Who Made You Judge? First Time Car Show Judge

November 7

It was a pleasure since getting involved with the Deep South Region Car Club to be accepted as a member. Since becoming a member it has also been a pleasure to be more involved in the events surrounding collectors and their vehicles. This year has been a strange year for so many things, and the two things that I have seen that seem to be weathering the storm are western events such as rodeo, and automobile events such as cruise-ins and car shows.
This year was a great year for me getting involved with Deep South because one of the things I was able to do was work for the first time at Cruising the Coast. I have been to Cruising the Coast on several occasions, but only as a drive-through spectator where we drove over and drove through seeing maybe a few hundred cars at a distance, and usually moving. This year, working at the Edgewater Mall Checkpoint the number of cars close up over a two day period was in the thousands. Did I mention close up? I was told that the number of entrees was way down, but I could not see it, so I might be looking forward to working next year.
Recently I had the chance to go to Pensacola with several members of Deep South to judge a Car Show there. Not as many cars as Cruising the Coast, (I am glad) but I am glad only because of the time it takes to get close and detailed with the cars and the owners. I can tell you that after coaching little league ball and judging high school rodeo, the confrontation with those involved was a piece of cake at the Car Show. Getting up and down looking under the hood and under the car was also great exercise, I know because I felt it the next day.
It is amazing the many facets of judging cars that you can get into. All of the different classes of vehicles and all the different parts to judge takes a lot of time and effort. I kept to my old reliable, not giving perfect score and no zeros at Pensacola, but I can say that each category had real close to perfect scores and that was without comparing one car at the show to another car at the show. Just like Cruising the Coast, there are serious entries and you can tell their owners by word and by the results of what you see inside the vehicle, under the hood, in the trunk and under the vehicles, or even in those places that might be hidden. You also have the owner that you get to meet and talk to that is just proud of their work in progress and even their work vehicle. Attention to detail is the best part of judging.
Did I mention, it was a pleasure getting involved? Hanging out with the crew of judges from Mobile’s Deep South Region Car Club made it a lot of fun and educational. It turned out to be a nice day. Lunch and a break was great too!

2020 Special Fall Eastern Regional National in Gettysburg, PA

November 5-8

2020 AACA Special Fall Nationals Eastern Regional Meeting, November 5-8, Gettysburg PA.
Debbie and I attended the 2020 Special Fall Nationals AACA Eastern Regional, November 6-7 in Gettysburg PA. “Mother Nature” could not have been more kind, providing us wonderful weather for the entire week. Clear skies and temps in the mid 70’s and even a bit of colorful fall foliage!
We took our 1941 Packard 120 Convertible (“Packie”) to the Nationals to be judged for its Senior badge. Yes, “Packie” won his Senior badge! Yeah!!!!! There were over 600 cars attending from all over the United States. Some coming as far as Mississippi (Debbie and Craig), Alabama, Texas and Arizona!
The venue was held outside at the Gateway Wyndham and Marriott Courtyard Hotel which provided excellent trailer and attendee parking for everyone. AACA even had a display with some WWII military vehicles including a Sherman M4A3E2 tank!!! The soldiers were in full Army combat fatigues with their support vehicles and gear.
There were many beautiful cars of all makes and models on display. Stan Kulikowski was the Head Judge and commented he had his hands full announcing 600 awards. It was a wonderful and “safe” event including temperature taking and mask-wearing for anyone entering the location.
AACA did a great job meeting the COVID-19 prevention guidelines. Many of us visited the Gettysburg Battlefield Museum and the visitors center, which holds the Cyclorama artists rendition of the battle created by Paul Dominique Philippoteaux in the late 1800’s. The canvas is over 300 ft. long and 40ft. high and was stitched together and restored before being ready for display many decades later in Gettysburg.
And of course, Pennsylvania provides wonderful cuisine in many of the local diners and restaurants, all operating at 50% capacity indoors and outside. Gettysburg is a quaint little town with lots of shops for browsing. Well, that is our short and sweet experience at the Special Fall 2020 AACA Eastern Regional National!!! – Craig Henry

Let’s Take a Ride to Grand Bay


Paul and Tracy were headed out to get some cost estimates for the Comet. 
We arrived at Phil Osterkamp’s place in Grand Bay. The place was just like you arrived in Tuscany. The many garages looked like Villas. Gardens were everywhere and of course the garages housed the many cars in the process of being stripped and powder coated.
Tracy and I wandered to the shade as Paul and Phil talked about what to do with the Comet. I admire the details that Phil looked at the car with and his knowledge of the Comet. He knew his stuff and was not shy to share or ask questions.

