Smoke in the Wires April 2016


Welcome to the April 2016 edition of Smoke in the Wires. Smoke in the Wires is a publication of the Panhandle British Car Association. Contact Marc Cherry for questions or submissions.

Front Cover: Denis Bigioni’s Talbot-Lago 1948 T26C by Marc Cherry

Flyleaf: Pensacola-Atmore Road Rally by Marc Cherry

Back Cover: Denis Bigioni’s Talbot-Lago 1948 T26C by Marc Cherry

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From the Editor 3

Diversions: Travel Bar 4

Upcoming Events 5

Missing the Marque 6

Inside a Classic Car Auction 7

Atmore Rally 14

Lucas Distributors 15

Brits on the Bay Volunteer List 17

Feature Car 19

Tool of the Month 23

Brits on the Bay Sponsorship Form 26

Classifieds 27

PBCA Facebook 27

Cover Car: Denis Bigioni has owned this beautifully

patinaed and prepared 1948 Talbot-Lago T26C for over 20

years. I had the pleasure of watching him dominate the

open wheel races at the inaugural Fernandina Beach

Vintage Grand Prix at Amelia Island

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Letting the Smoke out

Marc Cherry


Have you ever had a season that just completely got away from you? As I wrapped up the January

issue of Smoke in the Wires--on the 31st, no less, I was expecting to produce a couple more issues

before our big car show. I ended up being fully immersed in some “part time” work. I didn’t resurface

again until the last week of March and suddenly our show is upon us! So, let’s focus on our show. As

our feature models for the show this year are Triumph’s TR3 and Spitfire, we have some great

examples coming that have not appeared at our show before. To me, that is the exciting part of a car

show, seeing new cars and owners.

Happily, our Brits on the Bay preparation has gone exceptionally well and we are poised to host our

best event yet. This is our 24th show and should put us into an exceptional position for next year’s

silver anniversary.

My obsessive preparation for Brits on the Bay was already underway last week. Here the

wheels are off for total cleaning. Hope you can sleep knowing my wheels are cleaner than


Our Friday events continue to

evolve as Rally Master Tom

Matsoukas always does a

beautiful job. The signature

event on Friday is our Red Beans

and Rice Party. We return once

again to the outstanding

Museum of Commerce. What an

incredible location this is for us

to have access to an indoor

venue set up as a vintage street

scene. This year, we’ll feature outstanding examples of the TR3 and the Spitfire at the top of Main

Street. Last year was a huge success as we spread the setup and cleanup workload more equitably

among our volunteers and really showed our guests a great time. Team Manske will lead the Friday

night effort and they are grateful for all who have signed up to help. There’s always room for more if

you’d like to pitch in as well, just let me know. Please RSVP directly or via your entry form to attend.

We request that members bring a salad, side dish or dessert.

Some features of our show just work and do not need adjusted. The outstanding music of Not Quite

Fab returns with their Beatles tribute show. We hold a space open for chairs in front of the stage, so

bring your lawn chair and enjoy the fabulous show our not friends from Not Quite Fab put on.

Do you believe we charge too little to register a car for the show? We do! But don’t worry, we have

other means of chiseling the money from your wallet. The 50/50 raffle opportunity returns along with

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T-shirt sales, door prizes and the basket raffle. Bob Manske will front our food and hospitality efforts

once again, building on the outstanding success from last year and ensuring our guests have access to

good food at reasonable prices.

Our awards continue to improve as well. Bill Silhan will continue to sponsor the Rolling Sculpture

award for the car embodying art in motion. This year he has sculpted the trophy himself and kept the

design carefully hidden from inquisitive club members. We look forward to seeing not only his

selection, but also his outstanding trophy. I am busy casting the main award trophies as well for this

year with a TR3 sculpt. Two new awards are making their debut appearance for the 2016 show. Jeff

Olive has made the ‘Lady of the Lake’ trophy to present to the winner of the “Ladies Choice Award.”

The Mayor of Pensacola will join us as well to select and present the “Mayor Ashton Hayward Award.”

Our select judges will pick the Best of Show Judged Award, while entrants select the winner of

Participant’s Choice Best of Show.

If you’d still like to volunteer, I can certainly find a place for you. My phone number is (520) 237-0285.

Just give me a call or a text. Additionally, we are still looking for sponsorship. We need to do well this

year to help us plan next year’s giant-sized 25th anniversary show. If you have a sponsor form that is

not turned in, please call Tom Schmitz right away so we can get your sponsor the best possible

exposure. Your hard work is worth it.

See you at Brits on the Bay 2016!

