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January Newsletter 2016


The Cobra Experience Trip

January 17, 2016

By Emilia Seiferling


It was a wet morning as Jim and I left home for the Bay Area.  It was way too wet for the Pantera and the Abarth was waiting on new tires to arrive, so we were in the truck going to the event arranged by EuroSunday at the Cobra Experience in Martinez.  The Cobra Experience is a non-profit museum committed to the promotion, conservation, education, and preservation of the cars produced by Shelby America.  We had been told that this would be a good event to attend and that turned out to be true.  They are in a nondescript business park and it is one of the biggest collections of Cobras we have ever seen.  There were over 20 cars on display.  The vehicles help trace the history of Shelby America in photos, artifacts, and memorabilia.  There is also an 18 minute movie covering the early years, 1962 to 1971, of the Cobra (donít miss the movie on your visit).  The weather cut down on the quality of the ďcar showĒ in the parking lot, since most in attendance drove their daily driver to the museum on this rainy day.  You can check it out at to find out more about the museum.  This is definitely a must do visit.  Note that itís only open on the 3rd Sunday of each month and only from 11am to 4pm.   The admission price is very reasonable.


The impressive entry area; first class all the way


A very impressive engine row


That was one BIG piston



January Meeting Notes


The January meeting of Capitol Panteras was held at Mimiís. We had only 7 members attending.  Those attending were; Jim & Emilia Seiferling, Mike & Lori Drew, John & Beth Drago, and Ken Montgomery.  We had no Panteras in the parking lot, thus there was no driving for gas dollars money.


Since we were missing President/Treasurer John, there was no formal business conducted.  The restaurant was not expecting our group so we ended up being seated in a regular dining area of the restaurant.  There was much auto related conversation at the table. Those who attended the CP Christmas party at the Slough House Inn reported on the evening.  There were 17 at the Christmas dinner.  While everyone basically enjoyed the party, the spotty service and inconsistent food did affect the overall enjoyment of the evening.  I think another location will be selected for next Christmas. The POCA Fun Rally was discussed. Lori and Mike reported that the Sunnyvale Cocoís, the meeting place for PCNC for 30 years, was closed without notice at Christmas time.  Mike said the group had been served by the same waiter for the entire 30 years! PCNC will be meeting in several different area restaurants while they look for a new meeting location. The Euro-Sunday Cobra gathering in Martinez was discussed.  Mike said that the collection was not to be missed.  He had visited the location while on a Shelby Club drive.  Ken is working on his shop building and looking forward to when he will have more time to enjoy it.  Mike again spoke about leading a drive in the future.  It could be either a day trip or an over night outing.  He needs his work schedule to allow him more flexibility to plan the event.  Lori told the group about the passing of Princess.  For those of you who may not know, Princess was the much loved cat of Sue and Garry Choate. You probably met Princess if you attended one of the CP Christmas parties, in the past, hosted by the Choateís. Princess was a rescue cat and lived to be over 20 years old.  All animal lovers will know the loss that is felt when you lose a dear pet.  Hopefully there will be a larger attendance for the next CP meeting.


2016 Events Calendar


Jan 24      EuroSunday, Sacramento @ Alfa Romeo of Sacramento, 2535 Arden Way


Feb 9        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

Feb 28      EuroSunday, Sacramento @


March 8       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

March 21     Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @ Nugget Market, Roseville

March 27     EuroSunday, Sacramento @


April          Spring Sprint, The Shelby Club @

April ?       Tech session at Rick's office/shop in Sacramento

April 1-3    CSRG Vintage Races @ Sonoma

April          Car Show at Mustang's Plus, Stockton

April 12      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

April          Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

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

April  24     EuroSunday, Sacramento @

April 29 to May 1  CSRG @ Thunderhill


May           Shelby Club @

May 10      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

May 11-15  POCA Fun Rally, Las Vegas

May           Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

May           All British Car Show, Dixon Fairgrounds

May 22      EuroSunday, Sacramento @


June 2-5     Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival @ Sonoma Raceway

                  50th anniversary of the Can-Am and the of the Trans-Am Series

June 14      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

June           Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

June 26      EuroSunday, Sacramento @


July 12       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

July            Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

July 24       EuroSunday, Sacramento @


Aug           6th Annual CAM Car Cruise, Sacramento

Aug 6-7     Festa Italiana, Sacramento,

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

Aug 6-7     Shelby Club Mini Nats @ Sonoma

Aug 13-14 Monterey Pre-Union, Laguna Seca

Aug 9        Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

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

Aug 20      Concorso Italiano,

Aug 18-21 Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca (Featured Marque is BMW Ė Celebrating its 100th Anniversary)

Aug          Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Aug 28     EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Aug          2016 Capitol Conour's d'Elegance


Sept 13      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

                  (Nominations for club officers)

Sept          Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Sept 25      EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Sept 30 to  Oct 2  CSRG Vintage Races @


Oct 2         Serrano Concourse, with 45 Years of deTomaso Pantera, as the marc

Oct 8        21st Annual Car Show, Rio Vista

                 Chairman, Jim (lunch at Foster's Big Horn)

Oct           Fall Classic, open track, Shelby Club @

Oct 9?       Italian Car Show, Alameda.

                   A benefit for Special Olympics. No entry fee for exhibitors.

Oct 11       Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

                   (Elections of club officers)

Oct           Car Show, Mustangs Plus, Stockton

Oct           Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Oct 23       EuroSunday, Sacramento @

Oct 28-30  CSRG Vintage Races @ Thunderhill


Nov 14      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimiís

Nov           Dreams & Drivers, Sacramento @

Nov 27      Euro Sunday, Sacramento @


Dec          Capitol Panteras Christmas Party


Please keep us informed of other dates and activities


Jim & Emilia Seiferling

Newsletter Co-Editors, Capitol Panteras

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