Backing The Blue



FERUARY 9, 2019

  Despite forecasts earlier in the week that predicted possible rain and cold temps, Saturday February Ninth turned out to be a pretty nice day for a car show. This car show, in honor of slain Mobile Police Officer, Sean Tuder, was a fundraiser for his family. All proceeds went directly to the family. (Officer Tuder, thank you for your service and dedication. You were a great officer, and you and your family will be in our prayers.) This car show was a little different. It was, in fact, more like a cruise-in. There were no judges, score sheets, or impressive trophies. The idea here was to provide a tribute to Officer Tuder, raise some money, and give folks a chance to show off their rides. There was food, chicken and pulled pork plates were available for $10 a plate, music, a drawing for a cash prize, and lots of interested spectators. Deep South members attending were Dick Cashdollar and his Corvette, Herb and Nancy Thoms with the “Coug”, and Dave and Patricia Couling with their red Mercury hardtop, David Ladnier was there early with his Ford Galaxy 500 convertible. He handed out flyers for our March show and then left to do the same at another location. Leslie Sellers was there taking pictures.

  Being at the show was just the beginning of a series of great events for Nancy Thoms. That evening she went to a Mardi Gras Ball. The next day was her birthday and she celebrated with Herb, her daughter and son-in-law.

Kravers, Brights Garage, and Ice Cream Social (click to enlarge)


BY Belinda Rooney

The 2019 Camellia Classic, presented by the Mobile Bay Mustang Club, was once again held at beautiful Bellingrath Gardens this April 6. Mother Nature must like vintage cars too because she deferred the rain while the sun peaked in and out, and the temperature couldn’t have been better. All in all, it was a splendid day for a car show on the Great Lawn! The Mustang Club went above and beyond, putting together a well organized show that was very well attended with approximately 200 cars and many spectators.                   

The Great Lawn was in Great Shape for parking cars of all descriptions, shapes and colors. Sponsors and vendors were on hand with their brightly colored tents and trailers peppered across the lawn while “The Gardens” offered tasty grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as access to their cafeteria! Event merchandise was also offered at a reasonable price.

Representing the Deep South Region on the Judges Team, donning their red DSR club shirts, were Zeno Chaudron, David Ladnier, Paul Dagenais and David Rooney; each conducting themselves in a professional manner, working in the spirit of cooperation with the Mustang Club Judges! From Deep South Region, first place trophies went to Zeno Chaudron for his ‘69 Camaro Z28, Rob Mortenson for his ‘87 Mercedes SL and David Rooney for his ‘59 Corvette. Susan Bergen took home 2nd Place for her ‘06 Mustang. 

So, after all was said and done, it was a Great Gatsby kind of day, tailor made, for any proper automobile enthusiast!


On April 13th, 2019 the Snow Road First Baptist Church of Semmes, Alabama held its first ever car show. The show was dedicated to the memory of John White. On the way to the show we passed the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Parish. This location is almost within throwing distance of the First Baptist Church. We participated in a car show at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Parish in September of 2018. The weather was threatening all day, but never did turn bad, unlike the thunder storms that rolled through the area early the next morning. It was overcast and windy all day. A casual glance at the sky would cause you to believe that it was going to rain any minute. Fortunately it did not do anything.

The folks who put on the show did a really good job. It was very well done and there were some unusual and first time activities. With your car registration you received a really nice T-shirt, a ticket for a free burger or two hot dogs, chips, a drink, and a chance on one of the door prizes. We have not normally seen live entertainment at car shows. This show was different. During the morning, we were entertained by two very talented female singers. In the afternoon, the entertainment was provided by a “Do Wop” band of 3 guitarists, a sax player, and a very talented lady drummer. Their music was so good that some of the spectators were induced to dance.

There were forty seven cars registered. In addition, there also was a display of several very interesting dune buggies. The cars in attendance ranged from pre-war to the very latest models. Congratulations to the First Baptist Church on a great inaugural car show. We look forward to participating next year.



APRIL 13, 2019

By Belinda Rooney

Photos by Leslie Sellers and John bright

Why do some folks spend bookoodles of money on buying, restoring and preserving old cars? There is probably no simple answer to this question, but rather a combination of factors that each play a part. Whether it is design, sentimentality, individualism, the thrill of the hunt or the preservation of automotive history, the result is the same; raising awareness of the role of automotive restoration and collection today. All of these factors came together on April 13 when the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Deep South Region’s long standing member Ray Harper and his wife Katherine enthusiastically put together a multi-car club day-tour, in which several clubs from in and around the gulf coast region participated. Mr. Harper has many years of experience dealing with collectible cars, especially Model T’s and Model A’s. Not only is he a member of Deep South Region (DSR) and Antique Auto & Engine Club of Mississippi (AAECM) and Magnolia State Model T and Model A Clubs. He and Katherine are also responsible for organizing the D’Iberville, MS. site of Crusin’ the Coast.