Diversions: Travel Bar

In the Rat Pack days long gone cocktail hour

came regardless of your location. The wellsorted

traveler was never without the right

ingredients to host a good time. A tour

around eBay will find numerous vintage

travel bars or portable bars. None were as

nifty as this genuine leather portable bar

with accoutrements for the owner and

three friends from Maximillian, a premium

luggage manufacturer. Featuring secure

storage for two bottles, a shaker and

assorted bar tools that included a chrome

fold-out mixing tray, this was the top of the

line in the 1960s. I’ve been tracking eBay for

a couple of years since I missed one. My

search has finally paid off. For a roadside emergency, this item covers every contingency not covered

by the original tool set. Look for this gem to compliment the Jag’s tool roll at Brits on the Bay.

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April through July

All PBCA Monthly Meetings will be 6:00 pm Dinner/7:00 pm Meeting at Sonny’s Bar-B-Que, Navy

Blvd at US Hwy 98, Pensacola and will feature a Program, Door Prizes, 50/50 drawing until further

notice by email, website and Telephone Tree.

*All Executive and Show Committee Lunch Meetings are always open to the entire membership and

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

involved in either a small or larger way. Be a part of the club. You will be enthusiastically welcomed.

Event details will be emailed and posted on the PBCA Website:

(PBCA Sponsored Events, Club Activities and Meetings in Bold type)


Monday 11

Friday 15

Saturday 16

Saturday 30


– PBCA Meeting & Goody Bag Stuffing NOTE: ONE WEEK EARLY DUE TO SHOW

– “Brits on the Bay” Tours and Welcome Party, Museum of Commerce, Pensacola

– “Brits on the Bay” All British Car Show, Pensacola

– PBCA Seaside and Goatfeathers Lunch and Tour

Sunday 1 – Brits on the Bay Review and Wrap up Meeting, 4:00 pm, Richard Lewis Home, Bagdad

Tuesday 3 – First Tuesday Breakfast Crown Plaza 10:00 am

Saturday 7 – Panhandle Cruisers Car Show 5 Flags, 9:00 am, Will have British Class

Saturday 14 – Pensacola Historic Tour and Lunch Bill Weeks

Wednesday 11– Executive Committee meeting 12:00 noon Crown Plaza

Monday 16 – PBCA Meeting & Program, Sonny's BarBQue, Navy Blvd, 6/7 pm

Saturday 21 – Bagdad, FL, Riverfront Festival Car Show

Friday 27 – PBCA Fancy Friday Dinner

Saturday 28 – Silverhill AL Car Show

May 28 through June 6 - British Car Week


Saturday 4 – Euro Show Naval Air Station Museum

Tuesday 7 – First Tuesday Breakfast Crown Plaza 10:00 am

Wednesday 15– Executive Committee meeting 12:00 noon Crown Plaza

Saturday – Short Sweet and Eat Rally Bob Manske

Monday 20 – PBCA Meeting & Program, Sonny's BarBQue, Navy Blvd, 6/7 pm


Tuesday 5



Monday 18

Sunday 24

Friday 29

– First Tuesday Breakfast Crown Plaza 10:00 am and Show Committee Mtg 11:00 am

– Executive Committee meeting 12:00 noon Crown Plaza

– Hadji Temple Car Show

– PBCA Meeting & Program, tentative location East of Bay

– All British Car Clubs Annual Pig Roast. Schmitz Home, Lillian AL

– PBCA Fancy Friday Dinner

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April The British Line submission for The Marque by Richard Lewis

The Premier Automobile Event of the Northwest Florida Car Clubs Season is Just

around the Corner

It doesn’t seem possible, but the “Brits on the Bay” Show is just a little more than a

month away. Yes, we have been frantically planning for this event since about July, but now it

seems to be approaching with all the speed of a run-a-way train. It certainly proves the old

adage that “All events are closer than they appear in the rear-view mirror.”

The best planning in the world cannot provide for the vagaries of weather, as we learned

during the 2015 Show. Dark clouds amassed the day before the Show and did not dissipate,

despite the most fervent wishes and prayers. We had everything in place—Friday events and the

fabled greatly expanded Friday Night Beans and Rice Party, and on show day, The Not Quite Fab

Beatles Band, the best food possible, lots of wonderful raffle and auction prizes, multiple

awards, and on and on, with about one hundred and thirty pre-registrants, with more typically

coming in on Show day—for an event that promised to exceed in splendor our previous year’s

show. Everything converged—except the weather. Friday was damp, but not debilitating, and

things went well. But we had a foretaste of Saturday’s coming tsunami as our Friday party, which

had grown geometrically over the years, was distinctly smaller.

