August 2006
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Our New Pantera
by Jim Seiferling


I wasn't actively looking for another car, but when I saw the ad in the PCNC newsletter I had to at least take a look.  The car belonged to Howard Renshaw III and before that his dad had it for about 12 years.  The VIN number is 7114, the 266th car from the last car imported by Ford.  Interesting, our black car has VIN number 1575, the 289th car imported by Ford.  A quick call to Mike Haney and Jack DeRyke confirmed my original thoughts that this car deserved serious consideration.  The car had been well taken care of all it's life.  It had two features that interested me from when I first started looking for a Pantera 5 years ago.  I always wanted the flat dashboard and the fact that the car had the safety bumpers removed and the little bumperetts added was the icing on the cake.  The Renshaws have done a number of major upgrades or maintenance items.  After a test drive, the car sold itself.  Our black Pantera will be on the market, after I've had a chance to finish a few maintenance things on it. 
Our "new" Pantera at the August CP meeting, (with now operational headlights) photo by Ken Montgomery
Festa Italiana, Sacramento, August 6th.
by Emilia Seiferling
This was to be the first real outing for #7114 since we brought it home to Rio Vista.  We left home about 8:20 AM for the drive up to the rendezvous point at Mimi's.  The river route was its usual beautiful drive to Sacramento.  We arrived at Mimi's with time to spare.  We used that to confirm the CP reservation for the August meeting, with a reminder to please place the parking cones out early enough!  We were joined by Chairman Jeff Budelli, Rick Carlile and John Worsley.  John's car didn't qualify for the display, but he was game for spending the day at the Italian Festa.  We caravanned over to the Croatians Park on Watt Avenue.  We entered and got primo parking by the entry gate!  We were a small group, but were well received by the Festa attendees.  We were treated very graciously by the organizers and were given free entry and more drink tickets than we could use!  The location for the Italian Festa is very user friendly.  There is ample shade and seating.  There is plenty of parking across the street, with a crossing guard to aid in crossing Watt Avenue.  The food concessions are numerous and good.  The prices are fair and the lines on Sunday were not very long!  After the cars were parked we explored the area.  Rick and Jeff even played a round of Bocce Ball.  Rick's game needs some practice, but watch out for Jeff!  Jeff managed to beat the elderly gentleman who was an excellent shill to get people to play a round!  We all enjoyed an early lunch at the event.  We all tried different items and everything was good!  There was a variety of live entertainment  at the Festa.  This made for a great backdrop to the conversations at the table.  Rick had to leave early in the afternoon due to Bailey being home alone.  Bailey is Rick's new puppy.  There is shopping at the Festa, but the only thing the guys purchased were license plate rims!  So you will need to check out both Jim's and Jeff's cars.  They both have an Italian theme.  The display was well received and just about all the people stopped to check out the cars.  Next time we will make up a sign for the Capitol Panteras.  Jim did put up his informational sheet in the front window.  I thought it was funny when a lady came in and said "look at the Ferraris" and I corrected her that they were not Ferraris.  When I told her that they were deTomaso Panteras, she had the usual blank look on her face, but that brightened when I said that they were more rare than a Ferrari.  It seems that the Ferrari Club had over 30 cars show up on Saturday!  We will never get that many but maybe we could muster a couple more cars next year.  I would encourage members to attend next year, even if you just came for lunch and to enjoy to music for a couple of hours.  If everyone came when it opens on Sunday at 11 AM we could easily get a couple of tables together for lunch.  As we got ready to depart the Festa, Jim may have recruited a new member for CP.  We met Tom and Kathy Vona.  Tom had just bought a red 72 Pantera a couple of weeks earlier.  We hope to see them at the August CP meeting.  The drive home was warm, but the car handled it well.  We needed to be home before dark since the headlight assemble is non functional at the moment.  The replacement brass gear came with the car, but Jim hasn't had the time to tackle it yet.  All in all it was a great day to drive the Pantera and a fun reason to do it!  Hope to see more of you there next year!
