

Werner and I won <strong>the</strong> w<strong>in</strong>e and candy over <strong>the</strong> wh<strong>in</strong>e and unhandy navigation of <strong>the</strong><br />

competition.<br />

I hosted our first drive-<strong>in</strong> movie <strong>in</strong> a while but cannot claim I did <strong>the</strong> bulk of <strong>the</strong> work. Bob Manske did <strong>the</strong> Lion’s<br />

share. He helped me design <strong>the</strong> complex (and huge) erector-set screen based on my crazy notion that <strong>the</strong><br />

Bagdad Historical Society’s tents could serve a higher purpose. Bob also hauled everyth<strong>in</strong>g to and from <strong>the</strong><br />

event. Therese Hemmert arranged <strong>the</strong> availability of an on-site toilet. Thank you also to <strong>the</strong> crew of guys that<br />

showed up early to help build <strong>the</strong> view<strong>in</strong>g site and <strong>the</strong> club members who stuck around to clean up. While not<br />

everyone loved The Italian Job, it did deliver some outstand<strong>in</strong>g and horrify<strong>in</strong>g British car content for <strong>the</strong> 38<br />

people who attended <strong>in</strong> 20 cars. We will def<strong>in</strong>itely do it aga<strong>in</strong>.<br />

The very next morn<strong>in</strong>g my wife and I headed up to <strong>the</strong> Knoxville, Tennessee, area where we took <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> fall<br />

colors along some of America’s greatest roads. The Tail of <strong>the</strong> Dragon is famous for its 318 curves <strong>in</strong> 11 miles. It<br />

is also famous for be<strong>in</strong>g slow and packed dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> peak fall colors. By go<strong>in</strong>g on a Tuesday afternoon, we<br />

enjoyed moderate traffic and tire/brake wear. The tight and frequent turns of <strong>the</strong> Dragon are great for<br />

motorcycles and M<strong>in</strong>is, but some of <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r regional roads like <strong>the</strong> Cherohala Skyway and <strong>the</strong> Moonsh<strong>in</strong>er 28<br />

offer fast sweepers and breathtak<strong>in</strong>g vistas that actually make <strong>the</strong>m much more-suitable for our cars. We<br />

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enjoyed <strong>the</strong>se roads,<br />

complet<strong>in</strong>g a great day<br />

of driv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Smoke</strong>y Mounta<strong>in</strong>s. If<br />

you haven’t run <strong>the</strong>se<br />

great roads <strong>in</strong> eastern<br />

Tennessee, you need<br />

to add a trip to your<br />

bucket list.<br />

Driv<strong>in</strong>g events are not<br />

<strong>the</strong> only th<strong>in</strong>gs that<br />

have kept me busy. I<br />

have expanded my<br />

classic car auction<br />

writ<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

Motostalgia’s<br />

upcom<strong>in</strong>g Aust<strong>in</strong>,<br />

Texas, sale held <strong>in</strong><br />

conjunction with <strong>the</strong><br />

Slow motorcycles h<strong>in</strong>der movement on <strong>the</strong> Tail of <strong>the</strong> Dragon<br />

SVRA’s historic races<br />

at Circuit of <strong>the</strong><br />

Americas. They entrusted me to write on some <strong>in</strong>credible cars, too. Each car sends you on a path to becom<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

fast expert on a given model’s history and capabilities. From track<strong>in</strong>g down <strong>the</strong> designer to do<strong>in</strong>g a complete<br />

decode of <strong>the</strong> VIN or chassis number, <strong>the</strong>re is actually an <strong>in</strong>credible amount of work <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> gett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

318 Turns <strong>in</strong> 11 miles. What's not to love, especially when <strong>the</strong> leaves turn?<br />

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details right. For this sale I wrote on a Spyker<br />

Aileron, Lamborgh<strong>in</strong>i Mucielago, Porsche 356C,<br />

DeTomaso Longchamp, Intermeccanica Italia and<br />

about twenty o<strong>the</strong>r fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g cars, trucks and<br />

microcars.<br />

Participation by our members has been great at<br />

recent events. Please keep it up. As you get out<br />

and beg<strong>in</strong> your holiday shopp<strong>in</strong>g, please keep <strong>in</strong><br />

m<strong>in</strong>d sponsorship for our upcom<strong>in</strong>g show. It only<br />

takes a few moments to speak with <strong>the</strong> merchants<br />

you are patroniz<strong>in</strong>g about sponsor<strong>in</strong>g a class. See<br />

you out <strong>the</strong>re.<br />

The Tree of Shame commemorates bad decisions and <strong>in</strong>attentiveness<br />

on <strong>the</strong> Tail of <strong>the</strong> Dragon<br />

Beautiful visas await along <strong>the</strong> Cherohala Skyway between North Carol<strong>in</strong>a and Tennessee<br />

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South Alabama British Car Club Show<br />

Congratulations to our sister club on a great 25 th Anniversary<br />

Show<br />

28 PBCA cars supported <strong>the</strong>ir show and came away with 26 trophies <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Werner Kettelhack’s Best of Show<br />

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PBCA Attendance and Award Results at<br />

