CAPITOL PANTERAS    
 
February 2006
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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.panteraclub.com  Please help our club grow.
 
Autorama, Feb. 11, 2006
by Emilia Seiferling
 
The weather was wonderful for the 56th Annual Sacramento Autorama.   It is the 2nd longest running indoor car show in the World.  It was 71 degrees, sunny, and clear in February!  We arrived at Mimi's to find part of our group out in the parking lot standing around a yellow Pantera.  It belonged to Mike & Rhonda Petrilla of Winters.  They drove over to attend the Capitol Pantera's Autorama brunch and to meet some of the CP members.  The only thing was that they arrived an hour early at 9 AM.  They were actually on their was out when some of our members spotted them in the parking lot.  We hope to have them return for a meeting.  The group then proceeded into brunch.  The initial group consisted of: Dennis Gacutan, Jeff Budelli, John Worsley, Ken & Judy Montgomery and their friend Paul, and Emilia & Jim Seiferling.  After we were seated we gained 5 more people.  We were unable to fit at the same table, so unfortunately they were forced to use nearby booths.  Please RSVP, if possible, so that we can avoid this from happening again.  The late additions were Henry Kirk and friend Karen, and from Sebastopol, Tom Basch with his sons Tim and Ryan.  Tom has recently purchased a Pantera.  The late comers may not have been able to set with the group, but they got their food first!  They may have been the lucky ones.  After a good, but slow service brunch, we were off to the rest of our Saturday.  Most were headed to Autorama after running some errands.  Jim and I arrived at the gate just behind Dennis.  That meant that Jim had someone knowledgeable with whom  to walk the displays! Dennis pointed out to us several motorcycles that were painted by the same person that recently painted his Pantera.  For those of you who remember the December/January CP Newsletter, it contained a photo of Dennis' newly painted blue Pantera.  The paint shop was Rebel Design by James Dean.  We walked toward the outside displays first.  It was a world of very big rims and extremely low profile tires!  That was joined by very big and loud stereo systems!  Needless to say, we quickened our pace and headed indoors.  We found the Shelby Club display.  We were hoping to find CP member Carl Steins car on the display floor, but we found it on the wall.  Well at least it was a photo of his car.  There was also a photo of CP member Rick Carlile's Cyclone on the display. There was one celebrity sighting at the Autorama.  We saw Boyd Coddington.  He was signing autographs at a display of several of his cars. The only  CP member with a real car at the Autorama was Glen Cramer. His car won the Best of Class for Late Sports Car.  It is always amazing how a 30+ year old car still draws attention!  It was toward the end of our walk that we met up with PCNC member and Folsom resident , Terry  Morofsky.  One of these days we'll get Terry to one of our meetings!  It was a pretty good day at Autorama, especially since I had tried to get Jim to go with his cousin.  But Jim got a broken answering machine when he called, so I was the substitute date for the event.  I hope that everyone else enjoyed the show.  You have to admire the skill and craftsmanship that goes into producing these rolling pieces of art.
 
       
Emilia, Dennis, and Glen's show stopper Pantera
 
PCNC Las Vegas Track Event         
by Larry Finch
The Las Vegas Fun Rally is rapidly approaching!  Once again the Pantera
Club of Northern California will sponsor a two-day track event on
Thursday and Friday, May 4 and 5.  PCNC has again booked this years
track event at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada,
using the same 2.2 mile course as last year.  You can visit their
website at www.springmountainmotorsports.com to learn more about the
course.

We are again offering either one or two day pricing, and still are
priced to make this the most economical event you can attend.  Signing
up before February 1 will give you a true bargain price of only $175 or
$225 for one or two days, respectively.  From February 1 until March
31, the prices will be raised to $200 and $275.  If you wait until
after April 1, it will cost you $225 and $325. 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, Eric
Belter, Dale Eriksen, 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, online registration, and 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 2006 PCNC Fun Rally track event.
DRIVE IT!!
 
