Concours at Serrano, October 7th.
Still waiting for an article about this event.
EuroSunday, November 25th.
by Emilia Seiferling
This would be the last EuroSunday event for 2007. We were up early again to be able to leave by 7:30 AM for the drive into Sacramento. Our route on Highway 160 was beautiful. It was a cold and crispy autumn day. The Sacramento River was smooth as glass. The trees were doing their best to show some "Fall Color", yellows and browns and a very few reds. The traffic was non-existent. So it was sort of like following the Yellow Brick Road (the double yellow stripe) all the way to Sacramento. We did count 10 CHP on our round trip. They were busy writing tickets that Thanksgiving weekend Sunday!
We arrived at the Pavilions at 8:30 AM to find the parking area already fairly full. Already there were: Terry M. and his brother-in-law Scott, Paul B. and his girl friend Christine, John W. , and Ken Montgomery. We were later joined by Henry Kirk and Karen. There were three Panteras, a Cobra, the Bricklin, and a DeLorean. There were 60 plus cars at this last EuroSunday of 2007. We had a large group, 8, who were able to go to brunch. This time we went to Ettores across the street from the Pavilions. Too bad one of the places in the Pavilions isn't savvy enough to open up a bit early to accommodate the EuroSunday crowd! That means that Starbucks will continue to get all the early bird business!
Rio Vista Delta Drifters Car Show, Dec 1, 2007
by Emilia Seiferling
It could not have been better weather, in December yet, for the first official event for the newly formed Delta Drifters. This car club is a collection of old muscle cars, old trucks and any car older than 1975. The members all live in the Rio Vista area. The main goal of the group is to encourage people to get out and drive their vehicles. This first annual car show was tied into "Christmas 94571" (a local group working to provide Christmas to the less fortunate) to be a Toy Run. Many, many new toys were provided by the members of this unique group. Jim was as usual a great ambassador for the deTomaso marque. More than once he had to explain that it was not a kit car and it was not a Lamborghini. We were the only European vehicle in the show. There were 36 cars and trucks present. It ran the gamut from a beautiful red 1965 GTO convertible to a 1938 Ward La France fire truck with a water cannon. For a first time event put on by a newly formed group, this was a great result! The car show was part of a "Main Street Christmas" sponsored by the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce. Many of the downtown shops held open houses. And there was "Christmas Bingo" to encourage everyone to visit the different shops on Main Street. Santa even arrived by boat at the foot of Main Street. After the car show there was the official Christmas tree lighting and a Lighted Boat Parade on the Sacramento River. Maybe next year we can invite the Capitol Panteras to Rio Vista to join in the activities.
Capitol Panteras Christmas Party, Dec 15, 2007
by Emilia Seiferling
The 2008 Capitol Panteras Christmas party went off perfectly. Tom & Kathy Vona were again the perfect hosts. The yard and home were decorated for the Season. The food was wonderful. Tom made his special pasta and sauce, even meatballs on the side! Emilia brought a couple of homemade hors d'Oeuvres. Almost everyone remembered that it was a BYO event and brought enough to share. We had eighteen persons at the party. The partiers included: Tom & Kathy, Jim & Emilia, Rick & Marcia, Carl and Lesley, Lamar & Toni, Dennis & Patty, Ken & Judy, Henry & Karen, Mike Drew, and John Worsley. There was plenty of conversation and fun at the party. The gift exchange went very smoothly. Probably the most stolen gifts were a Pantera wall clock and an Australian deTomaso shirt. Jim, at one time, had been in possession of both items but went home with a wine gift basket. The shirt was a size 22, which translates to a XXL. It would have taken several trips through a hot drier to begin to shrink it to Jim's size. The de Tomaso afghan went home with Toni. I'll have to see if there is enough interest in one next year before I make another afghan. I know that those of you who were at the party last year would like to know if John Worsley got the theme correct. This year he was fine, but "Bullitt" was a gift again this year(but not brought by John). The difference being that this year it made perfect sense. The theme "Made in American" in honor of the 351-Cleveland, Isabel Haskell deTomaso and Tom Tjaarda had many fine interpretations. Bullitt was right on this year because it is an American car, American Actor, and the great chase in San Francisco! Other appropriately themed gifts included: Auto care items actually made in America, Tom Tjaarda's autograph on a Laguna Seca race ticket, DVD's of American Graffiti and Gumball Rally. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed the evening. Thanks again to Tom and Kathy for hosting us for a second year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to everyone.