Camilla Classic

April 7, 2018
The morning started with rain. David Ladnier joined us at our house as we headed to the show. Because the Bel Air does not have windshield wipers we had to make many stops.
We finally arrived at Bellingrath Gardens and made our way to the show field. We traveled down a back pathway to the Great Lawn. Just before entering the Great Lawn we had to travel over about 40 feet of dirt road that had turned to about 8 inches of mud. We headed into the mud and hoped for the best. We made it through and so did David. Then they shut down that entrance.
We all got busy cleaning our cars. What a mess, mud everywhere. The cars were all clean when it came time to judge the cars.
Ed Grimes was selling 50/50 tickets. I spent a while helping him by separating the tickets and putting them in the drum. As I tore the tickets apart I watched door prize after door prize get picked up by happy car owners.
The day was very pleasant after the rain stopped. Many DSR members attended and won trophies. It was a good day and fun to hang out with both old and new friends.

Baumhauer Road Baptist Church Car Show

March 31, 2018
Baumhauer Road Baptist Church Fish Fry, Easter Egg hunt and Car show held on March 31 was a fun event. Plenty of warm weather and plenty of DSR members. Zeno and Rheba Chaudron brought their family, Trey, Blaze and Kelly along with Violet. David Ladnier, Darrin and Charlotte Dahlenburg and Barrett, Jimmy and Barbara O’Brien and Leslie Sellers all were present. The fish for the fish fry was excellent and so were all the sweets for sale. Charlie Lyles did an excellent job frying fish. Zeno won the People’s Choice trophy.

Chocolate Festival

March 3, 2018
Ed Grimes and his son Eddy Grimes attend the Chocolate Festival. For displaying your car at the festival you received free entrance to the Chocolate Festival. The event took place at the Grounds.

Visiting Walt’s Garage

February 24, 2018
Zeno and Rheba Chaudron, Darrin and Charlotte Dahlenburg and Walt and Martha Fuller were present. After an nice breakfast several of us followed Walt Fuller home. Walt is the process of restoring a Model T pick up. Walt was ready to put the top on. It took a little ingenuity to get it to fit. It was fun to hang out with Walt and Martha.

Mardi Gras 2018

January 13, 2018
The first Mardi Gras parade of the season kicked off. Krewe De La Dauphine Parade started at the Sea Lab on Dauphin Island and traveled down Bienville Blvd all the way to the first public beach. Charlotte led the parade with Uncle Henry as this years Grand Marshal in the 1960 Buick Electra. Uncle Henry and his grandson Alex threw everything from moonpies and beads to giant stuffed animals. David Ladnier, Ross Sloan and Robert Salters all participated in the parade. Each of them drove the princesses in the parade.

Dollar General  Parade

December 22, 2017
The night started with rain looming over the Mobile area. Sprinkles here and there for the few hours before the parade had us questioning on going home or staying.  Just moment before the start of the parade the rain stopped and the Mardi Gras type parade went of without a hitch.

Dauphin Island Parkway Christmas Parade

December 16, 2017
Robert Salter drove his Cavalier, David Ladnier’s withdrove  his 1964 Ford Galaxie
and Ross Sloan drove Mustang.

Christmas Outing at the Hank

December 10, 2017
Zeno and Rheba Chaudron, David and Joyce Ladnier and Darrin and Charlotte Dahlenburg met at Hobby Lobby for the Deep South Region’s outing to see the Christmas Lights at the Hank. After touring the lights the group went to McAllisters for dinner and fellowship. 

Christmas Party

December 14, 2017
We celebrated Christmas together. We had a pot luck dinner with entertainment. The evening started with the Sweet Adenines singing Christmas Carols for us. Nancy Thoms and Jennie Vermillion sang so beautiful.
 Mallory Henderson made it home in time to enjoy the Christmas party John Pendergrass’ family joined us for the evening. They brought with them some of Johns favorite things to
eat, Snicker bars and a veggie tray. Zeno made sure there was coffee going in honor of John. We all had a good time together

Semmes Christmas Parade

December 9, 2017
Semmes Christmas parade was held on December 9, 2017.  Robert Salters drove  his Cavalier,  Paul Dagenais drove his Comet, David Ladnier drove his Galaxie and Ross Sloan drove his Mustang.

Dawes Christmas Parade

December 9, 2017
The Dawes Christmas Parade is one of the newer parades to the area. With Pastor Brad Sullivan as the organizer for the parade the Deep South Region and the Henderson’s always support this parade.
The mile and half parade route is crowded with children of all ages ready to catch the throws and get a glimpse of Santa. This is a fun parade for both the driver and the spectator.

