August 2004
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Lodi Lake Seventh Annual Hot Rod and Harley Show
July 25, 2004
It was Jim's birthday and he had several options on how he wished to spend the day. He decided he would prefer to go to the charity car show in Lodi.  So we packed up the Pantera; lawn chairs, camera,  ice chest stocked with drinks and munchies, hats and sun block.  We arrived about 9 AM after an easy drive from Rio Vista. The weather was cooler than the predicted 100 degrees.  It was in the mid  to low 90's with a very slight breeze.  We had expected to park with some other exotic car owners that we had met over the past couple of years, but they were not there in our out of the way parking area!  So we proceeded to the main staging area. We found a good spot next to a shade tree.  We ended up parked to a very nicely done 1965 Falcon from Elk Grove.  We spent most of the day chatting with them.  Turns out that they know Joe LaBue!  
It turned out that we were not the only import car at this event.  There was a 240Z, an MG, a English Ford Angela,  and two Panteras!  When was the last time you went to a street rod car show and the Panteras were the most numerous foreign marque?  It gets better, the Pantera won Best Import.  No it wasn't us, but Lodi local and new Pantera owner Kip Skelton.  We featured Kip and his beautiful red 1974 Pantera a couple of months ago in our CP newsletter..  We hope that Kip will soon be an official Capitol Pantera member! 
Although the number of both cars and bikes were down this year, the numbers were up  for the public viewing the vehicles.  Jim spoke with many people during the day about the marque. He would have spoken with more people, but the live music was very loud and we were right in front of the band stand.  But since our Pantera is also loud I was prepared with great ear plugs.  Our lawn chairs were comfy and the cottonwood trees provided shade, so I was able to finish one of my Project Linus baby blankets during the course of the day.  All in all, the Lodi Lake car show makes for a good day, a pretty setting, a great charity (Adopt a Child) and the opportunity to meet other car people.
First Place Red and also ran Black Panteras
Concorso Italiano 2004

It was predicted to be a hot day in the Valley, so we were off to an early start to Concorso Italiano 2004 weekend.  We left Rio Vista at 8:30 AM. with the engine tub loaded with the essentials: two sack chairs, small ice chest with drinks and snack bars, two soft sided duffle bags for clothing, tools, extra oil and spark plugs, and my crochet project bag. We encountered traffic in Antioch, but avoided part of it since we had to

detour and make a brief stop for work. Once back on Highway 4 it was smooth going all the way to Castroville.  It was there that CalTrans had decided to close all but one lane down, in bound to Monterey!  We made it to down town Carmel a half hour later than planned.  We ended up parking at Sixth & Guadalupe.  As we were getting out of the  car, we were immediately approached by one of the property owners.  We were expecting to be told to move, but the guy was enthralled by the car!  He offered to let us park in his yard!  We chatted with him for a while, then hiked down the hill to Ocean Ave.  The Pebble Beach cars had already begun to arrive after their tour of the Monterey Bay  area and the viewing crowds were heavy.  We made our way to The Grill on Ocean Ave for lunch.  We were able to get window seating, again this year.  The meal was very good.  This year, as last year, we met visitors interested in Italian cars sitting at the next table.  With our lunch completed, we set out to view the 100+ cars that were on the Pebble Beach Road Tour.  While we walked the Avenue, we ran into CP member John Worsley.   We also had two celebrity sightings, Bruce Meyers and Peter Mullin.  They are both frequently seen on Speed TV as some big time car collectors.  Somehow we missed Phil Hill in a Rolls Royce.  After viewing the autos, we hiked back up the steep hill to Sixth  & Guadalupe. Again we were greeted by the property owner.  He said he kept an eye on the car and again told us how much he liked it!


Free show over, we headed out to Carmel Valley and the Los Laureles Lodge.  We were staying with the PCNC group.  We thank them for making space available for other POCA members.  We arrived  just after CP members Finny & Rick Moseley.  Leslie & Carl Stein had to cancel due to the death  of Leslie's father the day before.  We relaxed the remainder of the afternoon. Dinner that evening was at Will's Fargo in Carmel Valley.  We were early enough to discover that they have an "Early Bird Special" of  Prime rib on Thursday night! That was a pleasant surprise price wise, especially after filling up at $2.44 per gallon. (We did get 16 mpg on the trip over.)  The evening ended up at the hospitality room, but not too late, since it would be another early morning on Friday.