SABCC British Car Show<br />

Franz Bachmann TR-3 1st<br />

Marc Cherry E Type 1st<br />

Jerry Crompton XK 2nd<br />

Richard Cunn<strong>in</strong>gham E Type 2nd<br />

Brian Daly MGA 2nd<br />

Mike Darby<br />

MGA<br />

Mike Darby Jag 240 1st<br />

Al DeWeese MG 3rd<br />

Al DeWeese<br />

Jag X-type<br />

Al DeWeese Jag XK8 3rd<br />

John Grossi<br />

AH Replica<br />

Jerry Hall Lotus Elan 3 rd<br />

Robert Herman Jag E-type 3rd<br />

Mark Huber MGB 2nd<br />

Mickey Kay New M<strong>in</strong>i 1st<br />

Werner Kettelhack XK 120 1st & Best of Show<br />

Cameron Leonard TR6 2nd<br />

Mike L<strong>in</strong>dley Jaguar 3rd<br />

John Mahone MGB 2nd<br />

Bob Manske Triumph Bike 1st<br />

Tim Maynard MGA 1st<br />

Bill Moseley TR8 1st<br />

Tom Schmitz Morgan 1st & Heritage Award<br />

Tom Schmitz MGTF 1st<br />

Bill Silhan AC Ace 1st<br />

Taber Tompk<strong>in</strong>s Caterham 7 1st<br />

Fred Veenschoten<br />

Morgan Replica<br />

Rich Willows AH 100-6 2 nd<br />

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November and December<br />

All PBCA Monthly Meet<strong>in</strong>gs will be 6:00 pm D<strong>in</strong>ner/7:00 pm Meet<strong>in</strong>g at Sonny’s Bar-B-Que, Navy<br />

Blvd at US Hwy 98, Pensacola and will feature a Program, Door Prizes, 50/50 draw<strong>in</strong>g until fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

notice by email, website and Telephone Tree.<br />

*All Executive and Show Committee Lunch Meet<strong>in</strong>gs are always open to <strong>the</strong> entire membership and<br />

participation is encouraged. For new members it is a good way to meet active members and get<br />

<strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> ei<strong>the</strong>r a small or larger way. Be a part of <strong>the</strong> club. You will be enthusiastically welcomed.<br />

Event details will be emailed and posted on <strong>the</strong> PBCA Website: www.pbca1.com<br />

(PBCA Sponsored Events, Club Activities and Meet<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> Bold type)<br />


Tuesday 3<br />

Sunday 8<br />

Sunday 15<br />

Monday 16<br />

Saturday 21<br />

Saturday 28<br />

-“First Tuesday” Breakfast, 1000 Pensacola Grand, <strong>the</strong>n Show Committee Meet<strong>in</strong>g<br />

-Rally & Annual Picnic 1200pm, Welcome Center at 3-Mile Bridge and Fish<strong>in</strong>g Pier<br />

-Exec Comm 2016 Plann<strong>in</strong>g Meet<strong>in</strong>g 2-6pm at <strong>the</strong> Lewis residence <strong>in</strong> Bagdad<br />

-PBCA Monthly Meet<strong>in</strong>g—Sonny’s on Navy Blvd. at 7 pm. Election of 2016 Officers<br />

-Gulf Shores Zoo, Lunch at Doc’s—details will be via email<br />

-Pensacruise <strong>in</strong> Pensacola—Additional details at November Monthly Meet<strong>in</strong>g.<br />


Saturday 5<br />

Saturday 5<br />

Saturday 12<br />

Saturday 19<br />

-Diabetes Run Car Show at <strong>the</strong> Crown Plaza Hotel—Time and TBA<br />

-Christmas Party at <strong>the</strong> Crown Plaza Hotel—Installation of 2016 Officers—Details TBA<br />

-Lillian Christmas Parade, 12:00 Noon—Lillian, AL<br />

-Holiday Cookie and Bake Contest and Bagdad Tour #2, Bagdad, FL—Details TBA<br />

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PBCA Rally for November 8th, <strong>2015</strong><br />

You Do Not Want To Miss<br />


12:00 PM, November 8, <strong>2015</strong>: Cars depart at 12:15 PM from <strong>the</strong> Welcome<br />

Center Park at <strong>the</strong> Pensacola side of <strong>the</strong> 3 mile bridge and Pensacola Fish<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Pier. The rally will end back at <strong>the</strong> start<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t by <strong>the</strong> Welcome<br />

Center. Fur<strong>the</strong>r details by email.<br />

Click <strong>the</strong> map for details:<br />


The short (but irritat<strong>in</strong>g) rally will take approximately 30 m<strong>in</strong>utes to complete.<br />

The Rally Picnic will beg<strong>in</strong> when all cars have returned and <strong>the</strong> rally questionnaire is turned <strong>in</strong>.<br />

4 Extra po<strong>in</strong>ts will be awarded to entrants driv<strong>in</strong>g a British car made <strong>in</strong> or before 1980.<br />

2 Extra Po<strong>in</strong>ts will be awarded to cars with no navigator. You may not leave a navigator beh<strong>in</strong>d<br />

at <strong>the</strong> start<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t to get <strong>the</strong> extra 2 po<strong>in</strong>ts!<br />

*10 Extra po<strong>in</strong>ts will be awarded to cars with no driver and no navigator.<br />

*Cars left at <strong>the</strong> Welcome Center Park after 10:00 PM may be towed to <strong>the</strong> city impound lot.<br />

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Baked Beans, cokes and g<strong>in</strong>ger ale (left over from <strong>the</strong> Drive-<strong>in</strong><br />

Movie Night) will be provided. Please br<strong>in</strong>g your own beverages if you don’t want/like coke or<br />

g<strong>in</strong>ger ale.<br />


Additional side dishes, salads, and deserts would be much appreciated by all.<br />

Please call or email Bob Manske to RSVP and coord<strong>in</strong>ate any food items you are will<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

850 393-5301 OR rtmanske@gmail.com<br />

Popcorn will not be served at this event.<br />

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This Month’s The British L<strong>in</strong>e submission for The Marque by Richard Lewis<br />

Fall <strong>in</strong> northwest Florida is perhaps<br />

its best time of <strong>the</strong> year. Normally, it is<br />

when <strong>the</strong> air takes on a sharper edge, <strong>the</strong><br />

few trees that have leaves that will turn are<br />

roused enough to get about <strong>the</strong>ir work, <strong>the</strong><br />

sun sh<strong>in</strong>es briskly, and <strong>the</strong> anticipation of<br />