Meeting Notes, February 21,2006
 
  We had 10 members and guests in attendance.  Those attending were: Dennis Gacutan, Jeff Budelli, John McNamee, Henry Kirk and friend Karen, Glen Cramer, Ken Montgomery, John Worsley and Emilia & Jim Seiferling.  This was pretty good since we had to move the regular meeting back a week due to a Valentines Day conflict.  We had no Panteras in the parking lot but did have two Italian cars driven by club members to the meeting.  We had a red Ferrari 348 GTS driven by John McNamee and a yellow Lamborghini Murcielago driven by Glen Cramer.  Those cars did draw a lot of attention in Mimi's parking lot!  Hopefully, as the weather improves, we will have more Panteras driven to the CP meetings.
 
Treasurer John reported that we were flush with over $900 in the bank.  He will be paying several bills connected with the web site. He will also be paying the renewal fee for CP to remain a member in good standing with the CSCC.  The raffle at the meeting was won by the Treasurer, but only after Glen said to draw again!  This raffle had a net profit of $12 for the club.  Since we are doing so well financially, there was a brief discussion on how to spend some of the funds.  Some suggestions were: underwrite the cost of some future club events such as the Christmas party, to identify a charity to work with and do an event to tie into that charity.  We would ask everyone to think of ideas and bring their suggestions to the March CP meeting.
 
The recent Autorama was discussed.  Everyone agreed that this year was an improvement over last year. We all agreed that it would be nice to see more Panteras in the show.  Anyone want to be in charge of this for next year?
 
There is a date set for our Tech Session at Rick's shop.  Mark  your calendar for Sunday, April 9, 2006.
 
The Foothill Wine Country tour has been moved from May to April.  The tentative date is Saturday, April 29, 2006.  That date will be confirmed with in the week and a follow up e-mail will be sent out so that everyone can save the date. Jeff and John M. will set the event up for us. Thanks guys!
 
John Worsley will set up a Brunch Run to Thunder Valley in the summer.  The date that we are aiming for is Sunday, July 16,2006.  Make that date a part of your summer activities.
 
Karen will be investigating possible locations in the Tahoe area for a Summer brunch / lunch run.  If the date and location work out we will be inviting the Reno/Tahoe Panteras to join us.  Karen will report back at a later CP meeting.  Thank you Karen.
 
Jeff will be getting details for the Festa Italiana auto display in August.  He is thinking of doing it for one day of the two day event.  This could be some very good PR for the Capitol Panteras.
 
CP members were reminded that the registration for Concorso Italiano needs to be done by the end of the month to get the lower rate.  Three members reported that they have already signed up.  At least one more will sign up before the end of February. Also that PCNC has changed their reservation policy for Monterey.  After the end of Feb. they will open the hotel up to other POCA members.  A $100 deposit is needed.  Since it is "35 Years of the Pantera", it will be a Big year for DeTomaso at Concorso Italiano.  We are assuming that PI will also be doing a hotel  during the event weekend.  The cost should be about the same for both locations. Whichever location you decide upon, the main thing is to reserve early to insure a room.  Hope to see a  lot of CP members in Monterey!
 
 
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 jes@rickadee.net  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
 
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
April  29    Foothill Wine Country Tour & BBQ, Chairmen John McNamee. and Jeff Budelli
May 4-5    Las Vegas Track Event  http://www.panteraclubnorcal.com/track.htm
May 4-7    Las Vegas Fun Rally
May 9       Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
June 3-4   Wine Country Classic Vintage Races, Sears Point http://www.searspoint.com/
June         Shriner's Hospital Concours d'Elegance- Sacramento www.shrinersconcours.com
June 7-11 Reno Fun Rally, Reno-Tahoe Panteras
June 13    Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
July 11      Capitol Pantera meeting at Mimi's
July 16       Thunder Valley Brunch Run - Chairman John W.
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" http://www.concorso.com/default.asp
Aug 19-20  Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca http://www.montereyhistoric.com/
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  http://www.blackhawkauto.org
Sporting Clays/Lunch at Birds Landing (near Rio Vista).  http://www.birdslanding.net/ 
Great Pantera back road getting there through the Montezuma Hills!!
 
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
 
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Pantera #1575