April 2010

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Delta Tour with the Maserati Club, April 3rd

by Emilia Seiferling


The wet weather held off for our Saturday morning drive in The Delta with the Maserati Club, hosted by our friend Wilson Werhan from up River in Walnut Grove.  Jim and I arrived at the Rio Vista McDonald's to join several early arrival Maseratis.  Our Pantera started up fine and we made the five block drive smoothly.  But when it was time to depart on the tour, our Pantera turned temperamental, again.  We had had this problem about a month earlier.  Jim thought that he had solved the problem with a new battery.  The car had preformed normally on a couple of test runs, but now would start only with extremely great difficulty.  So the battery may have been part of the problem, but not the only problem.  Fearing that the Pantera would not start after we stopped on the ferry, Jim decided to go home and switch vehicles.  We informed the other five Panteras that made up the third section of the caravan that we would return ASAP in the truck.  We proceeded home to get the truck.  Once on the road home we saw in the rear view mirror that we had a Maserati following us!   We pulled in the drive way , explained to them what was happening, changed vehicles, and returned to the McDonald's to lead our Panteras on the beginning of the Delta Tour. 


The first leg of our journey took us out of Rio Vista, though a residential area,  to the Real McCoy Ferry.  Yes that is really the name of the ferry.  Since we were the last third of the 19 car caravan and the ferry only holds 8 cars maximum per trip, we caught up with the second group just loading onto the ferry.  The entire group reformed on the other side of the Sacramento River on Ryer Island.  We then proceeded to the north end of Ryer Island and crossed the bridge leading to an area know locally as Holland Land.  The road there was straight for 3.5 miles and we were able to safely cruise up to 85+ or so.



Our next stop would be the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg.  This is a converted sugar beet processing plant.   It now has wine tasting with a hand full of small wineries and can host large special events.  We, the passengers, enjoyed tasting and snacks provided by the Maserati group.  From the Old Sugar Mill we proceeded though the Delta toward Isleton and around "the Delta Loop" ending up at Terminus, also known as Tower Park, for lunch.  The Maserati group had arranged for parking to be roped off for us and tables be reserved for us.  We had a limited menu to select from to help speed up the process.  Even with these well made plans, the restaurant provided extremely slow food service.  The food was acceptable and the view was good.  And we had more than enough time to enjoy the view.  Luckily, we had good conversation during our very long wait for lunch.  The Pantera owners that got to know each other better while waiting for lunch were; table one- Bob & Dena Lucas and Steve & Merry Dalcino, table two- Jim & Emilia Seiferling and Sue & Gary Choate, table three- Randy & Linda Welch and Mike & Delores Drew (she is Mike's mom).  You might have noticed a lack of Capitol members.  All are PCNC members with the exception of Jim and myself.  Mike has duel membership.  Thank you all from PCNC for supporting our outing.




We want to thank the Maserati group for inviting us again this year.  It is a good excuse for Jim and I to go driving in "our own backyard".  When you live in a location, you tend to forget how pretty and unique the area really is.  The ferry, the levee roads, the marinas, the waterways are all features that make our home area special.  I suspect that many of the attendees, didn't realize that when we were not on a levee road, we were BELOW sea level on this drive!  Thanks again for the opportunity to share it with the rest of you.


Mike Drew's Engine Pull, April 6th

by Jim Seiferling


On April 6th, Mike scheduled an engine pulling session at his home.  We had 10 people show up.  Forest Goodhart became the leader and the disassembly proceeded at an astonishingly quick pace with his guidance.  While bolts were being undone, Gary Choate and a few others started reassembling the engine hoist he had brought with him.  Mike informed every one that his car was a "fighter" and would undoubtedly present some "challenges" during the process.  True to form, it did, but that didn't phase the crew in the slightest.  Work started about 10 AM and by 12:30 the engine and transmission were hanging from the engine hoist outside the car.  We then took a lunch break.  Hamburgers were made by Mike and beer provided by Barry Hosier.  After lunch, Forrest started disassembling the engine and in less than an hour, the heads were off and stripped of all components.  The transmission was also separated from the engine and the clutch & flywheel were removed.  On the front side, the water pump and harmonic balancer were removed to gain access to the timing area.  Mike's engine had a gear drive valve timing setup, so everyone one was interested in seeing how that was installed.


Mike sicked me on a problem with one of his Sirocco's.  All the exterior lights were not working and the fuses were all OK, not a good sign.  I wasn't able to fix it at this time, but I've got a good idea of where the problem probably is.  More testing is in order on a quieter day.  The wiring on this car is much worse than the Pantera!


By 2 o'clock, people started leaving in an attempt to beat rush hour traffic in the east bay area.  I also left to go home and clean up, then pick up Emilia and drive back to Davis for ham radio club meeting that evening.  My only mistake for this event was forgetting to bring my camera.  I'm sure you will see a much more detailed report, from Mike, in either the POCA newsletter or Profiles.



Pacific Coast Dream Machines

April 25th


I received the follow invitation from PCNC member Tony Blevins.


Hello Jim

Just wanted to let you know that in conjunction with Pacific Coast Dream
Machines, I'm expecting about a dozen Panteras from PCNC at my house for

All your members are certainly welcome to join also.  RSVP's would be

Details attached.


