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! 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 waters.  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, Jim and 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.

“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 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 nonetheless.

The brunch menu offered a lot of options. Everyone enjoyed their meal and, more importantly, the socializing.

Enjoy our photos from the event!

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Visit to Tsikuris Classics

Tucked away on a tree-lined street in Kathleen, Florida is Tsikuris Classics. This father & son restoration and repair shop has been in business for nearly 35 years serving the British Classic Car market. Specializing in Jags and Healeys, a typical complete restoration may take 12 to 14 months. Below, SBCC members enjoy a tour of the Tsikuris facility. Thanks to Ron Musselman for arranging this informative event. And special thanks to Paul Tsikuris for having the club in and showing his restoration facility and projects!

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