2017 Events

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.

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. 

Grand Bay Christmas Parade

December 2, 2017

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.

Camellia 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.