February 2009

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Fernley Race Track Report

by Mike Drew


Since the length of Mike's article is quite long, I felt it would better to just post the link.  Even if you don't plan on running your car in the open track event, you can run it at the noon time break, for I believe $20.00, following a "pace car".  So if you've ever wanted to see what it was like on a race track, here is your chance.  You'll find it's one of the smoothest roads you've every been on! 


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Here is the link to the track.  It has a great aerial photo of the complex on the home page. 



                        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".



The Motoring Mouth


Since it was a slow Pantera month, for newsletter articles, you get the Motoring Mouth this month.  This is some of the automotive related chit-chat from the February CP meeting.


Chuck & Nancy are moving along on their Pantera restoration.  They hope to be able to drive it to Reno in June.


Rick is still working on the TVR.  He is looking for parts.  He wants to get a spare rear differential.  Also Rick has agreed to be an inspector for Panteras that will be doing the POCA track event in June in Reno.


John McNamee's son Grant is out of Marine boot camp and is in MO. for training.  He is training to drive some sort of military vehicle.


Jim has had some interest in #1575.  We are doing a photo shoot, with the EuroSunday photographer.  Three cars will be used, Dennis Gacutan, Terry Morofsky, and ours.  Red, White, & Blue.

John Worsley has his ticket for the Car event at Quail in August.  He said there were only a limited number of tickets available and it sold out quickly.


Lamar has a new casino in his area, Placerville.  He will check out the Red Hawk Casino for a possible road trip by the Capitol Panteras.


Summary of the January 2009 Capitol Panteras Meeting


The monthly meeting of the Capitol Panteras again found only one Club car in the parking lot of Mimi's - so John McNamee was the uncontested winner of the "Driving for Gas Money" drawing.  But everyone at the meeting felt that John "earned" the $ by braving the rain to drive his Pantera to the meeting.  Those in attendance, but without their Club Car were: Rick Carlile, Lamar, Nancy and Chuck, Jim & Emilia, and John Worsley.


The raffle was won by Jim.  He received a $20 gift card from Kragen. There was a $3 profit from the raffle!  Treasurer John reported that all outstanding bills were paid, with the exception of the CP Christmas party.  John still needs is a bill from Dennis and Patty so he can pay it.


The Club voted to renew our Club membership at the Towe Auto Museum.  The membership includes free entry for CP members.  John will send in a copy of our membership roster with the renewal check.  There is a CP member on the Board of the Towe, Carl Stein.  Maybe Carl can arrange to get our CP banner put up on the "Club Wall" of the museum.  The banner was hand delivered to the Towe over a year ago!


The EuroSunday Marque, that features DeTomaso, is May 10.  That is Mother's Day, so we have cancelled the Brunch run to Thunder Valley, after EuroSunday.  Instead we will make a reservation at another restaurant for those who are able to go to Brunch.  Several people have stated that they have a problem with the Mother's Day schedule of EuroSunday.  So if you can bring your car for the "show" then need to get back to family, that is fine.  The show should be over by 9:30 - 10:00 AM  We hope to have a good turn out so as to not be embarrassed.


If anyone has an idea for an outing, please bring your idea to the next meeting or e-mail it to Jim.


                                2009 EVENTS CALENDAR

Capitol Panteras Events in Red


Feb 22        EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions

March 8       EuroSunday Marques- Alfa / Fiat / Citron / Vespa @ The Pavilions


March 10     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

March 22     EuroSunday, Sacramento @

April 5          EuroSunday Marques- British Cars & Motorcycles


April 14       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

April  18      Tech session at Rick's office/shop

April 18-19   Spring Sprint, open track at Thunder Hill.  The Shelby Club

April 26        EuroSunday, Sacramento @

May              Spring Sprint, open track at ??.  The Shelby Club.

May 10         EuroSunday Marques- Pantera/Bricklin/DeLorean/Moto Guzzi - Brunch following at local


May 12         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

May 24         EuroSunday, Sacramento @

May 29-31   Wine Country Classic, Sears Point 

June              Car Show in Arnold - Ch. Duane


June  9        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

June 10-14  POCA Fun Rally, Reno

June 14        EuroSunday Marques- Ducati / Ferrari / Maserati

June 28        EuroSunday, Sacramento @

July 3,4,5      Mini Nats XXVI @ Thunderhill

July 12          EuroSunday Marques- MV Agusta / Aprillia / Lamborghini / Audi


July 14          Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

July 26          EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Aug 1-2        Festa Italiana, Sacramento,

Aug  2         Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Budelli

Aug 9           EuroSunday Marques- BMW Bikes / BMW Cars / VW


Aug 11        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Aug 13       "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.

Aug 14        Concorso Italiano,

Aug 14-17  Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca 

Aug 22         EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Aug 29-30    Summer Heat Open Track, Shelby Club at Sears Point 


Sept 8          Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Sept 13        EuroSunday Marques- Models Day

Sept 27       EuroSunday

Oct               Italian Car Show, Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.

Oct 11         EuroSunday Marques- Ford GT, Cobra, Mustangs


Oct 13         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Oct             18th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista - Chairman, Jim ( lunch at Foster's Big Horn)

Oct 17-18    Fall Classic, open track at Thunder Hill.  Shelby Club.

Oct 25         EuroSunday, Sacramento @ 

Nov 8          EuroSunday Marques- NSX / GTR / Supra / ISF / pacific Rim


Nov 10       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Nov 22       Euro Sunday, Sacramento @


Dec. ?       Capitol Panteras Christmas Party


Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.


Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Co-Presidents, Capitol Panteras
#1575 [JHSTBAD]
#7114 [JIMS CAT]
Life goal: To be the person my dog thinks I am.


"You're never too old to do goofy stuff."
                ~Ward Cleaver