Dauphin Way Baptist Shirley Looney show

October 24

175 cars of all kinds lined the parking lot of the Dauphin Way Baptist Church for the 11th Annual Shirley Looney Car Show. The show was held on October 24 from 8 till 3:30 pm.
The weather started out to be on the rainy side. Many of us chose to go anyway. The weather started to clear and before you knew it, it was hot. Many of us took refuge under the trees.
The event included a silent auction. Along the front of the church there were many vendors for anybody to pursue. There were so many cool things, but as you know as you get older, you want to get rid of stuff and not collect more.
The show is known for the many awards they give out. I believe all the members of DSR went home with a trophy.
If you have not attended this show in the past, you need to put this one on your list for 2021!

Crusin’ the Coast, A New Experience for DSR

October 4-11

The Deep South Region (DSR) was invited to participate in the volunteer program of Crusin’ the Coast. As this was the first year the club was involved, we are not to receive any monetary feedback from participation. Should the Crusin’ the Coast (CTC) Board deem our volunteering beneficial, and we get invited to participate again in the future, we will share in the income allotted to the various clubs who volunteer.

Birthday Cruise for Little Danny’s 25th Birthday

October 16

A Birthday Party Cruise held for Little Danny Michael’s 25th Birthday was fun for all! Danny’s Brother, Brock Meador, helped plan this party cruise. Little Danny has Cerebral Palsy and turned 25 on Friday, October 16. He loves football and cars!
There were 36 cars and a Theodore Volunteer Fire Department’s fire truck along with the City of Mobile Police Car driven by Barney March participating in this birthday cruise. Many Deep South Region members participated: Susan Bergen with her 2006 Mustang, Leslie Sellers with his 1990 Camaro, Larry Nelson with his 1974 Volkswagon convertible, Ray Harper 1920 Ford pickup, Walt Fuller 1930 Ford Model A convertible with rumble seat and I had my 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 with Darrin Dahlenburg and Barrett Sargent on board.

Cruisin’ the Coast Bag Stuffing Party

September 26

The Deep South Region arrived in full force to stuff bags at the packing party on September 26 in Gulfport, Mississippi. We all dove into our jobs of collating and stuffing bags. 8000 bags with 19 items in 4.5 hours was a record to write in the books.
We all had a chance to meet members from the eleven other clubs that make up the force that makes Cruisin’ the Coast possible. Everyone had a great time stuffing bags. We all felt as if we were part of something much bigger than ourselves.

Mobay Cruise for a Cause for Three Year Old Casey

August 28

The Deep South Region chose to be part of the Mobay Cruise for a Cause, Cruise for Casey, a three-year old with cancer. We met at the Walmart in Tillman’s corner on Saturday, August 28. The day pretty much followed the song from Gilligan’s Island.
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from Tillman’s Corner
In the Walmart Parking Lot.
The cars were all mighty old and new,
The leader brave and sure ”?”
Twenty five cars set out that day
For a three hour tour, maybe a four hour tour.
The weather started getting rough, (Poured Rain)
The tiny Red A was tossed, (Flat Tire)
If not for the courage of the Wrecker and crew (Thank you Charlie Lyons and Dick Nitz)
The Model A would be lost, the Model A would be lost.
The group carried on this uncharted crazy route With the Ladnier’s and the Bright’s (toy donation) Ray Harper too,
Darrin and his wife, Linda and Tammy,
The Couling’s and the Chaudron’s,
All for a three year old birthday tour.

Frontliners Picnic

June 13

The City of Semmes, and Loblolly Farm hosted for the Police, Fire and Rescue, as well as EMS personnel, a Front Liners Family Picnic on Saturday, June 13, from 10 am to 4 pm at Loblolly Farm. ” There was no cost to personnel or their families associated with this special appreciation event. Food, beverages, live music and kids activities were provided by Loblolly Farm, and its sponsors.
We appreciate all that you do for your community! Thank you for keeping us safe!
Early Saturday morning we set out driving a 1965 Ford Custom, a 1966 Plymouth, and a 1967 Chrysler Belvedere on a mission to honor Mobile first responders. Each of these cars are the blue and white Mobile police cars from the sixties.
They are memories of my growing up years before air conditioning and the fancy barriers in police cars nowadays.
When I was growing up, my dad was Chief of Communications for the City of Mobile and things were drastically different from the way they are now.
The event was put on to honor all Mobile First Responders with a day of fun, food, and music at Loblolly Farms in Semmes, (Mobile County) Alabama.
Thank you to all of Mobile’s First Responders, and Mr. Gary Smith and his crew at Loblolly Farms for inviting us to participate! We back and support all the hard work our First Responders do!
Charlie Wyckoff

Mother’s Day at the Clubhouse

May 11

After about two months of hibernation and staying home and staying safe, our President, Zeno thought it was time for a small gathering. With so many of us not able to travel to be with our families we all met at 1 pm at the clubhouse. Each of us brought our own meals, sat 6 feet apart and enjoyed the time together. The food and the
company was outstanding!
A good amount of members attended the event and we all went home with a renewed spirit.

