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September 2019 Newsletter

 

American Graffiti

August 31, 2019

El Campanil Theater, Antioch

By Jim Seiferling

 

Emilia and I enjoyed another Sunday afternoon at the movies.  The movie this time was “American Graffiti”.  This time the movie was at the restored El Campanil Theater in Antioch.  It’s not as ornate as the Stockton Fox, but still very nice and well done.  They arranged with local car clubs to display their cars in front of the theater and had at least a dozen cars in the age bracket to match the movie.  People also came dressed in period clothing.  There were also a couple of tee shirts with “Pharaohs” and “Milner Racing Team” on their backs.

 

After the movie we had dinner at a nice Italian restaurant in downtown Pittsburg.  If you haven’t been in downtown Antioch or Pittsburg in the last 10 years you will be very surprised.  Both had a reputation in the past as being very rough towns.  Not now!  Both towns have been totally rejuvenated and are very nice and safe.  Car movies are always a good way to spend an afternoon, especially if you can be out driving your “fun” car, whatever it might be.

 

 

Meeting Notes

 

We had 9 members at the August meeting.  Brian and Janet Regan joined us for their first meeting with the Capitol Panteras group.  Brian has a 1972, red Pantera.  He purchased it 25 years ago from Steve Trackman in Loomis.  With the help of Gary Choate they are getting the car road worthy.  The tires are 30 years old, so new wheels and tires have been ordered and will be on the car very shortly.  Brian and Janet live in Fair Oaks.  John McNamee sold is 360 Ferrari and replaced it with a BMW i8 and had it at our meeting.  It is quite a stunning car, as can be seen in the following photos.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_i8  Having only a 91cubic inch engine is quite a departure from a Pantera engine, but it still has an electronic limited top speed of 155 MPH. and is rated at 28 MPG.

 

Rick has offered to have another pizza night at his shop, in the Natomas area.  There was unanimous approval of the idea.  The date will be set by Rick.

 

Election of officers will be held at next months meeting.  Be sure to attend and don’t be late.  At the August meeting, John Drago offered to continue on as President in 2020.

 

Please see the attached Word file for our Christmas lunch information.

 

 

  

photos by Ken Montgomery

 

On January 1, 2020 (112 days from now) California Cap & Trade is going to cause gas taxes to go up by as much as 72 cents per gallon!

Check out the latest issue of the ACCC Defender newsletter.  http://www.acccdefender.org/images/pdf/newsletter/September-2019.pdf

Website; http://acccdefender.org/  Capitol Panteras is a supporting member of The Association of California Car Clubs.

 

2019 Events Calendar

 

Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.

 

Sept 15    Dreams & Drivers, Arliegh Cigar Lounge, Folsom

Sept 22    EuroSunday, Sacramento @ ?, check their website for location

 

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      All Italian Car Show, Alameda.  https://www.alfaromeoassociation.org/

                  A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors, but a $20 donation to Special Olympics is requested.

Oct 17      Movie Night at the Cobra Museum, Martinez

Oct ?        Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton.  Date not set as of 9/11/19

Oct 27     EuroSunday, Sacramento @

 

Nov 1-3    CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill

Nov 8        Cobra Museum movie night, Martinez

Nov 9-10  Good Guys Car Show, Pleasanton

Nov 12    Capitol Panteras meeting at Strings

Nov 24     Euro Sunday, Sacramento @

 

Dec 7       Capitol Panteras Christmas Party, 1pm lunch in Isleton

Dec 7       Speaker @ The Blackhawk Museum, “Brooklands”

Dec 14      PCNC Christmas Party

 

Jim & Emilia Seiferling

Newsletter Co-Editors, Capitol Panteras

http://www.capitolpanteras.org

wb6bet@arrl.net

WB6BET-Jim

KI6YYT-Emilia

Life goal: To be the person my dog thinks I am.

 

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