Grand Bay Christmas Parade

December 2, 2017

Tillman’s Corner Christmas Parade

December 2, 2017
On Saturday, December 2 the Henderson Collection sent out nine antique cars to participate in the annual Tillman’s Corner Parade. The parade has grown to be one of the largest parades in the Mobile area. Armed with lots of throws the cars trilled the crowd. Nine antique cars lead the parade down Three Knotch Road. Several of DSR members drove cars in the parade. 

Veterans Day Parade

November 11, 2017
The Mobile Veteran’s Day Parade on November 10 went off with only a few minor hitches. The streets were lined with veterans, children with their families all waving flags and cheering for all the vets as the rode by in the antique cars.


Flags of Glory Honoring Veterans

November 5, 2017
Mobile Memorial Gardens in Tillman’s Corner held their annual Flags of Glory event. Each year they honor one veteran. This year Lemuel Stevens was the honored veteran. Mr. Stevens is 96 years old and a World War II vet. The Patriot Guard all on motorcycles escorted Lemuel Stevens through the Flags of Glory that circles the gardens. Mr. Stevens rode in David Ladiner’s 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 to the commemoration. There were many dignitaries present at the event including Senator Bill Hightower.

One Havana Night

November 3, 2017
There is nothing better than to help others. When the Distinguished Young Women called and needed 5 1950’s cars Jim Henderson eagerly stepped up to the plate. Five of our club members volunteered to drive Mr. Henderson’s cars to the One Havana Night fund raiser. The event had a goal of raising money to send young women to college. Frank and Lisa Piper drove the 1954 Crestline, Sunliner, David Ladnier drove the 1950 Crestliner, Joyce Ladnier drove the 1957 Chevy Bel Air, Charlotte Dahlenburg drove the 1957 Mercury Montclair and Darrin Dahlenburg drove the 1948 Lincoln Continental.

Shirley Looney Memorial Car Show

October 21, 2017
This is always a great show at a great location put on a bunch of great folks. This year presented some pretty big challenges however – the weather was steamy and somewhat
threatening, and turnout was less than expected due to a scheduling glitch that put this show on simultaneously with the popular annual Automotive Painters Supply cruise-in.
That being said, they still managed to draw 125+ registered participants. DSR was well represented by Herb and Nancy Thoms, Bobby Peterson, Ed Grimes, and Dick Cashdollar. 


2nd Annual Fish Fry, Bake Sale and Cruise-In

October 22, 2017
Despite the rainy cold start to the day we had a good time at the fish fry, bake sale and cruise-in. The event was held at the clubhouse. A few cars came and spent most of the day with us.  Those that braved the cold weather (70 Degree). We had people walk in off the street and over 100 meal tickets were pre sold. The guys started cooking at 5 am and kept frying fish until just after noon. It was a lot of fun to hangout with so many people and enjoy fish and cars


Coker Challenge

September 15-17 2017
Team Henderson is glad to welcome our second team: Travis Henderson and Charles Dewberry in a 66 Mustang for the ‘17 Coker Challenge out of Tennessee. Scott and Mallory, the original team drove the 1964 ½ Mustang in the rally.  This is a shortened regional rally. The weather is perfect with clear skies and good weather.
Something about mid September in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains. Cool morning temps, fresh air and fog shrouded mountains, and the smell of half burned gasoline puffing out the back end of vintage cars.  But the best part is being able to share this adventure with two of my kids.
My hats off to Mallory Henderson she started rallying with me five years ago and has taken a real liking to the sport. She has shown steady improvement with each rally. This rally was our best as we won 3 aces and took third place for the rally.

Cruisin for a Cause at the Hooptie do

September 8
Frank Piper attended the Hooptie Do 4 Heart Disease Car and Truck Show “Cruisin for a Cause.” The cruise-in/show was held at 3 pm at Springhill Medical Center in Mobile. All entrants enjoyed a seafood feast.

Golden Anniversary Banquet

July 22, 2017
We celebrated our 50th year as an antique car club.  We were proud to have our much loved Mayor Sandy Stimpson, Senator Bill Hightower and Tom Cox, President of AACA celebrated with us.  With over 100 guests at the banquet we recognized several members for their years of dedication to our club.


Henderson Collection Open House July 22, 2017

In honor of our 50th Anniversary the Henderson Collection was open from 2-4 pm.