Saturday loomed dark, and despite the foreboding weather, cars started to arrive. Rain

came, not in battalions but in platoons. The skies sputtered but failed to release their full

weapons of destructions, and still cars came. By the time the noon bell rung, we had about

seventy-five cars, about half of our usual quota. Hearty, courageous souls, all.

Still, everyone soldiered on, with a few tarps and tops going up, but most able to enjoy

the music, the food, the raffles and auctions, the awards, and the fun and, while the crowd was

smaller, it was one full of energy. Rain there was, but the deluge never came. Very few didn’t

last the entire day.

By the end of the day, everyone agreed that, despite Odin’s thunder and Thor’s hammer,

we had had a good time, making enough money to allow us to present a sure-fire show for 2016,

when the fun begins with our April 15 events, now being finalized, our “Red Beans and Rice

Party”, with its cornucopia of gustatory delights, and of course, on Saturday, April 16, the best of

all possible “Brits on the Bay” Show. Perfect weather is guaranteed, ironclad, because Your Loyal

Correspondent will not wash his car.

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Have you ever purchased a car at auction or considered selling a classic at auction? These days, a

lot of the large automotive sales events are televised as entertainment. The glitz and drama of

these sales does an equal measure of drawing people to and pushing them away from auctions.

The March Amelia Island sale was my second auction with Motostalgia, a catalog auction house

out of Austin, Texas. There is quite a bit of effort that goes into one of these sales. Over the

past two months I’ve had the opportunity to put in quite a bit of that effort in making the sale

go. Here is an inside look at a classic car auction.

First, not all classic car auctions are the same.

There are different formats and different market

segments. Mecum, Auctions America and others

hold consignment sales. These are most of the

televised sales you see. Lots of speed and drama

make for good television. These sales tend to

focus on what we call volume classics, the

$5,000 to $50,000 dollar cars. To make money

in this range, the auction houses need to turn

over a lot of cars. You may see 1,500 cars go

across the block in a three day weekend. There

may be two auctioneers operating

simultaneously on opposite ends of the venue

to achieve that rate. These sales are called

consignment sales because all you need to do

to sell your car is consign it and the auction house will run it across the

block. The marketing of the car is largely upon the seller. The consignor starts with the basic fee

for service, then orders from an à la carte menu for additional services. He pays more for selling

on Saturday than on Friday. He pays significantly more for prime-time on Saturday. Other

choices include various marketing options, but the short of it is that it is really a matter of

chance that the right buyers are in the room when a car crosses the block. One expects that cars

at an auction like this take around two minutes each to cross the block.

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At the opposite end of the spectrum are high-end catalog sales. RM Sothebys, Bonhams and

Gooding are the big

players here. Their

cars start around the

$250,000 mark and

have no upper limit.

These limited sales

only take place at the

most noteworthy of

venues like Pebble

Beach, Salon Prive’,

the Biltmore in

The First Cars Arrive for Preview

Scottsdale or at

Amelia Island. Service

for buyer and seller alike is much more personal. As such, the entire pace is more reserved. Sales

tend to be single-day events and only feature around 100 cars to keep from being compressed.

These are called catalog sales because each auction house lavishes an incredible amount of

effort into producing a beautiful and detailed catalog that is available to buyers. The cars consign

far ahead of the sale and the marketing machine cranks up to produce brilliant photography,

elegant prose and intensive postal and social media campaigns to alert buyers about the cars on

offer. At a catalog sale, the buyers are in attendance for specific cars rather than the chance of a

particular model of car showing up. While the auctioneer’s speak rate at a consignment sale

sounds just the same as at a typical cattle sale, at the finest catalog sales, the style is known as

‘English’. This vocal approach is more measured and conversational. If you watch Wayne Carini’s

Chasing Classic Cars,

you’ll catch a glimpse of

this style. Gooding’s

Charlie Ross and RM’s

Max Girardo are the

masters of this style and

celebrities within the

community in their own

right. I love watching

these guys at work as

they make the whole

sale classy, often funny

and always entertaining.

The market for these

My youngest repositions the Ferrari 328GTS. The smile on his face indicates he is

unaware of the fact that a belt service for this car costs as much as a semester at


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cars is global and each sale has a significant number of absentee bidders utilizing the telephone

and internet to participate. Each sale takes about four minutes to give absentee bidders the

opportunity for full participation.

Competition for auction consignments

at both ends of the spectrum is

intense. In addition to the televised

sales, there are literally dozens of

small auctions looking to sell volume

classics. Likewise there are only so

many million and multi-million dollar

cars out there. The auction house I

work with, Motostalgia, is also a

catalog auction but focuses on cars in

We had a nice Austin Healy 3000

the $100,000 to $300,000 range to

find a less crowded market sector.

