April 2009

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Charlotte, NC

by Emilia Seiferling

Jim and I recently returned from a short trip to Charlotte, North Carolina.  We were there to attend the christening of our youngest nephew, Craig.  I am one of the Godparents for little Craig.  Craig is the second son of my older brother, Albert and his wife, Patty.  Our trip to a family function in itself would not be the topic of a CP newsletter article, but the fact that we were in Charlotte, in the heart of NASCAR country, does add the possibility of an auto related article for the newsletter.  We had one day, Monday, on our own while in Charlotte.  The rest of our short visit was filled with birthday parties for my brother and for Craig, christening activities, and family gatherings.   After checking several possible day trip stops on the web, we found that the Gold Mine Museum (the first gold found in the USA) and the Railroad Museum were both closed on Monday.  We then settled upon the HMS Museum, because it was open on Monday.  Oh, HMS stands for Hendrick Motor Sports.  So we headed off in our rental vehicle.  I say vehicle because Hertz didn't give us the mid-sized sedan for which we asked.  We got a large SUV, a Chevy Equinox.  That made our drive around the greater Charlotte area an adventure.  It was big, wide and had poor visibility out both the front and rear.  The Pantera has better visibility, and we all know how marginal that is.

We started our outing with a little side trip.  Our first stop was at the new home that NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon is building in Charlotte.  Why you may ask would we care about Jeff's new mansion?  Well, if my brother had not just moved, he would have been directly next-door!  Across the street from my brothers old house is also Bruton Smith's home, .  It is a real high power NASCAR neighborhood.  The photo of the house under construction was taken from my brothers' former driveway.

Jeff Gordon's new home, next to my bothers old house

When we arrived at HMS we found a large building open to the public free of charge.  There were five areas that made up the space. Four were devoted to the four current divers of HMS; Dale Earnhart Jr, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Mark Martin.  There were cars and many trophies on display as well as driver memorabilia such as helmets and driving suits.  The fifth area was the gift shop, which was again divided by driver.  We did pick up one item at the gift shop to be used as the raffle prize at the next CP meeting.  Must be present to win!  We next drove up the hill to the shops.  There were two large twin buildings with only the car numbers on the outside 5 & 88, 24 & 48.  We entered to find more trophies and current racecars.  You could also look in the shop areas in the rear.  The shop was very clean and very busy.  There was even a sighting of Chad Knaus, Jimmie Johnson's crew chief.

Jim fit quite well into Jeff Gordon's seat

We continued our day trip by having lunch nearby at a restaurant that had been featured on the Food Network.  This place was quite good but it to was a second choice since our first choice, the 21 Drive-In, was also closed on Monday!  So we missed out on some great onion rings according to my brother.

We ended our day's drive with a stop at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.  The only automotive connection would be the use of our Extended Towing AAA card to get a discount admission to the Gardens.  The place was very pretty and will be even better when you get to see the actual blooms and not just the buds.  We were there a couple of weeks too early to see the real beauty of the Stowe Gardens.

A Saturday Drive with the Maserati Club

By Emilia Seiferling

On Saturday, April 4, Jim and I joined up with the Maserati club for a drive through the Delta.  We had been invited to join the Maserati group by Wilson Werhan.  Wilson was the leader of this Delta drive and lives just up the river from us, in Walnut Grove.  We had met Wilson a couple of years ago.  We all attended the same local car events.  Wilson has a beautiful Maserati Bora.  The Saturday drive was to begin in Rio Vista!  That is about as convenient as it gets, unless you plan the drive yourself.  At 10 AM the cars were to be at the Chevron station on Highway 12.  We were there a bit early, since we only had to travel about four blocks.  Since the drive would conclude with a late lunch to in Rio Vista, we decided to grab a quick breakfast at the adjoining McDonald's.  We shared our favorite breakfast meal, the breakfast burrito.  At promptly 10:30 AM the mixed group of 13 cars headed off on our drive in the Delta.  The group included Maseratis; a Bora, two Meraks, a Quatra Porte, a 3500 GT, two Indys, a Khamsian, and a V8 convertible.  There were several Lamborghini's; a  Murciélago , a Countach, a Islero and a VT.   There was one Maserati member in her Porsche Boxer, instead of her Club car.  We were the lone DeTomaso. 