<strong>the</strong> multiple holidays just around <strong>the</strong><br />

corner makes its happy presence known.<br />

Not so much thus far <strong>in</strong> our little<br />

slice of paradise. Thus far, gloomy days,<br />

<strong>in</strong>termittent ra<strong>in</strong>, and scudd<strong>in</strong>g clouds have<br />

wrestled <strong>the</strong>ir way, with <strong>the</strong>ir sharp elbows,<br />

to <strong>the</strong> forefront for all too many days. It<br />

won’t be that way forever, but <strong>the</strong> wea<strong>the</strong>r<br />

might be a little more vigorous <strong>in</strong> do<strong>in</strong>g its<br />

proper job, before it’s too late to enjoy <strong>the</strong><br />

glorious driv<strong>in</strong>g wea<strong>the</strong>r we normally have<br />

about now.<br />

However, <strong>in</strong>clement wea<strong>the</strong>r does<br />

cause one to be more <strong>in</strong>trospective<br />

sometimes, and s<strong>in</strong>ce Your Loyal<br />

Correspondent (YLC) is possessed with a<br />

morose, <strong>in</strong>ward-turn<strong>in</strong>g nature on a par<br />

with E. A. Poe and Bram Stoker, he has<br />

been reflect<strong>in</strong>g on a question that might<br />

have crossed your m<strong>in</strong>d, to wit, what<br />

should a sports car club have as its<br />

ultimate goals? Rum<strong>in</strong>ate with him as we<br />

probe this question.<br />

Ever s<strong>in</strong>ce YLC returned to his home<br />

town a few years ago, he has been active <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> British car club arena. He has seen <strong>the</strong><br />

Panhandle British Car Club grow <strong>in</strong><br />

membership and activity, mak<strong>in</strong>g several<br />

changes, ma<strong>in</strong>ly for its improvement. Still,<br />

he wonders if <strong>the</strong> members have exam<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

<strong>the</strong> question of where <strong>the</strong>y are go<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

what do <strong>the</strong>y want <strong>the</strong> club to be. Therefore,<br />

we boldly leap <strong>in</strong>to space and exam<strong>in</strong>e some<br />

th<strong>in</strong>gs YLC believes any car club might<br />

want to accomplish. You might have an<br />

entirely different view. That’s what makes<br />

horse races.<br />

First among <strong>the</strong>m might be <strong>the</strong><br />

recognition that we are preservationists, a<br />

noble call<strong>in</strong>g. We are happy to see <strong>the</strong><br />

marques that manufacture British cars<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ue to manufacture British cars, but<br />

perhaps we have a keener <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> those<br />

marques that have gone on to <strong>the</strong> big board<br />

room <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> sky. We should, and we do, try<br />

to see that <strong>the</strong>y are cherished, ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>ed,<br />

and refurbished. This sense of preservation<br />

comes from a notion that <strong>the</strong>y represent <strong>in</strong><br />

some cases simply history, and <strong>in</strong> some<br />

cases, art. While a marque like <strong>the</strong> M<strong>in</strong>i<br />

may fail <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> aes<strong>the</strong>tic sense, it succeeds<br />

admirably <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> sense of a car that<br />

changed motor<strong>in</strong>g history <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> British<br />

Isles, carv<strong>in</strong>g out its niche as both fun and<br />

practical. A car like <strong>the</strong> Aust<strong>in</strong> Healey<br />

succeeds admirably <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> fun category, not<br />

so much <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> practical, but wonderfully<br />

well <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> aes<strong>the</strong>tic dimension. These, and<br />

many o<strong>the</strong>rs, occupy a warm place <strong>in</strong> public<br />

history, cultural history, and memory for<br />

countless people on all sides of <strong>the</strong> Atlantic.<br />

They merit our tender care.<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r goal for any, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g our<br />

own, car club might be to help owners and<br />

enthusiasts f<strong>in</strong>d new ways to enjoy <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

cars. Although a case can be made for<br />

simply garag<strong>in</strong>g a beautiful car just for <strong>the</strong><br />

purpose of admir<strong>in</strong>g it, <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> way one<br />

might admire ano<strong>the</strong>r piece of sculpture by<br />

Rod<strong>in</strong> or Giacometti, actively engag<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

it by driv<strong>in</strong>g it <strong>in</strong> competitive or noncompetitive<br />

events, shar<strong>in</strong>g with o<strong>the</strong>rs<br />

one’s feel<strong>in</strong>gs and knowledge about <strong>the</strong> car,<br />

or simply be<strong>in</strong>g with o<strong>the</strong>rs who share one’s<br />

enthusiasm adds dimensions absent <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

passive admiration alone.<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r goal might be to provide a<br />

wide enough array of club events that some,<br />

if not all, of <strong>the</strong>m will capture <strong>the</strong><br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ation of most of <strong>the</strong> members. Not<br />

everyone is satisfied to simply go to car<br />

show after car show, view<strong>in</strong>g ma<strong>in</strong>ly <strong>the</strong><br />

same marques over aga<strong>in</strong>, perhaps rarely<br />

discover<strong>in</strong>g one unseen before. Certa<strong>in</strong>ly for<br />

those for whom <strong>the</strong> accumulation of<br />

trophies is <strong>the</strong>ir ma<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>terest, this is not<br />

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<strong>the</strong> case, but for many, this is not enough.<br />

