August 2012

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Festa Italiana, Sacramento

August 5, 2012

by Emilia Seiferling


If it is the first weekend in August, we must be going to Festa Italiana in Sacramento.  This year, as in years past, Sunday is Pantera display day.  We packed up the day's supplies in the trunk and headed North to Sacramento.  It was a smooth drive to Sacramento along the Sacramento River on Highway 160.  We had almost no traffic all the way to I-5.  We arrived at Rick's shop, our agreed meet up place.  Only a small mix up of where was John?  John Worsley was to be there and ride over with Rick.  It turned out that John was waiting in front of the building and Rick was waiting on the garage side with the Pantera.  We arrived and proceeded to the Festa wondering why John had not shown up at the shop.  We arrived at the Festa to be greeted in the driveway by John.  He climbed into the yellow Pantera and entered the Festa as planned.


It was a small gathering of Panteras this year, just Jim and Rick.  We were provided with pop up tents to protect the cars from the trees sap and the sun!  There were a couple of Maseratis that were parked in front of a very big sign, up without pop ups.  There were other Italian vehicles on display; three new Fiats provided by the dealer and an Italian motorcycle.  We proceeded to the seating area to find a table in the shade and away from the sound system.  Once settled in we relaxed a bit before checking out the food offerings.  We all enjoyed a different Italian entree and a cool beverage.  The free drink tickets were put to good use.  When we were getting the first round of drinks, we were happy to see Trisha Moseley, daughter of Rick.  She said her dad was keeping busy with the house and two new basset puppies since he moved to Pleasant Grove.

We enjoyed the live entertainment and explored the shopping venue.  My only purchase this year was a "shopping jeep".  I picked one up for a friend who had admired the one I purchased a couple of years ago. A shopping jeep is a pull-shopping cart.   I hope she is OK with the color.  This years color palate was quite different from the year that I go mine.  Mine is a solid red.  This year the choice was either pink polka dots or green polka dots.  I opted for the green.  I was pleased to find out that the price had not changed from two years ago.


About mid-afternoon we decided to call it a day and head for home.  We had a very long and busy day on Saturday and were more than ready to call it a day.  Our drive home did not go as smoothly as our trip in the morning.  We were going to go home on Hwy 80 to Dixon, then south to home.  But we had to go to Plan B, then Plan C to make it home.  The traffic was stopped at the split between Hwy 80 and I-5, so we quickly diverted to I-5 south.  So now we would go I-5 to Twin Cities Road or so we thought.  We get to Laguna Blvd on I-5 and traffic is stopped again so we quickly manage to exit off I-5 to Laguna.  Now we plan to take Franklin Blvd. to Twin Cities Road but with all the new construction in Elk Grove we managed to miss a turn and get diverted to a street parallel to Franklin and have to about face to get back to Franklin Blvd.  Once we managed to get on Franklin Blvd. we again had virtually no traffic until we got a bit south of Ryde on the Andrus Island side of the river.  It was there that we got to be part of a Sunday afternoon drive along the Sacramento River at 40 MPH all the way to Rio Vista.  We were car number five of a thirteen-car parade on a single lane, double stripped curvy levee road.  The straighter side of the river route, on the west side of the river, is not open to through traffic due the Isleton bridge being closed for painting.  So a trip that should have been about one hour took us almost an hour and a half.


Even with the traffic congestion that we had on the way home, we had a good drive because we drive a Pantera.  Those of you who did not make it to Festa Italiana this year missed out.  Hope to see many more of you there next year!



Rick's Pantera enjoyed the pop up display tent.



This years Capitol Pantera representatives at Festa Italiana.

photo by Dr. Pam DiTomaso


Dr. Di Tomaso just happened to be at the Festa and offered to take our Capitol Pantera group photo for us so that I could be in the picture.  As it turned out, Dr. Pam is also a dentist! Small world!


Rick doing his best Vanna White impersonation.  Is this Rick's next marque?


The Grease Monkey

by Rick Carlile


I’ve got a new grease monkey assistant, my five-year-old grandson, Zachary.  Last Sunday he worked 4-1/2 hours in the shop with me for the first time.  Only a couple of rest/water/bathroom breaks.  He was a big help.  No fussing or complaining at all.  Eager to learn and get on to the next new thing, especially if it involved new tools he hadn’t seen before.  He laid claim to “his” creeper and put his name on it.  So, I put “Grumpy” on my old one and he was happy.


Things we did:


1.       Bled the hydraulic brake system

2.       Bled the hydraulic clutch system

3.       Adjusted the rear brake drums

4.       Put the wheels/tires on the car

5.       Put all of the lug nuts on the wheels (by himself after I showed him how)

6.       Torqued all of the lugs nuts to 80 lbs/ft.

7.       Used the floor jacks to remove the jack stands and lower the car onto the ground

8.       Start the engine and let it warm up

9.       Did an engine compression/leakdown test

10.     Applied Armorall to all 4 tires (by himself after I showed him how)

11.     Helped clean up all the tools and put them back in their proper place

12.     Got on the computer with me and noted all of the items we completed on my Car Preparation Checklist


A lot of new information, lessons, and experiences for a five year old!!!!




