Meeting Notes - April 10, 2007
As the weather improves, we have better attendance at the Capitol Pantera monthly meeting. Club cars included four Panteras, a DeLorean, a Saleen Mustang, and the Bricklin. Members present were: Jeff Budelli, Tom & Kathy Vona, John Worsley, Henry Kirk, Mike Drew, Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Lamar Fairchild, Rick Carlile, Ken Montgomery, Duane & Darice Harlan, PCNC members Mike & Nancy Haney, Mike Rockich, Peter Kovak & son Max. It's always nice to have PCNC members join us at Mimi's! Mike & Nancy came over from Napa, as did Mike Rockich, Peter drove his Saleen Mustang from Modesto. He told us of his December interaction of Pantera and ice that resulted with his car being in the shop for extensive body repairs.
There was no raffle, due to missing Treasurer John McNamee.
Lamar reported that the plans for the Placerville Run include a poker run, a trivia contest for the passengers, and prizes!! The day's drive will start in Cameron Park at noon and end up at "Poor Reds" for a 2 PM lunch (That is when the restaurant opens for business.) The date is set for Saturday, May 19. We will all meet in Cameron Park. We will get a head count at the May CP meeting. As always if your club car is not running, please drive your daily driver and come anyway. You just have to follow at the end of the pack! Please mark you calendar now!
The Tech Session is a go at Rick Carlile's shop on Sunday, April 15 at 9 AM. Please let us know if you plan to attend. You can RSVP at email@example.com Right now we have had RSVPs from George, Jeff, Mike Drew, Jim& Emilia. Several people also said at the meeting that they were coming, but I failed to write down the names. So if those people would be so kind as to respond by email that would be great. How we handle lunch will depend on the number of people and the type of projects that are going on. It will either be pizza delivered or go out for food. As already mentioned, it depends on the group size and activities at lunch time. You may want to bring a cooler with some sodas or a thermos of coffee to the event. Anyone willing to bring donuts to get us a sugar rush first thing? The guys are planning on pulling Mike Drew's ZF, to adjust the internal hydraulic throw out bearing.
The topic of a Club Banner to display at the Towe Auto Museum in the Car Club Cavalcade was discussed. The group volunteered John McNamee to do one, since he already has the graphics and he was not there to protest. Mike Haney offered to do one if John can not. Mike works for a sign company and they do banners . Emilia will contact Towe to confirm that we can indeed put up a club banner. An after thought was to have two done. The second one could be used whenever the CP Panteras were at a car function or a group outing. Thanks in advance to both John and Mike. I think the Club could afford to get two banners to help promote the Club to the public.
The date was set for the June CP Brunch at Thunder Valley. Mark your calendar now for Sunday, June 24. We will all meet up at EuroSunday event, at the Pavilions in Fair Oaks, and then drive over to brunch at Thunder Valley. If you can not meet the group at EuroSunday, you can meet us at Thunder Valley Casino at about 11:30 AM. John Worsley will be confirming that date with the Casino. We should be able to again get the reserved parking at the main entrance to the Casino.
Duane Harlan reported on the car show at Arnold on Saturday, June 16. He will email the final info to Jim to be passed along to the group. It seems that you need to sign up early to get the better parking assignments. Check your email for the registration information in the next few days.
Capitol Panteras will be represented in the raffle at POCA Las Vegas. Mike Drew will be hand carrying an afghan in the DeTomaso colors of blue, black and white. I believe that this will be the fourth year that one of the afghans has been a target raffle prize. Thank you Mike for transporting the afghan. Maybe you could also be the CP representative at the POCA President's Breakfast? You'll be there anyway and have a pretty good idea of what CP has been doing for the past year.
Webmaster Ken reminded everyone that he needs photos of cars and people for the Club website. You can email your photos to Ken. Check out the Club website. Please help by sending the photos.
We have not heard back from the Reno-Tahoe Panteras as to a possible date for a joint brunch this Fall. We set up the last joint brunch, so it is their turn to organize the brunch this year. Our Club calendar is filling up fast so we need to set a date.
Carl Stein had his first SCCA race victory, Sunday April 1st, at Sear Point. On Saturday, Jim & I saw him get black flagged for too much noise, in his year 2000 Trans-Am championship winning Mangusta.
We thought the car sounded wicked! Unfortunately the SCCA officials see it a bit different. Crew chief Rick Moseley replace the huge exhaust pipe tip with one that points straight down, instead of out the side of the car. The exhaust pipe hole, in the side of the car, was taped up with 14" wide duct tape! I didn't know it even came in that size. The officials then made Carl do a test pass by the microphone, and he came in under the noise limit. The guys are now fabricating a new muffler that they hope will pass under the noise limits for future events. This car would sound unbelievable without a muffler.