Sunday, April 25, 2010
15 Ashdown Place
Half Moon Bay CA
I will be hosting a Pantera breakfast for all those attending Pacific
Coast Dream Machines. Parking at the show is random/chaotic,
however, they will park cars/clubs that arrive together. I am about 5
miles from the show entrance so I have a good meeting spot to for us
to “convoy” and/or burnout.........
I’ll be serving a traditional breakfast (Eggs, Bacon, Pancakes, OJ etc)
as well as some extra stuff (Bloody Marys, etc). If time allows, I’ll
also show off some car memorabilia for entertainment.
We’ll meet for breakfast at 8:00AM and leave for the show together
shortly after in order to beat traffic into the show and find a nice
Pls RSVP to by Thursday April 23 so I’ll know how
much food to prepare. Google directions or email me. Call me at
916-813-8669 if you get lost.
Hope to see you there !
Tony Blevins


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Summary of the April 2010 Capitol Panteras Meeting


The April meeting had two red Panteras in the parking lot at Mimi's!  We had the "Driving of Gas Money" raffle. Lori Albino won out over Bruce Maddox.  Lori is on a winning streak, because she won the "Driving for Dinner" at the last PCNC meeting. The group of 10 consisted of Jim & Emilia, John Worsley, Rick Carlile, Ken Montgomery, Bruce Maddox, Lamar Fairchild, Lori Albino, Mike Drew, and Jay Morris.  We also held a raffle for a $20.00 gift card for Kragen.  It was won by John Worsley.  Between the driving for gas raffle and the gift card raffle, we actually made a net profit of $6.00.


Ken has reworked the Capitol Panteras website and would like current photos of members cars, to update the photo page.  He also arranged with the EuroSunday webmaster, to make a special link, on the CP links page, that will take you directly to the EuroSunday calendar without logging in.  It works great!  He also moved the site to a new server, to save the club money on website hosting.  Thank you Ken for you efforts!


The Tech Session at Rick's will be May 22, at Rick's office/shop. Rick also reported that his TVR has been accepted to race in BOTH the Sonoma Motorsports Festival and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.  Very cool Rick.


Jeff Budelli emailed us to inform us that the drive to Coloma, on May 1, 2010, has been cancelled by the organizers.  The date for the Panteras to be displayed at the Sacramento Festa Italiano, will be Sunday August 8th


Mike reported that the registration for the Reno Fun Rally is above that of last year.  The latest issue of the POCA Newsletter has the schedule for the POCA Reno Fun Rally.  Remember to sign up for this fun event.  Jim and I would love to have some CP company for this outing. We need some CP members there to buy the raffle tickets that we will be given to sell.


                                2010 EVENTS CALENDAR

Capitol Panteras Events in Red


Notes:      Capitol Pantera member, Carl Stein, will be racing his Trans-Am Mangusta in the

                   SCC Road  Racing  Series.


                   Capitol Panteras member, Rick Carlile, will be racing his TVR in the CSRG Series.

           Rick has also applied to race at the Sonoma Historic 

                   Motorsports Festival and has been accepted in the Monterey Historics.


April 16-17  Spring Sprint, open track @ Thunderhill.  The Shelby Club.

April 24        Mustangs Plus Car Show;  2353 N. Wilson Way, Stockton, 8am-3pm

April 25        EuroSunday, @ Nugget Markets, 771 Pleasant Grove Boulevard,  Roseville, CA 

April 25        Pacific Coast Dream Machines @ Half Moon Bay Airport

April 30-May 2   SCCA Road Racing @ Laguna Seca


May  11        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

May 14-16    CSRG Road Racing @ Thunderhill

May 15         PCNC Tech session at Roger Sharp's home.  Morgan Hill

May 22        Tech session at Rick's office/shop. 1800 27th St @ R St.

May  23        EuroSunday, Sacramento @


June 2-6      POCA Fun Rally, Reno

June 5-6       Sonoma Motorsports Festival , Sears Point.  Rick WILL be racing the TVR.

June  8        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

June 10-13   SCCA Road Racing @ Laguna Seca

June              Car Show in Arnold - Ch. Duane

June 27         EuroSunday, Sacramento @


July 13        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

July 18          Concourse at the Presidio in San Francisco

July 23-25    SCCA Road Racing @ Thunderhill

July 25          EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Aug 7-8       Festa Italiana Sacramento - Pantera Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Budelli


Aug 10        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Aug 12       "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.

Aug 13        Concorso Italiano,

Aug 13-15   Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Laguna Seca 

                      Rick will be racing his TVR.

Aug 22         EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Aug 27-29   SAAC 35 @ Infineon.  Shelby Club


Sept 3-5      SCCA Road Racing @ Infineon

Sept 14       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Sept 24-26  SCCA Road Racing @ Thunderhill

Sept 26        EuroSunday


Oct 1-3        CSRG Road Racing @ Infineon

Oct  9         19th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista - Hosts; Jim & Emilia ( lunch at Foster's Big Horn)

Oct 10         Italian Car Show, Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.

Oct 12        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Oct 15-17   SCCA Road Racing @ Laguna Seca

Oct 16-17   Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill.  Shelby Club.

Oct 24         EuroSunday, Sacramento @ 

Oct 30-31   CSRG Road Racing @ Thunderhill


Nov 9        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Nov 28       Euro Sunday, Sacramento @


Dec 4       Capitol Panteras Christmas Party Hosts; Duane & Darice Harlin.


Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.


Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Co-Presidents, Capitol Panteras
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#7114 [JIMS CAT]

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