Our drive in the Delta totaled about 50 miles.  Wilson had planned a route that had few left turns and covered a variety of locations.  We were on back roads most of the time and encountered very little traffic.  We saw pretty country, beautiful River views, old delta towns, and a stop at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg.  We even took a ferry ride across the Sacramento River.  We were a bit concerned about our clearance at the entrance onto the ferry, but we didn't bottom out!  The ride was very smooth.  It took two runs of the ferry to get our entire group across the river. If the ferry had sunk it would have made the news: eight exotic sports cars lost in tragic ferry accident!  We finished our tour with a late lunch at the Point Water Front Restaurant, in Rio Vista.  Since I have to attend a lunch service club (Soroptimist) meeting there every Thursday, I am very familiar with the Point.  It is because of the varying quality of those "group lunches", The Point is not my first choice to go for a Saturday luncheon.  But I have to say that they did a nice job.  We were given a limited lunch menu to chose from that gave a good selection at a fair price. Every thing looked good when it finally arrived at the table.  We did have a private room and a view of the Sacramento River.  On the down side, we were given only one server for a group that numbered almost 25.  The kitchen also must have been understaffed.  Our lunch took almost two hours.

We want to thank Wilson and the Maserati Club for including us and being so gracious to the "Bad Boy" of the Italian car family.

Probably the first time the ferry was filled with 8 exotics

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Summary of the April 2009 Capitol Panteras Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Capitol Panteras found three Club cars in the parking lot of Mimi's.  That meant there was real competition for the "Driving for Gas Money". The winner this month was Ken Montgomery, who was competing against John Worsley and Rick Carlile.  Those in attendance, but without their Club Car were: Jim & Emilia, John McNamee, Duane and Darice Harlan, Lamar Fairchild and Bruce Maddox. That means two consecutive meetings for Bruce who hadn't made a CP meeting for about five years prior to this!  He reported that he has been putting parts on the Pantera since the March meeting.  Maybe we'll see him in the car at a meeting soon.

The raffle was won again by John Worsley. He won last meeting! This time he received a the "special raffle prize" that Jim and Emilia brought back from their recent North Carolina trip. John won a red mug from Hendrick Motor Sports. There was a $31 profit from the raffle!  The special raffle prize led Treasurer John to suggest that if a CP member was on a trip and saw an item that would work well for a raffle prize that they get it and bring it to the next meeting.  Treasurer John reported that all outstanding bills were now paid.  We have about $848 in our bank account.  We have a new POCA member, Todd White.  Todd lives in Atwater.  Welcome Todd.  We assume that Todd was assigned to CP as the closest POCA chapter to Atwater.  Todd will be receiving the CP newsletter.  We hope he enjoys reading about our groups' activities.  We hope that Todd will be able to attend some of our gatherings in the future.  This reminds me that our chapter gets a portion of your POCA dues, so if you have not renewed your POCA membership, Bruce and Duane, please do so.

It was discussed to set a date for collection of "dues" from our associate members, i.e. Ken and John W.   Ken paid Treasurer John $20 and John said he'd pay next month.  Our associate members are those CP members who are not DeTomaso owners, i.e. DeLorean and Bricklin.  Those CP members who have DeTomasos or plan to get DeTomasos are expected to join POCA.  We are all automotive orphans and all are welcome at Capitol Panteras.

Treasurer John M. passed out annual passes for the Towe Auto Museum.  The new name for the Towe is the California Automobile Museum.  We received the passes since CP is a supporter of the Museum.  There are 7 passes left.  They will be passed out at next month's CP meeting at Mimi's.  Must be present to receive a pass! 

The membership agreed to continue to be a member of the Association of California Car Clubs.  This is an organization that keeps tabs on the state government when there is legislation that affects the collector car hobby.  There are currently several bills that could affect the hobby if they are passed.

The CP Tech session is this Saturday, April 18, at Rick Carlile's shop in Sacramento.  The location is 1800

 27th Street.  The start time is 9 AM.  If you plan to attend, don't come too late.  We are generally done by noon.  This is not an open-ended event like a PCNC tech session.  We get it done, send out for pizza and get on with the rest of our day.

