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EuroSunday, California Automobile Museum, 7/26/09
by Emilia Seiferling
We were on the road at 7:25 AM headed for EuroSunday, Sacramento. The drive north was a very pleasant one. We had not one car in front of us all the way to I-5! That is a good thing since almost the entire route is double stripped, no passing allowed. We arrived at the California Automobile Museum a few minutes after 8 AM. There were already about 25 cars on display. We parked next to a silver Cobra, put up our window information sheets, quickly detailed the Pantera, and then got a cup of coffee from the mobile coffee van that had come in for the event. John Worsley was already present when we arrived and waiting for his coffee drink to be assembled when we got our plain coffees. While we walked the display, cars continued to drive into the event. One of the cars was Pantera #5341, belonging to Christopher Lee. We introduced ourselves. Christopher had only recently gotten his Pantera out of the shop and up to Sacramento from Southern California. He still has several items that he is working on to complete the car. Due to work changes he may be moving back to SoCal. He is no stranger to Panteras as this is his second Pantera. So while he is still in the area, we invited him to attend a Capitol Panteras meeting. We have added him to our newsletter list to keep him informed of CP activities. A bit later in the morning Paul Bowden arrived in his daily driver. We learned that he had ordered a woodruff key for his car and when he went to use it he found that he had order the wrong size, thus no functional Pantera to drive to EuroSunday today! At the close of EuroSunday we compared Sunday schedules to see who would be available for a group breakfast. It turned out that only John, Jim, and I were available. John wanted to go to the Tower Cafe. I had misgivings about how long the line would be on a Sunday morning at 10 AM. The older I get the less I like waiting in line. But we followed John over the Tower Cafe. When we saw the large crowd of people standing and waiting outside, Jim and I bailed on John. We told him he were heading home and would get breakfast in Elk Grove. He opted for the Pancake Circus in Sacramento. We headed south on I-5. We stopped at Todo un Poco. www.todounpocabistro.com
We have been there several times before and never had a bad meal. They had a new brunch menu that was expanded and very different. We arrived there and found no lines and easy parking. This is a wonderful place that we like as much as any place in the Sacramento area that we have ever been to for Brunch. The decor in very nice, the service is friendly, the prices are reasonable. I enjoyed a breakfast quesadilla and Jim enjoyed the eggs benedict mexicana. Both were wonderful. I hope John enjoyed his pancakes. I think we made the better choice this time. The drive home was almost as traffic free as the drive up had been; we only had one vehicle in front of us for a few miles between Walnut Grove and Ryde. Once again it was a good day made better because we have the Pantera.
Christopher and Jim
Festa Italiano, 8/2/09
by Emilia Seiferling
There must be something about early morning drives to Sacramento in the summertime. This trip north to Sacramento was just as traffic free as our last trip for the EuroSunday at the California Auto Museum! What a pleasant start to the day. We arrived at the north end of the Mimi's parking lot to find Dennis waiting for us. He was without Patti. He said Patti and daughter Leilani would be joining us later, at the Festa. Rick Carlile, in his yellow Pantera, and John Worsely, minus the Bricklin, soon joined us. John related his tale of having a blow out of the right rear tire on the Bricklin. It happened on I-5 as he was driving to the CAMBRA event the day before. John was unsure what the insurance company would do to the Bricklin. We will have to wait to hear the next installment of this story. John rode over to the Festa with Dennis and then would return to pick up his car at Mimi's with Rick. Once the ride situation was worked out, we caravanned over to Festa Italiano. Jeff greeted us at the gate. He was again the car display chairman for the event. We parked the Panteras (we had four this year), put up the Capitol Pantera banner, received our drink tickets and then set out to find a table in the shade. A new feature at the Festa this year was the present of two huge tents in the middle of the grass area. We selected a table that was on the outer edge of the seating area and would be in the shade all day long. Having secured a table, John and Dennis got a latté mocha to start their day. We relaxed and chatted for a bit about Johns accident and the CAMBRA event. Rick related John McNamee's account of the event. It appears to have been a successful first year. CP was represented by at least two members. (Editors note: How about an article about the CAMBRA event for the newsletter by either John or Carl?). Then