Clean Up Day

April 23
Donuts and coffee are what will attract hard workers and there was plenty of both on hand. Many of our club members arrived before 8 am to start cleaning up the clubhouse and the grounds.  Connie Graham and Joyce Ladnier cleaned inside. They cleaned the windows and the shelves as well as taking an inventory of paper goods for the car show.
Zeno Chaudron, Brian Daly and David Ladnier painted the front porch. They also painted the doors. Ed Grimes, Paul Degenais, Rheba Chaudron, Darrin and Charlotte Dahlenburg cleaned up outside. Darrin ran the chainsaw. The entire Forest Hill side of the lot was cleaned out. Bobby Sue Sargent and her son Barrett, came over from Gulfport to help. She helped with the cleaning on the inside of the clubhouse and Barrett “helped” outside.

Canellia Classic Open Car Show

April 1, 2017
Many members of the Deep South Region enjoyed a display of hundreds of vintage and classic automobiles at Bellingrath Gardens and Home hosted by the Mobile Bay Mustang Club.  The 24th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show was held on the Great Lawn of Bellingrath Gardens.
Registration began at 8:00 am and went until 11:00 am, followed by judging from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. The award presentation was held at 3:30 pm. You could stroll among hundreds of classic and vintage automobiles, including the Model T, antique Mustangs, Firebirds and more on the Great Lawn at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. DSR was represented by many members. Zeno Chaudron brought out his Camaro and won 2nd place in the Camaros. Frank Piper brought out the 2007 Shelby and won a 3rd place. Ed Grimes brought out his 1957 T-Bird and his Mustang. Bobby Peterson brought his Corvette to the show. Walt and Martha brought out their Model A and won the best Antique at the show.
Admission to the car show included a pass to the Gardens. It was fun to see fellow hobbyists at the show and to hang out with members of the club. Zeno also got the privilege of judging in the show.

Cruise-In at Five Guys

April 1
The Cruise In at 5 Guys attracted several of the DSR members as well as about 100 cars for the night. This cruise in is held on the first Saturday of the month and will be moving back to KFC for May. It is a popular cruise in with music and a large variety of cars. 

Baumhauer Road Baptist Church Fish Fry and Cruise-In

March 25, 2017
Deep South Region members drove down to Fowl River to support the Baumhauer Road Baptist Church Fish Fry. Charlie Lyles and other members from this church helped make our Fish Fry in October a great success. There was good participation by our membership. There were about 12 cars displayed. Most were brought by our members. The Favorite Car trophy was awarded to Zeno Chaudron’s 1969 Camaro Z-28.

Azalea Festival Car Show

March 11, 2017
Our cub was represented at the Azalea Festival Car show in Semmes on March 11, by two members and they both did well. Zeno Chaudron’s marvelous Camaro took second place in the cars 1960- 1969 class. Nancy Thoms’ Super Class B van/camper took first place in trucks 2000 and newer. Congratulations to both of them. They also handed out flyers for our show.

Five Guys Cruise-In

March 4, 2017
It was a fun night at the Five Guys  Cruise-In. Zeno brought out the Camero, Ed Grimes brought out his T-Bird and Darrin brought out our Bel Air. Barrett liked the hot rods the best.

Driving The Navy

February 25, 2018
Scott Henderson spent a Mardi Gras weekend driving the 1937 Cadillac as an official Navy vehicle in the Floral parade. It was a great way to wrap up Mardi Gras and Navy week in Mobile.

Mardi Gras

February 18, 2017
David Ladnier drove his 1964 Ford Galaxy 500 Convertible in the Order of the Butterfly Maidens parade. He had the pleasure of driving the emblem, Madame Butterfly, Janet Rich Pittman. The group currently holds its ball at the Fort Whiting Armory. David picked up his passengers at the fort and drove her and her guests to the parade route. For the next hour and a half they drove the parade route through the streets of Mobile tossing out the much desired throws.

National Award Winner

February 11, 2017
The Deep South Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America members Jim and Nancy Henderson receive two prestigious awards at the National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

Bob Perish presents Jim Henderson the award for the National Award, The Ford Award – Post War.

Bob Perish presents Jim Henderson the award for the National Award, The Ford Award – 1932-1945.


December 23, 2016
Rain and mist moved into the area just an hour before time to leave. The skys cleared and we all got in our cars and headed to the parade staging at the Civic Center.  There we were loaded with the throws for the parade. We moved out to the street about a half hour before the parade start time.  Several of the riders had not shown up yet. At parade time three passengers of vehicles had not made it to the start so Linda, Teddy and I all jump into the back of cars and headed down the parade route throwing out the throws.