Birthday Drive By

May 9

Our newest member Charlie Wyckoff participated in the
Birthday Cruise By for Brayden Sullivan on Saturday, May
9 in Tillman’s Corner.

Retirement Home Cruise By

April 25

Cruise by organized for the residents of Baldwin House Assisted Living in Daphne. We all remained in our cars and cruised around to be seen by the residents and employees. The residents can’t have visitors and are missing their families, so getting to see some cool cars was be a huge thrill for them. 

Find a Cure Car Show

March 14

You could not have asked for a better day weather wise. Braving the social interaction on the eve of the outbreak for the Covid-19 Virus. 78 cars managed to grace the show field. People kept their distance but still had a great time together. The food trucks provided an assortment of delicacies. All and all the show raised $2,000 for St. Jude.

Surge Church Fundraiser for the Youth Group

Sunday, March 1

What a great day to get your car out and display it. Fifteen members of the Deep South Region turned out to support the youth group at Surge Church. David
Ladnier headed the team that made the functions of the car show work well.
Voting for the top 3 cars was based on the money spectators deposited in the boxes that were placed at the front of each car. There were so many beautiful cars to choose from this year. A bonus this year included a chili cook off. Many of us enjoyed the samples of over 10 varieties.
Susan Bergen and I invited all non-members to join DSR. Two participants became new members of the Deep South Region at this pop-up show. Please welcome Ira and Teresa Lundy and Dan Jacobsen the next time you see them. We all had a good time together and the day could not have been any better. – Charlotte

Port City Corvettes/Bass Pro Shop Car Show

February 29

A picture – perfect spring day, and Port City Corvettes Club was rewarded with a record setting turnout of over 150 cars for their tenth annual show. This was also the largest gathering of Corvettes that I have ever seen in one place – over 50 nice cars.
The most unique car at this show was a 1956 Lincoln Premier. This nearly block long parade float drew a crowd of admirers all day long!
My 1980 Corvette scored a First in Class Award for the second year in a row – a much appreciated recognition from a group of very knowledgeable ‘Vette folks!
– Dick Cashdollar

Joy of Life Mardi Gras Parade

February 22

The Joy of Life Parade rolled down Parade Route D in downtown Mobile.
The Henderson Collection provided two cars for the Navy during the parade. The 1937 Cadillac led the Floral Parade and the 1957 Bel Air followed right behind.
Mark Magee led the parade with the Captain from the Naval ship that was docked in Mobile for Mardi Gras.
David Ladnier in his 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible, carried the Grand Marshal of the Joy of Life Parade, Ken Rohman. Ken is the marketing Director at Windcreek Hospitality and had won the opportunity to ride in the 1964 Galaxie while supporting St. Jude.
The Joy of Life Parade is a fundraiser for St. Jude and one of the largest parades in Mobile. The King and Queen of Joy of Life are currently or have been patients of St. Jude. ​

The New Mobilian’s Club Annual Ball

February 1, 2020

Heron Lake Country Club was the site of “The Great Gatsby Ball” an event held on February 1st for The New Mobilians Club. Needless to say, our clubs Gulf Coast Model A Club and Deep South Region AACA came to their rescue with our beautiful cars to highlight the entrance of their ball. Ray Harper was contacted regarding their need of 1920’s and 1930’s automobiles. Those members participating were Ray Harper in his Model T, Jim Gray in his Model A and Al Manning’s in his Model A. The 20’s or 30’s for a ball so I got them three. My Model T, Jim Gray’s Model A and Al Manning’s Model A. All three of us will say as long as we have been taking cars to displays this was the BEST EVER. These people treated us like we were KINGs. They had room for us and fed us a great meal. Again, thanks for the best.
New Mobilian’s Club is a club for women new to the Mobile area. They provide activities such a bridge, canasta, bunco and many others. They invited others to join in and meet old and new Mobilian’s.

The 7th Annual Wind Creek Hospitality
“Joy of Life” Mardi Gras Ball

February 1

benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital took place on Saturday, February 1st, 2020. The 2020 gala presented St. Jude patients as King and Queen. The “Joy of Life” Mardi Gras Ball showcased the culinary skills of Mobile’s most amazing chefs and restaurants, live and silent auction, as well as great musical entertainment all while raising funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Board Member, Charlotte Dahlenburg is a member of Gulf Coast Model A Club. She extended an invitation to GCMAC to participate as part of their Roaring 20’s theme for this year’s ball. Those members participating were John & Debbie Bright, Joe & Theresa Stephens and Walt & Martha Fuller, their Model A’s were on display at the entrance of the event. Everyone loved seeing these automobiles and made pictures with the cars. Invitation was extended to members to join the festivities.