Driv<strong>in</strong>g events, safe and spirited competitive<br />

events, cl<strong>in</strong>ics where one ga<strong>in</strong>s additional<br />

technical knowledge, mak<strong>in</strong>g connection<br />

with o<strong>the</strong>r car club enthusiast, and simply<br />

social out<strong>in</strong>gs draw on <strong>the</strong> myriad <strong>in</strong>terests<br />

that are likely to exist with<strong>in</strong> any large<br />

group. No one can attend all <strong>the</strong> events of a<br />

vigorous club like PBCA, but <strong>the</strong> wide array<br />

of events will touch almost everyone <strong>in</strong><br />

some way.<br />

Still ano<strong>the</strong>r goal might be to engage<br />

as many members as possible <strong>in</strong> all aspects<br />

of <strong>the</strong> club, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g encourag<strong>in</strong>g members<br />

to accept leadership positions, attend club<br />

meet<strong>in</strong>gs, attend and assist with club<br />

functions like <strong>the</strong> driv<strong>in</strong>g and social events,<br />

and be engaged <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> multiple activities<br />

any vigorous club will present. It goes<br />

without say<strong>in</strong>g that mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>se various<br />

events <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g and engag<strong>in</strong>g is a<br />

prerequisite for strong attendance. It is <strong>the</strong><br />

nature of many social organizations that,<br />

unless steps are taken to actively prevent it,<br />

<strong>the</strong> club will soon f<strong>in</strong>d itself with a small<br />

leadership group that takes all<br />

responsibilities and a large membership<br />

that take little <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> it, beyond duespay<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

To prevent this, <strong>the</strong> club must make<br />

sure members feel welcome <strong>in</strong>to all <strong>the</strong><br />

club’s functions, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> leadership<br />

function, and that <strong>the</strong>y feel <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

contributions will be valued and<br />

appreciated. It is perhaps appropriate to<br />

note that PBCA has <strong>in</strong>creased membership<br />

participation <strong>in</strong> its “Brits on <strong>the</strong> Bay”<br />

annual show by <strong>the</strong> simple expedience of<br />

clarify<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> tasks to be performed and<br />

encourag<strong>in</strong>g members to select and sign up<br />

for <strong>the</strong> multiple jobs, while impress<strong>in</strong>g on<br />

all how <strong>the</strong>ir help will enhance everyth<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The participation rate went up dramatically<br />

when this practice was adopted.<br />

However, we will likely agree that <strong>the</strong><br />

most important th<strong>in</strong>g is that attendance at<br />

meet<strong>in</strong>gs and events must be fun! A wise<br />

person once told YLC that if you do not look<br />

forward to <strong>the</strong> events, reconsider your<br />

options. Maybe this just isn’t for you. Good<br />

advice. Then, above all, fun.<br />

Therefore, preservation, f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g ways<br />

to utilize and enjoy one’s car, expand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

range of activities, and promot<strong>in</strong>g<br />

participation are at least four goals that any<br />

vigorous car club might pursue, but most of<br />

all, fun. You can no doubt add to this list,<br />

or perhaps replace some of <strong>the</strong>m with<br />

clearer and more important goals.<br />

Admirable if you do so. Through such<br />

exam<strong>in</strong>ation can we build an even better<br />

PBCA.<br />

Now, let’s discuss some of <strong>the</strong> events<br />

that have occurred recently, and some that<br />

<strong>the</strong> future promises.<br />

RECENT<br />

September 18-19 Brits on <strong>the</strong> River <strong>in</strong><br />

Natchez, Ms. Six cars showed up for a<br />

beautiful day <strong>in</strong> beautiful Natchez, w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

eight awards, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Bill Silhan’s “Best<br />

<strong>in</strong> Show” for his 1956 Morgan +4.<br />

Congratulations to all.<br />

September 26 Dog Days Rally to benefit <strong>the</strong><br />

Pensacola Humane Society. Some ten cars<br />

and twenty contestants competed <strong>in</strong> a<br />

challeng<strong>in</strong>g rally organized by Tom<br />

Matsoukas, with w<strong>in</strong>ners Werner<br />

Kettelhack and Alicia Bergeron <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

Jaguar 120 carry<strong>in</strong>g away <strong>the</strong> laurel crown,<br />

but not before members had exceeded last<br />

year’s contribution with over 801 pounds of<br />

pet food and $150 <strong>in</strong> donations. The day<br />

ended with lunch and <strong>the</strong> distribution of<br />

“Dog Bone” wrenches shared by Tom as<br />

consolation prizes. A great day for <strong>the</strong> club<br />

and <strong>the</strong> pups, both of whom thank Tom for<br />

his f<strong>in</strong>e work.<br />

<strong>Oct</strong>ober 3 South Alabama British Car Club<br />

Ice Cream Social, held as always at <strong>the</strong><br />

Cunn<strong>in</strong>gham’s Garagemahal <strong>in</strong> Daphne.<br />

Welcom<strong>in</strong>g PBCA and MGMG members as<br />

well, <strong>the</strong> SABCC aga<strong>in</strong> prepared an ice<br />

cream extravaganza of desserts and food.<br />

The large crowd enjoyed <strong>the</strong> drive over and<br />

<strong>the</strong> great camaraderie. Thanks to <strong>the</strong><br />

Cunn<strong>in</strong>gham’s for <strong>the</strong>ir generosity.<br />

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<strong>Oct</strong>ober 6 PBCA Breakfast at <strong>the</strong> Grand.<br />

This ever popular event attracted about<br />

twenty members and friends and provided<br />

everyone a chance to catch up <strong>in</strong> a relaxed<br />

atmosphere of good food and fun.<br />

<strong>Oct</strong>ober 10 Pensacola Historic Rally-<br />

Organizer Bill Weeks always prepares a<br />

great rally through historic Pensacola, with<br />

some challeng<strong>in</strong>g treasure hunt locations<br />

and a great lunch. Werner Kettelhack and<br />

Marc Cherry came away w<strong>in</strong>ners <strong>in</strong><br />

Werner’s Aust<strong>in</strong> Healey 100.<br />

<strong>Oct</strong>ober 17 Drive-In Movie at <strong>the</strong> “Brits on<br />

<strong>the</strong> Bay” show site. Marc Cherry and Bob<br />

Manske organized this event to beg<strong>in</strong> with a<br />

show<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong> orig<strong>in</strong>al version of <strong>the</strong> film<br />

“The Italian Job.” 20 cars and around 38<br />

members—it was nigh impossible to count<br />

accurately <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> dark. We will teach Bob<br />

