January 2008
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Concours at Serrano, October 7th.

by ????????

Still waiting for an article about this event.


The Victory Highway

from a recent article in the River News-Herald & Isleton Journal by Phil Pezzaglia


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 40. 


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 Car


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.


         If my body were a car, this is the time I would be thinking about trading it in for a newer model.

         I've got bumps and dents and scratches in my finish and my paint job is getting a little dull.

         But that's not the worst of it.


         My headlights are out of focus and it's especially hard to see things up close


         My traction is not as graceful as it once was.  I slip and slide and skid and bump into things even in the

         best of weather.


         My whitewalls are stained with varicose veins.


         It takes me hours to reach my maximum speed.  My fuel rate burns inefficiently.


         But here's the worst of it --


         Almost every time I sneeze, cough or sputter.  ...either my radiator leaks or my exhaust backfires.

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   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, 2008
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 & Emilia.
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 display.
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 coming! 
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 mind!
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.
Jan 13       EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions.  Featured make is BMW
Jan 27       EuroSunday, Sacramento @ The Pavilions 
Feb 8-10  Autorama, Cal Expo
Feb 10      EuroSunday, Roseville. Featured makes are Porsche and Mercedes 
Feb 12     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Feb 24      EuroSunday, @ The Pavilions 
March 9      EuroSunday, @ The Pavilions. Featured makes are Citroen and Vespa
March 11  Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
March 23   EuroSunday, @ The Pavilions
March 16  Western Railway Museum - Brunch in Rio Vista @ 10 AM,
                   at Shelby's Coffee Shop,  Hwy 12 at the signal light.
April 8       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
April 13    Special EuroSunday, @ The Pavilions, featuring deTomaso cars.
                   Brunch/Lunch following, at Terry Morofsky's home in Folsom.
April 27     EuroSunday, @ The Sacramento, Pavilions
April  30    POCA convention-Las Vegas
to May 4
May           Spring Sprint, open track at ??.  The Shelby Club. 
May 11      EuroSunday, Davis, Featured makes are all British origin cars
May 13     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
May 25      EuroSunday, Davis
May or June  Over night Road Trip - Chairman Mike Drew
May 31 to  Wine Country Classic, Sears Point
June 1   
June         Reno-Tahoe Panteras Fun Rally - Probably not going to happen this year
June 8       EuroSunday, @ The Pavilions.  Featured make is Ferrari / Maserati
June          Car Show in Arnold
June        Thunder Valley Brunch Run
                  John Worsley will be in charge
June 10   Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
June         Shriners Hospitals Concours d'Elegance, Mather Field, Rancho Cordova
June 22    EuroSunday, Pavilions
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)
July 27      EuroSunday, It's A Grind in Elk Grove
Aug  2-3    Festa Italiana, Sacramento,
Aug 3       Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Bundelli
Aug 10      EuroSunday, Roseville.  Featured makes are Vettes and Vipers
Aug 12     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Aug 14     "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.
Aug 15      Concorso Italiano,
Aug 15-17   Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca 
Aug 24      EuroSunday, Roseville.
Sept 7     Fun Ford Sunday 
Sept       Joint Brunch with Reno - Tahoe Panteras
Sept        Shelby Club, Mini Nats XXIV, Infineon 
Sept 9     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Sept 14   EuroSunday, Pavilions.  Featured makes are Fiat, and Alfa Romeo
Sept 28   EuroSunday, Pavilions.
Oct 5        Italian Car Show , Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics 
                 No 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, Jim
                 (lunch at Foster's Big Horn)
Oct 12      EuroSunday, Pavilions. Featured makes are (Ducati, BMW, Triumph, MV Augusta, Aprilia, etc)
Oct 14     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct           Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill.  Shelby Club 
Oct 26      EuroSunday, It's A Grind Coffee in Elk Grove
Nov 9        EuroSunday,@ The Pavilions. Featured makes are Lamborghini and Audi
Nov 11    Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov 23      EuroSunday, @ The Pavilions.
Nov            Road Trip to the Coast
Dec.         Capitol Panteras Christmas Party  - Host position is open
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Panteras #1575 & #7114