The two Italian car shows to be held in Monterey on Friday, August 14 were discussed.  There is a lot of confusion as to who will be attending where.  First Tom Tjaarda was to be at one show, and then the other show says that they have Tom.  At this point in time you may want to hold off getting tickets until things settle down.   La Dolce Vita @ Black Horse in Monterey, is being presented by the same folks that do "La Belle Machine" at Pocono and the Italian car show at Daytona Speed week.  The price is $50 for the car and driver plus $15 for each additional passenger.  The Concorso Italiano has announced that their show will be at the Laguna Seca Golf Course, but the cost is $100 for the car and occupants.  Jim and I sent in our money to La Dolce Vita when we thought that Tom would be there.  But after we sent in the money the switch with Tom occurred.  There seems to be some less that gentlemanly behavior going on.  So far POCA has not indorsed either event.  But due to some of the actions of CI, Jim & I may be going to La Dolce Vita even if we are the lone DeTomaso there.  Well, maybe we'll win best in class!

You can check out the CI web site at 

The featured marque at the Historic Races is Porsche.  It could be really interesting to see what the factory brings out to the event.

The EuroSunday event, that features DeTomaso, is May 10. The show starts at 8 AM.  Also featured will be DeLorean and Bricklin.  That is Mother's Day, so we will not make reservation for brunch anywhere in advance.  Several people have stated that they have a problem with the Mother's Day schedule of EuroSunday.  If you can bring your car for the "show" then need to get back to family, that is fine.  The show should be over by 9:30 - 10:00 AM.  We hope to have a good turn out so as to not be embarrassed.  The EuroSunday site that day is at 771 Pleasant Grove Blvd. Roseville, CA, 95678

The reservation forms are out in the most recent POCA newsletter for The Reno Fun Rally. Jim & I have already sent in our paperwork, made hotel reservations, and marked our calendars.  The dates are June 10-14.   Please try to make all or part of this Pantera Event.  There will be several scenic drives,  a private dinner at the National Auto Museum,  and racing at the Fernley track to name just a few of the activities.  See the POCA newsletter for a complete schedule of events and a registration form.  We hope to see many of you there. You can down load the registration from the POCA website. 

Jim has spoken to past POCA President John Taphorn.  Each POCA chapter will be able to have a club car on display at the Circus Circus ballroom during the Fun Rally.  The car will not be limited to just sit in the ballroom.   There are in/out privileges.  Of those at the meeting, Lamar was selected to have his car on display.  John McNamee is our backup person, if he is able to attend.  So far there are about 180 cars registered for the event!

                                2009 EVENTS CALENDAR

Capitol Panteras Events in Red

April  18      CP Tech session at Rick's office/shop  starts at 9 AM

April 18-19   Spring Sprint, open track at Thunder Hill.  The Shelby Club

April 26        EuroSunday, Sacramento @ Roseville

May              Spring Sprint, open track at ??.  The Shelby Club.

May 10          EuroSunday Marques- Pantera/Bricklin/DeLorean/Moto Guzzi @ Roseville


May 12         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

May 24         EuroSunday, Sacramento @

May 29-31   Wine Country Classic, Sears Point 

June  9        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

June 10-14  POCA Fun Rally, Reno

June 14        EuroSunday Marques- Ducati / Ferrari / Maserati

June 20        Car Show in Arnold - Ch. Duane

June 28        EuroSunday, Sacramento @

July 3,4,5      Mini Nats XXVI @ Thunderhill

July 12          EuroSunday Marques-  MV Agusta / Aprillia / Lamborghini / Audi

July 14          Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

July 26          EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Aug 1-2        Festa Italiana, Sacramento,

Aug  2         Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Budelli

Aug 9           EuroSunday Marques- BMW Bikes / BMW Cars / VW

Aug 11        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Aug 13       "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.

Aug 14         La Dolce Vita 

Aug 14        Concorso Italiano,

Aug 14-17  Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca 

Aug 22         EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Aug 29-30    Summer Heat Open Track, Shelby Club at Sears Point 

Sept 8          Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Sept 13        EuroSunday Marques- Models Day

Sept 27       EuroSunday

Oct               Italian Car Show, Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.

Oct 11         EuroSunday Marques- Ford GT, Cobra, Mustangs

Oct 13         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Oct             18th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista - Chairman, Jim ( lunch at Foster's Big Horn)

Oct 17-18    Fall Classic, open track at Thunder Hill.  Shelby Club.

Oct 25         EuroSunday, Sacramento @ 

Nov 8          EuroSunday Marques- NSX / GTR / Supra / ISF / pacific Rim

Nov 10       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Nov 22       Euro Sunday, Sacramento @

Dec. ?       Capitol Panteras Christmas Party -  Hosting duties available

Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.

Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Co-Presidents, Capitol Panteras
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