The style reflects an amalgamation of both levels of auction houses. Motostalgia uses Brent

Earlywine as the auctioneer. His style is fast, but not as fast as the cattle sales. He frequently

breaks into conversational-paced talk with the audience. A car typically takes about three

minutes to cross the block.

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Amelia Island. Only car guys would go to any length to keep the umbrellas from our 2008 Rolls Royce from getting wet.

With an

incredibly short turnaround time, the team sprang into motion to pull off the sale. For the

November sale, I was brought in for catalog work and services during the actual sale. For Amelia,

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they brought me on as working all aspects of the sale. My involvement also included trying to

get cars signed up for the sale. This is a huge job talking to classic car dealers and private sellers

alike and setting up marketing for a car. You’d be surprised at what goes into marketing a car for

a catalog sale.

The first step involves flying out our photographer to take pictures of the car. To artfully present

a car while also covering the most important aspects of a car’s value such as serial numbers,

accessories and documentation is a real challenge. The cars themselves are never

photoshopped, although the background can be retouched as needed. It is important not to

over represent the cars. The work continues as the photographer selects and composes the

catalog layout.

Next, I’m up as it is my job to do some of the write-ups. I interview the consignor and review the

paperwork as well, as put in a few hours of research preceding the actual writing. We do a

complete VIN decode so there is no doubt about the car’s provenance. This is straight forward

and yields remarkable details on late model cars,

but can get quite involved with vintage cars, as

each manufacturer had their own standards and

numbering systems. Following the VIN decode, I

build a complete short history of the model I’m

writing on and focus on its significance and rarity.

The final portion of the write-up is dedicated to

the particular car for sale. I detail its condition,

restoration or preservation history, significant

and value-changing features and options, racing

or celebrity history, and any items that come with

the car. These are all very important in

establishing the value of a car. For example,

complete books and tool kits add significantly to

the value of an old Jaguar. Likewise, the recency

or completeness of a belt-service can make or

break the desirability of an 80’s Ferrari. All told, it

takes about three to six hours to research and

write on each car.

1948 Jaguar sold very well

As soon as the pictures and write up are ready,

they are posted on the website. The social media

team also starts pushing the car out to followers

on Facebook and Instagram. They send e-mails

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out to registered bidders. Car specialists, like me, will call buyers directly if we know clients are

looking for certain cars that we have. Closer to the sale, the pocket catalog publishes and these

are sent to the entire mailing list. Finally, the full-size catalog arrives. These go to consignors,

registered bidders and VIP guests. More than any other product, these are key to securing not

only sales at the current auction but also in securing future consignments.

A couple of weeks before the sale, site preparation begins with the purpose of having everything

ready for when the cars arrive. I traveled to Amelia early to assist with site set up. I literally

labored 12+ hours a day to build tents, set up stages and install lighting. The smaller the

company, the more hats you’ll be asked to wear. Bad weather and the challenge of a new event

venue kept us always behind where we wanted to be. I also helped to design the parking and

traffic flow as I have some experience with car show planning and parking. Consignors ship their

cars with the intention of them being in place at least three days before the sale. This in itself is

an important piece of marketing as buyers are already in town for the earlier auctions. Our sale

was Saturday evening right before the Sunday concours event. Bonhams had their sale Thursday

night nearby, which generated a lot of preview traffic through our site.

Surprisingly, few cars are test driven at these auctions. It is possible to arrange a test drive

during the preview days, but few buyers request one. We are often asked to start a car or open

all of its compartments for inspection. One of the most critical jobs is to keep track of keys,

documentation, tools and artifacts that come with the cars. I designed and led the system which

accomplished that. By providing a desk and associated storage, potential buyers can sit down

and review the documents and history that back the seller’s claims about a particular sale lot.

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Despite few buyers seeking driving proof of a vehicle’s condition, many buyers took the time to

inspect the paperwork and history of the cars.

On the evening of the auction, I don my suit and take up station handling some of the phone

bids. If I know a bidder is interested in a particular car, I call before the sale starts so he will

recognize the phone number. I also discuss bidding strategies. Some phone bidders like to

control the room and lead off strongly with initial bids while others prefer to wait and see where

the bidding stalls. During the sale, I’ll call back shortly before the car crosses the block just to be

sure we’re ready beforehand. The challenge is in slowing the action down for a phone bidder.

While the staccato call of the auctioneer plays in one ear, I calmly tell the bidder what the

current bid is and what bid the auctioneer is looking for. I ask the bidder if he wants to bid that

number. In some ways phone bidding is a lot lower stress for the serious buyer than sitting in the

room. One of my best phone bidders was actually local but at a party. It must have been a good

party as he ended up as high bidder on two cars.

