December 2004 / January
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December 5, 2004
It was a very cold, crisp winter night when
the members of the Capitol Panteras got together for their yearly Christmas celebration.
The party was once again hosted by Patty and Dennis Gacutan. We are indeed
fortunate to have members who live right in the middle of one of the most festive
Holiday Light displays in the greater Sacramento area. The gathering was
attended by approximately 20 CP members, plus some good friends and family of
Dennis and Patty. Our hosts arranged for some very tasty BBQ to be served at the
party. It was impressive to arrive at the house and find a huge BBQ unit
smoking away in the driveway! We all enjoyed the food and conversation before
a hearty few set out to walk the route to view the many decorated homes.
It was a great way to walk off some of the calories from dinner. After the
walkers returned, it was time for the gift exchange. This year the exchange
had a German theme in honor of the Pantera's transmission. Car themed items
were also considered as acceptable for the exchange. It seems that German
means beer to most of the CP members who attended. There were four Mini-kegs,
plus a six pack of German beer and would you believe that they were all different!
There was also a German Deli basket, a bottle of German Ice wine, and German style
Black Forrest fudge and candy coated pretzels. The car items included
a book, German car model, DeTomaso poster,and an afghan in the DeTomaso colors
of black, white and blue. All in all there were some very nice gifts!
What part of the Pantera can we focus on next year for the gift exchange?
Next year Dennis and Patty will be in their new home which
is about two blocks away from the old house. They say we will be welcome
to return. Thanks again Dennis and Patty!!
The Capitol Pantera Gang
Meeting Notes, January
We had 9 people at Mimi's for the January meeting
of the Capitol Panteras. The weather was cold, but not wet.
The big storm was taking a break for our meeting, but no Panteras in the parking
Old business was the Christmas Party. We again want to thank
Dennis & Patty for opening their home to the Capitol Panteras for the Christmas
Party. Dennis was unable to attend the meeting, he was occupied with moving.
Their house has sold and they needed to be moved out by the weekend!
New Business includes two activities for February.
There will be a Brunch at Mimi's on Saturday, February 5, at 10
AM. Then it will be off to AutoRama, or where ever you wish to go. (It
is Museum Day in Sacramento, all museums FREE).
CP member Carl Stein will have his Qvale TransAm Mangusta in
the Autorama show.
The second February activity is Sunday, February 20, at 11:00
Am at Bush League Racing. This is NASCAR Simulator racing. Jeff has arranged
this and it should be a lot of fun! He said it can be set up for different
race tracks, including road courses. If you have a racing friend, please
feel free to bring them along. Members, spouses, and friends are invited
to join in the fun. You can check it out at www.BushLeagueRacing.com
The cost is
$25 for five races. 1021 Junction Blvd, just west of the corner
of Washington Blvd. Behind the am/pm gas station. Food and beverages can
be purchased at the snack bar
Las Vegas Fun Rally
Dear POCA Chapter President, Webmaster, Newsletter
Editor et al,
With POCA now committed to holding the Fun Rally at The Orleans
Casino and Hotel, the Pantera Club of Northern California is launching our formal
announcement for the two day track event we will be sponsoring on April 28 and
29 at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada.
As you know, this represents a major commitment of time, labor and yes, money,
for the PCNC members. But we are happy to continue providing this venue
for the Fun Rally participants to experience their cars in a safe, controlled
track environment where they can drive their cars as they were meant to be driven.
It was only due to the generous gifts of our fellow POCA members during last year's
awards ceremony that PCNC came through last year's event in the black. To
help ensure the success of our 2005 event, we are asking our fellow chapters to
help get the word out to their members.
To this E-mail, I have attached a flyer (Plain Text) giving the basics of the
2005 Track Event. It includes a link to our online PCNC track event page,
where more information is available. And new for this year, participants
can register and pay online using a credit card, Paypal or check.
As an incentive, this year PCNC is offering to each POCA chapter a twenty-five
dollar ($25) rebate per registration if you have five or more of your members
I'd like to thank you in advance for helping PCNC in our publicity efforts. We
would hope this flyer could be handed out at your club's meetings and events,
and be added to your newsletters and website. We hope the 2005 Track Event will
be the very best ever - having your chapter's members participate will help us
reach our goal.
PCNC Track Event
2005 PCNC TRACK EVENT
The Las Vegas Fun Rally is rapidly approaching!
Once again the Pantera Club of Northern California will sponsor a two-day track
event, but due a doubling of the LVMS rental rates, this year we will be moving
to a different track than last year. PCNC has booked
this year's track event at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada.
