July 2003
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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  Please help our club grow.
June 21 Amador County Wine Cruise
The first day of summer turned out to be a perfect day for a drive in the country.  The group met at the gate of Rancho Murrieta to begin our trip to the "other wine country".  We began with four Panteras and one non-club car. Harley & Michelle Hubbell lead the way, followed by Rick Carlile, John McNamee and passenger John Worsley, Henry Kirk & friend Karen Kimball. We were in the rear in our Mercury Capri, but we did have the top down. (The repair kit for the master clutch cylinder was incorrect and had to be reordered from a second vendor, so no Pantera for the cruise.)
Our first stop was Young's Vineyard.  A beautiful facility about a half hour drive from Rancho Murrieta.  It was there that two more cars caught up with us.  John McNamee "forgot" that Mike & Nancy Haney of PCNC were joining us, so we had started without them!  They had meant to drive Nancy's Pantera, but they too had mechanical problems and instead came in Mike's 1971 Alfa, but they had the top down also.  We were also joined by Jack & Jane Bartole of PCNC. They drove their green Pantera over from Sonora.   We hadn't expected to see them until lunchtime. So now we were five Panteras strong, and the two convertibles. (Both of the non-club cars did have an Italian connection. The Alfa is obvious, but did you know that the Capri was a Ghia design?) The next stop was Domaine De La Terre Rouge/Easton Winery.  When we got there, we were the only people in the tasting room. We enjoyed the wine and munchies. This winery also had a nice picnic area, but we were headed for lunch at Villa Toscano Winery and Bistro. We arrived before the noontime rush and enjoyed  prime parking, the food, beautiful surroundings and conversation.  Funny, not one of us wanted wine with lunch. It was here that we added another car to our caravan.  Hersan, a friend of John M. joined us in his Acura NSX. After our lunch break,  we continued on to two more wineries, Renwood and Charles Spinetta.
We then headed back to Rancho Murrieta and a BBQ at the home of John and Susan McNamee.  Michelle did a wonderful job with the food.  Her family has been in the food business  for 26 years.  That experience showed in the wonderful meal that we enjoyed. John was a true BBQ master at the grill! Thank you, John & Susan for opening your home to us.  Thank you, Harley& Michelle for planning the tour route and the food. It was a great day!  The weather was wonderful.  No one had any car problems on the drive.  This event gave us all a chance to get to know our fellow Pantera  owners better.  For those of you who missed this outing, you missed a good one.
Lunch at Villa Toscano
Dinner at Villa McNamee
July 19 - Donut Derelicts Drive
There will be a Donut Derelicts cruise on Saturday, July 19.  It will start out from Martinez at 8:30 AM. The exact route will be outlined at the "drivers meeting" as well as coffee and donuts. The meeting location will be the Starbucks in the shopping center.  The leader of the drive will be PCNC member Greg Jacobs.  It promises to be a scenic drive north from there toward the coast.  If you have a walkie talkie, please bring it along.
Capitol Panteras Website
The Capitol Panteras website(  is up and really  running thanks to web master Ken Montgomery. We all owe Ken a big thank you for all his efforts.  It has a truly professional  appearance.  If you would like to have a photo of your car on the members cars page,  you need to get a photo and short story to Ken.  We would also like to have a club history on the website.  So we need one of our members of longer standing to write up a brief history of the club.  So check out the website and be impressed!
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.
POCA Educational Bytes
We have recently received a copy of the POCA bylaws.  We didn't know that they existed until this years Presidents meeting in Las Vegas. So wanting to be informed leaders, we requested a copy.  So now we will share a little POCA info in each newsletter.  This months topic: membership.  There are three classes of membership in the club; Regular member- A regular member is a person who has an interest in the furtherance of the DeTomaso marque and DeTomaso automobiles.  This member has paid POCA dues and can vote and hold office.  Associate member- the spouse of a regular member or other person designated by  the regular member. (there are limitations on who can be designated) This member can vote and hold office. Honorary member - elected by club for special service to the club. They can not vote or hold office.             
We will briefly touch on a different topic each newsletter.
Notes from the July 8 Capitol Pantera Meeting
The July monthly meeting of the Capitol Panteras was very well attended. 50% of the chapter's POCA members were present, as well as two associate members, and one soon to be member and his spouse.  It was a beautiful evening to be out on the patio at Mimi's. Let's see if next month we can do even better!
The soon to be Capitol Pantera member is Shannon Rogers and his wife Terrie, from Citrus Heights.  They recently purchased a 1973 Pantera, yellow, at an auction in Las Vegas.  Welcome to the group Shannon and Terrie.  Don't forget to finish the POCA paperwork!
Shannon, Terrie, and their 1973 Pantera
Several members were reminded of their renewal dates for POCA.  The new POCA membership committee is doing a great job.  Please mail in your renewals on a timely basis to help make their job easier.
There is a charity car show at Lodi Lake on Sunday, July 27.  The proceeds go to the Lodi Adopt-A-Child program.  Cost $30 per entry.  There will be live music and food booths.  Think about bringing the car out for charity.
Dennis Gacutan reported that there will be a European Car night, in Roseville, on Tuesday, July 29 at 6 PM.  The location is in downtown Roseville on Vernon Street.  There will be live music and food booths.  Sounds like a fun summer evening to bring out the Pantera. It will be good PR for the marque and for the Capitol Panteras.  Please contact Dennis to let him know if you can make it.  He will go down early to get space for the cars to be grouped together.
There are still openings for the Bodega Bay weekend. If we do not get enough people, the outing will have to be canceled.  Please contact John Worsley for details.
The idea of a progressive dinner, similar to the one done by the San Diego Panteras, was brought up.  We need people to think about it and get a volunteer to get it organized for this year or next.
There is a member car for sale.  Emanuel Vargas is selling his 1972, Pre-L  red Pantera.  Asking price is $27,500.  Contact Emanuel at
July 19 - Donut Derelict Drive
July 27 - Hot Rods and Harleys Car Show - Lodi Lake
July 27 - American Le Mans- Sears Point
July 29 - European Car Night- Roseville
August 12- Capitol Panteras meeting- at Mimi's
August 15 - Concorso Italiano
August 16-17 - Monterey Historic Races
August 29-31 - Shelby Mini-Nats-Sears Point
Sept 12-13- Bodega Bay Weekend - John Worsley , Chairman
Sept 21 - Chico - Concours d'Elegance
Oct 11 - Rio Rendezvous Car Show - Rio Vista
Oct    - Winchester Mystery House, w/DeLorean club.
Suggestions for other activities in the coming year include;
Blackhawk Museum in Danville
Golf/Lunch in Farmington - at JB Golf
Sporting Clays/Lunch at Birds Landing (near Rio Vista). 
Great Pantera back road getting there!!
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Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Pantera #1575