Krewe de la Dauphine, Dauphin Island

January 25

This was my first parade at Dauphin Island. My nine year old grand daughter, Sydney was very excited to ride with me. We were placed behind the first float ,WOW!
My niece brought her two daughters to join Sydney and I, and suddenly my 1974 VW Convertible was Mardi Gras bound with three beautiful young girls having the time of their life!
We ran out of throws about half way through then lo and behold a Mardi Gras Angel appeared from the crowd with a huge bag filled with beads and stuffed animals.  He could hardly lift the bag over to the girls. The girls were happily surprised! Thankfully this young man’s generous gesture made our 1st Dauphin Island parade PERFECT!!! 

Lending Tree Bowl Parade

January 4, 2020

If you saw a bunch of old cars headed to downtown on January 4 you can almost expect them to be in a parade.  This year Jim Henderson was asked to supply six antique cars for the Lending Tree Parade. 
Darrin and I had to opportunity to join in the fun with the 1961 Cadilac.  The parade is the first Mardi Gras style parade of the new decade.  Jim Henderson had the privilege of transporting the Athletic Directors and the Presidents of the Louisiana Raging Cajuns and the Miami of Ohio team thru the parade to start the festivities of the Lending Tree Bowl

Party at the Dahlenburg’s

December 20

It was a fun night of the club just getting together and letting loose.  Everybody brought their favorite wine and favorite cheese and just hung out and talked about old cars and Christmas. 
What an great opportunity to see one of the largest Christmas villages along with the many Christmas Trees throughout the entire house.

Christmas Dinner and Award Banquet

December 8, 2019

The Christmas Dinner at the Riverview Hotel was an outstanding event.  The evening started with plenty of time to hangout. 
Soon the food arrived  and Jim Gray asked the blessing.  We enjoyed a nice dinner  .
After dinner we started the awards banquet.  I read the many accomplishments of our club.  What a fantastic club and an amazing list of event that covered every avenue to show off our cars.
There was a short game of trivia. All questions were derived from the roster that everyone receives at the beginning of every year.  After the trivia I thanked each officer and committee chair for their dedications to DSR and gave each one a certificate of appreciation.

Ray Harper presented the restoration award to Walt Fuller. Paul Dagenais presented the Henderson Family Service Award to Martha and Walt Fuller. 
What a fun night to celebrate the hobby we love. 

Semmes Christmas Parade

December 9

A wonderful day in Semmes, Alabama for their annual Christmas Parade. It was warm weather and a beautiful day. Semmes residents came out in the “hundreds” to attend the Christmas Parade. The highlight of the day was seeing so many young children full of joy and happiness in attendance. The parade ended with Santa Claus on the last float! They were thrilled to say the least. Another highlight was seeing Mike McKinley of One Meal Mobile with his Food Truck filled with “Free” Bar-B-Q ribs for everyone who wanted some. Special thanks to the Deep South Region Car Club folks with their respective antique cars that they are so proud of!

Thanksgiving Dinner

November 21

As usual, the November meeting of the DSR was moved up a week to November 21st to accommodate Thanksgiving. The agenda for the meeting included two important items; the election of the 2020 officers and possibly more important, the Thanksgiving feast. Members had been asked to bring sides while the turkey and ham were excellently prepared by Rheba and Zeno Chaudron. Possibly due to prior conflicts, attendance at the meeting was lower than expected. This meant there was a ton of food for attending members who provided vegetables, salads, bread and several delicious desserts. If anyone was left hungry it was their own fault. Thank you to all who brought items to share.
After the dinner, the election of officers was held with the regular business meeting afterwords. After the regular meeting, results were announced. Congratulations to all elected officers.

Veterans Day Parade

November 11

Many of the Henderson Collection vehicles participated in the largest parade of the Year.  This year we also Honored one of our own as Veteran of the Year. 

Celebrating the Arts

October 11

Downtown Mobile was the place to be!  October Art Walk celebrated Halloween with a Downtown Trick or Treat.  The merchants on Dauphin Street stay open late for Art Walk and were handing out candy to all the kids in costumes.
As you walk down the street you can enjoy the many street bands and musicians.  Dauphin Street was lined with many artists selling their jewelry, paintings, and much more.  As you traveled down the street you came across two very beautiful Model A’s parked outside the Luppercali Art Society Gallery.
To celebrate the Grand Opening, Walt and Martha Fuller and John and Debbie Bright dressed in 1920’s costumes.  In the Gallery’s basement there is a tunnel that was used to get slaves out of Mobile, and later a room was added to the tunnel to make a Speakeasy.  The Speakeasy is a feature of the art gallery.​

Stuffing CTC Bags

September 29

Bag Packing Day for Cruisin’ The Coast 2019.    9000 bags.    Let that sink in for a minute. With over 7000 vehicles pre-registered it takes a lot of planning.  This is one of the events that brings all 11 clubs together that help to host the event.
The Deep South Region has been invited to apply to be one of the 11 clubs that will host the event next year.  Our club as a group did vote to move forward with the application process to become a major part of the event.
Several members took time on Bag Stuffing Day to drive over to D’Iberville, MS and give a hand.  We all met some interesting people that enjoy the same hobby we partake in.
There was around 150 people helping.  

