SBCC Poker Run 2016


Sunday, May 15 brought us a bright and sunny day, albeit a touch hot, but that didn’t stop a group of members participation in this years Poker Run.  The event was organized by Ellen and Rick Bucchino the fortunate (or unfortunate winners) from last year depending on how you look at it.

This year’s Poker Run was executed with a new format to eliminate the need for having folks sit and wait for cars to find them to pick a card.  The format was themed and directed the members to locate a specific historic landmark or point of interest.  A tally sheet plus two “option cards” were chosen by each driving team.  Once the member found the landmark, they needed to record the answer to a specific question about the landmark–and also record the last two digits of their odometer when viewing the landmark.  There were 5 destinations and then members collected the 5 two-digit combinations.  Rick had a computer-generated score sheet that associated a playing card with each two digit combination from 00 to 99.  The winner would be based on first the correct number of answers, combined with the best poker hand using the 7 total cards.

Once the members reached their final destination, the Beef O’ Brady’s on Lakewood Ranch Blvd., the tally sheets were collected by Ellen Bucchino and using the special “decoder” sheet, each team was scored.

The winners were as follows:

  • First Runner Up with 5 correct questions and a pair of 8’s was Nancy and Jack Hartley
  • Second Runner Up with 5 correct questions and a pair of 5’s was Robert Howard
  • Third Runner Up with 4 correct answers and a full house was Anita and Bernie Wood
  • And our grand prize winner with 5 correct questions and 3 of a kind was Kathleen and Fred Cook!

Rick presented some “limited edition” SBCC clocks to the runners up and of course, the grand prize of the “SBCC Traveling Cup” was awarded to Kathleen and Fred Cook.  We are sure they will “cook up” a fun event in 2017!

A minor mishap occurred where Gene and Betsy’s car developed a fuel delivery issue and they missed the refreshments and awards ceremony.  However, they did get going after a short time and eventually completed the run.  Thanks to all that participated and also to Robert Howard and Ellen Bucchino or taking some photos of the event.

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2016 Sarasota Highland Games

Kilted member

SBCC Member Robert Howard

The 22nd Annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival was held on Jan 30 at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds. The day began coolly, but the temperature mirrored the steadily ascending Florida sun and quickly reached the mid-70’s. We had a good turnout with 15 diverse examples of British motor cars spanning 80 years of manufacturing, from Bob Faria’s 1934 Austin 7 to Robert Watts’ 2014 Jaguar F-Type.

A crowd estimated to be 10,000 enjoyed pipe bands, dance competitions, sheep dog demonstrations, highland athletics (the caber, sheaf and Scottish hammer tosses, the haggis kick and the pasties twirl), music, food and drink.

Our display location situated between the clan tents and the band assembly area afforded dual exposure to large numbers of festival attendees and to the daylong cacophony of bagpipe tuning. One club member liked the latter to the sound of a cat caught in the fan belt, only of greater duration.

The Games organizing committee recognized the following with Highland Games awards: Mike Browne (1996 Rover MINI Cabriolet) – Blue Rosette, Ron McLeod (1970 Marcos GT) – Red Ribbon and Bob Faria (1934 Austin 7 Type 65) – White Ribbon.


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2016! SBCC Starts the year with a Big Bang!


20160101_130907On New Year’s Day 2016, we had a great turnout at the Turtle Beach Pavilion for our annual White Elephant gift exchange and Pot Luck lunch outing.  Here is a note from our club president, Jim Wilson:

Fellow SBCC Members,

WOW, what a turn out to our Turtle Beach Event.  Marylyn counted 65 attendees. I think we all had a great time, I know Debbie and I had a fabulous time just visiting with all of our great members. What a wonderful group we have.

I wanted to give a special thanks to the Event Planner Marylyn Aiello and her crew, a few of the ladies were Marilyn Lukens, Betsy McOmber and Irene Gallagher.  A special thanks to Russ Lukens for making a special trip with the coolers for drinks and thanks to Nick Pearce for running out to get more water.  Dave Hasler did such a great job of announcing we may ask him to do it again in 2017.

Did you notice all the fabulous British cars in the parking lot?  The ’73 Europa of Jerry and Cathy Jergensen, the original owners, Joel and Marcia Goricks’ gorgeous red XKE roadster, Ron McLeod and Ellen Wheatley and their Marcos.  Walt and Joanne Mainbergers’ Spridget, two red Morgans, owned by Bill Borden and Ron and Kathy Gricius.  Two TR3’s, the Dozois, and the Lukens.  And a Mayflower of the Harneys’ and Duane and Ellen Magnusons’ Austin 8.  Even two MBG’s, both standouts, the Bucchino’s ’69 MGB GT and Jay and Joyce Olsens’ red MGB roadster.  And Peter and Sheila Litvinchyks’ strange sounding Healey 3000, “powered by a Ford v8″.  And one very rare Delorean owned by Bernie and Anita Wood, I believe they are the orginal owners.  I think I saw Nick Pearces’ TR4, and several TR6’s. Dave and Janice Haslers’ Lotus powered Jensen Healey. And Bob and Carole Szymanskis’ white Jag Sedan.  Sorry if I missed anybody, but don’t we have a great examples of fine British motoring in our club?

The cars are great but some of our very special members do not own British Cars.  Collette Penn comes to mind, and she was the “winner” of the Treasure Chest this year.  As she said in her “acceptance speech” she picked it on purpose to remind her of what a great group of members we have.  I would add, “and what a Jewel we have in her”.

All members not in attendance, we missed you, and we wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Below is a gallery of images from the day.

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2015 Holiday Party


20151213_180715Our annual Holiday event was held on Sunday, December 13 at the beautiful Venetian Golf and River Club in Nokomis, FL.  Many thanks to all that worked hard to arrange and conduct such a nice evening!

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Lunch at the Don CeSar


On Sunday, Nov. 15, Debbie Wilson organized a Club outing for lunch at the legendary Don CeSar Hotel in St. Petersburg, FL. Under breezy but pleasant weather conditions, the group of club members motored the approx. 40 miles from our usual gathering spot at the Fruitville Texaco station to the hotel and its Sea Porch Cafe. As you drive over the Sunshine Skyway to St. Pete, the large pink palace off to your left is the Don CeSar. We were led part of the way by Jim Wilson until he lost us at the toll plaza.

“The Don” was built in 1928 during the Florida land boom. Its pink color and design are patterned after the Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki Beach. Although under financial strain during the Depression, the hotel remained viable and was a favorite resort of high society – hosting the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Clarence Darrow, Lou Gehrig and even gangster Al Capone. It was revered internationally and catered to privileged guests from around the world. At the outbreak of WW II, The Don was appropriated by the government and served many functions: an Army hospital, an Air Force convalescent center, and a VA office. By 1969, the government completely abandoned the building and it faced demolition. But a local preservation group spearheaded its salvation and after a multi-million dollar restoration, the facility was revived and and opened again as a luxury resort in 1973. The sugar-sand beach, fine dining and well-appointed accommodations continue to draw an upscale clientele. But our car club was welcomed nevertheless.

The brunch menu offered a lot of options. Everyone enjoyed their meal and, more importantly, the socializing. And it was great to visit a piece of Florida history.

Enjoy our photos from the event!

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