A group of 13 Panteras (including one Goose) left the Lodge at 7 AM for the drive to Concorso Italiano at Black Horse Golf course.  Roger Sharp lead the way.  It was an impressive site!  Roger did not follow the directions given in the packet, but his way was smooth sailing!  Those who followed the official directions, were greeted with long lines and longer waits!  DeTomaso had great parking.  We were close to food, bathrooms, the stage area and the exit. There were a total of 61 deTomaso automobiles present.  There were Panteras, Mangustas, and Longchamps.   It was a cool day by the Monterey Bay.  The sun didn't peek out until after  noon!  It was a great day of cars, people and shopping. (I was able to add a bracelet to my deTomaso jewelry.) There were at least three cars of CP members at Concorso: Jeff Budelli, Gregg Mowers, & Jim Seiferling.  We attempted to meet Greg but never managed to catch him at his car. Jim came prepared to get an autograph from Pantera designer Tom Tjaarda.  Jim was able to get his owner's manual signed as well as the door jam of the car .Jim's silver Sharpie pen was passed around to have several cars signed!  Jim was also able to speak with the first owner of #1575, Steve Wilkinson.  The car was red when Steve had it.  In the small world section, Steve's wife is a dental hygienist. It was a good  car day by the Monterey Bay. 



How cool.  Getting your owners manual and CAR signed by Tom Tjaarda!



The original owners of our car, Steve and Sandy Wilkinson.


Dinner on Friday was back at the Lodge.  PCNC put on banquet with a Mardi Gra theme. The patio area was decorated with masks and beads in green, gold and purple. The patio area was ringed with over 20 deTomaso automobiles of many different colors.  It was cool, but no wind or fog, so it was pleasant to be dining outside.


Saturday was another early day.  We were off to Laguna Seca and the Vintage Races.  We had done the PI race package: race tickets, lunch & corral parking.  This is by far the best way to go!  Great location parking, very good lunch (catered by Tarpy's Road House), and race tickets. While the weather was again cool, it was not too bad, if you had worn long pants!  Those who dressed for the sunny afternoon had to tuff it out until after 1 PM for the sun to come out.


It was another day of cars, people watching  and shopping. Today it was Jim's turn for shopping (he got three shirts). We saw several celebrities at the track; Bob Bondarant, Derek Bell and Barry Maguire.  The high light of the day was Formula 1.  There were several recent cars in the pit area and on the track.  Ferrari had Michael Schumacher's 2003 year car there with a factory test driver to try and set a track record.  We saw, heard and FELT the practice laps that he did. There was only the single car on the track, so we can only imagine the entire track being filled with these cars!  We need someone to put together an affordable travel package for the US Grand Prix!  We started our trek out of Laguna Seca after the vintage F1 race, which was run next to last.  The entire exit  went pretty smooth.  We were almost the last Pantera to leave the corral.  The best part was the trip over Los Laureles Grade.  We had open road in front of us for 90% of the trip! 


Back at the hospitality room, Jim spoke with Lloyd Butfloy about our ZF.  It has had an intermittent shifting problem for a while.  Lloyd suggested he check it out.  So out we go to the car, and off comes the ZF linkage selector cover.  Tools came out of nowhere, as did the crowd.  ZF-Dr. Lloyd was able to diagnose the problem. The patient is sick, but is curable.  So Jim's next job is to pull the ZF and get it to Lloyd's ZF Hospital.  Thank you Lloyd for your advise and help.  The day ended with dinner at Plaza Linda in Carmel Valley.  Another evening of food and friends.  The group included Finny & Rick, Mike Drew, Laurie Bastille, Lloyd and his friend Chris.


Sunday we got to sleep in until 8 AM.  We had one stop to make on our way home.  Junior Wilson had invited the Pantera group to visit his newly expanded  garage in Salinas. The three story building blends perfectly with his home.  It is a real sleeper!  One would never guess as you drive up to the place what is inside!.  The following is a description by Mike Drew that he posted on the deTomaso forum.  Mike's description is much more detailed than I could remember.  Thanks Mike.


Local Pantera owner and confirmed lunatic
Junior Wilson had invited everyone over to his house to check out his new
garage, which is a masterpiece of engineering.  He lives a scant few miles from
the track, and when I got to his house, built on the side of a steep hill, Dave
and Linda Adlerís De Tomaso Longchamp was parked in the driveway.  Junior
entertained us for awhile before the Adlers hit the road, and then took me on a
tour of his shop.

It started out as a reasonable-sounding structure but quickly spun out of
control, much like everything Junior lays his hands on.  The large single-story
workshop boasted a ceiling support structure made of 12-inch I-beams; soon
thick metal plates were bolted to the top, forming a second story!  He then
designed and built a car elevator and an electro-hydraulic staircase, enabling cars
to be lifted to the second floor.

