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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.
Concours at Serrano, October
Still waiting for an article about this
from a recent article in
the River News-Herald & Isleton Journal by Phil
Have you ever heard of "Victory Highway?"
The Victory Highway may be something forgotten by
most many years ago, but it was created to honor fallen soldiers. You may
be asking yourself, just how this fits in with local history. The stretch
of highway so many of us travel upon regularly - Highway 160 from the Antioch
Bridge to Sacramento - is a section of the famous "Victory Highway."
The Victory Highway Association was organized in 1921
to find and mark a transcontinental highway, which would be dedicated to the
American forces that lost their lives in World War I. By 1922 the
organization had chosen a route, which began in New York City and would route
through Topeka arriving at its end in San Francisco.
The Victory Highway passed through a number of large
cities as well as small towns on its route across America, between New York City
and San Francisco, roughly equivalent to the present U.S.Route
According to Wikipedia (on-line encyclopedia) the
highway started in "New York City southwest to Camden, New Jersey,
Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore, and Washington before turning west to
San Francisco. Washington was later removed from the route, which ran west
from Baltimore to Cumberland, Maryland. At Cumberland, it picked up the
old National Road to Vandalia, Illinois, which was already marked as part of the
National Old Trails Road. It continued to follow that auto trail near
Fulton, Missouri, and then followed a different route across the rest of that
state, passing through Jefferson City on its way to Kansas City.
The highway continued west from Kansas City to Denver over the Golden
Belt Highway, and then ran via Salt Lake City, across the Great Salt
Lake Desert and Nevada, and via Sacramento to San Francisco."
Today most of us know the highway that takes us from
the Antioch Bridge to Sacramento as State Route 160, however it was originally
signed as part of Route 24 from 1928 to 1963. But don't forget it was also
a part of the "Victory Highway."
Many of you may be wondering why we have included
this article in the newsletter? This road is part of
the route that Jim and I drive on a regular basis to get to the
Capitol Pantera meetings in Sacramento. It is a beautiful drive. So
next time you drive on State Route 160 remember that you are driving
a part of the original "Victory Highway".
If My Body Were A
Henry and Karen brought this poem to be read at the
CP Christmas party, but they forgot until after several people had already
left the party. So here it is for all to enjoy.
my body were a car, this is the time I would be thinking about trading it in for
a newer model.
got bumps and dents and scratches in my finish and my paint job is getting a
that's not the worst of it.
headlights are out of focus and it's especially hard to see things up
traction is not as graceful as it once was. I slip and slide and skid and
bump into things even in the
whitewalls are stained with varicose veins.
takes me hours to reach my maximum speed. My fuel rate burns
here's the worst of it --
every time I sneeze, cough or sputter. ...either my radiator leaks or my
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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".
Meeting Notes January 8,
Well, the weather must have scared most CP members. Or
else they don't have the CP meeting, always the second Tuesday of the month,
marked on their calendar. Or they may be too dependent on E-mail reminders
from Jim. Our E-mail was not functioning correctly, so the reminder was
sent on time but not delivered in a timely fashion by our provider!
Whatever the reason, the end result was lousy attendance for the January
meeting. But Mimi's did remember to set out the cones for parking, but no
one drove their Club car! Those hearty souls in attendance were: Mike
Drew, Tom & Kathy Vona, Ken Montgomery, John Worsley, and Jim &
You'll be happy to hear that we pretty much got the entire year
of events for the CP set date-wise and chairman -wise. Please refer to the
complete schedule of events below. I will highlight a few of the
decisions we made.
We will NOT be meeting for brunch at Mimi's prior to
Autorama in February. We were unsure if any CP members have cars on
We will have a brunch run on Sunday, March 16 to the Western
Railway Museum on Highway 12 between Rio Vista and Fairfield. We will
meet for brunch/early lunch at 10 AM at Shelby's, located at the stoplight
on Highway 12 in Rio Vista. We will reserve the "Dog House" at
Shelby's, which is their "semi-private room". If you are not one
of the first 10-12 people to arrive, you will not be in the Dog
House and will have to eat in the regular part of the restaurant! We will
caravan to the Railway Museum, via the back roads, after brunch.