Manske how to make popcorn for next year.<br />

<strong>Oct</strong>ober 23-24 SABCC British Car Show-<br />

One of our favorite events by some of our<br />

favorite friends. We had 28 cars from PBCA<br />

out to support <strong>the</strong> SABCC’s 25 th<br />

anniversary. It was an outstand<strong>in</strong>g show<br />

with PBCA members w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g 28 trophies.<br />

Werner Kettelhack took Best of Show with<br />

his beautiful Jaguar XK120.<br />

Until next time, yes, that was a red light.<br />

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By Marc Cherry<br />

After last month’s article on roadside emergency preparedness, I had a few more thoughts, as well as<br />

received some constructive suggestions from <strong>the</strong> hard-won experiences of o<strong>the</strong>r club members. Here are<br />

some additional po<strong>in</strong>ters.<br />

Jumper cables were not <strong>in</strong> evidence dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> video but, as most of us know, jumper cables are <strong>the</strong> item<br />

most likely to be needed out of everyth<strong>in</strong>g you can carry. Just make sure you know how to properly jump a<br />

car, be<strong>in</strong>g especially m<strong>in</strong>dful of <strong>the</strong> fact that your car or <strong>the</strong> car you assist may be positive earth.<br />

Rule number one of own<strong>in</strong>g a positive earth car is: No one talks about Positive Earth Car Club.<br />

Rule number two of own<strong>in</strong>g a positive earth car is: Don’t let anyone else “help” you jump start <strong>the</strong><br />

car.<br />

Rule number three of own<strong>in</strong>g a positive earth car is: Carry a spare voltage regulator <strong>in</strong> case<br />

someone “helps” you jump your car.<br />

Our cars, especially <strong>the</strong> older ones, are not known for bright headlights or taillights. Consequently, <strong>the</strong> loss<br />

of one headlight or taillight can place you <strong>in</strong> a very unsafe position. Spare bulbs of all major types for your<br />

car are a sensible addition to your emergency kit.<br />

Many of <strong>the</strong> maladies that befall our cars are electrical <strong>in</strong> nature with <strong>the</strong> quality of contacts be<strong>in</strong>g often<br />

more significant than <strong>the</strong> quality of components. In addition to <strong>the</strong> temporary measure of jumper leads that I<br />

mentioned <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> video, I also carry brushes, sandpaper, a battery brush, dielectric grease, crimp-style male<br />

connectors and spare female bullet connectors.<br />

Even if you only drive dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> day, <strong>the</strong> ne<strong>the</strong>r regions of <strong>the</strong> eng<strong>in</strong>e bay, dash, and underside of <strong>the</strong> car<br />

may warrant additional light<strong>in</strong>g. Bob Manske po<strong>in</strong>ted out that I didn’t show a flashlight. I do carry two lights<br />

and spare batteries. I keep a really good flashlight, like a Mag-Lite, as well as a Harbor Freight freebie<br />

stashed away. I keep <strong>the</strong> extra batteries stored <strong>in</strong> a separate sealed bag.<br />

The f<strong>in</strong>al suggestion is for warn<strong>in</strong>g triangles or flashers. I don’t carry one of <strong>the</strong>se—yet. I can’t credit<br />

anyone <strong>in</strong> particular for this idea s<strong>in</strong>ce it came up dur<strong>in</strong>g an executive committee meet<strong>in</strong>g. This idea was a<br />

rare gem so I wasn’t ready for it. None of <strong>the</strong> antique cars came with reflector triangles and most of <strong>the</strong> old<br />

classic era cars do not have hazard lights. A super bright LED warn<strong>in</strong>g flasher isn’t terribly expensive and<br />

just makes sense.<br />

If you have more tips and suggestions, please keep <strong>the</strong>m com<strong>in</strong>g. It is an important topic and central not<br />

only to a safe hobby but also to an enjoyable one. There is no substitute for <strong>the</strong> smug satisfaction of<br />

reviv<strong>in</strong>g a hopelessly broken car—even more so if you rescue someone else’s ma<strong>in</strong>tenance catastrophe<br />

through your own superior preparedness.<br />

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<strong>the</strong> Drive-In Movie<br />

Photos by Marc Cherry and Bob Manske<br />

Every big event requires cleanup-Risa Manske and granddaughter, Audrey, sort <strong>the</strong> tent pieces used to construct <strong>the</strong> screen--Bob Manske Photos<br />

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Brits on <strong>the</strong> Bay 2016: Feature<br />

Models Announced!<br />

By Marc Cherry<br />

Do you know anyone <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> region with a Triumph TR3 or Spitfire? We would like to see it at our show. Please pass<br />

<strong>the</strong> word around to any of <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dividuals and clubs to <strong>in</strong>teract with. These are two great series of cars so it would be<br />

an outstand<strong>in</strong>g achievement for our club to promote a great turnout and make <strong>the</strong>se cars and <strong>the</strong>ir owners welcome<br />

at our signature event.<br />

I won’t start hitt<strong>in</strong>g you up directly to fill volunteer slots until December, but if you have a position you know that you<br />

would like to help with, please let me know and I will be happy to mark your name beside it.<br />

If you attended <strong>the</strong> SABCC’s 25 th Anniversary show earlier this month, you saw a great club go all out for <strong>the</strong>ir 25 th<br />

show. 2016 will be our 24 th show. You may not th<strong>in</strong>k that warrants extraord<strong>in</strong>ary effort, but quite <strong>the</strong> opposite is<br />

true. How we come out f<strong>in</strong>ancially from our 24 th show decides just how big we can make our own 25 th anniversary<br />

show. We MUST achieve great results from sponsorship <strong>in</strong> 2016 not only to hold a great show, but to put us <strong>in</strong> a<br />

strong position for go<strong>in</strong>g very big on our 25 th anniversary. Please start ask<strong>in</strong>g area bus<strong>in</strong>esses to sponsor <strong>the</strong> show.<br />