If you are a consignor and really serious about selling your car, one of the biggest mistakes you

can make if your car doesn’t sell on the block is to collect your car too early. Post sale

transactions are an amazing

effort that goes relatively

unseen by most sellers. People

come to the auction to buy

cars and, as it turns out, we

only get paid if we sell cars.

After the car crosses the block,

the reserve on a car is no

longer a tight secret. The high

bidder may have been willing

Pretty! And loud!

to make the reserve price but

lacked a competitor to take the

bidding that far. Or, as is often the case, the seller failed to honestly consider the value of his

car. At the final hammer strike, the market has spoken. That is when we set to work negotiating

between the consignor, high bidder or other interested parties. We typically complete some of

the highest dollar transactions after the sale. Post sales can go on into the following week. It is in

the interest of a consignor not to collect an unsold car until Tuesday or Wednesday after the

sale, if possible. You may not have been happy with the results on the block but believe me, we

are working very hard to sell your car!

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Working hard to sell cars at the SVRA races after the auction. The MINI wasn't for sale, but it got a lot of enquiries anyway.

The other mistake consignors make is to not send the history along with the car. If the receipt

for a Ferrari belt service is not at the auction with the car, it didn’t happen. Buyers don’t like

weird circumstances and they don’t like intangibles. If buyers can see records, restoration

photos and build sheets, those items are real and the car is likewise considered ‘real.’ We had a

genuine Shelby GT500 that we could not sell. It didn’t have its original engine in it. Buyers didn’t

like that. We told our buyers that the car was to be accompanied by the original engine upon

delivery. Buyers warmed up to that but wanted to know the condition of the engine. No one

could tell us. Unsurprisingly, no sale! I found out a week after the sale that the original engine is

fully rebuilt and ready to go. I could have sold that $110,000 car four times over if the seller had

helped me out with a little information!

All told, the Amelia Island sale was exciting and exhausting. In the end, I never made it to the

actual concours event held there. We were so busy with post sales that none of us had the

chance to go. A few of our club members took the opportunity to stop by the auction and

preview our cars. I was happy to host Bill and Melissa Silhan at the actual sale. If you are

interested in attending or participating in a future sale, please let me know. I hope you will find

the experience a fascinating and rewarding one.

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Tenth Annual Pensacola-Atmore Road Rally

Photos: Bill Moseley, Marc Cherry

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Lucas Distributor Vacuum Control

By Jeff Simpson

What follows is the fourth of a series of articles reprinted with permission from The Register, the

newsletter of the Tucson British Car Register. All words and photos copyright Jeff Simpson.

Why do we need a vacuum control on the distributor anyway? They don't even use one on racing

engines so it can't be very important. Based on the number of variations and part numbers, it

seems that even the manufactures where not quite sure what they were trying to accomplish with

the vacuum control. But they actually do have a purpose. While the mechanical advance adjusts

the spark advance based on engine speed, the job of the vacuum control is to adjust for engine

load. It should provide better gas mileage and better drivability. When you are cruising along at

part throttle, the air/fuel charge into the cylinders tends to be leaner. A lean mixture burns slower

and therefore requires a little extra advance in order to get the most power from the least fuel.

Back to getting the maximum push on the piston at just the right instant. Not an issue with race

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engines which are operating at full throttle most of the time and don't care much about fuel


While most Lucas vacuum units are made to advance the timing, there are also those that retard

the timing and some that do both. Check the direction the vacuum will pull the movable base

plate relative to the direction of distributor rotation. Vacuum pull opposite to distributor rotation is

advance and visa-versa. Almost every Lucas unit is stamped with a series of three numbers, like

5-12-7. This means that the control starts to pull at 5 inches of mercury, is full in at 12, and gives

a maximum of 7 degrees of advance. If it is followed by an “R”, it will retard instead of advance.

Older units often have a threaded fitting for a copper vacuum tube, latter ones have a push on

fitting for a rubber vacuum tube.

It is also important to consider where the vacuum control tube is connected. There are two

primary locations, with very different characteristics. One is an intake manifold connection. This

provides the highest vacuum when the throttle plates are closed, such as at idle, and the lowest

at full throttle, such as accelerating. The second location is off a carburetor venturi. This location

provides just the opposite effect, low or none at idle and maximum at full throttle. The amount of

vacuum and transition curve varies from zero to maximum based the location of the connection

port and carb/manifold details.

