Drive to Peace River Seafood Restaurant 2018

On December 1, club president, Jim Wilson, organized another one of his gastronomical destination drives, this time to the Peace River Seafood restaurant in Punta Gorda, FL. After meeting at the familiar Texaco station on East Fruitville road, the group travelled south on scenic back roads arriving at the target just in time for lunch and some of the best and freshest seafood in the area. Stone crab claws were still in season! This eatery remains a little bit of Old Florida.

Ten cars and 18 members participated in this spirited drive under great “winter” weather conditions. It was an awesome lunch and many of those there were already requesting a return visit.

Thanks to Bruce Skaggs and Jim for the story input, along with photos from Joe Malaney.

International Cricket Finals 2018

One of our regular annual winter events is the “Six a Side” International Cricket Finals at the Lakewood Ranch Cricket Club. It’s a three-day round robin tournament and we are invited to come on the concluding day (finals), which this year was on November 25. This year’s event featured six squads representing London, the Cayman Islands, a mixed team from down under (Australia and New Zealand), plus entries from Florida, including the local Sarasota club.

Twelve cars met at the Outback Steak House on University Blvd and caravanned the short distance to the field. Our LBC’s were on static display throughout the day and at half time slowly paraded around the field to be admired by the fans. The announcer correctly identified our individual cars as we drove past the stands, although those in the mostly British crowd were familiar with the various marques.

Based on input from Bruce Skaggs.

6th Annual Gator Boys Camp Car Show (2018)

On November 3, we held our annual Gator Boys Camp Car Show. The Gator Wilderness Camp School is a private school for troubled boys from 10 to 15 years of age located in a remote part of Charlotte County, Florida. For the past several years, our club has held a members’ car show and picnic for the boys and their counselors. Many of the youths from the camp can benefit from positive contact with adults and we try to provide this with our cars as a catalyst.

There were a number of activities planned for the day. The boys judged which British car they liked the best and the owner wass awarded the Peter Clark Memorial Trophy. The boys also participated in a car design contest where their drawings were judged for thoughtfulness, ingenuity and creativity. And this year one of our racing members, Bob Tone, gave a talk about racing and what is required if you want to do it. He showed the boys his racing gear including helmet, gloves, socks, etc. And, of course, there was a catered picnic lunch, followed with dessert provided by the club’s fantastic bakers. We had a great turnout with 22 British cars, over 40 members and 18 boys and their counselors.

Thanks to Duane and Ellen Magnuson for again hosting this event at their home.

Input from Bruce Skaggs. File photo.

Safety Harbor Car Show 2018

On October 27, six members of our Club made it north to Safety Harbor, Florida for the annual All British Car Show and Auto Jumble hosted by the Tampa Bay Austin Healey Club. This is always a really fun event since the show stretches along several blocks of Main Street and the town is basically shut down. This makes it easy to stroll along checking out the huge collection of LBC’s. The shops and eateries remain open so there are ample opportunities to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst throughout the day.

Input from Bruce Skaggs.

Drive to Lunch at Giovanni’s

On Saturday, October 13, eleven club members in seven cars drove to Wauchula, Florida for lunch at Giovanni’s Main Street Kitchen. Giovanni’s is a destination restaurant in the Florida “interior.” Club President, Jim Wilson, had everyone meet at the familiar jumping off point – behind Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse on E. Fruitville Road. He then led the group on an approximately 70-mile trip over country roads and pastoral lanes. As the caravan got closer to Wauchula, the agricultural scene transitioned from cattle ranches to orange groves. The following vehicles took part: 1951 MG TD, 1973 TR6, 1977 MG Midget, 1997 and 1999 Jaguar XK8’s, 2010 Mini Cooper S, followed by Bill Stelcher’s 1929 Model A Speedster.

The weather was beautiful, not too hot, with low humidity and plenty of sunshine. The food was as good as advertised with, according to reports, the pizza being excellent. All had a good time.

Joe Malaney contributed to this report.