We would encourage everyone to become a POCA member, if you aren't already a member. Your membership in the national club helps fund your local chapter. You can download a membership application at http://www.poca.com/ Please help our club grow.
NOTE: We have been having email problems with our email@example.com internet provider, of 17 years. One of the two partners spilt and took all the passwords to the system, leaving the remaining partner “up a creek without a paddle”. He had to hire a professional hacker to get control over the system. The system covers an area from Rio Vista to Walnut Grove. I do have normal internet access and I’m able to send from this account, but anything sent to me will bounce back to you (don’t use the Reply button); thus no ability to receive emails at the above address. The ability to receive emails is locked up in a court dispute between the two partners. Until there is a ruling from the court, I’m SOL receiving any emails at the jes@.... address. If you need to contact me, send them to our Yahoo email; firstname.lastname@example.org. We only have two other choices for internet in Rio Vista, the telephone company, Frontier and Comcast. Everyone in Rio Vista that has either of these providers has nothing good to say about them extending to even hatred for Comcast. So, we’ll just wait for the court to act and see what happens when the dust settles. Until then use the Yahoo address above to contact us.
August 2017 Newsletter
PCNC Visit to the Mozart Museum, July 22nd
By Emilia & Jim Seiferling
We may not be Pantera owners anymore, but we are still POCA members. So we were happy to have the opportunity to join the PCNC chapter to visit the Mozart Auto Museum in Mountain View. This collection is not generally open to the public. We arrived at the museum Saturday morning after an uneventful 1 ½ hour drive in the Abarth. There were over 30 people in attendance with 15 Panteras and one Mangusta in the parking lot! The parking lot could have been a car show all by itself. In addition to the DeTomaso’s, other cars in the lot were a Ferrari, Cobra, BMW, Lamborghini, Fiat, Corvette, and a 1960s Chevrolet convertible.
Many of us missed the driveway, because the only marking from the street was a street number. There were also no markings on the building. Inside it was a different story; wow! It rivaled the Blackhawk Museum, in Danville. No expense was spared building this facility. The Mozart collection is made up of 170 cars which are rotated to the display building, 70 at any given time. All vehicles are operational. The oldest on display this week was a 1907 Darracq. The newest was a Porsche 912 Targa. Two eras of automotive history were prominently displayed, brass era cars and mid 30’s luxury cars like Packard’s & Duisenberg’s. Sorry, no photographs were allowed inside the building.
Jim talked to Steve Liebenow (the new caretaker of 7114) and was filled in on his current project of totally refurbishing the brake system. With a bit of internet research, Steve was able to order complete rebuild kits (in the OEM Girling sealed bags) for the Pantera Girling brake calipers. There are many places on the net that say to never totally disassemble the calipers, because the internal seals are unavailable, but Steve has proved them all wrong! His biggest issue, so far, was getting Porterfield brake pads (should have been really easy!) that were dimensioned correctly and with the correct back side configuration. After 3 exchanges he hopes to have a set that are built to Girling specifications! After he’s done with the caliper and flex lines, the brakes will be back to factory original condition, after 43 years.
The second stop was just down the street at “The Corner Garage”. This is a private social club for car enthusiasts and their cars. The nondescript industrial park building housed all the aspects of a well appointed clubhouse, a garage and a storage area. There was a mix of auto types; hot rods, sports cars, real vintage racers (driven by Borris Said, George Follmer, and Rusty Wallace), and other collector cars. This facility is also not open to the general public. I think our visit was to promote the club and possibly gain new members. Lunch was provided by the social club and served on the patio. Due to the hot weather, just about everyone gathered inside to enjoy the catered BBQ lunch. We enjoyed seeing people that we had not seen for a while. This reminded us of why we want to keep connected with the Pantera community. We have met so many great people due to driving a Pantera.
Meeting Notes, August 8th
By Jim & Emilia Seiferling
We had 10 people at our August meeting. Rick Carlile won the $10 driving for dollar prize and Carl Stein won both raffle prizes; Wilkinson Pantera floor mats and rubber muffler hangers (donated by Jim; recently found from his “left overs stashed around the house”).
Our September meeting will be at the California Auto Museum, 6pm. The date is to be announced. Pizza and sodas will be provided.
John, Rick, and George are planning to go to the Ironstone Concours on September 23rd. Both John McNamee and John Drago were at the last Raduno. John Drago may be selling his car. George may do the museum sponsored city cruise on October 7th and he reported that he went to the Peterson Museum in LA. It is well worth it for any car guy. Jim & Emilia made a pitch for the speaker series at the Blackhawk Museum, in Danville. Ron Southern brought some table lamps he made using old wheel hub assemblies from the Pantera. They were very cool.
2017 Events Calendar
Sept ?? Capitol Panteras meeting at the California Auto Museum
(Nominations for club officers)
Sept Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @
Sept 23 Ironstone Concours d’Elegance, Murphys
Sept 24 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Sept 29-Oct 1 CSRG Vintage Races @ Sonoma
Oct 1 Serrano Concourse
Oct 7 21st Annual Car Show, Rio Vista
Chairman, Jim (lunch at Foster's Big Horn)
Oct 7 9th Annual CAM Car Cruise, Fulton Ave, Sacramento
Oct 14-15 Fall Classic, open track, Shelby Club @ Thunderhill
Oct 8 Italian Car Show, Alameda.
A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.
Oct 10 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi’s
(Elections of club officers)
Oct Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton
Oct Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @
Oct 22 EuroSunday, Sacramento @
Nov 3-5 CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill
Nov 14 Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi’s
Nov Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @
Nov 24 Shelby Club at Laguna Seca
Nov 26 Euro Sunday, Sacramento @
Dec Capitol Panteras Christmas Party
Dec 8 PCNC Christmas Party
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Newsletter Co-Editors, Capitol Panteras
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