August 2005
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Joint Brunch with Reno/Tahoe Panteras- July 24, 2005
The weekend looked to be a continuation of the hot weather that we had been having for the past two weeks(102+).  That fact, along with the fact that our Pantera just hates hot weather (anything over 95 degrees ambient), convinced us to drive the Capri to the Sunday brunch with the Reno-Tahoe Panteras.  We figured that doing the drive with the top down on the Capri would be sportier than an overheated Pantera on a AAA tow truck!   But it was so warm in the parking lot of Mimi's, at 9:30 AM, that we opted for top up and air conditioning!   We met up with Rick Carlile and John Worsley at Mimi's, discussed the route and took off for our rendezvous with Patty and Dennis Gacutan.  It only took our two car caravan (Rick's yellow Pantera and our Capri) a few minutes to reach the designated rendezvous point in Rocklin.   Dennis then led the way in his Ferrari Daytona convertible clone, with the top down.  Dennis is still waiting to complete  the blue paint job on his formerly white Pantera.  It was an uneventful, but pleasant, 78 mile drive up Highway 80 to the Rainbow Lodge.  We had been warned of road construction on Highway 80, with the possibility of traffic delays and rough roads.  We experienced neither of these!  We had blue skies and light traffic for our trip up the hill.  We arrived a few minutes before 11 AM.  The group from Reno- Tahoe Panteras arrived a couple of minutes later.  While we exchanged greetings in the parking lot,  Henry Kirk and friend Karen arrived, but not in his red Pantera.  Henry said his new air conditioner, for the Pantera, was still in the box, waiting to be installed!   The Rainbow Lodge is a beautiful old building with beautiful grounds.  We were seated in the back dining room with a great view.  It turned out that it took both groups about the same amount of time to reach the Rainbow Lodge.  While our group had taken  the more direct Highway 80, The Reno/Tahoe group had come via Highway 40 from lake Tahoe.  We had a total of 14 people and 5 Panteras.  The Reno/Tahoe group consisted of Jim Nowlin, Steve Rovarino, Larry Stock, John Bentley, and Gene & Norma Elliott.  The food was very good , the conversation was lively and the time to head home came much to quickly.  As with any Pantera gathering the group adjourned to the parking lot.  There was talk of cars and the possibility of another brunch run in the fall when the weather would be cooler.  We wish to thank Jim Nowlin for arranging the get together.
Pantera guys assuming the usual position
Festa Italiana, August 7, 2005
It was yet another over 100+ degree day in the Valley, but we had the day free of commitments so we decided to head for Sacramento to attend a couple of events that we had always meant to attend but had never done.  We started out for the Festa Italiana,at the Croatian Park. It was a beautiful drive up the river route to Sacramento then cross town on the freeway to the Festa.  Their web site said that they have it all: Food, Music, Dance, Italian Marketplace, and Car Show!  We arrived to find it easy to park and it was free.  We then walked over to the entrance to use the $1 off per person coupon down loaded from the website.  That brought the entrance cost down to $7 per person.  Right across from the entrance was the world's smallest all Italian Car Show!  It consisted of a Fiat, an Alfa & a Ferrari, all of them red.   There were also a small group of Italian Scooters.  Where were the DeTomaso's? This should be a place for one of our Panteras next year!  We then proceeded to the food area.  There were a half dozen booths from which to select your meal.  We tried two different ones, raviolis with salad and garlic bread and eggplant with penne pasta.  Both lunches were very good.  While we ate lunch in the large shaded eating area we were entertained with Italian music and dance.  Next we walked the Italian market place.  Some booths were easily associated with Italy; Olive oil, capodimonte & Murino glass.  But other booths must have just been owned by someone of Italian extraction; Lawn ornaments, Avon, Mary Kay.  All in all the event is a pleasant one and deserves to be checked out again.  The only thing missing was a DeTomaso!
Our second destination was the Fair Oaks Community Center for the Sierra Chapter of ATOS (American Theater Organ Society) "Hot August Pipes".  It was a concert and old fashion Ice Cream Social!  Cost- $5 per person. We enjoyed the concert which included two different artists at the console of the "Mighty Wurlitzer".  The afternoon ended with ice cream with many toppings, all you could eat, and a tour of the pipe chambers.  So what you might ask is the car connection to this part of our trip to Sacramento?  First, the play on words with "Hot August Nights".  Second, the fact that the Sierra Chapter of ATOS has another Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Towe Auto Museum.  There will be a silent movie,"Peter Pan" made in 1924 with theater organ accompaniment on Friday, September 16, 8 PM, $10 per person.  That includes your admission to view the cars in the museum!  What a deal!
