July 2008
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EuroSunday, July 13.

by Emilia Seiferling


The morning started out early for the EuroSunday in Granite Bay. There was no traffic the entire drive up to Highway 5 and Twin Cities Road.  Due to the numerous wild fires, there was lots of smoke in the air.  The sky looked like a typical summer day in Los Angeles, not the normal blue sky of Northern California!  We arrived at EuroSunday in Granite Bay at the Quarry Pond Center on Douglas Blvd. one hour and ten minutes after we left home.  We arrived at an already full parking lot.  There would eventually be about 100 cars.  The featured marque was Ford.  There were many members of the River City Shelby Club.  There were 28 Cobras present.  Three of them were original cars.  Capitol Panteras was represented by Henry (Cobra), John W. (Bricklin), Jeff & Robin (Pantera), Jim & Emilia (Pantera), Tom & Kathy (Viper).  It was great to see Tom and Kathy again.  Tom has sold the Pantera and it now has a good home in Southern California.  Tom sold the car because of the hassle of too many cars for a two-car garage, even with a lift installed!  We hope that Tom and Kathy will consider joining us in future outing even though they have sold the Pantera.


After the drive group left EuroSunday, our group went to brunch.  This is the first EuroSunday that has had a restaurant at the location that was open early in the morning.  We had brunch at "Toast" restaurant www.quarryponds.com .  The group for brunch consisted of Jim & Emilia, Henry, John, and friend Terry. (Who had a hotrod at the show).  Jeff & Robin had to run errands and Tom & Kathy went on the EuroSunday drive.  As for our brunch at "Toast", the menu was similar to "Roxy's" but a bit less expensive.  The setting was nice, the food was good, only the service was very slow.  Perhaps they didn't know in advance about the EuroSunday event.  At any rate they were understaffed which resulted in the very slow service.  Hopefully they will be fully staffed for the next EuroSunday in Granite Bay on the fourth Sunday of July!  Our drive home was uneventful.  The total mileage for this outing would be 142 miles. We did stop to buy some fresh produce at the stand that is just north of the Ryde Hotel on Highway 160.  This a great place to get fruit and veggies.  Everything is fresh and priced at $2 a tray.  The trays are generous too.  You pay on the honor system.  A patient of mine owns the stand and she does a great job with her garden.  We had very little traffic all the way home until we got to Isleton on Highway 160.  It was there that we got stuck behind a very slow moving truck that never got over 30 miles an hour!  And because Cal-Trans is out to keep us all safe, the road is a double yellow stripe zone, so you cannot pass!  All in all, another good day because we drive our Pantera!



No Real Pantera Content


We forgot to bring the camera to EuroSunday so we had no pictures to accompany that article.  But we felt that the newsletter needed a photo.  So here is a photo of "JIMS CAT", his other cat that is. His names is Lucas and is currently 14 weeks old and all of 5 lbs.  We remembered that there had been a discussion on the deTomaso Forum a couple of years ago about cat names.  Jim went to the archives and found the entries.  We reviewed them and decided to name the new kitty Lucas.  Credit goes to POCA President, Mark McWhinney.  Thanks Mark!  Contrary to his namesake he is a "live wire" and a lot of fun.  He is a good little pal to our other cat, six-year-old Doofy (short for Dufuss, weighing in at an awesome 18 lbs).  Lucas helps fill the void left by Doomie (short for Dumb Ass) who passed away last month from kidney failure.  Doofy and Doomie were brothers.


See what you get when nobody submits any car articles!  You get Lucas.