Rick  Carlile

Red Vixen Racing, Inc.

1800 27th Street

Sacramento  CA   95816

tel 916.736.6920 x102

fax 916.726.6924




Summary of the August 2012 Capitol Panteras Meeting


The August meeting had only one club car in the parking lot, so there was no drawing for "Driving for Gas Money".  Please remember that we voted that there must be at least two Club cars in order to have the drawing.  Thank you Paul for driving your car to the meeting anyway.  Attending this month's meeting were; Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Paul Bowden, Rick Carlile, Don Gagnon, Mike & Nancy Haney, Darice  & Duane Harlan, Bruce Maddox, Sue & John McNamee.  We were seated off the lobby, since Mimi's lost our reservation and didn't put out the cones for parking.  We were assured that this would not happen again next month.  We will have to wait and see how they handle our group.  They had to keep adding tables since we had such a good turn out this month!


We had a fleece blanket with the DeTomaso logo for the raffle.  This special blanket was from John's DeTomaso line of items, which he makes at his shop.  Thank you John!  Emilia was the winner of the fleece blanket.  Those of you not at the meeting will have to purchase your DeTomaso items from John's website.


Treasurer John reported that the Club is solvent.  The current balance is ~$1520.  We need to start thinking about what to do with that much money in our treasury.  Part of it will be used underwrite the expenses of the Christmas party in December.  That party is set for December 1 at the home of Paul Bowden.  Maybe if we did a drive to a park that has an entrance fee, the CP treasury could pay for our cars or even subsidize a picnic for the group.  Anyone have any ideas for such a drive?


Don announced that The Second Mother Lode Drive is set for Saturday, September 29.  It will be a 2-hour drive that concludes in Martell for a tour of Mitch Alba's auto restoration shop.  Please mark your calendar to save the date.  The departure location will be near Twin Cities Rd & Hwy 99.


Nancy announced that there would be a car show in Napa, "Main Street Reunion" on Saturday, August 18, from 10 AM to 3 PM.  Spectators are free, but it is $40 to display your car.  Dennis Gage of "My Classic Car" is supposed to be at the show.


Rick will be racing at Monterey this weekend.  We all wish him well.  John W. also plans to attend the car festivities this weekend.  Paul and Henry may go down for the day on Saturday.  All these CP members have been invited to write an article for our newsletter.


The group was reminded that officer elections are set for October.  The member elected president must be a POCA member.  There was some discussion at a prior meeting that the POCA dues of the President be paid by the Club as an incentive to be club President.  No final decision has been made on the topic. 




"The Motoring Mouth"

 High lights of some of the conversations from the August 2012 CP meeting

Ken is getting ready to go to "Burning Man". 


Don has been attending car shows this summer.  He has been alternating between the Pantera and the Mustang.  I believe he said that the Mustang even won an award at one show. 


Paul attended EuroSunday and was the only Pantera at the event.  Henry was there, but brought his Cobra. 


John W. is under the weather according to Ken, but was planning to go to Monterey for all the various car events.  We all hope John feels better fast.


John and Sue have recently returned for a trip to Europe.  While there they attended the Vintage Lemans event as well as doing some other car related things.  Mike & Lori were also part of the group that toured around France.  This trip was put together by Charlie McCall of Spain.  Charlie is an active Pantera guy in Europe.


Mike and Lori will be sharing something very special at Monterey with the Pantera people who attend. 

Those of us at the meeting know what this cryptic remark means.  We will have full details in the next newsletter.  We do not want to spoil their surprise.



                        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".



Capitol Panteras Events in Red


Capitol Panteras member, Rick Carlile, will be racing his TVR in the CSRG Series.



Aug 16      "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon. 

Aug 17      Concorso Italiano,

Aug 17-19 Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca (Featured Marque=The Cobra) - Rick will be racing.

Aug 26      EuroSunday, Sacramento @ Peet's Coffee in Roseville


Sept  11     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

                    (Nominations for club officers)

Sept 15       Italy on Wheels at Murer House in Folsom

Sept  23     EuroSunday, Sacramento @ ?

Sept 29      Mother Lode Drive with Lunch and Shop Tour - Chairmen; Don & Kathy Gagnon


Oct 5-7      CSRG Vintage Races @ Infineon

Oct 7          Italian Car Show, Alameda.

                   A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.

Oct9         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

                  (Elections of club officers)

Oct 20-21  Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill.  Shelby Club.


Oct             Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton.

Oct 28      Brunch at the Grand Island Manson-Chairman, John Worsley

Oct 28       EuroSunday, Sacramento @ ?


Nov 2-4   CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill

Nov 13   Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Nov 25    Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ ?


Dec 1     Capitol Panteras Christmas Party at the home of Paul Bowden, in West Sacramento.

Dec 7     PCNC Christmas Party


Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.


Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Co-Presidents, Capitol Panteras
#1575 [JHSTBAD]
#7114 [JIMS CAT]

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