CAPITOL PANTERAS    
http://www.capitolpanteras.org/
 
February 2007
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Euro Sunday, January 28th.
by Emilia Seiferling
 
The weather had been cold for most of January, so the thought of getting up early on Sunday morning to drive to a parking lot and stand out in the cold did not appeal to me.  But as most of you know, I can be bought with the promise of a good meal out!  So we were up and on the road early.  The rain had not continued, but the roads were wet.  The conditions were right for fog along the river route to Sacramento, Highway 160, and we were down to 45 MPH in places.  We never really found any sunshine until the drive home after Euro Sunday. 
 
We arrived at this months venue in Elk Grove (It's a Grind parking lot on Elk Grove Blvd.) to find that Lamar Fairchild and John Worseley had already arrived.  We were directed to park in the area reserved for Exotics/High End Cars. The organizers were trying to "group" cars for a more orderly appearance for the visitors.  The parking groups were: Exotic/High End Cars, Vintage/pre-1990 cars, and Euro Cars.  The parking plan was sent with the e-mail notice of the event, but we had been unsure which area to park in with the Pantera.  Were we Vintage or Exotic?  We did look good in the prime parking area (close to the coffee).  We were later joined by Henry Kirk in his Pantera and Glen Cramer in his Lamborghini.  So the final count was three Panteras, a Lamborghini, and the Bricklin.  The Bricklin was designated a Vintage car for parking purposes.
 
We chatted briefly outside then went inside to warm up and to get our morning coffee.  Topics discussed inside included: how well or poorly everyone's heater was working, It's a Grind vs. Starbucks for coffee quality, and future CP activities.  We were joined by Terry Morofsky, minus his Pantera.  He is having some chrome work done and had loose wiring hanging out of the body.  After warming up, we ventured outside to view  the cars.  It was then that we met up with Glen Cramer and his son Miles.  Glen has sold both his Pantera and his Mangusta, but may be looking for another Pantera as a project car.  We also got a glimpse of Claudio Zampolli.  He is the designer of an Italian super car the Cizeta Moroder V16T .  See the following link for more info;  http://www.angelfire.com/de/moroder/cizetamoroder.html 
 
Jim and I were greeted by friends Paul & Judy Spangler who live in Elk Grove.  They came out with their grandson to view the cars.  Paul is a car guy who has restored his own 1949 pickup in the past and is currently looking for a new project car to redo.  This Euro Sunday is a good way to get some friends out to see you and the cars.  So everyone should tell their friends about this free car event.
 
The Euro Sunday group announced that is has a new web site www.eurosunday.net 
It will list dates, locations, parking patterns, etc.
 
After Euro Sunday, John, Lamar, Henry, Jim & myself went off to breakfast.  Jim had found two possible restaurants in Elk Grove, after doing a web search.  The Cornerstone and The Old Town Grill, both on Elk Grove Blvd.  Glen was unable to join us but gave the thumbs up for The Old Town Grill as the place to go.  So the three Panteras and the Brinklin headed out to breakfast.  The Old Town Grill is small, but the meals are big.  The service was good, only one mix-up was discovered at the end of the meal.  Lamar and Jim had their omelets switched!  Lamar mentioned that his meal was too spicy and Jim thought that his pretty mild for a New Orleans omelet.  That was when they figured the mistake out!  Other than that minor goof, the place was good and worth a return trip.
 
 
 
 

 

Miles, Henry, Glen, Jim, Lamar, Terry  (John was talking to someone elsewhere, go figure!)

 

Meeting Notes - February 13, 2007

 

The second meeting of 2007 brought out three Panteras.  The recently finished orange Pantera of John McNamee, the red Pantera of Tom Vona, (also recently out of the shop), and the white Pantera of Jim Seiferling. As the weather improves, we expect to have more Club cars in the parking lot of Mimi's!  Other members  present were:  Kathy Vona, John Worsley, Henry Kirk,  Mike Drew,  Emilia Seiferling, Lamar Fairchild and son Rob, Rick Moseley, Ken Montgomery, Carl Stein.  Jeff Bundelli came to bring parts to John McNamee but went home to avoid giving the rest of us his bug.  We were joined later in the evening by Mike Rockich, of Napa, who is looking to buy a Pantera.  He happened to seated next to Mike Drew, so he got plenty of information.  After the meeting, Jim took Mike for a short spin around the block.

 

A raffle was held, netting the club $13.  The winner of the gift card from Kragens was Jim.  Lamar won a second prize of a cap with a newly patented built-in sunglass holder.

