CAPITOL PANTERAS    
 
April 2006
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Towe Auto Museum Silent Movie Night
by Emilia Seiferling
 
Friday, March 24 was silent movie night at the Towe Auto Museum in Sacramento.  It was the start of our weekend entertainment.  We were able to leave a bit early for the drive to River City.  That enabled us to have a more leisurely dinner before the movie.  We tried to locate an Italian restaurant that we had been to some time ago.  Since we couldn't remember the name or the exact location, we only managed to have a scenic drive of downtown Sacramento.  We then proceeded to our second choice, La Tattatoria Bohemia, 3649 J St @ 36th. We lucked out on parking right in front  on the busy street.  Inside the store front is a very bright and friendly neighborhood eatery.  We both enjoyed the soup of the day, a goulash type veggie and beef soup.  A perfect starter on such a cold rainy day.  Then we split the pork picatta and had no split plate fee.  There was plenty for both of us.  I had gone out to lunch that day and come home with a box, so I knew that we didn't need any more boxes in the frig.  The service was quite fast we decided to have coffee and the special desert of the day, home made canolli.
 
We then headed to the Towe Auto museum with time to spare.  Once inside, we toured the new exhibits.  The Nash Club of North America was the featured marque.  The 1953 Nash-Healy was designed by Pininfarina.  You may recognize this car as the car that Clark Kent drove, in the 1950's TV series, Superman.  This is our Italian connection for the newsletter.  Wouldn't it be great to have the deTomaso be the featured marque.  We need someone in the Sacramento area to work on this idea.  If the Nash Club can do it, why can't the Panteras?
 
 
The movie was a double feature of Buster Keaton films.  The first short was "The Blacksmith" 1922.  Buster was a young blacksmith and also an "auto mechanic", according to the sign on the blacksmith shop.  So there was an automotive connection in this film.  A couple of autos were the recipients of his dubious "repair work" and reduced to a piles of scrap steel.  The second feature was "College" 1927.  Here Buster was a brainy freshman who had to try out various sports to win the girl.  We think it was filmed in LA and showed scenes of the "new" coliseum and USC.  Someone from that area would need to verify this for us.  This two reeler was still very  funny today.  The next Movie Night at the Towe Auto Museum will be Friday, May 19, 2006.  It will be "The Black Pirate" starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Billie Dove.  The cost is $10 per person, with a max of $20 per family. This is a fund raiser for the Sierra Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society. http://theatreorgans.com/ca/sierra/  As always the popcorn is only $1 a bag with free refills and you can tour the museum before the movie.  The movie starts at 8 PM.  Hope to see you there.
 
Tech Session at Rick's Shop
by Jim Seiferling
 
Well, there was none.  :-((   I sent out an email to 55 LOCAL people and received a grand total of 3 replies, 2 yes and 1 no (out of town).  At this point, it just wasn't worth wasting Rick's time and energy to get his shop and food ready for us.  What's so hard about an email reply?  Hit "reply", type "yes, no, or maybe", hit "send".  10 seconds of your time.   You don't even have to sign your name.  Can you tell that normally mild mannered Jim is a bit PO'd?  What would you do?  Thank you Rick for volunteering, once again.  Maybe next year!
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Meeting Notes, April 11, 2005
by Emilia Seiferling
 
We had a fairly good turnout for the April meeting of the Capitol Panteras. There were no Panteras in the parking lot, but the weather was wet, cold and windy.  It was great to have twelve hardy souls attend the meeting!  Those  present were: Jeff Budelli, Henry Kirk, John McNamee, Mike Drew, Chris Difani, Emilia & Jim Seiferling, Ken Montgomery, John Worsley , Glen Cramer, Rick Carlile, and Terry Morofsky.  This was the first CP meeting that Terry has been able to attend.  Terry is a past president of PCNC.  He and his wife Sherry have relocated to the Folsom area.  We hope that this is the first of many CP meetings that Terry attends. 
 
The raffle at this months meeting was won by Ken.  He won a $20 gift card at Kragen's.  There was a $21 profit from the raffle!
 
There was a discussion on the importance of replying to any RSVP event.  We understand that there is never a perfect date for everyone for an event, so it is ok to say no.  The main thing is to let the organizer know; yes, no,or maybe.
 
We had discussed at the March meeting spending some of our treasury on a charity project.  John McNamee came up with a very good candidate.  St. Patrick's Children Charities in Sacramento.  The group agreed to donate $300 to St. Patrick's to be used toward repair of donated cars for resale.  John will handle the donation, an article and photo for the local paper and our newsletter. If you have an idea for next year, keep it in mind.  We will hopefully donate again, if our treasury is this healthy next year.
 
Treasurer John McNamee reported that  we received a check for $125 for our podium finish in the POCA article contest for 2005.  Currently we are in a four way tie for second in the 2006 POCA article contest.  We have one article written by Glen and two by Emilia.  With some coaxing Rick  Carlile and John McNamee said that they would write some articles for the contest.   Maybe we can finish in the top three for a second year! 
 
