CAPITOL PANTERAS    
http://www.capitolpanteras.org/
 
July 2006
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Roseville Downtown Tuesday Nights
by Rick Carlile

 

At the Capitol Panteras regular June meeting, club member Dennis Gacutan proposed that in July the club might consider attending a new event called Roseville Downtown Tuesday Nights.  Coincidentally, the date of this event is the same as our regular July club meeting and we all considered that going someplace different might be just the ticket; variety being the spice of life, you know.  The event was billed as a “High Octane Street Faire” with arts and crafts, classic car show, live entertainment, and an array of food vendors.  Car show participants would be required to have their cars in position on Main Street by 5 p.m.  As Dennis described it, attending the event would involve us leaving work early, driving our Panteras to Roseville (where we would be welcomed with open arms, of course), cruising through the car show, having dinner, and then just generally hanging out in the beer and wine garden listening to the band.  What could possibly be better?  So, as one might guess, by unanimous acclamation and a showing of hands, we were in.

 

Dennis volunteered to be the event organizer, which would involve notifying the Roseville Downtown Tuesday Nights organizer that the Capitol Panteras would be coming accompanied by their two beloved redheaded stepchildren, DeLorean and Bricklin.  Dennis agreed that since he lives in Roseville, it would be convenient for him to show up at the event early, make introductions, and reserve spaces for our cars.  At this point we all began to envision our glorious arrival complete with trumpets, adoring fans, and small children preceding us by tossing fresh flowers under the path of our advancing powerful sleek cats.

 

Now, fast forward to the actual afternoon of the event.  Just as I am about to make my early departure from the office Carl Stein calls to tell me that there are grass fires along the freeway, a 3 alarm blaze has totally engulfed the Roseville Ross Clothing Store causing the Douglas Boulevard freeway exit to be closed possibly blocking our route to the event.  In addition, our esteemed Co-Presidents, Jim and Emilia Seiferling, will be unable to attend due to Emilia’s late-running appointments and Jim’s trepidation after seeing Fox News Network’s live coverage of the fires, which makes it appear as if all of Northern California is burning.  So, after some quick thinking, we plan an alternate route to Main Street Roseville.  As it turns out, the media coverage is blown way out of proportion as usual, and there is normal traffic all the way to the Main Roseville exit. 

 

After negotiating a few minutes of street commuter traffic, I can see Main Street Roseville coming into view.  At the street intersection there is a row of orange cones blocking off the car show area, a blue tent for check-in, and an event volunteer diverting all non-show cars to the side streets.  I also notice John Worsley’s Bricklin already parked in the car show area.  As I confidently proceed toward the check-in, the attendant rushes out, drops an orange cone in my path, and waves me away.  Approaching the car shaking his head he says, “Only 1975 and earlier allowed.”  “No problem,” says I, ” It’s a 1971”.   “Bull s**t”, says he, “What the hell is this thing anyway?”.  As I begin to offer a bit of Pantera history, he says, “Never mind.  Nobody told us you guys were coming and we have a limited amount of space, so just pull over there with your buddy until we can get this sorted out.”

 

As I get parked and climb out of my Pantera’s cockpit, John Worsley runs over to me to describe how his reception by the event marshal has already resulted in crossed swords that involved a heated verbal exchange followed by obligatory obscene hand gestures.  However, as club members Terry Morofsky, Ken Montgomery, and Dennis and Patty Gacutan continue to get checked in, the mood changes favorably so that our last arrival, Carl Stein, is actually greeted with a wave, a smile, and a “Come on in.  We’ve been waiting for you!!!”  Carl’s co-pilot for the event is Eric, Carl’s wife’s third cousin’s nephew, or something like that.  Eventually Dennis has a sidebar with the event marshal, the miscommunication is cleared up, and all is forgiven.  

