January 2012

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Capitol Panteras Christmas Party

December 3, 2011

by Emilia Seiferling


The 2011 Capitol Pantera Christmas party was hosted by Sue and Garry Choate at their home in Wilton.

The party was a semi-planned potluck, by that I mean Sue prepared the main core of the meal, ham, potato, salad, and green beans with the rest of the meal being brought by the guests.  There were plenty of munchies, extra side dishes and desserts.  Since it was BYOB we had exactly what we wanted to drink and share.  Anyone who was unable to attend missed a great party.  There was plenty of food and drink, lots of conversation and an entertaining gift exchange.  I should have written this article sooner, but as I recall the gift exchange was great fun.  The DeTomaso afghan went home with Nancy Haney.  John Worsley had tried to get it for his granddaughter, but he failed to retain the afghan.   I latter told him that I would make a toddler-size afghan for her.  There was some trading of gifts, after the fact, and I promised an afghan for Lori in exchange for a gift that I wanted.  Since I was busy being social at the party there are no photos of the event, you'll just have to take my word for it that it was a fun night.  It was such a good time that about half the party attendees spent the night and part of the next day!  Jim and I headed for home that night, so I don't know the brunch menu but I would assume it included some variation of ham and potatoes.


The entire Capitol Panteras group thanks Sue and Garry for being great hosts.  We really appreciate them stepping forward to welcome the group into their home.


Summary of the January 2012 Capitol Panteras Meeting


The January meeting had one club car in the parking lot, John McNamee's Pantera.  We had a record of 18 attending the meeting; Jim & Emilia Seiferling, John McNamee, Ken Montgomery, John Worsley, Henry Kirk, Duane & Darice Harlan, Garry & Sue Choate, Mike & Nancy Haney, Lori Albino, Mike Drew, Paul Bowden, Rick Carlile, Curt Hall, Peter Kovacs.


Treasurer John reported we have $1,257.  We received Associated member dues from Mike, Ken, & John.

With those dues plus the raffle for tonight, we now have $1,344.


Paul Bowden will be returning to Capitol Panteras from PCNC, since he recently changed jobs.  He will now be back in his West Sacramento home.  Welcome back Paul.


The "Driving for Gas $" drawing was not held because we need at least 2 club cars to hold the drawing.  Sorry John.


A raffle was held for an O'Reilly's gift card.  Lori was the winner this month.  We made $27 profit.  There was a second last minute addition to the raffle.  Emilia donated one of her handmade pet afghans.  The winner of the pet afghan was Henry.  For those of you who don't know, Henry "rescues" cats.  So the pet blanket will be a cat blanket for Annie (aka Anastasia) who is very ill.


The last of the POCA Fun Rally raffle prizes that CP won at Reno last year was sold to Nancy, Jim did not bring the wheel well rubber to the meeting, but Nancy will get it next meeting.  The Club sold all items at half of retail.


The group went over the events calendar for 2012 one month at a time.  The calendar at the end of this newsletter reflects what was discussed.  If you had been a chairman in the past and were not in attendance we assumed that you would again agree be in charge of an event.  That would include Jeff- Festa Italiana, Lamar- Placerville run, Don & Kathy- Foothills run.  Several other suggestions for drives which have not yet been scheduled include a Red Hawk Brunch run which John Worsley will check into that, a picnic in a park day which Jim will follow up on, and Mike Drew is in charge of arranging a Joint Brunch Run with Reno-Tahoe Panteras. Ken also mentioned that after the DeLorean calendar is set that there might be events that the CP group would be welcome to join.  Since our Club does not have an event coordinator, if you have an idea please bring your event idea to any meeting or email us.  We thank all who stepped up to chair a CP activity this year.


Jim & Emilia announced that this will be their last year as co-presidents of Capitol Panteras. They feel that after nine years it is time for a change in the leadership of the Club. The nominations for new officers will be in September and the election for new chapter officers will be at the October 2012 meeting.


Emilia made good on her promise from the Christmas party.  She gave John Worsley the afghan for his granddaughter.  It turns out that Claire will have her third birthday in a few days.  Happy Birthday to Claire.


Sue was given a pet afghan for her cat Princess.  Princess was in attendance at the CP Christmas party and enchanted all who met her.


The Club sends their get better quick wishes to Don.  He is recovering from a broken leg and stomach problems that developed while in the hospital for the leg.  We also hope that Lamar is feeling better.  He has been dealing with some heart issues.


We forgot to mention at the meeting that Mike & Lori are engaged.  Congratulations to both of you.


Also note that we have purchased a Hitachi video projector & screen and have a laptop computer,

so if you have a program or a show & tell that requires projection, we have that covered.  Jim can also create a Power Point presentation for you, from your photos, just get a CD to us.  Start thinking!



Sue with the afghan for Princess


Henry with the afghan for Annie


John with the deTomaso afghan for Claire



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".



Capitol Panteras Events in Red


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


Jan 22        EuroSunday @ , Sacramento at The Pavilions


Feb 4         Sacramento Museum Day - California Auto Museum is part of Museum Day

Feb 14       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Feb 17-19  Autorama, Cal Expo

Feb 26       EuroSunday, Sacramento @


March 13   Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

March 25    EuroSunday, Sacramento @

March 30-April 1  CSRG Vintange Races @ Infineon (Rick will not be racing)


April 10      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

April           Tech session at Rick's office/shop   This is a go. Exact date to

                     be set by Rick.

April            Car Show at Mustang's Plus, Stockton

April 22       EuroSunday, Sacramento @

April 25-29  POCA Fun Rally, Phoenix

April 28       Spring Sprint, open track at Thunderhill.  The Shelby Club.

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


May 8         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

May 25-27  CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill

May 20       British Car Show, Woodland Fairgrounds

May 27       EuroSunday, Sacramento @


June 1-3      Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival @ Infineon

June 10       2012 Capitol Conour's d'Elegance, Capitol Mall

June 12      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

June            Car Show in Arnold - Ch. Duane

June 24       EuroSunday, Sacramento @


July  10      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

July 22        EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Aug 3-5     Mini Nats @ Infineon.  Shelby Club

Aug 4         4th Annual CAM Car Cruise, Sacramento

Aug  4-5    Festa Italiana, Sacramento,

Aug  5      Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Budelli

Aug  14    Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Aug 16      "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon. 

Aug 17      Concorso Italiano,

Aug 17-19 Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca (Featured Marque=The Cobra) 

Aug 26      EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Sept            3rd Annual Placerville Run.  Lamar Fairchild

Sept  11     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

                    (Nominations for club officers)

Sept  23     EuroSunday


Oct ??         Brunch at the Grand Island Manson-Chairman, John Worsley

Oct 5-7        CSRG Vintage Races @ Infineon

Oct9         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

                  (Electrions of club officers)

Oct 13        20th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista - Chairman, Jim ( lunch at

                   Foster's Big Horn)

Oct 14         Italian Car Show, Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry

                   fee for exhibitors.

Oct 20-21   Fall Classic, open track at Thunderhill.  Shelby Club.


Oct             Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton.

Oct 28       EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Nov 2-4   CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill

Nov 13   Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's

Nov 25    Euro Sunday, Sacramento @


Dec -       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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