it was time for lunch. We took turns holding down the table and going to get food and drink. There was the usual assortment of good food to select from. Everything was good, but some vendors were more generous than others as far as portion size. Next year we will check the portion size prior to purchase, since Jim's lunch was good, but a bit small. The rest of the afternoon was spent watching the Italian folk dancers, listening to music, looking at the different booths and talking to the numerous people who stopped by our table. Patti and Leilani arrived, Jeff and Robin and her sister Donna also joined the table. Jeff did a great job as the car display chairman. He most likely has this job for life since he does such a great job. PCNC members Steve and Merry Dalcino where in Sacramento visiting Merry's sister Emily and the three of them decided to come to the Festa. They said that they were reminded that the Festa was happening, from reading the CP newsletter! Michael Nivens of Napa stopped by the table to say hello. He read about the Festa in the CP newsletter as well. Michael had more people that wanted to come to the Festa than would fit in the Pantera, so it was the sedan today! Roger and Rosemary Andriesse also revolved through the table. It was good to chat with all these people. Evidently Rick Moseley and Diane had been at the Festa on Saturday. Rick's daughter Trisha was helping work the beer booth on Sunday. It seems those Pantera people are everywhere! All in all, everyone at the Festa Italiano had a good time. We hope that Jeff invites the Capitol Panteras back next year.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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"
Summary of the August 2009 Capitol Panteras Meeting
The monthly meeting of the Capitol Panteras found only one Pantera in the parking lot of Mimi's. The weather was hot, so that may be the major excuse for not driving a club car. The winner of the "Driving of Gas Money" this month was Rick Carlile. Those in attendance, but without their Club Car were; Jim & Emilia, Nancy & Mike Haney, John Worsley, and Rick Moseley. It was good to see Rick Moseley. He brought the group up to date on his medical condition. There is some hopeful news from his couple visits to the Stanford Medical facility.
Treasurer John was unable to attend tonight's meeting, so I "made raffle tickets" for the raffle. There were several items that the Club had won at the June POCA raffle, in Reno. We kept drawing until all prizes had a home. They were not going back to my house. Winners had a choice of a Pantera beer mug, a necklace, and several pieces of "garage art". After a bit of trading, Nancy, John, and Rick C. went home with prizes. Nancy was able to complete her set of Pantera mugs by winning one tonight!
We forgot to bring the schedule of future possible events to attend, so we just mentioned all the upcoming events that we could recall. Everyone is directed to read the 2009 Events Calendar for details.
Everyone was reminded to please write a short article, for the newsletter, of any car event that they may attend. We will have CP members attending several of the Monterey events this coming weekend. That means the potential of several different points of view for the happenings in Monterey.
2009 EVENTS CALENDAR
Capitol Panteras Events in Red
Aug 13 "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon. http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net/Tour.htm
Aug 14 La Dolce Vita http://www.montereybayconcours.com/
Aug 14 Concorso Italiano, http://www.concorso.com/default.asp
Aug 14-17 Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca http://www.montereyhistoric.com/
Aug 16 EuroSunday, Stockton, @ Peet's Coffee on Pacific Ave.
Aug 22 EuroSunday, Sacramento @ Peet's Coffee, Granite Bay
Aug 29-30 Summer Heat Open Track, Shelby Club at Sears Point
Sept 4 Car Display at the Fountains in Roseville
Sept 5 "Zoom Zoom Woof Woof" car show in El Dorado Hills, to benifit Canine Companions
Sept 8 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Sept 20 EuroSunday, Stockton @ Peet's Coffee on Pacific Avenue
Sept 27 EuroSunday @ Peet's Coffee, Granite Bay
Sept 27 Bunch Run to Thunder Valley after EuroSunday, Chairman John
Oct 4 Joint Brunch with Reno/Tahoe Panteras
Oct 10 18th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista - Chairman, Jim ( lunch at Foster's Big Horn)
Oct 11 Italian Car Show, Alameda. A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.
Oct 13 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct 18 EuroSunday, Stockton @ Peet's Coffee on Pacific Avenue
Oct 17-18 Fall Classic, open track at Thunder Hill. Shelby Club.
Oct 25 EuroSunday, Sacramento @ ?
Nov 10 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov 22 Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ ?
Dec. ? Capitol Panteras Christmas Party - Hosting duties available
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
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