Stars and Stripes Car Show

September 29

The American Legion on Dauphin Island Parkway served as the location for the Stars and Stripes Car Show.  Many DSR members were on hand to help with the event.  Charlotte Dahlenburg ran the registration in Ray Harpers trailer.  Zeno Chaudron was the Chief Judge with David Ladnier, Larry Nelson, Darrin Dahlenburg and David Rooney helping with judging.  Bobby Sue Koch did the announcing.  Many members brought out their cars or came out to help support the event.

Huntsville Road Trip

September 11-13

Early Friday we met at Darrin’s new shop, Ultra Tune Car Care.  We loaded everything in one vehicle and headed to Huntsville.  On the trip up we had the chance to really talk and get to know each other better. 
Susan Bergen, Joyce Ladnier, Darrin Dahlenburg and I laughed all the way to Huntsville.  We arrived with time to unwind and relax before dinner.  We were later joined by Jack and Julie Rogers.
One of the first events on the list was to have dinner with the North Alabama Region.  NAR’s President Nell Owens arranged for as many of the members to join us for dinner as were available. We enjoyed an Italian dinner at Terranova’s in Huntsville.
Darrin and I caught up with friends we were excited to see.  All of us got the chance to make new friends.  Many of the North Alabama Region members will be coming to the 2019 Southeastern Fall Nationals in Mobile. 
Harvest moon when we left the restaurant and headed back to the hotel.  As we arrived at the hotel the Rogers arrived. 
Saturday morning we all had breakfast and headed to the Space and Rocket Center where we met up with David Reeves and our grandson Joshua, aka JBear.  As a treat we had the chance to help David celebrate his birthday.  The Space Center has an outstanding exhibit of the space program.  On display they had everything from the toys inspired by the program from 1945 to present, to actual space rockets and a space shuttle.
We were able to walk through the International Space Station. A short walk over to the Davidson Center we were able to view Von Braun’s office, ride simulators and learned about the space program.  David Reeves pointed out that the desk he has is the same as Von Braun’s.
We managed to make it through most of the museum before it was time to leave.  Because of the rain-mist, the rides were not operating until we after left when the weather cleared.
We took time to go to lunch at the West End Grill and enjoy a local restaurant of Huntsville.  It was a good time to sit and enjoy some lunch and bread pudding before heading out to the mountain to enjoy the Barnett’s collection.
The drive through South Hunstville and up the mountain to Union City was beautiful.  It was a trip back into the country.Upon arrival we were greeted with many of the Barnett’s dogs.   The first moments were about catching up with friends  both the Barnett’s, also Vicki and Art Bolton. 
We all looked through the main barn full of Marmon’s and Chrysler’s along with the Keller. (If you have never seen one you need to attend the 2019 Southeastern National October 26 at Cooper Riverside Park).  Sam and James took the time to tell us about each and every one of them.  We learned a lot of history.
We asked Sam if one of the vehicles was race ready for the Great Race and his response was that we would talk race cars in the next barn.  Each of us really enjoyed the vehicles and the chance to learn something new.
We moved to the restoration barn and found a wide variety of items.  As we moved through the barn we walked back in time finally making it to the piece of most interest to Darrin and Sam, a future race car for the Great Race.
Darrin soon disappeared to the pole barn with Sam.  Watch for these two in the Great Race with Susan and I as the support crew next year.
After a great afternoon at the Barnett’s we enjoyed a dinner with just the DSR members before heading  to the hotel for the night. 
We all spent time together in the lobby because we did not want the day to end.

David Reeves Going Off to School Dinner


The Club had a Back To School send off for one of our own. David Reeves is one of our younger members that really loves this old car hobby. We had about 20 members that met at Judy’s Place on an August, Thursday evening for the festivities. He was to head back to School the latter part of August. We will miss him while he’s away.

Good Reason to Cruise-In

September 7

Cars!  Music!  Food!  Friends!  And did I mention Cars?!?!
The First Saturday Cruise-in was held at 5-Guys Burgers at McGowin Park in Mobile.  This Cruise-in is a recurring event every month, hosted by JoJo and the Po-Boys (formerly located at KFC in Tillman’s corner).
Members of DSR took advantage of the casual evening and met up with members of the Mobile Bay Mustang Club and friends.  We walked over to Steak’ n Shake for dinner and laughs.  Afterwards, everyone showed off their cars and set up lawn chairs to enjoy the music and the night air.

Ultra Tune Grand Opening Celebration


The Deep South Region helped fellow member Darrin Dahlenburg with the Grand Opening of his new shop.  Many of the members were able to bring your antique car out for display.  Many of the members helped with serving the food and David Ladnier was the chef extraordinaire. Many prizes were given out and Violet Haynes won the grand prize. 