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@riverdeltawireless.com   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 July 8, 2008
The weather was way too hot (105+) for a drive in a Pantera with no air-conditioning to the CP monthly meeting at Mimi's.  The result was 0 Panteras at the meeting!  The only car that was eligible for the "Driving for Gas $" was John in his Bricklin.  The winner of the "Driving for Gas $" raffle, was John.  Big surprise!  Others in attendance, but in their daily drivers were: Jeff, Henry, Jim & Emilia, Carl, Ken, Rick Carlile. 
Rick arrived late due to his mother-in-law's air conditioning problems, but he had the raffle tickets and the raffle prize, a $20 Kragen gift card. Jim won the raffle.  So once again CP did a fine job on finances, if you operate the way Gomez Addams did.  We lost $6 between the raffle and the driving for gas money raffle.
We went over the CP Schedule of events for the next few months.    
Jeff is the Car Chairman for the Sacramento Festa Italiana in August.  He has to arrange for all the Italian cars that will be on display. If you know any Italian car owners who might like to display their cars, please contact Jeff.  Jeff has already reserved Sunday, August 3 for the Panteras.  Please mark your calendar for this fun event!   Please let us know if you plan to attend.  We will meet at the parking lot at Mimi's and head out for the Festa at 10:30 AM sharp!
There is now a location for Concorso Italiano in Monterey.  It is at the Marina Airport.  For that weekend it is now official that PI will not be doing a lunch or the Pantera corral at Laguna Seca, but PCNC will be taking over the Pantera Corral.  Check out the PCNC website for details of how to get your Corral Pass and race tickets.  PCNC also has rooms for POCA members, at the Las Laureles Lodge in Carmel Valley.
 We have been in contact with Jim Nowlin of the Reno-Tahoe Panteras.  We have set a date for our Annual Joint Brunch Run. The date is Sunday, September 21.  Please mark your calendar.   We don't have any details as to time and location yet.  That information will be passed along when we know more.
The August CP meeting was to be in El Dorado Hills at Raduno.  But when we checked their website to confirm the August date, we found that the Raduno gathering in August is set for the first Tuesday, August 5.  We are making an executive decision to keep the CP meeting on the second Tuesday, August 12 at Mimi's at the regular time. If you wish to attend the Raduno gathering, it starts about 6 PM.  If I remember correctly, you need to drive your Club car for this gathering.  Your daily driver won't get you in the place.  Check out their website for more details. If anyone does attend, could you please write a short article about the gathering? http://www.nielloconcoursatserrano.com/raduno.html 
                                2008 EVENTS CALENDAR
Capitol Panteras Events in Red
July 27      EuroSunday, Peet's Coffee, Granite Bay http://www.eurosunday.net/ Possible Brunch at "Toast" www.quarryponds.com
Aug  2-3    Festa Italiana, Sacramento, http://www.italiancenter.net/
Aug 3       Festa Italiana Car Display on Sunday - Chairman, Jeff Bundelli
Aug 10      EuroSunday Plus, Roseville.  Featured makes are Vettes and Vipers
Aug 12     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Aug 14     "The Tour", downtown Carmel @ Noon.  http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net/Tour.htm
Aug 15      Concorso Italiano,  http://www.concorso.com/default.asp
Aug 15-17   Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca http://www.montereyhistoric.com/ 
Aug  15-17  Minden Car Show
Aug 22-24  Historic Grand Prix, Sears Point.  http://www.historicgrandprix.com/
Aug 24      EuroSunday, Roseville.  http://www.eurosunday.net/
Aug 29-Sept 1   Shelby Club, Mini Nats, Thunderhill  http://www.norcal-saac.org/
Aug 30-Sept 1   SCCA Races @ Sears Point. 
                            Carl Stein will be racing the Mangusta.  http://www.huffakerengineering.com/clientrides.htm 
Sept 3(Weds)  Sacramento Shelby Club car show.
Sept 7     Fun Ford Sunday  http://www.funfordsunday.com/ 
Sept 7     Chico Concours  http://www.chicoconcours.com/
Sept 9     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Sept 14   EuroSunday Plus, Pavilions.  Featured makes are Fiat, and Alfa Romeo
Sept 21   Joint Brunch with Reno/Tahoe Panteras
Sept 27   Placerville Driving Tour; Capitol Panteras.  Chairman: Lamar
Sept 28   EuroSunday, Pavilions.  http://www.eurosunday.net/    
Oct 5        Concourse at Serrano
Oct 11-12  CSRG Charity Challenge, Sears Point.  http://www.csrgracing.org/ 
Oct 11     17th Annual Car Show, Rio Vista (yes, it will be held this year).  Chairman, Jim
                 (lunch at Foster's Big Horn) http://www.fostersbighorn.com/
Oct 12       Italian Car Show , Alameda.  A benefit for Special Olympics http://www.alfaromeoassociation.org/
                  No entry fee for exhibitors, no pre-registration required, good food!   :-))
Oct 12      EuroSunday Plus, Pavilions. Featured makes are (Ducati, BMW, Triumph, MV Augusta, Aprilia, etc)
Oct 14     Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Oct 18     Car Show at Mustangs Plus, in Stockton  http://www.mustangsplus.com/
Oct 26      EuroSunday, It's A Grind Coffee in Elk Grove  http://www.eurosunday.net/
Nov 9        EuroSunday Plus,@ The Pavilions. Featured makes are Lamborghini and Audi
Nov 11    Capitol Panteras meeting at Mimi's
Nov 23      EuroSunday, @ The Pavilions.  http://www.eurosunday.net/
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