The guys with the Festa Queen
Meeting Notes, Aug 8, 2006
by Emilia Seiferling
The August meeting of the Capitol Panteras was held at Mimi's.  The weather was perfect to be seated out on the patio.  When we arrived, the guys were busy snagging parking spots.  The restaurant forgot to set out the cones as was requested.  After some shuffling about, we managed to get the club cars grouped pretty close together.  We had five Panteras, a DeLorean, and a Cobra.
The attendance was also good for the August meeting; Mike Drew, Ken Montgomery, John Worsley, Rick Carlile, Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Terry Morofsky, Jeff Budelli, Henry Kirk & friend Karen, George Potiris, Paul Bowen, and Tom & Kathy Vona.  Tom & Kathy found out about CP at the Italian Festa.  Happy to have them join us.
The joint brunch with the Reno-Tahoe Panteras is set for Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006.  It will be in Nevada City at the Northern Queen Hotel.   We will meet at Mimi's at 10:45 AM and leave at 11 AM.  Brunch, actually lunch, will be at 1 PM.  Those at the meeting who plan to attend are; Jim&Emilia, George, Henry &  Karen, John Worsley, Tom & Kathy, maybe Jeff & Linda.  If you can join us, please RSVP to Jim at  Also please confirm that you are going to attend.  As usual, club cars are preferred but not required.  So if your club car is not in running order, use your daily driver to join the group.  We are looking forward to seeing some of our friends from the Reno/Tahoe Panteras.  Thank you Karen for setting up this outing for the group.
Karen is on a roll with setting up brunches.  Her next project will be a brunch at "Bridges on The River" on the Garden Highway.  Karen & Henry say it is very nice and has a good spot for a photo opt of the cars.  The tentative date will be some time in October.
Mike said there were several car events coming up in October. you can get more details on the PCNC website. 
The CP are currently in second place for the POCA article contest,  Thank you Chris Difani for the article in the last POCA newsletter.  I believe that is the first technical article from a CP member ever or at least a very long time!  Remember there are bragging rights and money at stake.  So please think about writing an article about your automotive adventures or a technical item.
Mike Drew announced that there will be a tech session on Friday, August 11, at the home of CP member Terry Eriksen.  So if you can join in and help, join the guys in Stockton.
Emilia offered to provide breakfast to anyone who joined Jim at the Rio Rendezvous Car Show on Oct. 14.  It will either be at the Lions Club Pancake breakfast or maybe a home made meal at our house. Jim will have registration forms for the event at the next CP meeting.
When the schedule of events were reviewed, it was noted that it is still early, but that we will need a host for the CP annual Christmas party.  If you are interested in hosting this event, please contact Jim at
The Capitol Panteras could have a display at the Towe Auto Museum in January 2007.  We need a local club member (Sacramento area) to coordinate with the museum.  Duane said that  he was willing to display his car. We would need about 4 or 5 cars to make a good showing. The club must contact the museum to set this up. So think about having your car on display in January.  Remember that the Nash Club was able to do this!  Who will chair this display?
Some of the cars driven to the August CP meeting at Mimi's photo by Ken  Montgomery
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 or "The Motoring Mouth".
                                                 2006 EVENTS CALENDAR
Aug 17      "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.
Aug 18        Concorso Italiano, "35 Years of the Pantera"
Aug 19-20  Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca
Sept. 10   Joint Brunch Run with Reno-Tahoe Panteras in Nevada City
Sept. 12    Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Sept 22-24  Shelby Club, Mini Nats XXII, Infineon
Oct. 1    Comedy in the Park, San Francisco
Oct. 8   Italian Car Show , Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics
Oct. 10     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct. 14    Rio Rendezvous Car Show, Rio Vista   .
Oct 28-29  Shelby Club, Fall Classic 2006 Open Track, Thunderhill
Nov. 14     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov.           Delta Brunch Run, Chairman Emilia & Jim
Dec.          Capitol Panteras Christmas Party - Host needed for the Party!
Jan 2007  Capitol Panteras on display at the Towe Auto Museum ???
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