It's easy to test the vacuum unit, no need to remove. Just remove the cap from the distributor,

remove the vacuum line and attach a hand vacuum pump in its place. Work the pump and watch

the movable plate move. It should move and stay until you release the vacuum. If it moves but

immediately falls off, a vacuum leak is indicated. If it doesn't move, (you probably have a D25-x

type distributor) detach the spring connector from its pin on the movable plate. Test again, if the

spring doesn't move, the vacuum unit is bad, if it does move, the movable base plate is stuck. In

which case you need to remove the two little Philip mounting screws, lift out the base plate

assembly and see what's stuck.

The movable plate is supposed to slide easily on two little nylon buttons, held by a spring blade

countered by capped pin in a slot. You may find the problem is nothing more than hardened

grease and dirt. You may also find a broken spring, in which case you should get a new plate

assembly. More than likely you will find that the cap of the pin has a notch worn into it by the side

of the slot. This allows the movable plate to tip and wobble, causing jerky movement and uneven

wear of the points against the cam. If so, grip the cap of the pin with vice-grips and gently turn it

about a quarter turn, thus putting a new unworn surface against the slot. This will reduce the tilt

and improve the movement of the vacuum control. Lucas completely redesigned this whole

assembly on the next generation of distributors, the D45-x type, and it is very unlikely you will

have a problem with one of these.

If you get your vacuum control working correctly, you might be surprised at the improved gas

mileage and drivability.

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Brits on the Bay Volunteer List

April 15-16, 2016

Thanks to everyone who has already confirmed their volunteer slot for the 2016 Brits on the Bay.

We are way ahead of the game this year on volunteers. I already have XXX out of XXX spots

confirmed. As you look through this list, I have highlighted the few people I still need to hear

from. Please send me an e-mail at to confirm. We really appreciate your

enthusiastic participation and look forward to another great year.

Chair: Tom Schmitz

Assistant Chair: Bob Henson, Tom Matsoukas, Marc Cherry

Site Preparation: Friday-Saturday

Bill Weeks, chair, Keith Sanders, Bob Henson, Paul Salm, Tom Matsoukas, Marc Cherry


Marc Cherry, chair, Bill Weeks, Richard Lewis, Rich Willows, Al Deweese, Gus Fell, Tim Maynard,

Dave Powers, Tabor Tompkins, Jack Rowles, Jason Court, One Volunteer Needed

Reception/Registration Area:

Tom Schmitz, chair, Jeanne Schmitz, Midge Derby, Curt Derby, Risa Manske, Tom Matsoukas,

Rich Willows, Al Deweese, , Karlyn Cherry, One Volunteer Needed


Tom Schmitz, Chair, Gail Sanders, Donna Weeks, Rise Manske, Liz Maynard, Midge Derby,

Karlyn Cherry


Tom Schmitz, chair, Marc Cherry, Bob Henson

Specialty Awards:

Rolling Sculpture Award--Bill Silhan

Special Category Trophies--Marc Cherry

Moulton Family Award--Moulton Family

Best in Show-judges--Mike Darby with Larry Norton and Bill Gillson of Peachtree MG Registry

T Shirts

Artwork: Curt Derby, Rich Willows

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Production: Tom Schmitz, Curt Derby

Show Sales: Mickey Kay, chair, Kay Kay, Ann Fell, John Malone and Ken Stewart


Curt Derby, chair

Goody Bags

Tom Schmitz, chair, Darla Willows, Rich Willows, Al Deweese

Sound System:

Bob Manske, chair, Bill Weeks, Tom Matsoukas, Keith Sanders, Marc Cherry, Tommy Fulgham

Show Promotions:

Bill Weeks, chair, Keith Sanders, Curt Derby, Tom Schmitz, Bob Manske

Awards Presentation:

Tom Schmitz, chair, Marc Cherry, Taber Tompkins, Paul Salm


Mike Japp, chair and web site manager, Bill Moseley, Cam Leonard & Richard Lewis

Motor Homes:

Gus Fell, Bill Weeks

Friday Day Activities:

Tom Matsoukas, Marc Cherry. Co-chairs, Henry Hensel, Ingrid Candelaria, Richard Lewis

Friday Night Reception:

Bob Manske, chair

Set Up: Marc Cherry, Tom Matsoukas, Liza Maynard, Tim Maynard, Marie Olive, Jeff Olive,

Jason Court, Stacie Court

Food Arrangement and Serving: Jeff Olive, Marie Olive

Guest Welcome: Marc Cherry, Melissa Silhan, Bill Silhan

Post Event Clean Up (10-11:30 pm): Carol Stewart, Ken Stewart, Jack Rowles, Jerry Rowles,

Jeff Olive, Marie Olive

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Food Booth:

Bob Manske, chair, Gene Wilcox, Carol Stewart,

Monica Bachmann, Marie Olive

Major Prize Raffle:

Jeff Olive, Judy Huber, Paul Salm, Jerry Rowles


Darla Willows, Donna Weeks

Major Prize Donations

Richard Lewis (basket), chair, Joan Clemons (quilt), Jerry Rowles (basket), Ann & Gus Fell

(basket), Jeff Olive (wood bowl), Tom Matsoukas (tools), Rich Willows (painting and framed

print), Curt Derby (2 paintings), Dom Hambrick (Enamel Badge), United Bank (silver necklace)

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Featured Car

1957 Devin-Triumph “The Gary Special”

Words and Photos by Marc Cherry

US-born racer and manufacturer Bill Devin got his racing start with a tiny Crossley Hot Shot and

a hot cam in the early 1950s. He travelled to Italy with the intention of purchasing obsolete

Ferraris from the previous race season and importing them into the US with new bodies. Once

Ferrari caught word of this scheme, the factory closed the door on this scheme. Enzo Ferrari

famously remarked the, ‘Ferrari doesn’t sell used cars.” Even so, Bill was able to obtain a couple

of Ferraris and race them briefly stateside before selling them on. As the door at Ferrari closed,

another opened as a Panhard dealership needed to move several complete but unbodied


Devin’s relationship with Panhard produced effective race cars and led to Devin’s most significant

innovation, the belt-driven overhead camshaft. Starting with a Panhard crank case, Devin

attached Norton motorcycle heads to the case then devised a method to drive their overhead

cams. Using a cogged transmission belt, he made the arrangement work so well that a Devin-

Panhard won a 1956 SCCA championship. These successes launched Devin as a manufacturer.

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Devin Cars initially produced fiberglass bodies for their own chassis. The SS model initially had a

UK-built frame, but the challenges of Britain’s labor market forced Devin to move production

stateside. In the end, the top model Devin SS became an unprofitable venture. Concurrent to the

SS, Devin produced the Devin-D (Deutsche) using a simplified frame and using Volkswagen

components to complete the car.

The D was a commercial success and drove Devin to Americanize it as the Devin-C (Corvair)

using the more powerful air-cooled Chevrolet engine. These cars proved to be formidable track

cars capable of turning faster laps that much more exotic equipment.

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Bill Devin also offered the Devin-F body to the public. The Devin-F was inspired by the Ferrari

750 Monza and cost a mere $295. This earned the buyer a body shell far superior in quality and

strength to other manufacturers due to hand-laid construction and reinforced hood and door

flanges. A number of options were available to buyers such as a streamlined headrest for $10 or

a molded cockpit tub for $75 extra. The Devin-F was uniquely marketed in 27 letter-coded sizes

to cover an assortment of wheelbases, widths and cowl heights. The early Triumph frames were

proven and sturdy and turned out to be an ideal match to the Devin-F with an 88-inch wheel base

and 45-inch track.

While most Devin-Fs hit the

track with small engines,

some builders were able to

shoehorn in small V-8s.

This incredible car was

built in 1957 by James

Gary in El Monte, CA on a

1956 Triumph TR-2

chassis. After completion it

was shown in the 1957 Los

Angeles Concours

d’Elegance before being

raced the very next day. It

raced in the US under the

SCCA with Don McQuilken

at the wheel with a best finish of 8th overall and in Canada where it raced to an overall first in

1959. As one of the first completed Devin cars, Bill Devin promoted it heavily.

The Gary Special remained in Canada until the early 2000s before returning to the US for a

thorough recommissioning that included the upgrade to elements of the TR4 chassis and the

addition of a Rover V-8 with Offenhauser heads and intakes. The car was totally restored to an

incredible level of detail.

I caught up to this car at

the Motostalgia Amelia

Island sale and was

immediately captivated by

this unique Anglo-

American hybrid. It looks

and sounds incredible.

Nothing about the shape,

fit or finish says ‘kit car’.

This Triumph evolution is a

track weapon detuned for

the street as beautiful as

any of the Ferraris or

Jaguars of the era.

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It was only a matter of time before the internet popped to the top of the list for

Tool of the Month candidates. This electronic medium transcends the limitations

of the printed word to bring a wealth of knowledge to your screen. It also

exceeds the boundaries of good sense, safety, taste and civility, but probably

not entertainment. Still, odds are that no matter what mechanical malady you

face, someone with an intense need for attention has met, defeated and

blogged about your problem already.

Looking for help on the internet is not for the fainthearted. Even searching for

something like “Paint Shaker” can expand your knowledge (and definition) of the

subject in ways you had never dreamed of understanding. The key to successful

learning is to search with as narrow criteria as possible. Do you want to know how to

change the intake manifold gasket of your Mini? Go with “replace intake gasket 2004 Mini Cooper R53.” Instantly

you are confronted with write-ups and how-to

videos specific to your car.

