December 2007
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Concours at Serrano, October 7th.

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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.

It is official!  The Capitol Panteras chapter of POCA is the 2007 first place winner in the POCA articles contest!  We believe that this is the third year that we have had a podium finish.  It is the second time that we have won the competition.  For those of you who are unaware of the contest, it is a competition between POCA chapters to see which chapter can contribute the most articles to either the POCA Newsletter or to Profiles in a calendar year.  We will receive $200 as our contest prize.
At the first meeting of 2008 we will go over the CP Calendar of events.  If you have an idea for any outing that you would enjoy, please bring the idea to the group. We will never come up with activities and dates that work for everyone, but odds are if you would enjoy it so would several others in our group.  Remember, we should all get out and enjoy our cars.  That means to drive them and what better way than to drive than with other car guys! 
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".
Jan 8        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Jan 13       EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions.  Featured make is BMW
Jan 27       EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions 
Feb 8-10  Autorama, Cal Expo
Feb 10      EuroSunday, Roseville. Featured makes are Porsche and Mercedes 
Feb 12     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Feb 24      EuroSunday, @ The Pavilions 
March 9      EuroSunday, @ The Pavilions. Featured makes are Citroen and Vespa
March 11  Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
March 23   EuroSunday, @ The Pavilions
March 16 or 30  Western Railway Museum - Brunch in Rio Vista
April 8       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
April 13    Special EuroSunday, @ The Pavilions, featuring deTomaso cars.
                   Brunch/Lunch following, at Terry Morofsky's home in Folsom.
April 27     EuroSunday, @ The Sacramento, Pavilions
April  30    POCA convention-Las Vegas
to May 4
May           Spring Sprint, open track at ??.  The Shelby Club. 
May 11      EuroSunday, Davis, Featured makes are all British origin cars
May 13     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
May 25      EuroSunday, Davis
May 31 to  Wine Country Classic, Sears Point
June 1   
June         Reno-Tahoe Panteras Fun Rally 
June 8       EuroSunday, @ The Pavilions.  Featured make is Ferrari / Maserati
June          Car Show in Arnold
June        Thunder Valley Brunch Run
June 10   Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
June         Shriners Hospitals Concours d'Elegance, Mather Field, Rancho Cordova
June 22    EuroSunday, Pavilions
July 8       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
July 13      EuroSunday, It's A Grind in Elk Grove. Featured make are Ford (GT, Saleen, Mustang GT, etc)
July 27      EuroSunday, It's A Grind in Elk Grove
Aug  2-3    Festa Italiana, Sacramento,
Aug 3       Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Bundelli
Aug 10      EuroSunday, Roseville.  Featured makes are Vettes and Vipers
Aug 12     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Aug 14     "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.
Aug 15      Concorso Italiano,
Aug 15-17   Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca 
Aug 24      EuroSunday, Roseville.
Sept 7     Fun Ford Sunday 
Sept       Joint Brunch with Reno - Tahoe Panteras
Sept        Shelby Club, Mini Nats XXIV, Infineon 
Sept 9     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Sept 14   EuroSunday, Pavilions.  Featured makes are Fiat, and Alfa Romeo
Sept 28   EuroSunday, Pavilions.
Oct 5        Italian Car Show , Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics 
                 No entry fee for exhibitors, no pre-registration required, good food!   :-))
Oct 11     17th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista (yes, it will be held this year).  Chairman, Jim
                 (lunch at Foster's Big Horn)
Oct 12       EuroSunday, Pavilions. Featured makes are (Ducati, BMW, Triumph, MV Augusta, Aprilia, etc)
Oct 14     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct           Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill.  Shelby Club 
Oct 26      EuroSunday, It's A Grind Coffee in Elk Grove
Nov 9        EuroSunday,@ The Pavilions. Featured makes are Lamborghini and Audi
Nov 11    Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov 23      EuroSunday, @ The Pavilions.
Dec.         Capitol Panteras Christmas Party  - Host position is open
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Panteras #1575 & #7114