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Airbus Facility Tour

December 15, 2016
Morgan was our tour guide and we had the privilege of having Joachim on the tour as well.  The two did an awesome job answering all our questions.  We spent a significant amount of time in the Final Assembly Line Hanger.  This is where the planes are pieced together before going to the paint shop.  We were told about all the aspects of putting the planes together.  We were allowed to peek into the Final phase in the flight Line Hanger.

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DAWES ROAD PARADE December 10, 2016

Paul Collier lead us to the parade sight in the 1937 Cadillac.  With each driver having their own throws this was going to be a fun parade.
There were many people lining the streets waiting to catch the throws and to see Santa. One by one the cars left the staging field and drove down the streets.  During the parade Darrin got a phone call that the Bel Air had quit running.  Darrin jumped out and I took over driving the 1960 Buick  Electra. Darrin ran up to the Bel Air and figured out what was wrong.  Looking up the street he saw a parts store and ran to get a new battery.  Mean while County Commissioner Jerry Carl got to watch the parade go by.
Darrin fixed the car and had it back in the parade in no time. There were so many people lining the streets that we ran out of throws before the end of the parade.
The parade was fun, but showing off the old cars was the real thrill.  Seeing the faces of the children and grown ups as the looked at the cars was awesome.

Pictures by Charlotte Dahlenburg


SEMMES PARADE December 10, 2016

David Ladnier had the pleasure of driving Connie Hudson, Mobile County Commissioner, Dena Pollard, Public Information Officer, Kathy Eddy, Director of Public Affairs, Mobile County Commission.  Also in attendance was Loren Pollard and Joyce Ladnier.

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GRAND BAY PARADE December 3, 2016

The best way to cap off a cold day is to ride in a convertible in a Christmas parade.  That is exactly what we did. Meeting at the car warehouse at 5:30 pm we drove down Highway 90 to Grand Bay.  Darrin had the most excitement because he had the Fire Chief in his car.  During the parade there was a house fire and the Chief directed his troops from the back of the Mustang.  At the end of the parade the chief jumped onto one of the fire trucks and headed out to the fire.

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The South West Mobile County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas Parade was held on December 3 at 10 am in Tilman’s Corner.   The Henderson’s provided 10 cars for the parade.    The 1937 Caddy lead the pack of cars and the rest of the parade.  There were so many people lining the streets as the parade went down Three Knotch Road and down Government before returning to the school.

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November 17, 2016

We held our annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Club house. We had a great time just hanging out and having a meal together.

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Zeno’s Machine Shop Open House

Saturday, March 5 starting at 9 am

5224 Halls Mill Rd Suite D, Mobile, Al 36619

Demonstrations all day and hotdogs around 11 am

This is a good time for our car club to tour the shop

Don’t forget to bring your favorite ride!


Dinner Under the Cars

February 25
Our annual Soup and Chilli Supper was held this year at the Henderson Museum. There was a great turn out and many visitors in attendance. Nothing gets you in the mood
to discuss cars better than sitting among a collection of cars. After the supper we had our February meeting. e had the opportunity to discuss our Mother’s Day Car Show. We also talked about the plans for our car club for the year in hopes to get more visibility in the community.

Louisiana Boulevard Cruisers and Mississippi Coast Mustang Club Visit the Henderson Museum

Saturday, February 13, 2016

What Are You Gong to do in the Wintertime?

Even down here in the south winter time activities really fall off.  While we seldom have snow and ice the weather is not consistently warm enough to allow for our usual car shows, cruise nights and tours. So, what should we do in the winter? That question came up at a recent club meeting of the Picayune, MS Boulevard Cruisers. After a discussion it was decided we should try to visit a car collection or other hobby related location. This would be something we could do on a nice day driving our collector cars or change over to our newer vehicles if the weather was not agreeable. With a few phone calls to some nice folks we were invited to visit the Jim Henderson Collection in Mobile with assistance from the Deep South Region. So, problem solved.
The chosen day was Saturday, February 13, 2016, which turned out to be a beautiful day. The Boulevard Cruisers departed from Picayune at 8:30 AM, drove down to Interstate 10 and headed east. We picked up several vehicles that were awaiting us along designated spots and then stopped at a rest area east of Biloxi. Here we were met by members of the Mississippi Coast Mustang Club who joined our caravan. We again headed east and arrived at Henderson’s Museum in Mobile at 10:30AM.
At Henderson’s we were welcomed by Deep South Region members and the museum staff along with refreshments. Jim was not there at the time of our arrival but came in a little later from a cement pouring project. The tour group spread out throughout the buildings. Much has been added since our last visit and no one was disappointed. After an hour and a half of looking, visiting, commenting, questioning, etc. it was time to move on. The tour group then split up, some going to Dick Russell’s for Barbeque and others going elsewhere for lunch. Everyone made their own arrangements for traveling home, in small groups or singly as per their choosing.
It was a great day for driving and all had a wonderful time at the Museum. A big thank you to Jim Henderson and the Deep South Region.
Ardie and Charlie Froehlich, the Boulevard Cruisers and the Mustang Club.