Participating in the tour were members of the following clubs: Deep South Region of AACA, Mobile Bay Mustang Club, Antique Auto & Engine Club of Mississippi, Gulf Coast Corvette Club, Magnolia Classic Cruisers, British Motor Car Club of New Orleans, South Alabama British Car Club, Old South Car Club, Pharaohs of Alabama and others. This just might be record participation for this type of event; one for which Mr. Harper should be extremely proud!


Our day started out at Jim Henderson’s Collection of Antique and Classic Cars on Highway 90 in Mobile, where visitors were welcomed and encouraged to peruse his visually impressive collection of seventy-eight of his one hundred and ten cars in an equally impressive, well organized facility.

Some cars were fully restored; some are simply preserved in original condition. Some were winners of prestigious awards and some were sentimental classics such as his “first love car” the ‘51 ford, of which he has eleven. The story goes that the ‘51 was his first car and one in which he courted and proposed to his wife Nancy! Also included in his collection is a one of a kind Chrysler Imperial Station Wagon which was made especially for a high ranking Chrysler employee who insisted on having a station wagon, and two “only one in the world” cars; the ‘23 Premiere and a ‘29 Lincoln. It is an awe inspiring collection and certainly does its part in representing automotive history!

After leaving there we progressed to Kraver’s Seafood Restaurant for a delicious lunch and camaraderie with friends who share the same enthusiasm and interest in vintage cars! The service for that many people was extraordinary! Kudos to the team and many thanks for accommodating all of us!

The next leg of the journey took us to Buddy Martin’s Vintage Corvette Collection in Semmes, AL. While the two collections are similar, Mr. Martin has put together an impressive collection of vintage Corvettes that any Corvette aficionado would die for; the highlight being a sweet ‘53 which was the first model year for that car. Only three hundred of these cars were produced in that year. His collection spans Corvette production from the beginning to current, with many National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) Top Flight, Bloomington Gold, and Duntov award winners. There is also a collection of other vintage cars as well as an interesting, large collection of scale model cars.

Periodically, we have the opportunity to participate in fun and interesting car club day-tours, however this one was extraordinary. With clubs participating from Louisiana to Florida, and 112 people in attendance, this is one for the record books! Hats off to Ray Harper and John Bright and all others who participated in planning this event!

Baumhaur Road Baptist Church Cruise-In      

April 20

On April 20, the day before Easter, many club members participated in the Baumhaur Road Baptist Church Cruise- In. The church held their annual Easter egg hunt, fish fry and cruise in as one event. Charlie Lyles and his crew fried fish and his world famous jalapeno hush puppies. The ladies of the church brought their baked goods to sell. With every purchase of a fish dinner you received a ticket. The tickets were placed in a cup. The cup with the most tickets won the trophy. The day was completed with an Easter egg hunt for the kids and plenty of time to hang out and talk about cars.
See you next year – Charlotte

Our Lady of Lourdes Lawn Party

April 28, 2019

On April 28, 2019 Our Lady of Lourdes held their annual Lawn Party. The event includes a car show with People’s choice. Voting was by donation placed in the box in front of each car. Third place went to a 1934 Ford Pick-up. Second place went to a 1972 Javelin. Then first place went to David Ladnier’s 1964 Ford Galaxie 500.                                                               This was the second year with the people voting on the cars. – David Ladnier


Members Cars On PBS

PBS TV Journey Proud Season 4 episode 7 has a show about the blessing of the Fleet.  David Ladnier and Zeno Chaudron’s cars are in the show.  Check them out at

University Oaks Cruise-in Car Display

Several members had a good time at University Oaks cruise-in Car Display. Members opened their cars for the residents to explore. The event was a celebration. – David Ladnier ​

Surge Church had 28 cars show up for the 2nd Annual Youth Group Fund Raiser. Awards given included People’s Choice 1st 2014 Dodge Challenger, People’s Choice 2nd 1996 Mustang Cobra, People’s Choice 3rd 1954 Ford truck and Kid’s Choice 2004 Mazda Extra 7. David Ladnier, Leslie Sellers and Ross Sloan were at the Surge Church Pop-Up Show.     David Ladnier



2nd Annual Beauvoir Coastfest Car Show

July 6, 2019

Held on the grounds of Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library

Biloxi, MS


Ronald McDonald House

July 14

Pictured below are Darrin Dahlenburg, Violet Haynes, Joyce Ladner, John and Debbie Bright, Erin Rogers and guest, Charolette Dahlenburg, David Ladnier, Zeno and Rheba Chaudron, and David Helper

They delivered the “pop tops” and toured the facility.