December 2005/January 2006
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Christmas Party, Dec. 11, 2005
by Emilia Seiferling
The December meeting of the Capitol Panteras was our Christmas party.  We are indeed fortunate to have members like Dennis & Patty Gacutan who have hosted the annual event for the third time.  Thank you Dennis and Patty!!  The group of about 20 members and friends started to arrive at 6 pm on Sunday , December 12.  This was the first time at their new home.  It is about 4 blocks from their old house.  We were greeted by Christmas decorations, even thought Dennis and Patty are no longer on the official Pebble Creek Light Tour.  There was a Christmas tree in both rooms that were set for the Mexican dinner that Patty had prepared for us.  Yes, Patty did the vast majority of the cooking for the wonderful meal!  So Carl, you got your request for Mexican food, but you went to the Kings game!  We really enjoyed the tacos, tamales, and chicken enchiladas and the appropriate side dishes of rice and beans.  We had started with Corona beer, chips, salsa and guacamole.  (Wine for the non beer drinkers.) The patio and pool area were set up with heaters, so it was quite pleasant to be outside.  Those attending were: Hosts Dennis & Patty Gacutan, Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Judy & Ken Montgomery, Marsha & Rick Carlile, Mike Drew, Rick Mosley and friend Diane, John Worsley, Irene & Marcus Smith, Henry Kirk and friend Karen, John McNamee, Dave & Jeannie who are friends of Patty and Dennis ( they came in their Viper) , Dennis' sister Pat and his daughter and her friend.  
After a great Mexican meal,  there were many bite size goodies to enjoy with coffee.  So while we munched the sweets, we did the gift exchange.
Everyone who participated did really well with the theme for the gifts.  The theme this year was British in honor of the Pantera's Lucas electrical system and the Girling breaks or automotive.  There was British tea, Plum pudding, John Courage beer, Bombay Gin, a Paul McCartney in Red Square DVD, a gift certificate to The Streets of London Pub, so the British theme was well represented.  On the automotive side of the gift theme was; Italian food gift bag (the Pantera is Italian), a DeTomaso colors afghan, vice grip set, large spot light ( to work when your Lucas lights go out).  I'm not sure how the Redneck Dictionary fit into either category, but Dennis got it and loved it.  The two hottest items were the McCartney DVD and the DeTomaso afghan.  Both of these items were "Stolen" the maximum three times and were then dead!  Jim and I went home with Tea and Plum pudding.  If anyone is wondering who got the afghan this year, it went home with Mike Drew.  It was a popular enough item that I will plan on making another one for next year.  That will be number six for the 2006 CP Christmas party.
After the gift exchange, several of the hardier souls joined Dennis to walk the Lighted Home Tour.  Jim and I opted to head home.  We had a 68 mile drive home to Rio Vista.  We may not win the came the furthest award this year.  Irene and Marcus drove their Pantera from Jackson. As we were leaving, we realized that we brought our camera but forgot to take any photos!  So we did manage to get a photo of Dennis' newly painted Pantera.  He just got to bring it home a couple of days earlier!  It is a very pretty shade of blue and I'm sure will look even better in the daylight.
Meeting Notes, December 11, 2005
by Emilia Seiferling
We had no meeting at Mimi's in December for the Capitol Panteras. 
Capitol Panteras appears to be in a tie for second place in the article contest at POCA! That should mean bragging rights for the Capitol Panteras, as well as some money for our treasury!
The rough CP calendar for 2006 is listed below.  Please note that several events have the chairman listed, in case you forgot that you volunteered to chair the event.  If you have any ideas, please bring them to the January meeting to be discussed and placed on the CP calendar.
Meeting Notes, January 10,2006
 The Capitol Panteras started the year off at Mimi's with a pretty good sized group.  We had 12 members and guests in attendance.  Those attending were: Paul Bowen, Jeff Budelli, Rick Carlile, Terry Eriksen and friend Kathy, Carl Stein, Ken Montgomery, John Worsley, Gary & MaryAnn Kono, and Emilia & Jim Seiferling.  Gary is the new president of PCNC .  They were visiting family in the area and decided to attend one of our CP meetings.  It was great to see Terry up and walking!!  He said that he still can not manage the clutch on his 
Pantera, but is getting better by the day.  There were four members who were unable to attend, but send us their regrets for missing the meeting: Dennis, Rick M., Henry, & Duane.  That was very nice of them.  They all had good reasons for not attending.  Dennis also told us that he and Patty enjoyed hosting the CP Christmas party and would be happy to do so again in the future.
We went over the 2006 club calendar.  Please note the dates.  The first date that you need to remember is the Brunch on Saturday , February 11 at 10 AM at Mimi's.  Then it is off to Autorama or whatever else your have planned for that Saturday. Please rsvp to Jim at if you can attend.
There is a date set for our Tech Session at Rick's shop.  Mark  your calendar for Sunday, April 9, 2006.
The CP meeting date for February has been moved back one week to Tuesday Feb. 21.  The feeling was attendance would be poor if it was held on Valentines Day.  Personally, that was one way to guarantee that I would get dinner out!  So mark you calendar for the new date Feb. 21.
The raffle at this meeting brought in $38 !  We raffled off T-shirts provided by the new shirt company of Chuck Engles.  He was generous enough to send samples to the club.  Thank you Dr. Chuck. The happy winners were John, Paul and Terry.
John Worsley will again work on setting up a Brunch Run to Thunder Valley in the summer.  Thank you , John.
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.
                                                 2006 EVENTS CALENDAR
Feb 10-12  Auto Ramah at Cal Expo, Brunch at Mimi's at 10 AM prior to the show on Sat. Feb. 11
Feb. 21    Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
March 14  Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
April 9       Tech Session at Rick's Office/Shop, Chairman Rick Carlile
April 11    Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
May 4-7    Las Vegas Fun Rally
May 9       Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
May          Foothill Wine Country Tour & BBQ, Chairmen John McNamee. and Jeff Budelli
June 3-4   Wine Country Classic Vintage Races, Sears Point
June         Shriner's Hospital Concours d'Elegance- Sacramento
June         Reno Fun Rally, Reno-Tahoe Panteras
June 13    Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
July 11      Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
July            Hot Rods and Harleys Car Show - Lodi Lake
Aug. 5-6     Festa Italiana, Sacramento, Chairmen Jeff and George
Aug 8        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Aug 17        "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.
Aug 18        Concorso Italiano, "35 Years of the Pantera"
Aug 19-20  Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca
Sept. 12    Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct. 19      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov. 14     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov.           Delta Brunch Run, Chairman Emilia & Jim
Dec.          Capitol Panteras Christmas Party
Suggestions for other activities in the coming year include;
Blackhawk Museum in Danville
Sporting Clays/Lunch at Birds Landing (near Rio Vista). 
Great Pantera back road getting there through the Montezuma Hills!!
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Pantera #1575