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Children’s Floral Mardi Gras Parade

Monday, February 8, 2016

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Volunteers of America Mardi Gras Parade

Friday, January 28, 2016

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Hosted by Jim Henderson at his museum, with celebration of John Pendergrass’s 90th Birthday

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We meet at Ed’s Seafood Restaurant at 11 a.m. and had lunch before traveling to Westminster Village for their Annual Mardi Gras Parade.

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There was a good turn out from the Club. Two Cars had ties with Westminster, a 1970 Malibu Convertible & Ross’s Mustang Convertible. The previous owners of these vehicles both lived at the facility. We all had a great time as did the folks who were waiting for the throws. A very good time overall.



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Saturday, November 8, 2014

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The Vinegar Bend Road Trip

By Paul Dagenais

On Saturday November 8, 24 members of the DSR gathered at the clubhouse and headed to see Buddy Givens’ Old Town in Vinegar Bend…The Trip up Hwy 45 was uneventful until we passed through Citronelle. At that point there was some construction and a dip in the road. The dip was enough to rupture the transmission like on a pretty little Model A pickup. I looked in the mirror of my car to see smoke billowing out the back of the pickup. I felt sorry for Foy and Judy Bobo who were following the pickup in their red roadster. Lots of transmission fluid to clean up. Of course we all pulled over and of course all the guys and some of the girls piled out to investigate. With heads under the hood and other milling around, it reminded me of a t-shirtmy sister gave me that has a bunch of grey-haired guys under a hood. It says “Still Plays with Old Cars”.


Fortunately, Jim and Nancy Henderson were with the group and Jim called his shop to get Mark Glenn to get a trailer and come get the car. We abandoned the car and driver and headed to Jordan’s Catfish House across the Mississippi line. After doing what we do in restaurants (it’s often not pretty),

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we headed out to Vinegar Bend. DSR member Buddy Givens was quite receptive and gave us a full tour. I was most interested in the process of distilling turpentine which was stopped sometime in the 1960’s or 1970’s as it was cheaper to make turpentine in a lab. We headed out a bit early as we both had dogs waiting to be walked. As far as I know, the return trip was uneventful compared to the way up….

The following is an extract from an article that was published in the November 2009 issue of the Sparkplug to give some background about Old Town.

Welcome to Old Town at Buddy’s Corner

By Ed McCusker and Don Dillehais y with Ruth Gunter

Ed: It is now 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17th and we have just returned from our second visit to a church today. Our first was to a very nice church way up in the country in the south part of Washington County to a place called Old Town. Our DSR members, Buddy and Anne Givens, accomplished what they have been trying to do for several years; have the DSR family to their “neck of the woods”.

Don: This was a joint outing of DSR and the Gulf Coast Model A Club totaling 35 folks. Everyone met at the DSR clubhouse to form a caravan for the trip. It took approximately one hour and traveling the back roads made for a very nice drive.

Ed: The entrance to the Givens’ property was well marked; there was a Model A sitting next to the mailbox. Driving up the driveway, it is obvious a lot of thought and work has gone into Old Town, especially when you see a railroad box car sitting on rails in the middle of a large expanse of newly mown grass. We were greeted warmly and told we would discover some of what life was like in this part of Alabama 60 – 100 years ago.

Don: The first building we visited was the Givens’ Church which is what you would expect to have been in all those years ago. After Anne welcomed us and told about Buddy’s long-time dream of having a place where older folks could come to reminisce and younger ones could come to learn. She suggested that as we exited the building, we stop to see the collection of Bibles in the foyer of the building, some dating back to the early 1800s.

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ED: The original train depot for the town of Vinegar Bend was moved the three +/- miles to house the collection and display of early turpentine industry. A scale model of a turpentine distillery built by Buddy’s father after he had a stroke some years ago has a place of honor atop one of the display cases. Buddy explained how the pine trees were tapped and demonstrated the use of the tools used. He said this was the hardest job he ever had in his life and I can agree it certainly could have been.

Buddy Givens Educates Us

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Hosted by Jim Henderson at his museum, with ice cream and goodies provided by John Pendergrass and Kay Montgomery

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