Hot August Night at 5 Guys

August 1

Cruise-In at McGowin Park. There were a bunch of Deep South Region members at the 5-Guys Cruise in at McGowin Park this month.  The weather cooperated and made for a pleasant event.  With so many places to eat to choose from we all choose to eat at 5-Guys. Jo-Jo played some great tunes and we all got a chance to see vehicles that were new to the scene. 

2nd Annual Beauvoir Coastfest Car Show

July 6, 2019

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

Surge Church 2nd Annual Youth Group Fund Raiser 

June 2, 2019

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.    

Cowboys and Angels Show 

June 1, 2019

Cowboys and Angels Show was Saturday June 1st. Winners were: People’s Choice trophy for cars 1st place 1954 Chevrolet Truck, 2nd 1974 VW Convertible, 3rd 1998 Corvette. Kid’s Choice trophy 1932 Ford Coupe. People’s Choice Motorcycles trophy 1st 2011 Harley, 2nd 2006 Yamaha, 3rd 2008 Honda. Kid’s Choice 2006 Yamaha.

University Oaks Cruise-In Car Display

April 2019

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.

Members on PBS

April 2019

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

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

Baumhaur Road Baptist Church Cruise-In

April 20, 2019

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.

 Two Tours Today

April 13, 2019

Ray Harper and his wife Katherine put together a multi-car club day-tour, in which several clubs from in and around the gulf coast region participated. 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.

Our day started out at the Henderson Collection of Antique 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  car” the ‘51 ford, of which he has eleven. 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 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. The highlight of the collection was a ‘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.With clubs participating from Louisiana to Florida, and 112 people in attendance.

Snow Road Baptist Church Show

April 13, 2019

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.

Camellia Classic

April 6, 2019

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,d 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!


Kravers, Brights Garage, and Ice Cream Social

February , 2019

Car show to sup

Backing the Blue

February 9, 2019

 Car show to support the family of slain Mobile officer Sean Tuder.  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.


Cruisin’ The Coast 2018

Sept 30 – October 7

Cruisin’ The Coast (CTC) started 22 years ago with approx. 300 Cars and gotten larger every year. This year we had 8444 cars reg. Ray & Katherine Harper have been in CTC from day one. We helped get it started. We run the D’Iberville Site. These were the only states with no cars. ME, VT, SD, WY, NV, & HI. Besides from US states we had Reg Australia, Canada, Germany, & Mexico.  From Alabama 585. There are 11 Car Clubs in CTC. Would like to thank the DSR AACA Club for some members coming and help us at D’Iberville, Site. If you would like to help next year please let me know. If you help at least 8 hours you get a CTC T shirt and we give you a good meal for lunch and show you a good time.  We have DSR Members come by also. We are there 11 days and stay on site with our motor home. This year the Motor Home broke down and we stayed at Scarlet Pearl. – Ray Harper

Trinity Episcopal Church Display

September 9, 2018

Several members of DSR brought their cars out for display for the Trinity Episcopal Church cars display. Despite the unseasonable hot weather we enjoyed a cloud cover day and lower temperatures.  Not only did we enjoy the many booths to visit but sitting to just visit is always welcome.  New and old members talked about the great stories of past experiences. Members present were: Walt and Martha Fuller, David Ladnier, Tracy Metclaf and Paul Degainas, Bobby Peterson, and new members John and Debbie Bright.

Holy Name of Jesus 2nd Annual Open Car Show

September 8, 2018

Nancy and I had our vehicles at the Holy Name of Jesus Church and were ready to roll. Instead of putting up a tent for shade, for the first time, we rolled out the awning on her “B”. We call it a “B” because it is a class B motor home. It was made in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.  (Try saying that three times fast.) The awning worked really well and kept us in shade all day. There were at least 52 cars registered. (We know that because the Cougar was 51 and her vehicle was 52.) I would guess that there were at least 70-80 cars registered. This show was really done very well.  Organized, on time, and well attended. 

I entered the Cougar in the 1961-70 Category. Voting was by People’s Choice. We were pleasantly surprised when they notified us that the Cougar had taken 2nd place in category. We were really surprised to hear my name called again to receive the Best of Show award for the Cougar. The “B” did not win anything, but it does have two First in class trophies from previous shows. – Herb Thoms

Vinegar Bend

July 28, 2018

DSR members enjoyed a day at Buddy Givens home touring Vinegar Bend Old Town.  Buddy has recreated an old town complete with its own life size railroad.  It is always a treat to see and enjoy Vinegar Bend.