We really need <strong>the</strong> bulk of our members that have not brought sponsors <strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> past to get just one or two<br />

sponsorships. The results would be tremendous. As I said before, only about a dozen club members brought <strong>in</strong><br />

sponsors last year, with just four members l<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g up <strong>the</strong> bulk of sponsors. We all enjoy <strong>the</strong> events throughout <strong>the</strong><br />

year, so please help support <strong>the</strong> club. You are always welcome to be a sponsor yourself as well. You can f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong><br />

sponsor form for <strong>the</strong> 2016 Brits on <strong>the</strong> Bay on page 22 of this issue.<br />

Monica Bachmann feigns <strong>in</strong>difference while a 'judge' <strong>in</strong>spects <strong>the</strong>ir TR-3 dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> SABCC show. Look for this<br />

beautiful vehicle and many like it at Brits on <strong>the</strong> Bay 2016<br />

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Photos by Bob Manske<br />

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Lucas Third Generation Distributors<br />

By Jeff Simpson<br />

What follows is <strong>the</strong> Second of a series of articles repr<strong>in</strong>ted with permission from The Register, <strong>the</strong><br />

newsletter of <strong>the</strong> Tucson British Car Register. All words and photos copyright Jeff Simpson.<br />

I group Lucas distributors <strong>in</strong>to three major groups, I know <strong>the</strong>re are lots of exceptions, but English<br />

cars of <strong>the</strong> age we are deal<strong>in</strong>g with tend to fall <strong>in</strong>to one of <strong>the</strong>se groups. The oldest are <strong>the</strong> “D-”<br />

type, such as “D2”. These have k<strong>in</strong>d of a vase shaped body and <strong>the</strong> advance/retard knob. The next<br />

generation is <strong>the</strong> very common “D2-” type, such as <strong>the</strong> “D25”. The body of <strong>the</strong>se units have flatter<br />

bottoms and still have <strong>the</strong><br />

advance/retard adjustment knob. Lucas supplied <strong>the</strong>se units to many different manufactures for<br />

many years. Although <strong>the</strong>re are a maze of different part numbers <strong>the</strong> components are essentially<br />

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<strong>the</strong> same. When pressed to improve reliability <strong>in</strong> order to meet USA EPA regulations <strong>the</strong>y<br />

developed <strong>the</strong> first version of <strong>the</strong> third generation, “D4-DE”, such as <strong>the</strong> “D45DE”.The body of<br />

<strong>the</strong>se units is similar <strong>in</strong> shape to <strong>the</strong> second generation but <strong>the</strong> advance/retard adjustment knob is<br />

gone, along with <strong>the</strong> po<strong>in</strong>ts and condenser. Stuck on <strong>the</strong> side is a big square box which was <strong>the</strong><br />

amplifier of <strong>the</strong> Lucas “Opus” electronic ignition system. If you have a distributor of this type, it is<br />

almost certa<strong>in</strong> that by now <strong>the</strong> only th<strong>in</strong>g that box is do<strong>in</strong>g is support<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> vacuum unit. The wires<br />

have long s<strong>in</strong>ce been snipped and <strong>the</strong> “Opus” function replaced by ei<strong>the</strong>r a “Lumignition” or<br />

“Pertronics” unit. Not great but improved.<br />

While <strong>the</strong> electronic components where a disaster, <strong>the</strong> mechanical design was improved over <strong>the</strong><br />

second generation by <strong>the</strong> complete redesign of <strong>the</strong> fixed and movable base plates, with its wear<br />

po<strong>in</strong>ts and spr<strong>in</strong>g problems elim<strong>in</strong>ated, and a new mechanical advance mechanism. The body was<br />

also better sealed.<br />

Due to numerous and frequent failures, <strong>the</strong> “Opus” system was soon replaced. The big square box<br />

on <strong>the</strong> side of <strong>the</strong> distributor is gone, replaced by an external module. While <strong>the</strong> electronics were<br />

improved, <strong>the</strong> mechanical design and <strong>the</strong> signal pick-up where really excellent. The solid metal<br />

reluctor<br />

just sp<strong>in</strong>s, <strong>the</strong> pick-up is well built and mounted on <strong>the</strong> improved base plate which makes for a first<br />

class unit. Except that it is connected to <strong>the</strong> Lucas external electronic ignition module, which are all<br />

now well past <strong>the</strong>ir design life. Replacement modules are quite expensive, if you can f<strong>in</strong>d one. So<br />

<strong>the</strong> usual fix is to go with a Lumignition or Pertronics unit, but <strong>in</strong> both cases you are go<strong>in</strong>g to lose<br />

<strong>the</strong> reluctor and pick-up which are quite good.<br />

A third option is to leave <strong>the</strong> distributor completely as is and simply replace <strong>the</strong> electronic ignition<br />

module. Fortunately a very good, very reliable, module is readily available from auto parts stores,<br />

Chrysler dealers, Internet, (look at “ignition control module”) even junk yards, all at very reasonable<br />

prices, ie. from $15 and up for a brand new one. The unit is still made by Standard Motor Products<br />

as part “LX-101”, but you will f<strong>in</strong>d it sold under a huge range of names. These where <strong>the</strong> ignition<br />

systems of most Chrysler products throughout <strong>the</strong> 70's and 80's, until <strong>the</strong>y were replaced by<br />

completely computerized eng<strong>in</strong>e control systems. They were used on everyth<strong>in</strong>g from “Hemi's” to<br />

trucks and will work on 4,6, or 8 cyl<strong>in</strong>der eng<strong>in</strong>es.<br />