 

Having positioned our club cars in a stunning display of automotive exotica, our group proceeded to the nearest Mexican restaurant on Main Street for dinner and some much needed cerveza.  Later on club member Rick Moseley and his friend Diane join us in the beer and wine garden.  The Roseville Downtown Tuesday Nights event has now unfolded into a very pleasant summer’s evening experience of great friends, classic cars, good food and drink.  All’s well that ends well, I guess.  Now isn’t that a lovely story?                   

 
 
Movie at El Campanil Theatre, Antioch
by Emilia Seiferling
 
Jim and I were able to attend the Bay Area Premier of "Mad Man Muntz : American Maverick" at the El Campanil Theatre in Antioch.  The El Campanil is a restored theatre that was built in the 1930's.  The movie was being shown for only the second time since it was completed in 2005.   "Mad Man" Earl Muntz was a very interesting and creative person.  He made his mark in the automotive world with the production of the Muntz Jet.  This is considered to be the first American sports car.  It was in production for only three years, 1951 - 1953.  It had several features that were later adopted by the Big Boys of Detroit.  His car had a unibody frame, seat belts, a padded dash, bucket  seats and a center  console.  The car was marketed to people with a lot of money who wished to be noticed.  The car came in vivid stock colors such as red, bright yellow, and purple to name a few.  The interiors also came in some wild materials such as snake skin prints, animal prints and bright  two tone colors. There is some debate as to the number of Jets that were produced.  The numbers range from a low of 275 to a high of 400.  The cars were basically hand made and cost $1000 more to make than the sale price of $5500.  That was $1000 more that a Cadillac.
 
Mad man Muntz was also the producer of the Muntz Television.  He coined the term TV by shortening the word television in his print ads for his product.  He even named his daughter Tee Vee Muntz.  Mad Man Muntz also perfected and marketed the first car stereo, a four track player.  Bill Lear, who is credited with the eight track tape player, was a distributor of the Muntz system.
 
Mad Man made and lost several fortunes and was married seven times.  In 1985 he was predicting that in the near future everyone would have a cell phone.
 
Note: I have a photo of the car in my cell phone, but I can't get the phone to talk to my computer yet.  Jim -:(
 
Thunder Valley Casino Brunch Run, July 16
by Emilia & Jim Seiferling
 
The morning of the sixteenth began with Jim giving the Pantera a last minute spray wax.  We were then ready to take off for the appointed meeting place for the Thunder Valley Brunch Run.  We had a beautiful traffic free drive north on Highway 160 next to the Sacramento River.  It was already getting hot.  We ran the air conditioning and it was able to provide a comfortable ride to Sacramento.  We arrived first at Mimi's.  Why is it that the people who come the furthest always seem to arrive first?  We drove to the far end of the parking lot and sat under the shade of a puny tree on a tiny speck of grass to wait for the others to arrive.  At the June CP meeting we had eight members say that they would be attending the Brunch.  Most were bringing their spouse or another guest.  One by one, the people arrived at Mimi's.  By the time it was time to depart, our group numbered only seven people and five club cars.  The hot weather and/or poorly operating air conditioning scared off both Judy Montgomery and Marsha Carlile.  We did gain Henry Kirk even though his air was questionable.  We assumed that we would meet up with several of our members at Thunder Valley since they lived up in that area.  The trip to the Casino went smoothly.  John Worsley led the caravan in the Bricklin.  John was accompanied by his wife Alice.  It was very nice to finally get to meet her!  He was followed by the black Pantera of Emilia & Jim Seiferling, Ken Montgomery in his DeLorean, Henry Kirk in his red Pantera, Rick Carlile in his yellow Pantera.  We arrived at the Casino to find the red Pantera of Duane & Darice Harlan.  The only bad thing about the parking was that we all didn't get parked in the shade, but we were all in a row and right in front of the main entrance.  We were later joined by Patty & Dennis Gacutan in their blue Pantera.  The timing was perfect for getting into the restaurant.  There was no line and we were seated right away.  There was a "Senior discount" for those over 55 years of age.  I thought it was funny that the young man that checked Henry in wanted to see his ID, but they did not ask to see mine?  Most of the group used the senior discount.
The food and service at the Thunder Valley Casino buffet was very good.  No one went home hungry.  It was National Ice Cream Day, so of course it was necessary to have a scoop for desert!  For those of you who failed to attend, you missed out on a very nice CP gathering.  After the meal, everyone had to get ready to brave the heat.  By now it was about 105.  It seemed like even more after the very cool temperature of the casino.  The trip home for Duane got delayed by a dead battery.  He forgot to turn off the fans, which are wired to work manually.  Henry had a set of jumper cables in his Pantera.  Our trip home was one of the hottest ones we have every had.  The outside temperature made the road temperature very high.  The traffic in Roseville on Highway 80 was very slow but moving.  Our car doesn't like those conditions!  We did not over heat, but the air-conditioning could not keep up.  We were both sweaty and limp by the time we arrive home.  The one good thing was that the further that we got away from Sacramento, the cooler the car ran.  The outside temperature was more bearable driving next the Sacramento river!
 