 

Capitol Panteras was the winner of the POCA article contest for 2006. The Club received a $250 check for our first place on the podium!  Not too shabby for such a small POCA chapter!

 

Autorama had two cars from the Capitol Panteras.  John McNamee and Jeff Budelli had their Panteras in the show.  We have a couple of photos of John's car, but none of Jeff's car.  John reported that Jeff won first place  and John took second place, in the "Mild Exotic"category.  We are still waiting for the story that John is writing for the CP newsletter.  Look for it in a future issue of the CP Newsletter.

 

Lamar reported that the plans for the Placerville Run include a poker run, a trivia contest for the passengers, and prizes!!  The day's drive will start in Cameron Park at noon and end up at "Poor Reds" for a 2 PM lunch (That is when the restaurant opens for business.)  The date is set for Saturday, May 19.  Look for more details as the date approaches.  Please mark you calendar now!

 

It appears that those who attend the Euro Sunday gathering enjoy going to Brunch afterward.  That will continue for those who show up.  This will continue to be very informal and depending on who and how many can attend.  John W. suggested a possible new place to try at the next EuroSunday at the Pavilions.  "Roxy" is just down the road from the gathering place at the Pavilions.

 

Tom Vona has offered to stage a drive to Bodega Bay.  We are looking at a possible September date for that event.  Tom did a great job setting up last November's Sausalito drive and the Club Christmas party.                              

                                 

We have not yet heard back from the Reno-Tahoe Panteras for a joint brunch run date this year.                                 

                                                               

Lamar's son Rob is a Police officer in Stockton.  He offered to check on a mobile-dyno source that his department has used.  If he can set it up, the price will be great.  We would do it at the April Tech session.  Look for a follow up in next months CP Newsletter.

 

John's newly finished car, being setup at the Autorama show.
 
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@riverdeltawireless.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 or "The Motoring Mouth".
 
2007 EVENTS CALENDAR
 
Feb 25          Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions, Brunch afterwards at "Roxy" for those who can
March 13      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
March 23-25 CSRG at Infineon http://www.csrgracing.org/index.html
March 25      Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ The Pavillions
April 10         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
April 13-15   Shell Historic Challenge USA - Infineon raceway
April 15         Tech session at Rick's office/shop, Sunday, 9 AM
April 22         Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
April 25-29   POCA convention-Las Vegas
May   ??       Car Show in Arnold - Ch. Duane
May 5-6         Spring Sprint, open track at Thunderhill.  The Shelby Club.
May 8            Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
May 18-20    CSRG at Thunderhill http://www.csrgracing.org/index.html
May 19         Capitol Panteras tour of the Placerville area - Chairman, Lamar
May 27          Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ Towe Auto Museum, 2200 Front Street, Sacramento
June ??       Thunder Valley Brunch Run - Chairman, John W.
June 2-3        Wine Country Classic, Sears Point http://www.searspoint.com/schedule/major_events/wcc/ 
June 6-10      Reno-Tahoe Panteras Fun Rally 
June 12         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
June 24         Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
July 10           Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
July 22           Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
Aug 4-5         Festa Italiana, Sacramento, http://www.italiancenter.net/
Aug 5           Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Bundelli
Aug 14         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Aug 16      "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.  http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net/Tour.htm
Aug 17        Concorso Italiano,  http://www.concorso.com/default.asp
Aug 18-19  Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca http://www.montereyhistoric.com/ 
Aug 24-26   SVRA - Historic Grand Prix at Infineon  http://www.historicgrandprix.com/
Aug 26         Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
Sept 7-9       Shelby Club, Mini Nats XXIV, Infineon
Sept 11        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Sept. ???     Bodega Bay Drive, Chairman Tom
Sept 23        Euro Sunday, in El Dorado Hills
Oct 7             Italian Car Show , Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.
Oct 9             Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct 12-14    CSRG Charity Challenge at Infineon http://www.csrgracing.org/index.html
Oct 13        17th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista - Chairman, Jim ( lunch at Foster's Big Horn)
Oct 20-21    Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill.  Shelby Club.
Oct 28          Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
Nov 3-4        CSRG at Thunderhill http://www.csrgracing.org/index.html
Nov 13         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov 28         Euro Sunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions
Dec. ?          Capitol Panteras Christmas Party
 
Suggestions for other activities in 2007 that are being planned include;
Joint Brunch with Reno/Tahoe Panteras -  need date
Thunder Valley Brunch - John W.  Will set up a date in June
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
Panteras #1575 & #7114