Mount <strong>the</strong> new module on <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ner fender <strong>in</strong> place of <strong>the</strong> orig<strong>in</strong>al. Make sure <strong>the</strong> module is well<br />

grounded. The two wires from <strong>the</strong> distributor will need to connect to <strong>the</strong> two p<strong>in</strong>s as shown. One<br />

p<strong>in</strong> is connected to 12 volts via <strong>the</strong> ignition key, (usually a white wire). The forth p<strong>in</strong> connects to <strong>the</strong><br />

coil negative term<strong>in</strong>al (sometimes via a ballast resistor). Use round push-on connectors or a<br />

connector plug from a junk yard, which provides better wea<strong>the</strong>r protection. If <strong>the</strong> eng<strong>in</strong>e does not<br />

start or runs rough, switch <strong>the</strong> two wires from <strong>the</strong> distributor. For very little money you will have a<br />

very reliable, ma<strong>in</strong>tenance free, first rate, electronic ignition. If you have a car us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Lucas<br />

ignition module you may want to have one of <strong>the</strong>se units <strong>in</strong> your spares box, just <strong>in</strong> case.<br />

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Featured Car<br />

1937 Lanchester 14 Roadrider<br />

Shea McLean<br />

Words and Photos by Marc Cherry<br />

Shea McLean is <strong>the</strong> curator of <strong>the</strong> USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park and wanted to collect a<br />

wartime automobile to participate <strong>in</strong> some of <strong>the</strong> historical events at <strong>the</strong> battleship. His search for<br />

<strong>the</strong> perfect car took him <strong>in</strong> an unexpected direction, result<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> him pick<strong>in</strong>g up a new passion as<br />

<strong>the</strong> owner of a 1937 Lanchester 14 Roadrider.<br />

Many of you may be unfamiliar with Lanchesters. The<br />

first Lanchester was exhibited <strong>in</strong> 1903, but <strong>the</strong><br />

company reached greatness after World War I.<br />

Lanchesters were elegant and expensive hand-built<br />

cars aimed at <strong>the</strong> higher end of <strong>the</strong> market. The Duke<br />

of York was a fan of <strong>the</strong> marque and owned several.<br />

Hard times saw Lanchester purchased by <strong>the</strong> BSA<br />

group and <strong>the</strong>n by Daimler. After World War II,<br />

Daimler itself was acquired by Jaguar. With little<br />

<strong>in</strong>novation over <strong>the</strong>ir pre-war cars and few overseas<br />

sales dur<strong>in</strong>g England’s ‘Export or Die’ period, Jaguar<br />

retired <strong>the</strong> Lanchester brand with <strong>the</strong> last Lanchester<br />

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e<strong>in</strong>g built <strong>in</strong> 1955. The<br />

Lanchester 14 Roadrider was <strong>the</strong><br />

marque’s most reasonably-priced<br />

six-cyl<strong>in</strong>der model. Even so, it<br />

was not a volume production car<br />

as only around 2000 were<br />

produced. This was exactly <strong>the</strong><br />

sort of pedigreed sport<strong>in</strong>g saloon<br />

that would have appealed to a<br />

rakish fighter pilot.<br />

Shea found his Lanchester<br />

featured on a barn f<strong>in</strong>ds website.<br />

After Shea recovered <strong>the</strong> car from<br />

its Tacoma area home, he<br />

discovered a beautifully pat<strong>in</strong>aed car would have lost much of its character dur<strong>in</strong>g a complete<br />

restoration. The <strong>in</strong>terior lea<strong>the</strong>r and wood especially warranted a preservation approach. The<br />

exterior had been repa<strong>in</strong>ted by brush <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> far-distant past <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> manner of someone try<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

keep a car on <strong>the</strong> road despite wartime shortages and ration<strong>in</strong>g. Instead of restor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> car, he<br />

entrusted <strong>the</strong> Lanchester to Mike Darby to handle <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>itial<br />

mechanical fettl<strong>in</strong>g and get <strong>the</strong> car back on <strong>the</strong> road after<br />

many years of dormancy.<br />

With <strong>the</strong> Lanchester purchase, Shea received blackout<br />

headlamp covers and a wartime tax disk. These extra took<br />

Shea and <strong>the</strong> Lanchester down a whole new path, as Shea<br />

not only set out to fit out <strong>the</strong> car as it would have been dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> war but also to collect period artifacts and uniforms to go<br />

with <strong>the</strong> car.<br />

When I caught up with Shea at <strong>the</strong> Cunn<strong>in</strong>gham’s Ice Cream<br />

Social, he was just gett<strong>in</strong>g started sett<strong>in</strong>g up <strong>the</strong> car. By this<br />

past weekend at <strong>the</strong> SABCC Fairhope show, Shea had<br />

<strong>in</strong>stalled <strong>the</strong> blackout lights and added deliberately-crude<br />

white outl<strong>in</strong>es to <strong>the</strong> wheel arches to meet wartime standards.<br />

He had also added <strong>the</strong> personal gear any RAF officer would<br />

have used as <strong>the</strong> likely owner of a dash<strong>in</strong>g Lanchester 14<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Battle of Brita<strong>in</strong>. Shea’s display even <strong>in</strong>cluded an<br />

orig<strong>in</strong>al Lanchester MK-I submach<strong>in</strong>e gun, designed by<br />

George Lanchester, one of <strong>the</strong> bro<strong>the</strong>rs that founded <strong>the</strong><br />

Lanchester Motorcar Company. His f<strong>in</strong>al touch was <strong>the</strong> RAF<br />

officer’s uniform he was wear<strong>in</strong>g while show<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> car.<br />

If you get a chance to speak with Shea at a future event, please do so. This car and its story are<br />

fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g. We are fortunate to have a car like this <strong>in</strong> our region of <strong>the</strong> Gulf Coast with so few prewar<br />

cars around and even fewer <strong>in</strong> preservation condition.<br />

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Last year for <strong>the</strong> Halloween issue, I heralded <strong>the</strong> importance of <strong>the</strong> blood sacrifice <strong>in</strong> achiev<strong>in</strong>g solid mechanical<br />

results. This year I’m dedicat<strong>in</strong>g this column to <strong>the</strong> lost. I’m not talk<strong>in</strong>g about tools destroyed <strong>in</strong> service. They<br />

don’t count. If you have a carcass, it’s not really gone. Better yet, if it is a Craftsman carcass, Sears will replace it.<br />