 
photo by Ken Montgomery
 
Meeting Notes, July 11, 2006
by Emilia Seiferling
 
The July meeting of the Capitol Panteras was held at the Tuesday Night Car Show in Old Downtown Roseville.
Jim and I were unable to attend, since I ran late at  the office.  The fire at the Ross Store in Roseville and the resultant bad traffic reports did not encourage us to attempt the 75 mile drive (one way) to Roseville that day!  So there was no formal CP meeting.  Several members did make the trip to Roseville.  See article by Rick Carlile.
 
The final announcement for the Thunder Valley Brunch Run were done by phone and email.  Remember that we are trying to get everyone to confirm if they will be able to attend a CP event.  If your plans change at the last moment, either to be able to come or not come, please contact the Chairman for that event.
 
The joint brunch with the Reno-Tahoe Panteras is set for Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006.  It will be in Nevada City at the Northern Queen Hotel.  Please mark your calendar now!
http://www.northernqueeninn.com/
 
Chairman Jeff hopes to have a variety of Italian cars, in addition to Panteras, at the Festa Italiana.  It was decided  to do the display only on Sunday.  If you have any Italian car, for the show, please let Jeff know.  Jeffbudelli@yahoo.com   Remember this date, August 6.
 
The Capitol Panteras could have a display at the Towe Auto Museum in January 2007.  We need a local club member (Sacramento area) to coordinate with the museum.  Duane said last month that  he was willing to display his car.  The club must contact the museum to set this up. So think about having your car on display in January.  Remember that the Nash Club was able to do this!  Who will chair this display?
 
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 jes@rickadee.net  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".
  
                                                 2006 EVENTS CALENDAR
 
Aug 6         Festa Italiana, Sacramento, Chairmen Jeff and George
Aug 8         Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Aug 17      "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.  http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net/Tour.htm
Aug 18        Concorso Italiano, "35 Years of the Pantera" http://www.concorso.com/default.asp
Aug 19-20  Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca http://www.montereyhistoric.com/
Sept. 12    Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Sept 22     Shelby Club, Mini Nats XXII, Infineon  http://www.norcal-saac.org/
Sept. 24    Joint Brunch Run with Reno-Tahoe Panteras
Oct. 19      Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's     .
Oct 28-29  Shelby Club, Fall Classic 2006 Open Track, Thunderhill http://www.norcal-saac.org/
Nov. 14     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov.           Delta Brunch Run, Chairman Emilia & Jim
Dec.          Capitol Panteras Christmas Party
Jan 2007  Capitol Panteras on display at the Towe Auto Museum
 
Suggestions for other activities in the coming year include;
 
Blackhawk Museum in Danville  http://www.blackhawkauto.org
Sporting Clays/Lunch at Birds Landing (near Rio Vista).  http://www.birdslanding.net/ 
Great Pantera back road getting there through the Montezuma Hills!!
 
Please keep us informed of other dates and activities.
 
Jim & Emilia Seiferling
Pantera #1575
jes@rickadee.net
http://www.rickadee.net/~jes