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July 2019 Newsletter


Pantera Lunch Run

June 29, 2019

Peters Steakhouse, Isleton


We had another small turnout, but a very enjoyable one.  Garry & Sue Choate, Steve & Merry Dalcino, and Jim & Emilia Seiferling attended.  Garry and Sue came in their Pantera and it got the attention of the four guys sitting at the bar before they could even see it (the unmistakable rumble of the exhaust).  One of them identified it correctly as a Pantera.  That generally doesn’t happen very often.  For those of you who are not aware of Peter’s. It is a restaurant located in a 1874 restored two story building in Isleton.  The restaurant and small bar are down stairs.  The second level is a very large open space used for private events.  It is accessible by both stairs and an elevator.  Peter, the name sake and owner, was the prime rib master at the now defunct Del Rio Hotel Restaurant, for decades.  That restaurant was widely known for their prime rib and plates with lips on them to hold it all in!


Our group enjoyed their lunches; which included fish and chips, burgers and prime rib dip sandwich.  A nice drive in the California Delta and tasty lunch were enjoyed by those who attended.  Those who were unable to attend missed another fun activity made possible by driving a Pantera.


We discussed Christmas party options and we reached.a common thread.  We would all prefer to do a lunch rather than a dinner.  Some do not drive at night, if at all possible, and the valley fog at that time of year can be really nasty.  Sue inquired with our waitress (Peter’s daughter) on the options they could do for our group.  We generally have between 20-30 people at our Christmas party.  We could have the private upstairs banquet hall to ourselves for a small fee of $50.  If we could get 30 or more the room is free.  They could put together a three item choice of prime rib, salmon, or chicken for $33 per person, soft drink, tip, & tax included.  We will discuss this and other options at our July meeting on the 9th.



PCNC Monterey Weekend

See the attached file for the Tony Harvey Good Times Dinner

From Steve & Merry Dalcino


Attached is an announcement for the PCNC "Tony Harvey Dinner" at Los Laureles Lodge on Aug.16.  I wish we could offer rooms at Los Laureles also, but we no longer have the whole hotel.  We now split it (17 & 17) with Bonhams Auctions. We currently have a waiting list that will most likely take 8 or 10 years to get through, unless Bonhams gives up their hold.



Micro Cars (to August 5th)

July 6, 2019

California Auto Museum, Sacramento



We received an e-mail announcement from the California Automobile Museum that the current display had about another month to run.  This was the “Micro Car” display.  We decided to check it out last Saturday.  We had an open schedule and the weather was good.  That made for a road trip to the museum.  The drive north on State Highway 160 was beautiful.  The road runs along side the Sacramento River, which was smooth as glass.  The adjacent farm land was green and the sky blue.  All in all a very pretty picture completed by very light traffic!


We stopped on our way to the museum to have lunch in Elk Grove.  We tried out a restaurant that Sue Choate had recommended, The Flaming Grill Café.  We enjoyed our buffalo burger and fries.  The menu features several wild meats and several variations of fries and potato tots.  There are 24 beers on tap.  We had been warned about the large portions so we split the buffalo bacon blue cheese burger and we still had fries to take home!


Once at the museum we were greeted by a cool haven from the Sacramento summer.  We were ready to walk off our lunch by touring the micro car display.  There were 24 cars in the display.  It was a mixture of Italian, Japanese, German and British cars.  It varied in body style as well, vans, trucks, sports cars and sedans..  Many of the models are very rare and are seldom seen.  The display included a couple of interactive parts; trivia questions, posters, and a scavenger hunt.  If you have some free time in the next month, this is a good place to spend it.



The original  “BMW Isetta” actually started as an Italian Iso Isetta



Meeting Notes


Discussions Around the Table.


