February 2011

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Museum Day, Sacramento, February 5, 2011


I love free Museum Day in Sacramento; so to have the opportunity to view a Pantera and go to the California Auto Museum at the same time was a good reason to drive to Sacramento on a Saturday morning.  We arrived at the CAM at about 10:45 AM to find the parking lot already full!  We were directed to wait for someone to leave and free up a parking spot.  We opted to park on the street about a block away.  On our walk back to the Museum, we were passed by Jeff and Robin as they were leaving the auto museum.  We then received a cell call from Jeff.  He had stopped in to see "Automobilia" where his 1974 DeTomaso Pantera is on display. He had offered to start up the Pantera but was told that there were too many people in the museum to do that.  Too bad, that sound would have really impressed people!  The display was made up of 16 Italian cars and 7 Italian motorcycles.  Besides the Pantera there was 1960 Ferrari 360 GTC, 1988 Ferrari Testarosa, 2000 Ferrari 360 Modena, 1972 Maserati Bora, 1970 Maserati Indy, 1965 Maserati Mistral, 1964 Fiat 500 D, 1987 Lamborghini Countach 5000 SQV, and several Alfa Romeos. There were seven motorcycles, including different models of Moto Guzzi, Vespa, Ducati, Agusta, Maserati and Aprilia.   My favorite after the Pantera was the Fiat 500D.  I love micro cars.  This car was the inspiration for "Luigi" in the Disney/Pixsar film "Cars".


The other special exhibit at CAM was "Dropped and Chopped".  We walked that display as well since we are also members of the Rio Vista Delta Drifters car club.  The Drifters is a local club for 1974 and older American cars.  We were allowed to be members since the Pantera has the 351 Ford Cleveland and was manufactured as a joint venture with Ford.  There was a lot of discussion about the Pantera before Jim was accepted in the Drifters.  I know what some of you must be thinking about the Drifters name.  It sounds like a "Rice Rocket " group.  The name of the group has it origins in the 1940's when the original club was formed, when drifting had an entirely different meaning.  This group was resurrected about four years ago and is going strong with about 40 members. While the "Dropped and Chopped" display was good, it was much smaller with only 9 cars. 


After our visit to CAM, we went to lunch at one of my favorite places in Sacramento.  Zocalo is a Mexican restaurant, but it is not your usual taco place.  The food is very good.  The service is excellent.  Right now the restaurant is offering a great deal on Tuesday nights- $20 for a shared appetizer, two entrees , and a shared desert!  If we lived closer to Sacramento we would be there next Tuesday night for dinner!  Check Zocalo out at .



Obviously, the BEST of the Italian Automobilia



The Cutest of the Italian Automobilia


The Motoring Mouth

Some of the other car related topics discussed during the meeting included:

Garry and Sue also have a DeLorean, so Ken is no longer the lone DeLorean owner.

Ken reported that the last EuroSunday, in Sacramento, had 150 cars show up!

Jim is considering a different carburetor for the Pantera.

Don has the motor out of the Pantera.

Lamar plans to take his Pantera on the track at the Reno POCA gathering in June.

Rick will be doing the Tech check on Lamar's car at the CP tech session in April.



Summary of the February 2011 Capitol Panteras Meeting


The February meeting had two Panteras and a Mustang in the parking lot at Mimi's. Lamar Fairchild and Garry Choate drove their Panteras, while Don was in his Mustang.  Attending the meeting; Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Ken Montgomery, Rick Carlile, John Worsley, Don Gagnon, Lamar Fairchild and his lady friend Maureen, Garry and Sue Choate, and Steve and Merry Dalcino.  We had the raffle for a $20 Kragen gift card.  It was won by Jim.  The driving for dollars prize for $10 was won by Lamar.  John reported that he has reimbursed Duane and Darice for their Christmas party expenses.  Thanks again to them for hosting a great party.  We have $1027 in our treasury with all bills paid.  Garry and Sue have recently moved to Wilton, from San Ramon.  They are keeping their PCNC affiliation and have joined our chapter as associate members.  Welcome Garry and Sue.


Please read over the Club calendar and mark your personal calendar so that you don't miss any of the Capitol Pantera events this coming year.


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".



                                2011 EVENTS CALENDAR

Capitol Panteras Events in Red


Notes:      Capitol Pantera member, Carl Stein, will be racing his Trans-Am Mangusta in the

                   SCC Road  Racing  Series.  Carl will

                   not be running the car in all the races, so check with him to make sure if he will be

                   at a particular event.


                   Capitol Panteras member, Rick Carlile, will be racing his TVR in the CSRG Series.

           Rick has been accepted to race at the Sonoma Historic 

                   Motorsports Festival and also applied for the Monterey Historics (status pending).


Feb 11-13   Autorama, Cal Expo

Feb 27         EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The California Auto Museum, Sacramento


March 8      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

March 27     EuroSunday, Sacramento @


April 1-3       CSRG Vintange Races @ Infineon. Rick won't be running this event.

April 2-3       Spring Sprint, open track at Thunderhill.  The Shelby Club.

April 8-10     SCCA #1 & 2 @ Thunderhill

April 12       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

April 16       Tech Session & Track Inspection session at Rick's office/shop 9:30 AM

April 23        Car Show at Mustang's Plus, Stockton

April 24        EuroSunday, Sacramento @

April 30        Car Show, Grass Valley.  Pre-72 cars.


May 7           Tour of the Jackson area.  Chairman-Kathy Gagnon.

May 10        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

May 14         PCNC tour of Sonoma Wine Country.

May 20-22   CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill

May 22         British Car Show, Woodland Fairgrounds

May 22         EuroSunday, Sacramento @

May 28-29   SCCA #3 & 4 @ Laguna Seca


June 2-5       Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival @ Infineon

June 8-12     POCA Fun Rally, Reno.  It is the Pantera's 40th anniversary and POCA's 30th!

June 14       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

June 16-19  SCCA #5 & 6 @ Laguna Seca

June             Car Show in Arnold - Ch. Duane

June 26        EuroSunday, Sacramento @


July 12        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

July 23-24    SCCA #7 & 8 @ Thunderhill

July 24          EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Aug 5-6       Mini Nats @ Infineon.  Shelby Club

Aug 6           Festa Italiana, Sacramento,

Aug 7          Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman- Jeff Budelli

Aug 9          Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Aug 18         "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.

Aug 19         Concorso Italiano,

Aug 19-21   Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca 

Aug 28         EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Sept 2-4     SCCA #9 &10 @ Infineon

Sept 10 or 24  3rd Annual Placerville Run.  Chairman-Lamar Fairchild

Sept 13      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Sept 25      EuroSunday

Sept 30-Oct 2  CSRG Vintage Races @ Infineon


Oct 1-2       SCCA #11 & 12 @ Laguna Seca

Oct 8         20th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista - Chairman- Jim ( lunch at Foster's Big Horn)

Oct 9          Italian Car Show, Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.

Oct 11       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Oct 15-16  Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill.  Shelby Club.

Oct 21-22  SCCA #13 @ Thunderhill

Oct 22        Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton.

Oct 23        EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Oct 28-30  CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill


Nov ?        Capitol Pantera Brunch @ Ryde Hotel.  Chairman- John Worsley.

Nov 8        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Nov 27       Euro Sunday, Sacramento @


Dec 3 or 10  Capitol Panteras Christmas Party at ???


Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.


Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Co-Presidents, Capitol Panteras
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