Of course, misery loves company. That’s why you

joined a British car club. But what about marque

or model specific needs? The MGB owners aren’t

going to solve your Mini problem. Although the

gulf coast doesn’t have enough E-Types for us to

form a club of our own, there’s an online club

and forum. Every car in our club has a forum of

its own somewhere. There you can find experts

and blowhards alike to help solve your dilemmas.

Likely you will find contradictory advice. The

trouble is that expert and moron-derived advice looks

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emarkably similar. Before acting on someone's posted advice, take the time to look through their other posts. Do

keep a wary eye out for alarming buzzwords like zip tie, wire nut, splice, MGB, and duct/electrical tape.

If you really feel lucky, you can

even join a forum and ask a

question. Caution: NEVER pose a

question on Yahoo Answers!

Only morons ask questions there

because everyone else knows

other morons are waiting to

answer their questions. Trolls

also gather on the forums like

sharks looking for blood in the

Jaguar Torsion Bar Adjustment on In It Together Forum

water. So you go to a marque

and model specific site and still want to post a question? This takes guts. Even here the trolls are waiting for you to

show the slightest sign of weakness or hesitation. You will be specially pilloried if your question is already covered

in the FAQs section or could have been resolved with the simplest of searches. If possible, choose to ask intelligent

questions when intelligent people are on the web. A question asked at 7 p.m. Thursday will get different treatment

than at 11 p.m. Saturday. If you cannot

determine which of the two choices above will

yield better results, then you might as well start

drinking at 7 p.m. Thursday so you can be part of

the problem on Yahoo Answers at 11 p.m.


As you are likely aware, there is no end of

businesses out there looking to sell car parts

online. For owners of newer cars, you can get

factory-original parts shipped to you far cheaper

than you can buy at the local dealership. Some

John Twist Tells How to Fix the Broken Door on Your MGB

of the better sites have complex search engines

to make sure the part you are considering actually is correct for your car. Although I am not endorsing any of the

following sites, Minimania (Mini), Pelican (Mini/BMW), Moss

Motors (nearly everything) and SNG Barratt (Jaguar) are

particularly strong in this respect. Some sites, like Pelican, have

an extensive video library showing how to undertake major jobs

on their target cars. I have saved a bit of money and aggravation

working on our BMW and Mini with aid of these videos. Once

the part arrives, the quick results without the inconvenience of

a trip or two to a garage or dealership also makes the wife

happy. YouTube can also be a great place to search for

procedural videos. There are so many restoration logs and

how-to videos here, you are likely to find something to further

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your cause.

The Image button on your internet browser is another great

source of information. I’ve struggled with the wiring diagram on

my E-Type over the years, tracing identical black lines labeled W,

G, RB, YN and the like. I found an image someone had done

producing the entire chart in color so that I could see Yellow-

Brown instead of tracing YN. Brilliant. Internet photos have saved

me countless times when I failed to take a picture of something

before I took it apart or when the manufacturer failed to produce

a much-needed diagram in the service manual. I learned how to

re-spoke and true a wire wheel on the internet from studying

several sources. Ultimately, I wrote and posted my own guide

which can now be found in a couple of places online.

Manuals are another great resource I have found on the internet.

There are quite a few digitized service manuals out there for the

cars, but tools are where I’ve had the biggest need. I inherited

several outstanding power tools from my grandfather. While I understood the basic workings of the tools, I still

didn’t know the finer points of setup, safety and all of the higher features. Despite the machines being over thirty

years old, I found scanned-in manuals for every router, drill press, band saw and planer that I had. Now I can source

spare parts as well as correctly use the features and adjustments available to me.

The internet can be dauntingly shallow at times, but there is truly a wealth of information and automotive

entertainment available. You just have to ask the right questions and look in the right places. While most people

think of the internet as a resource for buying parts, there is a lot of

assistance available to the hobbyist beyond sales support. You might also

contribute by joining and adding to a

marque-specific forum. Or you can

turn to the dark side and go on

Yahoo Answers and maybe help

the less mechanically inclined sort

out their motoring mysteries like

what the “710” cap does.

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For sale or interesting trade: One Jaguar E-Type right side engine frame and one modern art sculpture. They fit

any 1961-1972 Jaguar E-Type. Right side frame is in good shape and left side has a couple of dents. I didn’t like the

left side and chose to replace mine as a pair. I consider the right side able to serve again. You may feel comfortable

with the condition of the left side though I consider the left side as an object d’ art and the right to be a frame for

an early E-Type. Offers in the range of a single-malt bottle of scotch considered.

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