No, I’m tell<strong>in</strong>g ghost stories--stories about tools that are gone. Or are <strong>the</strong>y?<br />

What about <strong>the</strong> rattle from <strong>the</strong> dash that you’ve never resolved? Maybe it’s your 3/8 <strong>in</strong>ch socket that hasn’t been<br />

seen s<strong>in</strong>ce you last worked on <strong>the</strong> wiper l<strong>in</strong>kage. It is gone but it still haunts you and your car.<br />

Last weekend I dropped a hex bit while<br />

try<strong>in</strong>g to detach <strong>the</strong> fiddly tach generator<br />

that resides at <strong>the</strong> back of <strong>the</strong> eng<strong>in</strong>e and<br />

is secured to <strong>the</strong> head with impossible to<br />

access allen screws. The metallic bit hit<br />

several th<strong>in</strong>gs on <strong>the</strong> way down as<br />

evidenced by <strong>the</strong> metallic r<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g it made<br />

on its journey to <strong>the</strong> ne<strong>the</strong>rworld.<br />

Unfortunately, <strong>the</strong> last sound was not <strong>the</strong><br />

satisfy<strong>in</strong>g flat cl<strong>in</strong>k of it hitt<strong>in</strong>g concrete. I<br />

have looked everywhere without f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g<br />

that bit. I even ran an <strong>in</strong>spection camera <strong>in</strong>side<br />

<strong>the</strong> bell hous<strong>in</strong>g, under <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>ory that <strong>the</strong> bit had<br />

bounced through <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>spection port for <strong>the</strong><br />

flywheel. The bit has simply vanished <strong>in</strong>to th<strong>in</strong> air.<br />

Science tells us this cannot be so. Dictionary.com<br />

details how matter cannot simply vanish under<br />

ord<strong>in</strong>ary circumstances <strong>in</strong> its def<strong>in</strong>ition of <strong>the</strong> law<br />

of conservation of mass:<br />

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Conservation of Mass<br />

noun, Physics.<br />

1. The pr<strong>in</strong>ciple that <strong>in</strong> any closed system subjected to no external<br />

forces, <strong>the</strong> mass is constant irrespective of its changes <strong>in</strong> form;<br />

<strong>the</strong> pr<strong>in</strong>ciple that matter cannot be created or destroyed.<br />

Also called law of conservation of mass, conservation of matter.<br />

However, much far<strong>the</strong>r down <strong>the</strong> page, a caveat states that:<br />

The pr<strong>in</strong>ciple does not hold under Special Relativity, s<strong>in</strong>ce mass<br />

and energy can be converted <strong>in</strong>to one ano<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

I’m certa<strong>in</strong> E<strong>in</strong>ste<strong>in</strong> has noth<strong>in</strong>g to say about <strong>the</strong>se vanish<strong>in</strong>g tools as <strong>the</strong> energy released <strong>in</strong> convert<strong>in</strong>g even a small<br />

hex bit <strong>in</strong>to energy would be far <strong>in</strong> excess of what <strong>the</strong> stock cool<strong>in</strong>g system on any of our British cars could handle.<br />

The complete conversion of a 2<br />

gram hex bit would likely<br />

release <strong>the</strong> same energy as a 41<br />

kiloton (kt) detonation. Better<br />

get <strong>the</strong> Water Wetter. I know<br />

that this type of mass loss has<br />

not occurred <strong>in</strong> my garage as<br />

this sort of th<strong>in</strong>g is frowned<br />

upon by my homeowners’<br />

association. I’m sure I would<br />

have received a violation letter<br />

for not obta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g a burn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

permit for my 41 kt demolition.<br />

That moves us <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> realm of<br />

<strong>the</strong> supernatural, alternate planes of existence where good tools go to hide out from hapless owners. Like all good<br />

haunt<strong>in</strong>gs, you will receive ‘visitations’ and o<strong>the</strong>r circumstantial evidence of <strong>the</strong> lost but never any concrete proof<br />

that <strong>the</strong> lost tools are still out <strong>the</strong>re.<br />

Some time has now passed s<strong>in</strong>ce I gave up on f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g my lost hex bit, after exhaust<strong>in</strong>g every means at my disposal<br />

to recover it. I had already forgotten about <strong>the</strong> lost bit. Yet, on a night like any o<strong>the</strong>r, I f<strong>in</strong>ally got <strong>the</strong> Jaguar back<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r and decided to take a short test drive around my neighborhood. As I rounded <strong>the</strong> first corner, a sudden<br />

quiet fell over <strong>the</strong> car and <strong>the</strong> lights dimmed. Most likely this was due to someth<strong>in</strong>g under <strong>the</strong> dash go<strong>in</strong>g open<br />

circuit but chill<strong>in</strong>g none<strong>the</strong>less. Then, without warn<strong>in</strong>g, I heard a rattl<strong>in</strong>g noise that sounded just like “Hex bit! Hex<br />

bit!” from under <strong>the</strong> bonnet. I slammed on <strong>the</strong> brakes and leapt from <strong>the</strong> car with <strong>the</strong> heebie jeebies. I searched<br />

<strong>the</strong> roadway and <strong>the</strong> eng<strong>in</strong>e bay but <strong>the</strong> phantom hex bit WAS NOT THERE!<br />

Still, I’m conv<strong>in</strong>ced it’s around somewhere, wait<strong>in</strong>g to haunt me some more <strong>the</strong> next time I reach for my hex bit<br />

that I haven’t gotten around to replac<strong>in</strong>g. . . .<br />

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