Terry Morofsky was not at the meeting, but we plan to
be at his house for Brunch after the EuroSunday on April 13, when DeTomaso
is the featured marque. We assume that Sherry knows we are
Rick Carlile was not at the meeting, but we are sure that he
would still love to host the annual CP tech session at his shop. Rick will
be able to select a date in the spring-early summer that works for him.
Mike Drew is working on an overnight road trip for May or
June. At this point the destination and route are undetermined, other
than it will be a location that has not been visited in the past and has great
driving roads. We await the disclosure of this Mystery Road Trip!
In August we are counting on Jeff to sign us up to be part of
the Festa Italiana auto display on Sunday.
Concorso Italiano is supposed to happen this year in August, but
the exact location has not been determined.
There will be a Car Show this year in Rio Vista on
October 11, 2008. The car show will happen even if the Bass Derby
doesn't. This is happening, in part, due to the formation of the new Rio
Vista car club, the Delta Drifters. There was an article in the last CP
newsletter about the new group. Jim has joined the DD and may be the only
European car in the group! The plans are to block off Main Street from the
River to Sixth Street. We live at the corner of Sixth & Main, so it
will be perfect for a DeTomaso gathering.
If any of you missing members have an event idea, please bring
your idea to the February meeting at Mimi's so we can get it on the
calendar. As always, you will be the chairman of said event,
so as to insure that it will be exactly the event you had in
We hope that other POCA chapter members will chose to join us
when we have outings. The more the merrier when you are driving your
Panteras. The new PCNC president Peter Kovacs has been to several CP
meetings. We hope that he and other PCNC members will join us when we hit
the road or at Mimi's. We also hope to get together with the Tahoe/ Reno
group for brunch; we'll split the driving distance.
13 EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The
Pavilions. Featured make is
Feb 10 EuroSunday, Roseville.
Featured makes are Porsche and
Feb 12 Capitol Panteras meeting
March 9 EuroSunday, @ The
Pavilions. Featured makes are Citroen
March 11 Capitol
Panteras meeting at Mimi's
March 16 Western
Railway Museum - Brunch in Rio Vista @ 10 AM,
at Shelby's Coffee Shop, Hwy
12 at the signal light. www.wrm.org
April 8 Capitol
Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Brunch/Lunch following, at Terry Morofsky's home in
April 30 POCA convention-Las
to May 4
11 EuroSunday, Davis, Featured makes are all British origin
May 13 Capitol Panteras
meeting at Mimi's
May or June Over night Road Trip - Chairman Mike
Panteras Fun Rally - Probably not going to happen this
June 8 EuroSunday, @ The
Pavilions. Featured make is Ferrari /
Show in Arnold
Worsley will be in charge
June 10 Capitol Panteras meeting at
July 4-13 LeMans Tour - France
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)
Aug 3 Festa Italiana
Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Bundelli
EuroSunday, Roseville. Featured
makes are Vettes and Vipers
Aug 12 Capitol Panteras meeting
Sept Joint Brunch with Reno
- Tahoe Panteras
Sept 9 Capitol Panteras meeting
Sept 14 EuroSunday, Pavilions. Featured makes are Fiat, and Alfa
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,
12 EuroSunday, Pavilions. Featured makes are
(Ducati, BMW, Triumph, MV Augusta, Aprilia, etc)
Oct 14 Capitol Panteras meeting
Nov 9 EuroSunday,@
The Pavilions. Featured makes are
Lamborghini and Audi
11 Capitol Panteras meeting at
Road Trip to the Coast
Panteras Christmas Party - Host position is open
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Panteras #1575 & #7114