Well, as we have stated in every issue of the Capitol Pantera newsletter, if it is a slow month news-wise, you will get more of our automotive adventures.  This is one of hot, lazy days type articles.  Are we the only people who go anywhere sort of car connected?  E-mail us those articles for the newsletter! 
Meeting Notes, August 9, 2005
We had 7 people at Mimi's for the August meeting of the Capitol Panteras. The weather was again a very hot 100+ degrees earlier in the day.  We did not  have dinner on the patio, there were several people who voted to move inside to the coolness of the air conditioning.  They won and we ate inside.  There were two Panteras and a Bricklin  in the parking lot!  The hot weather kept the rest of us in non-club cars.  The challenge from treasurer John for everyone to drive their club cars or face a $5 fine was not enforced due to the absence of treasurer John.  The members at this month's meeting were: Jim & Emilia Seiferling, John Worsley, Jeff Budelli, Rick Carlile, George Potiris and Henry Kirk.  September will surely be the month for a larger number of club cars, if it cools down! 
Capitol Panteras is in a tie for fourth place in the article contest at POCA!  Lets see if we can get a podium finish in this years contest.  It is worth some bragging rights and cash for the treasury! 
A report was given on the Tahoe brunch , details in the newsletter.  If weather and schedules allow, maybe we can do this again in the fall?
Festa Italiana was discussed. (story in the newsletter).  It was discovered that Jeff is a member of the group that puts it on and had been asked to bring his car, but was unable to do so, due to prior commitments.  The idea of attending next year was discussed and well received by the club.  Jeff will be our contact person and George has offered to help get the people out for the event.  We hope to be there in force next year.  So mark your calendar for next year.  It is always the first weekend in August.
Rick reported that he, Rick Moseley, Carl Stein and Mike Drew were able to attend the San Jose Grand Prix.  He has been asked to write up a story about the "Car Guys Adventures in San Jose" for a future CP newsletter.
Henry suggested that the group consider a brunch run to "Bridges on the River". It is just off the Garden Highway in Sacramento.   He reports that there is good parking and good food and a view.  Check it out at
For those of you going to Monterey for Concourso Italiano, there appear to be rooms available with  both PCNC and PI.  Please refer to your POCA newsletter for details.  Right now we have Jeff, Mike,John W., Carl, Jim & Emilia, John M. and Rick M. going to Monterey.  Please think about joining us!
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.
                                                 2005 EVENTS CALENDAR
Aug.19 - Concourso Italiano, Monterey
Aug. 20-21 - Monterey Historic Automobile Races
Sept ?? - Isleton Car Show
Sept. 11 - Chico Concours d'Elegance
Sept. 11 - Fun Ford Sunday, Solano County Fairgrounds
Sept. 13 - Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Sept. 16 - Silent movie, "Peter Pan, 1924", with Wurlitzer organ accompaniment at the Towe Auto Museum, Sacramento; 8 PM
Sept. 17 - Car Show, 1927 to 1972 cars, Suisun City, 9 AM-5 PM.   Contact:  Dan Matthews  552-2115
Sept. 23-25 -  Shelby Club Mini Nats XXII, Sears Point
Oct. 2 - Concours at Serrano, Gold River
Oct. 8 - Rio Rendezvous Car show in Rio Vista, Chairman Jim 
Oct. 9 - 18th Annual All Italian Car and Motorcycle Show - Alameda, Contact Jim Rogers, 805-924-0223
Oct. 11 - Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct. 15-16 - Shelby Club,  Fall Classic Open Track @ Thunderhill
Oct. 29 or 30 - Join DeLoreans at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose
Nov.  8 - Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov. ??   - Delta Brunch Run, Chairman Emilia & Jim
Dec. ??   - Capitol Panteras Christmas Party, Chairman Dennis
May ??, 2006  -  Foothill Wine Country Tour & BBQ, Chairmen John McNamee. and Jeff Budelli
Aug.    2006 - Festa Italiana, Sacramento
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 through the Montezuma Hills!!
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Pantera #1575