Located about 51 miles from the Orleans Casino Hotel, the Fun Rally has used this
2.2 mile road course in years past. It is under brand new management and
they have gone out of their way to accommodate us on Thursday and Friday, April
28 and 29. You can visit their website at www.springmountainmotorsports.com
to learn more about the course. Many with experience at both sites like
this road course better than the one at LVMS. We
are again offering either one or two day pricing, and will reward your early signup
with prices much lower than last year's. To encourage more new drivers, and of
course previous veterans, signing up before February 1 will give you a true bargain
price of only $150 or $200 for one or two days, respectively. From February
1 until March 31, the prices will be raised to $175 and $250. If you wait
until after April 1, it will cost you $200 and $300. But whether you sign up early
or late, nowhere else will you find more track time for less money. Due
to the exclusive nature of our event, the track is relatively free of traffic,
meaning you can get hours of safe, supervised track time experience to polish
your driving techniques unimpeded by masses of other drivers.
For those of you seeking a bit of competition, there will again
be the opportunity to participate in a no-kidding race on both days; the first
day's race will be a qualifying race for the main event on the second day.
Whether you drive a track prepared Pantera, a heavily
upgraded car or just a well maintained survivor, this is THE event designed to
bring them all together. We expect to see the return of many drivers
such as Greg Esakoff, Kevin Hubby, Matt Merritt, Richard Plotkin, Charlie Puckett,
Larry Stock, and Dennis Quella. We are working hard to make this PCNC Track
Event the very best ever. Having YOU attend will help make that happen.
The PCNC web site - http://www.panteraclubnorcal.com/track.htm
is now ready with information and, new for this year, online registration with
payment by Paypal, credit card or mailed check. So take care of your registration,
arrange your vacation and get ready for all the fun that awaits you and your Pantera
at the 2005 PCNC Fun Rally track event.
DRIVE IT!! =================================================================================
WELCOME To The Fifth ANNUAL
RENO-TAHOE PANTERA FUN RALLY
8-12 June 2005
Sponsored by HARRAH’S RENO
Wednesday, 8 June: Arrive
Hospitality Lounge Open
Evening free to enjoy all the fun that Reno can offer
Secure parking garage
Thursday, 9 June: Tour The Virginia City / Lake Tahoe area
Cruise Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay on the M.S.Dixie II
Enjoy a BBQ on the beach at Beautiful Lake Tahoe
Evening free to enjoy all the fun that Reno can offer
Friday, 10 June: Go “play” on the new 2.3 mile Fernley
Visit yet another incredible private automobile collection
Comedy-Club and Buffet Dinner at the Silver Legacy
Saturday, 11 June: Breakfast at Pantera Parts Connection
4th Annual “Dust Bowl” Concours
Panteras on display at Harrah’s Plaza
raffle at Harrah’s Reno
Sunday, 12 June: Depart
COST: $135 / person
Includes 4 meals, M.S.Dixie boat ride, Silver Legacy show ticket, all
admissions, the Hospitality Center and much more!
Contact Jim Nowlin at (775)
831-1730 / firstname.lastname@example.org
5th Annual Reno-Tahoe
Fun Rally Registration
Call 1-800 HARRAH’S for room reservations
Mention Group Code S06PANT
Includes Reserved Parking
Event Fees: $135 / person
Make checks payable to: Reno-Tahoe Panteras
Include: first &last names,
phone#, e-mail address
And your Pantera’s color & ID number
Mail to: Neil Dettorre
Gardnerville, Nevada 89410
Questions: Contact Jim Nowlin
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 email@example.com 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. This happened again this month! We can't be
the only people who have automotive adventures!
2005 EVENTS CALENDAR
Feb 5 - Auto Rama at Cal Expo, Brunch
at Mimi's at 10 AM prior to the show
Feb. 8 - Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Feb 20 - Bush League Racing at
11 AM ,Chairman Jeff
Mar 8 -Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
April 12- Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
April - Tech Session,
Chairman Rick C.
April 27-May 1 - Las Vegas Fun
May 10- Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
May - Foothill Wine Country
Tour & BBQ, Chairmen John M. and Jeff
June 8-12- Reno Fun Rally, Reno-Tahoe
June 14- Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
June ?? - Thunder Valley Brunch Run,
Chairman John W.
July 12 - Capitol Panteras meeting
July - Hot Rods and Harleys Car Show -
Aug. 9- Capitol Panteras meeting
Sept. 13 -Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct 11-Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct 8 - Rio Rendezvous Car show in Rio Vista,
Nov. 8- Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov. - Delta Brunch
Run, Chairman Emilia & Jim
Dec. - Capitol Panteras
Christmas Party, Chairman Dennis
Suggestions for other activities in the
coming year include;
Great Pantera back road getting there through
the Montezuma Hills!!
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
Jim & Emilia Seiferling