EuroSunday, July 22nd.
by Emilia Seiferling
We drove north on Highway 160 toward Sacramento. Our early Sunday morning drive to EuroSunday was again easy and pleasant with little traffic and beautiful scenery. We arrived at the Pavilions to an almost full main lot. We were directed to a slot between a Ferrari and a Lamborghini. After parking the Pantera, we were off to the Starbucks. I tried their special summer flavor, raspberry mocha; I advise you pass on that one. With our beverage in hand, we went back out to walk the display area. The only other CP members to attend this month were John Worsley and Henry Kirk. There were about 70 automobiles at EuroSunday. There were a large number of old Porsches represented. We used to have Porsches, a 1957 356A and a 1966 912/5. So it was nice to see the old body style. Jim and I had our first date in his 356A. The entire date I thought that Jim was speeding, until I asked how fast he was going. He told me that he wasn't speeding, it was the low ride that made it seem fast. I was used to my 1968 Chevy Impala and the car I learned to drive a clutch in, a 1948 Chevy.
During the morning we met a fellow deTomaso owner. Adams Hudson & son Davis were out vacationing from Montgomery, Alabama. Adams was wearing a deTomaso shirt. They had been to the Blackhawk Museum on Saturday. He has a late number 1974 Pantera and is the second owner. We invited them to join us for brunch, but they were heading north to a summer camp in Etna, Ca, west of Mt Shasta. We also saw Paul Bowen. His car is currently down with a broken supercharger belt. Replacing the belt was not your normal easy job, because it required the water pump to be removed, as well as a bunch of other parts that drive the dual superchargers. After moving to the south bay area, he is now a PCNC member, but the car is still in the Sacramento area.
Jim, Adams, & Davis; all the correct height for a Pantera!
John, Henry, Jim & myself ended up going to brunch at Roxy's, just down the street. The restaurant was unusually quiet for a Sunday morning. We had a nice window table and enjoyed the food. After brunch Jim & I went to the Towe Museum to drop off the Capitol Pantera club banner, for posting on the Car Club Corral wall. We were told it will go up next weekend, when they change out the display cars in the corral. They asked when our club would be doing a display for the corral. We told them that we need a local member to set it up. They told us that a two-week display could be worked out if a month was too long. They would like to add a Pantera to their permanent collection, but we don't know any more details. Anyone interested in being Chairman for this? The first use of the other traveling CP banner will be at Festa Italiana on Sunday August 5th (see story below). Thanks again to Mike Haney for making the banners for the club.
Sacramento Capitals Car Display, July 28th.
by Emilia Seiferling
We didn't have our usual easy drive to Sacramento this trip. It was a hot Saturday afternoon and we were bound for the All State Arena and the Sacramento Capitals, in Roseville. We finally got to the Galleria. Within a few minutes the others arrived. It was determined where the cars would be displayed; we moved over there and drank a lot of cold water to cool off. Our air doesn't work, neither did John's Ferrari and the 1960 Mercedes was built without air. Only Jeff had functioning air in his Pantera, but he was having other mysterious electrical gremlins.
We walked over to the VIP tent for dinner before the games began. We were treated to a tasty Mexican buffet which was provided by Rubico's Restaurant. Our passes got us unlimited beverages for the evening. There were four cars that answered John's call for the display: John & Sue McNamee in their Ferrari 348 GTS, Jeff Budelli & his girlfriend Robin in Jeff's Pantera, Jim & myself in our Pantera, and Mary Jo and her husband in their beautiful 1960 Mercedes 190SL convertible. Tom & Kathy Vona had a cancel at the last minute due to major plumbing problems at their home and John Worsley had brake problems in the Bricklin. We had our own table for dinner before the matches began. There was good conversation during our cooling down period of dinner. The matches began at 7:30 PM with us seated in our box seats. Another great perk that John arranged for us. We enjoyed the semi-final match of World Team Tennis between the New York Buzz and the Philadelphia Freedom. It was a close game with the Buzz winning. They would go on to play the Capitals for the championship the next day.
By the time of the matches, the weather was great for sitting outside. We had prime parking, free food and beverages, great seats in the shade and free promotional personal fans. So it was another good adventure thanks to the Pantera.
Our Exotics in the VIP Parking lot.
Billy Jean King posing for photos
The weather was perfect, and we did have better attendance at the Capitol Pantera monthly meeting. The cars that were eligible for the "Driving for Gas" raffle were five Panteras, a DeLorean, a Viper, a Mustang Cobra and the Bricklin. Members present were; Tom & Kathy Vona, John Worsley, Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Ken Montgomery, Henry Kirk, Mike & Nancy Haney, Jeff Budelli, Carl Stein, John McNamee and brother Ed, Rick Carlile, Rick Moseley & friend Diane, Mike Drew, and George Gordon-Smith.
There was a raffle, for a $20 gift card at Kragen's. Treasurer, John M. won the raffle.
Jim won the "Driving for Gas" raffle. The $10 will cover about 1/3 the cost of gas for us to drive to the monthly CP meeting from Rio Vista!
The date for a drive to the Blackhawk Museum is set it for Sunday, September 16. It will be a tour of the museum (cost $5 per person), display parking and lunch at restaurant in the center near (walking distance from) the museum. So far we have Mike & Nancy, Jim & Emilia, Tom & Kathy, John Worsley, Greg & Mia Jacobs, and Merry & Steve Dalcino. If you would like to join the group, please contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org . Tom has agreed to lead the Sacramento group, Jim & I will be leave from Rio Vista and be going to San Ramon direct or maybe join the Sacramento group mid route. We all need to be at the Museum at 10 AM.
The Bodega Bay lunch drive is going to happen on Saturday, September 8. Tom will form up with the Sacramento group in West Sacramento. There will be a stop at Cordilla Junction to pick some more cars before heading over to the Napa area and begin the back roads drive to Bodega Bay. So far we have Tom & Kathy, Jim & Emilia, John Worsley, Mike Drew, maybe Jeff, and maybe Mike and Nancy. If you want to join the group for lunch in Bodega Bay, please contact Jim at email@example.com.
Capitol Panteras had their first international visitor at the August meeting. George Gordon-Smith is in the USA to go to Concourso Italiano in Monterey. He was brought to the meeting at Mimi's by Mike Drew. We were happy to have George join our group for the evening. George is well known in the Pantera community having written many articles for different POCA publications over the years. The club presented George with a Capitol Pantera club logo shirt. He said he would wear it proudly at Concourso this Friday.