Among the cars present were a shoebox Chevy street rod, a big-block Camaro
restoration project, and the very first Ď65 Shelby GT-350 offered with a factory
Paxton Supercharger, 5S202.  And taking shape in the center of the second
floor was a very Junior-esque creation--a Ď62 Ferrari 250 GTE, powered by a
stroker Ford Windsor!  Apparently Junior had picked up the car for a mere $5000,
less engine and gearbox, initially with the intent of parting it out for the
suspension and brakes for another project heís working on.  But the rest of the
car was so nice, and complete, that he decided to make it a runner.  As a
rebuildable core Ferrari 250 block will run you $40,000, he decided to bust out his
welder and power the car with a Ford instead!  The motor was in place, a
Tremec 5-speed was awaiting installation, and heíd just finished making custom
headers for it.  That should be quite a shocker once itís running!

At the back of the garage were two massive sets of glass and stainless steel
doors that Junior had just made, leading to a two-story apartment/clubhouse,
complete with a hand-made stainless steel spiral staircase!  Simply amazing....

Mike Drew

The rest of our trip home went well.  We stopped for lunch in Fremont at Denny's.  This is of little note except  for the fact that it was Jimís first chance for a Senior Deal meal since his birthday last month.  What a deal those seniors have been getting!  The last thing to happen on the trip was to have Steve & Mary Dalcino, PCNC members, catch up to us after we were back on the road after lunch.  We had a mini convoy on 680 until they turned off in Pleasanton.


It was a busy weekend and I ended  it with a long nap while Jim watched the Hungarian Grand Prix tape.

So like the Alan Alda movie, ďSame Time Next Year".



Meeting Notes, August 10, 2004
We had 8 people at Mimi's for the August meeting of the Capitol Panteras.  The weather was very warm, but we still sat outside on the patio.  We were able to use the new safety cones that Jeff Budelli picked up for the Club.  Jeff was not feeling well, so he had dropped them off earlier in the day. Thanks Jeff and hope that you are feeling better soon. 

There was much discussion about the topic of local CP dues for non-Pantera owners.  It was voted on and Ken Montgomery and John Worsley are now our newest CP members.

Rick Carlile accepted website money collected from Mike Fierro and dues from Ken.  He will pass the cash along to Treasurer John McNamee.

There is still no update on the RiverCat game outing.  We will keep you posted as details develop.

John Worsley was asked to work out the details of a Brunch Run to Cache Creek Indian  Casino. The date has been set for Sunday, September 19. We will meet at Rick Carlile's shop and convoy to the casino. If any wishes to join us and is coming from a different direction, you can just join us at the casino .  The details will be sent out as they are worked out. Please save the date! ***New details on the Brunch Run*** John was not successful with Cache Creek*** He working on Jackson Rancheria****

Potential new CP member Jay Morris joined the group at Mimi's.  He was sent over by Mike Drew.  Jay is looking to buy a Mangusta.

It may only be August, but we need to start thinking about Christmas.  If we have any members who would like to host the CP members for he annual Christmas party, please contact Jim & Emilia.  Check your calendars, so that a date can be selected at the next CP meeting.

The topic of new Capitol Pantera Shirts came up.  The is an interest in shirts with the new club logo. Maybe John McNamee can bring some options and cost numbers to the next club meeting.

The DeLorean Club is working on an outing to the Computer Museum in Mountain View.  We may be able to join them.  Details will be sent out as received.
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  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. This happened again this month! We can't be the only people who have automotive adventures!
Sept 4-5 - Shelby Open Track, Sears Point
Sept 14 - Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
Sept 19 - Brunch Run Location to be determined working on Jackson Rancheria
Oct 2 - Concours at Serrano, Gold River
Oct 9 - Rio Rendezvous Car Show - Rio Vista
Oct 10- 17th Annual Italian Car & Motorcycle Show - Lincoln Middle School, 1250 Fernside Blvd., Alameda - 10 am to 3 pm, no entry fee for exhibitors!
Oct 12 - Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
Oct 23-24 - Shelby Club Open Track at Thunder Hill
Nov 9 - Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
Dec ?? -Capitol Panteras Christmas Party (no meeting at Mimi's this month)
Suggestions for other activities in the coming year include;
Blackhawk Museum in Danville
Sporting Clays/Lunch at Birds Landing (near Rio Vista). 
Great Pantera back road getting there!!
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Pantera #1575