We had 8 members at the July meeting.  John McNamee (“The White Cheetah”) reported that we have $1,061 in the club bank account (from the June meeting).  He reported that we donated $50 to the meals on wheels charity and $60 to the ACCC.  He drove is Gulf blue 2001 Porsche Twin Turbo, so he won the $10 driving for dollars prize.  Mike Drew is back flying for American Airlines, but wouldn’t be landing in Sacramento until 8:30 that night.  Sue reported on the cars & coffee event John started at Rancho Murrieta.  Unfortunately John had to make an unexpected rush trip to LA and couldn’t attend his own event.


As reported in the attached report, Sue suggested we do our Christmas party at Peter’s Steakhouse, in Isleton, on Saturday, Dec 7th.  Instead of a dinner, we will do lunch at 1 PM.  There were many reasons for doing a lunch, number one is December weather, be it rain or fog.  Neither one is fun to drive at night.  Peter will do a dinner menu for us, even though it will be at lunch time.  We will have the entire second floor banquet room to ourselves.  Please see the attached flyer with the party details.  Save the date!


We discussed the gift exchange.  It was decided to have the theme “Anything Italian” since we are an Italian car club.


On July 1, the gas tax increased by 12.6 cents per gallon.

California residents pay over 74 cents per gallon in state and federal gas & fuel taxes.  That’s $14 for a 20 gallon fill up.


On January 1, 2020 (175 days from now) Cap & Trade is going to cause gas taxes to go up by as much as 72 cents per gallon!



2019 Events Calendar

Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.


To Aug 5   California Auto Museum; “Micro Cars”


July 14      Shelby Club Picnic @ Cobra Museum, Martinez

July 21      Dreams & Drivers, Dutch Brothers Coffee, Granite Bay

July 25      Cobra Museum movie night, “Cannon Ball Run II”, Martinez

July 28      EuroSunday, Sacramento @ Ryan G MotorWorks, 2135 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn


Aug 3-4        Festa Italiana, Sacramento,

Aug 4           Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday

Aug 3-4       Shelby Club Mini Nats @ Sears Point

Aug 10         Rancho Murieta Cars and Coffee

Aug 10-11   Monterey Pre-Union, Laguna Seca

Aug 13        Capitol Panteras meeting at Strings

Aug 11        Dreams & Drivers, Milagro Centre, Carmichael

Aug 15        "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon. 

Aug 17        Concorso Italiano (Diamond Anniversary for DeTomaso)

Aug 15-18   Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca

Aug 18        Pebble Beach Concours

Aug 25        EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Sept 5        Niello Concours Raduno, North Ridge Country Club, Fair Oaks

Sept 7           Rancho Murieta Cars and Coffee

Sept 7       7th Annual Stockton Yacht Club Specialty Vehicle & Classic Yacht Show - Picnic Lunch & Dinner

                   Contact Randy Welch at   Panteras welcomed and wanted.

Sept 10     Capitol Panteras meeting at Strings

                  (Nominations for club officers)

Sept 15    Dreams & Drivers, Arliegh Cigar Lounge, Folsom

Sept 22    EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Oct 4-6    CSRG Vintage Races @ Sonoma

Oct 5        California Auto Museum Car Cruise, Fulton Ave, Sacramento

Oct 5-6     Fall Classic, open track, Shelby Club @ Thunderhill

Oct 6        Serrano Concourse, El Dorado Hills

Oct 8       Capitol Panteras meeting at Strings

                 (Elections of club officers)

Oct 12      22nd Annual Car Show, Rio Vista

Oct 13       Italian Car Show, Alameda.

                  A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.

Oct ?        Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton

Oct 24     Cobra Museum movie night, Martinez

Oct 27     EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Nov 1-3    CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill

Nov 8        Cobra Museum movie night, Martinez

Nov 12    Capitol Panteras meeting at Strings

Nov 24     Euro Sunday, Sacramento @


Dec 7       Capitol Panteras Christmas Party, Lunch in Isleton

Dec 7        Speaker @ The Blackhawk, “Brooklands”

 Dec 14      PCNC Christmas Party


Jim & Emilia Seiferling

Newsletter Co-Editors, Capitol Panteras



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