We passed around the information flyer for the Reno-Tahoe Panteras Fun Rally on June 7-11.  It will be at Harrah's Reno.  There will be a detailed article in next months POCA newsletter.  This is a fun event.  Try to make all or part of it the second weekend in June.
 
Mike Drew had a suggestion for CP to make a bit of extra money for our treasury.  He suggested that CP send some Polo shirts to Las Vegas to be sold at the POCA Store.  John McNamee agreed to do a limited run of shirts in two designs to be sold at the event. Thank you John!  It so happened that Glen was wearing the shirt with the more general  Pantera design.  He was an excellent model.  The second shirt will have the Capitol Pantera logo on it.  Whatever shirts remain after the event will be made available to CP members.  Terry will transport the shirts to Las Vegas for us.  Mike will be transporting the deTomaso colored Afghan, for the POCA raffle.  CP will be there by proxy, represented by associate members, shirts, and an afghan. Maybe next year we'll have some cars and people in Las Vegas!
 
We may have another associate CP member soon.   We tried to get Terry to mark CP instead of PCNC when he renews his POCA membership.  But we will hopefully get him as our fourth associate member at the very least.  We are indeed lucky to have our associate members as part of the CP group!
 
Jeff reported the date for the Foothill Wine Country Wine Tour and BBQ is set for Sunday, May 21.  We will meet in El Dorado Hills to start the tour at 10 AM.  The event will end with a BBQ at the home of Glen Cramer.  Please mark your calendar now.  We will need a head count to arrange the food. There will be a small cost to cover the cost of the BBQ.  A separate e-mail will be going out to help people RSVP for the event.  As with all CP events, if your club car is not road worthy the day of the event, please don't feel that you can't attend!  We welcome all members in any vehicle, but you may have to be at the back of the pack on the cruise if you don't bring the club car.  Please RSVP to jes@rickadee.net  You can sign up via email or the sign up sheet that will be passed at the May 9 CP meeting at Mimi's.
 
Karen has done the preliminary research for a location for a joint brunch with the Reno-Tahoe Panteras.  Once the weather improves, she and Henry will personally check out the venue.  It is in Nevada City, the Northern Queen.  We have a list of possible dates from the Reno/Tahoe Panteras.  We will keep you updated as the details develop.
 
Chairman Jeff hopes to have a variety of Italian cars, in addition to Panteras, at the Festa Italiana.  So if you have any Italian car, for the show, please let Jeff know.  More details as we get closer to the date, August 5-6.
 
Henry passed out a flier for a car show on Saturday, May 13, at Folsom Lake College.  All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Northern California.  Contact Info thefastcarshow@hotmail.com  
 
Wanted: Articles for CP Newsletter
 
If you have attended a car function of any type, please write about your car adventures and send it to jes@rickadee.net  to be included in the next Capitol Pantera newsletter.  If newsletter articles are not received, then it will be more of Jim & Emilia's automotive adventures or "The Motoring Mouth".
  
                                                 2006 EVENTS CALENDAR
 
April 22-23  Shelby Club, Spring Sprint Driving School & Open Track, Thunderhill http://www.norcal-saac.org/
May 4-5    Las Vegas Track Event  http://www.panteraclubnorcal.com/track.htm
May 4-7    Las Vegas Fun Rally
May 9       Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
May 13     F.A.S.T. Car Show , Folsom Lake College www.thefastcarshow.com
May 19     Towe Auto Museum - Silent movie "The Black Pirate" 8 PM, cost $10 per person
May 21     Foothill Wine Tour & BBQ, Chairman Jeff
June 3-4   Wine Country Classic Vintage Races, Sears Point http://www.searspoint.com/
June         Shriner's Hospital Concours d'Elegance- Sacramento www.shrinersconcours.com
June 7-11 Reno Fun Rally, Reno-Tahoe Panteras
June 13    Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
July 11      Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
July 16       Thunder Valley Brunch Run @ noon - Chairman John W.
July            Hot Rods and Harleys Car Show - Lodi Lake
Aug. 5-6     Festa Italiana, Sacramento, Chairmen Jeff and George
Aug 8        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Aug 17        "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.
Aug 18        Concorso Italiano, "35 Years of the Pantera" http://www.concorso.com/default.asp
Aug 19-20  Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca http://www.montereyhistoric.com/
Sept. 12    Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Sept 22     Shelby Club, Mini Nats XXII, Infineon  http://www.norcal-saac.org/
Oct. 19      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct 28-29  Shelby Club, Fall Classic 2006 Open Track, Thunderhill http://www.norcal-saac.org/
Nov. 14     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov.           Delta Brunch Run, Chairman Emilia & Jim
Dec.          Capitol Panteras Christmas Party
 
Suggestions for other activities in the coming year include;
 
Blackhawk Museum in Danville  http://www.blackhawkauto.org
Sporting Clays/Lunch at Birds Landing (near Rio Vista).  http://www.birdslanding.net/ 
Great Pantera back road getting there through the Montezuma Hills!!
 
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
 
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Pantera #1575