Living Word Car Display

July 22, 2018

Living Word Church first Annual People’s Choice fund raiser for the youth ministry is in the books. Living Word Church car show was Deep South Region’s 4th pop-up car show they supported. Thirty cars and $942.00 raised was the most successful yet. We put donation boxes in front of each car. At one time we were parking cars in two different directions. Seven year old Zackery Dismukes helped tremendously by running back and forth to provide boxes as the cars parked. DSR members present were David Ladnier, David Rooney, Charlotte Dahlenburg, Ross Sloan, Leslie Sellers and Ray Harper. First place People’s Choice Award went to David Rooney with his 1959 Corvette. He was so impressed with Zachery’s hard work that he presented his 1st place trophy to Zachery.

Trip to the “Cars of Yesteryear Museum

July 14, 2018
After meeting at 7:00 am Saturday, four cars loaded with Deep South members left for Metairie, Louisiana allowing enough time to have Beignets and coffee at the famous Cafe Du Monde. There we met several Louisiana Antique Car Club members. After a lot of good car stories we proceeded to the Car Museum. What a outstanding collection of rare and exotic automobiles ranging from a Kaiser Darrin to a Bentley Limousine and everything in
between! One of a kind automobiles designed and built for Hollywood Stars as well as last production cars like the Packard/Studebaker Hawk! Before leaving for home we lunched as a group at parrans (Great Louisiana food)! What a great day spent with some of our Deep South Members!


Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis Presidential Car Show

July 7, 2018
We enjoyed a nice day out in our old cars. Breakfast at the Golden Corral in Tillman’s Corner at 7:30 am started our adventure. The group traveled Historic Highway 90 to Biloxi, MS either driving  our cars or towing our cars.  We arrived at Jefferson Davis Home around 10 am and toured the home, grounds and Presidential Library.  We spent several hours under the great oak trees just enjoying the company.  At 2 pm many of us went to White Caps for lunch before either traveling home or going to see Bobby Sue, Greg and Barrett’s air plane under construction.  Several DSR members were present: Zeno and Rheba Chaudron, Violet, David and Joyce Ladnier, Darrin and Charlotte Dahlenburg , Bobby Sue Koch and Barrett, Jimmy and Barbara O’Brian, David Reeves, Paul Dagenais, Tracy Metclaf, Walt and Martha Fuller, Bobby Peterson.


Day Trip Explore Mobile

May 19, 2018
    Today we had the honor of spending time with a great group of fellow car enthusiasts on what is commonly known in the car world as a Day Tour. But let me assure you it was much more than that! Sometimes, seemingly ordinary occasions transform themselves into something quite unexpected. It’s like having your cake and eating it too!This little excursion started out on a magnificent, Armed Forces Day at Battleship Memorial Park.     There we joined the Blue Star Salute Celebration in honor of fallen soldiers and men and women in the military who understand the risks and sacrifices it takes to protect one’s homeland, in this case the “land of the free and the brave”.
    I was quite surprised as I was engulfed in my own emotions while participating in the whole experience, as if somehow appreciation for my country went hand in hand with appreciation with all things past. Particularly in our case, as we proudly paraded our treasured pieces of automobile history through the crowd. Not pretentious nor boastful, just proud.In keeping with the historical theme, the next leg of our “trip” took us to the Conde-Charlotte House in downtown.
    Mobile for another tour of historical significance as we learned more about Mobile’s origins and those who settled here; along with the day to day details of those who lived in this magnificent, former Jailhouse. Again, my emotions were piqued just thinking about what life must have been like all those memories ago, while coming away with a sense of wonder in that man has always had what he needed (keyword being needed) no matter how archaic it seems today.
    By now, to borrow an old colloquialism, we had “worked up” quite the appetite and the procession continued to one of Mobile’s treasured eating spots, the Dew Drop Inn, for the gastronomically, delightful famous hot dog! One never can never have too much Dew Drop! It’s a well-oiled, culinary machine that refuses to disappoint.
    And now for the Piece de Resistance, our little entourage, seemingly on its own, headed west to another well documented Mobile landmark, Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shop, with never a thought of the caloric burden we may be about to undertake! And in keeping with the theme for the day, it was secretly and sinfully delightful!
    – Belinda Rooney

Central Spring Meet, Auburn, IN 2018

May 10-12, 2018
      After just having hosted a successful meet in Mobile several of us planned to head north to Auburn. Zeno, Rheba, Darrin and I set off with Zeno’s 1969 Z28 Camaro in tow.
    We arrived before dark and unloaded the car in trailer parking. Everything had arrived safely. We were all weary from the travel and ready for a night of rest.
    Friday was full schedule that started with a continental breakfast at the hotel with other car hobbyist.
    We made our way over to registration and picked up packets and tickets. Darrin ,Rheba and Zeno headed to the auction. You could not miss the constant sound of the auctioneer in the arena. Memorabilia was up on the block and Darrin had to get a bid number. Seemed like Darrin was out-bid every time, sometimes before he could raise his hand.
    We decided to go visit a few museums while Darrin attended judges school. The Early Ford V8 Museum was the first stop and we spent a while enjoying the vehicles. We also spent a little bit of time in the Antique Mall near the museum before returning to pick up Darrin to run off to the Auburn – Duesenburg Museum.
    With only an hour to tour the museum, it was hard to choose what you wanted to see. On the first floor we were in awe of the fine pieces of art (vehicles) that are displayed. Some of the finest creations live inside the walls. This years feature is the boattails. Right as you came up the steps you see the yellow and red boattail that came into view. This stunning vehicle had many extra features – including a complete bar in the passenger side door panel and a humidor that would have been stuffed with Cuban cigars in the driver’s side panel.
    At the Auction Center AACA was hosting a concert for all members. This concert was and 80’s band that played many of our favorites.
    Saturday morning came early. Judges breakfast at the Auction Center is where you find out what you will be judging. Darrin was placed on the apprentice team. I was so excited to be placed on the team that judged Class 21 D, E, F and G… Fords. As I made my way to my seat I was pleasantly surprised to see so many of the judges that I admire on my team. Most of them with over 100 judging credits and several of them said the Ford expert has arrived. (I have 13 judging credits – not much of an expert)
    Rain was coming onto the show field and we went out an looked at our vehicles early before judging started. There were some fine vehicles on this show field. I am glad that while I spent a little time looking at each of the vehicles that I only had questions on one vehicle. Thankful for the second look in the rain.
    Judging went quickly in the rain. My sheet was so wet that is was hard to write anything on it.
The cars were released at 2 pm stead of the 3 pm normal time. We put Zeno’s car back on the trailer and headed back for the BBQ dinner and Award Banquet. We had the chance to sit near so many old friends and also new friends. The gentleman near us was showing his car hoping for a First Place Junior award. He already had a second place. I remember the emotions of waiting to see what you won. The nerves get the best of you just and the relief that comes over you when you get the award you came for.
    Our trip home was much faster than our trip to Auburn. Guess it was all down hill home or the lack of parking lots on the interstate that helped. – Charlotte

Cuban Festival at the Museum

May 5, 2018
     Over seven years from concept to fruition was involved in production of the Cuban Festival. On May 5 the Henderson Collection was asked by the Mayor of Mobile, Sandy Stimpson to help with the grand opening of the Cuban Festival. The Collection provided five period vehicles that are typically seen in our Sister City, Havana.
    The Mobile Museum of Art located near the club house was the center of the event. Sister Cities Mobile, Alabama and Havana, Cuba celebrated 25 years. What better way than to display some old cars.
    Jim Henderson provided five examples of fine vehicles for guest to experience. On display were the 1960 Buick Electra 225, the 1955 Mercury Montclair, the 1948 Lincoln Continental convertible, the 1957 Chevy Bel Air and the 1954 Ford Sunliner Crestline.
    Artists from both Mobile and Havana were present to endorse their incredible art depicting the similarities between the two cities. Photos of Mardi Gras compared to parade in Havana and city skylines to the cars of America and Cuba the art display was amazing. But the belle of the ball was the vehicles of the Henderson Collection.
     We opened to doors to allow people to see inside. Youth were amazed by the manual windows and how big the cars were. To adults the cars brought back memories. The Mayor could not wait to get his wife inside the 1948 Lincoln and get photo taken.
    The entire event was fun and was a great opportunity to give people of all ages a chance to experience the old cars we love. – Charlotte

Our Lady of Lourdes Car Display

April 29, 2018
Our Lady of Lourdes lawn party took place on Sunday April 29. A record number of antique cars were on display. People’s choice trophy went to the 1967 Chevelle SS owned by Pat McCabe. Some of the popular cars: ’56 Desoto convertible, ’64 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible, ’59 Corvette, ’31 Dodge, ’69 Camaro Z/28, ’62 MG convertible, ’29 Ford convertible. The list of antique cars: ‘94 Cavalier convertible, 2013 Mustang GT, ’85 Buick Regal, ’67 Mustang, ’96 Cobra, ’93 Mustang Fox Body, ’70 Oldsmobile Cutlass W-31, ’67 Chevelle SS 396, ’74 Corvette, ’91 Mitsubishi Montero and ‘90 pathfinder. – David Ladnier

Breakfast at Golden Corral

April 28, 2018
It was a beautiful day for driving our antique cars and eating breakfast together. We had a great crowd with both DSR and the Model A club members. Eighteen people attend and many who drove their old cars. There were ten DSR members present for breakfast. Walt and Martha, Joyce and David Ladnier, Zeno and Rheba Chaudron, Violet and Robby, Tracy Metclaf and Paul Dagenais

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.

Pictures by Charlotte Dahlenburg


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.

Pictures by Charlotte Dahlenburg

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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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 NOVEMBER 11, 2015

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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

Pictures by Charlotte Dahlenburg

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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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